Taking photos in your own city can become an exercise in location scouting. I never want to use the same locations twice and some areas have more to offer than others. I’m particularly fond of locations that take us away from what we normally envision when we picture the Southwest, namely cactus and desertscape. A photo session that eludes desert flora but still evokes a sense of “Tucson” is what I hope comes across in the images I produce. I’ve had so many photo sessions downtown, but I’ve never had the same photo session twice. Even if I use the same location as a previous shoot, I push to produce a new photograph. Luckily this wasn’t the case when I met with Angela and Neil for their engagement session. I know that downtown Tucson still has plenty more locations to choose from and I’m happy to keep looking for more.
For this session we took a short drive from Reilly Craft Pizza to the historic district area near Old Town Artisans at El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson. Everywhere you turn there are great colors and historic structures and old houses. We even borrowed the colorful wall that greets visitors to the entrance of the Tucson Museum of Art. I like to use the available light when I first start and slowly introduce location lighting as the sun sets and I craft the lighting elements in a scene. Once the light from the sun had passed, we finished the session with an intimate portrait lit from a small flash held overhead.