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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jewelry Photography for Gem-n-i and Co. Designs

I wanted to share some of the photography I've been doing as part of an ongoing project for Gem-n-i and Co. Designs, for the launch of their website and online shopping gallery. (Amanda came up with the beautiful logo design, and our good friend Shane developed the webpage.)

The designer does amazing work in sterling and fine silver, precious metal clay and gold, accented with gemstones, natural stones and pearls. If you are looking for custom made jewelry or the perfect holiday gift, this is the place to go:

The designer, who is a cancer survivor, has also come up with a special line of Love Cures Awareness Bracelets, that correlate with the significant colors associated with awareness ribbons and the variety of cause-related concern ribbons. Not only are these bracelets beautiful pieces of jewelry, but when you purchase one, Gem-n-i will donate one hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds to the awareness or cause specific to the bracelet you have purchased. Have a look and happy shopping! (Please note that the jewelry designs shown below are registered and copyrighted.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hackberry Spring hike

We overnighted at Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstition Mountains a few weeks ago, and did a nice hike out to Hackberry Spring. It's a moderate hike with little to no people, and spectacular views.
The spring is located at the base of this cliff in the shade of large mesquite trees. The spring itself is a mostly algae-filled basin in the rock with a metal pipe coming out. The water brought in some interesting wildlife, including several thirsty honeybees and some unusual red moss. It is said to be one of the few reliable water sources in this area of the desert. I once hiked out here in 100-degree heat in mid-August and was suprised to find water here even at that time of year.

Amanda discovered these tiny toads all around the spring. I had to pick one up as they were incredibly cool! (and also to show how amazingly small they were). I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure the red warts all over their backs meant they were toxic, so I was careful of course to not lick my hands, and washed up afterward. There were probably 20 or so of these little guys hopping around within 3 square feet!

We also found this brightly colored velvet ant on the way out. I don't anything about velvet ants and was surprised by what I found on Wikipedia. Turns out that they are actually wingless wasps, and they pack quite a punch. I'm glad I didn't pick this one up, thought I didn't really want to anyway: "They are known for their extremely painful sting, the venom of which was jokingly stated to be powerful enough to kill a cow, hence the nickname "cow killers." Additionally, it has been stated cows occasionally would be stung while rolling in the sands of Florida. The resulting sting would fester, allowing the screw-worm fly to enter the wound. This would result in the death of the cow."
Once again a great hike off the beaten path, with many cool sights along the way.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Leah and Matt: Wedding Photography at Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler

The day began with Leah's preparations at Dolce Salon, while Matt and his groomsmen relaxed with a few rounds of shots at his parent's home. It was unseasonably warm day of 86 degrees for November, but the lighting and greenery of Ocotillo Golf Club provided a beautiful backdrop. Leah and Matt were probably the happiest and most in-love couple we've ever photographed! Congratulations!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Sarah and James: Wedding Photography at Brophy Chapel and the Phoenix Art Museum

We had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Sarah and James' wedding at two Phoenix landmarks: Brophy Chapel and the newly renovated Phoenix Art Museum. The museum's exhibits lent themselves to some fun and beautiful photo concepts. Check out Sarah and James in the infinite "starlit" space of the dragonfly room. Congratulations to Sarah and James on starting a new life together in New Orleans!