To me, the Arizona desert is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so I knew it would be the perfect destination for the Johnson family’s session. I have had the wonderful privilege of handling the Johnson’s family portraits every year for the last decade, and it’s been one of my greatest joys watching each member grow through my lens. The Johnsons are made up of Rob and Raegan, and their gorgeous children Maddie, RJ and Patrick. There’s never a dull moment with this incredibly fun, generous and hilarious family, especially with Rob around, who always manages to crack everyone up no matter what’s going on. It’s a passion of theirs to give back to their community, and they’ve been a blessing to everyone they come across, especially me. We’ve had their yearly family session in many locations, but this was the first time we went out into the desert area. I’ve fallen in love with the area ever since the first time I laid eyes on its rolling landscape, and the atmosphere it offers is one you can’t find anywhere else.
The atmosphere was perfect for the Johnson’s, as it’s one that’s neutral enough not to draw too much attention to itself, yet still adds warmth and interest to the backdrop. Truth be told though, I could have a session with this incredibly photogenic family anywhere and they’d still be the only focus of every shot. We all love the diversity of locations that we’ve had over the years, and a good portion of the fun comes from planning out where we shoot next. I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I first met this lovely family, it seems like I’ve known them forever! Each year that I see them, it’s as if we didn’t skip a beat, and we’re right back to joking around and chatting like I had just seen them the day before. It feels as if I’m a part of their family, to the point where it seems like I’m simply spending quality time with loved ones. They’ve given me the unique privilege of chronicling their family’s story, and the Johnson’s are now able to look back and relive each captured moment, as if it were frozen in time. That’s my passion become a reality.
It’s my goal in every session to tell your story in a beautiful way, and turn a fleeting moment into a timeless memory. The Johnson’s have a decade’s worth of these memories, which they can turn into printed portraits to hang on their walls to enjoy. In this session, they can put up some of the captured moments in their home to represent their desert-living life here in Phoenix. It’s important to chronicle each step of your family’s journey, and the Johnson’s have truly taken this to heart. Each year, they add another chapter in their family’s history, and with each session they’re creating new heirlooms to pass down to their children, and even further down the line for centuries. It’s turning their memories into family art that will be hung on the walls of generations that come after them. It’s truly one of my greatest joys to do this for the Johnson’s.
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