Jess in the Mcdowell Mountains
I took some springtime portraits with my friend Jess near the base of Tomb’s Thumb trailhead in the Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Ariozna. We had the whole place to ourselves, we didn’t see anyone during our hourlong stroll into the first quarter mile of the trail. What we did see was lots of adorable cottontail bunnies (they were too fast for me to get a shot)! I sometimes forget that this part of Arizona is considered a desert, the Sonoran desert is so green and full of life, especially during spring. It’s actually considered to be the greenset desert in the world, and it’s the only place where the iconic Saguaro cactus grows.
I’m absolutely in love with the lighting in all of these photos from start to finish. When we began, I had the chance to play around with some harsher lighting, which I typically stay away from. Then as the sun went down, the sky released BEAUTIFUL purple, pink and blue shades that made for a perfect backdrop. Shooting closest to sunset allows for another dimension of color to peak into images.