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Family

I wanted to share this family’s session because I am in love with how the photos turned out! Ravali was a senior client of mine from last year! She was just adorable and we have stayed in touch. She contacted me over Christmas break, asking me if I could do their family photos. Of course I said Yes!! This was more special than that, though. Not only has this family not had their family photos done in a long time, it was mom and dads 25th wedding Anniversary! They also had received these beautiful saree’s as gifts and wanted to show off the beauty of them. I was so honored to do this shoot! I absolutely love this family and they are so beautiful! Each saree is stunning and I was amazed at how they were all hand made! Below is a little history of the clothing worn by women in India and a little history about this family sent to me by Ravali!

“Twenty years ago, my mom and dad moved to America when my sister, Rachana, was a baby. And then, of course, I was born a couple years later (the best thing to happen to my family besides our dog, obviously!!). We’ve lived in Glendale/Phoenix, Arizona ever since!

Although Arizona is home, while my sister and I were growing up, we always made sure to keep in touch with our culture. Every three years or so, our family takes a summer vacation to India and we shop for new Indian clothes!

There’s a few different types of outfits that we wear. The most famous or well-known is the “saree” or “sari.” A saree is essentially two pieces, a cloth that is about 15 to 21 feet in length and a short blouse that is worn underneath. The cloth is wrapped around the waist and then draped over the shoulder. It is held together only by a few safety pins! I would consider tying or assembling the saree to be an art. Another outfit is the “churidar.” The churidar is a three piece ensemble that consists of a long top, tights worn underneath and a long scarf-like cloth. Similarly, there’s another outfit called the “ghagra” which is also three parts, this is a full length skirt, a short top, and a heavier scarf-like cloth. All of the beading and rhinestones on these outfits are done by hand and each piece is unique!”

Thank you so much Ravali, for taking time out from your crazy busy college life to send me this! Thank you to the whole family for having me as your photographer!

Stay tuned for a very much anticipated Bollywood shoot coming soon!

 

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Lasting Love

I was given the opportunity to take photos of a wedding dress designed and handmade by the very talented Lori Mangieri on Sunday. Lori designed this dress and always imagined Brooke wearing it. Brooke, of course, accepted and looked stunning in it! This dress is the first of many for Lori and with all of her love and hard work that went into making it, it was finally finished, fitted and she was ready to bring the dress to life. Kim, Brooke’s mom and very dear friend of Lori’s, contacted me and asked if I would be a part of it! I was honored and on board right away! We found a beautiful location and got to work. Now, I have the privilege to share the first photos of her creation! Thank you Lori, for entrusting me to bring Lasting Love to life! It is a stunning wedding gown! I can’t wait to capture more of your beautiful gowns! To Brooke, you are always a pleasure to work with and as beautiful as ever! Lori picked the perfect model for this dress! Kim, I love you! Thank you for all of the support you have given me in the short time we have known each other and being so appreciative of my work.

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Beauty in Everything

This shoot left me speechless.

So I am probably the last photographer to find a junkyard but I don’t care! I have been searching forever, but I guess not hard enough because this place is so close to my house! You can imagine my excitement! Once I arrived and walked in, it was like I was in Heaven! It was everything I had hoped it would be! Including the staff there! They were awesome and so friendly! So, it was settled…I had to have a style shoot here!

I immediately had the idea of what I wanted to do! I wanted a long flowy dress that would blow in the wind along with edgy hair, makeup and jewelry. I couldn’t find a dress that fit my thought, unless I was looking at spending a few hundred dollars, so I went to the fabric store. I found chiffon in the colors I wanted and made skirts myself! My vision was coming to life!

I called Tiffany, who, you all know by now, is the best hair and makeup artist! I told her about the ideas I had and of course she came up with hair and makeup that was perfect for it! Again, exactly the way I had envisioned it. I couldn’t have been happier about the way it turned out!

Obviously, we had to find a model! Brooke totally fit the part! Being one of my senior spokesmodels, it was so easy to just call her up and she was so excited to help! She knew the edgy look I was going for and came up with outfit number 2. It was perfect! Leather leggings, sky high heels, and the pops of color in the tank and bandeau. This shoot was just getting better and better.

The final touch was jewelry. I knew exactly what I wanted and instead of going from store to store, who better to ask than my mom who makes jewelry!! I bought everything for the necklace and asked her to put her creativeness to work. Once again, she just knew what I wanted because when I saw the finished product, I was blown away. To a tee what I wanted!

The day of the shoot was finally here, hair and makeup done and we headed to the junkyard. We only had an hour before it was closing and let me tell you, I would have taken pictures all day! We were focused and got to work. Through my camera my vision awoke! I couldn’t believe it! Every pose, amazing. My assistants that day were my daughters, Kaycee and Maddie and everything that was needed from them, they gave their all! They had been a part of this shoot when it was just a thought so long ago and they knew as well what to do to make it real.

Then I reviewed my photos.

Speechless.

I was beyond excited and I can finally share them with you! I hope you love them as much as I do! A big thanks to everyone on my team who helped make this shoot so amazing! Tiffany- you are extremely talented and I am so grateful for you! Mom- your jewelry is so beautiful and handmade. What could be better? Brooke- Thank you for being my beautiful model. You brought it to life! I’m so glad you had fun with us! The guys at the junkyard- Much love! I will be a regular! To my girls, thanks for being my biggest fans and my great assistants!

Who will be my next session in the junkyard?

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Young Love Engagement Session

I absolutely love having clients that I have watched grow up! Cheyenne was a sophomore when I took pictures of her and her sister. Then I shot her senior photo session. I was able to meet Sam, her now fiancé, when I took their Senior prom photos. I am so excited to say that I have just finished their engagement session and in less than  a year, I will be her wedding photographer! So excited! She is an amazing young woman and Sam is perfect for her!! So honored to have watched her grow the last few years! Can’t wait to watch her marry the man of her dreams!

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50’s inspired Engagement Shoot

This shoot was a few months in the making! As you know, I have a passion for photography! I love taking pictures and I was teetering on wether or not to pursue it full-time! So, I started researching. Talking to other photographers, other business owners, getting some advice and ideas on all of this! I finally decided to at least give it a try! Some advice I received from a dear friend was to do a Re-Release of Tammy Zelez Photography. Great advice! And…how do I do that? Well, with a style shoot! Come up with an idea and play it out in the pictures! So after a couple of months of planning, I did it! And let me tell you, I have a passion all over again for this business! I am very proud of these pictures! And very proud to Re-Release Tammy Zelez Photography!!

The models that I asked to participate in this, recently announced their engagement so it was a perfect start! Tiffany and Brandon are an amazing young couple who were excited to have such a fun engagement shoot! They were totally in on the 50’s theme especially since Tiffany’s dad had a beautiful 1957 Chevy Bel Air for us to use! How could this have gotten any better! We wanted to find a beautiful back drop for the shoot and decided on the lake! It definitely tied it all together because Tiffany and Brandon spend a lot of their time there wake boarding and camping!

During the session, you could really feel the love that Tiffany and Brandon had towards each other! They had such a connection with one another! Not to mention how comfortable they were in front of the camera! They were naturals!

They laughed. I feel that one of the most important things in a relationship is laughter! The staging of each shot was so fun to watch and capture! They were in their own little world! I am so thankful to have gotten to know them and I hope they enjoy the rest of their lives TOGETHER!

To Tiffany and Brandon- Thank you for bringing Tammy Zelez Photography to life again! I couldn’t have asked for a better style shoot! Love you guys!

With that being said, may I introduce the Re-Release of TAMMY ZELEZ PHOTOGRAPHY!