Beauty in unexpected places.

I have been photographing families for over 16 years now.  Let’s just let that sink in a minute.  I can’t even begin to calculate how many families, babies, seniors I have had in front of my lens.  I am so thankful and grateful for each and every one.  Even the difficult ones, and yes I have had a few.  The difficult ones have taught me so much about myself. What is important to me, what kind of person I want to be, how I react to certain triggers and IS THAT how I want to react?  To be fair, I have been doing this for closing in on 2 decades and I can probably count on one hand how many times I have had issues.  So I have been REALLY blessed in this department.

For this session the ‘difficult’ was not the adorable kids or the parents who laughed and loved each other through their session- it was the HEAT!!!  As many of you might remember I offered a smokin’ (pun intended) deal in the month of August.  It was greatly received and off we set to photograph in the biggest and baddest month the Sonoran Desert has to offer.

A lot of my sessions were centered around water (Lake Pleasant and a little hidden gem I found while location scouting for water in the desert).  This family opted for one of my favorite spots, a super modern, sleek, sexy building.  Gorgeous lines and a neutral pallet. The only problem?  The kids got HOT!

My absolute favorite client is one who inspires me by just rolling with it.  We got our gorgeous photos with the stunning building and decided to head for the park to let the kiddos burn off some energy and get some candid shots.  Then we discovered the water fountain and the session really began.  As we cooled off the babies it became apparent that I shouldn’t be waiting for them to finish their drinks, I should be capturing them getting their drinks.  We splashed and laughed and got really wet and I love the way it turned out.

For this family the beauty was not in the scenery, the clothes or the poses.  It was in the bond, the love and the playfulness (and willingness to take family photos with a park restroom as their background).

Thank you for your flexibility and trust in me to capture your beautiful little family, just as you are.

xo- Tami




Phoenix Family Portrait Photographer * Candid Family Photographer * Real Life Photography

Cacti and Cake

When my past brides + grooms let me know a baby is on the way, I smile, because I know what is coming.  I see the usual things like first teeth and learning to crawl, I can hear the first mutterings of ‘ma-ma’ and ‘da-da’.  I see singing to your baby and holding them all through their first fever.  I am a mother, so I have experienced these things.  I am filled with happiness for the unconditional love my clients are about to discover, but I smile for a different reason.  I smile because I am being invited IN.  I get to have a front row seat to all of this.  I am being asked to take part and to capture the essence of this little being.  The milestones, the unconditional love, the celebrating of this little life.  August you have brought so much joy to MY LIFE.  Sharing your firsts with my camera, smiling and laughing and crawling your way into my heart.  You are so special and SO LOVED.



A peek into his ‘Big Day’ through my eyes.  Happy 1st birthday buddy!

You are one in a million!


Phoenix Portrait Photographer * Scottsdale Portrait Photographer * Family Photography * Event Photographer


One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing families grow.  Sometimes that means the addition of a pet, sometimes that means seeing an only child go from a wobbly kneed toddler to a senior graduation school (yes I have been at it long enough for this to have happened!).  But sometimes that means photographing a family with 1 sweet little 1 year old girl to seeing them next time with 4 amazing children!  So happy to live in the same city again and be able to catch up and meet all the new littles!