Sedona, AZ

My husband and I took a mini getaway to visit a friend who is currently in AZ. It was the first time we’ve really been away from our son. It was weird. And fun. And quiet. And weird-not having a 6 year old with us.

We were staying in Cottonwood but traveled to Sedona most days. We did a lot of hiking this trip. The weather is incredible. Sunny, blue skies. The sun is intense as soon as it pops up. I never really noticed a ‘sunset’ like we have hear in VA. The sunsets we saw was the light setting against the rocks.  I have no other time of year to compare the weather to but if you are ever looking to travel to Arizona, I highly recommend October.

 

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Jerome, AZ

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All of the locals we spoke to said we had to stop at the Cameron Trading Post if we were looking for authentic souvenirs. Next door to the trading post was a Native American Art Gallery. It did not disappoint.

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While you are in Sedona you HAVE to hike the West Fork Trail.  It is an easy walking trail with the most beautiful sights. You are in the middle of the canyon with tall red rock all around.Arizona-100Arizona-101Arizona-102Arizona-103Arizona-104Arizona-105Arizona-106Arizona-107Arizona-108Arizona-109Arizona-110Arizona-111Arizona-112Arizona-113Arizona-114Arizona-115Arizona-116Arizona-117

Driving back to Phoenix to catch our flight home the desert was full of these types of cactus on either side of the highway. Some of these could be anywhere to 100 years old! Arizona-118

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The Ruger Family| An Intro Into Documentary Photography

I’ll be posting all of my recent sessions over the next few weeks in addition to a wedding and a personal trip.  First up is the Ruger Family. I love this family so much. I went to college with Lori and have been photographing their growing family for 4 years now! I just love watching the girls grow, and they love to pose for my camera!

I’ve been moving towards an in-home documentary approach to my family sessions this year. If you’ve ever had a session with me, you know I’m very laid back in my approach with little to no posing during a session. In these documentary sessions, there is NO posing. Just me, in your home, documenting your family during this season of life. Not every image is technically ‘perfect’ but every image is perfectly you. Real. Genuine. Beautiful. Life isn’t always pretty. Sometimes is chaotic, and messy; with toys everywhere, laundry piled up, or dishes in the sink. But that’s life. That’s real. And I want to tell your family story. I want to capture your real; because real is beautiful.

OBX June 2015|Hart’s Desire Documentary Photographer

OBX on the Corova 4×4 beach. 4 families. 9 kids. 2 dogs. An amazing vacation.

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Those early days in the beginning of the week were so humid. Even first thing in the morning while I sat on the porch with coffee trying to read a book before the house woke up.

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I didn’t start taking any pictures until that second day. The first day on the beach was about relaxing and letting go. The dogs were so wiped out after that first day, they barely got off the floor!

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The horses were right in our backyard some days.

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Little “L” is telling one of her infamous stories.

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She hated the sand in the beginning of the week

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Every night the lightening was incredible.

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We were only about 2 miles or so away from the VA line.

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Right before the wave took them out!

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