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Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Rescue Pup Mom and hat lover!  I'm not too fussy about food but I'm really fussy about kindness and manners.  I teach my kids to hold the door for people,  to always say Please and Thank You and to love fiercely.  I love Tinker Bell and would love to fly over Sleeping Beauty's Castle.   Let me tell you more.  We may have some things in common.

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Salt River Engagement | Phoenix Wedding Photographer

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Salt River Arizona Engagement Photos

Engaged Man and Woman embracing in front of a saguaro cactus for Phoenix Wedding PhotographerPhoenix Wedding Photographer photographs Engaged Man and woman embracing in front of Red Mountain Mesa Arizona

This Salt River Engagement session with Jennifer and Carlos was one of my favorite days.  What better place for this desert loving Phoenix Wedding Photographer to shoot their engagement photos than in the Tonto National Forest.

Carlos and Jen became engaged in the midst of a global pandemic. The world as we all knew it was changed and that meant adapting with it.

They knew right away that their engagement would not be an extended one and with such uncertainty happening in the world, these two just wanted to get married and I couldn’t wait to capture it!  You’ll find me here.

Arizona Engagement Photographer

Carlos describes them as being a little bit quirky & kindhearted and Jennifer describes them as Cautiously Adventurous.  Personally, I feel especially close to these two because I’d describe myself very much the same.  Carlos and Jen trusted me to choose the location for their engagement photos and  I was excited to share this special place with them.  I found the location fitting for these two because they both grew up somewhere else but met in Arizona.


Man and Woman walking in the desert with Red Mountain in the background

Arizona Desert

The Tonto National Forest is quite vast at 2.9 million acres with its stunning Sonoran Desert cacti.  We chose to photograph at the Phon D Sutton area of the Forest.    The backdrop for Carlo and Jen’s photos was Red Mountain, a few clouds and tons of majestic cacti.  We had a great time capturing their engagement photos as well as getting to know each other before their fall wedding.

Phoenix Wedding Photographer photographs man and woman holding hands in front of a tall Saguaro cactus

Phoenix Micro Wedding Photographer

The next time I photograph Carlos and Jen, it will be at their intimate Micro Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I’d love to talk to you about being your wedding photographer too!  Click here and let’s chat.

Red Mountain Sunset with engaged man and woman hugging for the Phoenix Wedding Photographer




  1. I absolutely love the Salt River in Arizona!

  2. Nicole R Thomson says:

    I love all the colors in the AZ landscape! Stunning!

  3. Showit User says:

    I know! It’s a dreamy landscape for sure.

  4. What a beautiful engagement shoot and location! This is definitely making me want to check out Salt River next time I’m in Arizona

  5. Nothing beats Arizona sunsets! Cute session 🙂

  6. Stacie says:

    Man, I freaking love Arizona! These are gorgeous photos–I love how you captured the sunset so well!

  7. Oooh, I love these! Arizona is a beautiful place for engagement photos!!!

  8. Heather says:

    What an awesome location to have a shoot!! I really love that photo of the two of them holding hands with the giant cactus between them, super cute!!!

  9. Rita says:

    I am such a fan of cacti, and uscculents, i would absolutely love to photograph in a location so magical!! Also, Carlos and Jen look so freaking cute!!!

  10. Kaitlynn Forsberg says:

    Such a sweet couple! Your photos are just beautiful!

  11. Showit User says:

    Aren’t they! They didn’t think so but I’m happy that they loved these photos of themselves. And, they are just so sweet!

  12. Showit User says:

    Thank you Heather! We joked that it was reminiscent of the old classic farmer holding his pitchfork with his wife image.

  13. Showit User says:

    Thank you Stacie! AZ sunsets don’t disappoint.

  14. Jayme Peters says:

    YESS!! The location and everything is just so perfect!