Tender Look Photography has moved to Joanna Joy Photography!

Tender Look Photography has rebranded and moved to a new website!  (I left this old site up because I'm sentimental that way and love to flip through old photos for a trip down memory lane!)  The new site has fresh look but the same love of natural photos - documenting wedding days,  capturing family relationships for gorgeous wall prints. . . Visit Joanna Joy Photography to view current pricing, recent weddings, and tons of helpful wedding planning advise on the new blog!


Scott and Audrie || Wedding Album

on Saturday, 12 July 2014. Posted in Weddings

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Scott and Audrie || Wedding at St Augustines

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Posted in Weddings

Hotel Congress Wedding Reception in Tucson AZ

High School Sweethearts and college sweethearts, Audrie and Scott are sweethearts plain and simple.  In honor of their faith,  Audrie and Scott choose the beautifully restored St Augustine's in downtown Tucson for their marriage ceremony.  Celebrants from her local parish and their parish in Flagstaff (where they both attended college) participated in the lovely service.

They chose a unique venue for the reception - the Copper Hall at Hotel Congress provided lots of character!  I've recently moved back to Tucson and am determined to take in some of Hotel Congress's hosted events!  Retro Game Show night anyone??  Too fun

Carrie and Ben || Part. 1

on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. Posted in Weddings

Thanksgiving Wedding in Tucson AZ

Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday.  My mother used to sing a song "Count your many blessings name them one by one . . ."  Ben and Carrie were blessed with a lovely wedding at Starr Pass in Tucson, blessed with close family surrounding and supporting them, blessed with lovely blue skies, blessed with the greatest treasure of marrying your best friend.  May the blessings just keep adding up, one by one.  

Angie and Josh

on Monday, 24 June 2013. Posted in Weddings

Wedding at Calvary Chapel

This wedding featured a lot of "firsts" for me.  

No outdoor shoots - a first (though I missed the sun, air-conditioning is always a thing of beauty - ha)

Posing a firetruck - a first (a helpful crew was a definite plus)

Shooting a wedding with ginger ale and crackers in my camera bag - a first (both Amber and I were sick and though I was woozy, I didn't pass out and most shots are in focus :P)

Every couple is unique and every wedding is unique.  Angie and Josh were preparing for a big out-of-state move so Angie's mom helped organized a theme in vivid red and yellow.  The ceremony was held at Calvary Chapel with a reception following at the American Royal Palace Banquet Hall. During the ceremony, Josh surprised Angie and sang a song he wrote.  Lots of tears and laughs thoughout the day.  The warmth and support surrounding Angie and Josh was a joy to witness.   

Sarah and Justin

on Saturday, 11 May 2013. Posted in Weddings

Wedding at the Farm at South Mountain

A picture is worth a thousand words and I think I've posted a thousand photos!  Sarah planned a lovely sweet wedding at the farm.  It was a hot day but that didn't stop the smiles!  

I confess I'm guilty of falling in love at every wedding - usually with the parents of the couple!  So gracious, warm, and friendly . . . meeting Justin's folks and spending time with Sarah's parents was a joy.  May Justin and Sarah share a long happy marriage - weathering life's ups and downs with joy and grace.   

photo credits shared with partner Amber at Two Peas in a Pod Photography

Sneak Peek || the Farm at South Mountain

on Tuesday, 07 May 2013. Posted in Weddings

Sarah and Justin's Wedding

I've been working my way through the photos from our most recent wedding - April 28 at the Farm at South Mountain.  Sarah and Justin were married on a lovely Sunday afternoon.  This is one favorite photo of many!  I'll try and post more wedding pictures soon but just had to share this shot!

Ashlynn and Steven || Part 2

on Saturday, 20 April 2013. Posted in Weddings

Wedding Album Design

I've posted photos previously of Ashlynn and Steven's wedding and wanted to share a few more.  Below are a few of my favorite album layouts!  We may shoot a thousand photos but it's nice to narrow them down and showcase what's important - the smiling friends, the gorgeous details, the romance of the bride and groom!  

Ashlynn and Steven || Part 1

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Weddings

Phoenix Wedding

Another wedding at our home church!  I feel so blessed!  I'm going to sound like an old lady here but seriously I loved spending time with these young people - this whole bridal party.  (I got to meet a few new faces from Bagdad AZ and it was so sweet to see these girls support Ashlynn!)  Danny and I will be 18 years married next month - wowzers!! It's so sweet to see a cute couple just begining, knowing that God plays such a central role in their relationship with each other and guides their eyes to the future.  I pray many many blessing on their household!  Congratulations to Ashlynn and Steven! 

Jackie and John

on Monday, 11 March 2013. Posted in Weddings

Faria Munmun Photography || Eagle Mountain Golf Club

I had an opportunity to second shoot for a friend recently.  Faria and I met a while back at the Pictage Users Group.  I confess to stalking the blogs of my friends and had loved the darling engagement session she shot at the State Fair with Jackie and John.   Faria invited me to join her at the wedding.  We had never worked together before but I think you can always walk away learning something when you try something new.  In the end it was a lovely day at Eagle Mountain Golf Club.  Seeing the tears, the smiles, and the sweetness between this couple was special.  A tenderness that belongs only to newlyweds - so beautiful.  

Beautiful Brides and Bouncing Babies

on Thursday, 07 March 2013. Posted in Weddings

Just heard through the grapevine this beautiful bride is expecting!  Congratulations to Elyse and TJ!!  TJ had proposed to Elyse in song (which we featured in their engagement session) I'm sure their home will be filled with music once the baby comes. . . that wedding march will turn into a sweet lullabye!

Flash Back Friday

on Sunday, 03 March 2013. Posted in Weddings

Fountain Hills Wedding Photography

Happy Anniversay to Robb & Carah!!

In spring of 2011, the wedding and reception were held at Alchemy in Fountain Hills.   

Flash Back Friday

on Friday, 08 February 2013. Posted in Weddings

Phoenix Wedding Photography

Happy Anniversary to Kate & Steve!!  

Feb. 2011 - preceremony at the Sheraton, downtown Phoenix, followed by ceremony and outdoor reception at the Arizona Center

Chris and Cassia || Part. 2

on Monday, 03 December 2012. Posted in Weddings

Ah newly wedded bliss!  It's all giggles and kisses!  My secret favorite photo though is not of newly weds but a portrait of Cassia's grandparents.  I was assembling a ginormous family grouping on the steps and spotted them walking away.  I hollared to Amber to grab their portrait real quick.  My husband had the sweetest set of grandparents I ever met.  We celebrated their 60th anniversary - I wish I had a portrait like this of them!  There is just something so precious about a marriage that has stood the test of time and still holds love.  Amber set them on the steps and later, laughing, told me how Grandpa was flirty and wanted Grandma to sit right next to him!  I wish Chris and Cassia many many years of giggles!  May you always make each other smile.


Chris and Cassia || Part. 1

on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Weddings

Phoenix Wedding

A wedding at our home church, taking photos of precious friends . . . what could be better??  Chris and Cassia's wedding was a lovely full day of beautiful details, lots of planning by the bride, lots of hands chipping in and getting involved . . . there is no way to show all the efforts, all the emotion, and all the beauty in just a handful of photos but tonight with Part 1 we'll give it a try. :)

Wayne and Vita || Vive L'Amour

on Sunday, 30 September 2012. Posted in Weddings

Wedding at Sassi in Scottsdale AZ

This fall we were lucky enough to join the Tanner family in another wedding celebration.  They captured our hearts last summer when Amanda and Jon were married.  (They have recently added to the Tanner family - Congratulations!!)  These three brothers with the most elegant parents and the sweetest wives - are truly a gracious and welcoming family.  We loved spending the day with them at Sassi in Scottsdale.  Vita planned a beautiful wedding - the location, the music, the food - just beautiful.  Only a honeymoon in Italy could surpass the romance in the air!

Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot

on Saturday, 26 May 2012. Posted in Weddings

Sunnybrook Farm Wedding Style

We're both guilty of hosting weddings on Pinterest.  I think I have weddings planned in at least 6 colors!  Last fall our love of details and vintage got the best of us.  I don't remember what the original starting point was - maybe the vintage Mustang, maybe Sophie's darling veil, maybe a craving for strawberry shortcake. . . We teamed with Sophia Sarten and staged a wedding inspiration shoot.  Amber's brother and sister-in-law had an elegant evening wedding and were willing to shoot a fun daytime session for us as an anniversary celebration.

A kindly older couple gave us permission to use the front portion of thier ranch for this shoot.  Finding country green in Phoenix is always a challenge!  The funniest part of the day was seeing them sit on the porch, watching hordes of people stage a fake wedding with no guests on their front lawn.  Too silly!  How odd we must have looked!

Once Amber found that farm location, Sophie pulled together a summery color scheme of yellows, blues, and reds.  Amber, with her history as a wedding florist, incorporated the yellow color pop into a super cute billy ball bouquet and a sweet blue boutonniere with button accents. Sophie added farm details - hay bale ceremony seating, tin can flower holder on the backs of wood slat chairs, ragged ribbon streamers and garlands. . .

The hit feature of the warm late summer day was definitely the ice cold strawberry lemonade!  Sipped from barber pole straws they were very refreshing!  Sophie's newly wed husband and a few friends chipped in - moving hay bales, laying out place settings, and reading fake menus.  I was hoping we'd have some of that grilled chicken . . . maybe please just for a photo op?  Nope - just cake and lemonade.  Jackie Austin created not one but two delicious shortcakes!  Maybe she forgot they were only for show and there were no guests, but she made them so yummy we couldn't stop munching!!

The "bride" crafted a lovely little heart garland - a pretty accent to our theme!  I embroidered my first little heart on the groom's bow tie.  Amber's son stood in as ring bearer.  I always tease her - he is the cutest vintage little boy ever!  Norman Rockwell come to life!  (The groom secretly paid him for his cooperation in M&Ms.  That's just what uncle's do!)  On a side note, I"ll work for shortcake, lemonade, and M&Ms too.  Any day.

and We're Back!

on Saturday, 15 October 2011. Posted in Weddings

It's been a lovely summer break!  We've spent time with family, spent time on the lake, spent time with our children . . . and as always, we've spent time with our cameras!

With the unveiling of this new site, we are excited to show you sneak peeks of summer weddings and engagements!  We've also completed our first styled shoot with stylist Sophie Sarten. 

This site is still under construction.  Thank you for being patient with us through the summer hiatus!

We are in the process of restoring our older blog posts to this new site - please take  a peek at our Galleries to view our work, view our About Us page to see our personal blog, or view the For Brides page for helpful wedding planning tips!