Maelyn Newborns | Arizona child photographer

This little lady came into this world and made these two wonderful humans parents. She is perfect and adorable and tiny. She didnt want to sleep at all for her session. Her daddy snuggled her and comforted her so we could get a few of them all together 🙂 So happy that they came to my house and let me snuggle their sweet baby girl!  2016-01-14_00022016-01-14_00032016-01-14_00042016-01-14_0005


Jackson 1 year – Mccormick Ranch Train Park – Arizona Child photographer

LOOK at this little guy! His one year photo session was so much fun and a wonderful way to start off this new year!  He was such a doll and I could not stop staring at him! I took double the number of photos at his session than I do at a normal session even!

We went to one of my favorite locations in Scottsdale, McCormick train park.

I was a little sad when his momma told me she didn’t want to do a cake smash for his 1 year photos, but after we got started it didn’t even matter! He was so excited about the Merry Go Round and the other little kids running around and thought that my secret trick to get little kids to smile was SO funny! 2016-01-13_00062016-01-13_00082016-01-13_00042016-01-13_00022016-01-13_00052016-01-13_00032016-01-13_00072016-01-13_0001

2015 – A look back

Phew!  I knew that I felt busy in 2015 (and had everyone else tell me that too!) but I had no idea HOW busy I was until I sat down to back up my hard drive and install my new one!  2015 brought on so many wonderful photography advancements for me! In September I quit my job to pursue this joy of mine full time and I haven’t looked back! I LOVE doing this and am excited to see what 2016 brings for me as a full time photographer!  View More:

-My photo by Lindsay Borg

In the summer I began shooting styled season mini sessions and have LOVED creating scenes and having little kids out to play with toys and run around smiling!  2015-06-10_0001.8.92015-11-04_0001.9.82016-01-01_0010

I was part of the birth of sweet baby James this year as well. I had it on my bucket list to shoot the birth of a baby and it was such an incredible experience I will never forget! 2015-09-29_0004.jpg

I volunteered my time and skill with Make A Wish a few times this year as well! I personally participated in 4 wishes this year and that organization brings such joy to my heart and being able to photograph for them as been so fulfilling! 2016-01-01_0004

I was also able to be part of a surprise engagement! Under the guise of an anniversary photo session we led an unsuspecting young lady to a rooftop downtown where his family was waiting with candles, flowers and signs asking her to be his wife. 2015-11-16_0012

I took photos of the journey of this sweet family as they welcomed their little girl into the world. Medically they needed to bring her here sooner than she was ready, and they weren’t able to take the traditional maternity and newborn photos since they were in the hospital so we improvised and were able to capture their story.2016-01-01_0009

In 2015 I witnessed 18 weddings. I traveled to Utah to capture one of my best friends weddings. I was part of an elopement, a justice of the peace wedding, three weddings at various Temples in Arizona, A couple backyard weddings and many other lovely ceremonies. Each of these people holds a special place in my heart and I am thrilled to have been part of a huge day in their life. 2016-01-01_0003

All of those things in and of themselves are wonderful, life changing events and things, but there have also been many pregnancies that became babies born, years grown older, high school kids that became college students, people in love got engaged and the cycle continues. That is perhaps the best part of this job. I get to see all of that happen and be a part of growing families. I get to see children get older and capture their changes in a photograph forever. Thank you to everyone that got in front of my camera this year. Thank you to everyone that believed I could do this full time and pushed me to do it. Thank you to my family for your listening ears as I stressed with the decision and thank you to myself for trusting them and going for it! 2015 was a year of change and amazing things, hopefully 2016 is a year of growth and sustaining joy! Happy New Year everyone! 2016-01-01_0008

(this is just a handful of my favorite photos from this year, I have over 200 sessions on my hard drive from this year – incredible)

Brinkerhoff Birth |Welcome baby James!

I have been wanting to get a little more daring with my photography now that I feel more confident in my photography.. I believe that certain life events require a certain level of quality in photography. I didn’t want to go into a birth as an amateur and deliver less than lovely images for the family, so when Courtney posted on Instagram that she was needing a photographer  for her new addition and was considering also having someone photographer her delivery I jumped on it, and boy am I glad I did! Courtney and I texted back and forth a little bit to get a good idea of what exactly she was looking for and became great friends through those messages. We decided to meet up for doughnuts to finalize the details and talk about what she wanted for that day.. That is also where I met her darling daughter that would later be meeting her brother for the first time in front of my camera lens!

Courtney was induced at 2:30am and she and I texted back and forth all day with status updates and words of encouragement. She sent me a message at around 7:30pm saying it was go time! I made my way to the hospital and found out one of my best friends was one of the nurses on the delivery floor that evening! Such a calming thing to know since this was uncharted territory for me. Turned out we still had about an hour or so of labor before she could start to push so I took some shots of the room and the laboring until it was time to push. She was so calm the whole time and really only pushed for about 15 minutes total! Baby James came into the world surrounded by the best people!

2015-09-29_00012015-09-29_0003The next day I returned to the hospital to photograph Courtneys daughter meeting her brother! Mia was SO excited.. the nurses gave her a hospital bracelet that said big sister on it and she was anxious to hold her baby brother.. she was so soft with him and despite her anxiousness to hold him she remained calm and eager 🙂 2015-09-29_00042015-09-29_0005

The whole experience changed me in the best way. It introduced me to the miracle of life. I got to experience on of the most incredible things in the world and seeing the look on their faces every time they looked at this little guy is pure magic.  I am SO glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and accepted this families challenge. I also went to their home to take newborn photos as well and those went just as well as everything else! He slept like an angel and was just adorable.


Congratulations Brinkerhoff family and thank you so much for letting me be a part of this with you!