I heard the familiar ring of a FaceTime call, I looked down and saw Nichole’s name. When I answered the call I gasped. I didn’t see Nichole- she had the camera turned around. She was walking through a field of desert wildflowers in the Tonto National Forest!
She giggled when she heard my reaction. “I just found these amazing flowers, and I’d love to do nursing portraits. What do you think?” she said.
Desert Wildflowers & Nursing Portraits in Tonto National Forest… we all know what I thought. I grabbed my camera and we headed out to this magical spot in the desert. Wildflowers bloom in the desert each spring from mid February to mid June, with a peak from mid March to late April depending on rainfall and temperatures during the growing season. We’ve experienced “super blooms”, when we’ve had wet winters. And, we’ve also experienced no blooms at all, when we’ve had excessively dry winters. Tonto National Forest is an amazing place for viewing the colorful spring wildflowers. In a good year, the hillsides are covered with gold poppies, blooms of purple lupine, red firecracker penstemon, and white desert chicory. It’s always a treat to see these delicate blooms!
Nichole was a goddess in her lace dress and softly braided hair among the purple lupine. Her sweet little Taylor was a dream for this tender session too. I’m so thankful for friends who trust me to photograph and document the important details of their journey in motherhood (especially when it’s a fellow photographer). I was able to photograph Nichole for her maternity and newborn sessions. Adding this nursing session to her gallery of photos is an absolute dream! I adore you Nichole.