I am so thrilled to share my first session and senior in the beautiful state of Arizona! I just moved here from Atlanta, Georgia in mid July and I am so excited to finally start being able to work with seniors again since my big move! Sydney was so sweet to be my very first Senior Rep in Arizona and we had an amazing time at her senior session. Sydney is absolutely gorgeous as you can see in these pics, but what really amazed me was her beautiful personality I got to know through our time together before, during and after the shoot. Sydney and her family are the most genuine, kind people I have ever met. From the beginning of her session, Sydney’s sweet mom was offering us food and drinks and making sure we were comfortable in their house while Sydney was getting her makeup done by the very talented makeup artist Stephanie, owner of SN Makeup Artist. (Please check out her amazing work! http://www.snmakeupartist.com) From Sydney’s house, we headed to the Fairmont Princess Hotel where Sydney’s mother and father were married. I love that the mom wanted to incorporate a meaningful place to them for Sydney’s senior pictures. I have to admit, shooting at a hotel didn’t seem like it was going to be a great location initially by what I saw on the website (just regular hotel pictures) and I knew I didn’t want the pictures to look like we went to a hotel for the shots. Also, getting permission to shoot at a hotel is nearly impossible. Insert Sydney’s mom Sylvia – she worked her sweet magic and got us permission to shoot there and told me about all the magical spots we could take pictures inside. I was very eager to see what this hotel had that was so special. Well, I was simply taken back and amazing by what I saw upon entering the hotel and the grounds. There were so many beautiful little spots hidden I couldn’t believe it! A hidden gem for sure! Every spot seemed perfect for the outfit and idea we had in mind that we encountered. After the hotel (and a glass of wine – thanks to Sydney’s mom), we found a little patch of desert near the hotel to take some desert shots. How did we end the shoot? With pizza and salad from Grimaldis! It was really such a fun time and they made me feel apart of their family instantly! Thanks so much for a fun shoot and being one of my beautiful senior reps Sydney!