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I had the honor of photographing a unique modern bohemian wedding where Mexican and Bulgarian traditions held hands, and created something beautiful.

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I had the pleasure of photographing at Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm this year. If you haven’t taken the drive to Oracle, AZ to visit the farm, I highly recommend it. They are always hosting different events like wreath workshops, yoga, lavender picking, and farm-to-table dinners, and their lavender products are a must! I […]

Lavender Field Mini Sessions 2022

Families

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Today’s Casas Adobes Plaza engagement session includes some pixie dust. Angie and Juan met during the summer of 2016. She was an undergraduate researcher for the summer program at the University of Arizona internship, and he was working for the same program. They worked together a few times and spoke regularly. Once the program ended, […]

Casas Adobes Plaza Engagement | Angie and Juan

Couples

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It’s June and guess what we celebrate this month? Father’s Day! What better time to share some Father-Daughter Wedding songs! Now, the song you pick to dance with your father is going to depend on your style. Maybe the lyrics are more important to you than the actual music or perhaps you want something more […]

Father Daughter Wedding Songs

Wedding Tips

engagement pictures in arizona desert

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This session was a different type of session. What I thought to be an engagement session turned out to be a “we got married!” session. Selena and Marcus are moving to Italy this month, and they could not wait any longer to exchange vows and say their “I do’s.” This was also a different session […]

Saguaro National Park West | Selena and Marcus

Couples

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This lovely couple decided to have their Phoenix engagement session in Roosevelt Row Arts District and Heritage Square. I could not have been more excited to try something new and out of my comfort zone, and honestly, I loved the result. Marisa and Scott met virtually back in January 2018 when Marisa first “swiped right.” […]

Phoenix Engagement Session | Marisa & Scott

Couples

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Finding the perfect wedding venue can a lot of time and research! It can sometimes be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. You have this vision on your mind and on your Pinterest board, and finding THE perfect venue can be tricky. How do you pick a wedding venue? Although it might […]

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue

Wedding Tips

contract templates for creative businesses

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Today I’m feeling beyond excited to share some news that will unquestionably change your business for the better. It might not be our favorite topic, but having legally legit business contract templates is a MUST! But before I spill, here’s a fun fact you’ll want to know. Did you know that hiring an attorney is […]

The Business Contract Templates Shop is Having a SALE!

Life & Travel

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Today’s desert engagement photos are about two Tucson natives falling in love. They went to high school together and would see each other across the halls, but it wasn’t until their friends introduced them that they immediately fell in love. Ileana mentioned she was very intrigued by Carlo’s confidence and how he carried himself. Likewise, […]

Desert Engagement Photos | Ileana and Carlo

Couples

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As a Mexican, having grown up in Mexico, I can be VERY picky when it comes to Mexican Restaurants. I’ve been recommended Mexican restaurants only to be disappointed. After living in Tucson for over ten years, I’ve tried almost every Mexican restaurant in Tucson (not counting the many taco stands). So, whether you’re looking to […]

Top 5 Tucson Mexican Restaurants

Life & Travel

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When I first met Paulette and Christian, this Arizona wedding photographer fell in love with them right away! Between Paulette’s Mexican beauty and her love for Disney and Christian’s Bulgarian culture and sense of humor, they are just downright fantastic to spend time with! But what is most incredible about this pair is the undeniable […]

A Modern Boho Arizona Wedding | Paulette and Christian

Weddings

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I have been debating wether or not to share these random and somewhat embarrassing intricate things about me because let’s be honest, no one cares! At least it can feel that way sometimes, but to be honest I enjoy getting to know my clients before our first session. I ask a lot of questions and use tons of exclamation marks in messages, so I thought “Why not let YOU get to know me a little better?” I mean the worse thing that can happen is you laughing and remembering my chicken story every time you see a chicken. What’s my chicken story you ask? There’s only one way to find out!

5 Random Things About Me

Life & Travel

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When Amanda and Robert first locked eyes, they never could have imagined the beautiful adventure they were about to begin together. They certainly wouldn’t have guessed that someday they’d be saying “I do” during a spectacular Tucson Botanical Gardens wedding celebration! But on a bright April day, Amanda and Robert’s family and friends gathered together […]

Tucson Botanical Gardens Wedding | Amanda and Robert

Weddings

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Whether you are looking to hire a wedding photographer or are on the hunt to update your family picture, it is very important to ask questions before hiring. If you’re unsure what you should be asking, you’re in luck. I wrote a blog post about what you should ask a wedding photographer before hiring them, […]

What NOT to ask a photographer

Session Tips

couple in superstition mountains with pink and purple sunset

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As an aspiring destination engagement photographer, I’ve tried exploring incredible locations for photo sessions for my gems. Sometimes the locations are the standout of a session, and sometimes couples easily steal the spotlight. But now and then, a location and a couple fit together so flawlessly that it feels like magic! And after just a […]

Destination Engagement | Eliza and Harlan | Superstition Mountains

Couples

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As a Tucson engagement photographer, I’ve explored several dreamy locations for photo sessions. And let’s be honest, I couldn’t ask for a more perfect area to search! From Sanctuary Cove to Windy Point, Tucson has it all! But when David and Daniella told me they wanted to explore a resort, I knew exactly where to […]

JW Marriott Tucson Engagement | Daniella and David

Couples

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