PHOENIX magazine Summer Getaways – Miraval Tucson


Painting on horses in a lovely setting with your girlfriends? Sign me up. This assignment from PHOENIX magazine was a special one because two of my girlfriends from Northern California (we went to Hawaii for my 3oth) came out to model for my assignment. We made it a girl’s road trip – even though I was technically working.

The setting is a very luxurious getaway known as Miraval Resort, a luxury hideaway, a spot where the Kourtney and Scott stayed on an episode of the Kardashians. Did you know Kourtney attended the UofA?

We woke up early to show what a relaxing girl’s weekend would look like, starting with painting on horses which is therapeutic for people and the retired horse as well.

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Isn’t this a lovely setting? One thing I wasn’t expecting was for my girlfriends to be so artistic! I should also note that both Brittany and Rachel own several horses of their own, so they were absolutely loving this.

See Rachel’s shoot we did in Northern California here, and Brittany’s shoot here.

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Next up, a massage and pool time.
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Cheers to a girl’s weekend – and to girlfriends who are photogenic and will fly out to spend time with you and model for your photo assignment!


PHOENIX magazine Summer Getaways – Sedona


PHOENIX magazine’s annual Summer Getaways issue came out in May and I’m happy to finally show these shots I took last fall! The early release of the issue – May instead of June meant less time to get these shots together, hence the early shots in the year.

There was quite a bit of traveling, I did three shots in one day up in Sedona. One, being the amazing and charming chef Lisa Dahl. This is her new restaurant Mariposa, a latin inspired grill which in Spanish means “butterfly”.  It also boasts some spectacular views of Sedona, I highly recommend visiting when you’re up there and give the gorgeous Lisa my regards.

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Next was the Vineyards Bed and Breakfast in Page Springs. So charming, right next to a vineyard and a place I’d like to photograph with old trees and open skies.

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If you’re in need for some meditation, 7 Centers Yoga Arts can help you with that.

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I also want to make note that I illegally parked my car at the bottom of this hill, climbed up it in heeled boots and took this shot. I was sweating and thought I was going to slide down the rock but it’s all for the sake of a shot – and unfortunately this shot didn’t make the magazine cut, but that’s how editorial photography goes. If anything, I sure have a great memory and it was worth a hike up Sedona airport vortex.

When I saw that this shot made one of the mock covers, (in addition to another) I was pretty happy to see that!

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