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Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona

Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona

Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona

Something magical happens every year in the AZ desert.  In about the time span of a week or two, if we are lucky, wildflowers and flowering bushes suddenly erupt in color.  

It’s pretty amazing to see, and even more amazing when it lines up with a photo session!  Hands down, one of the best places in the South-East valley to see this is at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve.

This was the setting of our evening for Shelby’s senior session.  The park was bursting with an array of yellow bushes, trees, and ground flowers. 

It was a perfect match for Shelby’s bright personality! Shelby is another senior I’ve had the privilege of “blossom” into a beautiful young lady.

As we walked around the lake, we took advantage of the lake and the foliage. 

At one point, we even found a place that looked like a pre-made senior photo backdrop with yellow flowers climbing up a rustic horse fence!

Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona
C G Photo and Design Portrait
C G Photo and Design Portrait

We made sure to include the iconic AZ mountains in the background as well as some saguaros. 

An all-around great evening with Shelby and her mom!

Shelby Senior Portrait Gilbert Arizona

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Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com

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Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Living in the East Valley, I am familiar with many of the regular portrait venues, but it’s nice to find new places outside of my area. 

Every time I’m in downtown Phoenix, I see so many potential places for portraits, but one that just seems to have it all in one place is Heritage Square. 

I know it’s a popular place for many photographers, but since most of my clients live in the East Valley, and driving into Phoenix is a little inconvenient, I don’t really have the opportunity to take a family there! 

So, why not use my own little models? 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

We had my little god-daughter staying with us from out of town for a week last summer. 

When you have 4 girls, one more is really not a problem. 

She was actually a pleasure to have, and so much fun. 

We filled most of our days with swimming and playing, but decided at least one big day out would be fun before she left. 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

We got up early, drove up to the top of S. Mountain for a short walk and some sight-seeing.

Then headed to Phoenix for some ice – cream at Mac Alpines (YUM), went to the Phoenix Art Museum (amazing as usual), then – since we were down there, ended our day out with a mini-portrait session at Heritage Square.

Why not, right? 

These poor girls were run ragged for the day, sweaty and tired, but such good sports! 

 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

They managed some sincere smiles between the goofing off and comments like, “Are we done yet?” And, “Can we just go home?”

All in all, it went well, we got some great shots in the short amount of time we were there, and I got my chance to try out a new venue!

 

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits
Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

Chandler Portrait Photographer Finds Great Locations To Photograph Outdoor Portraits

 

CG Photo and Design of Arizona photography offers the best of wedding photography and lifestyle portraits.

Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com

Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer

Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer

Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer

Ever since I’ve been photographing weddings, I have found it strange to just attend a wedding.  It’s completely different to sit on the sidelines and watch the events unfold without a camera.

Well, this was probably the strangest of all. 

We were at the beautiful Moon Valley Country Club, nuzzled in the foothills with a golf course laid out behind the ceremony site. 

I was there to photograph, but my subject was not the bride and groom – – it was the DJ / Musician!

 

 Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer
 Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer
Kohl's Ranch Lodge Wedding Photography

Kevin Huang, owner of Party Bug Entertainment, is an amazing violinist, guitarist, and DJ. 

He utilizes his musical talent to entertain in a unique way. 

He provides beautiful ceremony music, but also plays fun, karaoke style, songs for entertainment prior to and after the ceremony. 

His repertoire includes every genre you can imagine. . even 70’s disco! 

I have to say my favorite was probably the “Be My Guest” serenade to the bridal party from Beauty and the Beast while dinner was being served. 

 

 Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer

When not playing an instrument, he is a great DJ with access to all the music you might want for your wedding. 

He keeps the wedding on track, the party moving, and all done in a fun way.    

For more information on Kevin Huang and Party Bug Entertainment, please call him at (480) 510-8529

 

 Party Bug Entertainment Has Photographs Taken By Chandler Wedding Photographer

The Peeps Project

The Peeps Project

At the beginning of the summer, my husband came home from work, telling the girls he had something special for them, and it was a matter of life and death.

Of course, they were intrigued, and I reluctantly went along with them. 

As he walked away, no doubt to return with the surprise, our anticipation was high.  My girls sat bewildered, and I sat a bit nervous as I imagined all the things he could have brought home.  To our delight, he walked carefully up with a sweet baby sparrow!  He had found it on the hot sidewalk, fallen from her nest that was unknowingly washed away by building maintenance.  She could have only been a couple of days old.  She was all beak, fragile, and precious. 

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We were all immediately enamored, and decided to step up to the task of raising her. 

It was not easy, Little Peeps, as we named her, needed to be fed very often.  Her loud ‘peeps’ acted as a dinner bell day and night.  It really is amazing how much a little bird can eat!

As the days went on, we watched Peeps grow stronger and bigger.  The little pin feathers opened up and her face started to fill into her beak. 

Peeps knew us, trusted us, and flittered about with happiness when she saw us. 

After a couple weeks, Peeps was trying to fly.  We took her outside for some test runs.  She flew a few feet, then hopped trustingly back up on our finger when she was done.  We hung her cage outside so she could see and hear other birds.  She soon learned to fly, but still needed help eating. 

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We were all dreading the day of having to release her.  We had become attached to this little bird, but knew she needed the freedom to fly, and have a happy sparrow life – outside the cage. 

We know when it was time.  We painted her toenails as a marker.  We all gathered round, video in hand, said our good-byes, and let her go.  She flew off with purpose.  We thought she was gone.  A few tears were swelling in the little one’s eyes. 

We saw her land in a nearby tree.  After awhile of watching her, we tried calling to her.  She gleefully skipped down to us, sat on our fingers, and visited for a bit.  It was wonderful.  This continued on for the next few days.  We were all delighted with this new arrangement, and imagined sharing many friendly visits in the future. 

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Our summer vacation was quickly approaching.  We were going to be gone for a couple weeks, and had arranged for her cage to be left open with fresh food and water put in it while we were gone, just in case she wanted to indulge.  We were told she visited a few times, but by the end of the first week she was not returning.  We were saddened, but off on our own adventure. 

When we came home, we searched, called, and waited patiently.  Every now and then, we think we see her, but we are never sure if it is her or not.  One thing is for certain though, our hearts are softened to every little sparrow we see flying…and we will never forget the sweet experience of raising Little Peeps. 

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