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

Rasmussen Engagement with Memories by Tasha Photography – Twentynine Palms Photographer

Cuteness and love were in the air.  Couples sessions are always a fun adventure.  As a photographer I want to capture their relationship, their time uninterrupted but as a client they are so aware that a camera is there photographing them and their every move.  Taking the time to slow down and work together to achieve a natural session is so important.

Kathryn contacted me before the holidays to set up a sunset engagement session; her one request Joshua Trees!  I love out desert and I love to capture clients that are excited about it’s beauty so of course I was ready to oblige.  15 years I have been here and I still believe there is nothing like our sunrises and sunsets.

We met at a hot spot in Joshua Tree before traveling to a desert location so we took advantage of getting to know each other a little and of the great textures at the JT Saloon.  I was quickly aware I would have to remind these two to look at the camera every once in awhile because they were fairly smitten with one another.

Kathryn from the east coast and Jack from the west are here in Twentynine Palms courtesy of the Marine Corps but they are enjoying their time here, together awaiting the next adventure.  A fall wedding to plan on the other coast and possibly an upcoming move they are fully learning all about Marine Corps family life.

Playful, flirty and fun would be my best description of these two and their session.  I asked Jack a couple of questions, “Do you ever give her piggy back rides?”  His response, ” Depends on where we are going.”  It was stated with such confidence no one would have guessed the real answer NEVER.  So we tried it.  I also asked him, “Do you have a thing, you know a special sweet kiss or something?”  Well what followed was a silly rendition of kissing but oh so sweet.

I wish you many years of happiness and joy!  May life and the Marine Corps take you on many adventures together.  Congratulations Jack and Kathryn!2017-01-08_0001

Kevin Class of 2017 with Memories by Tasha Photography – Twentynine Palms Photographer

I strive in each session to tell a story, to create a lasting memory of this time in someone’s history.  Senior sessions are a chance for that young adult to express themselves as they are learning about who they are and who they want to be.  It is an in-between two paradigms in time for the senior and for the parents.  A time of great hope and sorrow.  When I get the chance to capture this for a senior and their parents it is a great privilege.

Kevin and I set out in the morning with some ideas but with no certain direction.  We found ourselves visiting Lucky Park where he spent many hours in the pool as a swimmer who has achieved many awards.  We spent some time at the iconic 29 Palms Inn, photographing near the fall colors and only natural body of water in Twentynine Palms.  Kevin wanted a couple of images taken with the metal art sign that decorates our highway and honors our city’s namesake.  Lastly we climbed some rocks and captured his personality amongst the beauty of the desert.  We even played with his hot rod mustang and added it into a few images too.

Kevin is an avid swimmer. He was ready to represent his high school and class with his letterman jacket.  Also an appearance his ASB shirt.  We even took sometime to sport his school colored beanie to add a little bit of teenager into our session.

In June I get to hang with Kevin and his family as he walks the stage to receive his diploma.  Such an exciting time in life for all!

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Wow! Where did the Year go? – Key Family

Twentynine Palms Children's Photography - Yucca Valley Children's Photography - Joshua Tree Children's Photography - Key

Almost a year ago I met this little lady, she was brand new to the world!  Her father and I walked into the operating room where her mother laid in anticipation of the biggest moment in her life.  Nathan and I watched, I also photographed as she took her first breathes.  The opportunity to capture these moments in time are beyond blessings to me yet this family has continued to bless me.  Nathan said that day we were tied for life because the 3 of us shared in that moment.

Here we are a year later, I have photographed them many other times, Hannah and I have shared cups of coffee, parenting stories and ideas.  They have become more than clients to me as I have watched them blossom as a family.

This perfect little girl will be one next month, she is celebrated and loved.  Thank you for once again allowing me to capture these times in your lives #keypartyof3

To check out Savannah’s birth story click the link below….

{ Key Birth Story } – Twentynine Palms Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Summer Love

Twentynine Palms Couple's Photography - Yucca Valley Couple's Photography - Joshua Tree Couple's Photography - LeinsAriel contacted me to help capture their relationship in time, in the desert that they currently call home.  She wanted a special location that would show the beauty of our desert and light, while encapsulating their deep love for each other.  We found the space, we found the light and they were exquisite in front of my camera.

William was consistently the one making us laugh and wonder would we manage those endearing images every wife wants; as you can see he pulled through time and time again.  He makes her laugh, he makes her swoon.  They danced among the Joshua trees.  She captured his touch, his glances and his deep devotion.

During this time in life these two wanted to include their fur babies who also did a great job.  They only pulled Ariel through the desert once otherwise they were not people or camera shy!

Thank you both for allowing me to help preserve these moments for you! Twentynine Palms Couple's Photography - Yucca Valley Couple's Photography - Joshua Tree Couple's Photography - Leins 2

Twentynine Palms Family Photographer – Brookins Family Fun!

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I had the opportunity to photograph this family a couple of years ago; they even said they had fun!  This time there was the addition of a grandson so even more awesome.  With a big blended family photo shoots can be a little stressful but these guys show up every time ready to smile and have fun.

While discussing a location Andrea was excited to use the Indian Cove campground as their backdrop as they enjoying hiking there as a family.  This was a great chance to capture them in an environment that holds memories for them together.

Visiting from North Carolina was their new and handsome grandson who was super full of smiles.  Everyone wanted their picture with him so they all took turns trading baby and smiles.

There were lots of laughs, lots of funny faces and lots of memories captured!  Thank you for trusting me once again to capture these forever moments and I look forward to our next adventure.

Twentynine Palms Photography – The Navarros visit

This fun family lived here in 29 Palms for 5 years; they say it was an adjustment but they eventually fell in love with the desert as so many of us do.  They however received orders before they captured that love so they adventured back up here for a family session.  With visitors in tow we were able to capture some fun, loving family portraits that will serve as a reminder of their time here!  Both girls were ready to climb the beautiful rocks of Joshua Tree National Park so on a smaller scale we tried to make sure we snagged a shot of them on the rocks.  The littlest guy was having fun using those legs, to run, everywhere but with his family’s help and I am pretty sure funny faces behind me he gave me some smiles to die for.  I hope the Navarros love every image as they are gorgeous together and in the amazing scenery that I am lucky enough to call home!

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{ Erickson Family } Twentynine Palms Family Photographer

The Ericksons were on their way out of Twentynine Palms for a military move so we captured some great images for them to commemorate  the time here and hopefully help decorate their new home.  Family sessions in the Joshua Tree National Park inevitably mean we will be doing some rock climbing, generally more than mom and dad had planned 🙂 ; this session was no different.  With little adventurous ones we had fun finding new spots, on new rocks, that we could photograph both the beauty of this family as well as, the amazing desert setting.

As moms we often miss the opportunity to capture ourselves and our relationships with those in our family; it is something that I always encourage my moms to – I myself am bad about it.  Mom rocked her portraits like a star in this session.  Bet the hubby has one of these in his wallet before too long.  We also took a few brief moments to capture mom and dad not as parents but as a couple.  These two were fun and endearing to one another creating amazing pictures but also emoting their love and friendship.  These are the moments that I live for and are why I am so in love with what I do ❤

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