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RUBY SANDOVAL

When I'm not out taking photos, you can find me with my hair half back, drinking a Dirty Chai Latte, and trying to keep my kids entertained and sane during this pandemic. If you're looking for wedding advice or trying to decide on what to wear for a family session, you've come to the right place. There's so much you can find here! Now, grab yourself a cup of tea, get cozy, and make yourself at home!

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One of my favorite weddings this year took place at the beautiful Tubac Golf Resort. Need I say more? I have never been disappointed by a Tubac Golf Resort wedding, and this was no exception. What made this wedding so unique was the story behind why they chose this location. The wedding ceremony took place […]

Tubac Golf Resort Wedding | Alexia & Alexis

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Photo Sessions

Tucson mini sessions have now come to an end! It is the week of Thanksgiving (2020), and I am SO THANKFUL to all of my families and couples for allowing me to capture them and their loved ones. This year has not been the easiest for anyone, and it means the world to me that […]

Tucson Mini Sessions 2020

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Today we have an insanely talented creative partner! Dusty is the artist behind “Element Design & Events,” and she is n event and wedding florist in Tucson, AZ! I first met Dusty at Showit United last year (2019), and I immediately fell in love with her work, and her personality was just bubbly and full […]

Tucson Florist | Element Design & Events

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Photo Sessions

Oh the Mariscal Family. They hold such a special place in my heart! Denisse and I have been long time friends, but we’ve known each other for many years. One of her sisters and I have been besties since kindergarten and 3 out of the 4 sisters were my bridesmaids. So yeah. That entire family […]

Honey Bee Canyon Park | Mariscal Family

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When Alina reached out to book a family session and requested a location that had greenery, water, and views of the mountains, my first reaction was, “Girl, you do know we live in Tucson, right?!” Haha, and rest assured, I found the perfect place; Christopher Columbus Park. I had recently taken Lidda’s new headshots (Lidda […]

Christopher Columbus Park | Family Session

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Photo Sessions

Photo Sessions

When Natalia and Richard reached out asking to take their 10th-anniversary session, I was thrilled! Not only is Natalia my cousin, but they at both my wedding ninos! Originally the plan was to have the session downtown, but when Richard suggested San Xavier Del Bac, I could not wait! I had never been to San […]

San Xavier Mission | 10 Year Wedding Anniversary

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Finding a dress for your engagement pictures or even an anniversary or family session can be such a hassle. Especially when you have no idea what style you want or what photographs best. As I mentioned before in the Spring and Summer edition, the most flattering dresses for photographs are the flowy dresses or cute […]

Engagement & Family Dresses for Fall & Winter

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Education

“it’s the Most Wonderful Time… of the year!” Although it’s not Christmas yet, it IS time for some mini sessions! One of the many reasons I love mini sessions is they allow me to serve families who may not have the time or the budget for a full 1-hour session with me. Imagine getting a […]

Tucson Mini Sessions

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Today we have a very special creative partner here! Jessica is the magic behind “J. Robertson Events” and she is a wedding and event planner located in Southern Arizona! I have no clue how we found eachother, but I am so glad we did. Following Jessica on Instagram is such a treat. From behind the scenes, […]

Tucson Wedding Planner | J. Robertson Events

Wedding Planner in Southern Arizona

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Wedding Tips

Finding a dress for your engagement pictures can be a tricky task. Especially when you have no idea what style it is you want. I remember when we got our engagement pictures taken, I had no idea what I was supposed to wear and ended up in shorts and a white top. Oops! Luckily I […]

ENGAGEMENT DRESSES FOR SPRING AND SUMMER

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I’m trying not to play favorites, but this Tucson Wedding Venue has my name all over it. Literally! This gorgeous downtown wedding venue is the perfect mixture of classic history meets modern hip. It has splashes of elegance throughout with chandeliers and modern ceilings. “The 1903 Italianate Victorian revival-style manor combines an intimate venue for […]

TUCSON WEDDING VENUES | THE RUBI

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Wedding Tips

If you and your fiance are feeling a little nervous about your engagement pictures, I am here to tell you that you’re not alone. I shoot people (with a camera) for a living, and I still get awkward and nervous in front of a camera! It’s totally normal to feel the nerves kicking in, but […]

6 TIPS FOR EVEN BETTER ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

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I got a lot of great feedback from my last “5 Random Things About Me” post, so I decided to share five more! There’s no more chicken attacks, thank goodness, but here are five more random things you may not have known bout me.   I get paranoid when it rains. Ok. This one I’m […]

5 MORE RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

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If you google “plants for beginners,” you’ll probably see the same plants over and over. The pothos, cacti, spider plants, and more. As you probably already know, I’ve been called a plant lady. Believe or not, I used to kill every plant I would even LOOK AT! Turning thirty changed something. It probably made me […]

5 PLANTS FOR BEGINNERS

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Name: Vanessa Business: MyVanety Instagram: @myvanety How can someone book you? ”There is a $30 non-refundable retainer to save your date.”   Do you offer a makeup trial? Is it included? “Yes, I do! They are not included, but they range anywhere from $50-$80 depending on the lashes and makeup look.”   On the wedding […]

VANESSA R. | MAKEUP ARTIST

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Wedding Tips

You’re engaged! Cue the confetti! At this point, you have probably picked out a date, narrowed down a venue, and very likely a photographer. If you haven’t, click here because guess what? You found her! One of the questions I get asked most is, “do we even need engagement pictures? How do we prepare for […]

HOW TO PREPARE FOR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

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One of the biggest questions you are going to get is, “Have you picked out a date?” With good reason! Without a wedding date, you can’t move forward with the planning. Will it be a spring wedding? Fall wedding? Winter? New years? You get the idea. I do want to talk about a few wedding […]

3 WEDDING DATES TO AVOID

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Wedding Tips

Wedding Tips

When it comes to finding a bridesmaids gift, you can either go big or keep it simple. I prefer something small yet meaningful, but we’re all different. Some brides create a box with tons of cool nick-nacks that might never end up being used, where others gift a bottle of wine, and it’s the best […]

GIFTS YOUR BRIDESMAIDS WILL LOVE

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Let’s talk about plant essentials. A lot of you have been asking about what products I use to take care of my plants. I never in a million years thought that was something people would ask, but I love it! In order to make our lives a bit easier, I decided to write a post […]

TOP 5 PLANT ESSENTIALS

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Plants

Wedding Tips

As you start checking items off your wedding to-do list, you’ll eventually find yourself searching for a photographer. If you’re not sure when you should start, click here to find out! You are probably already following some amazing photographers you love on Instagram, but you should still ask some questions before you seal the deal. […]

8 QUESTIONS TO ASK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Name: Georgina   Business: Georgina D.Makeup   Instagram: @georginadmakeup “I’m an easy-going, chill person but also very professional. I looooove doing makeup and I really enjoy spreading laughter and delivering great service with a genuine and authentic attitude.” How can someone book you? “Once you’ve sent me a message, I’ll be sure to gather information […]

GEORGINA D. | WEDDING MAKEUP ARTIST

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Wedding Tips

How much do you value Wedding Photography? Unless you plan on displaying your shoes and centerpieces at home, the only real memoir you will have is what your wedding photographer captures. As you might already know, there is a lot that goes into planning a wedding—finding the perfect venue, deciding on a date, what style […]

WHEN TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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In 2019 I turned 30, and I can honestly say the memes are right. You know the ones that say turning 30 means you’ll start buying real plants… guilty! My mom gave me a tiny aloe vera one Mother’s Day, and that was the beginning. It has grown so much that I keep it outside! […]

TOP 5 INDOOR PLANTS

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Plants

Personal

Remember when podcasts were the talk of the town, and everyone started listening to them? Yeah, well, I was not one of them. It saddens me to admit that I just recently got into podcast shows, and I am hooked! I understand what the buzz was all about! It’s like binge-watching a Netflix show, but without the tv! Now, in no particular order, here are my top 5 favorite podcast shows.

TOP 4 PODCAST SHOWS

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Humor me for a bit. Grab your phone (assuming you’re not reading this on your phone) and open up your photos app. How many photos of your kids are there? Tons, right? How many of those would you frame or put up on the wall? Maybe not that many, but I can help with that! […]

5 TIPS FOR TAKING BETTER PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS

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Education

Photo Sessions

Although I do take some posed family portraits, my main goal is to make it fun and exciting. At the same time, I capture those in-between moments that showcase their joy and love. AKA candid shots. I find that candid shots end up being the favorites most of the time. Also, they represent you! Your genuine, joyful, and happy self!

SWEETWATER WETLANDS TUCSON | MENDOZA FAMILY

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You had the wedding, opened the presents, went on a honeymoon and came back to reality. Then what? No matter what stage you’re in, engaged, newlywed, or 15 years into marriage, it’s essential to spend time with each other without other friends, kids, or coworkers. So here are our five favorite date nights that we […]

5 DATE NIGHT IDEAS TO KEEP THE ROMANCE ALIVE

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Personal

Photo Sessions

They arrived at their special place in Sabino Canyon. His hands kept reaching for hers while one of her hands kept reaching for her water bottle. Rob tried his best to set it aside, but she kept insisting on keeping it near her. He pulled her close to him, wrapping his arms around her. Reaching for his pocket, he revealed a red box. He got down on one knee and looked up at Andy and asked the one question she was thrilled to hear and responded, “of course!”

SABINO CANYON TUCSON PROPOSAL | ROB & ANDY

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As you may (or may not) already know I recently attended Showit United and I can probably write an entire blog series about it, but first I wanted to share one of the wedding styled shoots I had the opportunity of attending. The moment I walked up to the styled shoot, I could not get […]

CITRUS INSPIRED WEDDING EDITORIAL | PHOENIX WEDDING INSPIRATION

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Wedding Tips

Do you remember the pure bliss of marriage following your wedding day? All the love, opening presents, smiling and enjoying the beginning of a new journey was at it’s highest. Fast forward a few years or even months and the feeling is not as potent anymore. You’re both busy with work, kids might be in the picture, and you’re too tired to even talk with one another at the end of the day. It doesn’t mean you are no longer in love, but you might miss the person you were dating before you got married.

THE BOOK THAT STRENGTHENED OUR MARRIAGE

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Ruby is a Tucson wedding photographer specializing in candid wedding photography, and natural-looking posed wedding photography. As an Arizona wedding photographer, she is very familiar with Tucson wedding venues and Phoenix wedding venues.

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