What a great time in life: high school graduation, bittersweet for the parents and full of promises for graduates. I can not even fathom my boys graduating high school, leaving the house in search of their dreams. In Brasil, most kids live at home until they get married!  Two years ago I photographed Hunter’s brother, Bo, and we took a few shots of the two brothers together, it’s crazy the difference that a couple of years makes. I am always surprised by how much they grow physically and as individuals. Hunter graduates high school this year and unlike most of his classmates, he already knows exactly what he wants! Good luck in your adventures Hunter!

High school senior boy photo in front of train

High school senior boy photo in front of train

High school senior boy photo close upHunter with his brother Bo and mom Chris

High school senior boy photo with family

High school senior boy photo full body

High school senior boy photo on train tracks

High school senior boy photo with girlfriend

High school senior boy photo with girlfriend

Two years ago: Bo’s High School Senior Photos

High school senior boy photo with his brother

Carlissa and Matt were married at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain on a gorgeous, Arizona day. Our lovely bride and her groom had a super sweet private moment before we took them away for some pictures of just the two of them. The ballroom was splendid, with up-lighting, beautiful flower arrangements, crystals and chandeliers hanging over the dance floor. Matt & Carlissa were the perfect hosts, this was definitely a once in a lifetime type party!

The wonderful vendors that worked so hard to make this event memorable and fun!

Wedding Designer – Suzanne Taussig Wedding & Event Design
Flowers – Wild Child Floral
DJ  – Citron Sound (DJ Jimmy)
Linens – Southwick Linens
Classic Party Rentals
Hair – Jennifer Andre Salon
Wedding Videographer – Ludwig Video
Cake –  Classic Cakes & Confections

Sanctuary Sign

bride and groom on wedding day at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain resort holding beautiful flower bouquet

Bride getting her make up done
Bride shoes, purse and flower pins. Something old Something new

Bride getting ready at private residence at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain ResortBride portrait in black and white at The Sanctuary Mountain

Bridal Bouquet with white hydrangeas and light pink roses made by Wild Child Floral Designs

Bridesmaids and Bride in the executive suite at the Sanctuary

Bride putting on her garter during the getting ready photos

Bride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary MountainBride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain

Bride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain

Bride and Groom ring shot
Bride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain on a red wall backgroundBride & Groom during their reveal at The Sanctuary Mountain on a red wall background

Bride bouquet on the grass made with hydrangeas pink and chanpagne roses

Bride & Groom at The Sanctuary Mountain holding cute signs

Groom walking down the aisleBride and her father walking down the aisle

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Ceremony site with views

beautiful Wild Child Floral Design flower arrangement for the ceremony site

Bride and Groom holding hands during the ceremony with beautiful Arizona mountains in the background

Bride and groom just pronounced husband and wifeSanctuary wedding

Bride and groom walking out of ceremony sitebride and groom showered with petals
table set up at the Sanctuary
bride and groom romantic photo

Bride and Groom with praying Monk mountain in the background

bride and groom portrait

Bride and groom having fun

Bride and Groom on a walkBride and Groom on a walk kissing

Bride and Groom posing powerful
Seating chart table and flower arrangement

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens

Bride and Groom classic portrait

Bride and Groom dance moves

Bride and groom kissing
Bride and Groom holding hands
bride and groom on blue wall
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
place setting
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort ballroom decorated for a wedding with up lighting and fancy linens
Dance floor with hanging chandeliers

When Nola called to share the news; I was stunned and absolutely speechless. She was calling to schedule her trip to San Diego in a couple months, for me to photograph her soon-to-arrive daughter. Now, Nola has always had to fly in for photo sessions, it was the daughter part that floored me. You see, Nola cannot get pregnant. The tests were run, the doctors all agreed and apparently there had been ample, additional testing of this at home as well (Go Joshua!)

Yet, somehow, Nola was 24 weeks pregnant! She discovered this purely by accident during routine tests, plus one extra one, by a doctor that hadn’t been in on the initial findings. After being told so many times, by so many doctors that this was impossible, it was easy for her to ignore the signs. I think Nola had to repeat 4 times that she was actually pregnant, before it actually sunk in with me. Another baby girl! (They adopted beautiful Saydee last year, you can read about that story and see her photos here.)

Joshua and Nola are such wonderful people and very dear friends, they deserve all the happiness in the world. I remember Nola saying years ago that she wanted a large family, with 8 kids. I am not sure if that it is still the plan but so far so good, two down, six to go!

Thanks for visiting and sharing your most unexpected little treasure with me for a while. Here are the baby photos of the loveliest girl, born to the loveliest parents and loveliest sister, during the happiest, most impossible event.

 

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  • Nola - As it is with EVERY photo shoot we have ever had with you……..I can’t seem to pick a favorite. The photos are breathtaking. 8 or 9 kids is still the plan if we can find a way to get them. We’re not sure if this pregnancy was a fluke or if my body works now. The doctors said the premature menopause diagnosis was out the window, but there are still no menstrual cycles. We’ll see. When the next one comes we’ll be flying in for more photos. You can count on that. There’s not a photographer out there that does work that compares to yours!! Lots of love.

  • Matt Keough - Nola,
    She is just ADORABLE. I cannot pic a favorite. She is just too darn cute. I am so happy for you.

  • Kym - What stunning pictures of a beautiful baby girl!! We need family pics now!

  • Katie - My 4 year old saw some pictures as I was looking through them. He said “look, it’s a baby angel”. I couldn’t have said it better. :). We love you Nola, josh, and your 2 angels.

  • Shanda Reeb - I have looked over and over, I can’t pick a favorite because they are all so good! We met Andrea 8 years ago. We were looking for photographers at a huge wedding expo in Phoenix, Arizona. We had walked through aisle after aisle. She had a banner photo up that caught our attention first, it was so precious- she practically captured the sacred spirit of a baby. After we looked at some of her books, we were sold! She is one of the best decisions we ever made. Her work is unparalleled. She is the best!

  • Shanda Reeb - You did it again Chia Dea! You caught Betty looking so beautiful and peaceful. I don’t know how you do that with newborns. I don’t think the twins ever slept. I am so happy to have these beautiful images to see my niece when I cannot be near her. Thank you always!

  • Carmelle Hinkle - Thank you so much for the beautiful photos of my precious little niece, Betty K! Just saw them and read your very sweet story about the family. I’m amazed at how you make PERFECT settings,and get the little munchkin posed, all while she is peacefully sleeping. I can’t say enough how talented you are. Let’s launch Betty’s career in modeling now. 🙂

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