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A session becomes fabulous when a few key things collide: a totally fun couple, a great location, fabulous outfits, and a unique prop. Nina + Dj’s engagement session was absoLUTEly FABulous! The moment they stepped out of the car, I was like….’DANG! These two have STYLE!’. Their outfit choices were superb. They mixed patterns and coordinated colors perfectly, which ALWAYS makes the photos that much better! Next, I got them in front of my camera and instantly they were rocking it with their personalities! They brought the love, the fierceness and everything in between. They were making it EASY on me! Then came the props. They incorporated their love for music and travel. And topped it off with the COOLEST vehicle I have ever seen. A vintage turquoise VW truck! I was smitten the moment I saw it :). All of these worked together to make this a FABULOUS shoot. Can not wait for the wedding!

xo stacy kokes

not everyone can pull off the SUPER close up, but these two sure can! ahhh LOVE!

maybe one of my favorite photos of ALL time. just sayin’

enter the VW truck…be still my heart!

  • February 24, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    nicole ray - SO incredible, such a happy, IN LOVE and lovely couple!! Nina, you couldn’t be more beautiful!!!

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Katelyn + Erik brought it on their engagement session. Fierceness…check. Love…check. Hotness…check.

I’m always pretty verbal while I’ll shoot but I was ‘ooing + ahhing’ like crazy through their whole sesh!

Katelyn went all out with professional hair and makeup which I TOTALLY recommend. Her makeup accentuated her beauty perfectly.

Erik was looking dapper in his H+M blazer and definitely channeled his inner GQ ;).

The two will be married 04/21/12 and I can not WAIT to document it.

xoxo stacy kokes

The shot on the left was my ‘test’ shot of the day. I looked down at my camera and was like ‘Wowza! This is going to be a goooood shoot!’

  • February 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Regan - These are so beautiful!! The lighting is just gorgeous! Wonderful job! :)

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I want to love the store Ross so badly, but I just can’t. I always go into my Ross visits so hopeful that I will find a hidden gem at a great price but I usually just walk away disappointed :(. On the other hand, take me to a TJ Maxx and I’m in ‘good deals’ heaven!

There I was, standing in the refrigerated dairy section picking up my new favorite yogurt (thanks for the recommendation Charity) when an older lady approached me. She started asking me about the yogurt which I of course told her was AMAZING. Next thing I knew, she was telling me about stocks and recommending how to invest our money. I kindly listened and thanked her for her advice, all while wondering how long this would go on. Gotta love grocery store conversations!

Joe gave me one of the best compliments ever. I often make up random songs narrating what I’m doing throughout the day. Apparently they are pretty catchy because Joe ends up singing them and told me “Baby, you’re my favorite band!”. THIS is how you know we’re meant to be :).

My dog Hope is so weird. She’s been going through this phase lately where she picks up a few pieces of her food, carries them over to the shag rug in the living room, eats them there and repeats that until her food is gone. What a goof!

Next Monday we’ll be in Vegas for the annual WPPI photography conference. I.Can.Not.WAIT! 4 days in a fancy hotel with the man I love surrounded by my amazing industry friends. Oh my goodness. It’s going to be EPIC! Be sure to check out my update next week.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s day tomorrow. Joe + I will be celebrating on Friday over a delicious True Food dinner followed by The Vow. I am looking forward to that!

Happy Monday! xo stacy

  • February 13, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    Jen - Ooo, I totally want to see The Vow. Tom and I are celebrating on Friday too, after our Swing dancing class (you know it!) I really like Valentine’s Day – such a bright spot in an otherwise long winter stretch.

  • February 15, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Regan - I am *so* with you on Ross. Every time I go to that store I am disappointed and vow to never return. Speaking of vows, I saw The Vow yesterday with my hubby as well! Loved it!!

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I know, I totally took last week off. Don’t hate me! The one good thing about not having time to blog is that it means that I’m too busy living the good life! In this case, ‘the good life’ was most likely me watching the Bachelor lol but nonetheless ;).

What a great weekend we had! Joe’s mom and sister came into town and we had a blast. We took them around our sweet city of Tempe, ate great food, bummed around and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was simply lovely!

Not gonna lie, the only reason I like the Super Bowl is because it’s an excuse to eat a lot of junk food and not feel bad about it. I’m talking burgers, chips and guac, soda, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, cheetos…the works! However, our burgers were less than desirable. That’s just a fancy way of saying they were on FIRE!

Just an FYI, this month is going to getting a bit crazy for me SO I may be a little spotty on my CTM posts BUT don’t fret. I’ll be back!

Happy Monday! xo stacy kokes

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High school sweethearts. It’s a rarity these days. But that’s exactly what Brian + Jenna are.

After 8 years, they are getting ready to tie to knot and I’m SO stoked that I get to be the one to capture it.

Enjoy the engagement photos of this super sweet, super cute couple! xo stacy

Jenna, you are cute as they come!

  • January 31, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Jillian Tree - Seriously BEAUTIFUL photos of them! I love the light in them & how you captured it! <3

  • February 27, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    Jessica Downey - These are absolutely stunning! Love them!

  • March 29, 2012 - 12:18 am

    Aunt Nancy - You have captured the spirit of these two special people. A great way to feel a part of the whole experience!!!

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