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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 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.
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!
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.
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.
My absolute favorite part about Arizona are the vivid, coral and fuchsia sunsets. It’s an inspiring thing to be surrounded by such beautiful mountains, nature, and sky all year round! Arizona has it ALL, and I am proud to live in this gorgeous state.
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!
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.
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!