Family Desert Vacation

A Family Vacation in Southern Arizona

Earlier this year I had the privilege of meeting this kind family. They came together from different parts of the country for a family vacation at their desert home in sunny southern Arizona. The day of our shoot was unusually chilly with strong winds and cooler than usual temperates. However, the sun was still bright and the sunset brilliantly colorful.

Since the family was from out-of-state, they wanted their session in a location that celebrated the landscape of their desert vacation home. They chose Sabino Canyon because of it’s natural Sonoran desert beauty with rolling hills of saguaros pushed up against the rugged Catalina Mountains. The desert is a beautiful backdrop for photo sessions, but it brings with it unique challenges, especially with families.

Posing a large family can be challenging to begin with, but it can be particularly tricky in the desert. Trying to create visual interest while simultaneously dodging cactus is one of my biggest challenges. There also isn’t much to do pose-wise besides standing poses. Asking clients to sit in the desert can be dangerous. From poisonous critters like snakes and scorpions to hazardous jumping cactus, I have to be careful with what I ask my clients to do.

Thankfully I found a spot that worked perfectly to offer them a variety of backdrops. I am very appreciative of how the session turned out and the opportunity to meet my wonderful clients. Even with the wind and chilly air the family was patient and jovial. We had saguaros, sunsets, smiles and songs like If You’re Happy and You Know It. Between the heat, the critters, the dust and the pain-inducing vegetation I sometimes lose sight of the beauty of the desert. I love once again seeing the beauty of my desert home through clients’ eyes.

Family of seven at Sabino Canyon during their sunset family photo session.Mom, dad, daughters, son-in-laws and granddaughter pose amongst in the desert with a pastel sunset and saguaros as their backdrop during their family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.A little girl in pigtails wearing a denim jacket plays laughs during her photos in the desert of Tucson.Rays of sun peak from behind the saguaros to illuminate this family of seven during their sunset family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.Husband and wife smile and laugh with a pastel sunset and saguaro backdrop during their family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.Parents with their daughter and son-in-law pose amongst the brush and saguaros of Sabino Canyon during their sunset family photo session in Tucson.Mom and Dad and their little girl hug near cactus during their family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.A mom with her daughters and granddaughter in pigtails stand close with a pastel sky and saguaros at their backs during their sunset family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.Dad poses with his daughters and granddaughter during a sunset family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.A father with his two son-in-laws pose amongst the saguaros of Sabino Canyon in their cowboy hats and boots during a sunset family photo session in Tucson, Arizona.Mom, dad, daughter and son-in-law pose in the desert with a pastel sunset and saguaros behind them during their family photo session at Sabino Canyon in Tucson.Grandparents cuddle their granddaughter in pigtails amongst the brush and cacti during their family photo session in Tucson, Arizona.A mom and dad poses with their two daughters, son-in-laws and granddaughter in the brush and cacti of the desert during their family photo session in Tucson, Arizona.

To view more family sessions, view my family gallery HERE