I've known Martha since I took a photo class at Chandler Gilbert Community College years ago. The class met on a high school campus and Martha was one of the high school kids who would come in to use the photo lab after school when our class was meeting. Martha and Cindy met while taking classes at ASU.
We started out in Phoenix at this painted wall that had caught my eye and then we went back to my house (which is pretty much my favorite place to create photos) and finally we went to a carnival.
I asked Cindy to dance for these photos and I didn't have to ask twice.
This is a me-checking-the-light photo. So it's not something I ever meant to process and give them. And I know Martha's eyes are closed. But I post it as message to myself: the message being, Don't be afraid to shoot in open, mid-day light at wide f-stops, just because you think you can't get anything good in that kind of light, because clearly, done right, that kind of light can be really pretty and even dreamy.
Cindy wanted orange trees in her engagement shoot. Yeah, orange trees and oranges are kinda trendy in engagement shoots, but I thought it was a cute idea and wanted to also. So it turns out I have a bunch of orange trees and thought they would be perfect for the shoot. What I didn't realize is that my orange trees weren't looking so great and the oranges weren't either, but I guess you can't really tell from the photos, can you?
Beautiful girls. Beautiful winter light.
I love the catch-light in their eyes here in this one (below). And I love the framing. Actually, I just flat out love it.
I've always wanted to shoot engagement photos at a carnival. Turns out there was a carnival that weekend and Martha and Cindy and I went there and walked around. And they kindly put up with my one more photo, wait just one more, ok I promise, just go stand over there and it will be the last one, remember how I said, just one more, well yeah, just one more. ;)
Thanks you guys! We had such a fun day! I always regret I never get to see you both nearly as much as I would like to, which made spending the better part of a day with you totally sweet and fun. We have to do it again soon!
We went to the grand opening of the new Fair Trade Cafe on Friday night. There was a monsoon blowing in so the air was all dusty and smelling of rain and if you live in Arizona you know how much better that makes the evening!
There's a Fair Trade Cafe location on Roosevelt Avenue that I love to go to and so I am so excited there will be another location in downtown Phoenix. And it's in the coolest location, downstairs of the A. E. England building, built in 1926, in the new Civic Space Park .
I love the location of this park. It's near the YMCA building, underneath this beautiful piece of art, across from ASU, the Light Rail goes by either side of the park, the Westward Ho building and a beautiful post office are just north of it. And if you are looking at this photo, you may be thinking where exactly is the park? The green spaces are not in the picture, but they do surround the building and well....it's an Arizona park and it's new....the trees are still kinda little but I can picture how they will be someday and they will be gorgeous.
We listened to some guys making music and watched the dogs and their people walk by. I want a dog!
We got some drinks and went to sit under the Giant Jellyfish Monster of Death!
There was a band and people swing dancing in the upstairs part of the building. Swing dancing looks like sooo much fun. I wish I knew how. I took these photos through the window and I like the how they look through the glass.
The coffee shop is located downstairs in an open court yard area.
The Westward Ho at 1/30 a second. Up until the other day I never let myself shoot anything at less than 1/60 because I like my images being not too soft/fuzzy/unsharp. Even though I am always taking pictures after dark. But! But last week we went to listen to Joe Buissink speak and he kept saying what his settings were and apparently he is definitely not afraid of less than 1/60. So here's the building at 1/30.
The storm that had been slowly blowing in was getting really windy and wonderful as we left and then by the time we got to the car and were starting to drive away, the rain started coming down like crazy!