Erin Fonnesbeck Photography Phoenix Photographer » Erin Fonnesbeck, located in Phoenix, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Arizona, Specializing in Family, Newborn, Lifestyle, Portrait and High School Senior Photography

It’s safe to say that this might be one of my favorite sessions of all time. Capturing their true and tender relationship brought so much happiness to me. These two are the sweetest you’ll meet and if you’re lucky to have them in your lives, well, you’re immensely blessed. They are just the kind of people that make you feel wonderful when you’re around them. They’re so hip and up on the trends and oh, so talented. Cherrie is an exceptional pianist and organist who always carries a stylish handbag, wears lipstick and up on the latest pop culture. Bill is a retired fighter pilot, drives a bright red Fiat and an extremely talented paper airplane creator and Boy Scout leader. I wish I could capture them perfectly with words but you just have to meet them in person to catch my drift. They are simply genuine, giving, and just plain charming!!

Cherrie and Bill have been married for 53 years! They were set up by a mutual friend all those years ago who thought they would be compatible because of the mutual love they have for sporting events and classical music. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren and continue to travel long distances to visit them. They recently traveled to Hawaii and Australia but a supremely happy vacation for them would be New York City to take in as many plays and musicals that they possibly could handle.

Cherrie, I hope this is a great birthday surprise for you, as you celebrate your birthday today! You and Bill are such a treasure to our family and when you asked me to photograph the two of you, I was thrilled beyond belief! I love and miss you both dearly since our move. Hugs to the both of you!

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  • Lindsay - Erin I am so touched by these! Seeing these just makes my heart happy. And gives me hope to have this kind of love for years to come. They are the cutest ever!

Meet Savanna, the confident, intelligent and jovial, class of 2016 senior. She drives a jeep, loves to travel, has 5 younger brothers, loves the desert and is a foodie (aka – lover of any and all food). She’s adorable and totally going places. Big places. I just know it!

Best of luck to you Savanna!

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  • Lisa - These are so beautiful! Amazing talent! Can I ask what lens you use?

  • efonnesbeck - Hi Lisa! Thank you! I use a Canon 24-70 2.8 most of the time. It’s just easy and crisp. :)

Meet Tori, a class of 2016 graduating senior and obviously, adorable as can be! Tori works for her family’s waffle truck business called Waffle Crush, which I’m DYING to try! She knows just about every word to every song (my kind of gal), loves chips and salsa and is currently taking college classes to be a dental hygienist.

And let’s talk about her outfit choices! Her blue dress just popped with color and the embroidery was perfection. Adding the orange necklace with the geometric shapes was a stellar choice and the stripes and floral together was so darling. Great styling Tori!

And no, it wasn’t snowing here in Arizona during her shoot. Those little springtime puffs were falling from the trees like mad, which I actually loved! (Scroll down, you’ll see!)

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If you’ve never read Shawni Pothier’s 71toes blog, you should! It’s full of insight, wisdom, memory keeping, parenting ideas and just fun little extras that make you happy. I had been following her blog for a while when I lived in Vegas and never even realized she was in Gilbert, Arizona until we were ready to move there. She was the only name I knew in Gilbert, so I emailed her, asking for area and school advice. She was so amazing and helpful and made me feel so much better about the move, even with just that little bit of help.

Their family is so fun and so beautiful. These photos were taken at Riperian Preserve just three days before their oldest son, Max entered the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo Utah, in preparation for a two year LDS mission to Taiwan. Quite an adventure! I am so glad I was able to capture these photos for them before he left. It was a beautiful evening and I love you Pothier’s!

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A little about Elle / Class of 2016 / Gilbert, Arizona

She’s an avid and very skilled tennis player, she loves Chick-Fil-A, and has very, very long, beautiful legs, obviously. She loves to travel and has ditched school way too many times to go snowboarding. Oh, and please don’t ever touch her ears because she really hates that.

Haha, Elle, you were a dream to photograph! You’re beautiful, smart, gracious and seriously so fun! Thank for for spending your evening with me! Muah!

I was able to photograph Elle’s whole family a while back before their son left on an LDS mission to Taiwan. Blog post of the whole fam to come soon!

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