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Wow! The past few weeks have been full of shooting and traveling! It doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon either. I love getting to go all over to shoot!

Yesterday I got back from a weekend filled with: my 2 yr old niece, A senior Session, An Engagement Session, painting, and a whole lot of driving! I cannot wait to share all the photos with you from my recent shoots.

Today we start with the amazingly nice and beautiful Hannah (or Hbug as she is affectionately known). Hannah is a real southern gal hailing from Tennessee. She happened to be out in Arizona the same weekend I was out to shoot an engagement session and meet with my AZ brides so we decided we would go ahead and do her Senior session there!

We loosely played with the idea of Alice in Wonderland for her shoot because she looks so much like Alice! At least I think she does…

So here are some of my personal favorites from our Session in Mesa and Tempe Arizona.
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)
Senior Session: Hannah In Wonderland (Tempe AZ?)

Whew! It was a really fun session if you couldn’t tell.

  • August 3, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    Loving Life With Charlize - Speechless!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2009 - 11:07 am

    Amy - Just fabulous, M! You captured her spirit completely!!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2009 - 10:54 am

    Tiffany Hampton - wow these are some awesome shots..You should consider networking with the bizymoms Tempe community.

    There is a form on their expert page, http://www.bizymoms.com/experts/index.html </aReplyCancel

Life is busy and fantastic! I am currently recovering from a weekend of 3 weddings! What a blast!

I just wanted to update everyone and let you know I have a ton of blog posts in the works and I am writing and editing whenever I have a free moment. Every time I think about blogging I come up with a new idea! I know all the things I am interested in writing about and sharing but I would also love to know what you want to see/read! Of course I will be updating with new photos as the weeks go by but what other information would be beneficial to you? Comment on this post or send me an email telling me (marianne@mariannewilson.net)and we will see what we can do.

Also, if any of you Arizonians are wanting a photo session I am actually going to be coming into town This Wednesday Evening/Thursday morning and I have 1 spot open to shoot. Senior session? Engagement Session? Trash the Dress? You name it! I am excited for my new couples I am meeting while I am out there and happy to make time to grab a bite or coffee with any of my current AZ couples. So just hit me up and we will get together!

Another thing I wanted to mention is that if you’re ever curious as to what I am up to please feel free to follow me on twitter! I am constantly updating it (aka tweeting) and I love being connected to my brides! You can always add me on Facebook as well.

and of course no blog post is really complete without a photo. Here is a recent shot from a gorgeous wedding I photographed with the ever so sweet, Bonnie Tsang

Update: So Hows life?

  • July 28, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    angie - Hi Marianne! I am checking your blog weekly. I love it! I met you a while ago through an email I had sent to you. (I got stuck in your spam filter.) Thank you for continuing to inspire me. This pregnancy has caused me a major lack of passion for photography but now I am slowly getting back into it. I will call you after this baby is born and I am back to myself for some much needed family portraits! Also, my kids are still up for free modeling if you need them and I am VERY much up for free photography tutoring if the offer is still out there. :)

    <3 Angie (xrockatx@gmail.com)ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    Rosie Parsons Photography - I had a triple header last year – so tiring, but so fun! :D look forward to seeing the posts! xReplyCancel

The other day I got to go along with the lovely Miss Charise and Jen for a gorgeous “Rock the Dress” (aka Trash the dress or Day After Session) in Camarillo and Malibu. I cannot say enough how much I love doing Rock the Dress sessions. It is a fab way to get some stunning and fun images in your wedding dress since there isn’t always time for extensive wedding photos the day of, plus you can go almost anywhere!

We started off at the park in Camarillo where Denise and Luis had their first kiss (on the same benches!).
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis

We then headed to Malibu (Leo Carrillo beach) for some fun on the side of the road and some gorgeous locations during sunset.

Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis
Rock the Dress: Denise + Luis

Thanks to the amazing Charise for inviting me along, I love shooting with these gals!

  • July 16, 2009 - 8:37 pm

    Jen Harris - could we love our jobs anymore?? um, no!
    beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    Daechick - These are awesome, and I love all of the others I have seen as well. Would you be interested in doing a trash the dress with me before I have my dress cleaned and put away for storage? I would be willing to go along with any cool idea you gals have. Looks like a blast!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2009 - 2:14 am

    Alyssa Schroeder - Amazing, last ones especially like of the veil with the breeze and them on the rocks! Wow! Great couple + great photographer! :)ReplyCancel

If I had to sum up this family in one word it would be precious. They are such a fun bunch and we had a fantastic time shooting in Paramount Ranch just a few weeks ago. If you remember awhile ago Ip osted a photo from Brianne’s Maternity session that we did in downtown Moorpark a little over a year ago. Well here is the newest addition to the family, Kate (or katezilla).

If you have small ones you know what a challenge it can be to take photos with them. That is one of the reasons I love going to locations like Paramount Ranch or other parks where they can run around on the lawn and have a great time while getting some photos of their unique and fun little personalities.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from the day:


Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
The girls got the right idea
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Probably my favorite from the day
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul

A little behind the scenes:
Family Session: Brianne, Kate, and Paul

I love watching families grow and I cannot wait to continue to shoot these guys as they get older.

  • July 13, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Loving Life With Charlize - Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! What cuties!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Joe - I LOVE these photos! My niece and nephew are the most adorable children in the world! Kudos to you and Brianne on outfit selection and props as well! Everyone matched (but not in a creepy family portrait sort of way) and even the balloons matched their outfits.ReplyCancel