College Graduation, portrait photography

Clayton

Clayton, Mila’s brother, graduated from Northern Arizona University this year with a degree in exercise science.

College graduates gotta have senior pics too, right? Last big hurrah before adulting begins!!

He is a certified personal trainer, so if you are looking for somebody to get you fit, he is your guy! You can contact me for more info!!

Clayton and Mila’s parents have a big year this year with both of their kids being graduates. It is a proud time in their lives for sure!! But bring on the tissues!!!

 

 

 

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High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Mila

 

 

Mila and her brother combined their senior sessions at DC Ranch Marketplace over the weekend. Mila is graduating from high school and Clayton, who graduated from NAU this year. Mom wanted them to have photos together in their cap and gowns which worked out great! (Clayton’s post will be next)

After Clayton’s session was done, we focused on Mila. When I first asked Mila where she wanted her photos to be done, she told me she really wanted a  field with flowers which is pretty much every senior girls dream session that lives in Arizona because there are no fields of flowers here! (Unless I am missing them, someone please tell me!!) She decided she would be ok with her alternative which was more of a industrial look with cool walls, etc. As we were walking around, we started seeing bloom after bloom of different cactus flowers. This is the time of year in Arizona where all the colors start to show! Needless to say, Mila got her flowers! I think it was better than a field!

Graduation is a little over a month away for Mila and she is super excited. I remember taking her homecoming photos her freshman year like it was yesterday. These four years were a blink. Mila is a beautiful girl and I am so excited for her and her future!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Ally

After just a bit of direction, this senior was a natural in front of the camera! I knew she would be too! I could just tell.

Well, hot temps are back in Arizona! It was nice and toasty during Aly’s session but at least there was a breeze. Wind is always a good thing, in my opinion. We started at the lake and found some little pockets of beauty. This time of year, we see our very popular Palo Verde trees start to bloom along with different cacti and other desert plants.

The orange flowers blooming made for a stunning shot in her rust colored dress! Any cactus lovers out there who knows the name of that cactus? I would love to know!

Aly is off to NAU in the fall and is super excited to be going with her best friend. I love how her jeep is blue and her skirt is yellow! NAU colors!!

I love the way Aly’s vision and mine came together to produce such striking images!

High School Senior Photography

Michael

 

Michael’s laid back personality and great smile made this senior session super easy! Even better, Michael plays Lacrosse in high school and so adding his sport into his session was awesome!

Heading to ASU in the fall and majoring in mechanical engineering, Michael is ready to graduate and tackle the next phase of his life!

The journey of a high school student seems long but it goes by faster than they think. With all of their goals and dreams in front of them, graduation is only the start of a beautiful beginning!

Congratulations Michael! Onto new beginnings!

Family, portrait photography

L Family

Becoming a blended family is not an easy task. I have a blended family of my own and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It requires a lot of patience, love, and guidance from God. When a couple starts out their relationship with children, they do not get the full “courtship” that they would without. They may get a date here and a date there. The anxiety of introducing the kids is hard enough, then hoping they all get along. Dates become family gatherings with the hopes of a kiss or two in between. The love is usually pretty immense with a second marriage because it’s not only love for one another, it’s love for each others children as well. A blended relationship works backwards too. The family starts first. Watching them grow up and go off to college, then the alone time begins. There are challenges along the way and many bumps in the road, but the end result is totally worth it.

Joanna met Tom at work. He had come into the office she worked at for computer reasons and asked her on a date. They had a wonderful time and Tom knew after the first date he wanted to marry her.

Tom had a beautiful proposal set up. A romantic evening for two. The babysitter was set, the dinner reservations were made, they were all dressed up. Tom was sweating, though. They were on their way to dinner and there was one thing missing, the ring. When he received the call, finally, that the ring was finished it was better late than never. Since Tom had Joanna in the car, he took her in the jewelry store and proposed to her right there! Proposals like these always make the best stories!

They ended up getting married 2 and a half years later with a small intimate gathering of family and friends to celebrate their life journey. A year has gone by and they are still in the “honeymoon” phase. They are handling a blended family beautifully and are looking forward to many years of lasting memories!

If you add in their “blended dogs” to the family, they are a modern day Brady bunch! Together they have 5 kids and 3 dogs! The kids are 15, 13, 12, 10 and 8. The awesome part is that they all get along! Maybe too well because they bicker and argue like real siblings too! Which is truly what a blended couple pray for every day. During our photo session, I could see the happiness from mom and dad and the kids! They are truly a happily blended family!

I wish this family all the joy life will bring them and all that God will bless them with!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Kieran & Lynn

These two are best friends and wanted to have their senior sessions together. I was all for it! They started with hair and makeup and we ended up at Scorpion Gulch at South Mountain. I had never been there before and I was so excited to shoot at a new location. It was beautiful too!!

The girls wanted to have photos together describing their friendship. They had specific poses they wanted to do and even when they were pretending to choke each other, the one thing that stood out the most was the realness of their friendship. They are total opposites in so much of their personalities which is why they probably get along so well!

They had so much fun having the session together. They helped make each other laugh and pose and assist in each others photos. There was no shortage of smiles either!

The girls goals and dreams will keep them close to each other after they graduate. But no matter where life takes them, I believe their friendship will always be strong!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Noah

Noah is best friends with Parker who is another senior I had this year. They both had their senior sessions at the salvage yard so it gave me a challenge. I have always said that if  I repeated a location, the images would never look the same as someone else’s. From posing to angles and backdrops. The fact that they are best friends, gives  a pretty good chance that their graduation announcements will be sent to some of the same people. I needed to make sure that even though their location was the same, their images would still stand out from one another. And they do!

I sound like a broken record, but I really do love Desert Valley Auto Parts. It is fun to walk around and find new areas to use for backdrops. Also, there is some really awesome desert right across the way so one session can have two totally different looks!

I love how Noah’s images are turning out. I found new spots and angles to keep it fresh and different.

As Noah graduates and sets plans for his future, I hope his goals are high and his dreams are big!

portrait photography

Love Out Lavender

88 web1 wLOL 2018-14For 3 years now I have had the honor to be the photographer for this campaign. “Love out Lavender unites creative people through fundraising to conquer cancer with inspiring images and unique events.” They are a 501c3 non-profit organization whose fundraising dollars are given to the City of Hope.

This organization empowers creativity through a special craft to tell a story of hope, fight and perseverance to conquer cancer. The talented women at Splitt Enzz Salon for the past 2 years and heading into the 3rd, use their skills to show that message through their art of vivid hair. The colors are used to support each cancer and Lavender represents all cancers. They use multiple colors because each of us may have been affected by a different cancer but they all hurt the same way.

I am very fortunate to be a part of their campaign and hope every year they can raise more money than the year before.

With that being said, I will be having a mini session day on April 22nd, 2018 where 50% of each mini session price will go to Splitt Enzz Salon Love out Lavender Campaign. If you would like to have a family session, couples, senior, etc to help raise money to conquer cancer, please contact me! There are limited spots available!

If you would like to just donate, please click on the link below to help support the cause!!

https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Lavender/TiffanyLobdell

Let’s all do our part in finding a cure!!

 

Engagement Session, Weddings

Tiff & Bran

I met Tiffany over 5 years ago. Do you remember when getting feathers in your hair was super popular? My girls HAD to get one and Kaycee’s gymnastics coach had a friend who did them. So I took the girls to her salon and Tiffany put cute little feathers in the girls hair!

From there, I started getting my hair done and we became instant friends. We have done so many photo shoots together over the years and by far, this is my favorite. Their first engagement shoot was 5 years ago when Brandon proposed! They finally set a date in October of this year and so an updated session was much needed!

Tiffany and Brandon are an amazing couple. They are super adventurous! They love being on the lake in the summer wake boarding, jet skiing, you name it! She even gets dirty with him in the desert, quad riding and dirt bike riding. The fun these two have keeps the spirit of their relationship alive and will continue for years to come!

I love that they have each other and are so happy. You can feel the love they have for each other in every photo. I can’t wait to be there at their wedding and capture the first day of the rest of their lives!!

Love you both! Congratulations!! xoxo

 

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Kurt

As most of you know, I have a huge love for this high school because I graduated from it. As well, my kids have and will graduate from there. When I get calls from friends that I graduated with to capture their kids senior sessions, puts it all into perspective that we are getting OLD! But love nonetheless!

Kurt is one of those kids! His mom and I went to high school together and as we approach our kids graduation, we also approach our 20 year reunion. Which is crazy because seriously, we are not that old! Ok enough about us!

Kurt played football all 4 years of high school. So it was necessary to be on the football field for the last half of his session. His passion for the game is being left on the high school football field but the memories will live on in him forever.

Senior guy sessions are pretty easy. They are basically there for their moms. And when mom puts them in their element, they relax, making portraits a little more enjoyable! Kurt was in his element! It was hard to get him not to smile! He was so respectful and open to the ideas we had. He even had an audience of his siblings who followed him around his session! There was no way we were going to the football field without them! I think they had a good time too!

I am super excited for Kurt and his upcoming graduation! Can’t wait to see him in his cap and gown!