Recently I photographed a couple who had not had their photo taken since their wedding engagement years ago. Their children had been asking them to get new photographs done and it was such a pleasure for me to be their photographer. We had the session at Christopher Columbus Park in Tucson, AZ. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful sunset.
A couple weekends ago, I went with a family to Catalina State Park in North Tucson to do their portraits. The weather was beautiful and the family was great to work with. The children loved getting their pictures taken and were excited to be hiking all over the park. We hiked up a trail that followed the ridge of a mountain. There were spectacular views and great desert scenery.
For my sister’s 30th birthday, I decided to plan a trip to Sedona. We invited some friends and rented a house surrounded by the amazing red rocks of the area. We had a wonderful time both playing pool at the house and exploring the city and outdoors. It is one on my favorite places in all of Arizona and truly a beautiful setting any time of year.
At the end of July, I photographed a quinceañera (15th birthday celebration) for a family friend. It was a beautiful event which included a mass and reception. The event was held in Phoenix, AZ. The birthday girl, Alyssa, was beautiful in a flowing gold ball gown and tiara. Below are some images from the days events.
In April, I was asked to photograph the band Parmalee at Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona. After a full day of following the band around the campsites and photographing them perform on stage, the band did an interview with Country Weekly Magazine. Several of my photos from the event were used in the article that came out in this weeks Country Weekly.
After photographing the band Parmalee at SXSW, I was asked to join them at Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona and document their day and performance at the festival. I was so excited to work with these guys again. They are a lot of fun and such gentlemen. The festival was more like an all-day party with live country music. After doing several interviews, the band decided to take a couple golf carts and go into the many campgrounds located at the festival. They interacted with their fans and toured the huge festival site. Their performance was late in the afternoon on the main stage. They played several of their songs and really got the large crowd going. After their performance, the band went into the food-vendor part of the festival and tried a variety of the snacks offered there. It was a packed day and I just tried to keep up with them.
Last year, my cousins and I decided to recreate an old family photo. We discussed the many photos we would love to replicate, but decided as there were the four of us girls, we would redo our four Aunts’ glamour photo from 1992.
One weekend last month, my cousins Cassie and Jessica came to Tucson from Phoenix and I set up the set in our entryway. We all did our makeup and made our hair as large as possible. However, our hair was not large enough until my mom came at us with a comb and teased our hair to new heights.
We decided who we each looked closest to and arranged ourselves into the appropriate positions. We had a lot of fun trying to perfect the smiles and expressions of our aunts in the older photo. After about one hundred photos, the very last turned out to be almost perfect in comparison. The bottom photo is the final photo we chose out of the camera.
After I took the photo into Photoshop, I was able to adjust the colors and clean up the photo to more resemble the older photograph. I ended up grabbing the boa from the original and placing it in our photo to better match the original. Other than the boa, everything else was captured in camera. After working on our photo and cleaning up the original a bit, the result was remarkably close.
We had originally planned to give the photos as Christmas gifts, but within days there was already a rumor going around the family that there was a surprise gift. We knew the secret would not remain much longer and decided to give the photographs as Easter presents. I printed both the original and replica photos and we framed them together. My sister wrapped the frames and we handed out the gifts. Our aunts opened the gifts at the same time and their reactions were priceless. They were so happy to see the remake and the original.
This past week I was asked to go to SXSW to photograph behind the scenes of the ROAR clothing fashion party. The party was Tuesday night at the Lustre Pearl in Austin. Headlining the party was the band Parmalee and DJ Irie. Also, there was a live photoshoot during the party with models wearing the ROAR label. The party was a huge success with a line to attend. I had a great time and met so many amazing people. The band Parmalee was especially entertaining and I was able to get several great photographs of their soundcheck and performance.