We love our job. Especially when it takes us to new places we have wanted to go but never have. Our work recently took us the NYC, The Big Apple. We have always wanted to go there and see the sites, ride the subway, visit museums and of course do a photo shoot! When we visit a place, we try to set up a styled shoot to just do something fun and different than the usual. We like to style it to show something that represents Brushfire to its full potential in that part of the world. This shoot came together just like that. We had the very best of models to work with. The cherry blossoms were just coming on and played a major part in the shoot. Alicia, our “bride”, is a very craft person. She made the crown of flowers in the photos as well the dress! We searched for days possibly months and couldn’t come up with anything that fit the style we wanted and she happened to have this beauty at home. Simple, elegant, Beautiful.
We love the South. Jacksonville wedding photographer are so lucky to have green lush locations and the beach. Any chance we get to go out to that end of the country, we jump at it. Here in Arizona we try to find green places to take couples to get a really natural feel, in the south, you can pretty much go anywhere and it’s green and lush. We met Patrick and Rachael in Jacksonville Florida where they live for their engagement session. We started at a park just at the entrance of the University of Northern Florida campus, just down the street from the couples residence. We just scratched the surface of this amazing place and headed out to the next wonderful spot… Amelia Island. We went to a beach where the trees are grown right to the edge and falling into the ocean. It wasn’t your typical beach, so it automatically became a favorite for us! It was just right to get some light filtering through the trees and making Patrick and Rachael glow with golden light. They are such a fun and easy couple to photograph because they are so natural together. We would love being Jacksonville wedding photographers because it is so picturesque everywhere. We already miss being there and can’t wait til next time we get to visit the south. We are so excited for Patrick and Rachael’s wedding in Arizona later this year.
We love going to the beach. Any opportunity we get to go is always a good one. So when Taylor & Alissa told us about their beach wedding plans in Mexico, we couldn’t wait for their big day. They were married in a place called El Fin del Mundo. It was the perfect location backed up to the beach, right where these two said their vows. The nice fresh ocean air and golden beach sun made their day so naturally beautiful. The Mariachi band, luminaries, and dancing under the stars were just a few of the details that made this beach wedding perfect.
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We loved Andrew and Tara’s idea to have a more intimate lifestyle engagement session in their apartment in Jersey City. Once they started to tell us about some of their hobbies and day to day activities we knew this would be an amazing shoot. They both love to read and with Tara working as a book editor and Andrew finishing his masters in literature, it was evident books would be involved. Tara and Andrew are so affectionate to one another and had some awesome ideas for their lifestyle engagement session. Their shoot is a little story about their life together right now and we love that. Andrew grinds and brews his own coffee and while Tara does not drink it, she was a good sport to hold a cup with him and relax on the couch. They live near the waterfront in Jersey City which has a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline. Even though it was nice and cold, we were very lucky it was not raining. Even if it had rained, they would have been holding onto each other and just as adorable. They will be getting married in Arizona and we are so excited to be a part of their day.
Photos shot with digital and Mamiya 645 AFDii 80mm 1.9 with Fuji 400h
Going to New York was a big adventure in many ways for us. While Mike and I have traveled the country on road trips, going to New York was my first time on a plane. Crazy right!!! I have been in a small 4 passenger plane, but never a commercial flight. Luckily I loved it and have no fear of flying because we have been flying all over the place this year and have many destinations on our calendar.
We were in New York in the middle of April and while it was still pretty cold and rainy, we got to see the cherry blossoms blooming all over the city. Even in the rain and cold it is a gorgeous place to be and we cannot wait for our next trip back.
Most of the photos shown here are in Central Park. We explored a lot more of the city than just Central Park, but our hotel was next to the park and so we walk through it every day multiple times. There are still so many places we did not get to visit, and because of the rain, there are a lot of places we did visit but only got to photograph with our iPhone. We decided not to show off many of those awesome iphone photos. Mostly we shot with our Mamiya 645 AFD ii using Fuji 400h, Portra 400, Porta 800, Ilford 3200, and Fuji Neopan Acros 100.
These last three shots are just from an iPhone. We took some awesome photos in Time Square at night on B&W film with our Mamiya 645 AFD ii. Those photos still need to be scanned so they can be shared in another post.