Category Archives: Josh and Kelley

The Newborn Session of The Next Houdini… Better Known As Landon (by Josh & Kelley)

Imagine that you are a parent to an absolutely adorable silly little girl.

Now, envision adding an darling newborn baby boy to this perfect imaginary life.

Seems too good to be true huh?

Well, for the Smith family, this wonderful scenario is real life.

It’s true!  Jen and Chris have enjoyed being Lexi’s parents for the past four years.

Now, they also have the pleasure of calling themselves this little guy’s mom and dad.

Landon was born in late August, and it’s clear that the entire family is absolutely thrilled with his arrival.

There’s no denying it, this little man is cute!

Apart from being cute, little Landon is also a pretty skilled escape artist. Jen, a swaddling master, would spend a few minutes wrapping him up like a tight little burrito, and he would wiggle his little fingers and arms out within seconds!

Then he would just look up at her and make silly faces as he stuck his little fingers in his mouth.

I’ll say it again:  He. Is. CUTE!  And he’s the perfect addition to this sweet little family!

Jen, Chris, and Lexi, enjoy the newest member of your family, he’s pretty amazing!

Oh, and Landon, we’ll be looking out for you and your future act as, “the next Harry Houdini”!

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Macaley's Sleepy Newborn Session (by Josh & Kelley)

You guys remember Kim and Jose from the library-centered maternity session Josh and I (Kelley) did with them right?  Well, just as I suspected, they had an absolutely adorable child.

Dear world, meet Macaley.

Isn’t she just the sweetest?

Josh and I sure think so.  And I’m pretty sure her parents are quite fond of her as well.

Seriously, every time they looked down at her during this session, they would both get huge grins on their faces.  It was the cutest thing!

Not only is Macaley adorable, she’s also an overall awesome newborn.

In fact, when Josh and I showed up for the shoot, Kim and Jose told us that Macaley slept for at least five hours the night before!  Now I don’t have any children, but I’m pretty sure that’s amazing for a newborn!

Even after five hours of sleep, Macaley still snoozed during most of the photoshoot.

Once she fell asleep, Kim said that she’d likely stay that way for a while, as she’s a pretty heavy sleeper.  Boy was she right!  Don’t believe me?  Here’s some proof:

We set her in a basket, and Macaley slept…

We dressed her up in a tutu, and Macaley slept…

We squeezed a little headband onto her head, and Macaley slept…

We took a walk over to the nursery, and Macaley slept.

For reals guys, this girl is a sleeping machine!

It wasn’t until the very end of our photo session that she decided she better wake up and let us know she was done being our model.

Kim and Jose, congratulations!  We’re so excited for both of you as you get to know, and get to love your new daughter more and more in the coming days.  Thank you so much for giving us the honor of capturing some of your first and most precious moments with her.

Click to see more of Macaley’s Sleepy Newborn Session here.

Kim’s Exciting and Ever So Organized Maternity Session (by Josh & Kelley)

What could possibly be more exciting than expecting your first child?

If you ask Kim and Jose that question right now, they will likely tell you:  Nothing. Nothing is more exciting than that!

You see, these two are expecting their first little one, a girl, next month, and they’re as happy as can be.

When Kim first contacted me (Kelley) about setting up a maternity session, I could feel their excitement, and that was through an email!

Not only was Kim super excited, but she was extremely organized and thorough when it came to planning her session.

After contacting Josh and me about setting up a shoot, she sent me another email that contained three location choices, website links and photos for each location, and photos of her and her husband so that we could see what they look like!

I’ll tell you what, THAT is my kind of email!  With all of that organization and planning loveliness, I knew right away that Kim and I were going to get along just fine.

As soon as Josh and I saw the images for this library location, we jumped on it!  Kim and Jose added it to their location list because they fell in love with its interesting architecture, and who can blame them?  This place is amazing!

Now, if you’re not aware, it is usually the case that photographers (especially those with flashes and a few not so inconspicuous lenses) and public places do not usually mix well.  Knowing this, Kim (being her ever-so-wonderful organized self) called ahead to make sure we would be permitted to take photos inside the library.  To our surprise, they were completely fine with the idea!

Josh and I were so surprised by this, that we showed up to the location extra early just to double check on the whole shooting a giant camera in-doors thing.  Not only were they okay with it, they LOVED the idea and were genuinely excited about it!

The four of us were excited about it as well, and for two main reasons:  Awesome photos AND air conditioning!  That’s pretty much hitting the mother-load when you’re doing a July photo session in Phoenix, AZ with a mother-to-be.

Kim and Jose, you guys are absolutely amazing, and with so many things working out perfectly in our favor, Josh and I are pretty sure that this maternity session was simply meant to be.

We had a blast quietly sneaking around the library with you, and we can’t wait until August when we get to meet your sweet little girl, and maybe read her a book or two.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Kim’s Exciting and Ever So Organized Maternity Session.

Jennifer and Kenyon's Flagstaff Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Amazed by this heavenly location?  Josh and I (Kelley) were too.  However, we can take absolutely no credit for finding it.

It’s true!  This beautiful location was all Jennifer’s idea.

You see, back when she was attending NAU, she used to hike out to this location to find a quiet place to study (apparently sorority houses can get a bit noisy at times).

As soon as she saw this place, all those years ago, she KNEW it was going to be the location for her engagement photos.

That was before Jennifer had even met her groom to be, Kenyon, who was also studying at NAU.

That’s right ladies, she hadn’t even met the man she was going to marry yet, but she was already planning her engagement session.  That’s what I call being proactive!

Jennifer admitted to us that when her and Kenyon first met, she wasn’t 100% sure what to think about him.

At first glance, he looked like a big, tough, mean, football player (and rightfully, so being a linebacker on the NAU football team).  However, she very quickly came to find that he’s really just a big teddy bear.

A big teddy bear who is completely perfect for Jennifer, and, like her, loves country music and the outdoors!

Don’t believe me?  I’ll sum up the top five conversation topics that took place between the four of us during our two hour session together:
1. Hunting
2. Elk Spotting
3. Archery
4. Country Swing Dancing
5. Jennifer and Kenyon being in love (I mean it WAS an engagement session after all).

I promise, those were our REAL conversation topics!  I’m a country girl at heart, and Josh is originally from Missouri, so we were loving it!

On the drive back into town Josh started lamenting about never having seen an Elk in Arizona before, and Kenyon and Jennifer were immediately determined to rectify the situation.

Wouldn’t you know it, not two seconds after Jennifer said that she sees elk up there all of the time, and usually in the middle of the road, we saw THREE elk, one of which was RIGHT in the middle of the road.

We were all pretty excited, and I’m still not convinced that Jennifer doesn’t possess some kind of magical elk calling powers.

Jennifer and Kenyon, Josh and I are so happy that you two found each other up in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona and decided to spend the rest of your lives together.

Beyond that, we’re absolutely ecstatic that we get to be a part of your big day!  October can’t come soon enough, and we can’t wait to see your awesome country swing dancing moves… just make sure you don’t kick over any televisions;)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Jennifer and Kenyon’s Flagstaff Engagement Session.

Allison's Sunflower Soaked Maternity Session (by Josh & Kelley)

When Allison first contacted me (Kelley) and Josh about doing a maternity session, we went back and forth on locations for a while.

She wanted something unique and interesting, but also wanted the photos to be classic enough that they could have them up in their home for years to come.

Understanding her dilemma, Josh and I did quite a bit of location scouting in order to find the perfect spot.  After lots of searching, we finally landed on a downtown location and set a date.

Not four days later, Josh and I stumbled upon a beautiful field of sunflowers, and, even though we had already picked a different location for Allison’s session, we KNEW this would be perfect.

However, there was a catch, the beautiful flowers would be harvested in about a week.  We had to move fast!

That night, I went home and sent Allison a message and showed her a couple of photos of the location. She was hooked!

Apparently her husband Tim was pretty excited as well.  According to him, they wanted photos with sunflowers “more than [they] want[ed] to live”.

Enough said.  This was happening. We all moved a few things around and set the session for three days later (a month earlier than we originally planned).

I think it’s safe to say that we were all more than pleased with the way things worked out!

Allison told us that yellow is one of her favorite colors and she absolutely loves sunflowers.  How perfect is that?

Not only were the flowers beautiful, but the surrounding area was beautiful as well!

Allison, we’re so happy that you got the unique yet classic session that you’d been dreaming of, and we’re even more excited to meet that new little one very soon!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Allison’s Sunflower Soaked Maternity Session.