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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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There is something so special about photographing women.

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

I 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 that hour 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.

Last night, I had the pleasure of photographing Lauren who is absolutely beautiful both inside and out.

These images speak of her strength, beauty, joy and kind heart.

xo stacy

 

  • April 12, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Donna Zahn - Love it Stacy , Beautiful work:)

  • April 12, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Elizabeth Langford - Awesome pictures Stacy! I love this session!!! Very cool backdrops and a very gorgeous girl!

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I never know where to start when it comes to writing about good friends. I feel like there is so much I could say; so much I SHOULD say. When people make such a significant impact on your life, it’s hard to put it into words sometimes.

Brittany has become such an amazing friend over the past 3 years. We meet up for ‘girl time’ at least once a month and talk about everything from photography, marriage, the Lord, new milestones, and struggles. Brittany has seen me laugh and seen me cry.

We’ve been there for each other through some really amazing times and some really hard times, and she has definitely left a footprint on my heart.

Over the past 18 months, I have had the pleasure of watching her + her husband John’s adoption journey from the application all the way until now; as they are about to celebrate their son Cruz’s first birthday.

Their story, their faith and their undeniable obedience to the Lord has been incredibly impactful to Joe + I personally and many others as well.

Brit+John are the kind of people you want in your corner. And I’m so blessed that they are in mine.

And even more so, that they are in Cruz’s…

Here are the two people who so faithfully acted on their call to adopt…

…which ultimately lead to them bringing their son Cruz into their lives :). I.could.just.steal.him!!!

And now they are a sweet family of three (and the cutest one ever, right??!)

My heart smiles when I see the joy that radiates from each one of the Hagensens. They are blessed and they know it!

Fun with daddy!

Fun with his sweet mama :)

This cupcake was Cruz’s first taste of refined sugar. He was an instant fan :)

I LOVE THIS FAMILY!!!!

I’ll end with a collage of Cruz wearing a hat (or attempting to anyway) :)

Happy soon-to-be Birthday Cruzer! We love you :) xoxo

  • April 10, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Sara Hasstedt - What a gorgeous family! An Cruz is SUCH a doll!!

  • April 12, 2012 - 11:16 am

    Lynnae Lovs - Hi…I love these Pics of my kids…they are such amazing people! You did an fab job !!! BLessings!

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