Sep 8, 2017

Payson, AZ Sweetheart Session: Dallin and Mikaela

As soon as we learned we were moving to Payson, I started looking on Instagram for photographers in the area. I found a few, but I was drawn to Mikaela and her work. Not only is she a talented photographer, but she also sounded genuine, sweet, and fun. I started interacting with her on Instagram and found we had more to connect over! Same church, same number of kids (and boy first, then girl), some similar people we know. I couldn’t wait to meet her!

She was so sweet from the very beginning and made sure I knew when and where the playgroup meets and introduced me to the other Payson moms that were there. They invited us over for dinner, and this is when the connections really took off! Come to find out that Dallin, her husband and I have the same great-great-grandfather! And he and I both went to Eastern Arizona College and were in choir…him leaving the semester before I go there. During our visit with them someone mentioned Albuquerque and before I could catch myself I sang “Ah-ah-ah-ahl-buquerque!” Weird Al style. Mikaela cracked up…she totally knew that one! We quote the same movies, both were homeschooled and kicked high school out to go to the community college, and have husbands that cook. It’s the best!

One of my favorite things to do when we move to a new area (and hopefully this is the last move for a long time! We’re planning on that at least!), is to find a couple to take out to our new area and do a shoot to get to know them and the landscape. I knew Mikaela and Dallin were the ones I wanted to invite out here in Payson; this has been a crazy roller coaster year for them with a new baby, thyroid cancer, and upcoming radiation treatments, and they’ve been so good and sweet to us from day one.  They graciously agreed to go adventuring with me, and I’m so glad they did! We had a great time! They are so cute, and so good together. And it made my whole day when I asked him to whisper in Mikaela’s ear and he chose Nacho Libre quotes!

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Her hair in that golden evening light was phenomenal! It’s always so pretty anyway, but it really was jaw dropping that evening!

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And then…I found a Prickly Pear, with one lone fruit, perfectly ripe, and a bush of white flowers. It was like it was there just for me! I couldn’t not take photos there on it. It was the perfect setting for Mikaela’s awesome ring set! I LOVE her bands!

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It’s like that one lone Prickly Pear Fruit was there waiting for Mikaela’s ring. the top was perfect!

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The smoke from the fires in California and the Northwest has finally reached Arizona. If we’re getting haze here I can’t begin to imagine just how bad it is there near the fires. So crazy!

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Dallin and Mikaela, thank you again so much for coming out and spending the evening with me! I loved it all! We are so thankful for the sweet friendship you have shown to us, and for welcoming us here to Payson. We can’t wait for more adventures!

Check out more blog posts in and about Payson here:

Peter and Samantha’s Mogollon Rim Engagement Session
Our Family’s first Weekend in Payson: Picking Wild Blackberries
Charlie and Rachel’s Mogollon Rim Wedding Portraits

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COMMENTs:

  1. Kate Gansneder

    September 8th, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Beautiful couple and sweet story. I love the prickly pear ring shots! Looks like such a beautiful session location in Payson!

  2. Marquette LaRee

    September 8th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you! I was so excited to find that Prickly Pear! I couldn’t resist!

  3. Katherine Evans

    September 8th, 2017 at 10:07 am

    That prickly pear! 🙌🏻 Love this session! Beautiful!

  4. Marquette LaRee

    September 8th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you! I was a little too excited to find that Prickly Pear, bahaha!

  5. Danielle

    September 8th, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I need to come out to Arizona again and do a session out there. I know everyone likes the landscape better where they don’t live. But I am tired of messing with green skin tones because of all the grass and trees. However, I wouldn’t want to be without grass or these tree’s. Just want to take pictures without them sometimes… LOL! These pictures are amazing. Those ring shots are stinking AWESOME!!!

  6. Marquette LaRee

    September 8th, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I was pretty nervous moving here because this is way more green than I’m used to, lol. Shooting in green is definitely so different! Come live here! You’ve got access to all different landscapes from green to brown to red to white! And thank you! I really love how those ring shots turned out!

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