Chris + Rebecca + Audrey, Newborn Session, Scottsdale, Arizona

 
 

Hey guys!

Meet Rebecca, Chris + Aubrey.

Rebecca was my first, true Arizona friend. We met at my first post-college job, and I was instantly drawn to her.  She's super smart, incredibly gregarious, and hi-LAR-ious!! Plus she's got one hellava set of pipes - girl can SING! We've spent many a time cranking up the car radio and wailing to Madonna tunes while we worked together "in the field". Our friendship was forged and cemented over shared meals of convenience store hot dogs (okay, me more than her) and after-work Happy Hour drink specials.

Rebecca and I both left that first job, but have luckily remained friends. We have shared countless bottles of wine, evenings of karaoke, and side-splitting laughs. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to witness each other fall in love with our husbands, get married, buy our first homes, and (in the Rebecca and Chris' case) have babies. After knowing them for so many years, I was excited to document them as a new family. 

As parents, Rebecca and Chris are naturals.  They have really embraced their new roles as Mom and Dad.It was beautiful to watch them cuddle and snuggle with Audrey. I visited on a week day, so Chris only had a few minutes for photos before he had to leave for work. but I was able to capture some beautiful family portraits, and a couple of adorable father-daughter shots:

 
 
 
 
 
 

After Chris left for work, I got down to photographing baby Audrey, and she did not disappoint! She has the most mesmerizing eyes - 100% blue steel :) And she was so full of expression! At one point, her pacifier fell out of her mouth, and she let us know that she wasn't too happy about it. 

 

 

Uh, oh! Audrey lost her pacifier...

 
 
 

...and tears ensued :(

 
 

Pacifier in mouth = one content babe :)

 
 

New Mama love.

 
 

One of my last photos of Audrey before I left. Apparently, photoshoots are hard work!

 
 

Chris and Rebecca, I loved photographing your new family unit, and I look forward to years of many more family photo sessions!

xo--
Christine

Scottsdale, Arizona Resort Wedding: Billy + Mary

 
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I love, LOVE documenting stories! Usually I focus on documenting families, but occasionally I will photograph weddings, too. 

Mary and Billy were referred to me by a mutual friend. I liked them immediately upon meeting them - they are both so laid-back, kind, and fun-loving! At our initial meeting, they described what they wanted for their wedding - a casual, intimate, ceremony solely witnessed only by close family and friends. When they said they really wanted me to photograph their family and friends, and not worry so much about details (i.e., flowers, dress, shoes, etc.) I was really stoked, because I knew that I could focus on capturing the beautiful moments of their special day. 

Their ceremony took place on a tiny rooftop at Isabella's Kitchen, a fantastic Italian restaurant in North Scottsdale. With a guest list of about 15 people, it was a beautiful, small gathering of siblings, parents, in-laws and friends.  I was prepared for the intimacy of the ceremony but I wasn't prepared how emotional it was going to be. The love and appreciation that Billy and Mary share for each other, and for Mary's 7-year old son Dylan, was so obvious, and really beautiful to watch. I cried buckets the entire time I was photographing!

Congratulations to Billy, Mary, and Dylan on your new little family. You guys are really meant to be :)  I wish you the happiest of ever-afters!

xo
Christine
 

Kienle Day In The Life

Last month I did a "Day In The Life Session" with the wonderful Kienle family. For those of you who aren't familiar with "Day In The Life" sessions, I follow a family for a day and document their daily routine: waking up, eating meals, playing with toys, etc.  Childhood is fleeting, and my goal during these sessions is to photograph and memorialize this precious time of life before it's gone. 

The Kienle family whole-heartedly embraced the concept behind Day In The Life sessions, and allowed me complete access to their entire day. As a result, I captured the most beautiful images of their daughter Olivia cuddling with mom Kelly and dad Alex in the wee hours of the morning, of baby Vivian practicing tummy time with Kelly, of shopping for toys, sneaking treats to the family dog, giggles at bath time, and sweet bedtime kisses.

I put together a video with some of my favorite images.  I hope, after you watch the video, that you will see that even though you may feel that your day to day life is boring, in reality it's actually filled with really beautiful moments.