Downtown Phoenix Photoshoot

Over the last couple of months, I have gotten so comfortable taking portraits. I am officially getting asked by strangers to take their pictures, and words can not describe how happy it makes me knowing that others love my work! My best friend had asked me to go with her to her senior pictures because her photographer needed an assistant, and of course, I accepted the invitation. Well… a couple of hours before we were supposed to leave she received a text that her photographer had to cancel due to being sick… so I offered to take her pictures for her. And you guys… I am obsessed with how these pictures came out. They are stunning. We went to Downtown Phoenix and strolled around until we found spots that looked like they would provide for a cute backdrop. The end result? Over 1000 pictures that are flawless.

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I am so in love with this backdrop. Simply a street lined with cars in between apartment complexes. Also, how adorable is this outfit?!


Day 58: Paisley

Our senior year is flying by. Honestly, it is terrifying. The thought of taking the NCLEX actually makes me want to vomit. (-: There is so much pressure surrounding nursing students to pass the NCLEX… if you don’t pass the first time you only have a 30% chance of passing on the second time just because of the added anxiety and pressure. I have found that doing photography has helped keep me well rounded though as far as my anxiety, in that I can forget about everything else. All that matters during these photoshoots is my model and taking pictures that capture their beauty and this special milestone in their lives. I had so much fun with this session.

Paisley – my roommate – is currently at the Mayo Clinic doing a residency in the ICU. She has already been recognized by her floor manager and the nurse that she has been working with. She is absolutely killin’ it in her residency. She is someone who jumps at any opportunity she can get when it comes to being in the hospital. Surprisingly there are some students who would rather sit in a chair and do nothing rather than get up and learn new things. I don’t think any of my friends are like that in my class – we are all super eager to learn and be in the hospital. I personally have enjoyed my clinicals the past two weeks. I only have 7 more clinicals until I graduate – holy WHAT THE HECK. Seriously where has time gone?!

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This session was so much fun. Not going to lie, I was a little nervous. This was my first time going to a location I had never been to, so I had no idea what to expect. The weather wasn’t the best, it was overcast and so I was freaking out that my lighting would be horrible.

Kaelyn and I go to the same college, so we’ve known each other for maybe 2 years just from seeing each other at parties and what not. We spent a solid hour shooting, and it was really fun making these random spots at North Mountain into my backdrop for my pictures. After 2 hours of editing a ton of pictures, the end result is incredible.

I have been getting a lot more practice with Adobe Lightroom, and I finally made a preset as well. I feel super comfortable with all the different editing tools, but I know I still have a ways to go.


day 5/365 – Jordan

I have been doing a lot of research lately on how to get the best photos out of my camera. I have just recently, over the last day or so, started to mess around with the manual setting. Learning how to adjust the shutter speed depending on how much light there is was confusing at first, but I think I am starting to get the hang of it. I also have watched quite a few videos on Youtube about tips and tricks while taking pictures. Right at about 5 pm, I figured it was time to go outside and try out what I had learned.

These were the pictures that resulted. Jordan is my little brother. Yes he has red hair, no he is not adopted. Yes the jacket is from the 1990s.  And these are all unedited.



Here are the edited pictures (The quality is a little low – I think because I downloaded these from my facebook.. i dont have them saved on my computer yet..)


This was my first time really directing someone too. I like the naturality of these pictures. I told him to just try different poses, and to just be relaxed, and it emanated perfectly in these pictures.

Winter Break Road Trip

Salt Lake City, Utah.

A place I have never been to, so when Scott and his family invited me to go, I wasn’t going to deny the offer. Plus, adventuring with Scott is an automatic YES I WILL GO.

The travel up there was about a 10 hour car ride. It was a beautiful drive though, especially once we entered Utah. SLC was freezing, especially for me. Born and raised in California, and having been a resident of Arizona for the last 10 years (I can’t believe it’s been that long already), I am used to sunny and 90 degrees. I couldn’t leave the house without having at least 5 layers on, plus a scarf and gloves. Our first day there, Scott and I took the Utah Trax system down to Temple Square, which was gorgeous. We went to the Tabernacle – which had the biggest organ ever! Then we went to the visitor centers and learned about all the history behind the building of the temple.  40 YEARS – that’s how long it took to build the temple in SLC. We also went to the Conference Center, and had the pleasure of having an amazing tour guide – Rodger. He was a cute old man who’s wife also worked there, and his laugh was by far the most contagious laugh I have ever heard. At the end of our tour, he said, “God bless you two, I love you guys, and safe travels home”. He was so sweet, so if you go to the Conference Center, ask for Rodger! (And tell him Scott and Briana from Arizona say hi 🙂 ).



After our touring around we met up with some of his Utah buds and got lunch at the mall located a couple blocks down from Temple Square. It was so great catching up with them – we haven’t seen them since the summer, so the boys had a lot of catching up to do. Scott and I had Kneaders for lunch – seriously, blows Panera Bread and Paradise Bakery out of the water. It’s SO. GOOD. The turkey bacon avocado salad is life. And their ranch is out of this world. New Year’s Eve was spent in a warm cozy bed cuddled up next to Scott after a couple hours at the Utah Jazz basketball game (where I got dessert). And no, we didn’t even manage to stay up – we were asleep by 11:30 (L O L).


Day 2 consisted of visiting Scott’s sister’s (Ashley) wedding venue in Ogden (I think). It was beautiful! Freezing cold – but very pretty. It’s a ski resort and is literally in the mountains. I took some awesome photos up there. Dinner that night was at this Brazilian place where they come to your table with different types of meats as well as unlimited access to a delicious salad bar. I had every type of meat you could possibly think of as well as some truly interesting things. A date wrapped in bacon – delicious. A chicken heart – the most disgusting thing I have ever tried in my entire life.

listen to me – if there is anything you take away from this blog post…. it’s never. ever. eat a chicken heart.

The texture was so tough and thick. I almost threw up while eating it, and I wanted so badly to spit it out into a napkin, but I didn’t want to make myself look like a disgusting pig in front of his parents (his dad would of made fun of me for the rest of forever, and I am pretty sure that because of how nauseas I was afterwards he is still going to make fun of me regardless). It was a fun day to say the least.

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The trip home was rough. It was snowing and storming on our way out… and for a period of time we were only going about 35 miles an hour. It took us 12 hours to get home, but thank God I took some motion sickness medication and clonked out. TIP: do not try and attempt to watch a movie on your iPhone while you are driving on a swervy road.

All in all – great trip. It feels good to be out of the snow. I didn’t appreciate our winters here in Arizona until now. Not having to put on 5 layers of clothing just to go outside is such a blessing. Scott & I can officially cross off every city in the U.S. where it blizzards off the list of places we want to live.