A Tucson Christmas

Each year I offer holiday sessions during the fall. These sessions are a little different than most because we don’t have Christmas-y trees here in Tucson. What we do have, however, are saguaros. A Tucson Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a saguaro dressed in holiday lights. So that is what I like to offer my clients. My first holiday session of the season was with the Estes family. The Estes family have been loyal clients since I began my portrait photography journey seven years ago. This holiday session was their last desert session so I made sure my signature lighted saguaro was part of their shoot.

The session took place at a local park in Vail. This park presents some challenges with nearby homes and a lot of cactus, but it’s convenient for clients who live in Vail and Rita Ranch areas. One thing I love about this park is it has plenty of green; green prickly pear, green palo verde trees and green saguaros. The Estes children, wearing Christmas plaid and formal black and white holiday attire, contrasted their green environment gorgeously. I consider prickly pear the Christmas plant of the desert because of it’s green leaves and red fruit, making it the perfect backdrop for the children’s close-up images.

We ended our session next to a decorated saguaro for traditional desert Christmas photos. I brought Christmas ornaments for the children to play with, and they giggled as I shot amidst greetings of Merry Christmas and Happy Halloween. We took the photos a few days before Halloween so we chatted about Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating, candy and Santa. They were a little confused why we were taking Christmas photos before Halloween, but had fun never-the-less. I hope they have a wonderful Christmas and will forever cherish their desert Christmas photos.

Desert Christmas session with a lighted saguaro and brother and sister holding Christmas ornamentsA brother and sister stand amongst the prickly pear in their holiday attire for sunset Christmas photos in a Tucson parkChristmas photoshoot of little girl in a plaid dress and prickly pear cactus during a Tucson sunsetChristmas photoshoot in Tucson with a little boy and prickly pear cactus at sunsetLittle girl and boy during their Christmas photo session at a park in Vail ArizonaBrother and sister hugging at sunset next to a saguaro with Christmas lights