Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sneak Peak

I have lots I could say... such as what a fabulous time I had hanging out with these folks. Oh! And that Payless Shoes is offering 50% off all their shoes tomorrow (Friday) via the coupon found on this link. But mostly that I'm very tired and sleep is calling my name. So everything crammed in my head will have to wait until later. Til then...sleep well, friends. xoxo

Friday, October 23, 2009

Arizona Sessions

Clairissa Cooper Photography is coming to ARIZONA!

Below are the dates/times available. Sessions are $200 for 60 minutes and include up to four people (each additional person is $25) and a disk of 25-35 high-resolution images along with a copyright release to make prints at your leisure. If you do decide to book with me, please let me know ASAP so I can reserve your date/time. Your session fee is due when we meet, at the time of the shoot.

Locations are TBD, but will definitely be in the East Valley (Mesa/Gilbert). I'm open for suggestions, depending on the type of shoot you are looking for, but I also have some spots I know of that I like there -- an abandoned warehouse, various parks, Mesa Arts Center, desert/waterfall setting. Here are the dates/times I have open:

Wed, Dec 23, 9am and 3:30pm
Thurs, Dec 31, 9am
Sat, Dec 26, 3:30pm
Fri, Jan 1, 9am and 3:30pm
Sat, Jan 2, 9am and 3:30pm

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dancing Queen aka Alex

So while I was proofing this session, I was listening to some ABBA. My husband and I finally got around to renting the movie version of Mamma Mia and ever since I can't get the songs out of my head. And was it just me or was Pierce Brosnan's singing REALLY bad?! It sounded like he was singing with laryngitis or something. This morning my husband tried to imitate his low, gruff singing voice and I couldn't stop laughing. Anyway, here is the dancing queen. Young and sweet. Only 17. Is she feeling the beat of the tambourine in these pics? Most definitely. Oooooooo ya. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.

(Sorry....couldn't help myself cause I'm a dork like that)

And lastly, some pics of taking the pics. Sometimes it's fun to see the process from a different perspective. Courtesy of Alex's beautiful mother, Cindy. And in case anyone is curious, the entire session was taken with a 50mm 1.4 lens on a Nikon D200 body. And it was my first time using my brand spankin new 32" photoflex reflector.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This lovely lady turned 17 yesterday. And I happened to be the lucky one to take her senior portraits on the very day of her birth. One of the first things I asked her when we started our session was, "Are you ready to get sassy?" And that's exactly what we did. Posing, laughing, experimenting with the light. I won't mention the part where I couldn't figure out why my car was acting strange when she politely reminded me that I needed to put it in park. She's a smart one, that girl is. Beautiful, too. Lots more of her to come. For now, a preview that I immediately fell in love with. Doesn't it epitomize what 17 is all about? Letting your hair loose. Basking in carefree happiness. Enjoying your last days of childhood while embracing all that life is ready to offer you. Truly a beautiful time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nogales Family

Can I just post all the pics from their entire session? I love them so. I guess that would be presumptuous, not to mention take up a lot of time scrolling and scrolling and frankly the end of my index finger can only take so much mouse scrolling before it starts getting carpal tunnel (can fingers get carpal tunnel?!)

I also wanted to note that I only have a few sessions left open through the end of the year. Not sure if the little birdie got around to everyone to spread the news, but since having a third little munchkin (now crawling EVERYwhere), my husband is also back in school getting his MBA. Then there's the typical suburban mom-of-three activities I've taken on like soccer practices and games, volunteering in church, and the all-important ROOM mom. Time is not something we take lightly in these parts. So long story short, I'm not accepting as many clients this year as I have in the past. Busy, busy. Moral of the story: Don't procrastinate booking your session if you're wanting pictures before Christmas. Once those last slots are gone, then it's see ya in 2010.

Some of my favorites from this lovely family.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Here they are....the official recipients of the prestigious '2009 Client of the Year' Award. How did they win such a coveted award, you might ask? These guys are repeat clients times FOUR. Talk about loyalty! And I love LOVE that they are always open to new ideas. Like sassy poses where they have to stretch their bodies across filthy, chalk and dirt-dusted stairs. And we have lots of fun during our shoots ... well, it's actually mostly me just making a fool of myself. But it's all good. Here's to {hopefully} many more shoots to come. For now...a sneak peak.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

On Krog and Beyond ...

How have I lived in Atlanta (well, north suburb...) for over three years and NEVER done a photo shoot at Krog street (and vicinity) before? This place had it all. Crumbling brick walls, graffiti galore, walls every color of the rainbow. All the ghetto-ness one needs to take fabulous pictures. We even brought our own police officer along with us in case things got a little too ghetto. Really....if you ever get pulled over by an officer Davidson, just tell him you loooved his family pictures and maybe he'll let you off the hook :)

My fav shots of the day, tho, were taken as we were walking back to our cars and spotted a small park with a patch of grass and the sun glowing behind. It was stunning. Except for the 20 mosquito bites I came home with. I'm still itching...