8.31.2011

She's Not Your Average High School Senior ~ Tucson Senior Portraits, Tucson Senior Photographer, Oro Valley Senior Photographer, Tucson Photographer

Nope, she’s not your average high school senior…in fact, she’s not really a high school senior at all! Sssssh...she’s 25, and holy cow, she COULD pass for a high school senior, couldn’t she?!




Meet Jessica – my knight in shining armor who came to my photographic rescue!




See, I had a mentor session scheduled and my mentee (hi, Joel!) wanted to spend the shoot & share part of our session photographing a couple or a high school senior. I had a fabulous couple lined up but Traci & Michael had a bit of an emergency and couldn’t make it (everything is totally o.k., though, thank goodness!). I put out a request on my Facebook page for a high school senior girl or guy at the very last minute, and thank goodness Jessica, Miss Awesome-Sauce herself, came to my rescue!




Though she’s not a high school senior, she’s young and fabulous, and was totally game to help us re-enact a senior  session, including Jessica’s styled wardrobe and meeting us at our funky, grungy, hip urban location.


  

Thanks to Jessica, we were able to show Joel how we would shoot a senior session, from location choice to wardrobe ideas to posing. We were able to pull together a variety of looks and styles from just a couple of wardrobe changes and using different aspects of our single location. 


We shot well past sundown, and pretty much pushed the limits of our natural light shooting. But we had a great time, and Jessica was amazing – she braved the hot, muggy, Tucson afternoon (seriously, HER eyebrows weren’t melting off!), honking trains (yes, they passed us by two or three times, honking every.single.time.)



Jess – thank you so so so much for saving the day! You totally rocked this session! Even if you aren’t a high school senior ;)
xoxox,
steph.

8.30.2011

Introducing Allie! ~ Tucson Senior Portrait Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer, What to Wear for Family Photos, Oro Valley Senior Photographer

It's over. At long last, no more agonizing over what to wear for your portrait session!
We are super excited to introduce you to Allie Ward, the newest member of our team. Allie is our high school senior, teen, and family portrait session what-to-wear guru and session stylist. She's our super fashionista and all around nice girl.  She's one of my very favorite people, and I know you're going to love her too!  She's a junior at St. Gregory School here in Tucson, has a passion for photography and fashion, and is nice to her little brother and sister :)  Oh, and she assisted me last fall while I shot a wedding here in Tucson. Cool, huh?
Here's a photo of Allie from last year, when I did her family's holiday photos - stay tuned, though, because she'll be having her own shoot here with me pretty soon!


When you book your session with me, you'll get Allie, too -- she's part of the package!  If you're having trouble finding outfits to wear for your session, Allie's your girl. She'll happily help you pull together looks and styles that you'll love, and create outfits that work with your own style and preferences, and that are age appropriate. Teens, you’re not gonna be wearin’ Mom Jeans, and Moms, you won’t be stuck in teeny tiny shorts. Allie will help you pull together outfits for your family that are just right – fresh, classic looks that look good and feel great. ‘Cause when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look great, too!
Best of all, you don't have to go shop for a whole new wardrobe - Allie can help you make some great choices based on what's in your own closet. But hey, if you want to shop for new outfits, we can help you come up with ideas for dressing your family without breaking the bank. If you’re short on time, we’ll shop for you!
Oh, and seniors - you'll definitely want the hook up here. Allie's amazing sense of what looks good and what doesn't will help you rock your senior session! Best of all, she’ll work with YOUR style to bring out YOUR fabulousness!
So, now that I've done all the yappin', here's a few bits and pieces about Allie in her own words, and her own photo of herself :) Go ahead...love her already!

Introducing Allie!


One of My Favorite Quotes: “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous.”
About  My Style: Personally, I’m a girly girl and I believe in being classy when it comes to dress. I wear dresses more than anything else in my wardrobe. Right now I’m into a lot of tans and brows with hints of gold. I love sandals, boots, and flats. I hate sneakers and I don’t believe anyone should wear them unless at the gym. I also believe in accessories! Not a day goes by that I don’t have jewelry and at least a belt to complete an outfit. I also love trying new and bold trends. 
------------->10 Random Facts About Me
1. My favorite color is light blue :)
2. I love the beach and would much rather be somewhere warm then cold, though I love dressing in layers!
3. I swim for my high school team, and I will also play soccer and tennis this year.
4. My favorite classes are photography & English.
5. I am a people person all the way! I love my friends and meeting new people.
6. My favorite season would have to be summer, I love traveling and spontaneous summer adventures!
7. My dream job would be writing for a fashion magazine or writing novels on love and relationships.
8. This summer I plan on going to Kenya to build schools, SO EXCITED!
9. If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be chocolate covered strawberries, so good :)
10. If I could travel where ever I'd please, I would backpack all over Europe, I love the culture (and fashion) there.

 And finally, always smile. Even when the camera's gone: “Smiling. Such a simple thing to do, with such massive rewards. Go about your day with a smile on your face. Smile at the people you like. Smile at those you dislike. And even smile at complete strangers. Smile in spite of life’s troubles, even if you feel you’ve hit rock bottom. Because if you’re at rock bottom, things can only get better. So smile at everyone, and smile about everything.”
***************
Well, there you have it! We can't wait to help you get ready for your next photo session!!! Oh, and did you notice? We now have Allie and Callie here at Stephanie Newbold Photography...do I need to change my name, too?

Thanks for stopping by the blog!
xoxox,
steph.

8.27.2011

Freckles! ~ Tucson Child Photographer, Oro Valley Photographer, Tucson Family Photography

One of the things I love most about hosting workshops and one-on-one sessions is the amazing models I get to photograph.  Not only do I get to photograph my workshop models AT the workshop, but then I to do a little mini-session with them after the fact.  Psssst - they think it's a "thank you" to them for helping with the workshop, but really, it is aaaall about me wanting to photograph them again!  :) 

I met little Kiara (better known by her perfectly fitting nickname, Kiki) at my workshop this spring.  I had put out a “casting” call on my Facebook page for a red-haired child model and my friend Andrea, messaged me that she had another friend whose daughter fit the bill. Kiara's mom contacted me with a photo of Kiki, and I was instantly smitten!

Portrait of Oro Valley Child smiling up at camera

The first time I met, Kiki, she was up a tree.  Yep, she had climbed up into the trees at the site of our workshop and posed herself so beautifully!  A tomboy after my heart for sure…with just enough princess sass to balance it out.  Kiki FINALlY decided she'd make eye contact with the camera,  OCCASIONALLY, and we got some cute shots. This girl is a little firecracker! 
Oro Valley kid wearing an outfit she picked out for her portrait photo shoot


I met Kiki and her mom at Trail Dust Town, which is one of my absolute favorite places to shoot but proves very distracting for little ones:) 

 Kiki picked out her own outfit for our shoot.  If you look carefully you'll see the jewels/rhinestones on the waistband of her skirt. So fitting!  She even came up with some of her very own poses, like the one below (which is straight out of the camera, no editing, 'cause I wanted to show you this little cupcake in her element!)

Candid photo of red headed Sahuarita child sticking out her tongue at her family photographer

This one was my suggestion. She said she liked hers better :)

Picture of a sassy child posing with hand on her hip at a Tucson attraction


I am pretty partial to brown eyed girls - add red hair and freckles, and I'm head over heels.   I had such a fun time at our session together… despite the hot muggy gross weather (that’s Tucson in monsoon season for you!)...and the bugs!  Did I mention how much I HATE bugs?! Eww!  Those miserable little gnats that buzz around everywhere?? BLECH!

Even with all of that, we had so much fun!  And boy did we laugh - especially when Kiara was telling me about her boyrfriend...yes, a REAL boyfriend, she says!  

I’m one smitten kitten over here -  is this really my job? I love ALL my models…ALL my clients…  Wow, I’m one lucky girl!

Tucson kid sitting on park steps as family photographer plays with texture in photo

Thanks, miss Kiki, for being such an awesome little model - you are so much fun!

xoxox,
steph.

Sweet Baby Braydon ~ Tucson Baby Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer, Tucson Newborn Photographer

I photograph families.  I photograph big kids.  I photograph little kids and occasionally, I photograph newborns.  Oh, the little toes.  The tiny fingers.  The way they curl up into an itty bitty little ball when they sleep.  Can I just tell you how much I LOVE newborns??  They are so precious and I’m always so humbled and honored to capture their first moments.  I’m always so happy to be able to preserve that time because they don’t stay that small forever. 

Newborn baby curled up on family couch in Oro Valley during photoshoot


Nick and Lindsay welcomed little baby Braydon Asher into the world on July 9th.  Sweet Braydon is the first baby for this gorgeous couple!  And how amazing does Lindsay look?? You'd never guess she just had a baby!

Mom and Dad holding newborn baby in Tucson home during family photo shoot

Little Braydon loved his snuggles from his mommy and daddy.  During our session he was happiest when his mommy or daddy was holding him (heck, who wouldn't be?). In fact, Nick and Lindsay spent baby's first week home trying to adjust to the new baby schedule.  For the first several days, Braydon would only sleep when mom or dad was holding him, so Nick and Lindsay took turns waking with Braydon so the other could catch some much needed sleep. 

Mom holding newborn baby in her loving arms in Sahuarita home


Remember how I was just telling you about needing to always expect the unexpected and how unpredictable kids can be sometimes?  Well, newborns are no different. In fact, newborn sessions can be a whole lot of work - especially when you're trying to get those amazing poses like the one with baby's chin resting on his hands, or curled up snoozing so sweetly. You sometimes hear photographers say things like "baby gave us a work out but we won in the end", or "5 hours later, we got this amazing pose".  I guess I kind of feel like if I'm exhausted and completely worn out, how does that sweet little baby feel?? I definitely am not into creating more stress during baby's first week home, so we actually did Mr. Braydon's newborn session in two parts because he just wasn't too crazy about being on camera :)  

For a little guy, he was very opinionated…especially about his wardrobe.  He had no interest in my cute knits hats and swaddling blankets, and preferred to be au naturale ;) He also preferred to be wide awake, taking in every little thing around him. He was just precious, with his beautiful eyes wide and watching us!

While I love those precious newborn posed shots, I also love being able to capture the truly tender moments of those first few days of a new family bonding. I love these natural, genuine images - I think these are the moments mommies want to remember always...
Mom gazing at newborn baby while Tucson Photographer captures precious moment

Candid shot of father holding newborn baby boy captured by Tucson child photographer

New Parents kiss while holding their newborn in their Oro Valley home


Congratulations Nick and Lindsay and welcome to the world Baby Braydon!

xoxox,
steph.

8.24.2011

Little Blondies! ~ Tucson Children's Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer, Oro Valley Family Photographer

Being a family photographer who shoots on location, I've learned to always expect the unexpected (remember the sprinkler incident a few months back? mmmhhmmm.) When I plan my sessions with my clients, we choose a location that is usually public property, which is sometimes kind of a roll of the dice.  Though I do my best to check calendars, reservations, etc,  you just never know what you're going to find until you reach the location on the day of the shoot.  I always like to arrive a bit early, to get my gear ready and just kindof visualize the shoot a little bit. Oh, and to make sure to stake my claim in case other 'togs like my location too :)

So, when it came time to meet Amarie and Chris for their family session, my location had already been snagged by another photographer -- a wedding photographer! Yep - there was a wedding going on at our location. I was pretty sure the bride and groom didn't want us in the background of their wedding photos, so we quickly regrouped and relocated to a park nearby.  
Once we finally got the location situation worked out, it was all fun!  And I mean FUN.  I LOVE this family: Chris, Amarie, Kate, Leah, baby Sophie.
 

Adorable family posing for photographer in Tucson park


Love. Love. LOVE all those blonde beauties…including momma, who is a work friend from my “day job”.  I had the honor of doing sweet little Sophie’s newborn photos a few months back, and it was so much fun to see the sweet little baby she is now.  She totally loves her sisters and they obviously adore her, too.

Baby smiles at camera during family photo session

Sisters kissing baby’s head in front of a family photographer’s camera


The girls were amazing and so much fun - dancing, twirling, laughing and giggling -- exactly how sisters should be! They brought along their treasures:  funky hats they'd purchased earlier at a thrift store. Random Stephanie Fact:  I love thrift store finds - when I was a little girl, my grandma and I used to spend hours bargain hunting together! Best. memories. ever.!

Look at these two beauties!

Little girls march towards camera wearing fun hats during a family photo session
Oooh, and look closely at Miss Kate...do you see that precious sprinkling of freckles??  **swoon**


Close up photograph of young girl taken during a family photo shoot

Sweet Leah and that adorable almost pout...
Child looks up at camera wearing a hat with a Tucson park in background

Children walk away from camera at an Oro Valley park while being photographed by a family photographer

And here's one of my favorites, even though we're missing baby Sophie (she's taking a break from all of our silliness).  How many families would do a yoga pose for you?  I mean, really? I don't even think I could balance if I tried!  This family is simply awesome!

Family poses in a yoga position for a family photo at a Sahuarita park

Oh, and things always work out the way they're supposed to... our change of location? Perfect! I found a new spot, and the yummy summer sunlight here? Delish!!! 

Amarie & Chris - thank you so much for sharing part of your day with me!   I had sooo much fun! It was so great to see  you, and your blondies :) 

8.23.2011

We are Pleased to Announce... [Tucson Family Photographer, Senior Photographer in Tucson, Oro Valley Family Photographer, Tucson Senior Photos]

...okay, before I make our big announcement, I just want to say that I truly do have the most amazing clients any family photographer could ask for!   I have soooo much fun doing your sessions - really, it's more like play than work. Y'all just make things so easy for me, with your gorgeous, happy selfs (selves?)!

So over the past few months, my assistant Callie and I have been finding ways to give a little back to you, to make your experience with us the best it can be! See, we want you to have fun at your session, and we want the before and after the session stuff to be as easy as possible for you. 

We've been slowly introducing you to all the fun new things we're doing behind the scenes at Stephanie Newbold Photography.   Get ready, friends  - 'cause I have another fun thing to introduce to you all! 

I’m so excited to make the following announcement…

 Drum roll, please…
…the Client Site is LIVE!  Woot woot - happy dance!!

We are super excited to introduce this new site to our clients!  It has been a long time coming, but it is finally up and ready to go.  We can’t wait for you to check it out and see all the fun stuff we’ve been working on!

The site is exclusively for our clients - it's even password protected.  Aren’t we fancy? 

When you book your session, you’ll get access to all the latest at Stephanie Newbold Photography.  You’ll find everything you need to know to prepare for your upcoming session.  It’ll be right there at your fingertips in one place…easy, peasy.  We're all about making life as simple as possible and the process as easy as we can. 

From the client site, you’ll be able to finalize your booking by completing all the necessary forms - no more searching through your email for that one from me with the form links. 

You can even do some window shopping in our What to Wear section, where we've got some great examples of how to pull together great outfits for everyone in your family. 
It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, we've also included a few photos of some of my actual clients looking completely amazing to help inspire you for your family session.

Aaaaaand, we even have a few photos of our favorite locations to help you find one that's perfect for your own session.

So what are you waiting for?  Contact me today to book your session and get a special behind-the-scenes look at your session and what to expect!

We can't wait to hear from you!
xoxox,
steph.

PS - Since I really couldn't let this post get away without a  photo:


Sure hope y'all are enjoying the last long, lazy days of summer!

8.22.2011

What to Wear for Your Family Photos [Tucson Family Photographer, Oro Valley Family Photographer, Sahuarita Family Photographer]

Another What to Wear installment from Callie...

Fall is just around the corner.  Even though we don’t really have autumn per se here in Tucson, it is still my favorite time of year.  I think I love this time of year here in Tucson because it starts cooling off and we can actually go outside again.  My poor boys are sooo restless.  It is funny coming from the Northwest how we get cabin fever down here at the end of the summer…instead of the end of winter like in Montana.

Another reason I love when it starts cooling off is that for a few short months I can wear my “winter gear” again.  There is something so wonderful about being all snuggled up in a sweater with a hot cup of coffee.   I can’t wait to pull out the sweaters and this year, I am definitely due for a cute new pair of boots!  Hmmm…I wonder if I can convince my husband I need some new sweaters too?

Fall photo sessions are super fun because it is even easier to play with layers in your wardrobe.  During the summer here in southern Arizona, it is harder because it is so darn hot.  The last thing you want to do is put on more clothes.  However, once it starts cooling off a bit, you can start layering jackets and sweaters over your adorable new shirt!  

Check out the latest What to Wear Guide:
A what to wear guide for your family photo session put together by a Tucson Family Photographer

I LOVE this ensemble of clothes!  It is very fitting for Tucson with the boys all wearing shorts.  This is definitely a look our family would all be comfortable wearing.  Notice the way the clothes all coordinate together? No one person is “matching” the others.  There is a play on blues and khakis with a pop of purple.  Amazing!  I’m ready to go shopping.  How about you?

If you have an upcoming session and you are completely overwhelmed with what to wear…don’t fear!  Remember, you get a complimentary what to wear consult with Stephanie with the booking of your session.  Our goal is to make sure your family portraits look natural, so we want to be sure your entire family is comfortable and stylish for your session.  If you “feel” comfortable, you are more relaxed and your family portraits won’t look cheesy or posed, and you will be thrilled with the finished product.

Enjoy!


8.17.2011

They're Not Your Momma's Senior Pictures! ~ Vail Senior Photographer, Oro Valley Senior Photographer, Tucson Senior Photographer, Marana Senior Photographer, Sahuarita Senior Photographer, Senior Pictures

Is it really senior year? Finally? Congratulations! The year you've been working towards your whole life (or at least it feels that way sometimes!) has finally arrived. What better way to capture this amazingly awesome time in your life than with a senior portrait session that leaves cookie-cutter poses and boring backgrounds in the dust, and lets the true you shine? Yep, that’s right…these aren't your momma's senior photos! 

Oh, I know your parents want you to look a certain way, and wear certain things (hey, I'm a momma to a teenager, too), and you'll definitely have photos suitable for Grandma and Grandpa, and for Dad to frame and keep at the office -- promise!  But  let's leave the boring photos to the yearbook photo guy, because your senior portraits are all about YOU:  your style, your personality, your fabulousness! 





Class of 2012 Senior looks up at camera with gorgeous blue eyes during his Tucson portrait Session

I am so excited to offer a great senior photo special this fall! We'll start with a fresh, fun, personalized session that’s as unique as you are!  Your session lasts about 2 hours & takes place at 2, or even 3, Tucson locations of your choice. Bring your favorite outfits -- you can change them as often as you’d like!  Bring your guitar, your cheerleading outfit, your favorite yellow heels...bring whatever you'd like. You can even bring your BFF if you want to.  It's THAT kind of session!

So what exactly do you get with your session?  Besides me and my camera, your senior session includes a “what to wear” wardrobe consultation with our high school senior stylist.  Yep, that’s right…our fabulous Allie is at your service to help you pull the perfect look together. You get 20+ custom edited, fully retouched images to choose from in a private online gallery, free facebook & myspace images, a set of 48 wallet sized prints to include with your graduation announcements, AND your favorite image as a digital download with a print release so you can print it in any size and any quantity.

If you'd like to add more prints, a mini album or a great big beautiful wall portrait, you can shop in the product boutique with a 10% discount.


Ready to show the world what you got?  Contact me today to schedule your Senior Session and we’ll get started designing a session that's perfect just for you!

xoxox,
steph.

Pssst - don't wait too long -- my fall schedule is booking super fast!






8.12.2011

Little Bit of Heaven ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies [Tucson Photographers, Photographers in Tucson, Tucson Favorites]

Callie here.  Happy Friday!  It has been awhile since I have gotten on here and shared with you the latest and greatest of what I’ve been doing behind the scenes.  Stephanie and I have been working on a lot of new improvements to the business and we are both very excited to reveal some of the changes to you soon.  The biggest thing I have been working on recently (and as Stephanie has been bragging up on Facebook) is a new Client Site.  It is going to be a great place of resources for you, and totally private.

As a client of Stephanie Newbold Photography, we want you to feel special and loved…because you are!  While I haven’t personally met many of you, I feel like you are part of my family after spending hours working on different aspects of your session. When Stephanie says she has the best clients in the world, she isn’t lying!  I agree.  You are all amazing and it has been such a privilege for me to work, alongside Stephanie, with each of you.  Thank you so much for trusting not only Stephanie, but me as well, with these special memories.  It truly is an honor.

The past few months have been crazy in my life, as well as Stephanie’s.  I think, as women, we are always trying to do everything for everyone else and losing ourselves in the midst of the chaos.  Unfortunately, what comes with all of that is that we become overworked, overwhelmed, and tired. So in honor of all you women who just need a little break and a little bit of  indulgence, here is the perfect recipe for you…your family will enjoy it too.  Well,that is if you share with them!

In one of my previous “recipe” posts, I promised a chocolaty treat for all of you chocoholics out there.  So here you go.  The ultimate comfort food.  What could be better than brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough?  Okay, top it with vanilla ice cream and you quite possibly will be in heaven!  Oh and if anyone asks, it is completely calorie free…wink, wink.  Enjoy!

Photograph of chocolate brownie treats perfect for any busy woman in Tucson

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Yield: 32 brownies
Prep Time: 30 min + cooling time
Cook Time: 25 min 

Ingredients:
BROWNIE*:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

COOKIE DOUGH (EGG FREE!):
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet chips + 1 teaspoon shortening for drizzle, optional

Directions:
1. Prepare the brownies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray. In a medium glass bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave in short bursts of 30 seconds; stir after each burst and remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in melted chocolate. Blend in flour and mix just until combined (don't over-mix). Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

2. Prepare the cookie dough: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in milk and vanilla. Mix in flour just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spread cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. It's okay to speed up the process and place it in the freezer too. The firmer the dough, the easier it will be to cut into neat squares. Use a sharp knife to cut the brownies. You may need to wipe the knife off with a paper towel in between cuts since the fudgy brownies and cookie dough will tend to stick to the knife a bit. These brownies are best to serve placed inside cupcake papers and served with a fork.

4. If you'd like to add chocolate drizzle on top, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of shortening in the microwave; stir until smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate into a zip baggie and snip off the corner. Squeeze the bag to drizzle the chocolate on top of each brownie. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top, if desired.

*Psssst - You could easily substitute the homemade brownie portion of the recipe with brownies made from a box.  I won’t tell!  :)

**For more delicious recipes, visit RecipeGirl.com

8.09.2011

A Great Way to Learn to Master Your Camera (and have fun doing it!) ~ [Tucson Photography Workshops, Tucson Senior Portraits, Oro Valley Portrait Photographer, Tucson Family Photographer]

Earlier this month…or was it last month?  Holy cow, life has been such a whirlwind the past few months that it sometimes blurs together.  Anyway, a few weeks ago, I had a chance to do two different one-on-one mentor sessions with two really great newbie photographers (waving hi to Debbie and Esperanza!).  What is a mentor session you ask?  Basically, it's like a mini workshop, only with just you and me and our cameras. You get me and my expertise for two hours -- we can cover anything you'd like, from camera basics, to natural light, composition, business basics, etc -- and then we'll do a mini photo shoot so you can get hands-on experience and practice what you've learned. The awesome thing about a mentor session is that it's completely tailored to your specifics needs. The sky is the limit! 

As much as I love hosting workshops, I think I love the one on one sessions juuuuuust a smidge more. It's so exciting to work one on one, and to see the light bulb go off when things just click (pun intended!). And the frosting on this cupcake? The mini session/model shoots - lots of fun, and no stress :)

When Debbie and I met for her session, we had a complete blast! After all the tech talk, we headed downtown for the photo shoot part of our session. Debbie has a love for all things architectural, so we picked an area with some fun, Tucson flavor.  And to mix things up a bit, our models were a couple of amazing teenaged guys. 
Psssst - I don't have many young men in my portfolio, so when Matt and Alex volunteered (or, should I say, when their moms volunteered them), I was aaaall over it! 

Meet Matt:

Tucson Teen smiles at camera while getting his portrait taken during a mentor session
And Alex:

Tucson Senior poses for senior portraits with a Tucson Photographer


Both of these heartbreakers swim for Tucson Ford Dealer's Aquatics and are pretty much superstars!  I wouldn't be surprised to see either (or both) of them in the Olympics some day. Yep, they are THAT good!  Not only are they both amazing athletes, but they are also smart and all around nice people. They are pretty much the real deal, perfect package!  Moms - you won't even have to lock up your daughters, they're THAT nice ;) In fact - we had such a great time, that at the end of our session, Debbie 'fessed up that she just might enjoy photographing people, too!

Here's a few more of Matt. You can hardly even see his goggle tan (swimmer's curse!).  Swim Fan note: Matt’s mom, Kim, is also a pretty amazing lady.  She is pretty much the super hero team mom! 

Oro Valley Photographer captures the urban feel when taking portraits of a teen

Teen sits on steps and stares directly into the camera of a Tucson Teen Photographer


What about this face?  Recognize him?  Remember the love letter I wrote about my friend Crissy Perham?  This is her son, Alex Leighton - 2010 Salpointe High School Swimming All-Star!

Leaning on a car, a Sahuarita teen directs his attention towards the camera of Teen Photographer


Tucson Teen leans up against a Bug while modeling for a Tucson Photographer’s mentor session

I really enjoyed photographing these two!  It is so much fun photographing teen guys, and especially guys I mainly see on the pool deck.  Thanks again, Matt and Alex!

Want to have a mentor session of your own?  Simply e-mail me at stephanie@stephanienewbold.com, and we'll have you rockin' that camera in no time! 

xoxox,
steph

8.02.2011

Be Merry Holiday Mini Sessions! [Tucson Family Photographer, Oro Valley Family Photographer, Sahuarita Family Photographer, Holiday Family Photos]

Theeeeyyyy're heeeeere!  Family photo holiday mini sessions!! Woot woot!!  I know, I know - you're thinking, "Holidays? Are you kidding me? It's August.  It's 100+ degrees outside, for crying out loud!   Woman, are you crazy?"  Nope, not kidding, and well, (blush) yeeeaaaah, maybe a little on the crazy side.

But believe it or not, the holidays ARE just around the corner.  They'll be here before we know it, and honestly, I can't wait! I'm truly not one of those Christmas in July people ('cause it's August now, doncha know), but it IS time to start thinking about at least scheduling your family photos.  So...to help get you in the mood (HOLIDAY MOOD people!), we're offering a fun (but very limited) holiday mini session portrait special.  Check it out!

Family photo sessions for the holidays in Tucson, AZ

Holiday minis are the PERFECT way to get those family pictures taken care of for your holiday cards!  They are quick.  They are easy. You can bring the dog. And they'll be met with much less resistance from your husband and teenagers than a regular full portrait session.  Best of all, no one has to say "CHEESE", or wear matching holiday sweaters.

No hemming and hawing with this one, friends. This special won't last long.  I'm only offering THREE (yes, I said it, ONLY 3) "Be Merry" mini sessions this year, so the first 3 families to book them, get them. 

Wanting a little bit more than a mini? There's still plenty of "merry" to go around! If you would prefer a full family photo session, just let me know. But don't dawdle...my fall schedule is filling up quickly.  I would hateto miss out on photographing all of your cuteness this year!

xoxox,
steph
 
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