Two of the things I love about creating portraits in Phoenix are photographing dancers and this amazing location, Scorpion Gulch.
Scorpion Gulch, located at South Mountain, is basically the stone structure and remains of what was once a trading post. It's nestled in a backdrop of gorgeous mountains and the early evening sunlight pokes through the trees and cool window frame openings, making for gorgeous portraits.
As Wikipedia tells it, Scorpion Gulch served as a home and storefront offering curios, jewelry, leather goods, soda, and candy until 1966 then became a bar in the 1970s.
Scorpion Gulch is a treasure for local photographers -- perfect for family and senior photos, and especially conducive to dance photography.
Whether it's little ones in their first tutus, advanced ballerinas in pointe shoes, or dancers somewhere in between, I love this beautiful backdrop offering so much texture, nature, color, and a signature rustic, Arizona look.
I loved working with sweet dancer Makenna, who studies ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap at Legacy Ballet Academy.