Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ: Blog https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Bailey Brown Photography hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) Tue, 18 May 2021 02:14:00 GMT Tue, 18 May 2021 02:14:00 GMT https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u316519914-o847316934-50.jpg Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ: Blog https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Brothers https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/brothers We had a chance to watch one of Cody's brothers while his pet parents traveled to Hawaii. For a while, I have been wanting to take my camera with me on my morning walks to photograph the dogs playing in the desert. Our visitor gave me some inspiration and I went out two days. The first day I used my 70-200mm lens, and the second day I used a 50mm fixed lens. 

The dogs were cooperative and one morning I hit my favorite part of the trail just as the sunlight crested the ridge of the little mountain. Four dogs is quite a bit of work, but it was nice for Cody to have his brother to play with. I could tell their mom was happy to have a break from being Cody's playmate. 

All of the dogs are snuggle bugs and we spent the evenings relaxing with Cody, his brother and Shima. The kids lost a few toys due to the extra chewing, but hopefully it serves as a reminder to pick up after themselves. Thanks for the motivation, Sparky! 

 

Mama on the chase! Shima has such short legs, but most of her babies ended up taller than her. 

Loves to Mama dog from her son, Sparky. She's the leader of our pack. 

Sheba is 10-years-old, but frisky as ever. Before we adopted Cody and Shima, she had no interest in walks. Now she's out with the pack every morning, and keeping up for 2 to 3 miles. It's amazing to see her rejuvenation from being around the younger dogs. 

Much to my dismay, Sheba has never cared much for portraits. 

Handsome, snuggly, talkative Sparky! 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) adopt don't shop arizona desert arizona photographer candid portrait documentary photography hiking with dogs natural light photography pet adoption pet photography Phoenix photographer rescue dogs https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/brothers Mon, 17 May 2021 02:15:00 GMT
Southern Arizona Adventure https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/4/southern-arizona-adventure We often travel north when we have time off. This time we drove south to find a beautiful oasis of dark sky in southern Arizona. For Christmas, our favorite uncle gifted us with tickets to tour Kartchner Caverns, just south of Benson Arizona. This state park offers hiking trails, campsites, cabins, and dark skies perfect for viewing the Milky Way and planets. 

My sister and I rented out all 4 cabins for our family. They are cute, two room buildings with a queen bed, two bunk beds, a fridge, microwave and large covered patio. They also have a picnic table and fire ring. For those worried about digging a hole in the woods, the state park offers a clean bathroom with toilets and showers that are maintained daily. If there's a bathroom, I consider it a luxury!   

I am one of the few women I know who enjoy camping, and enjoy camping in a tent, sleeping on the ground. That line in Cowboy Take Me Away, "I want to sleep on the hard ground, in the comfort of your arms, on a pillow of blue bonnets, and a blanket made of stars..." has spoken to me since I first heard that song. However, the beds were so comfortable! I was pleased to have two full nights of rest on a real bed, and a door to separate us and the kids! I still love my tent and the wilderness experience, but this was a nice change. 

We took the Big Room tour and the tours were limited to 10 people and you had to wear a mask. It was a relaxing tour into the cave and I loved seeing M in awe of her surroundings and how she marveled at the natural formations and story of how the cave was discovered and protected. CJ was too young, so my uncle graciously took him back to the cabins and spent time watching him until my parents and sister were done with their tours. 

The evenings were spent laughing and enjoying the cool breeze. My sister and I got two hikes in and even saw herds of deer scurrying up the steep mountainside. I cannot wait to come back here and explore more. I highly encourage anyone taking a trip to Tucson to consider checking out Kartchner Caverns State Park. It's truly a natural wonder and something I am so proud to see protected and cared for so that future generations may enjoy it. 

My favorite people in the whole world. We were celebrating being vaccinated and being able to enjoy the world again! 

 

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Happy Easter https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/4/happy-easter We had a low-key Easter being that we'll be seeing my family next week for a little adventure. The kids dyed eggs, hunted for eggs, and were delighted by the gifts of a LOL Doll and a new Hot Wheels track. The dogs ate lots of treats and we relaxed for a day. It ended up being warm, so the kids got a little swim time in at the community pool. The water is way too cold for me to enjoy, but these kids love the icy water. I'm signing them up for a polar bear plunge! 

 

So much for the tile-cleaning we had done last winter. LOL!

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) 35mm lens arizona easter canon 5D Mark IV easter at home everyday moments natural light photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/4/happy-easter Sun, 04 Apr 2021 17:15:00 GMT
In-Home Portrait Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/in-home-portrait-session M's grandma sent her a beautiful dress from Mexico. I had her try it on and we took a few photos in it. CJ had a nice button-down shirt I found during my last Target-run and he was happy to put it on for a few photos. The dogs were less cooperative and Cody quickly scurried out of the frame. These kids are growing fast and it's getting hard to remember the  years when they were young toddlers and babies. Their personalities are shining through, and I look forward to seeing how they grow and who they become. I love you kiddos. 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer family photography portrait photography studio photography White lightning https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/in-home-portrait-session Sun, 28 Mar 2021 17:30:00 GMT
Spring Camping 2021 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/3/spring-camping-2021 Over the kids' spring break, we headed northeast to Badger Springs for a day trip and Seven Springs for a 2 night campout. It had been warm the week before, but a storm system brought a high of 44 degrees when we arrived at the campground. The sun was behind the clouds and I was thankful I threw some thick blankets into the truck at the last minute. Our favorite camping spot was occupied, so we selected a spot close to the entrance and began to set up our new tent. Last fall we sold the tent trailer and invested in a canvas tent with more space inside. 

The kids explored the creek with our dog, Cody. We left the older girls at home with our pet sitter since Mimi doesn't like to stay tied up. She'll do better at a dispersed camping area that is more remote. Sheba hates car rides and gets sick every time. I felt a little guilty for leaving them behind. Also, nighttime temperatures dipped below 20 degrees, and I wouldn't have minded snuggling up with all of the dogs to keep warm. Cody ended up sleeping between me and CJ because he was cold. 

In the morning, frost covered all of our equipment and our water was frozen. It was a surprise to see ice in the AZ desert in March. 

One of the biggest surprises of our first campout of the season was a herd of wild horses who happened to wander through our campsite. There were two white-speckled horses, a mare and stallion, and two white and brown horses with a young foal! The kids were so excited and our daughter approached the white-spotted male horse. I was panicking a little, but he was friendly and allowed all of us to pet him while he grazed on the foliage. I was so shocked to see a wild horse be so friendly to humans. The other 4 horses ran away from us and headed further down the creek. 

My favorite uncle arrived the next day and spent the last night with us. We huddled around our propane fire ring to try and stay warm. Overall, it was a nice, relaxing getaway, and a treat to be immersed in nature, and without a cell phone connection. 

 

Best buddies, most of the time.

Our wonderful hiking companion keeping an ear out for other dogs on the trail. 

Our little nudist enjoying the sunshine after falling in the water. 

Cody with his haunches up while he investigates our giant visitors. 

I hope this beautiful male and his herd stay safe. They were majestic. 

 

From frosty mornings, to warm afternoons, the desert is amazing and a pleasure to visit. 

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Christmas Cheer https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-cheer The Elf on the Shelf is controversial, but our family loves when Elfie (Ariella) arrives shortly after Thanksgiving. I was questioning whether or not to have her stop by, but I'm really thankful she did. It's been a nice distraction from this abnormal holiday season. The kids have been sad because their Grandma had to cancel her trip, and so did their aunt.

This year Ariella the elf brought the kids matching pajamas with she and her friends on the front of the shirt. The last day of school, before winter break, was jammie day, so the kids were excited to show off their new nighttime fashions. Our house has horrible available light, so I set up one strobe in the kitchen to light up the area around the tree. As we were taking photos, Cody showed up and Mimi joined in the fun. 

I was excited to see the dogs be unafraid of the flash! They have hope for a professional modeling career. Sheba was not as in to the photos, she never has been, but when she saw treats were part of the deal, she sat for a few photos. 

Thank you to all of the wonderful families who contacted me for photo sessions this year. I was delighted to see you all and thankful for everyone's continued health. I can't wait to share some of my favorite moments from this year's fall sessions. In the meantime, here are the photos of my kids, dogs, and our tree. 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) elf on the shelf feliz navidad kids and dogs matching jammies merry christmas https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-cheer Sat, 19 Dec 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Halloween Camping https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/11/halloween-camping We gave Halloween camping a try. In the week leading up to the trip, I stopped by the dollar store to purchase some inexpensive décor and a piñata. My favorite uncle was down to join us, and agreed to venture out to the campground early to snag our favorite spot. At first we were going to seek out our Coconino County campsite, but the it snowed the few days before we were going to leave. With lows in the teens for that location, the trip would quickly sour with cold kids and chilly dogs. 

My uncle has a location he has gone to for years and with lows in the 40s it was a better option considering we don’t have cold weather camping gear. You really don’t need it in AZ unless you’re a frequent backpacker or hunter. 

I signed the kids out of school a little early and we headed north with our old girl, Sheba in the front seat. The kids laughed and squealed as we took the twisty road that led to the off-road trail. As we hit the dirt road, we saw the poor, scorched desert to the east of us. In September a human-caused fire burned thousands of acres of one of our favorite spots to hike and explore. This gave me a chance to discuss the importance of caring for our open wilderness, and to be caretakers so future generations can enjoy the landscape and its offerings. 

The kids were somber, but quickly cheered up as we rounded a sharp corner and came upon a roadrunner dashing across the road. They giggled with delight as we bumped along and twisted and turned. I love that road. It is so fun to drive. 

Sheba did not feel excited about this road. She was quiet, and looked out the window. As we neared our location, I rolled the windows down and she stuck her head out to smell the fresh air. The kids and I laughed and sang, but then I saw Sheba staring at me and she started to make that dreaded coughing sound. I was about 2 miles from the campsite at this point. Nooo! I held her head away from the center consul and my cell phone. Right then she threw up all over her dog bed and the seat. Poor pup! She’s been car sick since day one. 

The kids were grossed out, but we rolled down all of the windows and continued on the last 2 miles of our trek. As we pulled into the campground, it appeared to be empty except for a lone trailer parked at the front with no vehicle attached to it. I slowly approached the site we were hoping for and saw my uncle’s truck. Hooray! 

The kids and Sheba spilled out of the car and began to explore as my uncle help me set up our tent. The temperature was cool and breezy. Leaves on the cottonwood trees were turning orange and yellow. Fall really is here! The beer I cracked open tasted even better in the wilderness. 

After camp was set up, I put on plastic gloves and walked around our area and the creek to clean up trash left behind from other campers. Litter is truly a problem with this pandemic. Never in my life have I seen campsites left so disgusting. People want to get away, and I understand that, but please, for the love our open spaces, be considerate and clean up after yourself! Why go into nature if you’re just going to trash it? 

It was gross to clean up toilet paper and wipes just discarded along the river rocks. The worst part about that is, a bathroom is at this campsite, it’s just a short walk. Drunk or sober, about to mess yourself, anyone can make the trek. That’s one of the perks of this location. No squatting behind a tree needed! Anyway, enough potty talk, but seriously. LEAVE NO TRACE! BURY YOUR POO. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. 

As dusk settled in, we heard an engine roaring down the road. My husband and the new pups arrived just in time for dinner and a night around the campfire. The kids were wound up as the dogs raced around them, kicking up dust in their paths. The moon rose and it filled the night with the bright light of its fullness. What a treat! 

Honest moment. What do you do in the middle of the night, when you wake up, and know the only way to use the restroom, is to unzip your tent and venture out into the darkness? I lay awake around 2AM staring at the roof of the tent, knowing I had no choice. My family and the dogs snored around me, sleeping without that annoying urge. Mimi is like a guard dog. She jumped up and followed me out into the moonlight. I nervously walked the path to the bathroom, but it wasn’t so bad because of the full moon. Something darted out in front of me and Mimi barked, chasing after it. Please don’t be a skunk! I think it was a raccoon. Mimi let it go and guarded the little bathroom shack, then escorted me back to the tent. 

The next day was filled with hikes, bikes, and brews. Another group set up camp at another site, and a few people tried to hike through our site to the creek, but were discouraged by Mimi and Cody. Sheba watched them sleepily from her spot in the sun. I decorated the campsite for Halloween and the kids had a piñata to crack open. I would be fine with every Halloween being a campsite celebration. I think the kids disagree. They liked the Halloween wilderness, but missed being able to go door-to-door. 

In the evening, my uncle set up his party lights and we had a full disco party, though the kids turned in early after crashing from their sugar rushes. The middle of the night approached and was bathed in the moonlight again. This time I awoke to the sound of crashing and banging. Something was on our table! Mimi barked defensively. I put my glasses on and poked my head out of the tent while shining our flashlight toward the table. There was a bushy black and white tail sticking out of our garbage bag! A skunk! 

I tried desperately to keep Mimi in the tent but she slipped out. The kids woke up and the other dogs barked. Luckily Mimi didn’t get close to the skunk and only barked at it. I was able to get her back into the tent and she grumbled as she settled back in her bed with Cody. When dawn approached, I put on some gloves and began cleaning up the mess the skunk, and lord knows what else, made. 

My uncle made a delicious chicken and vegetable stew in the morning and we took our time breaking down camp. It was nice to not feel rushed and to have a warm meal before leaving. Usually I grab a granola bar and a coffee and try to get packed up before 10. Overall, it was a relaxing and exciting trip! Thank you to my uncle for always joining us on these campouts. We love you.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) camping with kids camping with pets clean up after yourself damned right I'm a tree-hugging hippie fall camping high desert camping I'm feeling saucy leave no trace pack it in pack it out take care of nature for future generations https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/11/halloween-camping Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:45:00 GMT
Fall Pets https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/fall-pets I'm not active on social media. Even going back to my college days it wasn't my thing. Not actively using social media is kind of silly given so many photographers and visual media artists are. I am pretty reserved, maybe to a fault, but I don't mind making this my main area to post what is going on in my day to day life with my family. I also struggle with anxiety, and I have noticed using social media enhances those feelings. 

Anyway, I want to share some photos of my furry and shelled-kids. I love animals and I'm so thankful my kids have the opportunity to grow up with them too. 

M had her first sleepover at a friend's home over the weekend. She was excited to spend time away from her brother. Her brother was thrilled to have the house and TV to himself. He also enjoyed one-on-one time with our pets. 

And now, random assortment of photos of our furry, and scaled family members.


 

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A Plant's Life and Death https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/a-plants-life-and-death The pre-kindergarten teachers at the school are brilliant and phenomenal gardeners. I am always blown away by the garden the preschool – kinder classes plant each year. CJ came home from school so excited that his little green bean seed had sprouted into a small plant. We spent a Saturday morning at Lowes and picked out a few pots and plants for the kids to use. 

M was on her way to her very first friend sleepover, so CJ and I took the opportunity to go through the steps of moving his plant to its new home. The dogs gave him moral support as he gently transferred the stem to the clay pot. We spritzed it with some water and set it on the shelf so the puppy couldn’t destroy it.

CJ checked on it every day, gave it water and set it in the window so it could be in the sun. The weather is still unusually warm, so I brought the plant inside so it had a chance to survive. Everything was going well and I loved seeing the nurturing side of my son. 

Sadly, this past weekend, the green bean plant met an untimely end. My husband and I were outside setting up our new tent when we hear a painful scream from inside the house. CJ ran out sobbing with the limp plant in his hand. Its roots dangled lifelessly as soil fell to the rocks below. He thought it would be a good idea to grab the stem and lift it up, which ended up breaking it in half and killing the plant. 

He cried as hard as a kid would cry over their pet dying. I felt sad for him, but tried to explain why we can’t be rough with plants. They are delicate and require tender, loving, care. 

There are some seeds sitting in packages in our garage. I think we’ll give it another try, but hopefully the plants don’t meet their end before they can bloom.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) gardening vegetables https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/a-plants-life-and-death Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:00:00 GMT
2 Wheels https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/2-wheels CJ had a flat tire and his dad worked to show him how to repair it. After the bike was back to riding form, I dragged my flash outside to try and capture some action photos of the kids riding down the little desert trail near the house. M has certainly outgrown her bike, and hopefully Santa Claus will bring her a new one. CJ is so fast on two wheels. Though he was resistant to learning, seeing the neighbor tear up the streets on her tiny bike motivated him to give it another try.


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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) bikes fall? Where are you? it's still hot in PHX night riding https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/2-wheels Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:45:00 GMT
Black, White and Grey https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/black-white-and-grey Nothing much to say here, other than I took a photo similar to the upcoming images, when M and C were babies. I tried to recreate it and although it did not match, it shows how their personalities have bloomed. I love you kiddos.


This boy loves hanging out in his chonies. What a little nut. 

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Yes on 208 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/yes-on-208 Raise your hand if you had the rug pulled out from under you last March? Raise your hand if home-learning proved to be a challenge in getting your kid to complete their assignments and attend their Zoom meetings. No? I am truly happy for you.  

* caution: minor swear words and a political rant ahead * 

I dreamt about home-learning working for us and we gave it everything we had. I was scared to send the kids back into the world. Then little by little we ventured out and saw that if we took precautions, we could be ok. Wear a mask and wash your damned hands! Why in the hell is a mask a political tool? If my 4-year-old can wear a mask and wash his hands with no problem, what is an adult’s excuse? Freedom? Personal Rights? GTFO yourself. This conspiracy nonsense has gone too far. Also, if you were having surgery or a dental procedure, how about your doctors and nurses not wear a mask or PPE because it's too uncomfortable? Anyway, I digress. It's  frustrating to see this pandemic drawn out because of people who refuse to believe in science because they saw "masks bad" on facebook. 

Off my soapbox and back to the story no one is reading, or who clicked away the minute I praised masks and science. 

The program our son is in was to begin in early August, and if you decided not to attend, you lost your spot. We worked hard to make sure he had a spot in the program, so it was worth the risk to try out this new form of learning. He has been going to school since August. Within the first day he was a different child. Gone were the outbursts and daily meltdowns, and there was my little man. He returned, and he was learning at lightning speed. My fear seeped away and I was so thankful for the teachers and their willingness to come back. Can we get these educators a raise? Some respect? Goodness, teaching is difficult! 

At the end of September, our daughter’s grade was able to resume in-person learning. Though we were thankful for the access to virtual school, I have to admit, at-home learning is not the right fit for us. When the kids were babies I used to imagine having a free, fun-loving homeschool life with the two of them… If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, it’s helped me realize home school is not a good path for our family. Our little ones are social butterflies and would rather be among their peers than mean old mom and dad. 

M was nervous about starting back up again, but we went to the store together and picked out a few character masks for her collection. After the first week, I could see she was in a better mood, much more cooperative, and there were less fights between her and her brother. She was back to learning and much happier with in-person instruction. 

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE TEACHERS, AIDES, ADMINISTRATORS, JANITORS, CAFETERIA WORKERS, BUS DRIVERS, GROUNDSKEEPERS! Thank you isn’t enough. Please give the schools more funding. It shouldn’t be a red or blue issue. These people are putting their lives on the line. And while I've become political on this post, please vote YES on 208! It's the least you can do for these wonderful educators and school employees who put their lives on the line so our kids can have a bright future. 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) education improves lives education is power fund our schools red for ed teachers deserve better https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/yes-on-208 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:45:00 GMT
Early Fall Pool Time https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/early-fall-pool-time The kids’ grandpa from Indiana made a visit with his girlfriend and the kids had a chance to enjoy a week splashing in the hotel pool every day. We even snuck CJ on the waterslide. The resort wasn’t as crowded as usual, and the kids even got a short horseback ride out of the deal. It was so nice for them to make it out here after having to delay the trip because of the pandemic. We were thankful they made it here and back safely.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona arizona summer swimming with kids https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/early-fall-pool-time Sat, 26 Sep 2020 10:30:00 GMT
Welcome to the Family https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/welcome-to-the-family Turns out the best time to adopt a new pet is in the middle of a global pandemic. In late July my husband shared a post from our neighborhood NextDoor feed. A woman was fostering 9 puppies and their mama until they were available for adoption through the Arizona Humane Society. The mama dog had been found on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, with her 9 puppies. Someone picked them up and brought them to the Humane Society. By some miracle, all of the puppies survived! The mom was named Shi-Ma by the shelter, which means "mother" in Navajo Na-Dine. 

Our daughter saw the photo of a few of the puppies and begged her dad to get one. Our old girl, Sheba, had always been somewhat cranky around new dogs, but we thought a meet and greet was worth the chance. When we arrived at the foster parent's home, we were greeted by the mama dog. She looked me in the eye, then gently licked my hand as she led us to her puppies. My heart was touched by her calm demeanor and welcoming eyes. I wanted to bring her home because I have a fondness for adopting older doggies. 9 playful puppies hopped about in a large exercise pen. We originally wanted to adopt another female dog, but there were only three boys left. 

The first boy pup was a chocolate brown color and seemed somewhat shy, until a creme-colored puppy bounced up and attacked him. The chocolate pup returned the play and the two of them were rolling around outside. Our daughter was drawn to the creme-puppy and I knew he wouldn't be a good match when he started chewing up the drip system. The third dog was a shy little red dog with a black snout and eye brows. He sat on the patio watching his brothers destroy the foster-family's yard. My husband and I were immediately drawn to him. He was calm and sat in our lap, he let the kids hold and love on him. 

The following day, we brought him over to our house to meet Sheba. She was growly, but settled in after an hour and seemed to be neutral with him. Our decision was made and we were to adopt the cute, red puppy with the black face mask. He was still being weaned and would need a surgery to be neutered, but he would be available for adoption in a few weeks. Our daughter sobbed when we returned him to his foster home, but we assured her he'd be back!

As the weeks leading up to his official adoption wound down, we were on our trip to Flagstaff. My husband received an email that all of the puppies had been adopted, but mama Shi-Ma was still awaiting a home. I don't know why, but I burst into tears. I was so sad for her, she had gone through so much and deserved a good home too. If she wasn't adopted in the next week, she would have to go back to the shelter, alone, with a hope of being adopted. Older dogs are not always adopted, and especially mama dogs. She would go from life outside, to a comfy home with her babies, and then left at a loud, sterile shelter without her puppies. She didn't deserve that after all she had been through.

I was heartbroken to hear no one wanted her. She reminded me of my greyhound, Cleo, who was a gentle and loving soul. My husband and I agreed we would adopt her too and hoped Sheba would welcome Shi-Ma into our home. We were going into this blind, but I felt at peace and like we were making the right decision. We were going from a one dog, one tortoise household to three dogs, and one a puppy! I went to Chewey.com and PetSmart to  stock up on pet supplies for our new family members. 

On a hot day in August, we brought Cody home, and he settled in, and tried to snuggle with Sheba, who responded with a growl. The next day my daughter and I went to pick Shi-ma up from her foster home. The foster mom and her roommate said a tearful goodbye and we put her in the back of our car. M proudly placed a unicorn and rainbow collar around her neck and we drove back home with her whining nervously. We met up with my husband and son at a small park and introduced her and Sheba. They did great! There was no growling at all. I was pleasantly surprised with Sheba's reaction to her new friend. 

When we got home, Shi-ma was reunited with one of her babies. They played together and he tried to nurse on her. Mama Shi-ma put him back in his place, and within an hour they were snuggling together in the new dog beds. That night they slept together, but after discovering a few puddles of pee in the morning, I dug through our downstairs closet and retrieved a large x-pen I had been hoarding since our greyhound days. I made Cody a cozy den and luckily he took right to it. Mama Shi-Ma spent the next night in our daughter's bed! She hopped right up and snuggled with her, then the night after that, she slept in our son's room. She is such a good soul, and I love how she watches out for my babies too! 

The first two weeks were madness and I knew it was a lot to take on, but as our new pack settled in together, it became clear we made the right choice. Mimi (Shi-Ma) and Cody are loving their new home and tortoise friend, Harley. Cody tries to steal her veggies, and Shima originally barked, and was scared of her. Sheba enjoys Mimi's company, but could do without Cody. We're watching old episodes of The Dog Whisperer, and finding many of the techniques Cesar uses, work really well with our new pack members. Even Sheba is showing them the way with the few commands she knows, and how well she walks on a leash. 

They are working things out, and though our house is now one of the louder ones on the block, I am thankful for my wild bunch. The kids absolutely love their new dog  friends and are happy to have a dog who wants to snuggle and sleep in their rooms at night. The new dogs are one the best thing to brighten up these dark times. Part of me thinks pets can bring world peace. Everyone get out there and adopt your new dog, cat, rabbit, ferret, hamster, guinea pig, snake, lizard, tortoise, turtle, bird, horse, etc.... 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) 3 dog household 4 pet household adopt don't shop adopted dog adopted puppy Arizona Humane Society AZ Humane dog photography dog rescue pet adoption pet photography pet rescue https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/welcome-to-the-family Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:15:00 GMT
Walnut Canyon National Monument https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/walnut-canyon-national-monument We entered August knowing we needed an escape from the heat. Luckily there were several cabins available for rent on Air B&B and we secured a cute A-frame in Munds Park, Arizona. The location was pet-friendly and we decided to bring Miss Sheba. There are several trails and off-road riding areas within walking-distance from the neighborhood the cabin was in. I did a few smaller runs on the trails, and my husband took our daughter out on the dirt bike. On one of my trail runs, I encountered not a soul for two whole hours. It was amazing, and a little unnerving as I dodged rocks, roots and tried not to fall on my face. 

Later that day, after our daughter finished her school Zoom meetings, we drove into Flagstaff as a beautiful thunderstorm approached with gray-black clouds. As we arrived at Walnut Canyon, there were a few sprinkles and thunder, but  it seemed as if the storm could go either way. We first hiked the trail along the top of the trail. Our son loved looking at the descriptive sign and pointing out the vegetation he recognized and animal tracks. When it seemed as if the storm would not directly hit us, we decided to attempt the hike down into the ruins. 

Just as we reached the first landing before you reach the island trail, there was a loud crack of thunder and rain began to fall. It was surreal to seek shelter in what had been a family home about one thousand years ago. The kids were a little scared, but happy to see precipitation and leaned their heads out, pulled their masks down and attempted to catch raindrops on their tongues.  

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) education for kids educational family trip history ruins walnut canyon https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/walnut-canyon-national-monument Sat, 05 Sep 2020 16:30:00 GMT
Father's Day Camping and Dirt Bikes https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/fathers-day-camping-and-dirt-bikes The mountains are calling, I must go. I love the desert, but I need a dose of the woods and wilderness at least once per month. 

We were at it again, this time at our favorite spot off of Stoneman Lake Road in Northern Arizona. This popular spot is fantastic because if you have an OHV license and vehicle, there are miles of trails that will take you to many tree-lined routes in Coconino County. It's also a great spot for trail running.

I started training for a half marathon and had a chance to do my first two trail runs! Friday I tackled a 4 mile route, and Sunday I spent a good chunk of the wee hours of the morning huffing and puffing for 8 miles in the elevation. The forest made me appreciate my low-elevation morning desert runs, but goodness, waking up cold and starting cold was an absolute treat. I used my new Salomon running hydration vest and it worked like a charm. I don't know why I haven't bought one of these before. They are life-changing! 

In lieu of popular sports, I have developed a fixation on the sport of  ultra-running. I am fascinated and hooked! How do you long-distance runners do it? How are you able to push  your body to 30, 50, 100, 200+ miles in one race? It's amazing and awe-inducing. I signed up for a trail half marathon at the end of September, even though it may be cancelled. I have missed running, and adding trails to the mix is a long-term goal. We'll see how this goes! 

The best thing to happen from this trip, was our laser dance party with the kids, and our daughter learning how to ride her dirt bike! We are on two wheels, people! M is a natural too. She took off, and didn't want to stop. Nearly every hour she was on the bike and learning the trails and terrain. I'm so proud of her for being brave and tackling some pretty technical routes with her dad. CJ said he wants to wait until he is 5 to try the bike, and that's good, because once he has chance, I know these kids are going to race each other. 

Once again I didn't want to leave because for me, camping is the normalcy I have been craving! I am incredibly thankful for our access to the wild lands of AZ, and pray they are kept safe and out of harms way so we can enjoy them for generations to come. The campsite wasn't too messy and I didn't have to pick up as much trash. Thank you to the people who were there before us because it was left in good condition. 

I've been traveling with my Canon M50 rather than my big DLSR. I like the lightweight flexibility of a mirrorless camera, but I definitely feel more at home with a DSLR and fixed lenses. 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) camping with kids camping with pets dispersed camping hiking kids dirt bike leave no trace motocross kids trail running yamaha 80cc https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/fathers-day-camping-and-dirt-bikes Sat, 04 Jul 2020 23:00:00 GMT
Mother's Day Camping https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/5/mothers-day-camping We have been staying home and social distancing (is anyone else sick of this word yet?) since getting back from California in mid-March. With the flexibility of online school, we had the option to join my uncle for camping on the Mogollon Rim in Eastern Arizona. The kids and Sheba were thrilled to be away from the house and in the woods. 

My uncle has a spot he has been camping at for several years and he went as our advance. We loaded up in the morning while M finished her Zoom meetings and school work. We left around noon and made good time up north, I barely noticed the weight of the trailer as I towed it behind the truck. Despite some heavy traffic on the 260 from an accident, we were on Forest Road 300 by 2:30! As we meandered down the twisty road, the windows were rolled down and the fresh air was let in. I felt like we were going to a distant land, despite camping in this area at least once per year. 

We turned and saw the sign my uncle hung on the message board. Other people were set up at different sites, but it wasn't as crowded as I expected. We spotted my uncle and pulled into camp. Sheba and the kids hopped out of the truck and rushed to explore while my uncle helped me set the tent up. Despite the fire ban, propane was allowed, and he broke out his new propane-powered fire ring. It did the trick to roast some marshmallows and warm up in the cool evening air. The first night was quiet and peaceful. I heard two owls calling to each other, and heard elk bugle to each other throughout the evening. 

The next two nights were rather loud. The party crowd had showed up Friday afternoon and were going hard until the wee hours of the night. I was thankful not to be in a maintained campsite for the sake of having lots of space away from the wild side. I'm getting old. And that's ok. We were thankful for the opportunity to leave town and do something that felt like normal life. 

One thing I will say is, if you are newer to the outdoor life and camping, please, please, please, for the love of God, clean up after yourselves! I was alarmed at the amount of trash, toilet paper and improper disposal of waste (human and manufactured) around the forest. I spent parts of each day walking around and collecting any garbage I found, also burying poo, which was really gross! Bring a shovel, people! 

Leaving no trace is not hard! Just bring a few extra trash bags, one for garbage, one for cans and glass. Bring two extras to double-bag your garbage at the end of the trip. Before you leave your campsite, look around for any trash that may have fallen down and make sure to bring it with you. Do not dispose of the garbage bags in the nearest town or dumpster. Bring the trash back home and dispose of it in your personal garbage can. You can preserve the outdoors and keep it beautiful for future trips and your fellow humans by doing this!

I'm happy to see more people trying camping, but I beg of the newbies to think of the health of the forest, wildlife and of other people enjoying the same space. 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) camping with children camping with pets dispersed camping leave no trace please clean up after yourselves quarantine camping quarantine life https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/5/mothers-day-camping Sat, 30 May 2020 22:45:00 GMT
Quarantine Easter https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/4/quarantine-easter The kids' grandma was supposed to fly and visit us for one week for Easter, but with COVID-19 showing up, those plans were also derailed. She was able to get a refund for her plane ticket, but we were sorely disappointed to not have her company for the holiday. My parents have also been isolating to try and prevent the spread. We did a bit of video chatting with both grandparents. The kids dyed eggs, I cooked a tiny ham and made potatoes. It was the most quiet Easter I think we have ever had! 

Even with a pandemic in place, the Easter bunny made an appearance at our house. The kids got a new scooter and cool Hot Wheels set. The kids were genuinely surprised at their baskets and had fun hunting for eggs in the backyard. Happy Easter to you and yours. Stay well and be safe. 

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Blue Background https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/4/blue-background In an effort to teach the kids about photography and clipping paths, I took portraits of them on a blue background and showed them how I create alpha channels and clipping paths in Photoshop. Though they were cooperative for the photos, they walked out as I was halfway done with one of the channel masks. So much for learning! Here are a few of the outtakes. 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer kids portraits phoenix photographer savage background paper studio photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/4/blue-background Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:30:00 GMT
Social Distance at Vulture City https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/social-distance-at-vulture-city An hour west of where we live there's a ghost town called Vulture City. The last time I was there it was 2019 and my friend and I participated in a nighttime ghost tour. It was honestly creepy and there were a few doors that opened by themselves, disembodied voices and sounds that resembled miners pushing ore carts.   The property has been taken over by caretakers who are working hard to restore the buildings and have turned it into an event venue. 

I called and they were open. It turned out to be the best place to explore and walk around without bumping into others. Well, we didn't bump into anyone living for that matter, ghosts are another question. The kids were surprised at the way people lived in the late 1800s/early 1900s and had fun running around. In the daylight the property is interesting and not very creepy. 

When it was time to leave, I tired to start the car and the battery was dead. I ran back to the gift shop and a nice gentleman who works on the property brought his truck over with a jump pack. Luckily the car started up and we were able to head home. He let me know it is a common to have cars not start after visiting the property. I was hoping I had a supernatural encounter, but one week later in the grocery store parking lot, the battery died again, so I fear it was not a ghost, but typical wear and tear of a car battery. 

If you want a taste of the wild west, give Vulture City a visit! 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona desert arizona history Ghost town history lesson mining town social distancing supernatural vulture city https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/social-distance-at-vulture-city Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:30:00 GMT
Week One At Home https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/week-one-at-home I read an article about one of the authors the kids love and how he is teaching kids how to draw. This is one of the first educational lessons we tried that the kids actual enjoyed and became engaged in. Here are some of their creations. Thanks Mo Willems! 

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
 

 

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Disneyland Shutdown https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/disneyland-shutdown Well. We planned the worst possible time to visit Disneyland for the first time. When I booked the trip last year, COVID-19 was not in the news. I had a lingering feeling not to plan the trip for spring break, wait until summer. Why wait? I ignored my instinct and planned it anyway. My sister got tickets for the kids and our parents.

Two weeks before our trip, our son became really sick with the flu. He recovered within a week, and we decided to continue on with the trip. The morning we were supposed to leave, the most gray-black clouds hung in the sky and it felt like an omen. We packed the car and headed out anyway. Just after passing Buckeye, AZ, it began to rain. I saw waterfalls pouring down the cliffs on the mountains just east of Quartzite! West of Blythe, and somewhere east of Indio we drove through the worst storm I have experienced. My husband drove 25 miles per hour in 5 percent visibility over parts of the I-10 that were washing out. Just as we came out of the storm and saw Indio, my phone blew up. Disneyland was closing due to COVID-19. 

Not my finest moment, there were curse words, but it made sense. Better to be safe than sorry. We drove to Anaheim anyway, and the kind front-desk worker at the Paradise Pier took notes in our file that we showed up for our reservation, and assured us we would be refunded. What now? We drove all the way to Disneyland, only to see the outside of the park. The kids handled it surprisingly well. I was more upset than they were. We booked an affordable hotel by Hermosa Beach and settled in. 

The next day we headed to the pier and beach and let the kids run around the shore, even though it was freezing outside. By the evening, restaurants and stores were shutting down. The next morning the breakfast buffet had closed down. Time to head home. We drove back two days earlier than planned, and came back to the news that the kids would not attend school again for the remainder of the year. 

And thus began our COVID-19 journey. Here are a few pics from the Disneyland trip that was not meant to be. And yes, I got a refund. Thank you Disney. We will be back. 

 

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Daddy-Daughter Dance https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/daddy-daughter-dance Every year since M has been at her school they have hosted a Daddy-Daughter dance in the late winter. She has been fortunate to have her dad be her guest for each event. This year she wanted to wear the Belle dress a friend gave her. The dress started out huge on her, but this year it fits perfectly. Her princess-loving days are numbered, so I was thankful to see her embrace her dress-up collection and wear the beautiful, yellow dress to the event. As luck would have it, nature delivered some beautiful wildflowers and our desert is beaming with yellow and golden flowers as far as the eye can see. 

 

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Skiing in a Winter Wonderland https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/1/skiing-in-a-winter-wonderland My sister and I have been on a mission to invest in experiences rather than material goods for our familial gifts. This year we aimed to take a trip to Flagstaff to hopefully ski, snowboard and throw snowballs at each other. We found an Air B&B just outside of Flagstaff with room for 6 and booked a weekend to bring our parents and most favorite uncle to the pines for a weekend of true winter. The weather gods blessed us with precipitation and the day we planned to drive up, it was snowing as low as 5000 feet in elevation. The kids loved looking out the window and seeing thick snow piled along the side of the highway. Though we visited the snow earlier in the year, they had yet to experience snow falling. 

On Saturday, we bundled up, and found 0 degrees fahrenheit greeting us as we drove 45 minutes north to Arizona Snowbowl. M took a day-long snowboard lesson while our son tried skis. He hated it and ended up spending time in the lodge with Nana and his great-tio. Papa got a free lift ticket for being in the 70+ crowd, and Tia G and I met up a few times, her on a snowboard, me on skis to hit the small slope. It was storming and freezing, but absolutely a blast. Even though I haven't skied since 2011, I managed to build up some speed, and made it down each run without falling. My husband is a good sport and tried skis again after his leg-break incident from our honeymoon in 2009. He soon joined his mother-in-law and son in the lodge while M, Papa, Tia G and me stayed out on the freezing mountain. 

M's class was worth every penny and she ended up having a fantastic time. I hope we can make this a yearly tradition. And hopefully CJ will change his mind about winter sports. 

 

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Sonoran Desert Christmas https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/1/sonoran-desert-christmas With travelers from the midwest, west coast, and southern panhandle we had a ful-filled Christmas celebration with family and friends from near and far. Thank you for a wonderful year and helping my little business grow. 

 


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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) candid portraits canon m50 desert christmas family celebration holiday time merry christmas https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/1/sonoran-desert-christmas Wed, 01 Jan 2020 16:45:00 GMT
Bunk House in the White Mountains https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/bunk-house-in-the-white-mountains The below-average weather in our desert city reminded me of a trip we took in March to the White Mountains in eastern Arizona. Last winter was full of storms and the higher elevations were blessed with a large amount of snow. We saw snow as low as 1500 feet elevation, it’s one of those, every 25 year kind of things. The last time I remember seeing snow in the desert, I was 14, and before that, 5-years old. 

Through Air B&B I found a 2-bedroom house with a small bunkhouse in Pinetop. Rich, the owner, lives in a house on the back of the property and greeted us with his 4 dogs when we arrived. My parents and uncle joined us for this adventure. They stayed in the larger house, and we took the bunkhouse with the kids and Sheba. The kids were most excited about the bunk beds. I see a trend here. 

We took some time to go to Sunrise Ski Resort and try tubing. M was scared after her first run, and refused to go again. Grandpa tried it too, but we had to take turns staying at the bottom of the hill with M and CJ. Hopefully next year she is more apt to give snow tubing a try. I like eastern Arizona, though it’s a much further drive to get out there. The benefit is less crowds at the ski resort and in town.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona snow documentary photography family photography traveling with kids and pets weekend adventures https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/bunk-house-in-the-white-mountains Fri, 29 Nov 2019 19:00:00 GMT
Glampout at Arizona State Parks: Alamo Lake https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/glampout-at-arizona-state-parks-alamo-lake Why do I do this? I finish one trip, and even if it was tiring or the kids were cranky, the evening we return or the next day, I begin researching the next possible adventure. We got back from our Labor Day campout, and I saw my husband had the Friday before Veterans Day off. He's a veteran, and we usually do something outdoorsy that weekend. I remembered I had a pass to the Arizona State Parks from the kids' summer reading program at the library. I immediately began searching for available campsites. 

Then I realized some sites have these little, rustic camping cabins complete with AC! I wanted a location with water so we could possibly bring our kayaks or take the kids fishing. I found Alamo Lake State Park had a cabin available and immediately booked it. When I drive to California, I always see the sign and exit to Alamo Lake and have been curious about it. 

That Friday I pulled the kids out of school at noon and we drove west. Way west. Like, halfway to my aunt's home in Covina, CA, west. The rolling hills gave way to some rocky ranges and I eventually found us driving through a little farming community called, Wendon. From Wendon, there's a 33-mile-long, two lane road that twists through the desert. On that road I saw no one. Our silver Subaru meandered along the road and I lost cell phone service. Eventually landed at our destination. My husband and uncle had beat us to the cabin! 

The kids were relieved to be out of the car and ran around, very, very, very excited about the bunk beds in the back of the cabin. The immediately claimed their top bunks, and then we realized the cabin did not come with a queen bed that was described online. My tall husband pulled a mattress from one of the bunks and put it on the floor. I ended up on one of the bottom bunks, and my Uncle is smart, and traveled with his cot! 

Once beds were established, we got our fishing gear out and walked down the road to the lake. It's a quiet, rocky shore, but not as steep as Lake Pleasant, which is our go-to Arizona water location. The kids started casting their rods out and I snapped pics with my new mirrorless camera. That night we roasted some hot dogs and bratwursts and enjoyed a toasty fire. The temperature change was extreme, it had been about 85 during the day, but dropped down to 50 by the evening. The kids enjoyed roasting marshmallows and chasing the little kangaroo rats that showed up to eat their crumbs. 

The next day we set out to do some more fishing and explore the area. Overall, I'd say the kids were the most excited about the bunk beds. This is a quiet, secluded area, and I like that the campground and cabins are so far away from the BLM land where a lot of people bring RVs and ATVs to explore the hundreds of trails. I'd love to bring our kayaks back and try fishing on the water. Being that the lake is stocked with bass, we didn't have much luck and only got a few nibbles. It seemed the folks with boats were catching the most fish. 

My husband had to work on Sunday, so he took off on his motorcycle around sunset. The kids were tired and went to bed early. My uncle and I stayed up chatting and looking at the stars. Then I got an idea to set up my tripod and capture stars and trying light painting. Our collaboration worked out well and we caught some interesting frames. The moon was close to full, and provided a natural light to illuminate the desert floor. Alamo Lake is supposed to be one of the darkest skies in the state, but with the moon, we didn't see as many stars as we hoped to, but it was still a spectacular sky. 

I'm already looking at the next state park to visit... 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) camping desert documentary photography fishing glamping light painting outdoor life rustic cabin sonoran desert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/glampout-at-arizona-state-parks-alamo-lake Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT
Northwestern Arizona: Havasupai Backpacking Trip https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/northwestern-arizona-havasupai-backpacking-trip This location used to be a kind-of secret to Arizonans and those living in the western states. My dad and uncles used to make treks to Havasupai and the National Park trails every year or so to backpack and camp. This was in the 80s, long before the Internet and social media. Because of social media, this place boomed in popularity, and now the process to even visit it is competitive, costly, and an absolute gamble.  Permits are rare! It’s pure luck if you land a spot. 

Over the years it has seen its share of floods, land ownership battles, and return to those who were born onto the land. I won’t get into the politics behind this place, but I was thankful to be invited to join my cousin and her husband on the 4-hour drive to the trailhead, 10 mile hike in, 3 day campout, and 10 mile hike out. Her husband managed to secure 4 spots for the last week in October. My husband and I were in. When would we have a chance to see this beautiful place again? 

I contacted my parents and they graciously accepted the challenge of watching our kids for the week. It would be our first trip away from both of them. Our son is nearly 4 and we’ve never taken a trip away from the kids, together. Oops. Funny how time flies. We were excited for the physical challenge of the hike, and to have some time to talk without interruptions. 

It has been 10 years since our last backpacking trip. Work and children being our main focus over these years. My husband and I started training in summer, getting jogs and hikes in where we could, adding in a lift or two. At the end of September, we began hiking with our packs fully-loaded and quickly discovered how many times you need to pack/unpack/rearrange. Our camping gear collection expanded with proper backpacking gear and accessories. I thought my pack was perfect. I was down to 28 pounds at one point. Then we looked at the weather. 

Rather than the nice 60s and 70s we were expecting, a cold front was rolling through the week of our trip. Highs were expected to be in the 40s, lows in the teens and 10s. My pack went from 28 to 35 pounds, then around 40+ when I added my water in. My swimming gear came out, and my thick, winter jacket and a fleece sleeping bag were added in. 

The funny thing about water is, several years ago we hiked South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back out Bright Angel trail in the National Park. We hiked in the middle of June with my dad to celebrate his 60th birthday. Weather at the top was a beautiful 70 degrees, but as we descended and the sun rose, it broke 100, then 110 as we neared the canyon floor. The pipeline was broken, and we ran out of water. We also gave water to a mother-daughter hiker team who only packed 2 liters of water for their 10-mile hike to Phantom Ranch. The mother had to be air-lifted out of the canyon. We reached the bottom of the canyon dehydrated, but alive, and to a pipeline that was working again. 

I didn’t want a repeat of June of 08, so I loaded down 4 liters of water. Probably a mistake because 5 to 7 pounds may not seem like a lot until you’re walking through a beautiful twisting and turning canyon and its 25 degrees out. 

We stayed the night in Peach Springs at a comfortable hotel with a restaurant and heated hot tub (the pool wasn’t heated, but we got in anyway). We set our alarms for 5AM and made the 1 hour drive to the trailhead. The morning was frosty and frigid. By the time we reached the security checkpoint, the sun was rising. While the rangers inspected our vehicle for alcohol, drugs, and weapons, we stood in the sunlight, praising it for its warmth. 

The trailhead had cars parked up to a mile and  a half away from our starting point. My cousin’s husband graciously drove to the trailhead and we dropped our bags. Luckily he found a spot not too far in. The sun was hitting the edge of the Canyon wall as we descended the hilltop, stopping to adjust our packs a few times, and take photos of the beautiful desert as it was illuminated. About 2 miles in we saw our first out-hikers. Dan, full of energy and smiles, greeted each person we passed, giving them high-fives and encouragement. You could see everyone appreciated his enthusiasm as they approached the most difficult part of the hike. 

At 4 miles in we saw our first mule train. They had no more than 3 or 4 packs each, and one had a Postal Service crate with mail on its back. We greeted the horseman who was leading the team with his dogs following close behind. It was like taking a step back in time. No vehicles, just pack animals or travel by foot. There is a strict rule not to photograph the residents of Havasupai or their animals. The mules looked good and healthy. Can you imagine someone always photographing you as you left your home to run your errands? I can absolutely see why the tribe installed this rule. It’s necessary. 

Around 6 miles in we encountered a ranger and he checked Dan’s paperwork to make sure our group was supposed to be there. To prevent hikers from sneaking in, the Havasupai tribe enforces the permit process. It was honestly nice to see how organized the process is to prevent overcrowding and further destruction of the land. 

8 miles in we reached the water and the village. After checking in at the office we began our trek to the campground. The first falls we encountered were 50-Foot Falls/Navajo Falls or “New Navajo Falls” after the flood from a few years ago that altered the landscape. The crown jewel is Havasu Falls, and it was an honor to see my groups’ reaction as they viewed the falls for the first time. We were exhausted, but seeing the falls renewed our energy. I remember the feeling I had the first time I hiked this trail about 15 years ago. This area is a paradise and we have to protect it! 

We found an amazing camp spot within close distance to the restrooms, and Havasu Falls. After dropping our bags, and surveying the camp, we settled in at the table to make lunch and set-up our tents. The sandy hike from the village to the campground destroyed my feet. My trusty shoes, which had plenty of hikes in and gave me no problems, had torn up my feet! My shoes went off, and my water shoes came on, despite it being 50 degrees out. 

I absolutely loved our campsite, it was roomy, had a table, and a few lines were already hanging from the trees for us to hang our gear up. The rodents are clever and have figured out how to get into food. You need a rat-sack if you’re planning to visit. I found mine at REI and was thankful I had it for future trips. Our first meal was Pad Thai by Backpackers Pantry, and it was good! It was restorative to have a warm meal as our campsite never had any sunlight hitting it with the walls of the canyon. I consumed so much tea and ramen noodles on this trip. The tea and broth really kept me warm.  I can see why backpackers like to bring bullion cubes to warm up. When I was packing in Phoenix, with the temperatures in the 90s still, a cube of bullion sounded disgusting. I’m learning. 

That evening before we lost light, we ventured to Mooney Falls and stood in awe at the height and velocity of water rushing over the volcanic rock. When we headed back to our campsite to make dinner, two women ventured in, tired and ready to find a spot in the twilight. We chatted a bit, they were from the east cost, and drove all the way from Pennsylvania, stopping in Colorado to pick up a friend, then to Arizona for this trip! They were in their 50s and pure badasses! The woman who drove is a long-haul trucker, driving 18-wheelers across the country. Her friend lives in Colorado and they plan these adventures all the time. I aspire to be like them too. BADASSES! And very friendly. Dan and I helped move a table over to their area and we enjoyed dinner with our new neighbors. 

In the evening the wind picked up and we retreated to our tents. It was cold. 15 degrees. Plus wind. My husband and I didn’t sleep. We thought our bags zipped together, but the retailer on Amazon lied! Mine wouldn’t zip to his. We laid close and shivered through the night. Finally around 5AM I got up and walked to the outhouse. It was warmer in there and for a moment I contemplated grabbing my sleeping bag and camping out in the loo. Gross, but necessary if it’s bone-chill-cold. Lucky for me the sky was growing lighter so I walked back to our site to grab my camera and tripod. 

The hike up to Havasu falls was quiet. I didn’t see anyone else and I felt like I had the walls of the canyon to myself. It was peaceful. I realized it’s been years since I have truly felt quiet. As I descended the small hill to the water, I noticed a man in a fisherman’s jumpsuit in the water with a sturdy tripod and Nikon camera. He was the real deal. I can only imagine how beautiful his images turned out. I nodded a silent hello, then sent to find a spot for my .25 pound travel tripod. Before the trip I made the jump and purchased the Canon M50 to have a lightweight, tougher option for all of my adventures. Getting used to the cropped sensor and mirrorless camera has been a fun learning curve. Even with my basic lens kit and baby tripod, I managed to get a few shots I really liked. 

As daylight greeted me and I returned to the campsite, the rest of my group was up. We made a plan to head into the village to explore and hopefully have a patch of cell service to check in with our families. Thankfully I got a hold of my dad and mom. The kids were doing alright, though the missed us. I missed them terribly and honestly wished there was a way I could bring them to this beautiful place. A family camping just north of us had backpacked their 3-year-old son in, and I almost cried when I saw him, missing my own son. Then I saw a dad and daughter of about 8, and almost cried again. Talk about adventurous families. I aspire to be like them. 

My husband and I split a ‘Supai taco while we sat in the sun trying to warm up, then we headed back to the campground. Originally we planned to hike down Mooney Falls, but we decided against it as the sandy hike to the village battered my feet some more. A nice woman from a few campgrounds over offered a stretching class. We gathered in a circle with about 15 other hikers to stretch and do some yoga poses in the fading light. That evening we chatted around our burner (no fires are allowed) and warmed our hands. Luckily it was a few degrees warmer and Dan helped us reinforce our tent to block the wind. I had better sleep the second night. 

In the morning we got our costumes on and headed down the trail to Mooney Falls. This is tricky, and you need sturdy gloves to grip the chains and ladders on the descent. It was slippery and cold, but we made it down and found another patch of sunlight to bask in. Had we been more prepared, we would have liked to take the hike to Beaver Falls or the Confluence. Again, this is a reason to go back. And possibly go back despite warm weather so my pack can be lighter. 

A few backpackers had dressed up and were handing candy out to fellow campground inhabitants. It was delightful and fun to see so many people participating in the holiday. In the evening we walked around to warm up, and then starting packing what gear we could in preparation of the hike out. That evening I didn’t sleep much. Every time I fell asleep, I dreamt I was with the kids again, and I was missing them deeply. I got up again around 5AM to enjoy the dark sky one more time. 

The hike out wasn’t too bad. It was cold, but I am the type of person who thrives while exercising in the cold. I move faster, I focus better. When I got to the village, I called my mom and she was in the car with the kids at the bus stop. I got to say hi to both of them before the bus showed up. Hearing their tiny voices gave me the strength I needed to hike out. Cat and Dan are fast. They went ahead, while my husband and I brought up the rear. I stopped halfway in to tape my battered toes up. It warmed up significantly and we were stripping off our layers. 

The toughest part of the hike is absolutely the hike out. The hard part doesn’t hit until mile 18. When I would see a mule train approaching, I’d find a safe spot away from the edge of the trail and wait for them to pass. The kind men leading the mules gave me words of encouragement  reminding me how close I was to the top. I thanked them for sharing their land with us. It is a true treasure. Visit it, but please do so with respect for the people who live there, and have lived there for hundreds of years. 

I made it out around 11:30, my husband around noon. We drove back to Flagstaff to enjoy some well-earned beers at Beaver Street Brewery. Then drove home. We made it back around 6:30 and were greeted by our lovies. Their hugs and kisses were everything. My parents quickly escaped, exhausted after one week with the kids, and I didn’t see them again for another week! Ha ha. 

I wasn’t too sore, my feet were destroyed, still are in a few areas as I type this. I’ve been shopping for new boots, and once the new year hits, I’ll be planning my next adventure. Many, many, many thanks to my parents for watching the kids so we COULD do this. Many, many, many thanks to Cat and Dan for inviting us to join them on a beautiful adventure. Many, many, many thanks to my friends and neighbors who agreed to be emergency contacts for my parents. Many, many, many thanks to the higher powers and universe for keeping my kids safe, and us safe as we went on this exploration of a sacred, Arizona treasure. 

 

And thanks if you actually took the time to read this. 

 

 

Yabba. Dabba. Doo.

 

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Tiny Dinosaur https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/tiny-dinosaur When I was a teenager, hiking in South Mountain Park, I came across a shell of a desert tortoise. I felt sad the reptile didn't make it, but moved along. Then in 2017 I was hiking Picacho Peak with my cousin. As we descended the spire, and got past the crowds at the saddle, we saw a wild desert tortoise slowly making its way across the rocky terrain to munch on some wildflowers and grasses growing on the hillside. The reptile was fascinating to watch. 

My cousin and her family adopted a desert tortoise several years ago, and now they needed to re-home their beloved pet. They asked if we'd like to take her and we agreed. We took a Saturday morning to construct a burrow for her. She explored the entire yard and kept coming back to the kids to walk across their legs, and grab the fresh vegetables they were offering. 

Sheba has been an only dog for a while (much to my dismay, because I'd have 4 dogs if I could!) She is curious about Harley, but keeps her distance. At first she was trying to smell her rear end as if the tortoise was another dog! Harley likes to do her own thing and created a three-room hideout under an overgrown rosemary bush. The bermuda grass that has taken over a corner of the yard finally has some competition now that the tortoise can wander around and nibble on the chutes. 

Welcome to the family, Harley. You are adorable and friendly and the kids absolutely love you. 

 

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Labor Day Campout https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/labor-day-campout Before we had the kids we would camp every Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. This year, I'm happy to say, we hit all three holiday weekends (and a few overnights in between!) with the kids! When I was in the thick of the newborn days, life became a blur of survival and for a moment, I forgot about who I used to be. One of my earliest memories is hiking and camping with my dad. I remember climbing the trails at Camelback and South Mountain in the 80s and 90s with my parents, sister and extended family.

When I met my husband we would go on camping trips over the weekends, hike, and eventually bring our dirt bikes or mountain bikes. We lived for adventure and time in the outdoors.

I think my upbringing and early marriage is why I became passionate about hiking and camping. While the kids were teeny tiny, I put everything on the back burner. In the last two years I have made a strong effort to expose the kids to as much outdoor activity as possible. We're in a good place, which I hope continues to grow. The kids actively ask when we're going camping again, when we get to go to a little cabin, when we get to go out and explore. When I was a teen I went through a phase where I didn't like being outdoors, but I'm thankful it came back.

Phase Two of my Raise Outdoorsy Children plan? More hiking, longer hiking, overnight backpacking trips eventually? Yes. It will happen. It just takes time and dedication.

My awesome uncle  joined us for this Labor Day camping adventure and cooked some of the most awesome soup I have ever tasted. It filled us up and lasted all weekend. CJ ended up coming down with a fever so we had to cut it a little short, but it was still wonderful to be up in the woods, watching the kids and Sheba enjoy the fresh air and nature.

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Indiana Summer https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/indiana-summer When we returned from Indiana over the holidays, M immediately said she wanted to celebrate her birthday in Indiana. I casually looked for airfare over the next few weeks and came across a decent deal. We decided to give a summertime trip a try and scheduled the trip over our birthday. Our birthday? M is my b-day twin and we get to share. I was happy to be out of AZ for my birthday.

The kids were good on the flight and even fell asleep for most of it! We arrived in the early afternoon and enjoyed a hearty, midwest dinner with Meemaw at her beautiful, country home. The days were filled with nature walks, splash pads, catching fireflies, playing with sparklers, swinging in the hammocks. Meemaw gathered most of her family to have a July Birthdays celebration in her home and yard. The kids got to meet many of their cousins and had a blast playing with everyone.

We took a trip to Sandusky, Ohio to fabulous Cedar Point (no pics, but you NEED to go, especially if you like thrill rides.) We let the kids swim in a lake at Fox Island. We toured Amish country. We went to an animal sanctuary nestled in the woods. We met up with their other grandpa and went to a carnival at the Three Rivers Festival and walked along the river banks. I had some delicious brews at Hop River Brewing. I cannot believe how much we packed in. Despite having a lot of adventures, we came back refreshed and thankful for the dry heat. M slept the whole flight home, who didn't? CJ! AHHH. The only place he slept really well was at Meemaw's house.

 

 

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Prescott Adventure https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/prescott-adventure I impulsively purchased a Groupon for Plum Creek Alpacas during a moment of thinking, "oh crap, what am I going to do with these kids over summer break?" We were lucky to have my husband around during one of his days off and we took the drive north to Prescott Valley. At the base of Mingus Mountain there are several ranches and small farms. Plum Creek Alpacas is one of those properties.

The couple who care for the alpacas have a lovely property with two beautiful Great Pyreneses, some chickens and a turkey. The tour took about an hour and a half and we had fun feeding the alpacas treats. Did you know alpacas are a smaller cousin of the llama? Llama Llama Time to Share. There were a few babies, juveniles and lots of adults. Alpacas are friendly and so soft. They had recently been sheered, but I'd love to see them at full fluff. They are well cared for and you can tell their pet parents take great pride in them. I'd encourage anyone who loves animals to check out this unique stop!

After saying goodbye to the adorable, friendly alpacas, we found a forest road and creekside picnic spot. I pulled out the sand toys and water shoes so the kids could splash in the creek and get muddy. The cool air was refreshing and a welcome break from the desert, summer heat. The kids were sad we weren't camping out, but hopefully next time!

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The Yamaha 80cc Test https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/the-yamaha-80cc-test My husband has been riding motorcycles since was a teenager. When he moved west, the open desert and hundreds of miles of dirt trails called to him and he purchased an old, 2-stroke dirt bike to learn on. That has evolved into proper riding gear, bikes and more bikes. And one quad that was traded for a dirt bike. The kids have taken an interest, so one cafe racer flip was turned into the small, but mighty, blue, Yamaha 80CC dirt bike. We finally had a chance to get up north to test it out. I look forward to riding with the whole family as the kids master the thrill of riding off-road. Now we just need to find a motorcycle with a sidecar so Sheba can ride with us too!

 

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Grand Canyon Family Reunion https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/grand-canyon-family-reunion Grand Canyon Family Reunion

My extended family is pretty big and early last year, my cousin and I had an idea to have everyone meet up to camp and hike the Grand Canyon in 2019. We landed on Memorial Day Weekend, and worked hard to try and get a permit to hike to Phantom Ranch for the North to South Rim hike. Unfortunately no one was drawn for the lottery for Phantom Ranch or the campgrounds at the bottom, but we did have quite a bit of interest of people wanting to camp. Relatives from Arizona, California and Texas made the drive to one of the Seven Wonders of the World to camp out and have a fun weekend. Once everyone arrived, we had around 30 people in attendance!

We set alarms for midnight, 6 months before Memorial Day and ended up securing 7 campsites at Mather Campground. Those who didn’t want to camp enjoyed a stay at the Yavapai Lodge, but took frequent trips to hang out at the campground and enjoy drinks by the fire.  My mom and dad are troopers… they are in their 70s and they braved lows of 32 degrees and SNOW to camp next to us and help take care of the kids.

My mom’s  birthday was that Saturday, and we had planned to take a half day hike along one of the Canyon Trials. Our group of 15 hikers decided on Bright Angel. We headed down, our group dwindled to 13 once two decided to head back up… they were the smart ones! At the top, it was a chilly 50 degrees. We made it to 1 Mile House, checked in with everyone, kept going. Made it to 3 Mile House, checked in, kept going. Made it to Indian Garden, filled up water, rested and had snacks and knew it was time to turn around. Too bad it was 11AM, not a cloud in the sky, and close to 85 degrees.

About one mile back up some of us were struggling. We took frequent rests and some trail angels offered electrolyte tablets, and salty foods for those who were beginning to cramp up. Our half day hike turned into a 14 mile full day hike. The Canyon is no joke… By the grace of God, everyone made it up, and despite some bruises, blisters, and dehydration, everyone was fine. One of our uncles made the best pozole verde I have ever had. I swear it restored my strength after that hike. He had made it for my mom’s birthday. I felt awful because my parents had been with the kids all day, and that wasn’t the original plan.

All was forgiven once we had the magical healing pozole, enjoyed cookies, brownies, apple pie and sang my mom happy birthday around the fire.  The next day was more relaxing and that evening as we were about to have a fire and game night, a storm rolled in dumping rain on everyone. We rushed to our tents, and listened to the rain as we fell asleep. In the morning it was freezing, and the rain had turned into snow. We packed up with frozen hands and in shock at snow, in Arizona, at 6000 feet of elevation at the end of May!

We stopped at a Route 66 diner in Williams for breakfast and ran into our California familia who was heading back to the west coast. Despite being a little rough around the edges, we warmed up with some coffee as we looked in awe at the snow falling outside of the window. The drive back through Flagstaff was a bit sketchy given the several car accidents we passed. Everyone checked in as they made progress back toward their homes. Thankful we arrived home safely, as did everyone else.

Will this become a yearly event? I hope so! I’m thankful for my fun-loving outdoorsy family.

 

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Arizona Creekside Camping: Early Springtime Edition https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/arizona-creekside-camping-early-springtime-edition Springtime Camping Adventure

The weather had been warming up and we wanted to give high desert camping a try. The coolest uncle was game and arrived a day early to secure a spot for us. As soon as the kids were out of school, we loaded the truck, dog and my husband hopped on his motorcycle. This location is perfect because it’s only an hour or so outside of Phoenix. It’s remote enough that you need a high clearance or all wheel drive vehicle to access. I had fun driving the truck in 4x4 mode to get over parts of the road that were washed out.

When we arrived, everything was set up, and my uncle had tamales and beer waiting for us! He even set up an extra tent for us to use so we didn’t have to get our tent trailer out of storage. It was like having an Air B and B of campsites. The spot closest to the creek was available, and all ours. The kids and Sheba immediately flocked to the water and clothes were soaked, despite it cooling off rapidly.

The temperature went from 80 to a balmy 30 degrees at night! I woke up at one point in the night to find both kids snuggled between us, and Sheba huddled at our feet. Luckily I brought extra blankets and covered her up. In the morning, the sun rose as did the temperature, and the kids were back in the water. I love this spot and can’t wait to go back.

 

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Late Spring Family Session at Historic Homestead https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/late-spring-family-session-at-historic-homestead This location is one of my mini session options. There is history, an active orchard, planting field, grape vines, rose garden, and peacocks roam the property, sometimes displaying their stunning feathers. This location can be dressed up, dressed down, brick background, whitewash walls, greenery, you name it! And it's all in the heart of the West Valley. Though it becomes crowded, you do need a permit to work there. I renew mine each year and this family joined me for a  session near the old home, and in the olive tree park. The boys had lots of room to run around, and did a wonderful job!

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Late Spring Desert Mini Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/late-spring-desert-mini-session There's a spot I've been wanting to try for photos and this family was open to it! The green has since gone, but the yellow taking its place is quite enchanting, especially when combined with different hues of blue. This sunset session turned out so nice, and the green from the cactus pops alongside the yellow and tan grasses. Thank you for a wonderful sunset session!

 

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Spring Graduation Photo Sessions II https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/spring-graduation-photo-sessions-ii Graduation is a huge milestone in our kids lives. They started in preschool or kindergarten and now head into the world of adulthood. Do you remember the moment you graduated and how the future seemed endless and open? I work to capture the excitement and anticipation of what's to come for these wonderful young adults. Here's a young woman who chose nature to be her surrounding for her graduation session. She was a natural and this is one of my favorite sessions. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!

 

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Spring Graduation Photo Sessions https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/spring-graduation-photo-sessions Moving from middle to high school is such a pivotal moment in a child's life. It marks the start of becoming a young adult, and taking on new classes and challenges. I had the joy of taking her older brother's promotion photos a few years ago, and now his sister is ready to enter high school! The young lady is an all-star on the ice and brought her love of hockey to our session. I was so happy her mom and grandma joined her for a few of the photos. Family is so important and can be a helpful support to children as they transition through each phase of life. Thank you for inviting me to be the photographer for this step into the next phase!

 

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Spring Mini Sessions: Part 4 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/spring-mini-sessions-part-4 Phoenix and the surrounding cities have so much to offer when it comes to interesting and beautiful photography locations. This spring clients joined me at a historic ranch in Glendale, a nature trail in the heart of downtown, a grassy park and lake north of Phoenix, and the open desert in full bloom. Here are some of my favorites from a West Valley location that's quite popular, but a perfect spot for roses in spring and old farmhouse charm.

 

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Spring Mini Sessions: Part 3 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/spring-mini-sessions-part-3 Phoenix and the surrounding cities have so much to offer when it comes to interesting and beautiful photography locations. This spring clients joined me at a historic ranch in Glendale, a nature trail in the heart of downtown, a grassy park and lake north of Phoenix, and the open desert in full bloom. Here are some of my favorite moments with a new family with their adorable daughter and pint-sized pup.

 

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Spring Mini Sessions: Part 2 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/spring-mini-sessions-part-2 Phoenix and the surrounding cities have so much to offer when it comes to interesting and beautiful photography locations. This spring clients joined me at a historic ranch in Glendale, a nature trail in the heart of downtown, a grassy park and lake north of Phoenix, and the open desert in full bloom. Here are some of my favorite moments with a dear family who recently left the desert behind to return to the Midwest. We had a beautiful green desert session on an unusually chilly spring day. I'll miss you guys! Thank you for some truly wonderful moments over the years!

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer downtown phoenix family photography family portraits mini photo session outdoor portraits outside photos phoenix photographer portrait https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/spring-mini-sessions-part-2 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 15:00:00 GMT
Spring Mini Sessions: Part 1 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/spring-mini-sessions-part-1 Phoenix and the surrounding cities have so much to offer when it comes to interesting and beautiful photography locations. This spring clients joined me at a historic ranch in Glendale, a nature trail in the heart of downtown, a grassy park and lake north of Phoenix, and the open desert in full bloom. Here are some of my favorite moments with one of my favorite families who I've had the joy of capturing each year!

 

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Maricopa County Parks: Hassayampa River Preserve https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/maricopa-county-parks-hassayampa-river-preserve This is such a peaceful, beautiful location, all within an hour and 15 minutes of the heart of Phoenix. I'd love to have a family session here at some point, if anyone's willing to make the drive, please contact me! This is where I originally purchased the pass. We went here last fall and the kids loved exploring the trails and splashing in the river. At that point, everything was changing and the water was pretty low. This time it was a green wonderland. Wow! Tall grasses lined the trails. Some of the trails were closed because the river was too high.

I gave M one of my old cameras so she could take photos of the flowers. CJ was a little jealous. But she shared with him, reluctantly. We ended up spending 4 hours here before heading back to the Valley. The trails are easy and perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers.

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer arizona river exploring nature hassayampa river preserve hiking with children hiking with kids maricopa county parks nature trails phoenix photographer spring in arizona wickenburg arizona wildflowers of arizona https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/maricopa-county-parks-hassayampa-river-preserve Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:30:00 GMT
Maricopa County Parks: Cave Creek Regional https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/maricopa-county-parks-cave-creek-regional I'm loving this yearly pass I purchased for the Maricopa County Park System. I live relatively close to three of them, and have visited more often than I would without the pass. Over spring break I planned three days to check out some of our favorites. The first stop was Cave Creek Regional Park, home of the Clay Mine and Go John trail. There are horseback rides, easy to difficult hikes, a playground and campsites. The kids love the park at this location because it has a giant slide in the shape of a scorpion.

Before they could play, I wanted them to hike a little. We hit an out and back trail and went about one mile in. Despite some whining, they did OK and were happy to arrive at the playground. Upon arrival we were greeted by a rattlesnake trying to make its way across the street. Another mom and her kids were trying to leave, so CJ and I helped guide her to get her kids into the car, and back out without injuring the snake. After she left, diamondback snakey slithered to the safety of the shrubs and rocks, and hopefully stayed away from the road.

If you have a chance, check out the park system. It's always clean, and incredibly family-friendly. We usually pack a lunch in a small cooler and allow nature to take care of the rest.

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Snow in the Desert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/snow-in-the-desert Yesterday the rain was falling and it was cool, cool, cool for the desert. I kept hoping to look out my window and see white flakes sprinkling down. While the snow didn't quite reach my neighborhood, Mother Nature did throw some spooky, dark clouds my way and they dropped graupel and hail while thunder boomed and lightning flashed. It was an epic storm and I felt blessed to witness it. Sure it's cold, but bring it on. BRING IT! I'm dreading the shift of weather to when the average is 110 and the low is 100. No thanks, I'll keep the sweatshirts and beanies out as long as possible.

When I read the news about Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson and the White Mountains receiving record snowfall, I knew what I had to do. After dropping M off at school this morning, CJ and I headed north. I decided I would drive as far as Rock Springs. Lucky for us we only had to get as far as Anthem! Snow was on the hillsides and on the roofs, never before have I seen anything that stuck! We exited at New River and drove to the local park. I expected to see other families out and about exploring, but we were fortunate and had it to ourselves.

CJ promptly stepped in mud, then rushed off to the thickest patch of snow-covered grass to make a snow angel. I brought my long lens to try and capture the snow that had accumulated on the cacti and plants. After about 30 minutes, CJ was cold and crying because his hands were wet, and he had the bright idea to remove his boots and stick his socks in the snow. Not a good idea! 

Back in the car with a fresh pair of sock and shoes and the heater blasting, we headed north. I was blown away by the landscape. I've driven this stretch of road so many times, in every season, but never in my years have I seen it covered in snow. New River was flowing, Moores Gulch, flowing. Clouds shielded the view of mountains and mesas, but every now and then they were thin enough to peek through to the glorious white snow sticking to the plants and rocks. 

We got to the Black Canyon City exit and grabbed a table at the Rock Springs Cafe. While I sipped hot coffee, CJ devoured a plate of pancakes and I picked up a few mini pies to go. If you're ever on a road trip in the great desert of Arizona, do yourself a favor and stop at Rock Springs Cafe. You won't be disappointed.

As we exited the restaurant the snow was melting and a gentle rain fell around us. We explored the springs a little and after CJ slipped on a rock and got his second paid of shoes wet, I decided it was time to go. He fell asleep as I exited on the west side of New River Road and my goodness, was that a beautiful drive. The snow that was there only an hour before was already gone, but on the mountains in the distance it held on, until the sun broke through and it disappeared before my eyes.

A beautiful day and reminder of why I do, what I do, and how fleetingly beautiful life can be.

 

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Galentine's Day https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/galentines-day Nana and I had the privilege of attending M's class party and then taking her out to lunch and a place of her choice. The rain was pouring down so M chose the local library. Her class was filled with energy and the kids did a craft of decorating a flower pot, then planting a small flower. After lunch at Kneaders, it was obvious that M was growing sleepy. Off to the library we went, and she headed straight for the computer with learning games.

As I age, I realize holidays are more about the kids and those we are close with. It doesn't have to be complex, it doesn't have to be grand, but it's one of those times I notice the everyday moments.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer family time kindergarten local library peoria photographer phoenix photographer rainy day adventure surprise photographer https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/2/galentines-day Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:15:00 GMT
Papago Park Pet Photo Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/papago-park-pet-photo-session I met this family back in my PetSmart days. We bonded through our love of greyhounds and we happened to live on the same side of town! We got our dogs together regularly and loved watching those hounds run. We're both in to rescuing pets and after losing their old boy, they decided to welcome another boy into their home. We met in the desert, one of the unique features in Phoenix. You can often see it as you fly into the Sky Harbor.

The dogs did really well despite it being crowded with other families and photographers working in Papago Park. The humans did a good job too! Thanks so much for the opportunity to take the first photos of your sweet little guy!

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer family photogarphy natural light photography natural portraits pet photography pet photos pet portraits phoenix photographer rescue dogs rescue pets https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/papago-park-pet-photo-session Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:30:00 GMT
Mini Sessions Round 5: Downtown Phoenix https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/mini-sessions-round-5-downtown-phoenix These were the last mini sessions for the year, and we went to the city and found some beautiful backdrops. Between three families and about one square mile, we found some incredible backgrounds to use as our environment. The city wasn't too crowded and we really lucked out by not running into other photographers during the sessions! I have such gratitude to the families who choose me as their photographer. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of my small business! It's truly and honor.

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer arizona photography downtown phoenix photography family photography family portrait mini family photo session natural light photography natural light portrait outdoor portrait phoenix photographer https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/mini-sessions-round-5-downtown-phoenix Sat, 22 Dec 2018 14:15:00 GMT
Welcome Home Desert Photo Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/welcome-home-desert-photo-session This family fills anyone they encounter with joy. I met them two years ago when they were expecting twins. I was thrilled when I heard their daughter was finally coming home and they wanted to honor her arrival with some photos. The afternoon was breezy and it cooled off nicely as the sun set. This sweet little girl was all smiles and helped me make her brothers laugh for their portraits. What a beautiful family! Thank you for the opportunity to work with  you again!

 

The Everhard family in fall of 2018. The Everhard family in fall of 2018. The Everhard family in fall of 2018. The Everhard family in fall of 2018. The Everhard family in fall of 2018. The Everhard family in fall of 2018. The Everhard family in fall of 2018.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer arizona photography family photographer golden hour portrait natural light photography natural light portrait phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/welcome-home-desert-photo-session Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Mini Sessions Round 4: Back to the Desert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/mini-sessions-round-4-back-to-the-desert The desert can be quite beautiful, especially after the rain Phoenix-Metro saw in October and November. I was blown away with how green it became! Springtime is going to be magnificent.

Several families were looking for desert as a backdrop and I set up another round of mini sessions in the open area near a local park. This time it was warm to start, but cooled off nicely by the last session. The kids were great and I loved the way each photo session turned out. Thanks for being a part of my photo business! I love seeing clients come back, and meeting new clients!

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Mini Sessions Round 3: Scottsdale https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/mini-sessions-round-3-scottsdale This location is so popular, but we lucked out on a Saturday afternoon. The trees looked nice, it was a delightful temperature and the recent rain made everything a little more green. My sincerest gratitude to the families who joined me for an afternoon of family photography for fall and holiday photo cards. 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer desert fall desert mini session fall photography fall photos family photography mini photo session outdoor portrait phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/mini-sessions-round-3-scottsdale Sat, 24 Nov 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Mini Sessions Round 2: Desert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/mini-sessions-round-2-desert Round two mini photo sessions, round one in the desert. A big THANK YOU to the families who came out, despite a very warm afternoon! Wow, you guys are amazing.

You'd think by October, afternoons would be a little bit cooler. Nope! It was roasty, toasty, but everyone was tough, and had smiles to share. Thrilling part of the day? A hiker walked up to warn us about a rattlesnake he saw curled up under a bush. Rattlesnakes and fall pictures, that's desert living for you.

 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona desert arizona photographer desert photo session family photography phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/mini-sessions-round-2-desert Sat, 10 Nov 2018 15:45:00 GMT
Small Business Session: Real Estate https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/small-business-session-real-estate Small Business Sessions: Erika Robeledo Real Estate

A real estate market like Phoenix needs experienced agents to move some of the best properties in the Valley. Erika Robeledo and Damien are some of the best. I had the pleasure of working with them to create some new headshots at one of their properties. August in Phoenix isn’t the ideal time to schedule a session, but we wanted to take advantage of some of the monsoon thunderheads hovering in the distance. Throughout July and August, you can count on beautiful sunsets and a possible chance of wind, rain and lightning. If you are really lucky, it rains.

This afternoon there was no rain, but the clouds in the distance and the last rays of sun against Piestewa Peak were the perfect setting for this wonderful couple! Not only did we capture some traditional, professional headshots, but we also included the girls. Who are the girls? Two delightful canines who call the property home.

Their elder lady is a sweet, 100+ pound Rodesian Ridgeback who protects her humans and watches over the property. The new girl is a white and tan puppy who was eager to pounce around as we worked, and dig in a tiny patch of dirt she found. Seriously? It was mostly brick, rocks and succulents, and she managed to find a 2 foot by 2 foot patch of land! Puppies are resourceful.

When I am working, my goal is to not only take a great portrait, but to show who my client is as a person. To give their potential clients a peek into who they are and what they love when they are off the clock. A love of animals is important and Erika and Damien are some of the best pet parents I have met. I was so glad they included them in the portraits.

Thank you for welcoming me into your property to take some updated headshots!

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) Arizona Photographer Business headshots commercial photography on-location photographer Phoenix Photographer Small busisness photo collection https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/small-business-session-real-estate Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:20:00 GMT
Small Business Session: Model Citizen Salon https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/small-business-session-model-citizen-salon Small Business Sessions: Model Citizen

Being a small business owner has its benefits and drawbacks, but overall, it’s a positive experience. Part of what I do is tell stories, and I want to tell you business story. Cyndra Crossman of Model Citizen salon in downtown Phoenix gave me that opportunity. She’s a local stylist and overall talented artist. We spent an afternoon at the salon to document what her brand represents.

Here’s a sampling of the collection we created. I loved her easy-going approach to the photo session and we improvised on the spot. Being fluid and flexible, ready to take advantage of moments is my favorite way to work. Photojournalism, but with a commercial approach. Polished, with the reality peaking through. Thanks for the opportunity Cyndra! - Bailey

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona business arizona photographer brand photography business profile commercial photography documentary photography Downtown Phoenix Model Citizen Salon phoenix photographer small business small business photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/small-business-session-model-citizen-salon Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:58:58 GMT
Fall Mini Sessions: Round One https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/fall-mini-sessions-round-one Fall Mini Sessions: Round One

This year I offered one mini session block each month through December to see if a schedule would benefit my current clients. I was excited at the response and all of the spots were filled within the two week promotional window. I even added a few additional dates to accommodate new contacts and those who were shut out of the other sessions.

The benefits of a mini photo session the quick rate of which you are done, you have enough photos to create seasonal cards and gifts, and the kids don’t have to focus too long. I also like being able to help several clients in an afternoon at one location, versus filling each weekend, morning and afternoon with sessions.  

The first session took place at historic Sahauro Ranch Park in Glendale, Arizona. A very special shoutout to my clients for braving the heat. Who would have thought that at the end of September. END. It is still 105+ degrees. Seriously, finding your fall mood, when you definitely don’t want to wear a sweater and boots, takes a deep level of creativity.

I had the lovely Evan, a client and friend, assist me. We found some shade in the grass, with close access to the main home and small barn. It was prefect to have 3 settings within walking distance. A bonus of working at Sahuaro Ranch Park in September is the crowds have yet to descend upon the location. Go there in October and November and it will likely be packed like DC Ranch Marketplace. Thanks to everyone for hitting it up early in the family photography season.

Thank you to each family for being part of my mini session kick-off!

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Silver Session: September Desert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/silver-session-september-desert Silver Session: September Desert

This family is amazing. With a mid-September date, you'd think the weather would be halfway decent in the late afternoon. Wrong. We got a heat wave that week, and temperatures hovered in the 105 to 115 mark. They braved 110 degree HEAT, risked encountering rattlesnakes, and calmed their children over wayward balloons to get these photos. The wind picked up and we lost a few balloons, and the 4 decided to drift away. Everyone held their heads high and we worked through it. They are the family who welcomes you to the neighborhood and has the BEST Halloween and Christmas light display on the western half of the I-17.

It was hot. No lie. We were all sweating, but once the sun dipped, it cooled off a little. The kids were absolute troopers. Heat can cause crankiness, but both kiddos held their heads high, kept their smiles on and did an awesome job of working together to create some beautiful sibling moments. Thanks so much for having me document your family! I am still in awe that we braved that heat to get these. Much love to you guys!

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer family photography phoenix photographer west valley arizona https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/silver-session-september-desert Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Traveling with Children: Northern Arizona Camping Adventures https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/traveling-with-children-northern-arizona-camping-adventures From early on we integrated outdoor experiences for our kids. Camping has been an important part of our relationship and we want our kids to enjoy and appreciate nature as they grow. We finally had a weekend where we could escape to the woods, and the fire ban was lifted, so we were excited to have a real camp fire!

My husband scouted a location the weekend before we left and found a good area. He had to work, but my uncle rode up with me and the kids when our daughter got out of school. Everything seemed to be going as planned. We found the turn, went through the gate, but then we ran into a situation. The road we had marked on GPS, was actually a tiny off road trail, not a road suitable for a full-sized vehicle. I discovered this too late, as our truck, and trailer rambled up the bumpy, twisty road. There had to be a campsite ahead!

About 1 mile in, it was clear no human had camped on this road—ever! How do you turn a trailer around when you have a wall of pine tress, rocks, fallen logs, and a thin, boulder-encrusted road? You don’t. You also can’t back up in a truck hitched to a trailer when the trail is so rough. Thank goodness for my uncle. He talked me off a ledge. After both of us tried to turn the vehicle around, we had to unhook the trailer, use our strength and brawn to move it into a good position, back the truck up, back it up some more, and some more, then hook it up again. And then go 1 mile back down the off-road track. All while having two screaming kids and swarms of mosquitoes feasting on our legs.

We finally got back to the main road. I had a lantern and wrote a note on it instructing my husband NOT to take the fire road when he arrived at the gate. I ran about three-quarters of a mile down the better road, and discovered at the crest of the hill, there was a beautiful campsite open, and available. A herd of deer was passing through as I gasped for breath. That thin mountain air!

I rushed back to the truck, out of breath because I’m totally out of shape right now. My uncle was concerned, but helped me regain my mental state. We rambled down the road and gladly pulled into the site. Just as we were unhooking the trailer, I hear a beep and saw our little Subaru head down the road with my husband, our neighbor and our dog. Night was falling, but we had just enough daylight to set up the tents, unpack the food and get a fire started. And have a beer… and a shot of tequila! Stress relief!

The kids were happy to be out of the car and roasting hot dogs on the fire. When you live in the city, it is easy to forget how beautiful the night sky is. The Milky Way was clear and stars were shooting above us. The night was quite cold. On my weather app, the prediction was a low of 58, but it was more like 40. Luckily I brought extra blankets for the kids and Sheba and everyone seemed to stay warm.

Morning brought a beautiful sunrise and revealed a meadow with some other campers several hundred yards away. There were plenty of little trails, and when our son took a nap in the morning, I ventured out with our dog to the trail that had foiled me and the trailer. I needed to conquer it and see what was at the end! After walking about 2 miles, and reaching the top, I realized there was nothing at the top except trees, boulders and more trees. We did see a deep mud hole where it looks like a vehicle had become stuck at some point in the past few weeks. Sheba and I decided it was a good place to turn around.

Back at the camp, we enjoyed hammock time, frisbee, and collecting wildflowers. When we have a chance, our family will return to this area—this time with plenty of bug spray and a map. 

Lumberjack in training.

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Air B & B vs. Hotel https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/air-b-b-vs-hotel What is your preference? After taking a few little trips here and there with our family, I’m thinking the Air B&B is the way to go. We have had positive experiences so far, and I love finding locations that are kid-friendly.

Pluses of an Air B&B or vacation rental are: multiple bedrooms, kitchen and common area, backyard with a fence, parks or attractions nearby. When we stayed in Flagstaff, my favorite part about the home was the fenced backyard with tall pine trees, a picnic table and quiet neighbors. In Idaho, the house was very large and not within our normal budget—traveling with other people and splitting the cost made the home affordable, and gave us the chance to spend as much or little time together as possible. We could walk downtown, and there were several hiking and jogging trails within half a mile of the house. Colorado has been my favorite so far. The basement apartment was quiet, and private, so when our son wouldn’t sleep, we weren’t worried about disrupting the homeowners. Also, they had a huge yard, and a sweet son who played with the kids and had several toys the kids could share.

Hotel positive points: I found it easier to stay at a hotel when we only had one child. She had plenty of room to play, breakfast was included at most places, there was a secured pool, workout room, and sometimes airport transportation. Our daughter is a good sleeper and was happy to have a big bed all to herself. Honestly? The biggest bonus of a hotel, for me, is the free breakfast. Bring it on, mom doesn’t have to cook! Also, the baby coffee maker in the room. It’s so cute, and convenient!

The downside of personal home rental: you never know what you’re walking into. Sure the photos were lovely, the host communicated openly, but there have been negative experiences from potential guests and hosts. Reviews speak volumes. I like being able to review the host, and have them review me. Although, it makes me think about the “Nosedive” episode of Black Mirror—not as grim though. Other than the slight worry of a shady situation, home rentals win hands down in my book.  

Hotel shortcomings: Sound! When you have loud kiddos like mine, space is key. One time, before the kiddos were in our lives and our dogs were our kids... we took our dogs to a hotel, and we were next door to a group who partied all night and kept us up with their noise. We were there so I could run a half marathon and I was irritated at the lack of sleep, but dealt with it. In the morning, one of our dogs whined and barked, and we got charged an extra $100 for noise when the party group complained to management! Ever since, I’m paranoid if we're at a hotel and the decibel levels rise, especially with the kids. You never know what grump is lurking around. I don’t want to spend extra cash just because someone stayed up too late and was nursing a hangover and was bothered by a child or pet. Though I will take one of those fluffy waffles with some extra syrup.

  Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO. Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO. Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO. Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO. Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO. Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO. Trip to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our stay at the wonderful Air B & B in Laporte, CO.

 

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Traveling with Children: Colorado Edition https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/traveling-with-children-colorado-edition We found a smoking deal on Southwest Airlines for 4 tickets to Colorado and took the opportunity to visit family and sightsee. Despite bringing the warm weather with us, and catching a bug while traveling, we enjoyed being in a different landscape. I’m a sucker for the western states. They call to me. Fort Collins was such a cool town, and I had a chance to take the New Belgium Brewery Tour. WOW. Please do it if you ever have the chance, AND it’s kid-friendly! Double bonus.

From Estes Park, to Loveland, to Rocky Mountain National Park, the kids had several new  experiences, and we learned it’s much easier to travel with Nana and Papa on board. M went fishing for the first time with her dad and uncle and caught 7 fish! She was relieved to catch and release, but was still a brave kiddo and touched the fish, gently removed it from the hook and set it back into the lake. Her brother taught us that blowouts can still occur, even at 2 and a half! We also learned he’s a fan of cats. Who knew?

I loved all of the open spaces and nature preserves scattered about the Northern Colorado area. We really enjoyed exploring. We also discovered that naps are better had on long drives around the area. It was the only thing that worked! We put a lot of miles on that rental car.

 

One minute before I took this photo, my husband had re-read our rental car contact, and we had to have the car back to the rental agency within one hour, when the airport was most definitely an hour and a half away! Oops! Luckily we made it, only 10 minutes late and they didn't charge us. Thanks Avis!

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Summertime Silver Family Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/summertime-silver-family-session Referrals are my absolute favorite way to meet new clients. It means a lot when my clients are satisfied with their collections and put in a good word with their friends and colleagues for me. This wonderful family needed new photos now that they have a sweet baby daughter. We met for a morning in July to capture some moments inside, and outside! It was pretty humid, but 15 minutes was all we needed. This little lady was serious, but all smiles around mom and dad. These are some of my favorite daddy-daughter moments and the beautiful expression on mom's face are timeless! Thank you for inviting me into your home to capture your beautiful family!

The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018. The Coley Family with their daughter in July of 2018.

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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/verde-canyon-railroad-adventure Do take a weekend to drive to Camp Verde/Cottonwood/Clarkdale and explore the downtown, vineyards and Verde Canyon Railroad. Don’t book a first class ticket with a toddler.

Why? Because a 2-year-old will not function well with no nap, at noon, for a 4 hour train ride. He will dump your champagne on the ground, try to climb over the railing of the moving train, kick, scream and be disruptive to the entire train car of passengers who paid a decent chunk of change to enjoy the lesser-seen parts of the Verde Valley. You will feel bad he was so loud and disruptive, but thankful the car was filled with several senior citizens who seemed to understand, and reminded you that they’ve been there before too.

My father-in-law treated us to the first class car of the Verde Canyon Railroad during his summertime visit. It was in the 90s, but with the train moving, I actually spent quite a bit of time out on the viewing car, taking in the canyons, cliff dwellings and Verde River as it meandered alongside the railroad tracks. Large plumes of thunderheads loomed to the north, but never actually dumped on us (much to our dismay) as we wriggled along the tracks. First class was excellent because you have a comfy couch, champagne toast and lunch provided. Being disconnected and learning the history of the railroad was incredibly relaxing… minus our toddler.

Someday we’ll look back and laugh. See his face? That’s the face of a kid ready to wreak some havoc.

 

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Family Adventures in the Forest https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/family-adventures-in-the-forest For Memorial Day we planned to go camping, however, our hopes were dashed when the fire restrictions were put into place. It was understandable considering how dry it has been. There's a huge risk of forest fires and that's the last thing our beautiful, great-wide west needs. We took a drive and found a few of our favorite Prescott National Forest locations nearly empty. We snagged a few picnic areas and let the kids explore for a few hours. Our children are truly happy in nature, and I am thankful we can provide open spaces for them to discover. I learned that a little dirt hasn't hurt anyone, and my son prefers having dirty hands. There's no arguing with a 2-year-old.

 

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5 Years Old https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/5-years-old Our daughter turned 5. Kindergarten, riding bikes, seeking adventure, making friends. She's a wild one and honestly, the time has flown by. It's cliche to say it goes by fast, but it's certainly a truth. My memories are filled with the time before she came into the world, sitting in the almost-done nursery and waiting, wondering, praying. Imagining what our little girl would look like, who she would be. As she ages, I gain glimpses and peeks into who she wants to be, who she is leaving behind, and where she might soar. Happy birthday my little b-day twin.

 

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Soccer Time https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/soccer-time Our daughter gave soccer a try this spring, and the organization we went through didn't have a photographer for the team photos. I threw my hat in the ring and did a few portraits of our tough girl and her fearless teammates.

Many thanks to the NYS Black Panthers and our wonderful coaches and families for giving the kids a positive sports experience.

 

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One-Year Photo Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/one-year-photo-session I was thrilled to take the one-year portraits for a dear friend. This sweet girl entered the world one year ago, and she was all smiles for her session. Thank you for inviting me into your home to document this adorable little girl!

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Road Trip to Legoland with Small Children https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/road-trip-to-legoland-with-small-children Adventures on the Road

If you have children under the age of 10, or who are 10 and older and love Legos, I will be quick to tell you to make the 5 to 6 hour drive to Carlsbad, California to visit Legoland. Our kids had one of the best times, and it is definitely the most family-friendly location we have visited thus far.

Our son was free because he is under the age of 3, and we found a smoking deal on the hotel room, plus park entrance, plus aquarium for being a Thursday to Saturday. The trip was a little daunting, but we made plans to stop several places along the drive.

Stop 1: Dateland, AZ. Get a date shake. They are delicious. They are somewhat healthy (with all of the fiber…) and the kids were big fans.

Stop 2: Yuma, AZ. We planned our stop at a park along the Colorado River. There was a large park, covered ramadas and bathrooms. The kids burned off some energy playing, eating, and slept through our next stop in the woods of Glen Oaks.

Stop 3: Alpine, CA. A nice little pocket of pine trees, and some little convenience stores. We made a pit stop, and picked up a few lollipops for the kids for the last stretch.

LEGOLAND. The kids went nuts. The pool was perfect, and sectioned off for the older kids  who can swim, and the younger ones who still have floats. M and C loved playing with the blocks. The next day we had a filling breakfast, and were able to access the park early. Being that it was off-season and a Thursday, there were hardly any lines.
Next to the bigger thrill rides were small playgrounds for the little kids. My husband and I took turns riding with M while C played happily on the equipment. We were able to go back to the room and rest, then head out again before the park closed.

Beach: We drove to the beach to have dinner. The kids splashed a bit, had pizza, and I thought they’d be out. Wrong! We got back to the hotel, and there were Lego characters dressed up for Halloween, and they had a kid-friendly dance party going on in the ballroom. M spent another hour dancing her booty off with other kids around her age. What a blast!

When can we go back? Do it. More affordable than Disneyland, not as intimidating, and there to accommodate all families.

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Independence Day Desert Campout https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/in-dependence-day-desert-campout I have mixed feelings about the 4th of July this year. When I was a kid, it was my favorite holiday, especially since my birthday followed two weeks after, and what kid doesn't love fireworks, swimming, ice cream, watermelon, hot dogs, chips, more swimming, sparklers, etc. As I grew, and learned, I still enjoyed it, but wasn't as into it as I used to be. Recent politics and treatment of child refugees seeking help has made me feel disgusted and ashamed of how America is presenting itself. Then I remember of the horrors its committed to other groups of people including my own ancestors, and really, there is a dark history hidden behind the flash and awe of the fireworks.

I'm doing my best to educate the kids on an age-appropriate discussion of the current events and past atrocities, while still trying to make this holiday an enjoyable one for their youth. Mix business and politics? Probably not the best idea, but I'm not going to lie about what I'm feeling. Staying silent is worse than losing customers. Watching children be ripped away from their parents while half of Americans justify it and defend these actions is disgusting. I document families quite regularly, and seeing these children and their parents suffer hits close to home. I have kids their age, and I imagine the pain and fear of losing my own kids while trying to flee violence and terror. Empathy. Simple, wholesome empathy. This country is lacking it and my prayer is that by next 4th of July, conditions will be better for those who are terrorized by our government.

Back to the point of this post. We tried desert camping in AZ, in July. I actually dislike desert camping and refused. A drought and stir-crazy kids will do a lot to sway a decision. We took a risk. My husband had the 4th off of work, and we made a spontaneous decision to rent a campsite at our local lake so we could kayak and see the fireworks without having to battle the crowds and risk a car accident or ticket on the drive home. Desert camping was surprisingly easy compared to dispersed woods camping. I prepared sandwiches for dinner, hard-boiled eggs and cereal for breakfast, plus snacks, done! No cooking required. There were restrooms with flushing toilets, the lake water had receded quite a bit, but it was within walking distance. The kids loved playing in the dirt and squirting each other in the face with water bottles to cool off.

It's our duty as parents and role-models to show our children how to be kind. Cruelty isn't in our DNA, it has to be taught. Here's to the people working hard to teach love, to teach kindness, to show our fellow human beings how good this country can be. Here's to the parents raising their children with love and showing them that when you treat others with love and kindness, you are creating a brighter future for them. Here's to the land of the free, may you heal, may we wake up and work together rather than rip each other apart.

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Exploring Northern Idaho https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/exploring-northern-idaho When an opportunity presented itself to travel to Idaho with my family, and extended family, we took a chance. The airfare was reasonable, and we'd all split a rental house and cooking responsibilities. One week in Wallace was exactly what my family needed to unwind and reconnect. From hiking, to mine tours, to ziplines, to mountain bike rides, Wallace and the surrounding areas had lots to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. The historic downtown was walkable, and there were plenty of restaurants, shops and breweries. The following photos are from my walk downtown and some of the historic buildings.

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Traveling With Kids: Riverfront https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/traveling-with-kids-riverfront This is beautiful country. Simply amazing, greener than anything I've ever seen, peaceful, scenic. Ahhh... I love being in the woods. Add a river and I have something close to nirvana. My dad's best friend since high school showed us a wonderful time at his riverside property in the mountains of Idaho. We spent a few hours where the kids were free to play, explore, roast some hot dogs and marshmallows. They cried when we had to leave. I almost did too, Arizona is on fire restrictions and we haven't been able to go North yet, ALL YEAR! We've been aching for a good campout, and the lovely M family gave us a little slice of heaven. We left at dusk, and saw herds of elk, deer and even a moose!

 

Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho.

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Traveling With Kids: Mining History https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/traveling-with-kids-mining-history Much of the West was built upon mining. Idaho isn't much different from Arizona with the exception to the minerals mined. My grandfather was a miner, and even my dad spent a year in the mines. We took the Sierra Silver Mine Tour in Wallace with the kids. I thought they would be scared of the loud sounds, and cave-like environment, but they loved it. They also enjoyed getting a few scoops of ice cream after the adventure. The mine tour is a must-do if you travel to Wallace, Idaho.

Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho.

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Traveling with Kids: Hiking https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/traveling-with-children While in Idaho we took time to explore the Pulaski Trail, which begins in Wallace. There was a restroom and information at the trailhead, which was quite helpful being that we had our kids (4 and 2) in tow. The beginning of the trail is even suitable for people who have a wheelchair or walker. The weather was overcast, and cool, so we dressed accordingly. Signs along the way tell the story of the forest fire that devastated the area about one century ago, and how Pulaski saved many of his men by holding them at gunpoint. Yikes!

Our kids made it one mile in, and we stopped for a snack break. They began to crank it up, so we decided to head back. Next time I will complete it. I must!

 

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Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer documentary Photography hiking with children Idaho hiking Pulaski Trail traveling with children https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/traveling-with-children Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Traveling With Kids: Idaho Edition https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/traveling-with-kids-idaho-edition We have never flown with both kids, and our daughter flew one time when she was only 16 months old. Our son is a wild card, so I wasn't sure how he'd take to a new environment. Taking photographs to document our adventures is one way I create keepsakes to remember them by. Overall they did great. Well, our daughter did great... she's a natural traveler and nature girl. Let's just say the sleeping didn't go well for CJ, but he did enjoy new toys to play with and sights to see. It really helped to travel with my parents, sister and uncle. The more hands, the better. The kids were thrilled to have everyone around for several days. They were also thrilled when my sister and I baked our dad's favorite cake and surprised him with birthday greetings for his 70th Birthday.

 

Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho. Our trip to the Northwest to visit Wallace, Idaho.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer documentary photography family photography idaho photography photojournalistic traveling with children traveling with family https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/traveling-with-kids-idaho-edition Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Baby Boy Newborn Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/baby-boy-newborn-session After much anticipation, their baby boy arrived safe and sound. Here are my favorite moments from his Newborn Photo Session. I love these 4! Beauty in every frame!

Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK. Newborn portraits for one of my favorite families! Welcome, Baby Boy CK.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer family photographer in-home portrait studio newborn photoraphy Phoenix photographer portrait photography portrait session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/baby-boy-newborn-session Sat, 12 May 2018 15:30:00 GMT
Senior Graduation Photo Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/senior-graduation-photo-session I had hoped to find some more graduating seniors to document and I lucked out with this young man. Word-of-Mouth is my favorite way to receive new clients. It means the world to me to be referred by old colleagues, current clients, friends. His mom and I had worked for the same company, and I was so excited when she reached out needing photos for his upcoming graduation. He opted for the "riparian" look, and we were able to blend the best of both worlds at a local hot spot in Scottsdale. You'll know which one it is when  you see the blueish-gray barn doors! This young man has a bright future, and he's an absolute delight to work with. Thank you so much for such a fun afternoon!

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona documentary family graduation light natural phoenix photographer photography portrait senior https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/senior-graduation-photo-session Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Springtime Desert Silver Photo Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/springtime-desert-silver-photo-session I can be kind of chatty, and sometimes my work comes up. Last summer I met this wonderful family at our community swimming pool. They had their older son at the time, and were expecting their second child early this year. Bonus, they are neighbors! I was thrilled when they contacted me wanting to document the arrival of their second son. We discussed options, newborn session, no newborn session, natural environment, home? We went with the desert, right outside our neighborhood. The flowers didn't bloom this spring, but we lucked out with an overcast day and lots of beautiful moments between this adorable family. Their boys are young, but you can see their bond is going to be strong! This is definitely one of my favorite photo sessions. They blend with their environment so well.

Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon. Evan & Brady's Family with their two sons, Ari and Ezra during an Arizona spring afternoon.

 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona documentary family light natural newborn phoenix photographer photography portrait https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/springtime-desert-silver-photo-session Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Spring Maternity and 3-Year Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/spring-maternity-and-3-year-session I adore this family! We've been working together since they were pregnant with their daughter. She's three now, and about to become a big sister. We set up time to have some family maternity portraits and then a propped and styled 3-year-old birthday photo session. Here are some of my favorite moments!

 

The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma. The Kranz Family await the arrival of baby boy Kranz. Three Year old photo session for Emma.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona documentary family light maternity natural phoenix photographer photography portrait https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/spring-maternity-and-3-year-session Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:45:00 GMT
BFF One Year Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/bff-one-year-session One of my favorite things about being a photographer is watching children grow each year. I had two clients return when their sons were about to turn one year old. We met at one of my favorite parks and had an afternoon session with the boys. Here are some of my favorite moments from that session!

Spring session with the Mendiola family. Spring session with the Mendiola family. Spring session with the Mendiola family. Spring session with the Mendiola family. Spring session with the Mendiola family. The Pace Family Spring Session. The Pace Family Spring Session. The Pace Family Spring Session. The Pace Family Spring Session. The Pace Family Spring Session. The Pace Family Spring Session.

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona baby documentary family light natural phoenix photographer photography portrait https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/bff-one-year-session Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:45:00 GMT
Happy Easter and April Fools https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/happy-easter-and-april-fools Two holidays on one day. I know I'll get a trick played on me at some point. Will I know when it's happening? Probably not. One year my husband left a note on my new car saying it had been scratched and they couldn't wait around to talk to me about it. He kept a straight face while I freaked out and walked around the car several times becoming more upset and emotional as I began to notice every little ding and dent. Two years ago he told me to hurry to the back yard to help him wrangle a rattlesnake, when I got there, he asked me to shine a light on the side yard, and as I did he made a hissing sound and I screamed. The joke was on him when there really was a snake in the yard about one month later and I didn't believe him and ignored his calls for help.

Jokes and pranks aside, the kids are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny and reading some scripture of Jesus and his resurrection. When I was a kid, we used to watch Jesus Christ Superstar after hunting for eggs and eating pancakes. I'd  always try to collect the most eggs. My daughter seems to be following the same big-sisterly moves when it comes to egg hunting. It will be exciting to see how they act this year! I'm also wondering when it's appropriate to begin the tradition of Jesus Christ Superstar with my own kids. (Have you seen the sweet fashions and dance moves? Plus, the music is pretty darned good.)

We are still in the process of developing traditions. For now I'll take the time to bring the kiddos together for a portrait session. The kids spent some time playing in the desert in their finest outfits while I chased after them. By 5:45 they weren't in the mood to listen, well, my son wasn't. He kept running away from me and throwing rocks. To any parent who has had a child not want to participate in photos: it's normal. Eventually he listened after I started putting rocks on my head. He thought that was pretty hilarious. He began laughing, it also helped that Meemaw Mimi sent some candy and sister shared the jellybeans.

Happy Easter to you and yours! May you have a beautiful celebration.

 

went to Daniela Jay (http://danielajay.com/), this awesome boutique around the neighborhood, and picked up a beautiful set of little bunny ears. They are absolutely precious. I also scored some adorable clothes for my daughter to wear for the summer. She's growing like a weed and I love having a fashionable resale store nearby. For anyone looking to book a session, the owner said she would give 20% off to customers who have their kids wear some of the items she sells during a photo session.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona arizona photographer desert desert photo session documentary photography documentary portrait family family photography phoenix photographer photo session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/happy-easter-and-april-fools Sun, 01 Apr 2018 15:00:00 GMT
Easter Prep 2018 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/easter-prep-2018 With Easter quickly approaching, the kids have been preparing for the Easter Bunny to make his appearance. This morning, after breakfast, the kids learned how to decorate eggs. Our daughter is the pro, and helped guide her brother through the process. He enjoyed tossing the eggs into the dye and eventually knocked one over. Oops! Documentary, day in the life, photography at your service. I love their messy hair, I love this age, despite its challenges. I love you kiddos.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona arizona photographer children photography family photography phoenix photographer https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/easter-prep-2018 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:00:00 GMT
10 Fish, 5 Dogs, 1 Cat and 2 Kiddos https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/10-fish-5-dogs-1-cat-and-2-kiddos I mean it when I welcome pets in all of my sessions. Pets are 100% part of the family and I love when my clients include them in their photo sessions. This family was a dream to work with. My assistant, Julia, and I spent a few hours capturing stills and video at their home on a beautiful winter afternoon. The Gold Session is one of my biggest photo investment offerings, but it also gives clients a chance to see their families in a different light. For big families, or families with lots of pets, I'd highly recommend investing in a Gold Session.

This family has heart. All of their dogs have been rescued, some from horrific conditions. All of their fish are rescues (call me naive, but I didn't know  you could rescue fish!) Their cat? One day, he wandered in through the back yard and decided to stay. Despite all of the dogs, he was immediately a part of their pack! The kids? They are awesome caretakers to their pet-brothers and sisters. I really enjoyed our afternoon, this is definitely one of my favorite photo sessions so far! Thank you so much to this family for inviting me in and having the some of the best attitudes I have encountered when it comes to having family photos taken.

The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets. The Trummell family and their pets.  

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer documentary photography family photography natural light photography phoenix photographer photo session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/10-fish-5-dogs-1-cat-and-2-kiddos Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:15:00 GMT
Silver Session at Scottsdale Civic Center https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/silver-session-at-scottsdale-civic-center Of all the years I have been taking photos, this is the first time I had a session at the Scottsdale Civic Center in the East Valley. My cousins welcomed a new baby into their family and he is muy guapo! I love when families are a little adventurous and step outside to try a few photos. We met on a gloriously cloudy day and found a few spots to take photos of this beautiful trio.

An advantage of living in the desert is, February is gorgeous and on a cloudy day, you can take photos pretty much any time of day! Normally the Civic Center is so popular, it is hard to get a spot without someone photo-bombing. A weekday, during the day? Perfect.

Muchos gracias to my primos for having me be the first to document your baby boy's first time in the outdoors!

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer documentary photography family photography natural light photography newborn photography phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/silver-session-at-scottsdale-civic-center Fri, 09 Mar 2018 22:30:00 GMT
Guitars for Vets Live Concert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/guitars-for-vets-live-concert Event photography is one of my favorite subjects to work with. You never know what is going to happen, you have to think quickly, and moments unfold at a rapid pace, giving you a treat when you sit down to cull and edit your captures. I had the pleasure of working with Guitars for Vets (http://www.guitars4vets.org/), the Phoenix Chapter. They were invited to perform with acclaimed musician and artist, Michael Masse (https://mikemasse.com/) during his recent stop through Phoenix, Arizona. The guys held a podcast before the event, then went out on stage to perform a few numbers. The crowd at Last Exit Live (https://www.lastexitlive.com/) was loud and supportive, and the house was packed! Thanks for giving me a chance to live out my dream of being a concert photographer for an evening. I can't wait until the next show!

 

Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix. Guitars for Vets perform at Last Exit Live in Downtown Phoenix.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer candid potraits concert photographer concert photography event photographer event photography guitars for vets last exit live az live music michael masse michael masse music musician photography phoenix photogrpaher rock concert https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/guitars-for-vets-live-concert Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:00:00 GMT
Arizona Desert Mini Photo Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/arizona-desert-mini-session When you have a family, you want to do your best to capture everyday moments and most of the time we do that with our cell phones. Maybe you want to have a little more polished look, so that's when you turn to a professional photographer. This year I began offering a mini photo session for families who are interested in a quick, local photo session to capture these ever-changing seasons of our children's lives. 

My Copper Session provides families with 15 to 20 minute sessions at local parks in the Northwest Valley. This family was so fun to work with. The twins have such a special bond, and they loved running around in the grass and on the trail at one of our local parks. We were not able to schedule around sunset, but the afternoon light, though bold, has a beautiful way of bringing out colors and making subjects pop against Arizona's iconic blue skies.

Contact me if you're short on time, attention spans and looking for a few beautiful moments of  your family.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer desert photography desert portrait photography documentary photography family photography mini session photography natural light portrait phoenix photographer potrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/arizona-desert-mini-session Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:45:00 GMT
Arizona Winter Desert Portraits https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/arizona-winter-desert-portraits I am a child of the desert and although I love trees and green and more than 2 seasons, I love Arizona, PHX in particular. The skies in January and February were stunning and my kids were willing to prance around while I captured photos of them playing. Even Papa got in on the photo sessions. Here are a few favorite moments I photographed. Let's admit it, my daughter is turning into quite the photogenic young lady. As long as she'll allow me to point and capture, I'm happy to take photos of her.

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer desert photo session desert portrait photography documentary photography everyday arizona family photography phoenix photographer winter sunsets of arizona winter sunsets of phoenix https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/arizona-winter-desert-portraits Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:00:00 GMT
New Year Newborn Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/new-year-newborn-session A new year and new babies! I knew 3 families having babies on the same day in January! How often does that happen? Not too often. Two of these families reached out to have Newborn photos taken and I was happy to gear up and head to their homes. Here is the first of two posts.

My muse family! I adore this family! They have been with me since the beginning of my freelance photography business and I have had the privilege to document their growing family over the past 4 years. A son was recently welcomed into their family and we spent a quiet afternoon at their home to capture some moments with the new baby. His big sister was so helpful, and though there were moments of jealousy, she gave him plenty of kisses and snuggles. She will definitely be a guiding light in his life. Thank you for these moments! I adore you guys!!!

The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child. The Beissel family welcome their second child.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer baby photography documentary photography family photography natural light photoraphy newborn photography phoenix photographer photojournalism session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/new-year-newborn-session Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:45:00 GMT
2 Year Old Desert Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/2-year-old-desert-session As a photographer, it is important for me to document milestones in the lives of my children. Our son turned 2 and he's rambunctious as ever. Climbing, jumping, conquering, charging directly toward rattlesnakes as his mother looks on in horror... nothing is off limits for this little guy. (I grabbed him before he got within 10 feet of the snake, BTW.) Happy birthday to my little man. You complete our family in every way and it's a true blessing to see how you and your sister are forming a bond that will last well into adulthood.

We celebrated with a family picnic the weekend of his birthday, then on the day of, the sky was brilliant and alive with colors and clouds. We took a stroll through the desert. Explore. Keep the adventure going. Here are my favorite moments from his 2-year-old desert photo session. Nothing fancy, just the kids being kids. It's what they do best.

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Restaurant Staff Portraits https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/restaurant-staff-portraits Being a freelance photographer brings me new and exciting projects each month. I had the opportunity to work with the staff at Pasta Brioni in Scottsdale, Arizona for their menu and staff portrait update. We had about 2 hours to create photos for the team to use in their 2018 materials. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were greeted with the scent of delicious Italian food filling the air. The classy dining room and elegant bar were our background and the environment was fun to work in. This staff is like family and you can see their bond in the photos. I encourage anyone looking for a nice place to have lunch or dinner to give Pasta Brioni a try. 

 

Shot 1: Staff at the BarShot 1: Staff at the BarStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 3: Pouring DrinksShot 3: Pouring DrinksStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 3: Pouring DrinksShot 3: Pouring DrinksStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 3: Pouring DrinksShot 3: Pouring DrinksStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 3: Pouring DrinksShot 3: Pouring DrinksStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 3: Pouring DrinksShot 3: Pouring DrinksStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 5: Staff in dining roomShot 5: Staff in dining roomStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 6: Staff with drinksShot 6: Staff with drinksStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 8: Outdoor photosShot 8: Outdoor photosStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 8: Outdoor photosShot 8: Outdoor photosStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 7: Interior photosShot 7: Interior photosStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shot 7: Interior photosShot 7: Interior photosStaff Portraits for Pasta Brioni restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona dining arizona photographer beverage photography commercial photographer commercial photography food and drink on-site photography pasta brioni phoenix photographer restaurant photography scottsdale az https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/restaurant-staff-portraits Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Flashes of Hope https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/flashes-of-hope I recently had an opportunity to work with Flashes of Hope. Through donations, Flashes of Hope teams up with professional photographers around the country and asks them to donate their time and skills to create beautiful keepsake prints for families enduring a cancer diagnosis. I met with some delightful, upbeat, energetic kids and their families at a local Arizona hospital for a morning of laughter and poses. I encourage you to check out this wonderful organization and all they do for children going through the battle. Treatment is one of the biggest battles any family will endure--for these families to be able to have a bright spot in a dark place means the world to them.

Photographers bring their studio to the hospital for children and families involved with in-patient and out-patient treatment. It was such an honor to be able to participate with this organization. Seeing the joy on the kids faces when I showed them their images or let them preview what I was capturing was humbling. Some kids were feeling good, some just had treatment and mustered up the courage to have a photo taken, some were silly, some were serious, some had siblings so excited to get a photo with their big brother or little sister. Some kids had parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters there for support. I asked them to get in a few photos and they did, for that I was thankful.

The Flashes volunteers, and the nurses and therapists were incredible to work with! The nurses brought out a huge box of props and the kids immediately tore through its contents to find capes, masks, boas, and silly hats. I brought along some older cameras for the kids to hold and wonder how people ever waited so long to see an image. It doesn't appear instantly on your phone? Film is still alive and well. One of my cameras still had film in it and a few of the kids used my old Minolta to take photos of their siblings. Their positive energy and excitement was refreshing.

http://flashesofhope.org/ 

I have experienced childhood cancer deeply and personally. When I turned 9 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia (ALL). I remember being scared, uncertain and worried about the outcome. I had a caring doctor who worked hard to give me the best treatment. My family dropped everything to make sure I had the best care, and my mom fully devoted herself to me. Love helps. Love and support and knowing someone out there is helping you fight. Having faith and trying your best to remain positive in the face of darkness. To have made it through is still a mystery to me, but a constant reminder to do better, and be better. When this opportunity was presented to me, I knew I had to jump on board.

My family photos are somewhere, and when I locate it, I will add a photo of myself during chemotherapy to this collection. During events held for kids fighting the battle; a nurse, who was also a talented photographer, would snap these beautiful candid moments of us and mail our parents prints. My parents would frame the photos and we cherished the memory of a happy event in light of the battle. Jean--wherever you are--you are appreciated and my parents still have some of your photos framed in their home.

The following photos were some of my favorite moments from the session with these young warriors.

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) amazing families arizona photographer asmp asmp az black and white photography childhood cancer flashes of hope giving back i'm a survivor love and support phoenix photographer portrait photography studio on wheels studio photography studio portrait https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/flashes-of-hope Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:45:00 GMT
Morning Fall Vibes https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/morning-fall-vibes This year I tried something different for my clients. I offered a mini session to clients who have worked with me for previous sessions. The offer was a hit and I filled up two days of photos quickly. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's event. It seemed to go well so watch out for another mini session offer next year!

The following are examples of morning light on a sunny day. The weather was cool to start, thank goodness!

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer candid portraits family photographer outdoor portraits phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/morning-fall-vibes Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT
Afternoon Fall Vibes https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/afternoon-fall-vibes This year I tried something different for my clients. I offered a mini session to clients who have worked with me for previous sessions. The offer was a hit and I filled up two days of photos quickly. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's event. It seemed to go well so watch out for another mini session offer next year!

The following are examples of afternoon light on a slightly overcast day. We even had a few raindrops falling before the event began! Rain in Phoenix is definitely a treat.

 

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Fall Maternity + Family Session https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/fall-maternity-family-session The second baby is on the way and this wonderful family invited me to document their journey on the way to the arrival of their son. It is much to this family's credit that I began seeking freelance work again. Their daughter is now three, and about to become a big sister. It is touching and an honor to be able to work with families over the years and see their growth and who their children will become. Much love to you four! I cannot wait to meet the little guy!

 

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Late Summer Babies https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/late-summer-babies When we were expecting our son, I was relieved to be blessed to add another child to our family, but also nervous about how our oldest would respond. The sibling bond is unlike any other. Of course there are the ups and downs, mitigation, jealousy, compromise--however, seeing them grow together and learn from each other has been such a joy.

When my clients contact me to say they have welcomed another baby to the family, I am thrilled to document the first weeks and months of the younger child's life. Here are some of my favorites from in-home sessions with families welcoming their second or third babies.

 

The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo. The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo. The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo. The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo. The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo. The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo. The Maroun Family welcomes Baby Santino "Sonny" with Big Brother Enzo.

The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon. The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon. The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon. The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon. The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon. The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon.

The Lee family at home on a fall afternoon.

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer candid photography family photography natural light photography phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/late-summer-babies Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT
More Family, More Fun https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/more-family-more-fun I have to admit, when this family contacts me saying they are ready to schedule their session, I am so excited! The entire session is filled with lauguhs, they always bring props, and have a theme. Everyone is laid back, and there to have a fun time while making their collection. Much love to you Monzingos!!

 

 

 

 

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hello@baileybrownphotography.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) arizona photographer candid photography family photography in the moment portraits natural light photography natural light portraits phoenix photographer portrait photography https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/more-family-more-fun Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:00:00 GMT
Motorcycle Restoriation Project https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/motorcycle-restoriation-project My husband works in an office by day, but in his free time he is a motorcycle mechanic. In the past few years he has fixed up his dirt bikes and maintained our vehicles. Two years ago he purchased a Honda CX500 that had sat outside in a yard for 25 years. It was rusted, faded, didn't run, and resembled a hunk of scrap metal.

Two years and lots of research, time, blood, burns, and tears, and the bike has returned to its glory. My husband transformed it into a cafe racer and this week took it on its inaugural ride. We took some photos of the bike. Please note, he usually rides with protective gear, and is not a squid. Gear up!

 

 

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Birthday Camping With Kids 4.0 https://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/birthday-camping-with-kids-4-0 Enter our 4th camping trip with kids for our daughter's 4th birthday. Experiencing the outdoors and nature is an important part of our family’s culture. My husband and I grew up camping, relishing fond memories of campfires, hikes, and exploring areas less traveled. The kids will have a birthday party every other year, so for M, this was an off year. In January I decided I wanted to go back up to Woods Canyon Lake just east of Payson, Arizona. The Spillway Campground is very popular as it is one of the few locations in the state within walking distance to water.

On the 21st of January I set an alarm, woke up early and managed to book 2 sites next to each other, and along the rocky slope rather than next to the water. As the kids get older and learn to swim, I will aim for the sites close to the lake, but for now, we are absolutely content to be along the backside of the campsite.

When I booked the sites, I never imagined so many friends would want to join us! Our friends who live in Payson (The lovely and wildly talented Rebekah Sampson Photography) were excited to go with us again. Her best friend and her family joined. My best friend and her family joined, and our neighbor (who had never camped before) joined! It meant a lot to have so many families come together to experience the lake and an outdoorsy weekend.

The drive up brought several monsoon storms dropping buckets of rain around us. We were hopeful we had missed the downpour, but as soon as we pulled up to the campsite, it began to pour! We waited it out for a little while, then set up as soon as the rainstorm lightened up. The kids enjoyed splashing in the puddles and getting muddy while the adults worked to set up camp.

Spillway was packed, there was not a vacant campsite and the majority of campers had recreational vehicles. There were a few tents scattered about. As soon as the sun broke through, the woods were filled with laughter, campfires and sounds of kids playing. The rain is a good thing because we were able to have a campfire. Ironically the first night, the kids claimed the fire, roasting hot dogs and making s’mores. For once I didn’t return home with bars of chocolate and half a bag of marshmallows.

A downside to camping at a developed site is how close your neighbors are. We heard a couple arguing, and my family was guilty of having a screaming baby for the whole night. Yes, we were THAT family. The family with the baby who decides that midnight is the best time for a scream-fest. I tried my best to help him calm down, but he wasn’t having it. By the time the sky began to lighten, I took CJ out of the tent and walked around with him. I was glad we weren’t the arguing couple though, I will take the screaming baby over an embarrassing public argument any day.

It was so quiet that morning. We even heard coyotes howling to each other in the distance. CJ pointed and in his toddler-speak said, “what’s that?” He was calm and content to be held. I wished I had thought to bring my camera, but lack of sleep has a way of clouding judgement. We walked down to the water, observed some early-morning fishermen set up along the shore. As the sun rose, I looked out to the northside of the lake and a rainbow appeared. I felt like it was a little blessing shining down on us. The sky turned from purple, to pink to orange, and a mist rolled off the lake. No camera! Mental pictures were taken. I was just thankful CJ found contentment in nature. We watched eagles as they dove down to the water to catch fish and fly back up to their nests. These are the moments I live for while camping. Moments that remind me how small I am, and how fortunate we are for the world we live in. To share it with my son made it more meaningful.

Some of the kids caught fish that morning, and M got to observe her new best friend cleaning the fish with her dad. M was afraid of the crawdads, but she was brave and touched the fish. She thought it was silky. We took the kayaks out on the water, but CJ wasn’t having it. Luckily I was able to sneak away with the girls for a quick jaunt on the lake. Peace at last. 

For M’s birthday I baked brownies and cookies to share… she was pretty tired by the time I lit the candle to sing to her, and she screamed at me that she hated brownies while we sang. AWESOME. Crank-a-saurus. I had to laugh. This is what parenting is about, you take the good with the bad, and other parents just seem to understand. I can’t wait to show her the photos when she is older. Remember that time you screamed at me for making you birthday brownies and cookies?

My sister sent a hammock for my birthday and it was a huge hit. Secured between two towering Ponderosa pines, the kids took turns swinging, and pushing each other. Julia’s family brought a Ninja Warrior adventure course, and we had families from other campsites stopping by to try it out. M loved exploring with the bigger kids. They spent ours exploring the hills by the campsite, and fortunately no one was lost.

The second night of sleep was slightly better, but a car alarm went off, more arguing from our neighbors, and more crying from our son. The lack of calm had me walking around with him again, but this time I remembered my camera. No rainbow, or brilliant sunrise, but it was still calm and I managed to snap some candid photos of my baby boy checking out the woods.

When we returned to the campsite, the kids were quietly watching a family of elk pass through. There were even a few babies with the mamas and a large buck led the way. Again, one of those moments you pray to have while camping. A chance for the kids to see what nature is all about. We managed to get out on the water again, and this time both kids fell asleep, CJ in dad’s kayak and M in mine. They were exhausted. So were we.

By the time we were packing up, the storm clouds were rolling in and a shower greeted us as we rushed to tether down the items in our truck and re-attach the trailer. We took State Route 260 home and enjoyed the scenic landscape and several more monsoon showers as we descended into Phoenix. I love camping, but there is nothing like your own bed. All 4 of us slept so well that night. And Sheba was thankful to have us home. So thankful she peed with excitement in the garage when we arrived.

Thank you to our friend and their kiddos for such a wonderful weekend.