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Just because…an urban mother-daughter shoot.

Just because.

Just because you’re so head over heels in love with her that you’ve been making mixed tapes of sappy 80’s love songs*

Just because right now he won’t take off his superman cape and froggy rubber boots for a single waking moment, and before you know it you’ll blink and he’ll be asking to borrow the car.

Just because your butt has never looked as good in a pair of jeans as it does in these ones.  (seriously, everyone says so).

Just because although you’ve been together for years, there’s something magic about the energy between you two right now.

Just because life is so perfectly imperfect that it would be a shame to forget what right now looked like.

Just because is always my favorite reason for a photo shoot.   We’ve all accepted that there are certain specific times you should get professional photos taken.  When you get married, right after your baby is born, right before the holidays.  And like clockwork we call, and we book our appointments and we take the expected photos.  And although they are no less magic for being expected – what about all the moments and years and memories in between?

Just because takes away all of the shoulds, all the expectations, all the feelings of obligation.  And when those are stripped away, all you are left with is the reality of right now.  And damn, if that isn’t sometimes the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

Plus, holy freaking cow – you were totally right about those jeans!  Girl – you look goooood.

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Maisha is the mama of four children.  Three amazing boys and one impossibly sweet little girl.  She loves those boys with all of her heart, but this photo session was just for her and Alissa.  An opportunity to head downtown, just us girls and a camera, and celebrate that one of a kind mama-daughter connection.  Just because….

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As the mama of two girls, I can honestly say that these photos made me melt.

Urban mother daughter portrait on stairs in downtown Phoenix

And Maisha….va va va voom!

Downtown Phoenix Urban Mother-Daughter Photo Shoot

Alissa has so much sweetness (and just enough sassy attitude) that everyone falls head over heels in love with her.  Personally, I want to adopt her – but her mama says no!

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Even in the grittiest parts of downtown, there is still softness and beauty ( and a wee dose of silliness) to be found.

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Maisha – you’re gorgeous. End of story.

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*yes, I’m totally showing my age with the mix tape comment.  No, I’m not ashamed.  Air Supply anyone?

Where on earth have I been? {crazy busy phoenix wedding photographer}

Yes kittens, I’ve been MIA again.  I know, I know – it’s not exactly a surprise.  Despite all my good intentions and my frequent promises, it seems I am an inherently bad blogger.   I think I’ve had “Blog.  Just Blog, Dammit!” on my to-do list every day for the last several months…and if you look at my posting record you’ll know just how well that is going for me.

So where have I been?  Living in crazy-busy land – that’s where, and somehow this blog seems to be the first thing to slide.  It’s been go-go-go for months now, culminating in four weddings+one charity brunch+ a one year old session in downtown Phoenix in an eight day span last week. Whew. Who knew wedding photography was an endurance sport?!

I’m starting to realize that it’s not going to slow down any time soon.   I’m also admitting that I’m unlikely to get caught up in the foreseeable future (do you know I have weddings from last year that have not been blogged?  Last year, people!).   So, instead of waiting till I invent a time expansion machine that miraculously converts each day to 48 hours while simultaneously maintaining my sleep needs at a solid eight hours (how you like that run on sentence?)  I figured I’d better take the opportunity and splash up a few random images while I have the chance.

Here’s just a slice of my life over the last few months – weddings, weddings, weddings (both my own and second shooting for the amazing Justine Miller and Keri Doolittle at amazing Phoenix wedding venues like  Sassi, Firesky, Wigwam as well as Oasis Ranch in Tucson), miles upon miles of location scouting, gorgeous seniors, three beautiful girls under the age of three (with tutus! and ice cream!), glorious glowing mama’s-to-be,  edgy urban fashion shoots in downtown Phoenix, crazy-cool families, spunky-silly- up-for-(almost)-anything engaged couples, fiesty photographers/branding gurus, off camera flash on the roof of the Orpheum Penthouse and the most knock your socks off beautiful mother-daughter combo I’ve ever laid eyes on.  And of course, just enough downtown, urban, grungy, junkyard shots to keep me happy.

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Just a ‘lil tease…. {phoenix family photographer}

Some may call me biased, but there is no doubt in my mind about a few important things…

  1. I have super cool clients
  2. My super cool clients have awesome-cute-adorable-full-of-personality kiddos.
  3. My super cool clients and their awesome-cute-adorable kids are seriously stylish folks.
  4. My super cool seriously hip clients and their awesomely cute adorably stylish kids are head-over-heels, to the moon crazy in love with each another.
  5. The whole entire downtown area makes for one crazy inspired phoenix family photographer.
  6. I am one seriously lucky, super blessed, awesomely grateful photographer.

End of story. No argument.  That’s just the way it is.

Here’s a teaser of Saturday’s family photo session  at Heritage Square (a great spot for phoenix family photography).  Obviously – this picture doesn’t show you what the parents look like…but will you check out those crazy beautiful kids?!

As you can just imagine, Mom and Dad are also supermodel gorgeous.  What you can’t tell from the photo is that they are also beyond sweet and gracious, totally chill and talented artists to boot.  But don’t just take my word for it,  you’ll have to check back later to see for yourselves…

Armstrong Family Portrait session, taken at Heritage Square by Phoenix Family Photographer Jeanette LeBlanc

Family Vacation | Phoenix Family Photography

Sarah contacted me last fall from her home in Seattle.  She was planning a business trip/family vacation to Phoenix, and hoped to take advantage of our amazing fall weather to schedule a family photography session.

Pre-session planning and solid photographer-client communication are incredibly important to the outcome of a lifestyle photography session.  This time, an in-person consult was obviously out of the question, so we used technology to our best advantage.  Telephone, email and the iPhone camera made it easy to finalize all of the logistics and get ready for the session – even from hundreds of miles away.

Sarah was a fantastic client.  She was familiar with my work and my style, and knew it was exactly what she wanted.  She had a clear vision of what she hoped for in terms of location and image options, and was open to all my feedback and suggestions.  Best of all, she understood the impact that clothing choice would have on her finished photographic artwork.

She began by sending me snapshots of her kids and telling me a little about each girl, and about their family.  I love it when clients do this – it gives me a sense of who they are and helps me relate to them on the day of the shoot.  With children especially, this can make such a difference.

We talked in-depth about location options before settling on the beautiful Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.  Not only is it a fantastic location with many possibilities for a variety of images, but it was convenient to their resort.   Perfect!

Finally, we discussed clothing.  Sarah took the time to lay out several options and send me quick snapshots on her iPhone to get my opinion.  After we settled on the fantastic dress she chose for her youngest daughter, it was easy to pull together options for the rest of the family – and she did an amazing job at selecting great looking, stylish, comfortable clothing for the entire family.

Are they not the most beautiful family?

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Just the facts…

Things I know for sure

  1. I am the worst blogger ever. Period. End of story.
  2. I would apologize and say I’m going to change.  But I might not probably won’t, and I’d hate to tell you a lie.
  3. I’ve been so busy my head is spinning, but holiday order deadline is almost here so I’ll be coming up for air soon.
  4. My family will be VERY glad to have me back.
  5. I’ve got the coolest, most beautiful, utterly stylish,  totally inspirational, utterly incredible clients in the world.
  6. They make it worth staring at the computer for hours upon hours at a time.
  7. I’m a photographer. I get to pay my bills with my camera.  How cool is that? I still get giddy thinking about it.
  8. Big changes ahead in 2010 – a new assistant, studio manager, new products, new partnerships, new direction.  Watch out Phoenix – ya’ll should stay tuned.  Seriously.
  9. It’ll probably be June by the time I get around to blogging about it, unless you nag me.
  10. Life is good.  Very good.

And since no blog post is complete without pictures, here’s just a bit of what has kept me busy over the past few months.  Check these out, and then re-read #5 above….see what I mean?

This family was amazing!  I was so in love with these girls!

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Little girls in pink rain boots…. Who wouldn’t be utterly charmed?

Phoenix Child Photography

Um…so I probably don’t have to tell you that I was totally giddy when I saw this one.  Did a little happy dance…for reals.

Phoenix Engagement Photography

Happy Mama-baby shots always make me smile.

Phoenix Family Photography

Ah, baby Max….I melt.

Phoenix Newborn Photography

A beautiful bride in a vintage phone booth at an incredible location….What more could any photographer want?

Phoenix Wedding Photography

These kids were a RIOT.  The first year of my annual summer Nova Scotia Photography Sessions (yes – I’m a Snow Bird….once the temp gets over 100 degrees…I am OUTTA here!)

Katie and Alex

Oh, sweet little Lucy – those lips…those eyes, and a rare quiet moment.

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My wee nephew Hayden.  I miss him so much!

Phoenix Newborn Photography

Tamara rocks her urban maternity photography session in downtown Glendale… so much fun!

Phoenix Maternity Photography

I love kids.  The sillier and goofier the better.  Alex and I got along wonderfully :)

Phoenix Child Photography

This wedding at the Anthem Country Club was so beautiful.  Thanks to Keri Doolittle for inviting me to second shoot!

Phoenix Wedding Photography

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