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 It’s that awkward moment when you’re laying in the grass post-workout and realize that the shorts you are wearing (and just wore to the gym) have a hole right on the butt cheek. True story. These are the things that happen to me! Right after that I decided that a somersault might make me feel better(which it did, btw) except that I landed right in a mud puddle. My once hole-in-the-cheek shorts were now hole-in-the-cheek/wet-muddy-butt shorts. #fail!

A very sad thing happened today. We have this blender. We call it the ‘cement mixer’ because this thing crushes anything! It has two modes ‘on’ and ‘off’. We’ve had some crappy blenders over the years, so when we got this one, we were both stoked  (yes, I realize that we are lame to love a blender!). Anyways, today as I was unloading the dishwasher and putting dishes away, my elbow knocked the ‘cement mixer’ off of the counter, onto the floor, and SMASH! The cement mixer shattered into a billion pieces. As I swept the broken pieces into the dust pan, I reflected on the many ‘cement mixer’ memories. The delicious green smoothies that came from it. The loud obnoxious noise it made. Oh cement mixer, you will be missed!!! ;)

This weekend was filled with heat, a wedding and guacamole. Clearly, it was AWESOME!!! xo stacy

  • April 23, 2012 - 6:40 pm

    candice - Sorry to hear about your blender! What is in that picture? It looks delish! If you made it will you share the recipe? :)

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The clouds rolled in the morning of April 14th, and the forecast called for rain. But as Cory walked down the aisle, escorted by her parents, the sky was picture perfect.

The clouds made for the most perfect ethereal backdrop to their outdoor lagoon ceremony, officiated by Cory’s dad.

The words spoken at the ceremony were that of commitment, faith and love; and hearing the ceremony through the voice of the father of the bride made it that much sweeter.

After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate…and celebrate they did!

This group was one of THE BEST we’ve ever had the chance to work with.

At one point almost every guest was on the dance floor; although the award for ‘most time on the dance floor’ had to go to the groomsmen!

It was such a joy sharing in this beautiful celebration with the Renos and Steges.

Cory and Michael, we are so blessed to have met you and grateful that you chose us as your wedding photographers.

I pray that these images bring back all the joy, excitement and love you felt on your beautiful day. xo stacy

The sweetest parent dances EVER!

Dance party!

Even I joined in at one point ;)

Congrats Mr. + Mrs. Stege!!! xo

  • June 8, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Susan Kaye - What a couple! And what a life you’ll lead, I’m certain.

  • June 9, 2012 - 2:44 am

    Jill Sheeley - Loved the photos, thanks.

  • June 16, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    Robin Bathke - So beautiful ~ Wishing you both a lifetime of joy together!

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Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE engagement sessions??! Especially when they are as FABULOUS as Catherine+Matt’s. What makes an engagement session FABULOUS, you ask?

Gorgeous light mixed with stunning views coupled with a couple who oozes love from their every pore! THAT is a fabulous session and Catherine+Matt successfully hit the trifecta on theres.

We made our ascent up South Mountain where the light couldn’t have been sweeter. It was like we had just dived into a big bowl of honey and C+M where swimming in it’s goodness. Mmmmm, what a tasty way to think of light :).

If I didn’t already have a toothache from the sweetness of the light, C+M’s adorable-ness gave me one. (I mean this as a compliment of course!)

Yes, this had ALL the makings for a fabulous shoot and I couldn’t be more excited with the results.

THIS is what E-sessions are all about:

Love.Light.Location.andmoreLOVE!!!

 xo stacy kokes

Catherine…you have the cutest dimple. EVER!

Okay, rockstars. ROCK.ON!

Catherine.You are stunning.That is all.

Dang Matt…you’re looking pretty stellar as well :).

ADORBS ALERT!!! ;)

  • April 25, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Stacy Kokes - I know I posted these awhile ago, but this couple just makes me smile :) xo.

  • May 2, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Jaime - So beautiful! What a gorgeous couple, and lovely, lovely photography. Thanks for posting!

  • May 5, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    Tara - What part of the mountin were these taken?

  • May 6, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    stacykokes - Near Dobbins Point :)

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For quite awhile I have been flirting with the idea of adding boudoir photography to the SKP repertoire.

I have a heart for empowering women to feel beautiful, so boudoir always seemed like a natural fit. However, before I jumped into it, I needed to make sure that I could do so in a way that would protect the purity, privacy and intimacy of every woman I photograph. Likewise, I want my work to be ‘suitable for all audiences’. As a follower of Christ, these things are super important to me. So I sought the counsel of other Christian boudoir photographers and I learned ways in which I can honor God, my boudoir clients and SKP fans alike. Thus came Beauty Boudoir by Stacy Kokes Photography!

Recently I shared on my blog why I have a heart for women and I thought it was fitting here as well:

‘Our culture is constantly bombarding us women with lies that we are not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not (blank) enough.

I want to make sure that every woman that steps in front of my camera knows that she is enough. She is beautiful. She is strong. She is enough, because she is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

It is such a privilege to empower women and help them discover their beauty. In the time that we are shooting, I want them to feel on top of the world.

And when they see their images, I want them to see more than their physical beauty. I want them to see themselves as joyful + loved and more beautiful inside than they ever realized.’

More than just empowering women, I want to help enhance marriages as well. Let me take a second to get real…sex is a huge part of marriage, right? Every man reading this just yelled out a hearty AMEN! lol

But life gets busy, monotonous, routine and tiring. We don’t always feel sexy. Some of us barely change out of our pjs throughout the day (shoot…did I just confess that?!). A boudoir session will add some spice to your marriage by allowing you to rediscover your sexiness+confidence. And let’s just say that your husband will be quite happy with the results as well. Win win!

Or maybe you’re about to get married and the word ‘sexy’ isn’t even in your vocbulary. I know many sisters in Christ who are anxiously and nervously awaiting their wedding night wondering how in the world they are going to pull of the ‘sexy’ thing. A boudoir session can help you get comfortable with showing a little skin AND the images make for a great wedding day gift to your fiance!

Maybe your desire for a beauty boudoir session has nothing to do with your man, but rather something you want to do for you! I have known women who do a boudoir session to celebrate weight loss, commemorate a milestone or just for the heck of it!

After thinking about all the ways that boudoir can be used to build up both women and marriages, it was a no brainer. I could not wait to get started!

Below are some images of the first official SKP Beauty Boudoir session with the lovely Teena as my model, and Ashley Nicole as the makeup artist.

My beauty boudoir website has also officially lauched so please check it out: Beauty Boudoir by Stacy Kokes Photography

How is Beauty Boudoir different than other boudoir photography?

There are many styles of boudoir, some sweet and sexy, others more erotic. I chose to call it Beauty Boudoir to really emphasize what I am focusing on; beauty. Yes, you will absolutely channel your inner-sexy, but think Victoria Secret rather than Playboy. I want to bring out the beauty, femininity, softness and sexiness of a woman in a classy, beautiful way. My clients will get photos that both they (and their husband) will enjoy, but the only images that will be seen on the blog or the website will be in the beauty category (aka photos I would be okay showing my 15 year old niece!). Any ‘sexy’ images will be posted in my private FB group (with client’s permission) which you can request to join by emailing me at stacy.kokes@gmail.com or sending me a FB message.

  • April 18, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    sharon elizabeth - oh dear heavens! these are incredible!

  • April 18, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    Lindsi Luffman - Stunning!! I wish I lived in Arizona now so I could get a session for myself!

  • April 18, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Canduce - These are stunning! I wish i lived in AZ so you could do a session for me, hopefully soon!

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Yesterday, our pastor of 5 1/2 years gave his farewell sermon before he and his family move to SF to plant a new church.

We knew this day was coming and we have had several months to process. So on the morning of the service, I thought I would hold it together no problem.

Boy, was I wrong.

As the Anderson family stood on stage looking out into a crowd of people standing and clapping in gratitude; them looking out at us and us staring back at them, I was overcome with emotion.

In that moment, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past 5 1/2 years and the tears just kept coming.

I thought about all the amazing memories and realized that even though things will be great, they will never be the same anymore.

I remembered the first time I walked into this tiny church in the middle of a neighborhood and met Joe that very night.

I remembered the early friendships we made with some amazing people; many of which we don’t often see as life has taken them to new places and stages.

I remembered the first time I got invited to Mamacitas with the ‘in crowd’.

I remembered the 5 different buildings we moved to throughout the years I’ve been there.

I remembered when Joe got baptized and I proudly sat in the front row recording the whole thing.

I remembered when Pastor Justin preached on Hebrews and brought the Word to me like never before. 

I remembered our weekly LOST parties with some of the coolest people I know.

I remembered the annual Anderson 4th of July party, in honor of Em’s fave holiday and her mesh America flag shirt.

I remembered the first time we had the Andersons over for dinner and we didn’t know that our table opened up, so we ate elbow to elbow the whole time!

I remembered when Lily was born 6 weeks early and Pastor Justin couldn’t make it out to WI to officiate our wedding.

I remembered when Lily reached out to Joe for him to hold her and he couldn’t say no. She was the first baby he ever held.

I remembered when Justin + Emilie dressed in the best Halloween costumes. 

I remembered watching the church grow from a few hundred to over a thousand.

I remembered how the Andersons always welcomed my parents with open arms whenever they would come to visit.

And mostly, I remember how the Gospel was brought to the city of Tempe through these amazing people. 

Yes, yesterday was a VERY emotional day for me as we witnessed the closing of a chapter in what has been a very important book in our lives.

My heart is a mix of sadness, joy and hope as we look forward to the impact this family will make in the city of SF and the work that will continue to be done here in Tempe.

Justin + Emilie,

From the bottom of our hearts, we will miss you SO much.

Tempe will not be the same without you.

We’re sad knowing that we can’t just drive down the street to see you anymore, but you better believe that we will be visiting you in San Fran often!

We love you!!!!

(darn it, I’m crying again!)

Me + Em (don’t mind our tearful eyes)

Sweet, sweet Lily (and Elliot). I’m freakin’ going to miss this girl!!!

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