portrait photography, Weddings

Very Special Dress

Last month the largest bridal show was in Phoenix. My dear friend, Lori, with Very Special Dress had a booth there for the first time! (If you follow my blog, you will see a few posts about her amazing skills in custom wedding gowns.) She was able to unveil many of her gowns on the runway at the show. The weekend was amazing for her!

Lori’s designs are unique and remarkable. Truly one of a kind gowns that are designed with the brides interests in mind. With wedding fashion being extremely diverse nowadays, Lori wanted to showcase her ability to design the perfect silhouettes for todays bride.

Lori has an immense passion for her craft which is shown in every detail of her gowns. From the first consultation to taking the gown home, she makes you feel secure in knowing that your gown for your BIG day will be everything you wanted !

I am honored to be her photographer and getting to see these gowns as she completes them. She is an inspiration to me everyday!

Check out Lori’s website and contact her for your custom gown today!

http://www.veryspecialdress.com/

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High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Austin

I have known Austin since he was in kindergarten. His older sister and Kylee are best friends and Kaycee and him are the same age. So when Tiffani would come over to our house, there were a few times that Austin came over as well. I could add in some pretty funny videos of Kaycee and him dancing to Michael Jackson but I will be nice and not embarrass them! Although, neither one are the embarrassed type!

Anyways, now Austin is a senior and getting ready to graduate and two of his pride and joys are his truck and football. Naturally, adding these into his session brought his personality to the forefront.

It was so awesome that I was his photographer and made it easier for him to be comfortable in front of the camera. However, that wasn’t too hard because Austin has a knack for the spotlight! I was happy to have spent some time with him and his mom to reminisce about when he was little and how proud we are of him and his future!

Before we know it, graduation will be here! Have you booked your senior session yet?

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Nyssa

Have I ever told you all how much I love my job?? Seniors like Nyssa put a smile on my face and remind me everyday of the passion I have for what I do! Not only do I love to produce amazing images for my seniors and their parents, I also get to know these amazing young people and how much this generation will make a difference in our future!

Thank goodness the clouds parted ways for her session but it was COLD! There was a definite 20 degree difference in the sun versus the shade. I told Nyssa to keep jumping up and down, running, anything to stay warm! Her feet were numb but only because she was wearing her moms shoes that were a size and a half too small! But hey! Beauty is pain and the heels looked so cute on her!

Her brother was a great assistant for me and learned how to use the reflector perfectly! And this session made it real for mom that in a few short months she will be a high school graduate and will be off to the air force!

This session was beautiful and I am so glad to have met Nyssa and her family!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Nylah

Road trips are always an amazing way to have a memorable senior session! That is exactly what Nylah did! We started at the White tank mountains and ended up in Flagstaff where in a few short months, she will be living! We found a laundry mat during our  trip and thought it would be fun to get creative and get something totally unique added to her shoot!

Nylah’s biggest request was the snow! She needed that to make her session perfect. This winter has been so mild that we were very nervous about making that happen. She was overjoyed when we found patches of it!! It was enough to make her so happy! She was in her own world which made for some adorable shots!

Even though Nylah is one of my senior reps, I had fun spending the day together getting to know her even more! She is the sweetest girl, so excited about moving to Flagstaff and I can already see what an awesome “little” adult she will be! She will have no problem with living in the snow either!

Make sure to click on the photos to enlarge them! She has the most electric blue eyes I have ever seen!!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Parker

First senior shoot of 2018! A success!

For those of you that don’t live in Arizona, we have had the most mild winter so far. I don’t think there has been one day where the temperature has been below 65. The majority of the days have been in the 70’s. Just beautiful weather! Over the weekend, I checked the weather. Every day, sunny and between 65 and 75 degrees. Day of shoot? Raining! Ok so it was supposed to start raining at the time of the session. Seriously? Of all days. Anyways, I love when my clients can be flexible! Parkers mom and I went back and forth on a back up plan. We decided to just move the session to earlier in the day and it totally worked out! The weather was great! The session was awesome!

Parker had liked the junkyard location so we went there. My favorite location! We got some really cool shots and I really love the colors that were brought out in this session! I love my GQ Seniors!

Who’s next?

Engagement Session

Robert & Kelly

This engagement session was absolutely beautiful. These two will say I do later this fall and I am honored to be their photographer for their big day!

I have known Robert and his family for many years now. In fact, Robert was one of my senior sessions almost 6 years ago now! I was also there to get photos for his junior and senior prom! Kelly was also in those junior and senior prom photos with a different date!

Kelly and Robert were best friends in high school. They maintained their friendship after they graduated and ended up falling in love. You can totally feel the connection they have when you are in their presence.  They wanted that to come through in their photos as well.

The session was amazing! Every shot was better than the first! Their emotion in every image is so energizing. As we walked around the location, Kelly spotted a rock in the shape of a heart! Too cute, right? I made sure to capture every image they were looking for. They were overjoyed with the finished product!

Check out my testimonial page to see how Kelly felt about her engagement session!

High School Senior Photography

Kaycee

I’m sure by now everyone knows who my kids are! This one is my senior this year! Fun fact: She does not like taking pictures that much! She was the reason I started photography! I was the typical mom having her first baby and wanting to capture every second of her life! She was like my real life Barbie doll. I would put her in all different outfits and take pictures of her.

You see, my husband and I have his, hers, and ours. Kaycee and I met Kylee when she was 6 and at that time Kaycee was 2. That was in 2002. Then, Clint and I were married in 2003 and had Maddie in 2004. From then on, I had 3 gorgeous models that I could photograph any time I wanted! If I was searching for a new location, I would tell them to dress up and we would have a photo shoot! (that would actually be a fun post to share! The girls would probably kill me!)

Anyways, Kaycee is the one that will give me 30 minutes and then be done. But she is also a huge supporter of my photography! So of course, it’s not just one senior session. I have to split them up into 30 minute sessions! LOL This being the first. Her boyfriend was in this shoot which will be a later post!

Ok, I am rambling! Kaycee is one of the strongest kids I have ever known. She has a deep routed passion for Christ and centers her life around Him. She knows that He has huge plans for her and is so ready for the next adventure, NAU! She will be moving to Flagstaff in the fall and I am so proud of her. She is definitely the type of girl that really doesn’t know how beautiful she is!

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Kylee and Cody

Another name for this couple, Barbie and Ken! I mean seriously?? And I am not bias either! Not only are they a great looking couple, they are two of the most grounded young adults I have ever met! They have beautiful hearts and I am so proud of them every day!

This shoot was much overdue and again, so ridiculously excited to be finally sharing these! This was another session that just sent my creativity through the roof! Since I know these two pretty well (LOL) we made sure to capture it all. I think we did every pose imaginable! This session showcased their love for each other, their playfulness towards one another and their affection they have shared for 4 years.

Kylee and I discussed the ideas she had for their photo session. I had told her I was wanting to create something new and creative and she was open to let me add in my ideas as well. When she saw her finished product, it was exactly what she envisioned in her mind! She was ecstatic! So was I, of course! If you follow Kylee on Instagram, you would have already seen some of these photos because I could not hold her back from posting. I, on the other hand, wanted to wait to add them to my new creativity for 2018!

I can’t really put into words yet what these sessions have done for me, for my confidence, for my excitement for photography. I am beyond enthusiastic about what this year will hold!!

High School Senior Photography

Ariana

I have SO much to say about this session! The first blog post of 2018 to visually show the creative high I am on! Ariana’s mom and I went to high school together and boy has senior photos come a long way since our day! By the way, we are not that old either!  Wicker chairs do not describe personalities very well! Todays senior portrait sessions are meant to show off the true character of the senior and their qualities and aspirations.

I think this shoot did just that for Ariana! Her session was the first time I had met her although we chatted through text leading up to the day. She was a bit nervous because she felt as though she was not the photogenic type. She explained to me what she was looking for in her session and we talked about what she was passionate about. She is a beautiful singer! I told her that was something we needed to incorporate because it makes her who she is. She agreed!

We decided on downtown Phoenix and leaned towards a more artistic vibe, another part of Ariana’s persona. I love starting at one area and just wondering around finding new little places that would fit the feel. We totally lucked out! As we were walking, Ariana spotted a record store. Of course, the outside had some awesome art on the walls. Then we decided to go inside and grab a couple shots. I am so glad we did. They are some of my favorites!

The styles Ariana chose were true to who she is, however, she went a step further with her accessories which tied the whole session together. She also had her hair color corrected prior to her shoot which made her so much happier coming into her session. Check out https://www.instagram.com/vividhaircreations/ to see her transformation!

Ariana left her senior photo shoot feeling so confident in her portraits. She was comfortable and relaxed and by mid session she was a pro at posing! I don’t think she will ever say again that she is not photogenic!

She is a beautiful young lady with an amazing spirit! She is active in her community with helping others and being a blessing to those around her. She is very excited about the next chapter in her life and I am thrilled to continue to be her photographer in the coming years!

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Happy New Year!!!

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2018! WOW! Happy New Year everyone!! And welcome to the Re-Grand Opening of Tammy Zelez Photography! Packed with new website, logo, creativity, style and branding! I am so glad you are here! Join me on my adventure!

I have branded myself as a senior photographer for many years and I have loved every moment and every senior that has come my way. I wanted to branch out into more of a portrait photographer to continue to grow with my clients! Seniors that I have photographed in the past  have called me to capture their couples sessions, or their weddings and it has made me so thrilled! I have also had businesses that I partner with request past seniors of mine to be models for them such as custom wedding gowns and vivid hair creations.  So I thought, why not extend my photography to enhance those sessions. So here I am in my adventure to show more of what I can do!

Moving forward into 2018, my goal is to show more of a creative side of me that I feel I have held back. Not because I am afraid but more of not taking the time to reinvent myself. So often I feel rushed from everyday life. Being a mom and a wife are my first priorities and I have to remind myself that I need time too. Photography is my passion! I never want it to feel like a job. I want to know each of my clients on a personal level so that when their final product is delivered, they see the magnitude of their true character shine through!

I don’t want to be a one time photographer! I pride myself on repeat clients! I have families that I have watched grow up through the years and it is an incredible feeling of sheer gratitude when I get the call each year!

I have always loved editorial photography. When a senior or a couple want to incorporate their passion or an era into their sessions, that is when my creativity flourishes! My goal in 2018 is to bring more of that to my portrait sessions. I think it really tells a story of the client that again brings life to each image.

Lastly, I love to write! I may not be great at it but it’s exciting and challenging! It is another opportunity to express myself and add more depth to who I am as a photographer and person for future clients.

I appreciate all of my fans for the support you have given me over the years and continue to give me everyday! I can’t wait to take you on this adventure with me! 2018 is a big year for me and my family with many milestones in the coming months! I want to share them all with you because  each of those significant events will define the broadening of my portrait photography!

My hope for you all is pure happiness, joy and love for 2018!