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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fine Jewelry Photography for Scottsdale Bead Supply

We met Mike Charveaux and his wife Kelly of Scottsdale Bead Supply at the fall Tucson Best Bead Show. They gave me the opportunity to photograph some of their beautiful inlaid jewelry designs for a new ad campaign. To see more of their incredible work, visit their website at: Scottsdale Bead Supply

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Photography for World Flame Off at Fall Best Bead Show, Tucson, AZ

We've finally caught up from our 3 days down in Tucson at the 3rd annual fall Best Bead Show. We were setup on location to photograph artist's work as well as cover the entries for the World Flame Off. We met many wonderful artists here and had a great time! Some images from the World Flame Off are below, as well as several of our favorite pieces. Enjoy!

Artist Bronwen Heilman

Artist Margaret Zinser

Artist Josh Mazet

Artist Michael Turner (photographed under ultraviolet light to show glow glass powder)

Artist Jah Free (photographed under ultraviolet light)

Artist Greg Hoglin

Artist Filip Vogelpohl

Artist Dolly Ahles

Artist Chris Riley

Artist Devin Somerville

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Nature Photography at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, AZ

The second half of our Labor Day adventure was visiting Boyce Thompson Arboretum, just down the hill from Globe near Superior, AZ. Our timing couldn't have been better. The weather was cooler than normal and the wildlife abundant! We happened to see a very rare, once-in-a-lifetime hybrid hummingbird, an interesting cross between a broad-billed and violet-crowned hummingbird. Volunteer Program Coordinator Paul Wolterbeek was kind enough to point this guy out!

Hybrid Hummingbird

Broad-Billed Hummingbird
Black-Chinned Hummingbirds

Green Lynx Spider
Cardinal eating a large Praying Mantis!

Weekend Getaway in Globe, Arizona

Amanda and I decided to try something new for Labor Day. Rather than risk getting stuck on the freeway for hours upon hours, we opted for a vacation a little closer to home. We stayed at a great bed & breakfast in the small mining community of Globe, AZ. Noftsger Hill Inn was Globe's first elementary school. The "classrooms" were huge, probably half the size of our home with 20-foot ceilings, and decorated with beautiful antique furniture. The smell of breakfast in the morning was all the motivation we needed to get up and explore!

Amanda makes her AZ gubernatorial bid alongside two former governor greats (both from Globe): George W.P. Hunt and Rose Mofford.

Some cool alley scenes from historical downtown.
A night shot of Broad Street, Globe's historic district.

Dave tricked into wearing a sombrero for a cheesy photo op!

Amanda relaxing at Vida e Cafe (great Chai here!).

The view from Pinal Peak in the Tonto National Forest, south of Globe.