An Arizona Senior Portrait Session to Remember
This summer I was met with a wonderful opportunity- photographing a senior portrait session in Arizona! I OF COURSE jumped at the opportunity to visit this beautiful, new and exciting state that I have never been to, never mind captured a session at before! And let me tell you, this Arizona senior portrait session did not disappoint.
Two hours north of Phoenix, Chino Valley is a picturesque Arizonian town. Complete with ranches, cacti and rolling red mountains. This is where I had the privilege of photographing this senior.
We set our alarms for 5:00am and as the sun began peeking over the distant mountains, it was showtime.
Sunrises in Arizona are a little different than in Massachusetts. Everything turns such an intense red/orange color, that the world feels like it is on fire. This only ignited the senior portrait session further. We moved across the landscape from tree to rock to mountainside, never skipping a beat or missing an opportunity for the sun to hit us just right. The senior was such a trooper, never complaining when I sent her up a rocky mountainside or when we carefully dodged the cacti, all the while making sure we didn’t run in to any tarantulas or rattlesnakes! Her younger sister joined in for some of the pictures, and it was so sweet to see and capture their love for each other.
And once the sun was fully risen and we had done all we could do, we didn’t stop there…
Up next… The Grand Canyon
That’s right. This Arizona Senior Portrait session wasn’t over yet. We boarded the Grand Canyon Railway and took the two hour ride up to the Grand Canyon itself! We rode in luxury inside of the dome car, which provided us with a completely glass topped roof and optimal viewing.
We got busy scoping out all of the neatest spots for photo ops, which was not very difficult, given the background we had to work with! We whiled the afternoon away using every tree, rock and overhang we could.
Once we got what we needed and were too hot to continue, we headed to El Tovar for lunch. It was delicious and I highly recommend the BLT melt and or the fancy chicken salad. Both were to die for and really hit the spot!
Afterwards, we boarded the Grand Canyon Railway for the ride back, our train car attendant handed the adults glasses of champagne to make a toast to the trip. In my head, I did my own toast – to the wildest senior portrait session I have ever had the privilege of capturing!
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