Olivia and I have been friends for several years, meeting at our women’s Bible study group. She recruited me for our co-ed softball league and it’s been so fun getting to know her! She also happens to be a bit of a model, in case you didn’t notice. When I asked her to be my subject for a new location I wanted to try out, she graciously accepted and braved some extreme temperatures with me. I think it’s safe to say that even in 100+ temps, Olivia shines.
Okay, when I grow up and I want to be this beautiful and sassy! I had so much fun getting together with Nancy to help her promote her business, BeautiControl, and get some professional shots for her new website (coming soon)! Check out her products here! www.beautipage.com/nancysavely
What a beautiful evening at The Boulders – a beautiful area and gorgeous desert! We saw so much wildlife–rabbits, a roadrunner, some baby bobcats high up on a boulder, and even some javelina came out to keep an eye on us at dusk. Oh, and we got some pics of Rachel + William, too.
Well this was pretty much a dream come true for me. For about 6 years I once had a gorgeous poster of a lone beach in French Polynesia, you know, the one with the palm tree reaching out over the water? I’ve always wanted to go, and stay in a hut on the water, and this is exactly what we did! Photos do not do this place justice. It was truly unbelievable, and gorgeous, postcard perfect.
Our first 4 nights were at the Pearl Resort in Moorea. We took a 7 minute flight from Tahiti to Moorea and landed in our first taste of paradise!
Lobby area of Pearl Resort:
When we arrived, they passed out these little guys. Smelled so good!!
Scott and I wearing our welcome flowers! Taken!
Polynesian statues and flowers around the resort grounds:
Sign at the bar, flowers decorating the reception desk, and some crazy palm trees by the entrance:
View of the infinity pool out to the lagoon, kayaks available at our leisure, lifejackets at the pool house:
A couple coming in from kayaking at sunset:
Our first room, we got upgraded to an over water bungalow! Score!
The first night was a little noisy because we were by a public boat dock, so they moved us to our second room. Yay we got more flowers!! There is also a little showering area below your bungalow to rinse off after snorkeling off your hut:
A lady making pareos on the resort grounds:
Scott feeding the fish from our bungalow:
Our first awesome sighting!
My hat with a hibiscus tucked in:
Sunset reflection after a boat went by:
Sunrise, a man with his catch of the day:
ATV tour! This is Dammon. Turns out he studied to be a pilot at the University of Arizona!
First stop, the Agricultural School, where we sampled fresh preserves:
Enjoying some lime and mango sorbet!
Pineapple plantation and local flowers:
Cruise ship at Cook’s Bay:
Heading up Magic Mountain:
Streets of Moorea:
Lunch after our ATV tour:
View of the pool and restaurant areas at the Pearl, at night:
Our friend kitty:
Dinner at the resort:
Sunset and a kiss!
Enjoying some massages at the spa:
Arriving in Bora Bora!!
Our boat to take us to the Hilton:
Bora Bora main island:
On the way to our hotel:
The Hilton Bora Bora:
Arriving to Polynesian music, fresh juice and scented iced towels:
Our room! So huge and beautiful!
Hilton grounds to get to the restaurants:
Open air bar where we ate breakfast and lunch, and the view from our seats:
Sunset in Bora Bora:
We went hermit crab hunting pretty frequently!
Loved all the tropical flowers!
Sunrise, and Scott relaxing in the hammock!
View from the spa grounds
Part of our breakfast buffet. Huge!
Front desk, activites desk, arrival/departure area:
Rented a little boat for ourselves and had a lovely day on the water!
Like a 10 square mile swimming pool!
Had a picnic lunch and the beach to ourselves, that’s our boat.
Little sand crab:
Boat tie off on the dock where we sat to watch sunsets. I placed my necklace on top for a little something extra:
VIP dinner at La Villa Mahana. SO SO SO GOOD
Shark & stingray feeding on our lagoon safari!
Motu Mute private island. Pretty small and fun! You could walk from one side across to the other in about 2 minutes:
On Motu Mute:
View from the spa after our massages!
Big brown geckos also enjoying the view from the spa:
On our way back to the airport to go home!
Bye bye Bora Bora!
Yeah, that’s an octopus.
A stingray begging Scott for some food:
Shark and ray feeding!
Swimming with the sharks and rays! Crazy!
So many clams, so many colors, so much beautiful coral:
Hangin’ with the stingrays:
Yep that’s a stingray on our feet.
Feeding the fish! Awesome!!
In the center of this photo is a giant Moray Eel. I mean, it was at least as big around as my thigh. Yep, it was scary!
Scott had a good eye for finding really cool things:
What I love about my awesome clients is how they always show up ready to work! Only this kind of work is so much fun! Candice was no different. Sit in the dirt? Okay. Lay in rocks? Okay. Squat in marsh grass with duck poo? Okay! Seriously, my clients rock.
What a treat! I’ve known Erinn since we served in Uganda together on a mission trip with Food for the Hungry. To see her grow in her life, and the obstacles she’s overcome, is a testimony to her faith and strength as a woman. I was so honored to be a part of the special time in her life, and capture the unique beauty that only an expecting mother has.
What a fun birthday present for me! What better way than to spend it with friends and doing something I love – documenting weddings! The ladies even sung happy birthday to me in the getting ready room. It was very touching!
April is one of the more popular months for weddings in AZ, because in general you can expect the weather to be splendid. Not today. It was the coldest on record. We managed to dodge most of the rain, but the weather did make for a nice overcast day and soft filtered light. Amanda & Brandon braved the weather during their first look and ceremony at Highlands Church, and luckily at the reception there were plenty of space heaters and a couple fire pits. It made for a very nice, personal, intimate wedding and reception.
A huge thank you to Mike Olbinski who I assisted, and for letting me share!
I’ve been a volunteer advocate and team leader with Food for the Hungry for about five years now. They approached me looking for a photographer to document their 5K walk as part of FH World Sports, celebrating International Women’s Day. The purpose was walking in solidarity for women around the world who face the harsh reality of discrimination, persecution and isolation. By the end of the walk, they exceeded their goal of $10,000! It was so exciting to be a part of this day and capturing this event for an organization that means so much to me personally. I would love to tell you more about FH so feel free to contact me with questions or if you may be interested in donating or sponsoring a child. You may also click on my non-profit section to see some of my prints from my Uganda trips.