For those of you that don't know me well, I grew up in Auburn, Alabama. In many ways, it's a lot like Chapel Hill. Small southern town dominated by a large university. The big difference - football! So when Auburn made the national championship my husband, sports fan that he is, gave the go ahead for us to go. It was a blast. And one of the best parts is that I went out two days early. I spent the first day flying out, having a light dinner with other fans in our hotel's club room, then watching Sex in the City 2 on in-room entertainment. For a mom of three, getting to just relax and stay in was such a blessing. I spent the evening watching the sunset. There's just something about the sky out there that captures my imagination. It's so expansive and full of possibilities.
The next morning, I headed across town to the new JW Marriot Spa at Desert Ridge. What a beautiful spa!!! After a three mile run and some stretching I had the most fabulous hot stone massage. Maybe the best massage of my life. Next, it was off for an orange (WAR EAGLE!) mani-pedi. Finally, lunch by the pool in my spa robe (miso marinated black cod - yum!), some reading next to the fire and then off to the Jacuzzi. Which is where I met these girls.
They were celebrating a birthday and were hitting the spa and the town! They were so funny and so clearly enjoying one another. Made me miss my friends a bit! But I enjoyed capturing their antics. Ladies, if you're even in Chapel Hill, look me up. I know you'd be fun to go out with. Sorry I missed you that night.
I really loved Phoenix. It's definitely a place I can see coming back to. It would be a terrific place to do portraits. All that sky as a backdrop...makes a photographer's heart flutter.