When you live in Phoenix, being friends with "6 a.m. in the morning" can be a fabulous thing.
I met up with Erika and her darling (DARLING!) boys at 6 a.m. at Hole in the Rock for a little fun in the red rocks. We hiked, we climbed, we took turns wearing a fedora, we threw rocks (much to Erika-the-geologist's shagrin) and just thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather and natural beauty of Arizona.
The day after the session, Erika sent me an email that said this: "My favorite part is that Max refers to the whole experience as playing on a mountain, not having his picture taken." And let me tell you - I am STILL smiling from that line. Thank you, Max, for summarizing my whole philosophy in photography: Creating memories instead of just documenting them.
It's just more fun that way. Especially at 6 o'clock in the morning.