Summertime in Arizona can make even the most enthusiastic, photo happy people wilt and wither, under the glaring, afternoon sun. Evenings can work, but really, mornings are best.

Luckily, as those of us with kids are very much aware, little ones tend not to respect morning boundaries. And if you have a one year old, the notion of meeting me for photos at 6AM isn’t all that strange. For those of you without kids,  give it time.

While it was probably still warm by the thermometer, we certainly didn’t feel it and nobody looked it. This sweet, baby girl had a great time, she’s been a natural, ever since she was even a littler baby girl, when we spent a morning getting all sorts of baby photos.  I loved every minute I spent with this wonderful family!

 

family photos at a Chandler park with lanterns hangingfather and young daugther at the Gilbert park playingFamily portrait at the park in pink blue and purple - Gilbert AZone year old girl holding ballons at the Gilbert park in Arizonamother and baby girl portrait at the parkfather and mother holding one year old baby girl handsone year old girl dressed in pink and purple walking on the sidewalkfather holding baby girl in his arms att he parkone year old girl standing on little rocking chairone year old girl holding small suitcase at the parkfamily happy portrait at the parkfamily sitting on a bench at the parkparents walking hand in hand with baby girl

  • burt and jean corkum - We love all these photos – everyone looks so happy. Dear little Lila Jean
    already a year old…..a beautiful family.

    Much love, Gram and Gramps

  • Jane Corkum - Good morning!
    I know I’ve already emailed you a note when the photos first arrived, but I look at these photos every day multiple times and just smile. The outfits, the little shoes, the happiness that is on all of your faces – sheer delight! Such a happy little girl — who you can tell just adores her parents! And she is precious beyond words. You all are.
    Much love,
    Mom/Grammie Jane

  • Tera Pepper - Hello!!!! Lila Jean is so adorable! Ryan, you are a true doting Daddy and she is the apple of your eye! Karina, you are glowing and your happiness is very apparent! I’m so happy for you and I can tell Lila Jean has made your last year an amazing one! We miss you so much!
    Love, Brian, Tera, Blake & Toby!

  • Eric B - Amazing shots! What is the location with the trees!? So beautiful! I’ve been to the park before, but have never seen trees like that there. Where were you guys?

    Hope you’re doing well in California!

Happy father’s day to all the amazing dads out there! Happy father’s day to my amazing husband who is a fantastic dad to our boys.

This year the kids and I got to create a very special photo book for Greg, it is so cute to read the kid’s  perception of their dad.

This book is one of our newest products and such a unique and custom gift for all dads. Everyone loves it!

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He is only 8 but he already thinks he is bigger than daddy 🙂   Too funny!

Cute album design for father

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cute father

Lisa and Pete were married at the Millennium Resort in Scottsdale. Quite simply, they’re lovely people. When we arrived, there was this wonderfully comfortable, peaceful and happy atmosphere. We walked into the bridal suite to find a surprisingly calm and radiant Lisa. Pete was helping Tyler get ready- so cute- I’m such a sucker for little guys in tuxedos (Pete looked okay too 😉 )

This is why I love weddings so much, the LOVE in the air, the ritual, the happiness, the festivity. To be a part of such an important day in people’s lives really is an honor and to be a part of Lisa and Pete’s wedding day was amazing; it was everything a wedding is supposed to be. Their vows were so fitting and genuine, they made me cry and I normally don’t cry at weddings.

From Pete’s vows:
“… We are truly the right ‘fit’ for one another; I am the peanut butter to your jelly, we belong together… I will bring to you the very best of me, to bring out the best in us, and the best in the children that we cherish…”

From Lisa’s vows:
“… together we will raise our family and create a home filled with kindness, honesty, laughter, and mutual respect, a place where we support and encourage one another in the spirit of love that surrounds us today…”

I loved their vows, such simple words, yet so meaningful. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. Watching them share these vows reminded me of a quote (that I’m too lazy to Google who said it right now).

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

This wedding was a wonderful success for Pete, Lisa and their new family; truly a “celebration”, in every sense of the word. A fantastic day shared with great loving friends and family.

Congratulations Lisa and Pete!!!!









































































It’s an hour before dusk. We are approaching the swamp. The children are restless and not quite the model, back-seat travelers we know they can be. So it begins. We remind them that if there ever was a time to be their best, this was it. The swamp is teaming with alligators. And remember what happened to that kid from Michigan, you know, the one that ran on the boat, tripped and fell in the alligator water? “What?” comes the back seat echo, in full stereo? No, no, you don’t want to know.

Fast forward another ten minutes and we’re near the end game. We explain to the boys that they really can do whatever they like, but when we go by where Big Al lives, the child that behaves the worst, will be fed to the that gigantic, nine foot alligator. We had worked the boys up into a little frenzy- in our defense, it was an hours’ drive from New Orleans- but at that moment, a calm, confidence, washed over Mateo, as he slowly turned his head towards Lucas and proclaimed, “I’m safe.”

If you ever find yourselves in New Orleans, we can’t recommend this little detour enough. Greg from Airboat Tours was a stellar mix of entertainment, education and top notch boat handling skills, all wrapped up with a noticeable enjoyment for what he was doing.

New Orleans swamp
New Orleans swampBig Al the alligator,  if you look closely you can see him waiting, patiently, to get a snack!
New Orleans swampOur Lucas was the only one of us wanting to hold the alligator (and the frog).
Lucas holding a baby alligator at New Orleans swamp
Lucas holding a frog at New Orleans Swamp
Lucas holding a frog at New Orleans Swamp

  • Nola - What a great photo of a super cute kid and a cool family adventure!!

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