🍻🍀Celebrating a little St. Patrick’s Day fun with my love Kaleo by eating lunch at one of our favorite spots in Sedona ... !Indian Gardens Cafe & Market !
💚🍀💚Of course Kaleo got a 🍺 928 Local Farmhouse Ale from Wanderlust Brewing Company & the roast beef sandwich called “Bear Howard” 🌲🐻
💚💚💚AND It’s not hard to guess that I got the AMAZING... out of this world...miso soup with kale in it and fresh sprouts on top! Lots of green and yummy food!
What are you doing to celebrate?
Both meals were seriously soooooooooo YUMMY!!!!
I also almost always get their Chai tea with Almond milk which they home -make!
CLOSE your eyes... Can you remember what it was like to be yourself at 5 years old? I CAN.
When I think back to being about 5 years old there are certain memories that always stick out to me. I will never forget always having a stuffed animal by my side because I didn't care much for dolls. I would pretend that I could talk to animals and they could communicate back to me.
I had a cat named Chip. I would always communicate with her and I remember she would come to me and purrrrrrrr on my lap to make me feel better when ever I started crying. Unfortunately, I was allergic to her and of course my parents didn't know that until after we got her. I refused to give her up. She would come with us every summer from Sedona to Colorado on a 8 hour car ride. I would hold her in my lap the entire time to calm her down and by the time we got there I had hives all over my body. If that isn't love I don't know what is!
I never grew out of being an animal lover. As soon as I graduated with my BFA in photography from ASU and moved to Sedona I got a cat. More recently, I got Liberty my dog. She goes everywhere with me and hangs out with my parents or friends if she can't be with me.
Kids are always asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I think it's a little unfair to ask a kid to have one dream or be in one career! Honestly I think every kid should answer... "happy"! Anyways, I wanted to be so many things. One of the things I wanted be when I grew up was a zoo-keeper. I wanted to work with animals. I totally forgot about this dream until most recently when I visited Out of Africa in Camp Verde Arizona with my family for my mom's birthday! I spent a good half hour questioning one of the workers about their job. I definitely don't think I would ever give up my career as a photographer, but it felt so good to spend time taking photographs of all the wonderful animals there.
WHY DO YOU LOVE THESE YOGA PANTS?
I fell in love with Yogi Yoga Wear pants during the Sedona Yoga Festival! Nina Joy Rizzo is the enthusiastic owner and creator of these colorful pants. She connected with me before the festival so that I could keep and eye out for and photograph people in her yogi yoga wear. I can't express how passionate Nina is about her art work that is on the yoga pants. Even better her yoga pants are made from recycled water bottles (ECO-FRIENDLY) and super soft! Nina has created many different kinds of styles, patterns, and colors of yoga pants! Here is a link to get your pair or just take a look: http://yogiyogawear.com/
I was so thrilled when Nina decided to set up a photoshoot with me to get photos for the cover of Canada Fashion Magazine! We chose to do the first editorial photo-shoot on a sunny day in Phoenix AZ of kundalini yoga teacher Prathna Kaur. I chose interesting yet simple backdrops that didn't scream Arizona keeping in mind that the photos will be in Canada Fashion Magazine.
We wanted to show the pants on different models and in different locations so for the second shoot we chose to photograph Natalie in Tlaquepaque at The Chai Spot! The Chai Spot was a perfect and unique backdrop to try a different boho look!
Sedona Yoga Festival
I am a local photographer born and raised here in Sedona. I have been a part of the Sedona Yoga Festival since they started it years ago. I started out volunteering or what the call an “angel” helping guide other throughout the festival in trade for taking classes. A my photography and yoga careers started to take off I naturally fell into taking photos for the Sedona Yoga Festival and enjoy doing so every year.
This year I would describe my experience to be powerful for making worldwide connections with other yogis and entrepreneurs around the world. I am so grateful to have experienced classes through my camera lens, a little bit of asana, savasana, and great conversations!
For the last few months I have had the pleasure of working with the beautiful musician Sophia Angeles and the AMAZING hair and make-up artist local here in Sedona ....Patricia Vega! Sophia and I always have fun together! The last two times we worked together we went to at least four different locations around Sedona. I looked for many different kinds of lighting situations and backdrops to compliment her hair and eyes. Through movement, jokes, silence, and stillness I was able to get some of her most gorgeous expressions!
The rain didn’t keep the smiles away! The ceremony was held outside under a gazebo with cloudy skies and Sedona backdrops all around. As soon as the bride walked down the aisle it was as if the cold stopped and everyone could feel the warmth between the two. Rachel and Christopher are obviously madly in love and it made everyone happy. Although there may have been a few teeth chattering, I think the rainstorm was a blessing on their wedding day. Besides the saying that rain brings good luck to the newlyweds, the storm also allowed me to take breathtaking photos of the couple with a dramatic desert storm backdrop.
Mark and Beth decided to elope intimately and alone in the beautiful Sedona, Arizona. My favorite part of photographing this elopement was that it was practically right next door to my house in a beautiful BnB. Their day was cloudy but that didn’t keep the joy and love away. Beth and Marks smiling faces were priceless!
Her beautiful bouquet was full of lovely succulents and perfect accent flowers from Sedona Mountain High Flowers.
Hair and make up was done by a beautiful new make up artist in Sedona Charity Silvera!
Gorgeous jewelry to accent her blue .... yes I said blue wedding dress! Which I absolutely loved on her!
Beth specifically wanted a photos with Banjo the BnB dog!
I'm falling in love with photographing people with their pets!
Nala and Eric are originally from Minnesota. Can I just say how much I love their accent?! Besides that they are really fun to talk to and super easy going. They also lived in Colorado for a few years before deciding to try out the Arizona desert to be close to some dear friends. They love to wear comfortable casual clothing and joked several times about how living in Scottsdale is such a drastic change from Colorado because you feel like you have to dress up just to leave the house. I told them they should consider moving to Sedona because people wear whatever they want here =D
They LOVE their pets! They have 3 Dobermans and one tiny Russian Toy. They also have A LOT of cats... so many that Eric wouldn't give me a number! :-o I really appreciate their Dobermans’ names.... Bentley, Porsche, and Tesla. The littlest dog is Nika. Nika's breed, Russian Toy, was recently approved as a new breed in the US and Nika competes in several dog show categories (nose work, agility, barn hunt).
Heather and Randall’s wedding day was a perfect mixture of all the things that matter most to them… spirituality, music, signing, family, friends, fun, love, partying, dancing, food & drinks, sparklers, and more dancing.
The outdoor location they chose for their ceremony and reception has huge sentimental value as it’s right across from their loving home.
Heather put a lot of time and energy into organizing everything and making sure the focus would be both on the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. It was obvious she wanted all of her loved ones to feel blessed and have an amazing time celebrating. The pictures show just how successful she was!
As guests arrived they were ritually fanned in sage smoke with a feather wand to clear away any negativity and bring in an abundance of love and joy in preparation for the ceremony.