My Life: Summer Travel 2018 Part 1 - Arizona

Day 1 - Flight to Phoenix, Cosanti, Arizona Science Center, Taliesin West

This year's trip took us out West.  We flew into Phoenix late Thursday night.  You can see how I rocked baggage claim in the middle of the night when we arrived early Friday morning!  We spent our first day exploring Scottsdale, AZ, with a stop at Cosanti to see the wind chimes by designer Paolo Soleri and a visit to the Arizona Science Center.  We concluded our day with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, which was just as I remembered it from when my parents took me in 1995!

Day 2 - Sedona

Day 2 was spent exploring Sedona.  We started off the day at the Chamber of Commerce to get some information about hiking.  We wanted a hike with rocks and water, so after a mile or so in the incredible heat of the Baldwin Trail, we were rewarded with the cool waters of Oak Creek and the vortex near Cathedral Rock.  I have to say, I'm definitely a believer in and senser of the Earth's energy, and my family definitely got back in the car happier.  We finished our day with an off road jeep ride, where we were blessed with a driver who also knew how to handle my camera, and was able to get some lovely sunset family photos of us!

Day 3 - Grand Canyon

On Sunday, we explored the Grand Canyon.  First we biked around on the South Kaibab Trailhead.  We were so busy stopping to enjoy the sights along the way, we didn't even make it out to Yaki Point!  After we returned the bikes, we stopped in the General Store within the park for some snacks and drinks.  We finished up the evening taking the shuttle bus out to Maricopa Point, walked to Powell Point, and finished enjoying the sunset at Hopi Point.

Day 4 - Antelope Canyon, Kayak Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend

Lower Antelope Canyon was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.  It was a good almost hour (with stopping to take many photos along the way, of course) of walking through seemingly endless twists and turns of incredible colors and rock formations in this incredible slot canyon.  We spent the afternoon kayaking on Lake Powell, and the evening enjoying the sunset at Horseshoe Bend.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post, which will highlight our adventures in Southern Utah and our road trip conclusion in Las Vegas!!

Aaron's Sporty Mitzvah Pre Shoot

This awesome teen celebrated his Bar Mitzvah this past weekend, and I'm thrilled to share these images from our sporty mitzvah pre-shoot together!  The theme of his celebration was the Miami Dolphins, so we headed to the local football field for some fun portraits and family time!  These boys are sweet souls who are open and loving with their friends and family, which made them such a pleasure to work with.  Genuine emotion is one of my favorite things to capture, and it was plentiful during this session!

Laura, David, Keaton, and Mallory: Wynwood Walls Family Photo Session

One of my favorite things to capture in a family photo session is realness.  Realness can be hard to achieve when a session begins with the goal of a 'perfect' portrait with everyone looking and smiling at the camera.  But when mama is a photographer from Massachusetts who you met at a lifestyle photography workshop, you know she appreciates the real stuff. 

And oh did these kids give me so much real!  When they looked at my camera, it wasn't with the intention of pleasing me or mom and giving us a picture perfect smile.  When they looked at my camera, it was to share a piece of themselves with me.  I got some silly, some serious, and some sibling rivalry.  I also captured love.

Ryan's Bar Mitzvah

Ryan became a Bar Mitzvah, and his family couldn't be more proud! We captured some photos of him and his family with the Torah, and in some beautiful golden hour light as the sun set!

Katie and Ethan's B'nai Mitzvah Pre-Shoot at Wynwood Walls

These siblings just celebrated their B'nai Mitzvah this past Shabbat and did such a beautiful job during the service, followed that evening with a celebratory reception.  This family was a pleasure to work with from start to finish.  They all have so much love for each other!  And it's contagious.  I don't think it's possible to be in their presence and not feel warm and happy!  I can't wait to process the photos from the mitzvah, but until then, here are some from our Mitzvah Pre-Shoot together a few months earlier in the colorful Wynwood Walls graffiti art district in Miami.