DAY IN THE LIFE IN TUCSON, ARIZONA

 
 

Hello friends! It's been a while since I've posted, because I've been SO BUSY lately photographing some amazing shoots! I'm finally starting to slow down, so I have some time to finally share all of them with you :) :

Here's a Day In The Life session that I photographed of a sweet little family in Tucson, AZ. It was a relaxing, chill day of pancakes, bubbles, and visiting horses at a nearby stable. Please check it out!

xo
Christine

Webb Mini Day In The Life, San Diego, California

 
 

Here's another Mini Day In The Life session!  I spent one lively Sunday afternoon with the Webb family, aka "The Most Fun Family Ever," as little Ollie and Benny chased each other around the house, played with legos, ate lunch, and jumped on the bed.  Check out how fun this family is in the video below!

Thank you Jenny and Jeff for letting me into your home. I left wishing I was a member of your rambunctious, fun little family :) 

xo
Christine

Sara + Avi + Avara, Day In The Life, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona

 
 

My Day In The Life session with Sara, Avi, and their daughter Avara can be summed up in just one word - FUN!

I photographed their session at the Renaissance Faire in Gold Canyon, Arizona. It was a day filled with sunshine, laughter, and lots of sticky, yummy carnival snacks (funnel cake, anyone?). These mamas really put effort into making the family outing, not just a typical day at the fair, but a whole EXPERIENCE for their daughter. I documented Avara as she got her face painted with unicorns, pick out her own pink and purple princess gown, and practiced her juggling stick skills.  She collected tokens from pirates, got high five-ed by royalty, and earned her fairy wings. For a little girl deep in the unicorns-and-princesses phase of her life, it was a perfect day. And for parents who take genuine pleasure in seeing their daughter excited, happy, and having the time of her life, well...it was a pretty perfect day for them, too :)

Sara and Avi, thank you so much for allowing me to tag along and photograph your family for a day. You guys are incredible mamas :)

Please click on the link below to see photos from their Day In The Life session!

xo
Christine

 

Curtis Family Day In The Life Session, San Tan Valley, Phoenix, Arizona

 
 

My husband and I don't have any children. For a long time, I didn't want to have any, for all the typical reasons - I wanted to start a new career, I wanted to travel, I didn't think we could afford them, etc - but the main reason was I just didn't feel ready to start a family. Recently, however, my biological clock has started ticking, and now we are wondering what it would be like to have little muchachos of our own. The idea of raising kids still freaks me out, though.  The responsibility of raising children to be good, kind, responsible adults, that are also productive members of society, seems daunting. How do love them without spoiling them? Do you tell them to follow their dreams, even if you think their dreams kind of suck? As far as I can tell, these seemingly important questions don't have "right" answers.  If it's one thing I've learned from photographing Day In The Life sessions, it's that child-rearing is no JOKE. However, if you are successful, then it will be the most important, happy, and rewarding experience of your life.  And, from what I observed during their session, the Curtis family seem to be doing it RIGHT.

Amanda and Ryan have four, beautiful adopted children.  Ranging from ages 14 to less than a year old, each of their kids have incredibly different personalities, wants, and needs. Their oldest daughter is a typical teenager who wants her own phone and to always hang out with her friends.  Their youngest daughter is still in diapers and has to be put down for scheduled nap time. However, Amanda and Ryan seem to have managed to balance the formula for doling out equal amounts of love and discipline. They know how to laugh, play, and say "No!" to each of their kids.  And if it's one thing I learned from them, it's to PLAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN!  Ride bikes, skate board, dance around the kitchen, swing on swings, hug, tickle, and laugh with them. During their session, I realized that the Curtis children really valued all of the family time they spent together during their session, and kept saying that they had the best time that day.  They they will probably look back on the day as one of the most fun experiences of their childhood :)

Amanda and Ryan, thank you so much for allowing me to come into your home and photograph your family for the day.  I am in complete awe of the both of you as parents, and I hope that my husband and I will be able to raise children half as well as you are raising your own brood :)

Please click on the link below to see photos from their Day In The Life session!

xo
Christine


Foundation First Workshop, Fearless Photographers, Forth Worth, Texas

 
(Photo by Joe Appel)

(Photo by Joe Appel)

 

I recently attended Foundation First (FF), a photojournalism workshop in Fort Worth, Texas. I’ve been home for several weeks now, and I’m still processing the whole experience. On paper, the workshop looks like this:

Day 1: Lessons
Day 2: Shooting Day at the Forth Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Day 3: Photo Critique

In reality, though, it was so much more. It was spending three amazing days with thirteen other students trying to soak up all the knowledge that our mentors could offer, and three days of our mentors trying to drown us in all the knowledge they possibly could.  It was learning how to “see the light,” how to use continuous focus, how to express love in your photographs, how to be patient and wait for a moment to happen.  It was being brave enough to show my crappy images to my peers, so we could all learn how they could have been better photos. It was cheering for another student when he displayed an incredible, portfolio-worthy photo. It was exhilarating, embarrassing, exhausting and energizing. It was turning strangers into family. It was amazing, and I loved every minute of it. 

I know, know.  This description is a bit vague, a bit esoteric. So, I'll try to describe one learning moment of many that I had during FF, and hopefully it may give some insight into my entire experience.

 

 
(Photo by Joe Appel)

(Photo by Joe Appel)

 

On Shooting Day, we were assigned take photos of children getting their livestock ready for competition. After the first couple of hours of shooting, I hit a pretty low point. I was cold, wet, and frustrated that I wasn’t getting great images (I may have even broken down and sobbed a bit). It was during this time that one of my mentors Jan Garcia came over to talk to me about my progress.  He asked to see my photos (I cringed!). After reviewing my images, he gave me this piece of advice:

 "Stop seeing what your eyes see, and start seeing what your camera sees."

In other words, even though the rest of the world may see a scene like this:

 

 
Me, wet and miserable, desperately trying to get "the shot" and do my mentor Jan Garcia proud!  (Photo by Jan Garcia)

Me, wet and miserable, desperately trying to get "the shot" and do my mentor Jan Garcia proud!  (Photo by Jan Garcia)

 

 

I needed to start seeing the world like this:

 

 
(Photo by Christine Sanchez, with mad assist by Jan Garcia)

(Photo by Christine Sanchez, with mad assist by Jan Garcia)

 

The photos are so crazy different, right?! These photos made me "see the light." My entire weekend was made up of similar but equally enlightening "A-HA!" moments. It was wonderful :)

If you want an in-depth description of the FF experience then I highly encourage you to check out the blogs of my fellow peers Rob, Bridget, Juan Carlos, Melissa, Shelly, Katie, and Jennifer. They are able to convey the entire experience better that I can  -  trust me, I know, because I’ve been trying to write this damn blog entry for the last several weeks!

 

 
(Photo by Joe Appel)

(Photo by Joe Appel)

 

A big thank you to all of my FF mentors and staff:  Huy, Tyler, Joe, Craig, Kelly, Sherry, GulnaraSergio, Candice, Jan, and McKenzie. Every single one of you passed on some bit of knowledge to me, whether it was advice in photography, or just being inspired by the way you have chosen to life your life and pursue your work. I'm honored and grateful to have learned from you.

xo

Christine

 
(Photo by Joe Appel)

(Photo by Joe Appel)

 



Piper + Quinn, Twin Newborn Session, Chandler, Phoenix, Arizona

 
 

I love my newborn clients.  While most new parents want the hyper-stylized, Anne Geddes-esque newborn photos that are all the rage right now (which, I have to admit, are really, really cute!), my clients prefer a more lifestyle photography approach. It’s certainly not a style for everyone, but my clients recognize that these photos can capture what a lot of studio photos often miss – their expressive, burgeoning personalities. If you are lucky enough, you may even get an amazing photo of your baby channeling her inner Gene Simmons :)

Xo

Christine

 
 
 
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