Southern Arizona – Sawvell Cake Smash Session

OMG so much fun. I’ve been shooting in my studio – a dream forever and having a blast. This little lady here wasn’t messing around. She barely touched the cake with her hands but she was definitely ready to dive in. Have a 1st birthday coming up, lets design a session together. Have a 30th birthday coming up cake smashing is still fun!

Love this outfit, made by me and available through Grace and Roses Inspired Creations. Check it out on www.facebook.com/graceandrosesinspiredcreations

Southern Arizona Family Photographer – Beautiful and Generational

Sometimes it just all fall into place and that is exactly what happened in this session. Bea contacted me to do a mommy and me session with her little lady, they missed out on a newborn photoshoot due to Covid. When she told me that she was bringing her mom along to help with the itty bitty we decided to try for some 3 generation images. With that magic happened! These three rocked their session, the weather, the lighting everything fell into place and what we have here is amazing!

Southern Arizona Photographer – Questions to Ask? Interviewing a wedding photographer.

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As a photographer who likes to be an open book about her business and what is provided I often find myself in casual conversations about what photographers provide, what to look for, what to consider when you are hiring a photographer for your wedding day!  Some things I think are important to know when choosing who will capture that days events……

No one photographer is for every client out there and the same goes for clients, not everyone is meant to work together so it is very important to really consider your choices.

The best place to start is do you love their work.  We are artists and we have all heard that art is subjective; the same is true for our photographic art, our images.  While one photographer may shoot from a very candid view, another may appreciate posed images more.  Which do you prefer?  There are many that are very talented at providing a good mixture of both.  Do appreciate the art that they post?  Check their social media platforms and their website, a common misconception is that a hired photographer will provide the exact editing style that you are looking for.  This is not accurate some are light and airy with their editing style while others have a more moody feel; make sure you like what you see and that is how you want your story to visually look when it is being told.Bride & Groom 1st Look-20

Ok so you love what you see.  Now it is time to start the conversation.  But where do you begin?  If you have a budget that you want to stick with that is a very important place to start the conversation.  There is no reason to spend your time or that business owners if there is no intention or ability to book them.  Many of us live on a budget, weddings are expensive and most weddings live on a budget too ;).  When looking at pricing it is important to understand what that includes.   Do you want a second shooter, two photographers capturing your day?  Know what events of the day are included in your coverage, is it based solely on hours or are they staying all day?  What do you get when the day is over?  There are photographers who only include prints, some include all images as digital files that you can download, many include both prints and digitals – sometimes only their time to photograph the event is included.   It is important that both you and your photographer are on the same page when it comes to coverage and the final product.  There are no do overs when capturing this day.  You never want yourself or your photographer to be unclear as to what everyone’s expectations are day of or when receiving the final images.

Ok so you have agreed on a budget, what is included and you are ready to hire this photographer – well I have a few more things you should be thinking about to make your day’s final images everything you could imagine.

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Your photographs on your wedding day are intimate peeks at everything that happens.  From getting ready and dressed, to romantic moments with you and your new spouse, to catching the moments that are happening all along the way you want to make sure there is a comfortability with the one person that is going to follow around through all of those experiences.  Compatibility is so important.  Meet with your photographer candidates, do you connect, can you relate?  How will you feel if this person is literally following you around for this big moment in your life?  Remember that part where I said everyone isn’t for everyone, blah blah blah well this can be a BIG mistake.  If you or your soon to be spouse are uncomfortable with this person’s personality it WILL affect your day.  Schedule an engagement session if you are on the fence.  You may find that you are a really good fit or maybe you can’t imagine listening to that person’s jokes all day.  You never know but your wedding day is too important to not be sure!

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This is an important conversation to have and I would love your feedback or questions!

A year just flies by – Southern Arizona Photographer

We met over a year ago to announce that the Okkema’s were growing from two to three!  We planned the maternity session and newborn session, I couldn’t have been more excited when you asked me to continue to commemorate this time indoor family’s life!  From announcements to being a one year old ready to conquer the park, that cake but not the balloon machine ;).

This girl did a number on that cake.  She really didn’t eat much of it but she made sure it knew who the boss was and that she made a good mess for me to photograph!  Her excited smile had us cracking up the entire session and made me smile while editing these gorgeous images.

Can’t wait to continue to capture your journey as the Marine Corps takes you across the country.  How lucky am I that they are sending you somewhere I already have a place to stay!  Continue to enjoy every moment that this time has to offer and I look forward to see you all soon!

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Twentynine Palms Photographer {Before and After}

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There is so much that happens behind the scenes for a photographer after the session is over.  The desired affect is to get the image s close to perfect within your camera but there are some magical things that are done right here on my computer.  Above is my nephew – who of course I feel is perfect in every way – as I think about his parents hanging these images on their wall I want there to be a simplicity in looking at his details at the tiny things that are so precious while he is this itty bitty.  Through editing I simply want to remove distractions and create a cohesive image.

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If you watched my work and the direction of it over the years I hope you have continued to see what truly matters, connection.  I want there to be a connection in every image I deliver so that is what I strive for.  When I bring the images home and look at them on my computer screen I want to feel the connection between the subjects or with me and the camera.  Once I have that I already have a beautiful image through editing I just hope to enhance what is already there.

Editing is as much of the art form as the time behind my camera.  It takes time and passion to create the final photograph that I deliver but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Twentynine Palms Family Photographer {Jenkins Family 2017}

I say it every year, I am going to be better about blogging these sessions, these moments in time that I am so lucky to be trusted to capture.  This family and I have been capturing moments together since the beginning of my business and I can’t express how awesome it is to have watched them through the years.  I have grown to have an amazing friendship with the momma of this family and continue to be proud of what they stand for.  Thank you for once again letting me into your lives Jenkins family!TwentyninePalmsFamilyPhotographer - Jenkins