What is your favorite Tucson wedding venue? This question is one of our favorite ones to answer because we have so many that we love. We often think of Tucson as being desert. It’s what our city is known for, right? But there are so many ways to enjoy a wedding in our city and […]

It’s no secret, Tucson is beautiful. When it comes to finding an engagement session location, people come from all over to use our desert as a backdrop for their photos. But Tucson is more than just desert! There are so many places to choose from for your engagement photos, its possible to get a little […]

A San Diego Golf Course Wedding and Reception If I had to choose a single word to describe Christine and Ryan’s San Diego Golf Course Wedding, it would be magical. Everything about the day went better than planned. Each hitch in the day, melting away as though a fairy godmother had flicked her wand in […]

Dreamy Desert Boho Wedding with Emily & Aaron people think of Arizona for a wedding, they naturally picture a romantic, desert boho wedding. The cactus and mountains are where this style was born. When Emily and Aaron first told us about their wedding, I knew it was everything that wedding dreams were made of! Aaron […]

Tucson Senior Portrait Session in Soniota   While I am not a Tucson Senior Photographer, and weddings and couples are my passion, when your niece asks you to take her senior portraits, you have to say yes! Emma has been my muse and assistant since she was 14, but our adventures started much earlier. Ever since […]

Desert Destination Engagement Session with an Urban Twist Christine brought Ryan out to see her hometown of Tucson earlier this month. While they were here, they planned a desert destination engagement session with me. It was a top-secret mission as they had not yet shared with their families their plan to marry. Not sharing these […]

Elegant Blush, Gold & Navy JW Marriott Starr Pass Wedding Six years together, college graduations, new careers, two dogs and new home, Laura and Manuel have been saying “I do” to a life together long before this day, but their JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Wedding was the perfect celebration for their Day 1 of […]

Mount Lemmon Engagement Session We first met up with Emily and Aaron back in April. Our plan was to grab a quick coffee after work, and turned into a two-hour visit! Jon and I left feeling like we had just been with old friend. We couldn’t wait to get these two lovebirds in front of our […]

When Tony told me that he had met an incredible woman, I was thrilled for my friend. But, when I met Stephani and saw the joy and kindness that radiated from her I knew that she was more than just incredible. She was the perfect compliment to Tony. Encouraging, thoughtful and adventurous, these two are […]

This Madera Canyon Engagement session was absolutely perfect! Forest, grasslands, and mountain views all in the same location makes for the perfect spot for photos! David and Samantha drove out to meet us on one of the nicest days we had seen in April. The sky was clear and there was the slightest breeze as […]

You guys know how much we love marriage, and all that comes with it. The support and encouragement of each other, the sacrifice and the sticking it out through hard things to enjoy the beauty that comes with it-marriage is incredible! And Will & Kayt embody all of that! Their Downtown Tucson wedding at Borderlands […]

I am not even sure where to start when finding words to describe Jordan & Stacey’s wedding day. Held at the Historic Arizona Inn in Tucson, Arizona this wedding couldn’t have gone more smoothly. We had overcast skies during the middle of the day making for fantastic family portrait time. The ceremony and portrait hour […]

We don’t often photograph seniors, but then, we don’t usually get a request for a Disneyland graduation session that we just can’t turn down! Meet Elizabeth, class of 2018 Pushridge Christian Academy, grad. Elizabeth has been our babysitter for the past two years, and we love her to bits. She plans to head up to […]

Oh, friends, we are so excited to share Alex and Tyler’s Savoy Opera House wedding with you. We are celebrating one full week of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert, with a blog post about their day! The fact that it falls on St Patrick’s day is a bonus! Thanks to the luck of the Irish, it also […]

We fell in love with Gabe and Victorya while watching them together at church, so when they were interested in our photography for their Tucson wedding, we were thrilled. They opted to get married at the home of Gabe’s sister, just outside Tucson in Marana, to allow for a more intimate experience for their guests. […]

Jordan and I met almost two years ago in a fitness competition. You couldn’t miss him because he was the guy cheering people on, handing out high-fives and making sure he knew everyone’s name. We usually talked about favorite hikes, places to vacation and photography, but then one day the conversation shifted to Stacey, and […]

We met Kayt and Will at one of our favorite weddings last year when Samantha and Austin got married. We immediately fell in love with these two. They have an effortless friendship to them, laced with witty commentary and thoughtfulness for each other. Kayt and Will met when their best friends introduced them at a […]

I have always loved the energy that comes from being near a college campus and the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel is nestled in the middle of Arizona State University’s social hub. Within walking distance are amazing restaurants, coffee shops and all the makings for a great urban back drop. The Tempe Mission Palms has a […]

Oh this Tuesday just got a whole lot prettier! This beautiful Tanque Verde Ranch wedding is going in the books as one of our favorites! Tanque Verde Ranch has long been one of our best loved venues, nestled at the base of the Rincon mountains with the most wonderful view of saguaros and lush green […]

This job of photographing weddings started out as just something fun to photograph. All the pretty details, flowers of every shape and size, delightful dinner settings and oh, those wedding gowns. I loved the creativity each bride’s style brought to make the day unique. Over the years, and especially since Jon and I joined forces, […]

When we first sat down with Alex to talk about her wedding day, one of the things that struck us was how she would light up talking about Tyler. And as she shared the story of how he surprised her with a proposal on their favorite holiday of Halloween, planning each detail (they were zombie […]

“We believe in a love that withstands time and trends.” We have been sharing our core beliefs over on Instagram and the website for sometime, but meeting this couple really put this into perspective. Victorya and Gabe don’t have many memories that don’t include each other. Growing up together, their love has had years to […]

Friends, our first southern wedding was filled with all the charm and elegance you’d expect to see in a city that is steeped in history and tradition. As we drove through the streets of Charlotte, along tree lined curbs that framed out Antebellum houses, I knew we were going to have an amazing day with […]

Yesterday on Instagram, I shared a photo of mother adjusting her daughter’s veil under the watchful eye of an heirloom mirror that had seen an earlier bride, this same mother, fixing her veil with her own mother looking on. What a powerful legacy marriage invites us into. That moment was a defining moment for me […]

Oh this little family is so special to us! Chad and Sophia just celebrated 5 years of marriage last month and we met up in Sedona to capture how much they have changed since we photographed their wedding! They have had graduations, moves, job changes, and house and a baby. Time moves so fast!  Back when […]

Last weekend, we road tripped up to Flagstaff for this amazing wedding held underneath the San Francisco Peaks, and coming off of a record heat wave, being up in those cooler temps made this wedding extra delightful. Nick and Sarah are one of the most laid back and joyful couples we have worked with. There […]

Our friends, Robert and Jennifer, made a trek out to Tucson (the brave souls! We are in the middle of heat wave!) and we were so excited to see them. Our last visit with them was back in August of last year when we went out to San Jose to photograph their wedding-you can check […]

Sometimes we just have to sit back and be amazed at how God works to bring new people into our lives. This Mount Lemmon engagement session began when Manny saw a photo of him and his fiancé from Jessica and Abdul‘s wedding that I photographed back in April. That conversation led to this engagement session just a couple weeks […]

I don’t know it if is true of all wedding photographers, but a lot of us love wedding cake. As a matter of fact, we become sort of experts on wedding cake, since we often have to sample a slice at each wedding we photograph…for, you know, market research. Through extensive fieldwork (ahem), I got to […]

Last week I got to spend some time with this amazing couple. We first met Sarah when photographing her sister’s wedding this past February, and just fell in love with her bubbly personality!  Sarah and Nick met while dancing one night after Nick moved to to Flagstaff to train as a competitive long distance runner. Speaking of […]

Jon and I were so excited to photograph the wedding of Elsa and Davian at the Historic Z Mansion in Tucson, Arizona. It has been years since we have been to this venue and it was just as  perfect as I remembered! With lovely antique details scattered throughout the venue complimented by Victorian style wall […]

When I first met Maria, I was greeted with the warmest smile I had ever seen. She glowed, and following right behind her was the kindest smile from Mike, and I knew I was going to love these two souls. They were joyful and kind, and so content. As we spent time getting to know […]

Friends….I am still giddy over this session from our trip last month out to Florida. I have two words for you. Spanish. Moss. Oh my heart! The beauty that comes from seeing these amazing trees just dripping from moss (I learned it was an air plant! Who knew?) that covered the grounds of the Bok […]

Over the past few years, our wedding schedule has increased to the point that we haven’t had time to take many family sessions, but I am so honored when families I have photographed over the years wait for an opening in our calendar so that I can be the one to continue capturing their family. This […]

Jessica and Abdullah were married on one of the nicest days April had to offer. Choosing April 15th for your wedding anniversary is one way to remove the sting out of tax day, right? The weather was spectacular and we were gifted a golden glowing sunset for our evening portraits. Aside from the gorgeous day, […]

Of friends! This spring has been so busy! I am long overdue in sharing this beautiful desert session with you. Miranda and Jonathan were out visiting Tucson, during one of the most beautiful times of the year. Spring in the desert is incredible, there were wildflowers everywhere we turned. I think Tucson was showing off […]

One week ago we were celebrating the marriage of Jessica and Aaron along with their family and friends at the amazing Stardance Event Center. Nestled in the desert landscape of Tucson, with city views, this place was the perfect backdrop for Aaron and Jessica’s rustic yet elegant wedding celebration. We have been looking forward to […]

When your groom looks like a young Robert Redford and your bride has the poise of Audry Hepburn, the result is a wedding rich in elegance and romance. Carleyna and Joe were married at the Hacienda Del Sol Resort this Saturday in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and close friends. The deep reds, purples, pinks, […]

Last weekend this precious couple woke up at the crack of dawn to meet me for a sunrise maternity session at the same place they got married 4 years ago. I love sunrise in general. The smell of grass and the desert in the morning, the special quality to the light as it peaks over […]

Last Sunday, we headed up to meet Sara and Nick at Phoenix’s historic Wrigley Mansion.  This was my first visit to the mansion, but it wont be my last! With city views and whitewashed walled surrounded by lush gardens, this venue is a new favorite! Sara posted the cutest photo on Super Bowl Sunday of […]

This weekend was one of the most incredible days we have had this winter. The temps were cool, but not the least bit cold. There wasn’t a cloud to be seen and the sky matched the blue of Amy & Gabe’s wedding colors. If we could custom create a day to match a bride and groom, then […]

As wedding photographers, Jon and I love a day that is dedicated to saying “I love you” to those you care about, so we are fans of Valentine’s Day, but, more than Valentine’s Day, we are fans of saying, “I love you” in the every day. Last year our family decided to take a year […]

When we sat down with Maria and Mike to discuss photographing their wedding, Maria was quick to tell me that she didn’t want an engagement session. In her native county, they aren’t common, and scheduling would be hard with her work schedule. Engagement sessions are very important to us. They are the first time we […]

Back in October, Jon and I attended United, a wonderful conference for creatives held in Phoenix, Arizona. One of the keynote speakers was Mary Marantz, who along with her husband Justin, lead the wedding photography industry as role models, teachers and speakers. If you are a wedding photographer, their name is not new to you. […]

Last weekend, Jon was on travel and I had settled into the restless state I get into when I don’t have his presence in the house. Unable to sleep I started looking through our wedding album. Aside from the photos we have hung on our walls, I rarely look through our album as we put it […]

We finished out our 2016 wedding season on a high note with Kathleen and Celso’s gorgeous country club wedding at the Skyline Country Club just after Christmas. When we first set down at Whole Foods for coffee with these two, we knew they had something special together. We loved seeing how tenderly they spoke to each […]

We were thrilled when Samantha and Austin reached out to us about photographing their wedding at the historical Tanque Verde Ranch, since it is one of our favorite venues to work with. As we got to know them, we fell in love with their adventurous spirits and joy of travel. Austin proposed to Samantha on […]

We have sat down twice now to write this blog about Josie and Aaron’s wedding and each time, words fail us on what to say that adequately describe the experience of being present with these two on their wedding day.  They were married at the private estate of one of Josie’s best friend’s surrounded by […]

These two had me at vintage. I love anything that nods to our past, and Teri and Todd did a wonderful job of doing just that, with deep reds and crisp ivory tones accenting their classic style. Choosing 242 Park Ave was the perfect choice for their wedding vibe with decor made up of antique […]

Friends, I am even more excited than usual about this maternity session, because inside this beautiful mama’s belly is my precious niece Evaline. Susie is one of my favorite people ever because of her immense capacity to love people through serving them. She is the first to wish you happy birthday, the one to make […]

Friends, we have the sweetest couples ever and Kathleen and Celso are the perfect example of that! These two nurses met while working together in Texas before moving out here to Arizona. As a matter of fact, Celso was sent by their agency to pick Kathleen up from the airport when she arrived in Texas […]

The last of our Sedona engagement sessions from last week has a very special place in our heart. Meg and I met 12 years ago when we were both teaching at the same school. I was teaching fine arts and she was teaching math. We bonded as only teachers can over shared experiences with common students, […]

Almost 5 years ago, I photographed one of my first weddings, Demi was in that wedding and we are so honored when she contacted us about photographing her 2017 wedding. I love when we get to see and work with people we have photographed in the past. It is always a celebration to hear about […]

We kicked off our weekend of Sedona engagement sessions with a sunrise session with Jessica and Aaron. If you have followed along with us for awhile, you know that I (Amber) LOVE sunrise sessions. I was pretty excited to have my night owl of a business partner on board for shooting this session with me. […]

I don’t know how many times I stopped in my tracks during my session with Anna and Jason and blurted out “Anna! You are so beautiful!” It wasn’t just her natural beauty that radiated around her, it was her quiet gentle spirit, her easy laughter and her joy at being a mother that made this […]

Hannah and Jonathan got married at Agua Linda Farm, on one of the most picture perfect days the desert has ever offered. Temps were in the 70’s, golden hour that seemed to go on forever because the light was so delicious, moody clouds that ended the portrait hour with a rainbow….add in a couple that […]

Confession: I have a thing for sunrise sessions. I adore being up early. I love the way the desert smells when it is still dewy and fresh. I love the glow of the rising sun, that is softer, more of a rose gold in tone than the light you get in the evening. Needless to […]

Friends, can you believe this weather we have had this weekend?! If these cool temps don’t make you want to break out the boots, scarves and pumpkin spice, then I don’t know what will! It is hard to believe that last weekend we were lamenting that it was hotter than we had hopped for as […]

Last Sunday night I set out to capture Elsa and Davian for a couple’s session. These two have been together for 4 years and have known each other for at least 10 years longer than that. When I walked up to our meeting spot at the Old Maine building on the University of Arizona campus, […]

Oh friends! You have to know the almost comical story of how this session took place! Back in July, Aaron and Josie and I encountered a crazy monsoon storm that cut their engagement session to a fast 30 minutes but gifted us some gorgeous rainy images and a beautiful rainbow. If you want to read about […]

I met the beautiful Dr. H about 9 months ago at the gym. She had this smile that radiated across the room and greeted those around her with such joy. Her energy is infectious. Through chats at the gym, I learned her husband (also a Dr. H!) was finishing up his program and she was […]

I am stumbling over about 100 different things I want to say about this weekend and struggling with where to start when it comes to describing two people as special as these two. Robert and I were dear friends in college, where we studied opera performance. We sang in the same choirs and operas which […]

This weekend was just amazing! Samantha and Drew were up for a little adventure so we headed up to Scottsdale with plans of hitting the foothills surrounding downtown for some desert-y goodness. Those late evening summer monsoons had a different idea and we made the last minute decision to stick to the urban back drop where […]

School started last week for us and while back to school means the start of fall to so many, over here in the desert, we are only dreaming of what it will be like to wear boots and scarves again! That dreaming had us looking at upcoming fall dates and we realized we are almost booked […]

If you are in the wedding industry, chances are you have heard of Amy&Jordan, the sweetest husband and wife team this side of the Mississippi. Last month Jon and I had the opportunity to to sit down with Amy and Jordan Demos for a full day of business mentoring. The story doesn’t really start there though. […]

This is my friend Aaron with Aaron Trembly Photography. We met about two years ago when I was photographing a wedding for one of his friends. He is one of those guys that is easy to talk to and comfortable to be around. He is a drummer in the worship band at his church, is […]

Jon and I first met this beautiful couple just a few weeks ago when Hannah was a bridesmaid in Mary & Aidan’s wedding. We were immediately attracted to the way these two interacted together, noticing the way Jonathan lit up when he looked at Hannah and they joy that just exuded from the two of them. We […]

My favorite couples are always those who genuinely enjoy being together. The groom who’s smile grows 10 times it’s average size when he looks at his bride. The bride-to-be who giggles with joy whenever she mentions her grooms accomplishments. Carleyna and Joe are just that type of couple and I absolutely loved my time with […]

When I first sat down with Kristen and Peter  to discuss their wedding I knew we were going to be in for a treat. Hand drawn calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap with water colored succulents for the invitations, a vintage gown from Free Ever After, succulent themed florals by Country Couture Flowers and a reception at […]

Where do we even begin trying to describe the amazing experience it was to photograph Aidan and Mary’s wedding celebration. Before we start, let’s give a little back story to how we became acquainted with these two joyful lovebirds! A year ago, Amber was photographing Stephen and Amanda’s wedding when she spotted the most glorious […]

A few weeks ago we were at an industry event for wedding professionals and the subject of promo photos came up. Anh and Bryan of WestEnd Photography mentioned they needed photos so I quickly threw our name into the mix, I mean, how adorable are these two?! The chance to photograph another husband and wife team […]

When I first sat down with Rachel and Sean to discuss their wedding, they both wore matching shirts saying “We can’t keep calm, we’re getting married!”. I knew right then and there they would be one of our favorite couples! Jon and I are passionate about marriage and we love when our couples share that […]

Betsi & Jason have to be two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Their kindness bubbles forth  and when the two of them are together, it just over flows. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much after my time with these two! Their wedding is fast approaching and I am so excited to spend […]

Leeandra and Pete had such an amazing wedding! It was detail rich, and full of meaningful moments.  All the details and reception styling where done by the bride herself! What struck me most about this day was how those around them spoke about them. Words like “beautiful inside and out” and “man of integrity” were used […]

Bonnie and Andrew’s perfect day couldn’t have been more beautiful. The skies were clear, the breezes were blowing and the joy of everyone surrounding them was so infectious. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Shroads! I loved spending your special day with you and your amazing wedding party! May God bless your marriage and may you both […]

Have you seen a prettier Mama? A prouder Papa? I am just in love with this couple and their beautiful maternity session.  After watching these two interact, I can’t wait to see how they are with their little boy when he arrives in a few more weeks! We were blessed with lovely clear skies and some cool […]

Nathaniel was only 6 weeks old at our session, if you can believe it! That sweet squishy baby is one delicious lump of love. Along with his big brother Jeremiah and his parents, Nathaniel and I spent a wonderful morning as he showed me around his house and introduced me to his favorite things. I […]

Oh Lauren, what a lovely bride you made. Matt, you were so handsome in your bow tie. Being with you, capturing your wonderful day, your day that honored God with it’s marriage covenant, was such a blessing. I loved laughing with you, tearing up when you danced with your daddy, feasting on your decadent dessert […]

Meet Krystal and Joe. Krystal was the maid of honor at one of my 2013 weddings, and I am so excited to have my camera lens back on this beauty as one of my 2014 brides. These two have a wonderful love story, and I am thrilled to get to help them share it. We […]

My Arizona heart is still sighing over Lauren and Matt’s San Diego engagement session. The weather was unbelievably perfect, the ocean was the most blue I have ever seen it, and Lauren and Matt were perfectly adorable together. We started out our session at Sea Port Village with a visit to the Frosted Robin Cupcake […]

Baby Remi’s Newborn Lifestyle Session This summer my friend Hannah of Kindred & Co., an amazing community created to support families on their adoption journey, connected me with the sweetest couple who had been matched with a local Tucson mother. They were hoping to capture some newborn photos of their little girl before they headed […]

Flagstaff Wedding at Thornager’s Wedding Center We are living it up over here at the Russell’s, saying goodbye to the final days of summer. I can’t think of a better way to say farewell to long evenings, weekend BBQ, and days spent by the pool than sharing our last wedding of the spring/summer season. We […]



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