A Fairytale Prom Session

I don’t often get to capture prom sessions, so when I was contacted by Lily to photograph her prom photos I was elated. Her prom was to take place at the Westin La Paloma, however they didn’t allow photography without being a guest. She inquired at a couple of other locations, but their answer was the same. I offered St. Phillips Plaza as an option and she decided to shoot her session there.

It turned out to be a lovely location to shoot, full of romance and whimsy. It was especially fitting for her fairytale-style dress and darling date. They made the cutest couple, and were up for all of my ideas as I had them climb stairs, dance, twirl, kiss and snuggle.

We met early, so they could still make their dinner reservations before the prom began. The light was a little high and harsh, but the plaza buildings and large surrounding trees helped to filter some of the harsh light. As it was a Friday afternoon, the plaza had quite a few people filtering in for dinner. There were even a few other prom attendees having their portraits taken as well. Although foot traffic in and out was high, we found some wonderful out-of-the way spots to shoot.

Lily’s dress was a beautiful pale pink with a full, layered tulle skirt that sparkled in the sunlight. Her date wore a complimentary gray suit with a matching pale pink tie. We began at one of the plaza entrances, because the black, windowed wall made a perfect backdrop. I then used some of the nearby bougainvillea, then we moved upstairs for some fun shots, followed by the plaza’s courtyard. I ended with Lily and her date dancing by the fountain. It was beautiful.

Lily standing next to brilliant pink bougainvillea during her prom session at St. Phillips Plaza
Celebrating prom with portraits at St. Phillips Plaza
Lily and her date sweetly gaze at one another during their prom session at St. Philip's Plaza
Lily and her date snuggling during their prom session
Lily in her gorgeous pink prom gown at St. Philip's Plaza in Tucson
Lily and her prom date dancing by the fountain of St. Philip's Plaza in Tucson
St. Philip's Plaza was a wonderful location for Lily and her date full of romance
A beautiful twirl to highlight Lily's sparkling light-pink prom gown

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