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Scottsdale Family Photographer- “Sunset in the Mountains”

Scottsdale Family Photography

Family photography at McDowell Sonoran Preserve in the desert

This beautiful family session was taken just in time for holiday cards- even though it was still close to 100 degrees outside! Here in Phoenix we still have warm and sunny weather right into the fall.  That makes for warm and beautiful photography sessions for all of those planning to get their holiday portraits done before December.  Even though it was warm, it sure was beautiful and the sunset was hitting perfectly.  Keep reading on for more details from this family session in Scottsdale.

4 year old girl portrait taken outdoors in Scottsdale, AZ

The Location

This family photo session was taken in North Scottsdale at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  This location is characterized by desert landscapes and mountain views.  There are lots of cactus to the sides of the walking trails.  If you are looking for a true Arizona landscape for you photos, this is the place!  This location has gorgeous light and beautiful sunsets.  It is however, very bright, so to  ensure the best light for your session at his location, schedule for a sunrise shoot or later in the evening.


Mother and daughter portrait taken in Scottsdale at the Gateway Trail headToddler photography in Scottsdale outdoors. Cute one year old in a tie!

Session Type

This photo session was a family session. In my family shoots, I try to incorporate the different dynamics within the family to give you the most variety to choose from in your gallery.  Family sessions typically include a few shots of just the kids as well as pairing of one parent with the children or all the girls or all the boys.  Just let me know if the intent of your session is to be focused more on one particular grouping and I will make that work for you!

Mother hugging her tow children in fmaily portait taken in Scottsdale at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Outfits

This family is an example of some great wardrobe choices for their family portraits.  Notice how they choose a dark blue and orange color scheme.  These are great complementary colors.  They are not all wearing the same exactly pattern or color, but rather incorporating some element of the color scheme throughout all family members.  See how mom’s dress is orange and there are pops of orange in the dad’s handkerchief and the girls dress?  That ties them all in together!

Family photogrpahy in Scottsdale at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve near Phoenix, AZFather and daughter walk into the sunset in beautiful photograph at Gateway Trail head in Scottsdale, AZ


If you are looking to schedule a custom family photo shoot, don’t hesitate! Email me toady and we can talk aout a locaiton that would be a great match from your family!



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