Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nuri's Senior Pictures!

Nuri is one of those kids who you know is going to change the world...and you better get out of the way now. I loved her on sight, but was slightly intimidated...she was nodding and smiling at me, but I could tell that she was having her senior pictures taken under duress...a fact that she confirmed within five minutes, which made me like her even more...I value honesty, what can I say? We started at the Cave Creek Coffee Company, then moved on to a funky part of Carefree, my new favorite spot, except for the fact that a guy in a junky car, with a filthy shirt and reeking of...well, to be precise, the funk that collects from not having bathed in a very long time came careening up, begging us to take Nuri's pictures with his "really cool saxophone". I was getting ready to tell him what to do with his saxophone when Nuri's mom, Nadine Shalaan, editor and publisher of our local fave magazine up here, the In &Out, roared up in her fab new Mini Cooper. That guy ran like a lamb when he sees mint jelly. The rest of the shoot was filled with great light, and beautiful Nuri. What else can you ask for?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Jaden'sSenior Pictures!

Jaden is the reason I love taking Senior Pictures...she was sweet, fun, up for anything, and a knockout. How could anything go wrong? We had a great time taking pictures at my favorite place to shoot, the JW Marriott, tried all kinds of looks, poses, lighting, clothes...the whole day was a great success!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Famous people

I shot someone famous the other day. You'd recognize her. Anyone would, from your children to your grandmother. She was in town and just wanted family pictures, in a casual, relaxed setting, which we did. I was...I don't know, kind of scared beforehand...why did she call ME? What if her people told me that I had to only have green M&M's on hand, or I had to bow and curtsey before looking her in the eye? But she was great, and amazing and funny and self deprecating, and she had a stain onher shirt, and we laughed a lot and got a lot of great pictures, none of which I can show, of course, which kind of makes me sad, because they were great pictures, and I always like to share them with you, but also kind of makes me feel like I have a secret...does that make sense? Anyway, I just wanted to share what I could.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Princess Maia

maia is just one of those adorable, irresistble kids who makes you feel happy to be alive. Her mom, who I will worship forever because of her immediate, amazing above and beyond the call of duty help last September, was such a joy to watch, so proud of her baby being so grown up and beautiful. You can just feel the love between them. What a Win!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I have been shooting the elegant Princess Claudia for a year now, and her brother Christopher,who is a little cutie as well. She's grown up so much!! And I love hanging out with their mom, Cindy...she's so nice and always cheers me on at Sweat!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Princess Alexandria

Alexandria is such a little classic beauty...I think she looks like Snow White, don't you? We had so much fun in the studio...she was quiet and shy, but then she turned it on for the camera like a wild woman. Her mom told me that she went home and practiced her modeling moves, which is so cute and warms my heart so much!