Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ: Blog http://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Bailey Brown Photography baileybrownphotography@gmail.com (Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ) Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:23:00 GMT Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:23:00 GMT http://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u316519914-o847316934-50.jpg Bailey Brown Photography PHX, AZ: Blog http://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Happy Easter and April Fools http://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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Easter Prep 2018 http://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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10 Fish, 5 Dogs, 1 Cat and 2 Kiddos http://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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Silver Session at Scottsdale Civic Center http://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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Guitars for Vets Live Concert http://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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Arizona Desert Mini Photo Session http://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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Arizona Winter Desert Portraits http://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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New Year Newborn Session http://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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2 Year Old Desert Session http://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 http://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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Flashes of Hope http://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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Morning Fall Vibes http://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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Afternoon Fall Vibes http://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 http://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 http://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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More Family, More Fun http://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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Motorcycle Restoriation Project http://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 http://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.

No little brothers allowed. :(

 

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4 Years http://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/4-years Happy birthday to my first baby, my little firecracker of a daughter. I love your strength, your confidence, your crazy sayings, your wild imagination, your determination... may you never lose it. You are beginning to discover things about the world and I am not quite sure how I can protect you, but I am realizing more and more it is our responsibility to educate you. It is our duty to arm you with the knowledge and information you need to journey through this wild life.

And of course, baby brother jumped in on the action!

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Pet Parent Session http://baileybrownphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/pet-parent-session I was over the moon excited when one of my favorite canine models' mom contacted me for a family session. It took a few weeks of overcoming illness  and less than ideal weather, but we finally made it! I loved the open-mindedness of this family and incorporated some of my props I typically use for babies and young kids. The blend ended up being a great match, and little Zoe looked fabulous matched up with props and her environment. This couple loves Zoe and she is truly their dogaughter. Thank you for a beautiful session!

 

Zoe's Family for Spring. Zoe's Family for Spring. Zoe's Family for Spring. Zoe's Family for Spring. Zoe's Family for Spring.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo. They are one of my favorite couples ever.

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