Why the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 has become my favorite lens

I love my primes lenses.  You cannot compare the creamy bokeh that you get with a 50 mm 1.4 or an 85 mm 1.4 for portraits or gorgeous up-close shots.  Well, for pretty much anything.  So why would I call a zoom my new favorite lens in my bag? Well let’s start with the specs:…

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How to make a scarf your go-to photo shoot accessory

Choosing what to wear for a photo shoot can sometimes seem like a daunting task, but I always tell my clients that you should look like you, at your very best.  That means it’s not necessarily time to try out a fancy new hair color or shave off your mustache for the first time in…

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Cooper Holiday Shoot

I’ve know Shannon’s family since I moved to the desert.  She was my first real friend and our kids have grown up together.  She called me to ask if I’d take their family holiday card pictures, but I couldn’t show anyone until after cards had been mailed.  Sure, no problem!  Then she said that every…

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Alyssa's Senior Session – Part 2

I’ve already posted about the incredible time Alyssa and I had for her dance session.  You can read that here  I was also able to shoot a traditional senior portrait session out and about in Old Town La Quinta.  Seriously, this girl is so dang cute.  We made flowers on a bush look super fancy.…

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A Photojournalistic Look at a Quinceneara

My family and I had been in youth ministry for quite some time when we move to the Coachella Valley in 2013 and started working with kids from the migrant farm worker community.  It wasn’t long before I was asked to photograph a quinceneara.  A quince is a the celebration of a Hispanic girl turning…

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Alyssa Dances to Graduation, Part 1

I knew Alyssa from Young Life.  She was part of Mid Valley and my husband and I led in East Valley.  She was always friendly, but a little bit quiet. When I reached out to her leader to offer a Senior Portrait session to some of her club kids, she was the first one to…

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