Senior Photos at Tlaquepaque and Sedona’s Red Rocks

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

I think about this quote a lot, and wonder what my 20+ year older self than I am now would tell me today.  And I’d bet it would be just one sentence….take more risks.

Being a senior photographer is a blessing as I listen to all these young people’s dreams, desires and aspirations.  They are nervous, excited, sad and ecstatic all wound up into one feeling.  I remember those days when everything seemed possible, and how exciting the thought of carving out my future was. There were so many possibilities, and choosing was the problem.

But then as I got older, I realized, it’s not so much about the choice, as it is enjoying the downstream ride of the journey.  Only when I shifted my oars to paddle upstream was I ever let down or disappointed.  Letting go and enjoying the crazy, breathtaking ride downstream is the only way to go.

Bethany, I hope you enjoy your crazy and wonderful trip downstream.  I can’t wait to see what your future holds!

View Bethany’s complete slideshow below!

We chose the shopping center, Tlaquepaque for Bethany’s senior photos.  Integrated to its environment and true to its architectural sources, Tlaquepaque creates the impression that it has been here – in this place – for centuries. In fact, construction did not begin until 1971 and was completed in 1978.

In ways large and small, Tlaquepaque reflects the dream of one man, Abe Miller. Abe’s control extended from planning and construction through landscaping and maintenance. His standards were high.

To preserve the integrity of the site, buildings were constructed around existing trees; where possible, methods of construction mirrored those of Mexican artisans and builders; tiles, statuary, lanterns, pots, doors, wrought iron and fountains were largely imported piece by piece from Mexico. The result is a unique blend of architecture and nature, of the old with the new and an ambience of special charm and quiet elegance.

On the edge of Guadalajara, Mexico, lies the village of Tlaquepaque. Here, artists and craftsmen convene to display their wares and demonstrate their craft. Surrounded by magnificent red rock formations, beneficiary of four gentle seasons, the town of Sedona, Arizona boasts a village with the same name, Tlaquepaque.
Tlaquepaque is masonry and metal, mission bells and birdsong. Tlaquepaque is tiled walkways lined with flowers, historic wrought iron gates and balcony railings, sunbaked courtyards, gracious fountains, splendid archways and cobblestone drives. It is the perfect venue for romantic weddings and a truly unique.

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