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Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen Contestant- Mimi Hymel

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

I had a pleasure of photographing a portrait session for Mimi, Miss Surprise Outstanding Teen, before the statewide Miss Arizona Outstanding Teen competition. She wanted to incorporate the Arizona flag and it’s bold colors in the gorgeous desert setting at the Desert Botanical Garden. I simply loved her rich green ball gown in the lush herb garden and pale blue gown among the organ pipe cactus. At one point Mimi was in her blue gown when a little boy walked by along the trail, as he passed and he said “hello” to Cinderella. I have to agree she certainly looked like Cinderella at that moment!

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait session

Desert Botanical Garden photography portrait sessionMimi and her sister

Taylor Upsahl, portrait of an artist

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl is a poised and beautiful young woman with a gifted voice and musical legacy. I photographed her for Phoenix Magazine’s May 2017 issue. The indoor images were taken at her home in the living room that also serves as a rehearsal space. I wanted the photos to be intimate and cozy. Music is a family affair, her father has been in touring punk and rock bands since he has 17 and Taylor released her first album at 14. For a second location I wanted the pictures to feel like Phoenix and the desert but in a place that gave Taylor height and purpose and possibility.

Click to read Taylor’s Spotlight in Phoenix Magazine.
Click here for more about Taylor’s music.

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Hello Oliver!

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love photographing babies and little mister Oliver was no exception. Cute as a button, his eyes were so curious and aware. I would never have guessed he was only one week old! Oliver has two awesome parents and I was lucky enough to photograph their Scottsdale engagement session and Sedona wedding a few years ago. Wishing Oliver many happy dreams and a whole lot of snuggles.