Category Archives: Engagement Sessions

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Fun at Ashlee and Jason’s Botanical Garden Engagement Session

Is there a couple out there who has more fun together than Ashlee and Jason? Mmmm, possibly, but I think not.

We promised Ashlee from the very beginning of their engagement session that we’d get some good, standard, normal pictures of the two of them.

Little did we know how difficult that would prove to be.

No, not because they are weirdos or camera phobics or anything like that… just because they have so much fun together that we felt like joy killers saying, “OK, stop playing and just look at the camera and smile!”

I mean, who does that to two people having so much together, right?!

Alright, I am exaggerating a bit.

Ashlee and Jason can stop laughing long enough to do regular day to day stuff like have a conversation or smile for a picture…

…I think it’s just not what they PREFER to be doing.

They prefer being spontaneous and fun.

Yes, most people prefer that, but Ashlee and Jason actually DO it! So I say, more power to them!

(Here’s Jason enjoying the little tiny worm we found! There were also bunny rabbits and large lizards hanging out with us that day, but we didn’t hold any of those).

Obviously, working with people this happy (and in love I might add) is AWESOME!

We can’t think of a better way to spend our day than to hang out with fun loving people who bring us in on their fun as much as they can while we try to be “professional” and do our very serious work (yeah right).

So thank you both for allowing us to spend a lovely afternoon with you at the Botanical Gardens in Tucson, capturing the joy you two experience when you’re together.

I have a feeling that on your wedding day, you’re going to surpass your own records in how happy you can be… and we can’t wait to be there to see that happen!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Ashlee and Jason’s Tucson Botanical Garden Engagement Session!

Kim and Tru’s Camelback Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

When Josh and I (Kelley) got an email from Kim and Tru saying that they’d like to incorporate Camelback Mountain into their engagement shoot, we were stoked!

Camelback is absolutely beautiful, and surprisingly enough, we don’t get to shoot there very often.  I think it’s something about living in the desert makes people crave green fields and grassy parks in photo sessions.

Understandably, when people plan a photo session, they often want something “different” than they see everyday.  Ironically enough, that ends up making desert shoots in Phoenix pretty unique!

All that to say Josh and I were extremely excited about a Camelback photo session.  So, later on, when we heard why this location was so important to Kim and Tru, it was just the icing on the cake.

You see, Kim and Tru hiked up Camelback on their very first date.  Strangely enough, Kim didn’t know it was a date at the time.

Nevertheless, Tru made sure it was the perfect first date.  It fact, at one point during the climb, Kim slipped and Tru pretty much saved her life!  A story that their families still talk about to this day!

(Tru does somewhat resemble a knight in shining armor doesn’t he?)

Now, some may think that this whole life saving story is an exaggeration, but I FULLY believe it.  I was on that mountain with them during the photo session, and while some of us were falling over rocks, thinking a little too much about hidden rattlesnakes, and being attacked by tree branches (Josh and me… okay, mostly just me.), or trying hard to gracefully climb a mountain in a dress and high heels (Kim), Tru was bouncing around from boulder to boulder fully enjoying himself and helping to keep us all upright. I think that he may secretly be part mountain goat, and I KNOW that he could save the life of a beautiful falling woman, like Kim.

Not only was this mountain the venue of their first date, it was also the spot where Tru proposed.

I can hardly climb Camelback Mountain on a normal day, I can’t even imagine somebody doing it with a stomach full of butterflies and an engagement ring hidden in their pocket.

Still, being the mountain goat that he is, Tru made it all the way to the top that day, and proposed to Kim right then and there.

(This is my FAVORITE photo from their engagement session! You can really SEE how much she loves him!)

It’s no wonder they wanted to use Camelback as the location for their engagement session.  It’s obviously been a pretty huge part of their relationship, and now, with these engagement photos, it has yet another reason to hold a special place in their hearts.

Kim and Tru, Josh and I absolutely loved hanging out with you two on the mountain and hearing more of your beautiful story!   We can’t wait to watch (and photograph) the next chapter of that story as it starts next month on your wedding day!

Click to see the rest of Kim and Tru’s Camelback Engagement Session.

Niki and Steve’s Silly and Sweet Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Are you ready to see more smiles in one blog post than you’ve likely EVER seen before?  I hope so, because Niki and Steve’s engagement session is full of them!

Even if you don’t know Niki and Steve (Josh and I consider ourselves lucky to have met them for sure!), you can tell by looking at these photos that they are the kind of people who like to have fun and laugh at life.

Seriously guys, these aren’t “canned” chuckles or forced, “Say CHEESE”, smiles. These are genuine, throw your head back, grab your belly, kind of laughs.

And it’s not just one of them that has a great sense of humor, it’s BOTH!  If Steve isn’t making Niki smile, it’s the other way around.  They’re both jokesters in their own right.

Not only can you see their fun and silly sides in these photos, you can also see, without a doubt, that these two are head over heels in love with each other.

Now and then, while you’re having fun during an engagement session, you have to calm down and remember to get some lovey-dovey shots as well. However, Niki and Steve did both of these naturally and without any prompting.

No kidding, one second they were kissing, and the next they were laughing hysterically. It was the perfect mixture of sweet and silly.

Towards the end of our session together, Steve said, “This is really fun! I wish we could do this every weekend!” And without even thinking I screamed, “Me TOO!”

Aside from the fact that my comment made me seem like a creepy, paparazzi stalker, it shows just how great Niki and Steve are to be around. Taking photos of people is our job, but when it’s with people like Niki and Steve it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Niki and Steve, thank you both so much for letting us be your paparazzi for an evening.  We had a blast and can’t wait for your wedding in May!

Click to see the rest of Niki and Steve’s Silly and Sweet Engagement Session.

Lesley and Mike’s Downtown Engagement Session

When we were planning their engagement session and Lesley told me she was going to wear a nice dress to contrast the dirty downtown area and crazy muraled walls we were going to be shooting in and around, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.

That’s because Lesley is an interior designer so she has that whole “artistic vision” thing down!

I didn’t have to explain the contrast between fancy and dingy because she was way ahead of me on all that.

And it was because of that, we decided downtown Phoenix would be the perfect backdrop for their session!

Especially since one of Lesley and Mike’s groomsmen painted a bunch of the murals around the area! Including this one…

Lesley did bring the great dress and skirt, and as I expected, they were perfect!

They also brought their dogs which definitely added an extra level of challenge and fun to the session!

You never know what a photo session is going to be like when your subjects are covered in fur and walk on all fours!

Lesley and Mike’s dogs were super adorable so whether they were looking at the camera or not, at least they looked great whatever direction they were facing!:-)

My favorite thing about this entire session is what happened every time Lesley and Mike turned to face one another.

It was like magic.

The second their eyes connected, both their faces would light up, and often times lots of laughing followed that!

Yes my friends, it has been confirmed that they are definitely in love!

It’s the real deal! It was more than obvious that they just loved being together. Even if they had to have cameras following around the whole time, they were just glad to be hanging out with one another!

So if this is how cute and romantic they are during an engagement session, I can’t wait to see how they are on their wedding day! We’re so excited about your wedding guys, and we’re so glad we get to be a part of it! See you soon!!

Click to see the rest of Lesley and Mike’s Downtown Engagement Session.