Joe, Sarah, Lilly, and Hazel (Phoenix Family Portraits)

While in Phoenix last week, Nathan and I enjoyed a portrait session with good friends – & three-time clients – Joe, Sarah and their beautiful daughters Lilly and Hazel. I met Joe when he and I worked together at SARRC. Shortly after, when I met Nathan, I was shocked to learn that Joe and Nathan went to high school together in Normal/Bloomington, IL. How’s that for a small world? Since then, I’ve photographed their family twice, and also did professional head shots for Joe and Sarah when Joe opened his own practice.

Meet Lilly, age-4-going-on-supermodel, and Hazel, who just turned 1.

Lilly is a fabulous big sister. Both girls have the sweetest personalities and the most striking eyes:

Lilly is always such a delight to photograph; she twirls, dances, smiles and poses like a pro. Her childlike innocence just shines through. The girls are lucky to have parents like Joe and Sarah, and not just because they are highly trained behaviorists. 🙂 They are loving and patient and cool. I love capturing sweet moments between parents and children like these:

What’s better than getting a boo-boo kissed away by daddy? Sarah and her girls:

Lilly is always so animated, and some of the outtakes just had to make the final cut. I just love photos like this one! It’s the real her. 🙂And last but not least:

Thanks, Joe and Sarah, for the honor of capturing your family over the past few years! I hope there will be more to come.


P.S.  Just after wrapping this session, we drove right into one of Arizona’s infamous Haboobs as it rolled across Phoenix. Here’s a pic I snapped on my iPhone from the car window; see that orangish-cloud at mid-left? That’s the Haboob. About 2 minutes after taking this, we were in the middle of it. Fortunately my gear was safely packed by then!

Watch this super amazing time-lapse video of a Haboob by Phoenix photographer Mike Oblinski. Or buy a tee-shirt celebrating your love of Big Haboobs. 🙂


About Holly Baumann Photography

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, a commercial and portrait photographer based in Central Illinois. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly
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