A Trip to the Zoo

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This past weekend I met up with my Brother and his family at the Phoenix Zoo.  It has been nearly a decade since I made a trip to the zoo and I had such a great time rediscovering it with my 2 year old nephew.  While spending the morning with them we took some family photos and some belly shots of Nancy, who is due at the be beginning of April with their second son.  I’m a bit bias but Nancy is the cutest pregnant woman ever.  I loved spending the day with them and cannot believe the zoo lets you feed the giraffes now – so much fun. Enjoy the photos from out adventure.

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Sanchez Family Photos

 

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It has been a couple of years since I have done a family portrait session.  Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of spending a morning with this wonderful family.  They were so enjoyable to be around, it warms my heart to see a loving family together and I felt privileged to capture some beautiful shots of them.  Here are a few of my favorite shots for the day. Enjoy.

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Karlo + Raechell

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This past Sunday I spent photographing this lovely couple.  I had a great time exploring downtown Phoenix with them.  The Phoenix Art Museum was quite the find, it has lush green grass, which is hard to come by right now, plus fun sculptures and a hall of mirrors.  I adore this couple and am so excited for their wedding next fall.  I hope you enjoy their engagement photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Kennelly Family Photos

I just love this family.  They are the cutest.  We did a quick family photo session last week for their Christmas cards.  I’m trying out a new style of editing, I love the look of vintage photos and would like to direct my style more in that direction.  Its a process and I’m still working on it, but I’m liking the where its heading.  I hope you like it as well.

Celebrating 60 years together!

My grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last month.  They are not ones for frivolous parties but we felt like the anniversary should not go unnoticed.  60 years together is an accomplishment that most people will never achieve and in this day and age where divorce is more likely than not I am grateful for the amazing example my grandparents have given me. My siblings and I planned a small picnic gathering for them.  The weather was beautiful and since 60 years together is the diamond anniversary we had fun with that theme.  We gave them diamond themed presents (mainly movies and books about diamond heists) and decorated with clear jewels. It was a fun day that we will all remember and my grandparents requested that we return for their 70th anniversary, which we are all looking forward too.

Cookbook Photo shoot

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of spending the day with the lovely ladies of SPACE photographing food for their cookbook. (Last fall I blogged about one of their farm to table dinners and the mission of their organization) The cookbook is a collection of favorite recipes from their first season as well as some other delicious meal ideas from SPACE artists and facilitators. I love these ladies and had a wonderful time hanging out with them, taking photos, and eating delicious food.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

The cookbook is now for sale so if you need some new recipes you can order it online and help support SPACE.

Introducing the Pichuberry!

The Pichuberry is the newest member of the Super Food family that is making it’s way into American kitchens.  It looks like a tomatillo, cherry, and heirloom tomato had a baby and tastes like a cross between a raspberry and kiwi fruit.  At least in my opinion it does. But more than just an interesting new fruit to incorporate into dishes it packs some serious health benefits.  It is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and contains anti-diabetic properties all in one.  It has 16 times more protein and a third of the carbohydrates of Pomegranate with a low glycemic index.

After having the opportunity to photograph these berries I am excited to see them become a household stable.  They have the potential of becoming the next Kiwi fruit but with the health benefits of the Acai and Pomegranate combined.  However, unlike the Acai berry, the Pichuberry can be enjoyed by itself, no need to disguise its favor with other fruits.

Right now the fruit is mainly based out of Arizona, being that the distributor reside there. They can be found at local farmers markets across the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  But if you are not in the Phoenix area, you can order them online.  If you get the opportunity to taste one of these little berries I highly recommend you take it. The two brothers who are working to bring Pichuberries to the United States are currently working with a juicer, so keep your eye out for Pichuberry Juice as well.

Below are some of my test photos which explore some of the many ways the berry can be incorporated into our daily diets.  Including a recipe for a Pichuberry Jam.  I’m thinking about starting a Pichuberry Recipe Competition, in hopes of finding new ways of using this super food.  If you are interested in participating or if you have recipes ideas of your own, I would love to hear them.

Personally I love the French name for them: Love in a cage.  Enjoy.