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Kelly and Steve contacted us last spring to do a Trash the Dress Shoot for them.  They had recently been married out of state (we didn't photograph their wedding) and while they loved their wedding photos, they felt they were lacking in the "creative couple formals" area.  They also wanted to incorporate their adorable bulldog puppy into the shoot ... he was so freakin cute :-)!!!  We headed out to the Superstition Mountain Range east of Phoenix and it turned into a super fun, amazing session!

 

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Kelly's eyes are amazing!
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HOW CUTE IS THIS PUPPY :-)!!!!
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This looks worse than it is ... we all thought he was peeing on the dress, especially Kelly, as you can gather by her expression, but he changed his mind.  Kelly said she wanted to trash the dress, but not quite that much :-).
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This was their puppy's first play time in water ... he had a blast :-)!
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Nelda King:

LOVE her dress. The dog is adorable. :) Love your shots (as usual). The water fall was beautiful.

(01.14.11 @ 04:08 PM)
Arnold M. Wilson:

Great combination of beautiful nature, weddding dresse, dog and water. Everything looks perfectly!

(01.17.11 @ 03:09 PM)
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Caitlin and Dave really wanted a trash the dress shoot along with their package and we are so glad they did!!  We headed out to the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix and had an amazing session which, as usual with our trash the dress shoots, ended in water!  Thanks you two for trusting us to create these wonderful shots and for following us down every dirt road back there to locate the ever elusive "water trees" :-).

 

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Nelda King:

LOVE the shot with her & the church. So amazing!

(01.14.11 @ 04:10 PM)
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I want to start this post by saying that in no way, shape, or form did we harm this beautiful owl!!!  Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love all animals, especially birds!

 

On New Years Eve, after Arizona's big winter storm, we hiked into the mountains northeast of Phoenix in search of a nice landscape photo of Four Peaks Mountain with rare snowfall on it.  While waiting for the light and searching out the perfect composition, I turned to see a fence ... and a strange shape hanging from it.  On closer inspection we found that it was a Great Horned Owl.  At first I thought it might have inadvertently flown into the fence, killing it but we soon came to realize that the bird had been affixed to the fence.  The scene was odd and disturbing as I wondered how the bird died and why someone would then strap it to a fence in the middle of nowhere.  The owl showed no obvious signs of trauma, so I guess I will never know.  I took the photo above for my decades-old, on going personal project, "Casualties of War."  It documents man's impact on the wild world and the damage we inflict, whether by purpose or not.

 

Fast forward a couple of days and I got it in my head that it would make for a really cool shoot!  I had an image of a high fashion look with really dark eye makeup and a somber, yet avant-garde look to the final photographs.  I got a hold of our associate photographer, Angie, and asked her if she would pose for the photos.  She agreed, and on absolutely no notice, she came over, I did her makeup, we drove out to the site, hiked in, put my wedding dress on her and did the shoot.  We arrived just in time for sunset, took the photographs, and hiked out through the cactus fields, in the cold, dark of night :-).  At the end of the shoot, Angie asked if I would take a few photos of her beautiful tatoo using the scene.  It was blue hour by this point and it worked perfectly for that set of images!

 

For me, the spring and fall wedding seasons of 2010 pretty much blurred together and I never really felt caught up.  I became terribly exhausted and sick and I am just now getting to where I mentally and physically feel a bit better.  Sometimes as photographers, and artists, we need to take a step back to regroup so we can come back in fresh.  I really needed a shoot like this ... something out of the box and edgy.  Angie, thank you so much for trusting in my vision - both the shoot and the makeup :-) - and for so willing trekking into the wilderness on a cold day to see this shoot through!  You look amazing in these photos!!!!

 

 

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Jessica White:

Breathtaking!

(01.06.11 @ 03:30 AM)
Aubrey:

She's gorgeous! I'm feeling replaced! ;) lol Beautiful images! I love the contrast of the feathers barbed wire and the flow of the dress... :) It was fun having you visit! Hope to see you soon!

(01.06.11 @ 07:02 PM)
Nelda King:

I love the pictures! OMGee! So very beautiful & the sky is amazing. The model is beautiful too, her outfit, her makeup, her tattoo && her jewelry. I feel awful for the owl. In our tradition owls are bad luck to us, but I would never wish bad on animals nor any kind of life. Again, SIERRA BLANCO you are so AWESOME!!

(01.06.11 @ 07:56 PM)
Amanda M:

so sad about the owl, but the shots are gorgeous, as always!! :) and you're defintely getting alot of use out of your dress! :)

(01.08.11 @ 04:42 PM)
Caitlin Smith:

wow. the sky is on fire. love the drama, the colors, the sex appeal... what a fun shoot!

(01.17.11 @ 06:55 PM)

Megan and Jeff's Trash the Dress shoot rocked!!  Unreal ... this couple looks like the stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine!  For the first part of the shoot, we headed up to historic Jerome ... LOVE Jerome!!  From there we looped back around and ended up at Watson Lake in Prescott.  Ever since we first saw this lake a couple of years ago, we have always wanted to do a trash the dress shoot at it.  The landscape is otherwordly!  You will be seeing Megan again in the near future.  We have a personal project we are working on and she has agreed to model for us ... she is just so beautiful :-)!!  Thanks guys ... you are both so amazing!  XOXOXO!

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Jessica White:

Holy Moly these are UNBELIEVABLE. Words can't describe how happy I am to have you photographing our wedding in April!!

(11.10.10 @ 01:30 AM)
Nelda King:

Jaw dropping! I love them (& her boots ;] )! Great job guys!

(11.10.10 @ 08:04 PM)
Amanda:

WOW those turned out GREAT!

(11.12.10 @ 07:41 PM)
Josefin Wahss:

Awesome!! Glad to see you´re back - guys!! Remember those sites in Jerome, loved those old trucks :) Thank you for memories! Best wishes from another stalker, far away... //

(11.22.10 @ 09:19 AM)

This was such a fun and awesome trash the dress shoot!  With Hinano's guidance, we found some really great local beaches near Kona, on the Big island of Hawaii, to shoot at ... and the sunset - amazing!!  You guys were wonderful!!  Thanks for the experience!!

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Aubrey:

LOVE! :) That first black and white shot is breath taking!

(10.21.10 @ 06:42 PM)
Jason Hicks:

Wow, this shoot is incredible!

(10.27.10 @ 08:47 AM)