A Family Session in Downtown Gilbert

Downtown Gilbert is always one of my favorite backdrops for a family photography session and this time was no different!  I’ve known this momma and her babies for a little over a year and I was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph her beautiful family!  Johanna and her kids radiated during their session.

The evening started off as they normally do but it quickly turned into one of the most joyful sessions!  There are just so many memories from my time with them that I walked away carrying deep in my heart!  I usually remember at least one thing about every session, but there were so many things that made this session so unique.  Here are some of my favorite memories:

  1. Johanna’s kids had the most genuine smiles, ever!
  2. Bella made some of the best faces (as you’ll see below)
  3. Troy nailed his poses (on his own, every time)
  4. I loved how her kids loved each other
  5. I loved how her kids loved her
  6. They let me pause for an impromptu session with a group of high school students taking homecoming pictures (so FUN)
  7. Downtown Gilbert is one of my favorite places to be.  And smell.  (so much yummy food!) So naturally, Oregano’s for dinner, which is always a win!

Every hour I spend photographing families brings me joy in one form of another.  I know that probably sounds cliche to you, but it really is true.  I don’t say it because that’s what photographers are supposed to say.  I don’t say it in attempts to sound like I’m always a happy person (my children will tell you otherwise).  But, really, honestly, I love photography.  I love bringing a real smile to someone’s face.  I love it when they love themselves when they look at their pictures.  I love that I get to be the one to freeze time for them.  To make them feel like a family, to make them feel whole.





Downtown Gilbert Maternity Session

Abby has been my friend through thick and thin. She’s been a shoulder to cry on and my voice of reason at times when I needed someone to shake me and say what needed to be said. And I love her for it. We first met when we were in college at NAU.  We were both Elementary Education majors and attended the same church.  But it wasn’t until our last semester that we had really connected.  Once we graduated, we moved back to the Valley within a few miles of each other.  If you’ve ever been a teacher, or met one, you know we have lots of stories to share.  So, just be prepared when you ask a teacher how their year is going.  They will go down the list and talk about each of the kids in their class like they were their own.  That’s exactly how Abby was with her classes.  She put everything she had into her students to equip them with what they needed to be successful.  I admire her so much!

Fast forward 7 years, we have entered and left teaching, have both gotten married, had kids within a few months of each other, bought and sold houses and have been the first to share secrets with each other.  I’ve photographed each of her pregnancies but there was something about this one that was just. so. special. Maybe it’s the fact that she was giving birth to her daughter Maggie, or maybe she’s just really good at being pregnant. Or both.  Probably both.  But I loved every minute of this photography session in Downtown Gilbert. The colors. The location and the people were just perfect.  The blank white walls, mingled with brick and mortar, Edison string lights and countless opportunities for the perfectly framed shot leave DT Gilbert as one of my top favorite locations.