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Back in action!

Wow, I haven't officially been working my photography business for almost a year - but as I'm compiling some photos to show you what I've been up to in the mean time, I realized I certainly stayed busy enough for being "out."  I seemed to take shoots on ANYWAY - despite not promoting at all. I kiiinda have a little problem with saying no ;) Life is going going going as always! We've moved (yes again, this time locally), we're expecting baby number 2 in June! And we've both been working full time! I recently went back down to working only 3 days a week at my "real job"  - to save on daycare and gas costs! And am now I'm using that time to take care of our home and coming back to my business!

Being in this profession can be rough in a small town, There are a lot of photographers out there... But! It'll be just fine :) I take pride in doing my best to create something with an extra "umph" and a bit of "something different." And those looking for what I offer, will be happy with that!

I believe it was last summer that I posted any full preview sets... (A couple weddings, and some senior portraits) So the photos to follow are a bit of everything since that time.

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Some Garnicks... {Maternity and Child Photography}

Garnicks!... well some of them at least...I stayed with them while i was there for this AZ trip!! :) Another birth I was bummed to miss out on though! *sigh* I've been shooting these guys since Natalie's newborn shoot! (I think we did newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year... and something else in between?)  So needless to say-  I was sad to miss the birth of Nicholas! Just by a couple of weeks. However, I was glad to be able to get a few pictures of Katie and that belly! I think Nicholas must have been laying straight out - head towards her back - and feet out towards the belly button! :) I think a few of us wondered if maybe... just maybe... a twin would arrive and surprise everyone :) ha! But no no.. Nicholas was just stretchin out in there I think! Natalie tried really hard to not smile at me throughout this little shoot... It didn't exactly work :) Enjoy!

Twins! With London's Lens

I met London of London's Lens nearly a year ago through a photogs group on Facebook she came to a shoot of mine when I traveled back to Phoenix in September. This trip she asked if I'd like to come a long on a twins newborn shoot! Um Yes please! I love newborns, and have yet to get my camera on a set of multiples - Quite the timing for my trip right!? Enter Derek and Delaney :)  Sweet little twins! I think they were 1 week old at the time? And teeny Tiny!WELL, Babies slept okay on their own to start with, so we figured we'd get shots of them individually... We started with Delaney, then when we went to add Derek in - Derek didn't want to sleep or rest while having his pictures taken... and then neither of them wanted to sleep, and then Derek fell asleep slightly - and Delaney didn't want to sleep...  I didn't have all the time that I usually would for a shoot so I couldn't stick around until it happened because I headed off to another shoot... But Apparently they slept perfectly together to get those adorable cutsey twinsy set up shots after I left :) I told London and Ashley (the mamma) that it would happen that way :) And it sure did! Anyway - I got a few shots of the twins by themselves and took some of London shooting ;) A perk of having an additional photographer with you. Its always nice to have some shots of you in action - so my "previews" consist of a couple of each twin (but not squishily together of course) and a couple of London: one soothing and one shooting :) Enjoy!

I love this one of Derek *below* - "Don't you dare try to sneak this away from me!"

Mr. Crosley! {Phoenix Child Photographer}

The much anticipated Crosley! Tarah worked with my husband, and introduced us to the apartments we lived in our second year in Phoenix (Utilities included is the way to go in Phoenix let me tell you! AC on ALL the time!...)  so we lived in the same building for a while! I was bummed to find out that Tarah and Jared were expecting their first little one so close to us moving away!! But timing has lined up okay :) My first or second visit back to Phoenix after the move when she was pregnant was just in time for their gender reveal photos... :) We got a little time in for some pictures of him while I was there :) Its too bad that I dont know Crosley a little better... He was a fun little guy to spend a time with!! Miss you guys!Such a cutie :) Enjoy the few previews!

Don't forget to like Valisa Henderson Photography As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc… These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc – Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

 

{A Shot of Yeager} Phoenix Family Photographer

The Yeager family! Christina is the photographer over at A Shot of Yaeger and contacted me when she heard I was coming to Phoenix. Of course, I know how she feels! The WHOLE family (including her) in front of the camera is a rare occasion :)I was honored to capture this beautiful family! She has the clothing "what to wear" coordination down for sure! And they are all adorable! I loved our evening together!!

And of course, a portrait of JUST the photographer :) As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc… These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc – Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

Joe, Julie, Quinn and Declan {Phoenix Family and Child Photography}

Special family in my heart for sure! I used to watch Quinn during the day for a while when we lived in Phoenix - she and Brooke (my daughter) are only a week apart ;) it was a trying time some days - as watching toddlers learning to share and play together can be... but oh so fun :) We miss them terribly and hate that we aren't around to see Declan more! But it was awesome to meet him and see them all again!Enjoy the previews! <3 As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc… These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc – Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

Vargas Fam {Family and Child Portraits}

I certainly had a hard time choosing previews for this one! :) Especially because Lilly had some awesome portraits :) Can't wait to share them all with you guys!!This is also a 3rd go around for this family :) Our first shoot was when Vanessa was pregnant with Azalea, second was her newborn shoot.. :) Now look at them! <3 so cute!! We had a great shoot!! As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc… These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc – Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

Tasha and Ben {Mommy and Me Portraits}

I met Tasha when she was around 12 I think? :) I was just 17 or 18 myself... helping out with the Jr. High Youth at the church we went to :)Now she has little Ben! <3 Time flies!! He was so cute! A quick busy little guy - but so cute!! Its probably a good thing we just did a mini shoot ;) His still-ness didn't seem to last long! Granted I think it was 105 outside :) As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc… These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc – Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

McKenna {Portraits}

McKenna! Oh McKenna! My "meant to be" meetup has blossomed into such a sweet friendship!McKenna was with her friends at Scottsdale Civic Center a year and a half ago now? They were taking pictures of each other... and I was sitting there waiting for a client, just people watching and waiting..... I spotted the 3 of them trying to get pictures not often getting one with all 3 in the picture, mostly taking pictures of each other... So after waiting 20 min for my client, and not hearing from her... I approached McKenna, Lilly and Sami, and offered to take some pictures of them - I did it with my camera, I told them I was expecting to do a shoot anyway so I might as well do it of them! :) I used my camera - but let them know I'd treat it like a regular mini shoot and edit them before I gave them the pictures - and then had a bit of fun w/ the three of them :) They all became my friends on FB and liked my photography page so they could see the pictures when I posted previews... and then - I stayed in touch with McKenna mostly - she seemed to be the one interested in the photography - she was the one with the camera, AND it turned out she lived less than 2 min from our apartments.  So it was easy to get her the disc...  she asked questions about photography - loved my help with her pictures for school.... eventually she began babysitting for us... :) She fit right in to our family!! <3 If you're a client - you probably recognize McKenna :) She comes with me on a lot of shoots to practice... her passion for life, happy fun loving attitude, and joy when taking pictures and "getting it right" is so sweet and contagious! I love having her around!! Today is her birthday (her "Sweet 16" I might add!)  so I thought I'd make sure to get her previews up from her shoot when I was back visiting in Phoenix  :) Happy Birthday McKenna!

As I remind all clients: Please remember, you will receive a disc of your photos with no logo on them. Please do not crop out or hide logos (even when using as a profile picture on Facebook). Feel free to share these pictures, the blog post, etc... These are meant to hold you over while waiting for your disc - Encouraged use: sharing, using as profile pictures, tagging friends.. etc

McColl Kids!

My first shoot of the phoenix trip!I've been honored to have these kiddos in front of the camera quite a few times! Faith has always been ready and willing to smile and pose!  Ethan took a bit more convincing... This time, was fabulous though! I did some shots of Faith, the avid dancer, in some dance move/poses... which was fun :) Something I haven't really done before - I love that you can see how much she loves it!  And then did some portraits of Ethan.. OH my heart. He warmed right on up this time! May have helped that he had just seen me a week or two before at his Aunty's wedding :) Anyway - wanted to share on the blog!! <3

Close Connections

I just LOVE seeing unbreakable bonds and this family has just that :) A few family portraits and then a full shoot of Breezi - the recently graduated sister :) I had a great time with them... They even tried to give me the most adorable puppy ever. Which I turned down, but Stormi had fallen in love already - so SHE kept her... :) I thinks she's grateful :) anyway - I digress. I had a great time during this shoot!! Breezi was excited about getting her senior pictures done, which makes it even more fun... I could have kept shooting all day!

Welcome Trenton!

I had the privilege of capturing this precious family with their new adorable addition, Trenton. Welcome to the world baby Trenton! At just 12 days new, he made such a cute model! I especially loved all his hair!! Once asleep - this little guy did great! He made me work for these pictures, I'll wont lie ;) Bit of a light sleeper! We had to keep it simple for this sweet boy :) But its okay, he worked it! <3 It is way too easy to fall in love with babies! Just sayin!

Always Progressing!

June will mark 2 years since I decided to listen to people that liked my photos of their kids, and my kid ;)  and dive into trying to "become" a photographer!
June will be 2 years in business! More on that in June - but I wanted to post :)
This is Brooke in June 2010 at about 18 months old, And Just yesterday at age 3 1/2 :) We've both grown! As you can easily tell in these photos :)

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

-Winston Churchill

Katie and Macey {Maternity and Child Photography}

Its about time I get a blog up on Katie and Macey! It took long enough to get a photo shoot in with these two! Last July - before we moved back here, I had come for a visit and done a shoot with Macey's little friend Emma... The shoot was planned to be of Macey and Emma, but Macey had a bad reaction to a mosquito bite and the poor girl had a big swollen puffy eye... so naturally mom decided to pass on a shoot at that time!When we moved back I know we had mentioned getting a shoot planned at some point.. and then finally - with only a few weeks to go before her 2nd baby's birth - we planned a maternity and family shoot... we changed dates a couple of times due to the weather, Then Katie got in a wreck and had a rash all over her face for a while... we played it by ear with weather again after that... and then SUDDENLY one day - the weather was clear and all was well.. Katie's husband was working but she opted to have just a maternity shoot and 3 year old birthday photos done of Macey ;) SO glad we fit it in!

She had her baby (a few days LATE) the next day!! Can you believe it!? Newborn shoot coming soon! :) Can't wait to meet Mr. Trenton!

Katie! you guys make perfect clients! The bond between you and Macey, plus Your beautiful pregnant belly and Macey with the patience of someone 10 times her age plus her ability to laugh hysterically on cue made for some of the most adorable pictures!

Here are some of my favorites! Can't wait to finish up this shoot and get them to you!! Most people dont get this many previews... JUST sayin!

My editing style is taking on a new process and I'm LOVING the results... So I have to share these!!

Enjoy!

3 Year old + Photoshoot....

= Ups and downs and everything in between :)I met Stacy (Mom) at the Hissyfits Hullabaloo craft fair in November... She seemed to be mostly attracted to the idea that I give copyright and a disc of all your images instead of leaving it up to the client to buy my photos :) One thing I stand quite proudly on with my business.  After a few reschedulings... Sicknesses and such between us... We finally got to meet up for a shoot! Little Miss Delaney was the star of the show here.... And I was excited to see how happy and peppy she was coming off the playground when I arrived. But when I got the camera in her face... um.. She changed her mind... which you'll notice.. and I learned... she does a lot. At least this day! We started with some whole family pictures... Grandma, Uncle Jason, Mommy - and Delaney... She wasn't so excited.

She needed some talking and joking.... She certainly didn't the idea of my crab (Preston, my lens buddy), camera  and I coming closer... But we started seeing if she thought Crab's said... Meow.. or Woof Woof... Or Moo.... She thought we were silly :) A little cuddle and play with mom seemed like it might work to really brighten her up again... But not for long... even with an attempt at swinging! Time to eat! That should help.... I let them do their thing and I snuck around a little... Look what a little food did! haha... I love her look in this photo... Shes not so sure why Grandma is in the waggon :)

Havin a good 'ole time! This is the smile I KNEW was in there! Peek-a-boo!She decided at one point in there that she was ready to go home... We headed over to see the train... She so wanted to ride! (That's a silly band in her hand... I was so afraid it was going to snap! AH!) Playin on the tracks... We're going to ride it!!! So. So. Excited. No more please... Let's go! Such JOY!

We're on the TRAIN!This photo makes me squeal inside a little... :DWe got off... She was done. Spent. Time to go home!

Hope you all enjoyed! With the down moments, to be honest.. I was a little concerned that I might not have as many good photos as I like to have. But I was so pleasantly surprised! She is so photogenic and certainly agrees with the camera... even if she didn't want to. I had a REALLY hard time choosing photos for the preveiws... because initially when I picked the ones I wanted to use.. I had close to 50! So I had to really cut it down. I just love the story they tell!!

:)

Sh.. Sh... SHARLA!

A friendship is only as strong as what breaks it...Sharla isn't my oldest friend, but we've been friends for a while now and have stood through some... well... rough times together... But by golly we're still kickin :) Sharla has always been a fan of my photography... even before I considered it worthy of having fans.. haha. When I were in Florida, I did we little mini-shoot :) Here she is with her 2 munchkins!

 

Austin...

And Arianna

 

Cutie patooters!!

This made me laugh... This is how they responded to "serious faces"

She's always been fun to do photos with :)

My favorite part: I told Sharla to laugh for me... She just busted out a gut laugh on command... :) She was quite right when she said "I bet you can't get many clients to do that for ya huh?" Hahaha! So true...

"Nice to meet you, will you please laugh really hard for me right... NOW."

 

Love you Sharla!

Tabi and Mike.. I know you're waiting anxiously!! You're next!

 

Brooke's Birthday!

We've had a crazy past few weeks! We were in Florida for a week, had Brooke's Florida birthday party for her there... and after being home for a day and a half, some of my family came in from California, and we had our Phoenix-Party yesterday...I tried my first attempt with my new background stand for a few little posed studio style shots... BUT realizing that I really really DO want the wood flooring look. The backdrop for the back and the ground isn't the look I like. But anyway - they turned out pretty cute none-the-less.

I have some family shoots to catch up on, a shoot I did before Florida, 2 florida shoots, and Brooke's birthday weekend to edit before I do anymore full blog posts, but I thought I'd at least throw up a 1 photo preview of one of Brooke's little 2 year old photo :) Love this picture... despite the backwards direction of the "2" she is holding :)

 

8 + 2 = One Big Happy Family!

Yesterday I had the privilege of shooting the Roat family! Kathy works with my husband, Garrett, and contacted me a month or two ago... She and her husband (and his siblings and their spouses) wanted to do a photo shoot for his parents for Christmas. [I'll skip the scheduling mayhem from before Christmas, Kathy :)] They surprised them with the plan on Christmas, and picked a date! That date was yesterday afternoon!I met with them at a park downtown... and Oh boy... I walked up to this GROUP of people... Not hard to find :) lol. Now before hand I KNEW it was Kathy and her family (husband, and 2 kids) and his parents, 2 siblings, and their spouses.... But when I walked up - that looked like a lot more than I was expecting... I have to learn all these names....Here we go! It was really fun though! I learned that for the most part... in shots of 8 adults and 2 kids...when the 2 kids are actually looking at the camera (smiling or not) someone else is either blinking, half blinking (because the eyes are still partway open you may suspect is BETTER than a full blink.... um. yeah. its not. ;) ) or looking somewhere else... DESPITE all that :) I think we did pretty good!

Enjoy your preview Roat Family! Hopefully this holds you over until I get back from vacation and edit the rest of your lots-o-photos :)

 

Here's where it starts! :)

"The Kids"

And Everyone!

This reminds me of a wedding photo :)

I really liked this random set up :) Time for some with the kiddos and Grandma and Papa...

Which didn't last long... so we had to work on the move :) Everyone has their moments right?  Jette decided she was done... and just plopped down.

Atticus was "done" thru most of the shoot :) But his attention was drawn when the discussion of his prize for after the shoot came up... This was just as the pouting was over... "Hmm? Prize?  OH Yeah!"

Isn't this the sweetest thing!?

Sunshine!

How do you all like the shirt? :D

Jette saw a dog! :)

This is about how Atticus felt through the whole shoot :) I was glad to capture it!

Stealing a moment  :)

And the newly weds :)

I loved how the sun-flare/rainbow circles their kiss :)

 

Hope you enjoyed!

Long Lost Blog

Sitting here with my coffee... contemplating the things I have to get done today - I decided to get a quick post in. Coffee in hand, some editing in the works... my devotions are over, workout is done, breakfast is done, little one fed, dressed and entertained.. I have a few minutes before I get started on surface cleaning, laundry and working on finding a babysitter for my shoot today!I'm sorry to those of you that still check up on my blog that I haven't been keeping up with my it! I keep telling myself that I KNOW that this is basically what you see of mine if you find me just through a business card! I prefer people check out my work on Facebook because its so much easier to keep recent shoot examples up on there! (hence all the redirection there when you go looking for portfolio examples!) I'm hoping to roll out a new and better website soon after the first of the year... so we'll see how that goes. I like the idea of a blog and keeping you all updated on my shoots, sharing more photos than I do on Facebook... but at the same time its more complicated to get all that up on here... anyway, enough complaining! I'll keep trying, keep plugging away! I've been quite busy! My business has been loaded with sessions because everyone is trying to get them done for holiday photos. I admit I'm a HUGE procrastinator... but its kind of nice to know I'm not the only one!! haha. Last year I KNEW I was going to avoid the holiday procrastination thing... and I ordered my holiday cards early - then as I slowly got them written out... with a little personal note on each... they sat in my desk drawer waiting to be addressed, stamped, and mailed... They sat there and waited... and waited.... haha, June or July came around and they still hadn't gotten mailed out.. And for what!?? Such a procrastinator, I am! I'm really trying to get more organized so I can be more productive! Along with that - my little family and I are beginning to try to adjust our home life to a better schedule. We operate so much better, and more productively when we start our days out right, so our morning routine is set, and its been TRYING to get put in motion - but hasn't quite gotten there yet... :) However we have been eating more sit-down meals at home... I'm starting to cook and prepare a little more, and keep nutrition in focus!! Anyway, enough about my pursuits of better domesticity - Thought I'd share a few of my favorite shots from sessions over the last few months :)