A Family Anniversary in Tucson
It’s always nerve-wracking as a photographer to photograph another photographer, so I was especially anxious before my shoot with the Fitting family. Sarah, a fellow photographer from Wisconsin, was in Tucson celebrating for her parents’ anniversary and scheduled a session with me for everyone. There were ten family members across three generations. Sarah and her family, her parents, and her sister’s family. I don’t often photograph larger families, so this put me even more on edge.
Thankfully, Sarah and her family were wonderfully sweet, and pleasantly patient as I took turns photographing each family. It was a beautiful Tucson winter day with moderate temps and abundant sunshine. They chose Gates Pass for their shoot location, which is beautiful, but lacking in shade. The location does have plenty of low-lying mesquite tress, however, that allowed me to use the sun to my advantage.
The Fitting family wore beautifully coordinated outfits in muted tones with pops of orange and blue. The colors were delightful and created a beautiful marriage between the family and their desert backdrop. Unfortunately, as is expected in the desert, as the sun lowered in the sky, so did the temps. Here in the desert, especially in winter, the change in temperature can be fairly drastic. Chilly temps moved in quickly so we had time for a few last photos with the mountains of Gates Pass behind everyone.
One of my favorite aspects of the session were the couples photos. Sarah’s parents were celebrating a major anniversary, so I began with photos of just them, and that set the stage for everyone else. I captured the love and connection between four couples and it was delightful. Photographing the intimate connections between anyone, whether husband and wife or parent and child, always makes my heart melt.