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!

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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!

 

Family

A Blessed Family

 

I met Jenn almost 20 years ago. Truthfully, I had to keep thinking back to how long it has actually been. We worked together at my parents restaurant and I was trying to remember when she started there. She had asked me to be her wedding photographer in 2007 and we were really good friends by that point so father than that. She was at my baby shower for my youngest in 2004, farther than that…She was the one I had asked to go check out a hot guy that was sitting at my table to get her opinion of, who is now my husband that I met in 2002. Without asking her, I would say we met roughly around 2001.

The reason why I explain all of this is because for as long as I have known Jenn, she has been such a genuine person and friend and we have seen many milestones in each others lives. I cherish our times that we get to spend together because we can just be ourselves and laugh and catch up on life!

She fell madly in love with her husband, Aaron, and were married in 2007 in Hawaii! Did I mention that I was the photographer? What a dream wedding! I was in the very early stages of wanting to be a photographer and she put her trust in me to capture one of the most special days of her life and I was truly honored! And scared out of my mind!!! She loved her wedding photos and obviously you can see the progression of skill!

From then, they started to try for kids. There were many years of sadness, depression, aggravation, and anger of trying to get pregnant. Test after test, doctor after doctor, and through it all Jennie and Aaron’s love stayed strong and became stronger.  Sure there were tough times but they knew they could get through it together.

After they tried every fertility treatment available, they went to In Vitro. They were finally pregnant! I remember Jenn calling me, just small talk, and her saying, “well I was just wondering if you wanted to take some pregnancy announcement photos for us?” Literally, that question was within random conversation. If I wasn’t listening, I wouldn’t have heard it! I was ecstatic! I truly can not put into words how over the moon I was for them and for that matter, everyone else they knew! If there were two more deserving people to receive such a wonderful gift, it was them!

There were a few minor concerns during the pregnancy and Jenn was monitored very closely. For the most part she did fantastic! She did deliver her boys about a month premature and they were in NICU for 10 days.  They were 3 weeks old when I met them and photographed their newborn session. They were absolutely beautiful newborns! From that moment on, I was in love!

The boys are almost 11 months old now and so healthy and so adorable and  truly happy babies! It took Jennie and Aaron so long to have these miracles and the first year is already approaching! As a mom, I know how hard that is for time to go by so fast. Even though there may be days where it doesn’t feel that way, you wake up one day and wonder where all that time went! (insert tears here) But these two parents are not taking one day for granted. They are counting their blessings every day.  I don’t think these boys will ever know the joy they have brought to their mom and dad.

The next milestone I get to capture is their first birthday!!

To Jennie and Aaron, I love you both so much and are so overjoyed for your beautiful family! Thank you for allowing me to be your family photographer! I am honored to have captured all of your milestones as a family  and many more to come!!

 

Weddings

Great Gatsby Inspired

It started with a gown. It ended with a story. The development of friendship, empowerment and everything in between, was beautiful.
A 1918 converted linen laundry building in the heart of downtown Phoenix caught my eye as a beautiful backdrop for a gown I was aked to photograph. They call it Warehouse 215, now a unique venue for weddings, proms and more.
I wanted to find the perfect location to photograph this stunning wedding gown, designed by entrepreneur and friend, Lori Mangieri of a Very Special Dress, based in Peoria. Her latest gown had somewhat of a vintage feel making Warehouse 215 the ideal location.
As we collaborated over the details, our vision grew into a Great Gatsby concept with a modern flair. We then contacted Tiffany Lobdell who is a hair and makeup artist and another dear friend, also based in Peoria at Splitt Enzz Salon to style our models to suit the theme. She was very energetic about the project.
With our models ready and our props in place, the photoshoot became a success. The color pallette of white, gray, and deep plum kept the style vintage and classic. The beautiful updo of our bride, Brooke, was elegant and sleek. The finger curls of the ‘20s era were very popular and we wanted to enhance that look. The bridesmaid, Kylee, had the soft curl that was seen in the 1920’s and aslo seen today which added to the modern look we incorporated. Our groom, Jayar, had the classic mens slick and suited the theme very well. Tiffany kept the makeup clean and nuetral which also was used in the 1920s. Overall, Tiffany was able to capture the look of Great Gatsby without any hesitation and is outstanding in her craft. She has made several brides very happy in her career with her expertise in wedding updoes and makeup.
Lori’s gown is timeless. It inspired me to find the perfect place to photgraph it and bring it to life. The piece that makes this dress unique is the train that is worn over the dress that gives it a sophisticated look and can be taken off for ease of dancing and mingling at the reception. This is her latest design and she specializes in creating beautiful, one of a kind gowns for every bride. Her passion for her creativity is truly magnificent. Her attention to detail and quality shows her love for every gown she makes.
My job, at that point, became very easy. I had exquiste models, a gorgeous location and a great theme. What more can a photographer ask for? I made sure to pose each shot with the elegance and grace of the era. “The upper echelons thought of etiquette as strict guidelines for life. Gentlemen never ill-spoke of their marriage and never besmirched their wives name. They were to treat women as if they were fairer and were to never show emotion”. I wanted to keep that feel but also capture the love of the bride and groom. There was very little expression in photos back then and so I kept their smiles subtle in every shot. The final images told of story of love and etiquette of the 1920’s.
Not only did we want to bring all of our ideas from each of our industries together as one, we wanted to create a beautiful wedding concept of mixing vintage style with todays modern look. The end result ultimately, brought 3 women together to encourage each other to shine in our industries and to keep doing what we love.

Check out the websites below when planning your wedding!

Look for Very Special Dress Booth at the Bridal Show in Phoenix, January 6th and 7th!!

http://www.veryspecialdress.com/
https://tammyzelezphotography.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HairByTiffanyLobdell/
http://warehouse215.com/

High School Senior Photography

Madison

Madison-101Madison-100Madison-102Madison-30Madison-104Madison-105Madison is one of my senior reps and she is an absolute doll! She put a lot of thought into her senior session. Her mom and her took a day in search of locations to really fit her personality and did just that! We headed to downtown Phoenix with our chauffer, AKA her dad, to all the different areas that she liked! The session was perfect!

I loved that Madison wanted to incorporate her hometown of Manitoba, Canada. She also added a vintage feel with her Grandfathers’ suitcase and the dress she bought while in Canada over the summer. Her senior session showed her personality through and through with everything from her props, style and her beautiful smile!

Senior portraits are more than just photographs to look back on for years to come. It is a chance to show the true character of the senior and reflect on the high school years that have made them who they are today! As parents we have these photos that will always remind us of how proud we are of the amazing children we were gifted to raise!

8th grade Promotion

Madeline

Madeline-3Madeline-6Madeline-14Madeline-9Miss Madeline. What a sweetheart! And those gorgeous blue eyes! We had a fun 8th grade promotion session over the weekend! The location and her colors made for such a warm, fall feel! Just what we need in Arizona!

Even though our location was pretty busy for holiday photo sessions, we were able to find some great areas that really kept the feeling of her photos delicate and pure.

I love photographing 8th graders because you can feel the excitement of their upcoming high school years and the endless possibilities that await!

 

Family

Saufley Family

Saufley-20Saufley-6Saufley-9Saufley-10Saufley-7Saufley-11Saufley-13Saufley-12Saufley-8I started “mom dating” Bri, a few months ago. We met through our 13 year olds a year ago. Maddie and Connor would say, “You guys should hang out. That would be so cool!” We decided to take the kids out to lunch. We became friends and planner sisters! I love this family!

With the holidays fast approaching,  setting a date for family photos became difficult for Bri. There is one person missing from their photos! Riley who is living it up as a sophomore in college in California! I am excited for next year to photograph the whole family!

Of course, another location that I am in love with! Does anyone notice how obsessed I am with the lake yet? There are so many options out there!

Time is running out! Don’t miss out on your family photos!

High School Senior Photography

Kameron

Kameron-1Kameron-3Kameron-4Kameron-5Kameron-6Kameron-7Kameron-8Kameron wanted a feeling of home in her senior photos. She is from Nebraska so heading up north was the closest place to get that for her. We got changing leaves, open fields, and brisk air bringing home a little closer.

Kameron is super funny and if I would’ve posted her more humorous photos, she would’ve probably killed me! Her personality definitely set the tone for the session. She was relaxed and having fun! We took the trail stopping along the way when we found different ideas! We found some great little spots which made for some stunning images.

Grand Canyon University is where she plans on attending next fall. I wish her the best of luck! Maybe for her college graduation photos I can capture the “tap dance”! Congratulations Kameron!! Enjoy this sneak peek!