photography Tag

Following the completion of my MA work and a lovely summer adventuring and shooting in Belfast, I’ve since returned to my homeland. Arizona is such a lovely place, I’m constantly blown away with stunning views, incredible weather, and exciting projects!

I thought I’d highlight a couple recent projects to show what I’ve been up to since returning!

First up we have a handful from our senior portrait shoot with lovely Haven, at Tempe Town Lake, where we took advantage of the golden light and exciting architecture at the center for the arts.

  

And last but not least are a couple from baby Chloe’s shoot. I did a shoot with Zac + Terri earlier this year for their baby announcements, so it was a delight to capture little Chloe herself as well! We wanted to try a unique alternative to the traditional baby photos, so we opted for bright colours (to complement her gorgeous eyes!) and fun, imaginative scenes!

  

This past week I had the pleasure of shooting the clothing creations of J Lenore Designs, featuring the stunning model, Hannah Vail! We wanted a fun, light, playful feel to the shoot, so we headed to a nearby playground and had some fun with it. Enjoy the following sneak peak from the shoot!

  

Designer/Stylist: J Lenore Designs
Model: Hannah Vail
Hair & Make-up: RoCo Hair & Makeup
Make-up: Claire Logue Hair: Gemma Bradley
Production Team: Alice Woods & Clare Houston

I’ve always loved the Scottish highlands. The hills are an incredible shade of green and the sky usually dons an impressive display, almost as if it is in a constant battle with itself over whether to shine brightly with sun or poor with rain, resulting in continuously dramatic cloudscapes.

So I was pretty excited to head off with a group of friends and fellow adventurers to climb the Isle of Skye’s notorious ‘In Pinn’ earlier this month.

The trek to reach the pinnacle was incredible, and the view seemed to get more spectacular with every turn, almost as if we were in the deep reaches of the Peruvian mountains or some otherworldly place. When we finally reached the peak, looking over the ridge revealed an incredible mountain-scape, where we could literally see clouds rolling over the peaks and into the valley below – easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen!

And of course, the climb to the top of the pinnacle itself was pretty epic, and revealed the best view of all. Here are a few photos of some of the climbing action that went down!

While briefly back in Arizona, I had the lovely privelege of helping Zack + Terri celebrate their little-one-on-the-way via a maternity shoot! It was quite a windy day, but the Arizona sunshine didn’t dissapoint – enjoy a sampler from the shoot!

 

The world looks a lot different not covered in several feet of snow!

Alas, the Yukon Quest adventure has officially ended. The first teams crossed the finish line bright and early on the 14th, just over 9 days after departing the chilly Fairbanks start line. Completing the 1000 mile endeavor first – though by a mere fraction of a minute – was Hugh Neff, with Allen Moore trailing behind a mere 26 seconds later. It has to be said that in a 1000 mile race, to be that close in the final stretch is quite unheard of and nothing short of impressive!

Allen Moore, Yukon Quest

I’ve never really been one to follow sports or races, but I must say I’ve developed a soft spot for the Quest over the past couple weeks. The race itself is an incredibly difficult thing to sum up in a blog post, but I will say that sled dogs are pretty hardcore (and adorable) and I have a huge amount of respect for mushers. To see the incredible sense of livelihood these folks maintain after what is most definitely a grueling adventure on the trail is inspiring, to say the least.

It’s also worth mentioning that there is some pretty breathtaking scenery up there – the highlight of which was definitely watching the northern lights dance over the beautifully clear Yukon sky while we awaiting the arrival of Brent Sass at the finish line. So stunning!

Lance Mackey, Yukon Quest

Yukon Quest Northern Lights

I’m sure in the coming weeks many will ask me what the best and worst part of the trip was, and while my answer may change depending on the day, the people were definitely a highlight. From cavemen to dogs with people personalities to people with dog personalities, there’s an incredibly vibrant face to the sport of dog mushing, of which I’m sure I’ve only just scratched the surface.

Needless to say, shooting the incredible event was an amazing experience – absolutely looking forward to next year!

Looking for more photos? I’ve added a collection of my favourites to a gallery here – enjoy!

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