Black Friday is Special

Some of you like to hit the stores and shop for bargains on Black Friday. You brave souls!

Black Friday is one of my family-session-marathon days every year and this year was no exception. I’m so glad I get to spend that day with families like this one!

 Love the orange leaves in the background…

Love the orange leaves in the background…


We started out early in the morning at one of my favorite locations, right in the heart of Henderson, Nv.

 <3 Such a cute smile!

<3 Such a cute smile!

The light became more beautiful with every passing minute and we captured some sweet moments.



Isn’t this location just dreamy?!?!


As a family, children’s, and couples photographer here in Las Vegas and Henderson, I am so blessed to spend time with people who enjoy being with each other, who love each other, and who laugh together.

Can you seriously think of a better job than that? Not me!

It’s not too late to get your family photos done for Christmas pictures. I have one more mini-session day scheduled. Call to get on the schedule, I have two openings left!




The desert delivers...

Confession.

I said something recently and I couldn’t believe those words came out of my mouth.

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“I could live here.”

Once I realized what I said, I quickly added, “If it weren’t for the 120’ and the snakes & scorpions.” But seriously… this scene makes my heart go ‘pitter-patter’.

I love bringing families out to my favorite desert location for a session. Everyone is awestruck by the beauty surrounding us and are surprised to know this is just a short drive from town. Aren’t the red rocks stunning?

The S family wanted a desert location for their family photography session and I know this one delivered the look they were going for.

 I’m loving the flannels and plaids!

I’m loving the flannels and plaids!

 What a great big brother!

What a great big brother!

 Mom &amp; Dad

Mom & Dad

This was such a fun session. I’m so glad I captured some authentic moments and expressions.


Wouldn’t you love an authentic desert location for your family photo session or your senior session? I photograph out here in the desert September through April.

I’d love to share it with you! Contact me today to book your session!

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Fall Family Session

Us desert folks love Fall.

Fall means cooler weather, pumpkin spice, crunchy leaves, flannel sheets… all those lovely, cozy things. I love all these items, but I think I love the color of fall light the most. It makes for some dreamy photography.

Golden light, cooler air, and the location made for picture-perfect moments during this family session. Seriously, that light!

 That golden light at sunset…

That golden light at sunset…

 I’ve been this family’s photographer since baby #1 was born. I love seeing how they’ve grown over the year. Here’s a  link  to last year’s session, I feel like they’re teenagers now, lol!

I’ve been this family’s photographer since baby #1 was born. I love seeing how they’ve grown over the year. Here’s a link to last year’s session, I feel like they’re teenagers now, lol!

 Flannel, plaid, crunchy leaves, golden light, cool breeze. Oh.My.Heart.  The quintessential fall day.

Flannel, plaid, crunchy leaves, golden light, cool breeze. Oh.My.Heart.

The quintessential fall day.

 Quiet moments…

Quiet moments…

 Stolen moments…

Stolen moments…

Being someone’s family photographer is the best feeling ever <3<3

I love being a family photographer here in the desert. Who knew Las Vegas had so much to offer away from the Strip?

Have you scheduled your family session this fall?

I have one weekend day available through Christmas and just a few weekdays available. Hurry to book before it’s too late!

** I gift a 16 x 20 canvas to full-session clients! This offer is valid on sessions booked by 12/31/2018.

Summer adventures...

I know it's summertime and we should be off having summertime adventures. This summer, however, is going to be void of the great outdoor adventures at the beach or mountains. With the last two kids going off to college out of state in August (total will be 4 kids in college this fall) and a few other excuses, we'll be hanging around Las Vegas most of the summer, spending our money here, most likely at Walmart and Ikea, lol. 

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I'm spending my summer working - preparing for school portraits in the fall and spring, scheduling family and senior sessions for the fall,  creating photo albums for customers, and playing with FILM! Sounds exciting, right! 

School portraits? 

Desertbloom Photography offers Fine Art School Portraits to local schools and daycare centers! What is a Fine Art School Portrait? It's a modern, boutique twist to the traditional school portrait. My focus is strictly on the child, so the backgrounds are uncluttered. I engage with the child and capture authentic expressions. I offer parents multiple images in an online gallery, making their purchases sweet and simple. Parents love the authentic portraits and schools LOVE that I do ALL the work for them! Want to get your school on my calendar? Tell your school administration about our Fine Art School Photography!

Check out more images here

My Fall calendar is filling up with Family and Senior Sessions. I have a limited amount of these sessions this Fall so if you're wanting to book for Christmas photos, family reunions, Senior Sessions, now is the time to get on my calendar. 

*Desretbloom Photography Family and Senior Sessions come with a 16 x 20 canvas to hang on your wall!

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My clients get their digital images included in their session fee.  I strongly encourage them to print as well, for many reasons. See my last post here as to why. I gift my clients a 16 x 20 canvas with full sessions to ensure they have something printed. Another product often ordered by clients is a photo album.  The albums are created with love and care and contain all the images from the sessions. 

I love when clients get to view their albums for the first time! 

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That's what I've been doing for work this summer. In my spare time, I've rediscovered film and am playing and challenging myself with it. I'm hoping to incorporate film into my family and senior sessions this fall! I absolutely love my digital cameras - they can never be replaced. But film..... oh my. The contrast and feel of film just can't be completely replicated in digital photography.  Let me know if you'd like to have a film session! 

These were taken with an old Nikon EF film camera we picked up a few years ago at Savers, a local thrift store. The lenses that came with it are... let's just say well-worn, but I was able to use them a bit. I finally got around to finishing the roll of film I put in in January 2016 (yikes!) and was thoroughly thrilled when I picked up my scans! And I can't wait for the USPS Mail Man to deliver my new film camera today! And my nice Nikkor lenses will fit smoothly on it!  Ssshhhh, though, no one knows I bought myself an early birthday present! 

I can't wait to hear what you're all doing on your summer vacation! Comment below and tell me about all your amazing adventures!

 

Why do photos matter so much?

Why are photos so important? Why do they matter? 

There are many answers that satisfy both of these questions. Photographs show our connections to people, places, and sometimes even things. When we look at photographs, we feel an emotional response. That response is triggered by the subject of the photograph.

Old sepia photographs of great-grandparents and other distant relatives illustrate our history for us. We see similarities in physical traits between the generations or family property handed down generation to generation. We imagine a little bit about these peoples' lives based on their clothing and the landscape.  I grew up in a home where old family photos were on display on every spare inch of counter / mantel / wall space. I hadn't ever met most of the people in those images, but I know who they are and I know about their lives because that information was passed on to me. When stories were told around the Thanksgiving dinner table, all us children knew about the people being remembered in the stories and what they looked like. Having photos and stories of those people brought them to life for us children, and they became a part of our lives.  We felt a connection to them and we all belong to the same family.

Memories of days gone by come flooding in when we browse through family albums. Family vacations, holiday gatherings, birthdays, and sometimes just daily life were captured in those albums. The photographs in the family albums brought those special times with special people alive again. We again feel the connection, not only to our past, but to those who are gone and to those who are still with us. These albums show the value that was placed on family. The value we placed on each other. 

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The photos on our cell phones have the same effect. Not only do we store our family photos on our phones, we have images of items we want to purchase in stores (hello Ikea Someday Album), recipes we want to make,  or Pinterest decorating ideas. We can carry all this in our purse or pocket. 

I encourage you to print your cell phone photos, especially those of family, friends, vacations, birthday parties, and holidays. Someday that phone will fail. All those memory triggers will be erased. There's no greater joy for a child to sit and hold actual photographs in their hands. No greater joy to go through photo albums over and over and over. 

As a family photographer here in Las Vegas, I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of capturing treasured memories for families. 

When my parents downsized, I took hold of the family photo albums and brought them back to my house. I've scanned the images onto hard drives so I can share with my brothers. Even though I'm not a kid, I AM someone's kid and I love going through the albums and touching the photos, remembering the moments, and feeling connected to those who are far away and to those who are gone. 

In the past week, several of my friends - from different walks of life - have lost special people. Moms, husband, Pastor, friends.  Elderly, middle-aged, and very young. Some a complete surprise, no warning. My heart breaks for these families. As I pray for a divine peace and comfort for them, I pray they also have lots of photographs to hold on to, to look through, to remember with, to connect with.

And that is why photos are so important. 

If you don't have photos of your family, contact me. Let's get your family photos taken and printed. It's not just you who will value them. 

When is the best time of year to do Family Portraits?

When is the best time of year to do family portraits? 
That's a great question and I've got a great answer ... any season that captures how you spend time together as a family is the perfect time of year for you to have your photos taken!

Let's explore family portrait sessions during the four seasons and why each could be the best for you and your family. 

Spring is a lovely time of year. Bushes and trees that have lost their leaves begin to bloom again. The warm sunshine and fresh flowers rejuvenate and inspire us after a gray winter. Does your family like to spend time outside, maybe gardening or hiking together? If springtime brings you to your happy place - outside - then spring is the best time of year for your family portrait session. 

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Summer.... oh the fun memories we make during summer. We like to play at the water parks, swim at the pool, boating at Lake Mead, camp at Mt. Charleston. Summer is a time to relax, rest, and regroup as a family. If summer is the season that brings your family together, then summer is the best time of year for your portrait session. Yes... even here in the desert! I'm game for early morning sessions at Lake Mead, sunset up on Mt. Charleston, and a few places in between. . 

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Fall - who doesn't look forward to fall? The cooling temperatures, shorter days, flannel shirts and a pair of jeans, and a Pumpkin-Spice Latte - O be still my heart! With thoughts of harvesting from the garden and preparing for the long winter nights filling your heads.... this is a perfect time of year for family portraits! 

Winter in the desert means chilly mornings, bundling up with sweaters and a jacket, hot chocolate at the Lodge at Mt. Charleston after sledding in the snow,  and preparing for family get-togethers... another great time of year for family portraits! 

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Which season accurately describes your family? Whichever you choose, that's the best time of year for your family portrait! 

I have lots of location in mind for each season here in the valley. If you and your family live outside of Las Vegas, I love to travel! 

Right now my Family and Senior Sessions come with a 16" x 20" canvas ($125 value) of an image of your choice from your session!  Hit the contact button to send me a note to book your family session for 2018!

Let's Just Go!

How do I relax? By heading out on an adventure in the desert, of course! 

Last Friday, my friend Jamie (jamiezanotti.com) and I headed into Lake Mead National Recreation Area to explore the Northshore Road. To access the Northshore Road, enter Lake Mead through the Lake Mead Drive through Henderson, Nv. Once you go through the park entrance, the road is just 1/4 mile down the way to the left. 

We started with a hike at the 20 mile marker, Northshore Summit Trail. Overall, it was an easy hike, but straight up hill. Our efforts were rewarded with a magical view of the park. 

Onward and up Northshore Road, we took a detour into Echo Bay. Echo Bay is one of the few areas left inside Lake Mead from where you can launch a boat. 

Although this was in essence a photographer's play date, we soon realized we had stumbled upon a phenomenal area for a photo session! We explored all the beautiful little spots and made mental lists, took photos, and began to plan a styled photo session. 

If you're a senior or teen in the Las Vegas, Henderson, or Boulder City, NV area and are interested in this peaceful location for your senior session, contact me! 

Next, we explored Rogers Spring Trail at mile marker 40. What a treasure! Rogers Spring Trail is a natural warm spring and fills a wide, shallow area suitable for wading. I'm not sure I would though, haha. 

I'd definitely add this location onto a senior session. The palm trees and bridge area perfect. 

We made it all the way into Overton and took a brief respite at the Lost City Museum (and McDonalds). If you've never been through Overton, I urge you to go explore this cute town. The Lost City Museum is full of native Indian relics and history of the area. It's worth the trip.

Back down into Lake Mead NRA, we were racing against time to be back at mile marker 20 for the sunset. We didn't quite make it, but that's okay. Sunset along any spot of Northshore Road will not disappoint. 

We first saw the light play on this spot in the desert just a little before sunset.... 

Down the road a little more and then this happened. 

All this beauty is in our own back yard. 

Would you like to have your family session or senior session right here in Lake Mead? There are so many wonderful areas I didn't touch on! 

Specializing in family desert sessions and senior desert sessions!

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Lake Las Vegas Session

The day after Christmas found me up, out and early, to meet up with this sweet mom & her girls. The girls may look familiar as I've photographed them over the years. Actually, I met Mom before daughter's 2 & 3 were born! 

It was a gorgeous morning at Lake Las Vegas and we took full advantage! 

It's always fun photographing these young ladies! They are all joyful, intelligent, and all-around great people!  I did Christina's Senior Photography a few years ago. I can't believe Erica is at Foothills High School - and Meghan is on Crew Team! All athletes - even Mom!

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 I was excited for our annual Family Session and couldn't wait to catch up on all the news with this sweet family!  One of the blessings of being a family photographer is watching the littles grow up before my eyes.  

We met by Pittman Wash in Henderson, Nv. on a beautiful fall morning. The sunlight streaming through the leaves provided the perfect scene...

An adventurous Morning at the Airport!

When Melissa mentioned doing their family portraits at the airport, I was a more than a little intrigued. Visions of hangar doors, jet wheels, reflective surfaces danced in my head! 

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                        I'm so glad I brought my ultra-wide angle with me for this shot! 

I could have spent the whole day here photographing this charming family with a whole line-up of lenses. Unfortunately, none of us had all day... but I'm game in the future! 

The light floors and bright morning sun created some dreamy haze, so we embraced it. 

And I have to say, I love being someone's family photographer! I enjoy seeing how the kids have changed from last year, plus they're used to me in their face with a camera and can be relaxed, haha. 

There were just so many cool photo opportunities! 

Thanks again, V family! It was an adventure and I can't wait till next year!

Carie and her family!

During the first week of May, I ran a contest on my Facebook page for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Being a homeschool teacher for the last 10 years, I totally get the idea of showing our teachers how much we appreciate all their hard work. I was giving away a full session and a mini-session to a teacher who had been nominated on my FB page. 

I drew two names, one for a full session and one for a mini-session. Carie won our mini-session give-a-way! The cool thing here - my two youngest children were in Carie's kindergarten class before we started homeschooling!  

This family likes to be outdoors and I was happy to photograph them at one of their favorite spots!

Congratulations Carie on 21 successful years of teaching in Clark County! 

 

Extended Family Session

I love photographing extended family sessions because of all the connections among the generations. I love seeing Grandpa and Grandma being loved on by the grandkids, laughter among the siblings, just lots of love going around!  

This couple raised the craziest bunch of kids and grandkids, every one of them a keeper!

 

Aren't these red rocks beautiful? We met at Lake Mead National Recreational Area, just a short drive from Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City, Nv.  

This group had me laughing so hard throughout the session. Hard! 

To be honest, my journal entry for this day started with  "Things I never thought I'd say at a family session!" 

Do you have a large family? Are you planning a family Reunion?

I'd love to photograph your memories!