The Broadhead Family| Hart’s Desire Documentary Photographer

This family. Oh my goodness this family. I always look forward to their sessions and this past fall was nothing short of amazing. They live in the most beautiful place in the county; among mountains, streams, and the most gorgeous fall color you ever laid eyes on.  Enjoy!

 

 

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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This is the closest thing we saw to a ‘sunset’ as we were in a canyon most evenings. You can see the sun setting against the red rock.  It was still beautiful.Arizona-42Arizona-43

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

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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Making ‘drippy’ castles

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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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OBX in May |Hart’s Desire Documentary Photographer

We already had our vacation plans set to go to the beach in June, but when an opportunity came up to spend an extra week at the beach? and at a beautiful sound-side home? we’d have to have been crazy to turn that down!

 

The most beautiful ‘non beach’ beach house I’ve ever set foot in.

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It was originally a hunting/fishing lodge.  The house has been restored and remodeled. The owners kept as much original as they could.

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Original wood floors. Even the numbers on the old lodge doors were kept.

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bacon snatchers

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The ‘softest blanket ever’ was a gift right before this trip. He has slept with it every night since it was given to him.

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What came first? The horses or the people? It’s hard to tell as the horses aren’t bothered by people at all.

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These guys were literally right outside our door and crabbed all day. We were lucky enough to get almost a bushel of crabs before they hit the fish markets.

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I find it amusing the things he decides to ‘collect’. He was fascinated with the crab claws.

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Redneck kite flying

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Hannah| Hart’s Desire Children Photographer

 

Another year has gone by and she keeps getting more grown up and more beautiful.

 

 

I stopped by her house so she could show me her rabbit and new puppy.

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We walked next door to her Grammie’s. How great to grow up so close to family!

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