ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog en-us ANITA MCLEOD anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) Thu, 06 May 2021 23:22:00 GMT Thu, 06 May 2021 23:22:00 GMT https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u169935898-o1042714724-50.jpg ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog 80 120 AMNA AND HAIDER BACKYARD PAKISTANI WEDDING https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2021/5/amna-and-haider-backyard-pakistani-wedding This small Pakistani wedding in Tucson was a perfect backyard wedding. 

With close friends and family, you could feel the love and welcoming of guests to this intimate wedding. 

Amnas dress was absolutely beautiful and she made the most beautiful bride!

I am also in love with her beautiful jewelry. 

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SIERRA AND NICK SHERATON GRAND AT WILD HORSE PASS https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2021/3/sierra-and-nick-sheraton-grand-at-wild-horse-pass Sierra and Nicks wedding was absolutely beautiful. I love the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass. I used to work at the Aji Spa there doing hair and makeup. 

It was one of my favorite jobs as a stylist. They take really great care of their employees, and the lunch wasn't too bad either. 

Hair and makeup by the amazing Uilani with Bridal Beauty Beyond and Alvin Moyer

Uilani also made Sierras traditional Hawaiian Headpiece. 

Since I'm always horrible at writing more than a paragraph, here's the photos!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "arizona wedding photographer" "chandler photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix weddings" arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer phoenix bride phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer phoenix weddings https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2021/3/sierra-and-nick-sheraton-grand-at-wild-horse-pass Mon, 29 Mar 2021 23:51:12 GMT
KRISTEN AND BRIAN CHAPEL OF THE HOLY DOVE FLAGSTAFF ELOPEMENT https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2021/3/kristen-and-brian-chapel-of-the-holy-dove-flagstaff-elopement When Kristen asked me of I would go to Flagstaff, Az for an elopement, of course I said yes! I love traveling all over my beautiful home state to capture beautiful weddings and elopements. 

This elopement was at a place called Chapel of the Holy Dove. It's been in Flagstaff since the 1960s. 

It was the perfect place for this elopement!

After, we did some bridals, family and friends photos, then ventured downtown to get some more photos in before I headed home and they went to their dinner celebration. 

Of course I couldn't leave before doing some shopping in downtown Flagstaff. And getting my favorite Lavender Lemonade from Steep Leaf Lounge. 

 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "arizona wedding photographer" "chandler photographer" "phoenix weddings" "scottsdale wedding photographer" arizona photographer phoenix boudoir photographer phoenix bride phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2021/3/kristen-and-brian-chapel-of-the-holy-dove-flagstaff-elopement Tue, 23 Mar 2021 19:20:02 GMT
RACHEL AND DALLIN GILBERT ARIZONA TEMPLE FIRST LOOK AND BRIDAL SESSION https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2021/2/rachel-and-dallin-gilbert-arizona-temple-first-look-and-bridal-session Rachel and Dallins first look and bridal session was definitely worth waking up early to catch the sunrise!

They were the cutest and so much fun to work with! I absolutely love the Gilbert Temple. It's so beautiful and really makes for some great photos. 

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Rachels custom made dress was absolutely perfect!

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HUNTER AND JONATHAN RAVENS VIEW WINE BAR CAREFREE ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/12/hunter-and-jonathan-ravens-view-wine-bar-carefree-arizona Hunter and Jonathan's wedding was amazing! Raven's View wine bar in Cave Creek Arizona was a beautiful place for a small intimate wedding.

Just coming out of quarantine from Covid, this wedding was a postponement, and a lot smaller than originally planned. 

But that wasn't going to stop these two from getting married with close friends and family. 

And just a short drive up the hill from the bar, made for some amazing bridals! 

Seriously one of my favorite parts of a wedding! After all, these are usually the photos you get printed to hang on your walls!

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HENISE FAMILY https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/12/henise-family Tis the time of year when I do my family minis. The year is almost over and I've had the most amazing families this year!

I know, I say that every year. I love meeting new people and giving them photos to cherish for years to come! I'm truly lucky to have 

a job that I love so much! From the brides and grooms, to the seniors, to the families. 

Despite everything with Covid this year, I love how we have conquered and still come together to share these moments. 

 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer chandler photographer families family photos phoenix family session arizona phoenix phoenix arizona photographer' phoenix bride phoenix photographer photo session desert arizona weddings' https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/12/henise-family Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:27:45 GMT
KIMBERLYN AND EARL THE VIEWS AT SUPERSTITION GOLD CANYON ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/10/kimberlyn-and-earl-the-views-at-superstition-gold-canyon-arizona The Views at Superstition is a beautiful wedding venue located in Gold Canyon, Arizona. 

I absolutely love anywhere with a view of my favorite mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Kimberlyn and Earl were awesome. They have an amazing family and they made me feel like I was part of the family on her wedding day. 

And don't forget the cake and deserts! Made by one of my favorite bakers in Phoenix, Sue Jacobs. 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer gold canyon arizona gold canyon wedding venue phoenix bride phoenix wedding photographer phoenix weddings superstition mountains superstitions the views at superstition where to get married in gold canyon https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/10/kimberlyn-and-earl-the-views-at-superstition-gold-canyon-arizona Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:13:46 GMT
BECKY AND PATRICK - WHISPERING TREE RANCH - LAVEEN ARIZONA WEDDING https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/10/becky-and-patrick-whispering-tree-ranch-laveen-arizona-wedding I'm slightly partial to the Whispering Tree Ranch, because I got married there myself back in 2015. 

It is such a beautiful venue! 

It's an old farmhouse turned into a wedding venue. 

I would totally live here if it was my venue!

I also have to say, this is the most classic grooms reaction I've ever seen over the years. 

It's one of my favorite moments to capture if couples don't do a first look. 

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KOURTNEY AND COTY WINDMILL WINERY FLORENCE ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/10/kourtney-and-coty-windmill-winery-florence-arizona The Windmill Winery in Florence is a beautiful wedding venue. 

You can get married on the barn side or the lake house side. 

Kourtney and Coty got married on the barn side. 

I also just did a wedding on the lake house side, so stay tuned for images from that!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer florence arizona florence wedding phoenix bride phoenix wedding photographer phoenix weddings windmill winery winery wedding https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/10/kourtney-and-coty-windmill-winery-florence-arizona Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:00:50 GMT
SAVE THE DATE AND CHANGE THE DATE CARDS https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/9/save-the-date-and-change-the-date-cards Save the date and invitations are a must!

I love being able to send my brides to a place where they can find everything they need for save the dates and invitations.

It really takes a lot of stress away having it all in one place!

I love a simple place and process for save the date templates and wedding invitation templates. Especially those that are fully customizable.

At basic invite, you can find anything and everything you're looking for. 

Here you can find the save the date template.

And here are the change the date templates. 

You can get custom samples to see paper quality and color before ordering. 

There's also over 40 different colors of envelopes to choose from.

They are just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. You can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. 
 

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Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online.

You can change the color of each element on a card, with over 180 different color options.

The card can be exactly how you want it, down to the smallest detail.

That completely sets them apart from any other online stationery company.

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 There are over 900 different sets.  

Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set.

They have all of the wedding stationery you need, like save the dates, wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and

even matching thank you cards!

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They also have seal and send wedding invitations. They are an all-in-one invitation with tear off RSVP postcards included!

 It's one of the newest collections and is very popular among the brides!

There are over 30 designs and are completely customizable like all of the others. 

What's special about the Seal & Sends is that the guest's addresses are printed on the front of each invitation so no envelope is necessary!

All you have to do is share a link, collect guest addresses, and upload them onto your design.

Once you receive your order all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker! Simple and easy.

 

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They also have free wedding sites!

They are completely customizable! It's a great way to keep everything in one place!

They're mobile friendly and super easy to use.

You can instantly upload all of your wedding details, along with images, and a convenient map with directions for your guests.

Choose from 180 custom colors, and a design suite to match your wedding invitations!

You can find them on social media here!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) bride wedding ideas change the date save the date save the date cards wedding invitation ideas wedding invitations wedding save the date https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/9/save-the-date-and-change-the-date-cards Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:59:57 GMT
SARAH AND TJ https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sarah-and-tj Sarah and Tj were so amazing to shoot with! I can't wait to shoot their wedding next April!

This engagement session was shot at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona. 

One of my absolute favorite places to shoot! 

I love it when clients pick my favorite locations to do a session at!

That golden hour sun at the end of the session was to die for! If I could shoot in just golden hour, every time I shoot, 

I would be so happy! I just love the moodiness and warmth of a good golden hour glow!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix weddings" "arizona wedding photographer" arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer engagement session ideas phoenix arizona papago park papago park engagement session phoenix bride phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sarah-and-tj Wed, 26 Aug 2020 21:33:37 GMT
LORI AND JACE https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/7/lori-and-jace I absolutely loved everything about this session!

I look forward to shooting this beautiful couples wedding. 

The Riparian Preserve is one of my favorite places to shoot. 

I know, everywhere is my favorite place to shoot. I just love Arizona so much!

I'm pretty sure I'm obsessed with everywhere in my home state. 

Arizona has so much to offer, and so many beautiful places. 

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YAZMIN AND DANNY OUR LADY OF GRACE CATHOLIC CHURCH MARICOPA ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/7/yazmin-and-danny-our-lady-of-grace-catholic-church-maricopa-arizona I loved everything about this wedding.

The church is absolutely beautiful!

I am so glad Yazmin and Danny chose me to capture their wedding. 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "arizona wedding photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix weddings" "scottsdale wedding photographer" arizona photographer phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/7/yazmin-and-danny-our-lady-of-grace-catholic-church-maricopa-arizona Thu, 02 Jul 2020 04:31:43 GMT
COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION PHOENIX PHOTOGRAPHERS COLLAGES https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/community-over-competition-phoenix-photographers-collages The Phoenix photography community is strong. Our motto is Community over Competition and it definitely shows. We do styled shoots together, big meetups, refer each other out and so much more. 

I was planning on doing one collage, but had so much interest, I ended up doing three of them. 

The Phoenix community is much more than just photographers. 

It's florists, bakers, wedding planners, invitation makers, venues, bridal dress shops, hair and makeup artists.

The majority all of them are locally owned. 

The photography community has been hit, as well as our clients. Weddings canceled, photographers not able to do birth and newborn sessions.

Not being able to get those one year smashcake sessions in. Birthday parties being missed. Maternity photos on hold. 

We can't wait to capture your lives again soon, until then, keep smiling and stay hopeful Phoenix, AZ. Love, your local photographers.

Stay strong Arizona!

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Participating photographers

Click on the link to see more of their work and what they offer!

Collage one

we @anitamcleodphotography

can’t @cosmogirl35

wait @nadiabaxterphoto

to @redsidephotos

capture @mandyraephoto

your @ksl_wedding

lives @kristenhennke

again @afettography

soon @amydangerfieldphotography

until @davebentleyphotography

then @candice_krause_photography

keep @twinlensstudios

smiling @brennaleighphotography

and stay @carlydaniellephotography

hopeful @alishahunsakerphoto

Phoenix AZ @ryannlindseyphotography

love @brandybrittonphoto

your @photographybyjessicacook

local @jessicaqphoto

photographers @unspeakablejoyphotograpy

Collage two

we @maria.crisafulli.photography1

can’t @michelleeveraphoto

wait @deniseana

 to @blackmurnsphotography

capture @mandyraephoto

your @marthafelixphotography

lives @darahdoesphotos

again @bremariephotographyaz

soon @paolaandreaphotography

until @andreawhittlephotography

then @desertbornphoto

keep @kelselizabethphoto

smiling @sungmoonphoto

and stay @loraleejoy

 hopeful @alishahunsakerphoto

Phoenix Az @mindydeluca

love @patchworkphotog

your @tarynschaephotos

local @leavethemwildphotography

photographers @boudoir_by_julie_arroyo

Collage three

we @christalrosephotography

can’t @matthewwheelerphoto

wait @deniseana

to @mintysnaps

capture @marthafelixphotography

your @eyeofodin_studios

lives @msjessphotography

again @stephanitlindseyphotography

soon @maryann_bradley_photography

until @ashleyflugphotography

then @londonslens

keep @v2imags

smiling @brim_qoh_photos

and stay @michellohoffmanphotography

hopeful @sugarplum_photography_by_kj

Phoenix AZ @brittanynemecphotography

love @rayjeanphotography

your @cathicenatiempo

local @saypixeldust

photographers @essexphotoco

Thank you to everyone for making this vision come to life!
 

 

 

 

 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "arizona wedding photographer" "chandler photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix weddings" "scottsdale wedding photographer" arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer community community over competition coronavirus covid-19 phoenix boudoir photographer phoenix bride phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/community-over-competition-phoenix-photographers-collages Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:59:45 GMT
SASHA AND ANDREW RIPARIAN PRESERVE ENGAGEMENT SESSION https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/sasha-and-andrew-riparian-preserve-engagement-session Sasha and Andrew were so much fun at their engagement session! 

The Riparian Preserve is the perfect place for an engagement session.

They have a wide variety of scenery that makes for some amazing photos!

I look forward to shooting their wedding later this year!

I loved their shirts! They represent the day he proposed. 7/5/2019.

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "chandler photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix bride" "phoenix engagement session" "phoenix engagement" "phoenix weddings" "riparian preserve engagement session" "riparian preserve" "arizona wedding photographer" arizona photographer phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/sasha-and-andrew-riparian-preserve-engagement-session Sat, 18 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT
GINA FACETIME SESSION https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/gina-facetime-session With everything going on in the world right now, non essential businesses are shut down. And that unfortunately means photographers are too. 

I am working on my shop and prints will be available for purchase soon. I'm really excited about that! 

Weddings being canceled or postponed, engagement sessions being postponed. 

It's a tough time being a creative right now. But thankfully, I belong to some amazing groups of creatives and we are all supporting each other through this. The amount of creativity I'm seeing is absolutely amazing. The amount of support everyone shows in these groups is amazing as well, and I am so happy to have them. 

So Gina and I decided to try some FaceTime action. 

We did pretty good. We make an incredible team in person, so I knew we would rock the FaceTime shoot!

We did have a little help from her boyfriend Ryan, who was the phone holder/direction taker! 

We got so many incredible shots in such a short amount of time! 

These images are perfect for social media and a print probably no bigger than a 4x6 because of the cell phone quality.

I had to throw in some creative shots with my old camera collection too!

I absolutely love creating art with Gina and can't wait to shoot in person when this is all over. 

Until then, stay strong and healthy everyone. We will get through this. 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer corona virus facetime photo session covid 19 photo session facetime facetime photo session phoenix boudoir photographer phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/gina-facetime-session Fri, 17 Apr 2020 21:06:26 GMT
HALEY AND JAKE DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS ENGAGEMENT SESSION, PHOENIX ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/haley-and-jake-desert-botanical-gardens-engagement-session-phoenix-arizona Haley and Jake were such a fun couple for their engagement session, I cannot wait to photograph their wedding March 2021!

They chose the Desert Botanical Gardens from my list of places I provide to my clients. 

It is one of my favorite places to go, whether it's for a session or just to go admire and photograph the beautiful plants, trees and flowers they have there. 

When your session starts out this amazing, you know you are in for some amazing shots! 

The love these two have for each other is just so adorable!

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We walked around and there was not a spot that would not disappoint! I could have photographed these two for hours!

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The colors they chose for their first outfit looked amazing with the desert scenery. 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "chandler photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix weddings" arizona photographer phoenix bride phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/4/haley-and-jake-desert-botanical-gardens-engagement-session-phoenix-arizona Tue, 07 Apr 2020 18:04:25 GMT
ASHLEY FAMILY SESSION SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS APACHE JUNCTION ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/3/ashley-family-session-superstition-mountains-apache-junction-arizona I first met Ashley before I started my photography career. I met Ashley back in 2009 when we moved back to Arizona and she came in to get her hair done.

She has been one of my biggest supporters in my photography career. I have been photographing her and her kids for quite a while now. 

She's been there from the beginning and I'm thankful for the friendship and support. 

And it could not have been better at my favorite mountain to go to in Phoenix, Arizona. The Superstition Mountains. There is just beauty all around Arizona and I am so lucky to have been born and raised here!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "arizona family photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix family photographer" "phoenix weddings" "chandler photographer" arizona photographer phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/3/ashley-family-session-superstition-mountains-apache-junction-arizona Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:55:02 GMT
JOCELYNN AND MATT https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/2/jocelynn-and-matt I absolutely loved this backyard wedding in Tubac, Arizona! 

The attention to detail, and the property was just beautiful!  1010 This spot by the horse arenas made for a beautiful first look!

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These two grandmas made the best flower girls!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona bride arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer backyard wedding bride and groom phoenix bride phoenix photographer phoenix wedding phoenix wedding photographer tucson bride tucson wedding tucson wedding photographer wedding https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2020/2/jocelynn-and-matt Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:55:46 GMT
TYLER 2019 FAMILY SESSION https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/12/tyler-2019-family-session I am loving the family sessions this fall! I typically shoot weddings and boudoir, and have my projects going.

But I always make time for family sessions in the fall! I love seeing new faces and returning clients, year after year. 

Seeing how big the kids got from the year before. I just love fall family sessions!

I enjoyed meeting Tyler, James and their two little ones. 

They have a beautiful family! 

We tried to get the dogs in at the end, and well.........

You'll see how that went at the end. 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona family photographs chandler family photographer family photographer family pictures phoenix family photographer phoenix family session photo gallery photo shoot portrait photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/12/tyler-2019-family-session Mon, 23 Dec 2019 22:17:21 GMT
KAYLEE AND DOMINIC https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/12/kaylee-and-dominic Kaylee and Dominic's wedding was going to be the last wedding I shot before our big move to Reno. 

I am happy to announce that we aren't moving! We are staying in sunny Arizona!

Arizona is our home. I am an Arizona Native, born and raised in Tucson. 

I am a desert rat, and I love my home!

I absolutely loved everything about this beautiful wedding with my favorite mountain in Phoenix in the background, the Superstitions. 

There is a lot of history there and the gold of the Lost Duchman mine.  427427

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona wedding engaged in arizona phoenix bride phoenix wedding phoenix wedding photographer wedding photographer arizona https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/12/kaylee-and-dominic Mon, 23 Dec 2019 01:24:43 GMT
TRIP TO RENO AND VIRGINIA CITY https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/8/trip-to-reno-and-virginia-city My husband has been working out of town lately and he is in Reno now.  It's been a long time of him working out of town and months apart from each other, traveling back and forth to spend time together. I am still in Arizona. I recently made the trip out to Reno to go house hunting and visit my husband. He was born in Reno and I was excited for him to show me around town. He showed me the house he grew up in, his grandma's house by Washoe Lake, and many other places. I was also happy to be out there for his birthday, where we took the trip to North Lake Tahoe. And boy is it as beautiful as it looks online! We didn't stay long since we didn't have much time because he had to be back to work the next day. So we left the lake early and ventured to Virginia City. 

Driving in was awesome, unfortunately we didn't see any wild horses, but when I drove his car up a few weeks before this visit, I saw them running on the hills, and it was so majestic! And if anyone knows me, they know I absolutely love wild horses and photograph them often! Mostly in Maricopa AZ, and the Salt River in Arizona. But I have seen and photographed them in Page, AZ and Pinetop, AZ as well. I have those for sale online. I add more photos constantly so keep an eye out often! I can't wait to photograph the beautiful wild horses in Nevada!

You can find my art here: Art Gallery Website

Back to our trip to Virginia City, The drive in was beautiful. My heart will still be in the beauty of the Arizona desert, but I'm excited for new adventures!

Virginia City is, or was one of the largest mining towns in the US. They have tunnels that span about 700 miles underground. 

Our first stop was the Fourth Ward School. We spent a lot of time here, because we love reading the history on places. My husband more than me. Because I love to take photos.  Most everything you see from the school is original. The kids were even allowed to sign the walls as the school was going to get torn down, but they ended up keeping it up and have refurbished most of it. The wood floors, chalkboards are all original, as well as the switchboard that a blind lady ran for nearly 45 years. They typing room was so loud for the rest of the school, they built a room in the room for the students to type so the noise wasn't as loud. There is so much I learned and so much more to learn about this amazing city with so much history. I will definitely blog more from my next trip there! 

We stopped at quite a few shops that had awesome stuff inside and I'm definitely going to go back once I get up there permanently to get some decor for the house! 

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Next, we made it to the Washoe Club. And if you watch Ghost Hunters like I do, you will know that's where they got their start, and have been back to Virginia City a few times to ghost hunt there again and they have visited MacKay Mansion too. It was awesome to see the Washoe Club in person. Carl, our tour guide, who you can see on episodes was awesome. Unfortunately, we stayed in the museum too long around closing time and I didn't get a chance to buy his book and get it signed, but I'll be back for that too! And I'm pretty sure I captured Lena the ghosts face in between the banisters because it's not on every photo I took and my EMF meter was going crazy!  At one point upstairs, it was going crazy, and we walked through a really cold spot. I'm definitely going to be going back to do the tour again and hopefully catch some ghosts on camera! We saw the door that slammed in an episode of Ghost Hunters, and saw the crypt where they kept the dead bodies in the winter because the ground outside was too cold to dig graves. Eew. We were standing in a room where dead people were kept. We definitely won't be doing the overnight tour. We are not that brave! Especially knowing about the people that stayed there, the suicides that happened and the ghosts that haunt the place. We didn't have time to see MacKay Mansion, so definitely going back for that too!

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It's a little grainy and hard to see, but there's definitely a face in there! It's slightly tilted to the side. But I can see the eyes and a nose and hair for sure. Did I get Lena on camera?

You can read more information on the Washoe Club history here.  How cool is it that we were standing where people like Mark Twain once stood!

 I can't wait to go back to Tahoe also and explore the beautiful scenery there and go fishing! 

 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer phoenix photographer reno nevada travel virginia city virginia city nevada washoe club https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/8/trip-to-reno-and-virginia-city Sat, 31 Aug 2019 16:15:31 GMT
ILEANA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/8/ileana Absolutely love everything about this session! When doing a boudoir session, especially outdoors, your comfort level in the outfits you choose is key to a great session and how you feel. You can cover up as much, or as little as you want! My boudoir magazine that you get with your booking will go over this. And I am here to help you every step of the way! 

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I like to arrive at our session early to scope the place out, and find some awesome spots to shoot in! We started in this beautiful walkway covered in trees and greenery. It was so dreamy!

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This is my favorite from this set! 

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It really brought these photos to life!

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My goal is to make you feel comfortable and come up with natural poses that make you look your best!

After all, boudoir is a statement of you and boudoir sessions are so empowering!

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I promise, we will create some magic together!

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It's one of my favorite places to shoot in Arizona. The scenery constantly changes!

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And then came sunset. We stuck around to get some epic golden hour/sunset photos!

The light kept changing and it was so amazing!

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I will definitely miss these sunsets when we move to Reno, Nevada. 

Arizona will always be my home! 

If you're interested booking a session in Arizona, I am always willing to travel back for a wedding, elopement or boudoir session!

Just send me a message through my contact page!

 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona boudoir photographer arizona photographer chandler boudoir photography phoenix boudoir photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/8/ileana Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:03:28 GMT
ASHLEE AND FERNANDO https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/8/ashlee-and-fernando I absolutely loved everything about this session! 

Fernando and I go back to high school.So when he contacted me to do a couples session with him and his fiance, 

of course I said yes! Fernando and I were in marching band together.  Yes, I was in marching band! 

I played flute and piccolo! It was such a pleasure to meet Ashlee. She is such a doll!  6S0A47086S0A4708 For their session, we met in the middle. I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and that is where Ashlee and Fernando live.

I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area now. Soon to be moving to Reno, Nevada. So we met in the middle at one of my favorite places, Picacho Peak.

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desert is just one of the most beautiful places ever! And I'm lucky to have grown up and lived in such a beautiful place!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer "chandler photographer" "arizona wedding photographer" "phoenix weddings" "phoenix arizona photographer" "scottsdale wedding photographer" phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/8/ashlee-and-fernando Sun, 04 Aug 2019 03:17:30 GMT
MADDI AND JAMES ENGAGEMENT https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/7/maddi-and-james-engagement Since we love Engagement sessions so much, I'm going to share another one! 

Meet Maddi and James! 

We had an amazing time at their session at the Superstition Mountains in Phoenix, Arizona. 

I absolutely love the Superstitions! Not only are they beautiful, there are great stories that go along with them. 

Including the story of the lost gold and the many lives lost from people trying to find it to the petroglyphs and the beautiful waterfalls that you can hike to. 

We will be sharing their wedding in a future post, so stay tuned! 

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Gah, aren't these two just so adorable! I absolutely love the desert too! 

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Engagement sessions really do get you ready for that big day! 

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Isn't the Arizona desert beautiful!!

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I absolutely love making my couples laugh! 

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I love capturing raw emotion and genuine moments! 

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Outfit changes are always fun! You can dress up as much or as little as you like! I do suggest one dressier outfit and one dressed down. Makes for some variety.

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Smell her ear. What? Seriously, smell her ear. Bam! Instant laughter! 

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Have to love the spinning photos! 

Stay tuned in a future blog for this awesome couples wedding!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer arizona wedding photographer arizona weddings phoenix photographer phoenix Wedding Photographer scottsdale wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/7/maddi-and-james-engagement Wed, 31 Jul 2019 04:39:38 GMT
WHY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/7/why-engagement-sessions-are-important Today I want to talk about the importance of an Engagement session.  IMG_3183IMG_3183

Engagements are not only a great way to capture images of that beautiful new ring, they are also a great way for you and your fiance to get comfortable in front of the camera! 

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Engagement sessions are a great way to showcase your love for each other! 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona engagement photographer arizona weddings phoenix engagement photographer phoenix photographer phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/7/why-engagement-sessions-are-important Sat, 27 Jul 2019 23:47:21 GMT
LINDA AND AARON https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/7/linda-and-aaron I loved everything about Linda and Aaron's wedding! I know, I say that about every wedding, but every wedding has it's own uniqueness. I love the details in every wedding. The special touches that the bride and groom choose. The colors and flower combinations, and the venues attention to detail to make every couple's dream wedding come true. 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer "phoenix wedding photographer" arizona wedding photographer chandler photographer phoenix arizona photographer phoenix weddings scottsdale wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/7/linda-and-aaron Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:22:51 GMT
LISA AND DAVID https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/6/lisa-and-david Whispering Tree Ranch is one of my favorite venues to shoot at! 

I might be partial because I had my own wedding there. 

It it such a beautiful venue, you kind of forget that you are in Arizona! 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) "arizona wedding photographer" "chandler photographer" "phoenix arizona photographer" "phoenix weddings" "scottsdale wedding photographer" arizona photographer laveen arizona laveen wedding venue phoenix wedding photographer whispering tree ranch https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/6/lisa-and-david Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:38:44 GMT
ANGELA AND AARON https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/5/angela-and-aaron I'm absolutely in love with this venue! It was a honor to capture Angela and Aaron's wedding day! 

There's just something so special about capturing a wedding and all of the amazing emotions that go with it! 

I'm not much of a writer, as you can see from my previous blogs. But I can tell you that I am very passionate about what I do and I absolutely love telling the story of your special day. So I'll let the photos do the talking! 

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BRIANA AND JACOB https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/5/briana-and-jacob There is nothing I love more than small intimate weddings! 

This  sunrise wedding was so beautiful!

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer "chandler photographer" "arizona wedding photographer" "phoenix weddings" "phoenix arizona photographer" "scottsdale wedding photographer" phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/5/briana-and-jacob Mon, 20 May 2019 18:51:34 GMT
JAKI INDOOR BOUDOIR https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/1/JAKI-INDOOR-BOUDOIR Jaki's session at the indoor studio! The lighting in there is to die for! I always debate on writing a long blog post, but you're her for the photos right? I'm not the greatest writer, but I do love creating beautiful images for everyone to enjoy! Some amazing things are coming this year! I just got hired on as a staff photographer for Worldwide Ink Magazine! So stay tuned for stuff from those shoots! They feature artists of all mediums, tattoo artists, tattoo shops and tattooed men and women! 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona boudoir photographer arizona boudoir photography arizona photographer boudoir photographer phoenix arizona portrait photographer phoenix boudoir phoenix photographer phoenix portrait photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2019/1/JAKI-INDOOR-BOUDOIR Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:01:56 GMT
JELENA BALLERINA BOUDOIR https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2018/11/JELENA-BALLERINA-BOUDOIR Being a former gymnast and dancer, I will always love the beauty and grace of a ballerina. Especially En Pointe. My love of outdoor boudoir and ballet, were perfect for this session! 

We were a little worried about this shoot happening that day due to the rains, but the sky cleared up and gave us the best light and I absolutely love the wet look! It really gave a moody feel to this session! 

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VICTORIA OUTDOOR BOUDOIR AT THE RIVER https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2018/11/VICTORIA-OUTDOOR-BOUDOIR-AT-THE-RIVER Being the nature enthusiast I am, I cannot get enough of the outdoors! I love it when my client is up for anything! For Victoria's outdoor boudoir session I decided to visit one of my favorite places to go in Arizona, the Salt River. The scenery is just beautiful year round and the water is so refreshing in the hot summers we have here in Arizona!  6S0A55956S0A5595 6S0A56006S0A5600 6S0A56226S0A5622 6S0A56356S0A5635 6S0A56586S0A5658 6S0A56726S0A5672 6S0A56916S0A5691 6S0A57156S0A5715 6S0A57186S0A5718 6S0A57656S0A5765 6S0A57316S0A5731

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GINA AND RYAN COUPLES SESSION https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2018/10/GINA-AND-RYAN-COUPLES-SESSION The love Gina and Ryan have for each other is amazing! They are an amazing couple and amazing people! We definitely had a lot of fun this day! Road trips are always fun. Add fun people and it makes it even better! 

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer "chandler photographer" "arizona wedding photographer" "phoenix weddings" "phoenix arizona photographer" "scottsdale wedding photographer" phoenix wedding photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2018/10/GINA-AND-RYAN-COUPLES-SESSION Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:25:59 GMT
GINA GLAMIS SAND DUNES YUMA ARIZONA https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2018/10/GINA-GLAMIS-SAND-DUNES-YUMA-ARIZONA I am absolutely in love with Gina's session at the sand dunes! Gina Baker is one of my favorite people to hang out with and one of my favorite models to shoot! No matter our idea, we always make magic! Shooting with models is something I love to do outside of paid work. It gives you a chance to be super creative! We even got some amazing shots in with her and her boyfriend Ryan, who is also just as fun as Gina! Their session will follow in another blog post! Gina and I also got this shoot featured in Shuba and Rame Magazine! My very first publication! I am very proud of this shoot and Gina helped my vision come to life! My only regret is not bringing my drone! But that just leaves an excuse to shoot again! Hopefully soon at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico! 

Enjoy the images from our shoot! 

And you can see more of Gina here:

https://www.instagram.com/ginabmodeling/?hl=en

And get copies of the magazine here:

http://www.blurb.com/books/8988409-ram-magazine-vol-7-fashion

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1500667

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anita@anitamcleodphotography.com (ANITA MCLEOD PHOTOGRAPHY) arizona photographer boudoir photographer mesa boudoir photographer phoenix boudoir phoenix boudoir photographer phoenix photographer scottsdale boudoir scottsdale portrait photographer https://www.anitamcleodphotography.com/blog/2018/10/GINA-GLAMIS-SAND-DUNES-YUMA-ARIZONA Wed, 24 Oct 2018 18:32:13 GMT