Yearly Archives: 2012

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.

Niki and Steve's Sweet and Silly Wedding (by Josh & Kelley)

You may remember Niki and Steve from the silly and sweet engagement shoot that Josh and I (Kelley) did with them a couple months back.

During that session, Josh and I told you all about how much these two love to have fun and laugh at life. Their wedding day was no exception to this rule.

From the first moment they laid eyes on each other on the wedding day, they were making each other laugh.

Okay, maybe not the VERY first moment. In that sweet moment (the reveal moment) Steve looked at his bride with teary eyes and exclaimed, “You look BEAUTIFUL!”

And boy was he right, Niki made an absolutely stunning bride.

And of course, the groom was looking pretty good on their wedding day as well.

After a few teary and love filled minutes, these two were right back to their wonderful silly ways.

Clearly, Niki and Steve’s friends share their love of silliness and laughter.

This may have been one of the most fun-filled bridal parties that we’ve ever worked with. Josh and I had a blast hanging out with them all day long.

Niki and Steve’s ceremony was unique in that it wasn’t just bringing these two together as man and wife, it was bringing together a whole family!

To symbolize this, Niki and Steve included all three of the kids in their sand ceremony and had a family dance during the reception.

The entire wedding was wonderful, but I would have to say that the family dance was one of the sweetest parts of the day.

After all that sweetness was over, the open dancing began!

With how much these two love fun and silliness, you KNOW there was hardly a second when the dance floor wasn’t filled with people shaking, grooving, and laughing until they cried.

It is beyond clear that Steve and Niki are going to have a life together that is full of joy.

Josh and I are so happy that you two crazy kids found each other!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Niki and Steve’s Sweet and Silly Wedding.

Zach’s Senior Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Meet Zach, one of Arizona’s newest high school graduates.

That’s right, he has finished up all of his IB exams (this guy is SMART), thrown his silly cardboard hat up in the air, and is ready to start his future as a genuine college student.

As soon as Zach’s exams were over, Josh and I (Kelley) met up with him for his “I’m FREE, I’m FREE!!! AND I’m going to college!” session (AKA senior session).

Now, Zach’s not going to be just any college student, he’s going to be a Pepperdine University student.  And, in case you weren’t already jealous enough, he’s going to be attending classes at the Malibu, CA campus!

Josh and I wished Zach luck when it comes to deciding between studying and heading out to the beach.  He was thankful for the well wishes and pretty sure that he was going to need them.

Luckily, it is possible to study WHILE at the beach.  I can see it now, come September, Zach’s going to be relaxing on a beach chair, bible in one hand, textbook in the other, and the latest copy of The Wall Street Journal laying across his lap.

That may not sound incredibly relaxing for some of us, but I’m guessing it would be just about the perfect day for Zach.

The fact that he chose to bring his Bible to his session shows how important his faith is to him, and I’m sure it’s something that will remain important while he attends Pepperdine (a Christian university).

Zach is also extremely interested in business management and enjoys all things money and finance related.  It’s true, where many of us may have cringed and perhaps even cried through math classes (okay, maybe that was just me), Zach does well in them and enjoys them too!

I’m a big proponent of doing what you love, so if numbers are Zach’s thing, I say, “Go for it!”  We need more people like him to balance out the people like me who run away when numbers pop up!

Zach is the second son that his parents are sending off to college in California, which means that his little sister will now be the only kid left at home.  You can tell they’re going to miss each other.

Still, she assured Zach she’ll be calling him for help with her math homework, so they’ll be staying connected for sure!

Zach, I hope you completely LOVE your next four years at Pepperdine!  Enjoy the beach, enjoy the books, enjoy those math classes, enjoy helping your little sister with her math homework from hundreds of miles away, but most of all, enjoy the entire college experience.  You’re going to do great!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Zach’s Senior Session.

Vincent is 6 months old and he`s already a man of the world

In a short six months, Vincent truly has accomplished more than most of us could dream of achieving in that amount of time. And that really puts the rest of us to shame because six months is exactly the amount of time he’s been alive. What can I say? He’s a doer!

Not only did he figure out how to use his lungs, his vocal chords, and all kinds of other impressive traits he’s been blessed with, but now he can also sit up….

… touch his head (which is the accomplishment he is the most proud of as you will soon see)…

… and he can fit a whole ball in his mouth.

Not to mention, he’s already been crowned king of someplace or other (how that happened I don’t know- it didn’t seem an appropriate time to ask him)….

Did I mention he’s almost got his color wheel completely down through the pantome book that his artist daddy got him?!

We definitely know he’s already developed an exquisite taste for the finer things in life (mostly he likes to suck on professional camera lenses… the more expensive, the better).

Oh and let’s not forget that he’s already gone somewhat viral since he’s been spread around Facebook like internet candy because he was the subject of our very first video project back when he was a newborn!

And last but not least, he’s already has his very own photo shoot… twice actually!!!

My boy, you truly are amazing! Your parents must be so proud!

Even if you weren’t specifically aware of all his major achievements, you would get the feel for it right away because his face reveals all his worldly wisdom and experience right away.

(this is what I call the guilty face)

I mean, you don’t develop these kind of facial expressions from eating and sleeping alone… this dude has done some living!

And man, does he have some stories to tell!

But until he can use his big boy words to tell us them, he’s going to use his eyebrows, nose, or whatever other feature he has at his disposal that he’s most recently discovered. Or he will just put his hands on his head again…

… and again.

So Vincent my boy, you are quite a man already.

Keep on accomplishing the amazing, and we will keep on oohing and awing about you… even if it’s just because your mommy dresses you well or because you’re just plain adorable (basically we’re going to ooh and aw no matter what you do).

(“I’m King of the world!!”)

Click to see the rest of Vincent’s 6 month photo shoot here.