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Hey all,

I am excited about fall coming soon… excited about all the upcoming photo sessions, excited about Fall Break, and excited to be able to take my baby boys to the park.    Last night I attempted some park play after the sun was out of the sky, and it didn’t matter, we were all still dripping with sweat and it was 7 pm… ugh!  I wish I’d had my camera with me because Jack went down the big slide with a neighbor girl and face planted into the sand, when I ran to the rescue his face looked like a snickerdoodle cookie – completely covered in sand – eyes, nose, mouth it was like a sand mask!  I was laughing so hard, and wiping it all down, and the little boy never even cried.  Little boys are amazing that way – they just love the outdoors and are happy as long as they are outside…. oh, and if they are making lots of noise too… can’t forget that!

Here is a line up of my fall classes

Photographing Children

Come learn how to capture great images of your kids! Whether it’s a classic portrait, a candid day-in-the-life image, or an action/sports shot. We’ll learn about how to find the best lighting, how to work with wiggly toddlers, and how to get crisp images and avoid getting blurry shots. Only 12 spots available, must register to attend at

Thursday, September 19th

9:00 – 11:30 , in Chandler

Photography 101 and 102

Come and learn in person how to create amazing images, and how to use all the functions on your camera!  These 2 classes are 3 hours each and held one week apart from each other.  During the class, we will learn a concept, and then step outside with our cameras and actually shoot using that concept, then we’ll come back inside for more learning! Be prepared to learn things you never knew your camera could do. Both classes are packed with information! All of the concepts are based on using natural light only.

$150 for both classes

Class 101:  $75
Thursday, Sept. 22nd
9:00 – 12:00

Composition, lighting, creativity, toddler tricks, clarity and focus, using the Creative modes (not Auto), aperature priority, shutter priority,

Class 102:  $75
Thursday, Sept. 29th
9:00 – 12:00

Lenses – why, which, when,
depth of field, white balance, focus points – toggling, exposure, ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode,

The classes are designed to go together.  To register, email me at  to let me know your interested and we will get you registered!

Can’t wait to meet ya!

I will always love doing pictures in the hospital because it is such a sweet experience!  This little girl came with a great set of lungs and an unexpected full head of hair!  Congrats S and J!!

Everything about this shoot went well.  Our little cute here started out a little shy, but ended up as darling as she could be, the lighting was fabulous, and everyone so fun!  Momma delivered a little brother 3 weeks later, so I have some of his newborn shots to share with you soon as well….

Gotta love these spunky kids… they must get it from their parents, who are quite amazing people!  I love shooting in the home, it’s so fun to create art out of you and your family.  It can be so much more than “family pictures”.

This above image is just what I am talking about.  You could have a nice random picture of flowers on your wall as art, or this.  Your sweet child and your pups… your family art.  This would look amazing as a 4 foot gallery wrap canvas at the end of the hallway.

Don’t you just love the drool?

Baby shoots are so much fun because you are around this beautiful little bundle, and yet they are a little more work because the little bundle’s needs must come first!  This little guy was no exception, he made his mark all over the white towels!  But looking at this shot, do you think he cared?   Neither did I….

phoenix newborn photography

phoenix newborn photography

phoenix newborn photography

phoenix newborn photography

phoenix newborn photography

phoenix newborn photography

From Amy:

Being in Ethiopia for the first time was just amazing. Every corner, every moment was something new, and it would take me a week to describe it all. But for now, I have to tell you about one of my favorite experiences. I think everyone should have an experience like this once in their life, and I have Chantal, Rochelle, Betty, and Marianne to thank for allowing me to ride their coat tails and feel like a hero for the day.

We arrived at the High School early Tuesday morning in our green Scooby Doo bus. We knew they were expecting us and that they were going to have a ceremony for the 10 computers that Marianne worked so hard to get donated to the school. But no one prepared us for what we were about to experience. As the bus drove up, we all peered through the windows at what was over 2000 beautiful black students in white tops and pink and lavendar pants standing in the dirt waiting for us, and as the bus pulled to a halt a powerful clapping began, but in unison: clap, clap, clap… as if a procession was about to begin. We piled out of the bus, and the teenager volunteers in our group went right up and into the crowd, shaking hands, and saying hellos as if they had just been reunited with their best friends. The crowds slowly parted, and as the loud clapping continued, visions of the movie Madagascar flashed through my head. We were being heralded as hero’s, and I for one was not deserving. I was just there to record it all through my camera. I was taken in with their faces, so happy, so beautiful and searching mine as hard as I searched theirs. As I met them, they were warm and welcoming, like we were family meeting for the first time. It was so amazing. Eventually the crowd quieted, we were moved to our place in the ceremony, and the event began… a gratitude ceremony for Marianne and Hope Arising, and a presentation of the 10 new computers.

Above is Marianne, she led her community of 1200 people in raising over $5500 for computers and desks at 2 schools. The distinguished man with the white hair is Moosa, the town mayor.

Above is the gift of the computers, and then the school presented H.A. with the gift of their school picture. They were so very grateful.

Here is the computer room, they had only 10 computers for the 2000 students before, now they will have 20.

We developed a saying while in Ethiopia, and that was; “Your not an Ethiopian if you don’t love the camera”. They clammored to get into this shot.

Just after taking this above shot, I continued to walk towards a classroom, when they all ran up and just walked as close as they could without touching me, and 2 boys that knew better English said, “Hello, we would like to ask you some questions,” and so I answered, “Great, I would like to ask you some questions to.” The first boy asked me about what I do and how much certification I had (college and education) and why couldn’t understand why I hadn’t finished college. The entire group plus more listened in. Then the second boy turned to me and asked, “what can you teach us?” I was speechless. That question said so much more than ‘what can you teach us’. It said; we are hungry, we want to learn, to grow and to improve our lives, we are ready, can you help. It was a question much bigger than I was at that moment, and a question that I will never forget.

One of the things the students pointed out when we had some one on one time was the challenge of being able to focus with 3 students per desk.

I love the image above. I could see this one super large on the wall. I love how you could interpret a million different stories from it.

This kid let me take his picture, then started cracking up for the next shot. I love that they have humor and were probably laughing at me. That happened alot.

The library was a must see on our tour of the school. The wall you see behind the librarian is all the books they have. They are desperate for more books.

David, our Canadian teen volunteer showing them where his home is.

I love the picture of their book, and their feet. The book is so old you can’t even read the title. And the feet look surprisingly clean considering their isn’t water to wash with. These sandals were seen all over town, and the shredded pants were very normal as well.

I don’t know how I am going to be able to put into words the experiences that I had while in Ethiopia this last week.  It was amazing.  We all decided that there is no way to totally bring back what we had, but that you must experience it for yourself.  However, I will do my best.  I was blessed with the opportunity to travel with Hope Arising and to take video and still images of the town, the humanitarian projects, and the people.  It was simply amazing.  Everything we did, every moment was a new experience.  And in most cases, experiences that blew your mind.  Most of the work was done in a town called Dera.  It has to be one of the poorest villages in the entire country.  The living conditions would frighten you.  The biggest reason is their lack of water.  To get water, they have to walk hours to a water station, which is dripping unclean water out a little at a time.  So, they set their yellow cans in a line to get water unclean and diseased water when it is their turn, which can take days.  Then they repeat, year after year after year.  Hope Arising has been raising funds to get the water into Dera from a spring in a near by mountain, and the project is almost complete.  I was able to see the spring and talk to villagers who are already starting to receive the water between the mountain and Dera and who are already having their lives changed.  It was awesome.  Totally awesome.  Each time we were in Dera the people would swarm you.  They wanted to you to take their pictures, but they also wanted to know about us, touch our white skin, and some wanted us to take them home with us.  I wanted to take them home with us too.  The students are starving for more knowledge.  They were so interested in how they could improve their studies.   It was impressive.  They are a town that is poor, but mostly in opportunity.  They were happy people that if given the chance would do better, do more and thrive.   I am going to share just a few pictures at a time and a few stories at a time.   Here is today’s images.

Here are some of the pictures in the market, the people are so beautiful!  Even the dirty little children are so cute, and so happy!  Always smiling and laughing!  Most of these children were barefoot.

This picture is from a classroom in Dera, they were a uniform school, this was grade 5.

This one turned 15 this week, so we went out and played with my camera… so blessed am I.

I thought I’d share a couple of tips on lighting while posting pics of this darling girl.  Can you believe she is only in 7th grade?  She is such a doll!  I love that Mom took the time to have a photo session done at this age of just her.  Most parents wait till their kids are Seniors to give them their own shoot, but every age should be celebrated!

So, on to the lighting tips, (and this is basic stuff).  One of the most common misconceptions about light is that it is best to stand in the sunlight for a picture.  While the sun omits more light, it can be harsh, especially in the middle of the day.   Picture a flashlight hanging above your head, the light is so directional that it causes deep shadows everywhere.   Shooting in the sun during mid day can also cause those harsh shadows, plus a lot of squinty eyes.

I love to actually have my subjects in the shade.  Using my camera to help correctly expose (light up) the subject, I can get a nice even natural light on the subject, no harsh shadows, and no squinty eyes.  It’s also a great idea to shoot in the evening or early morning.  But more on that later.  Check out this cutie patootie!

PS – Basic Photoshop Class is next Tuesday!  Come and learn how to take your images from good to amazing!!

I love, love this type of lighting above, hazy and beautiful… more on that later…

And backlighting is also one of my favorite types of lighting… simply stunning light!  And girl!