maximus, the grumpy blue-eyed sphynx cat that brings us so much joy
there was an instant click when we first met yesenia and scott for their engagement shoot last year. after all, we love animals, they love animals. i love the dallas cowboys, they love the cowboys (i went crazy when i saw the garter).
when i first walked into the hotel suite, there was such positive and happy vibe. just moments after getting into her wedding gown, yesenia and her father exchanged glances and i could see him fighting back the tears in his eyes. there’s a special place in my heart each time i witness a father daughter moment. on their beautiful day, yesenia and scott were surrounded by many people who loved and supported them. right before the night came to a close, all their wedding guests joined the couple on the dance floor and formed a huge circle, connecting hands to shoulder, each smiling, laughing, and celebrating their special day together. a perfect ending to a perfect wedding. yesenia and scott, thank you for the honor of capturing your special day!
pops and i planned a super spontaneous vaca to arizona just one day before we embarked on the road trip. besides the speeding ticket i got on the way there (76mph in a 70mph zone ARE YOU KIDDING ME. MR. POPO!?), we had a great father-daughter bonding 3 days. arizona is such a beautiful state covered in massive canoyns and walls that reflect different reddish bluish colors against the sun. we witnessed breathtaking views of canyons 6000 ft deep and rocks 5000 ft tall.
not cool dude.
each time we gassed up, pops calculated our mpg. not sure if he was more excited to get 33.33 mpg or witness the grand canyon.
touchdown grand canyon!
this 2 billion year old canyon spans 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and over a mile in depth. mind.blown.
pops wouldn’t let me inch any closer to the ledge. he said his feet became noodly.
the first afternoon there we just walked around and explored
can’t beat the canyon’s sunset
back in the room, pops watched nervously as the heat beat the pacers by 1 in OT.
day 2: bright angel trail
don’t think he brought enough snacks for us…
we hiked from the trailhead to plateau point. roughly 3000ft elevation change one way and 12.2 miles roundtrip.
“it shouldn’t be hard”, he said. “we don’t need that much water”, he said. 8 miles later, so…sore…..
spiders the size of my palm. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.
reached plateau point right above the colorado river!
instant crash right after the hike
after his nap, we went to look for a good spot to watch the sunset. it only lasted a few minutes before the sun dipped below the canyon’s horizon but it was an amazing few minutes. just the opposite direction was a bright full moon.
day 3: we packed up early and left for sedona
sunbathing while finding peace
there were some really unique shops in downtown sedona. my favorite, just west of the city, was son silver west
bye, arizona! see you again in october for rim to rim
can’t believe it’s been 2 years since the last time i did a portraits session with jeff and julie’s beautiful family. if it wasn’t for how fast little emily is growing up i’d still think it was just yesterday. and now there’s even a new addition to the family, 4 month old big-eyed/big-cheeked abigail! we chose a beautiful saturday morning and kept it intimate at their house. always a fun time with my taco-providing neighbors.