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High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Phoenix Seniors: Do’s and Don’ts to have an amazing senior year!

Seniors! This year will come and go faster than you want it to. Before you know it, you will be trying on your cap and gown! Don’t let the year go by and regret not doing this or stressing about that. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you have an amazing final year of high school!

DO: Be proactive when it comes to applying for colleges.  If you have several, remember, you will want to visit them, which may include travel expenses, etc and that takes time. You want to make a decision by their deadlines to ensure good dorm rooms, etc.

DON’T: Procrastinate! Scholarship money runs out, dorms fill up, and you spend your summer after graduation stressing about all of this rather than enjoying your final summer as a “kid”.arizona-high school- seniors- portrait-photography

DO: Take advantage of ALL the senior events going on at your school! You are only in high school once! Go to the Homecoming game! Go to your senior prom! Make it to the senior banquet even if you really don’t want to! These are events and memories you can’t get back! Make the most of the year!

DON’T: Wait to book your senior photos! Even if you want your session towards the end of the school year, if you don’t book now, chances are that senior photographers will be booked and will have a very hard time squeezing you in. And the pressure of finding the right outfits, location, hair and makeup, is enough to stress out anyways. Let me help take that pressure off some by assuring you of the perfect date for your session!

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DO: Spend time making lasting memories with friends and family! Your college of choice may move you out of town or state. Balance your time between final grades and having some fun! Weekends are meant for hanging out with friends!  Have you been to The Escape Room? One of the best indoor activities in Phoenix for seniors! Check out this link to reserve a room! http://www.northvalleyescaperoom.com/   Adulting can be tough! Make the most of your time left living at home!

DON’T: Let the GPA slip, though! Maintaining what you have worked so hard for your high school career is so important! You may have a half day and some super easy classes, don’t let that trick you! You are almost done, what’s one more year?high school-seniors-college-seniors-phoenix-arizona

So stay focused! But Seniors? Don’t take it for granted! You will make the most memories and have the most fun this year! Don’t stress, you got this! Make sure when you are ready to document some of those memories, click below to contact me!

https://tammyzelezphotography.com/contact/

 

 

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Engagement Session, Maternity Session, portrait photography

Deron and Nikki: Surprise!

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Am I the luckiest photographer or what? This session was scheduled as a maternity shoot and turned into an engagement shoot as well! I was so honored to have been able to capture this for them!

Deron and Nikki had a mutual friend that they met through in 2015 and something sparked. They began dating shortly after they met and a few months after that, introduced their kids to each other. They loved taking trips together to blend their family. In late 2017, they found out they were adding to that family! They are due in  July!

Deron wanted an intimate setting for his proposal and when Nikki’s friend Bri mentioned how awesome it would be to propose at the maternity shoot so it could be captured on film, Deron was all in! With a little planning, it went off without a hitch! And by the looks of the photos, she was surprised and so happy! Nikki and Deron-7Nikki and Deron-8Nikki and Deron-9Nikki and Deron-10Nikki and Deron-11Nikki and Deron-12Nikki and Deron-13

With the birth of Zai Armani, they will complete their family and start a beautiful life together!

I was SO happy that Nikki wore maternity gowns! She looked stunning! I highly recommend treating yourself to pampering and feeling beautiful with your baby bump!

Congratulations to the happy couple and may your lives be blessed forever!

Stay tuned for Baby Zai!

 

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Amber

Amber-4Amber-2Amber-3Downtown Phoenix has my heart. There are endless photo ops that give a senior the opportunity to have unique photos unlike their friends. Amber had a thought in mind of what she wanted her back drop to be so we decided to go to Arizona Center and it was perfect!

When she showed me her outfits, I got some ideas of the spots I would take her for the look she was going for. It was fun to see her personality come through as we got further into her session.

When she put on her last outfit, I wanted to really add the 70’s vibe into the edit of the photos.

My edit comes souly from the feel of the photo itself. If a photo has a playful feel, I will edit accordingly. This one session had two totally different feels and I really wanted to showcase them both. I think we definitely nailed the look she wanted by doing this.

My senior has variety in her session and I can not wait for her to receive her photos!

 

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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!!!

 

 

 

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!

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!

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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!!