Marisa Belle Photography

Scottsdale Based Wedding + Portrait Photographer

Filtering by Tag: Desert Engagement

North Scottsdale | Donna + Jake

Good morning! So has anyone heard of this thing called Instagram?!?! When I started my business I never could have imagined how powerful an app like Instagram was in reaching potential clients (I also couldn't imagine many of the things I've learned since starting my business!lol).  I started my profile with the hopes of sharing my passion and maybe, just maybe, someone who didn't already know me might find me.  Well, let me tell you it is now my most favorite way of finding inspiration, communicating with the social media world, and attracting new clients! I have been so unbelievably fortunate to attract the most genuine and lovely people through Instagram, these two love birds included! 

After all the excitement and happy tears of Jake proposing to Donna calmed down she took to Instagram and came across my profile, reached out and scheduled her engagement session.  These two are beyond fabulous, so fun and so in love, they were an absolute treat to photograph! Both of them are from the East coast and have embraced their new desert home wholeheartedly, so of course they wanted a desert engagement session, to which I said, "YAY!" 

Here are just some of my favorite images from our time together I hope you love them as much as I do! xo

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For more information on booking your engagement session or wedding head to my Contact page!

 

North Scottsdale | Tristen and James

There are many perks to being a business owner, you get to do the work you love, you get to work from home...in pajamas, you get to make all the decisions; the list could go on and on.  However, there are many consequences to all those perks like having a hard time getting OUT of the pajamas, and having no one else to blame if you happen to make a less than amazing decision, for me though, the biggest consequence is not having a person one desk or computer over to talk to! It's for this reason that I try to put myself out there and attend community industry events, to follow other local photographers that inspire me and interact with them, if not in person then through social media.  Arizona has an awesome photography community one that I definitely could not live without and who have made all the difference in the growth of my business! I'm forever thankful!

Tristen and James were sent to me as referrals from a super talented member of this community.  Tristen is best friends with Samantha Sanchez owner of Saje Photography and when Tristen was looking for a photographer for her own wedding Samantha recommended me! Her referral was a huge compliment not only because she likes my work but also because she trusts her best friends wedding to me, amazing!

The moment I met Tristen I loved her, she was sweet and soft spoken, she understands photography (this helps lol) and wants to make it a priority for her big day (also a big plus!).  She ALSO LOVES the desert!! A girl after my own heart!<3 Tristen, James and I met at one of my favorite locations in North Scottsdale and although the wind was crazy we took our time, had fun and the two love birds rocked their session!

I'm so thrilled to capture Tristen and Jame's wedding day this winter at Whispering Tree Ranch, I have no doubt that it's going to be a stunning day!

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Thank you for stopping by! For more information on booking an engagement session or wedding head over to my Contact page!

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Phoenix Mountain Preserve | Jamie + Ryan

I first met Jamie at the El Chorro Experience, she was there with her mom and approached my table with a big smile and friendly personality.  She was easy to talk to and sweetly gushed over my work.  We said goodbye and I hoped that I'd hear from her again! A couple days later she emailed me and I had the chance to sit down with her and her fianc√© Ryan to get to know them better and learn about their big day.  Let me just tell you that these two are fabulous! You can tell right away that they are best friends and Ryan's laid back demeanor compliments Jamie's bubbly personality so well.  A couple days later I opened an email inviting me to be their wedding photographer and I was thrilled!!

For their engagement session I took Jamie and Ryan to a couple of my favorite places in Scottsdale, the weather was perfect and thankfully with all the rain we've gotten everything was coming out of winter hibernation and greening up! Engagement sessions are notoriously awkward, very similar to a first date.  The couple doesn't really know me and I'm asking them to pose in a way that get them closer than they usually get for pictures.  I always say if it feels super awkward your doing it right! Jamie and Ryan were naturals, no matter what they say, and a few minutes into the session we were laughing and having fun, the only thing I ever hope for!

Jamie and Ryan thank you so much for bringing me on this journey with you! I cannot wait to capture your beautiful El Chorro wedding this fall!! 

Here are some of my favorites from our time together I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Thank you for stopping by! For more information on booking your engagement session or wedding head to my Contact page!

 

North Scottsdale | Chelsea + DJ

Chelsea and DJ live in Huntington Beach, CA and by some internet miracle found me on Instagram!  The three of us met while they were visiting family over the holidays and I think we'd all agree that we instantly clicked.  Chelsea grew up in Arizona and loves the desert (a girl after my own heart!), she wanted someone local to AZ so their engagement pictures would be in her home state amongst the cactus (she shared that she prefers the desert over the ocean, did I mention that we clicked immediately?!?) Needless to say I wasn't the only one feeling the connection and a couple days later Chelsea and DJ invited me to be their wedding photographer, yay!!

We scheduled their engagement session for mid-February everything was going fine and then...the threat of rain! Chelsea was worried, I was worried (even though I pretended not to be lol) and we both kept fingers and toes crossed that the rain would stay away.  All our hoping and praying paid off because we could not have asked for a better day! 

Chelsea and DJ absolutely slayed it in front of the camera.  Chelsea's two red dresses were absolutely stunning and DJ's perfectly tailored suits finished off their perfect look! And of course those smiles! The best part! I loved capturing the way Chelsea would look at DJ, these two are a match made in heaven!

I'm beyond excited for Chelsea and DJ's Palm Springs wedding next fall, thank you for inviting me along for the ride!!

Here are some of my favorites from our time together I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Flower Crown | The Wildflower AZ

Dresses | Windsor

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Thank you for stopping by for more information on booking your engagement session or wedding head to my Contact page!

 

The Desert Botanical Garden | Brynne and Daniel

My first impression of Brynne was that she is sweet person, you know when you first sit down with a person and right away you know that they are someone you're going to enjoy being around? That was Brynne!  Soft spoken but direct, thoughtful, complimentary and of course stunning.  I was thrilled when she chose me to be her wedding photographer!

Brynne and Daniel are planning their wedding from a far, they currently live in New Mexico, and because of this every time they come into town they have to use their time to the fullest.  We planned their engagement session far in advance so when we started seeing rain in the forecast we knew we were going to have to roll with whatever the weather gods threw our way.  Of course the day of the session didn't call for rain, yay! But true to Arizona form we got rain anyway.  Five minutes into the session it started coming down and as we huddled under an awning at The Desert Botanical Garden, we all started to get a little nervous.  We talked about the speed at which the clouds were moving and that there was no way the rain would last long...we kept the faith!  I have to hand it to Brynne, any other bride, in from out of town may not have handled it as well as her, she was amazing.  And guess what?!?! The rain slowed, then stopped and the beautiful desert sun came out for us!  The session as a testament to a positive attitude and faith and I think it shows in Brynne and Daniel's beautiful images.  

I can't wait for this beautiful couple's April wedding at The Gainey Ranch Golf Club with Courtney of Ashely Gain Weddings! It's going to be a stunner!

Here are some of my favorite images from our time together I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

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Thank you so much for stopping by! For more information on my engagement sessions and wedding packages head over to my Contact page!

 
 
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