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Engagement Photography at Canyon Lake

August 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Marissa and Mark chose the beautiful and rugged Canyon Lake area to have their professional engagement photography session with LightRain Images photography.  We love collaborating with our clients to capture them in the best possible light and in an environment that says something about them, their interests or simply an area with backdrops that they love. We also encourage them to wear clothing that makes a statement about them and their lifestyle.

Canyon Lake, just east of Phoenix, Arizona is nestled in the beautiful mountains, cliffs and boulders near Tortilla Flats.  Surrounded by desert flora and fauna we imagined the distant howl of the coyotes beyond the numerous saguaros and cacti.


Needless to say, the beautiful backdrops of the couture desert and lake were endless and we had a great time exploring the views of the lake, including the south side bluffs, the old steel truss bridge and the beach on the east side.  Marissa and Mark brought a change of clothes and some cool cowboy boots which were the perfect shoes to wear in this western desert environment.

It was nice at the end of the shoot to dip our feet in the cool water of Canyon Lake on this warm summer evening. Even the moon made a spectacular appearance against the dark blue twilight sky.



Mirah & Govind | Sedona Engagement- Part 2 Tlaquepaque

August 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

LightRain Images, Arizona wedding photographers, love to collaborate with their clients to come up with creative engagement and wedding photos.

Remember Govind and Mirah, the adventurous couple who were game enough to climb Cathedral Rock in Sedona for their engagement shoot?  This is the first set of photos taken around town and mostly at the beautiful famous marketplace at Tlaquepaque.  They brought their adorable pooch, Lola, who may just have stolen the scene from her gorgeous "mom and dad".  We couldn't get enough of her, as well as the passersby who just had to say hello. :)

It was a simply perfect day photographing these threesome in perfect weather, perfect details, with cake and wine and perfectly styled outfits by Mirah.  Don't you just love Govind's bow tie, Mirah's cute skirt and Lola's adorable matching collar? Well done guys!  We are so excited for your wedding!

And that's a wrap folks! Thanks for stopping by:)

Most Interesting and Beautiful After Wedding Photography Session – 10 Years AFTER!

August 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Many brides and grooms have a photography session AFTER their wedding day.  This session is more playful and relaxed because the stress of the wedding day is over and there are no longer hundreds of eyes focused on their every move.  The time constraints of the wedding day are over as well so it allows more creativity and more spontaneous ideas as the photography progresses.   These sessions have been called Trash the Dress and some brides go a little too crazy, in our opinion, rolling on grass or even mud! We don’t think a bride should risk damaging her precious wedding dress like that, but we do love it when they are willing to do adventurous, creative things in unusual places, like float in the water at the beach or dance like no one is watching!

Fun loving and athletic, Candy and Chad are the type of couple that we love to photograph!  Their 10th anniversary was approaching and because they loved their LightRain Images wedding photos so much, they asked us to capture a creative after wedding photo session.  Candy wanted to get back into her gorgeous wedding dress and relive some of the wedding magic, but with a more creative adventurous twist.   Being avid wakeboarders, they wanted to incorporate their favorite sport and their favorite vacation spot on the Colorado River in Laughlin Nevada.   What an incredible idea it turned out to be!  

After photographing the couple on a little secluded beach and capturing a beautiful sunset and gorgeous deep blue twilight, we powered up the river above the Laughlin Casinos.  Shutting off the engine, Chad and Candy got out of the boat and floated downriver with the spectacular lights of the casinos as a backdrop to their watery playground.  What a glorious, fun and exciting shoot!  We captured hundreds of photos for their anniversary “after wedding” photography session.  The more we did and the more they saw the results in camera, the more Candy and Chad said "Wow! Let's try this. And "What about if did that?" 

We love collaborating with our clients to provide more than a great, high quality photography session, but also a spectacular lifetime experience. 

Kati and Ryan's Engagement and Wedding Photography at Different Pointe of View, Phoenix

August 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

It was a beautiful, cool and cloudy day at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix and Kati was preparing to walk down the aisle to tie the knot with Ryan.  They chose A Different Pointe of View, the famous five star Phoenix restaurant high atop the Hilton resort with spectacular views of the valley of the sun, sunset and the city lights.  Kati and Ryan wanted to take full advantage of the spectacular views of the afternoon and evening and have their guests enjoy the wonderful Arizona spring weather. 

Great wedding and engagement photography was very important to Kati and Ryan and we had the opportunity to custom design their guest sign-in book for their wedding using their favorites from the engagement shoot.

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Kati chose the whole purple family of colors for her wedding motif, succulents for flowers and a gorgeous heart shaped backless, lace dress.  The couple chose to have a private and very romantic first look at a pretty narrow walkway leading to the restaurant where Kati revealed her beautiful wedding gown. Kati and Ryan couldn't have chosen a more breathtaking location with its gorgeous panoramic view for the ceremony, cocktails and reception. The clouds cleared for a spectacular sunset and the view of the twinkling city lights and the wedding party and guests danced the night away to their favorite music. To top the night off, Kati & Ryan did a walk through the scenic patio overlooking the city with their guests and everyone waving sparklers and cheering for the new married couple.  It was another glorious, successful wedding to remember and we were so honored to be a part of it.  Congratulations to the newly minted Mr. & Mrs. Roths!

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Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planner: Traci Fox, A Different Pointe of View

Venue:  A Different Pointe of View

Wedding Flowers, Decor & Favors:  Jonni Gilbraith, Mother of the Bride

Invitation:  JWD Paperie

Bridal Dress:  Allure Bridal from La Bella Bridal

Tuxedos:  Men's Wearhouse

Make-up and Hair:  Kensington

Officiant:  Mike Kennedy, Wedding Ceremonies

Caterer:  A Different Pointe of View

Cake:  Lara Coleman, A Different Pointe of View

DJ:  Ray the DJ

String Quartet:  Allegro String Quartet

Wedding Photographers: Lilet & Glenn Hamp, LightRain Images




Best Wedding Photographers in Phoenix

July 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The photography team at LightRain Images was pleasantly surprised last week by one of our brides posting an article on our Face Book news feed showing that LightRain Images was named one of the 10 best wedding photographers in Phoenix!  It was a nice surprise and an honor to be recognized by The Top 10 Best Wedding Vendors.

We are not sure of the selection criteria or exactly who owns this on-line magazine, but we were not solicited for an ad, so we might as well enjoy the honor to be ranked along side other wonderfully skilled photographers.  :  )

Now, back to post production, Photoshop and graphic design work making our clients look stunning in the breathtaking backdrops we love photographing.