Mountain Time

As many of you may know, I love to travel and explore new places. Recently, my travels took me out West to stunning Tuscon, Arizona. I set off with my dear friend Emily to visit her grandmother. During our week-long visit, we explored the dessert, drove through breathtaking vistas, climbed mountains, and soaked in some much-needed sunshine.

And of course, we took the time to snap some portraits.

There is something so humbling about this landscape. To me, the Northeast seems so nurturing in comparison. We have the cover of the forest, abundance of rain, and sweet sounds of wildlife. But the Southwest is much more intense. The vast sky, unforgiving dessert, harsh wildlife, and burning sun all reminded me that I am a guest who should show respect.

With all its jagged beauty, the mountains and desert plants made a gorgeous backdrop for the photos I took of Emily.

After a very difficult winter, Arizona provided the inspiration I've been craving. I feel motivated to pick up my camera and grow. Thank you, mountains. I hope to see you soon.

Have you traveled anywhere lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Emma Rizzo // Rochester, NY Portrait Photographer