Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dustin & Hannah at The Wright House

Hannah's Grandfather said it best. Hannha is shy and introverted. But behind her quiet eyes is a great thinker and observer... a great sense of humor...and a free and joyful nature that few are let in on. Dustin saw it. And he took no chances. Young though they may be... he found his "one" and she found hers. They were married, and I was honored to be there to document it. At a beautiful old Victorian style house in Mesa - the Wright House -they said their vows under giant trees that looked like they belonged in the South-East instead of the South-West. After the wedding we went to do the formal photographs in a nearby garden and after the nerves of the wedding were gone, and the day was almost completely finished.. Hannah walked across the lawns and without being prompted twirled around and around and around in her dress. "Look what this dress can do!" she said. And in that moment I also got to see the other side of Hanna. In that sense I'm so lucky at weddings... if I do my job properly, people start to forget I'm there - and they are just their uninhibited self. And I get to see couples as they really are together... and I can tell that these two adore one another. They are great examples of humility and grace and christianity. Congratulations Hanna and Dustin - glad I got to meet you and I look forward to seeing how you bloom in life. P.S. I'm working on trying to compile posts into one page. Sorry for the length. One of my 2015 goals is to be more selective and brief.. didn't succeed on this one!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shelby and Trent: Portraits and Reception

Sometimes the clouds that hang over us threatening rain and ruin ... are the ones we end up looking back at in reverence and appreciation for how they changed us and what they added to our characters. The above is a photograph of the clouds that spat at us and threatened to wreak havoc all day on Sunday... and I guarantee you Shelby and Trent will gasp with delight when they see how much they added to their pictures. Such a great metaphor for life! Thanks to Caitlin Wilson who was responsible helping me with these pics. Enjoy a few of my favorites of their portait session and their beautiful reception at Flagstaff Ranch. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Shelby and Trent: The Wedding

I learned a lot from this wedding. I learned that sometimes strong conviction, fierce determination, unrelenting love, and unwavering devotion comes in tiny blue eyed, blonde haired packages like Shelby. And I learned that sometimes the softest of hearts and the warmest of genuine tears come from giant men like Trent. I have heard via the grapevine through the years of Shelby's ability to stand up for anyone who has been left out or threatened. I watched as she uncomfortably took the spotlight and accommodated the attention hesitantly....  all the while not seeming to be aware of the fact that pretty much no person on planet earth could have outshone her beauty on her wedding day. Then I saw Trent sob... yes... literally gasp back tears as he not only watched his bride approach him... but even as his friends and little brothers entered the isle!!! I witnessed both she and Trent, whose appearance could have warranted feeling a little elevated than the rest of us... be very humble. Very grateful. Very unaware of anybody's eyes but each others. And I have enormous respect and admiration for both of them. And I wish them nothing but a blessed and happy existence. God Bless you guys! Here are my favorites of getting ready and wedding pics and we'll post the formal photos tomorrow including some by very talented second photographer for the day Caitlin Buchanan. You totally made my day! :)