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!

High School Senior in the golden hour in Sedona Arizona wearing a stylish Calvin Klein sweatshirt and wearing minimal makeup

Black and white photo of high school senior being photographed at Tlaquepaque in Sedona Arizona with dramatic lighting by Sedona Photographer Melissa Dunstan

High School Senior at Tlaquepaque in Sedona Arizona at the golden hour at sunset with dramatic lighting in Lucky jeans photographed by Melissa Dunstan

Close up photo of high school senior in Sedona Arizona at Tlaquepaque Shopping Center against a metal gate with lighting coming from the side photographed by senior photographer Melissa Dunstan

High School Senior in a black Calvin Klein sweatshirt and Lucky Jeans and sneakers photographed at Red Rocks in Sedona Arizona by Senior Photographer Melissa Dunstan

High School Senior photographed in Los Angeles at the Malibu State Park sitting in patches of grass with cactus and trees

Serious and glamorous high school senior in a satin jacket and minimal makeup striking a vogue pose with minimal make up Image by High School Senior Photographer Melissa Dunstan in Los Angeles California

College Senior in the golden hour being photographed in Malibu California wearing a leather jacket with her hair in a braid with minimal makeup

Senior Photographer captured this high school student at Malibu State Park wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt

A unique golden hour photo with sun flare of a high school senior using off camera flash and backlighting by the sun image is by Tangled Lilac Photographer Melissa

High School Senior at sunset using dramatic lighting and wearing jeans sneakers and a black top image by Melissa Dunstan Photographer in Los Angeles

Girl in a black top and jeans in the sagebrush and bushes for her senior photographs near Los Angeles California

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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