I’ll be the first to admit that I’m NOT a morning person. One of the perks of being a full time photographer is being able to set your own schedule. However, Meghan was visiting her relatives in Chandler in summer and wanted to do her senior session at South Mountain in Phoenix. She has lots of fond memories of hiking South Mountain during her yearly visits, so it was an especially meaningful place for her. Alarm set for 4AM, I stumbled out of bed and struggled to wake up enough to shoot. I was so impressed by Meghan who seemed to be much more awake than I, maybe because she was still on Midwest time. The light was gorgeous and we had a lovely view of the Phoenix skyline. After we shot around, we headed to Scorpion Gulch which is full of all sorts of great textures to shoot against. It’s a popular photography spot for portrait photographers, but we had the place to ourselves because it was summer and still early. Scorpion Gulch used to be a home and store of a William Lunsford who sold curios, Indian crafts, candy and sodas until it was sold in 1966 and became a bar in the 70’s.

A lot of seniors wait until spring to get their senior photos taken. Though spring in Arizona is beautiful, it’s also very busy with it being peak wedding season in addition to peak senior session season. I always recommend getting your high school senior session in before February to avoid the rush! Lots of seniors are opting for cool outdoor nature locations for their sessions such as the Salt River, Superstition Mountains,  South Mountain, Papago Park or Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Don’t be afraid to be a bit adventurous and find a place that’s particularly meaningful to you. Contact me to schedule your Arizona high school senior portrait session before the spring rush hits!

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Alyssa Campbell Arizona wedding photographer

Welcome! I’m an Arizona-based wedding & portrait photographer specializing in natural and documentary photos. My blog is where you can see my latest work as well as check out tips & the latest news. Following me on social media is another way to check out my recent work!