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!!


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


High School Senior Photography, portrait photography


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!

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!


High School Senior Photography, portrait photography


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


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


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


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?

portrait photography

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!