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Look at all these smiling faces! 😀 Meet the IMAGES ARIZONA team and find out what we love about the Grand Canyon state!
Arizona is one of the most photogenic places in the United States. We are all familiar with the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, but the starry nights and desert panoramas are my personal favorites. Our saguaros are like sculptures in a vivid landscape painting. Another high point for me is having the opportunity to celebrate our unique history and create the best future with like-minded business owners. We are all working together for the betterment of our state.
What I love about Arizona is its pioneer spirit. I have lived all over the world, and there is no place that has the same explorer atmosphere. Adventure lives in the blood of Arizonans, passed down through history. From cowboy country to the bustle of downtown, to Native American cultural events and great Hispanic food and flair, there’s so much to experience. You can ride the dunes in the desert, enjoy a quiet cabin in the picturesque Rocky Mountains or take a wild ride down the Colorado River. Arizona is a beautiful state and I’m glad to call it home.
What do I love about Arizona? Cacti and sky. I came from Serbia one year ago, and when I saw the sky after it rained for the first time and the large cacti by my house I thought, this is real — it’s not Photoshop. I’ve never seen sky colors anywhere like here.
The best part of Arizona — hands down — is the weather. I love that we have sunshine almost every day. Yes, we don’t have some of the scenery or architectural history of other states, but I’d rather enjoy that through travel. I truly hate the cold, so there is nothing better than being able to have nine months of great weather.
When my wife, Phyllis, and I decided to leave Chicago 22 years ago, we had only one destination in mind: Arizona. Being avid golfers, we had visited Scottsdale many times to improve our games (never happened!) and fell in love with everything Arizona — the warmth, the desert and the lifestyle. Since then, we have never looked back. We are Arizona proud!
The lyrical phrase “purple mountain majesties” always comes to mind when I think of Arizona. Our state embodies America’s beauty, not only because of its diverse scenery and climate — including those kaleidoscopic sunsets — but also because of the incredible mix of life found here, both human and not-so-human. I can honestly say that during my Midwest upbringing, I never had the chance to nod at a coyote as we passed each other on a run, wave at a bobcat after sinking a par putt … or scream at the sight of a scorpion, rattlesnake or tarantula (thankfully, not all at once). The latter is a small price to pay for nearly 300 days of sunshine every year!
I love the spirit of the people. I’ve met so many who have reinvented their lives, from entrepreneurs who have launched new businesses to artists who flourish in this place that eschews convention. It’s still the Wild West for creatives and go-getters.
I love Arizona because we have it all: city, country, desert, snow, spa, sagebrush and everything in between. You can have a champagne brunch and go off-roading in the same day. In fact, I have!
Where else can you play some of the best desert golf in the Southwest and tee off in the cool pines in the same day? I grew up living, working, learning and playing all over this great state — from Pinetop to Tucson to Phoenix. I’ve also lived in Seattle and Southern California for a time, but nothing beats the diversity, people and beauty of Arizona. There’s just something about it that keeps calling me home.
Arizona sunsets. Need I say more? I’ve almost gotten in several wrecks just trying to take a picture of them while driving. The dusky summer haze that comes afterward is beautiful, too, and it always surprises me how many stars you can see in the Arizona night sky.
Having lived on the West Coast for years, I must say I’m enjoying the sunny days at the beach here! You can throw your towel down onto the sand in just about any neighborhood, take in the rolling waves of fascinating people doing interesting things, close your eyes and enjoy the gentle rattle of those seabirds (I think that’s what they are, right?). Yes, #iheartAZbeaches!
What I love about Arizona are the gorgeous colors that appear throughout its breathtaking scenery. From crimson rocks and crystal blue skies to towering green cacti, vast canyons and mountains with endless hues of red, orange and gold, nature is at its finest. There is no better place for a stunning view!
I remember the first time I got off the plane in Phoenix. I can still see perfectly the shot that I wanted to take of a saguaro cactus with the sun shining brightly down on it. I fell in love instantly! With my camera in my hands, I moved away from taking pictures of my home of Chicago and started on Arizona. I have been photographing the people and landscapes of Arizona for 20 years now and I couldn’t love what I do more. So many interesting and wonderful people have moved here from all over the country, and we have all fallen in love with the vast array of landscapes we get to enjoy here. It is truly a beautiful state and a perfect place for a photographer to call home!
Coming from a country known for wet and green, you’ll get no argument from me. I love the weather. It still amazes me how ridiculously hot it gets in the summer, but there are always sunny blue skies. This results in an incredible diversity of people to meet and activities to do. I couldn’t imagine a better place to raise my family and explore from.
What I love about living in Arizona is the diversity of the terrain. Coming from the Midwest, we had hills, but you were just among them. I wake up every morning and look outside and my jaw drops at the sight of the mountains. This hasn’t changed, even after almost four years in Arizona. Arizona’s diverse terrain also provides so many different opportunities for different outdoor activities, something I’m extremely fond of. The weather allows these activities year-round and the constant sun keeps my mood in a state of unending happiness. Sure, it’s hot for a few months, but if that’s the worst we have to deal with to enjoy this amazing state, I think I’ll survive!
I love the character of the people who live in Arizona. One of the best things I’ve heard about how to describe an Arizonan is that they’re like the plants that call our state home — hard, sharp or pious. Now, I don’t think that’s true, but it came from a true Arizonan and I think it’s funny. The best part of Arizona are its people. Our state is complete with the roughest, toughest cowboys; city folk; and the hipsters and river runners up in Flagstaff, where I live. As a photographer, I love that I get to hear their diverse stories and tell them in my photographs.
Heat. I’m one of the crazy people who loves the Arizona heat. When the thermometer says it’s 110 degrees, that’s no problem for me. Plus, I never have to shovel snow living in Phoenix (not a fan of the snow). Being able to be active outdoors for most of the year is one of the best parts of living in Arizona. Coming from the East Coast and experiencing the rough winter weather there makes me appreciate Arizona and its mostly sunny days.
Since my mom, Shelly, rescued me, I have really enjoyed getting a new perspective on Arizona. I love visiting with the other dogs in Carefree, and I especially like barking at the delivery trucks behind the office. I also enjoy spending time with my new co-workers, Grace, Ana and Jenn S. They give me lots of treats and love. But my absolute favorite thing about Arizona are the rabbits! I may have run into a few walls trying to catch them.