Anyone down for a little “The World’s Oldest Rodeo”?

Living in Prescott is interesting  come Rodeo season. Prescott boasts “The World’s Oldest Rodeo,” and becomes quite the destination in June. I’ve lived here all my life and have been to several rodeos, but lately I’ve sort of steered clear of the event. It’s usually crowded, and honestly, I don’t really like watching cowboys being trampled by enraged steer. However, this year a group of our friends decided to head on over to the rodeo grounds and enjoy a little of “The World’s Oldest Rodeo.” My husband and I tagged along with our three kids, whose first experience with the rodeo we were eager to witness.

Of course, I had to bring my camera to document this photographic opportunity. Here are a few images from the night.

“We’re just watching those guys fall off the horsies.” ~ Ava

“It was a lot more enjoyable without my mother sitting beside me emanating anger.” ~ Vince

The kids really enjoyed their first rodeo experience. Though Ava did have a small meltdown when the cowboys were roping the baby cows. She didn’t like them hurting the animals. We went for a walk and looked at the pretty cowgirl belts.

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A Mini Session with My Kids…Disaster or Success?

I don’t know why, but every time I pull out my camera, I get intensely different reactions from each of my kids. My daughter is quite the little poser, and LOVES it…although she only loves it for about 10 minutes, then she’s done. So, I have to get her wrapped up within that ten-minute time frame, or I’m out of luck.

My middle son loathes it, which I find rather ridiculous since he’s such a beautiful boy. With him I must resort to the occasional fart joke for a genuine smile, or just settle for a brooding look. My oldest son couldn’t really care less. He’ll do what I want  for a while, but he neither enjoys the process nor despises it.

So I took my happy daughter, reluctant middle son, and my permissive oldest son to the park today for a  mini session. Here are a few of the images from the excursion.

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So in the end, we got a few good shots, several very grumpy pictures, and (with the wonderful Arizona wind) lots of wild hair shots. 🙂

H-V Engagement

My sister-in-law’s sister-in-law, Kristina, recently got engaged, and I was honored to get to shoot her and her fiancee’s engagement session. They are a beautiful couple, and I am so very happy they found each other. So congratulations Matt and Kristina! Here are a few images from their session.