Hello all!  I'm running an AWESOME giveaway over on instagram!  One person will win a photo shoot from me and another will win a $50 visa gift card!  That way, if you don't live near me for a photo shoot you can still share and participate for a chance to win.  I would love it if you entered!  Go check it out! Instagram: @connieballuff

I don't do giveaways very often so don't miss out!  Also, stick around because there are going to be some fun changes around here.

Boho Styled Shoot - Part 1 | Mesa, Arizona Photographer

I was privileged to get to photograph these lovely ladies just this past weekend.  Harley Chapman, a local makeup artist and hairdresser contacted me about this project.  She was the brains behind this collaboration and she did an excellent job styling these girls!  What gorgeous models too, am I right?  Anyway I hope you enjoy part one of these- part two will be just as fun (and include an old Ford truck)!  You can find Harley on instagram at @harleydoeshair if you are looking for a talented lady to help you out with your hair or makeup!

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Katie + Timo | Mesa, AZ DenMar Estate Wedding Reception

Katie and Timo were such a sweet couple!  Aren't they just so adorable?!  I was blessed to get to work with them for their engagements, bridals, and wedding day.  Here are some of their reception photos.  I took and posted probably too many candids of people; but I love candids!  And I remember not even remembering who showed up to my reception (like I knew half the names in our guest book!) and so I wished I had more pictures to go along with it.  Thanks Katie and Timo!

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Senior + Family Session | Mesa, Arizona Photographer

Months back I was able to take this families pictures.  The daughter graduated this year so it was also a combined senior session!  I absolutely LOVE that they brought along their historic vehicle to use as a prop.  Such great work those guys did on that truck, it's so awesome!  It was a SUPER bright morning but shooting in direct sun has it's benefits!


Wright House Provencal Reception | Mesa, Arizona Photographer

Weddings at the Wright House in Mesa are always so beautiful.  I love their Provencal setting.  I get to go back later this month for another reception here, I'm excited!  This was Brandon and Haley's reception.  I had the privilege of working with them on their engagements, bridals, and wedding day!  I don't know why I blogged the reception first but here it is!  I loved the florals and details.  They had a cute family dinner before the reception; then dancing and partying.  I have to say the hardest part of my job is watching everyone dance; one of these days I might just join in (:

Sparkler send-off's are my favorite kind.  So glad they had one of those, too!

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Kurt + Missi | Mesa, Arizona Photographer

I've worked with this couple a lot and I really love it.  This day of shooting was an interesting one for me.  I had two shoots scheduled that day and I started feeling really sick.  Even though I was coming down with a bug, the show went on.  I'm so grateful for this year and the success it's been so far.  Even though things are going well I always feel a tug to do more and change things.  I don't know what it is!  Anyway there are BIG things happening and I'm so excited so stick around to hear about it soon.

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Engagement + Horses Session | Mesa, AZ Photographer

This was a really fun engagement session!  They are such a cute couple and they also had a cute idea to use horses in their photos.  I'm glad they did!  It's always best, I think, when people make the photos really THEM.  They both LOVE horses so it was perfect.  We met over at Royal Arabians in Mesa and it was a good time!

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On a walk | Arizona Lifestyle Photographer

I don't do lifestyle sessions very often, but I love them!  The idea is that you are just interacting with your family and getting non-traditional photos of you being you.  I love the idea of pictures being taken of LIFE rather than always just taking photos of sitting and smiling.  Those are great too; but they definitely don't capture the every day interactions we have with each other.  This cute little family and I went on a walk around the block.  I just followed them around.  I loved the way they played and acted real.  

If you are interested in getting your everyday life captured in meaningful photographs, shoot me an email!  I'd love to work with you.  That nursery you worked so hard on, your fun backyard, your baby's favorite blanket... THOSE are things you'd want remembered right? (:

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Kim + Chris | Arizona Desert Bridal Session

Kim and Chris were such a joy to work with!  Kim emailed me months back to plan our session in the raw desert landscape.  Being from Canada, they wanted warm and sunny.  I felt awful for them, the weather was freakishly cold and windy!  Despite the cold, we still had fun!  They were excellent at acting like it was nice and warm out.  (: 

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Brother + Sister | Mesa, Arizona Child Photographer

It's true, these are my kids.  HALF of the gang anyway.  I couldn't help but stop for an impromptu photo shoot at this cute little spot.  You'd THINK my kids would be used to a camera in their faces but I confess I rarely take photos of them on my "big camera".  Mostly iPhone.  Anyway, I liked these so I thought I'd share.  Should I share all the hundreds of cute clients I've met lately?  Yes I should.. I will get on that. (;

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New Blog!

I'm so excited to have a new site and new blog!  I've posted some of my past sessions here on this blog but I will be focused on updating it with new stuff you haven't seen.

I've been incredibly busy keeping up with shoots, editing, family, and personal life that blogging ALL that I've been up to is practically impossible.  I wish I could share all the cute families, couples, and seniors I meet- I have the BEST clients.

Thank you all for being here, for supporting me and my business, and for being great friends!  I'm absolutely passionate about photography and I'm excited to see where this year will continue to take me!  It's been excellent so far- and I've added a lot of fun perks to what I do and what I offer.  I hope you continue to check back and see the latest!

As always, Facebook will be my main source for updates.  I will post there whenever I post here and there you will also find promotions or casting calls.  Wedding clients will now receive this custom USB of all your images!

Brittany + Adam | Wedding + Reception Photographer part 2

I really had a great time in California shooting this wedding!  They had such a cute barn reception.  I absolutely loved her pomegranate and pumpkins throughout.  I decided I had better show some reception photos, I  realized I haven't posted any on this blog!  Reason for that, probably, is that I'm a natural light photographer and for receptions I use a flash.  Obviously gorgeous natural light is the best!  Low light receptions definitely require a flash to capture those important moments, though.  I'll have to post more reception photos from other weddings previously posted.  I'm glad you're here checking these out! (:

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