Archive for Portraits

Hazel | Newborn at Home


I absolutely loved my time getting to know this sweet family. Baby Hazel sure is a lucky little girl!



Her mint and gold nursery was the perfect mix of glamour and simplicity.


Her older brother has got to be the best older sibling I’ve ever met. I’ve never met a little one so good-natured and welcoming of the newest addition.


I loved the time I got to spend with him while his momma soothed his sister.

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A sweet little portrait of baby Hazel:IMG_2481

And one more which was her momma’s request:



Thank you Nash Family! You were incredible :)

Fall Mini Session Dates

One of my favorite things about the holidays is receiving so much fun mail with all the Holiday Cards with wishes of joy and all my clients, friends, and family’s smiley faces. I love staring at the fridge. It’s like a compilation of all the blessings that surround us. All right in the middle of my kitchen. hahaha. But before that can happen I get to see some of you in person which is the very best part. I get a little sentimental over it, but to watch my client’s families change and grow through the years is such a huge blessing and it makes me so happy.
*iPhone photo via Instagram. All photos on cards by Cristi Owen Photography.

Here are the dates and times available:

Nov 1st: 3:00(Wallace), 3:30(Marlow), 4:00(Powers), 4:30(Ryan)

Nov 2nd: 3:00(Detman), 3:30(Stewart), 4:00(Daley), 4:30(Colling)

Nov 15th: 3:00(Carr), 3:30(Woffinden), 4:00(Nielsen), 4:30(Wahl)

Nov 16th: 3:00(Adams), 3:30 (Perry), 4:00(Viets), 4:30(Insco)

Mini session Details:

Mini sessions are $200 and they are 30 minutes long. These session are back to back so please plan on arriving with plenty of time for parking and last minute touch ups to be able to take advantage of your full session.

Details on location will be sent closer to the date of the session. Approximately two weeks before. It will definitely be in the Phoenix area and most likely in the East Valley.

After the session all of your images will be uploaded to an online gallery. You will pick your favorite 5 images and submit them to me. I will do any further editing requested and you will then receive a code to download those 5 images in high resolution for free. You will also receive a print release for your images.

If you would like to purchase additional high resolution digital images from your session the pricing is below:

10 images – 150
25 images – 175
50 images – 200
51+ images – 225

A signed contract and full payment is required to reserve your spot.

If you would like to book your session or have more questions, please email me at

Can’t wait!

Dylan Sophia | newborn at home


These images make my heart oh so happy! When I arrived at their home for this session, Asia’s best friend was there helping her get ready. It made me think back to when I first met Asia (and her best friend, Jen).  It was 2008 and Jen called me and said she was a maid of honor and was throwing a bridal shower for her best friend, Asia and wanted me to photograph it. It was the beginning of my career as a photographer and  since then I’ve been able to photograph Asia with her husband and puppies and then with Jack, for Christmas photos,  and now with Dylan. I’m so grateful that they’ve stuck with me even though I’m sure those first photos weren’t all that stellar. I so appreciate their trust in me and for being part of my story as a photographer, but mostly I was really touched by their friendship. As I stood there in the bathroom watching Jen helping Asia do her hair, I secretly said a little prayer for my little girl, that she may be blessed with true friendships that last a lifetime and that she will have a friend who will hold her bouquet on her wedding day and then her newborn between photos.

Have you seen a perfect newborn? Meet Dylan:


Asia really created the perfect nursery for Dylan. I love each and every detail of her beautiful pink, gold and white nursery with touches of mint and black. Yes, you can go ahead and pin it. I know you want to :).


Makes my heart melt…


We ended their session outside right next to their house and I really love these too.

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Thanks Asia and Craig for the honor of documenting yet another special moment in your story together!

Téa Angela | newborn at home

How did I get so lucky to get to photograph Tony and Roushan’s engagement, wedding, maternity photos and now little Téa? My heart is full and happy.
It was so special to photograph Tea at home with her parents and all the love that surrounds her. Thank you Roushan and Tony for the honor to do so.
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You Are an Amazing Mom!

Yes, you are!

I have only been a mom for less than two years, but if there’s one thing I’ve quickly learned is that we are all so hard on ourselves. I bet if I asked you to write 10 things that you need to be better as a mom, you could come up with the list in less than 10 seconds. However, what I really want to know is what is your best quality as a mom or what is the one thing that you think you do better than any other mom or what is one thing that you are really proud of as a mom… You get my point, right?  Tell me, tell me!

I’ve been seeing a lot of Mother’s Day contests, but they are all about nominating another mom. I want you to nominate yourself. Be proud of the mama that you are. I know you are amazing and I bet your children would agree with me.

And because I know you have the hardest job in the world, I want to reward you. All of you. Leave a comment below and I’ll give you $50 off a regular session that is booked in the month of May (you can schedule your session for anytime in 2014). Also, one lucky mama (chosen randomly) will win a free Mother’s Day Mini Session and all mamas who leave a comment below and book a mini session will get 5 extra high resolution images!

Mini Sessions will be held on May 17 and 18 in Gilbert. Times are 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00

30 minutes + online gallery + favorite 5 images in high resolution + printing rights


Happy Mother’s Day!

When I was searching my files from this past year, I was looking for just one image for this blog post, but this is what I ended up with because you are all amazing and I’m so honored and touched that you trusted me to capture these beautiful moments with the ones you love the most. Thank you!


Roushan | maternity


Everyone knows that my absolute most favorite thing about being a “person photographer” is seeing my clients throughout the years and documenting the changes along the way.

I photographed Roushan and Tony’s wedding on New Year’s Eve 2010 and I was so happy to find out that they are expecting a little girl!

For their engagement session we did some photos in the home they had just purchased while it was still undergoing renovations and this time we did photos in their new home after they had just moved in!

I loved all the outfits Roushan picked out for her maternity session in neutral tones and with a “cozy-comfy” feel. Just perfect for an at-home maternity session.

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I am so excited to meet their little one and just so happy for them!

Sidenote: If you live in Arizona you may have heard of “Salad and Go“. I’m absolutely addicted to it and Roushan and Tony are the owners! If you haven’t tried it yet and you live in the East Valley, you just have to! It’s not easy being mom/business owner/wife/friend/etc and still find time to exercise and eat healthy which is why Salad and Go is a dream come true. Truly healthy salads on the go. Yes, it does exist :). And no, I’m not getting compensated in any way for telling you how much I love it, but it’s been such a life saver that I thought I needed to share. Try it and let me know what you think!


Nicole and Jamey | Maternity Session

Almost exactly one year ago I photographed Nicole and Jamey’s wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens and this last week we got to back there for a maternity session. So fun!

I didn’t expect to see them again since they live in Pennsylvania so this was an extra special surprise for me.

I’m so excited for them and I hope I get to meet that sweet baby some time this year.

This is the exact spot where they said I do:


A throwback to their wedding day for a little comparison :)

Dear Nicole and Jamey, it was so special to see you both. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Holiday Portrait Sessions 2012

They are back! I didn’t do any mini-sessions last year, but Holiday mini-sessions are back by popular demand this year. Now there are no excuses not to get your family portrait updated.
Here are the details:

You can chose a 30 minute or a 60 minute session.

The dates and times available are listed below.

The 5pm session can only be a 30 minute session.

Sessions will take place in three different locations. Just waiting until it gets closer to see which places look the best :). When you book you can let me know if you are looking for more nature or more urban.

Once you’ve picked a time and date email me so I can send you a contract.

A contract and a retainer (of 50% of the cost of your session) are required to reserve your spot. Retainers are non-refundable unless your initial time slot gets booked by somebody else.

One family per session.

The images will be uploaded to an online gallery within 2 weeks of your session so you can choose your favorite 5 (30 minute session) or 10 (60 minutes session) images and I will email the high resolution files of those images to you.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your session start time.

Here are the times and dates still available:

baby Morgan

I haven’t posted any portrait sessions on my blog for a while, but since I haven’t taken on any weddings this summer, you get to see little miss Morgan’s 3 month portraits. Isn’t she the cutest?! And her parents are just so sweet. Love photographing them.

P.S. If you are curious, you can see a few photos from portrait sessions on my facebook page , including Morgan’s newborn session (

Such a cute family!

Can’t wait to see y’all again in 3 months :).

A BIG Thank You to My Clients

I didn’t post very many portrait sessions from last year, but I just wanted to say to all of my clients a big thank you for trusting me to document their families and for their loyalty. It means so much to me. A lot more than I could ever put into words.

One of my amazing and first clients is this gorgeous family that I photographed for the first time back in 2008:

Three years later and the boys are even more handsome and the girls even more gorgeous. But most importantly they are ALL so kind to each other and so much fun to spend time with. So here they are in 2011:
It is so special to me to have the experience of watching my clients families grow and change throughout the years and also observe their love and bond deepen.

Thank you all so much, have a very happy 2012 and I’ll see you again some time this year :).