Cozy Clicks Photography Phoenix Family and Child Photographer in Ahwatukee, Scottsdale and Phoenix Areas. bio picture
  • Hi! I'm Emily and if you are looking for a family or child photographer in the Phoenix area, you've come to the right place! I specialize in photographing kids and families on location using natural light. I am the photographer and owner of Cozy Clicks Photography, but I'm also a mom to four young children all under the age of 6 and a part time child development professor. When I'm not behind the camera, you can usually find me singing the latest Elmo song, cooking mac and cheese or racing Hot Wheels cars. I'm relaxed and very easy going, but also energetic and have a lot of practice being fast on my feet to capture those moments with toddlers and young children. I'm excited to work with you and your family in creating a custom photo session that is tailored to the individuality of you and your family. Email me today for more details on scheduling a one of a kind photo shoot.
    To see more of my work, please visit the family or child portfolio links. Or scroll down to visit my blog where you will find a lot of featured family and child photography sessions, information on fun, local Phoenix events, product reviews, tutorials, activities for kids and more!!

Phoenix, Arizona Family and Child Photography

Family Session at South Mountain

The Session: Family

Family photo session are a lot of fun because of the bond among family members, the different personalities and the fun connections and interactions with one another.  During family sessions, I try to incorporate many different groupings for your photos to give you variety.  I always try to capture a classic family pose with every one smiling and looking straight ahead, but I also try to evoke a little emotion through the session capturing love and laughter.  Family sessions typically also include some shots of your children alone, all the siblings together, the kids with mom and with just dad  and many times with no kids and just just mom and dad!  Take a look here for basic pricing packages!

Family of five portrait in phoneix with South Mountain in the background at sunset Family photographer at South Mountain Park in the mountains in Phoneix Three children 8-12 years old in a sibling portrait taken at South Mountain near Scottsdale Couples portrait taken at South Mountain ParkThe Location: South Mountain and Scorpion Gulch

This double desert location offers some pretty amazing views paired with a cool texture and uniqueness of old stone buildings.  There are desert landscapes, mountains, cactus and some neat old west architecture. Near Central Phoenix, South Mountain is the perfect location for family photographs.  It captures the beauty of Arizona and gives great variety to your gallery!  These are just a few of my favorites from this awesome spot.  There is so much variety this place has to offer, it’s  hard to pick only a few to feature!

Portrait of 8 year old girl at Scorpion Gulch in Central Phoneix Mother and daughter portrait taken at Scorpion Gulch with cool textured walls near Central Phoneix Picture of a father and his sons taken at Scorpion Gulch near South MountainPark

Want to see more photos from South Mountain and Scorpion Gulch?  Click on the links to see more family sessions and maternity sessions!

Contact me to schedule your next family, child or maternity session at South Mountain Park in Phoenix or another one of the many fantastic locations throughout the Phoenix Valley for family photos.  I am currently booking throughout the remainder of 2016.  It is not to early to schedule those annual holiday family photos!


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Ahwatukee Festival of Lights Kick Off Party 2106

This past Saturday, April 30th was the Ahwatukee Beer and Wine Tasting kick off party for the Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights is an organization created by residents which creates positive engagement in the Ahwatukee community.  This signature event took place at Rawhide Wild West Town just South of Ahwatukee and welcomed more than 350+ guests. Guests were able to participate in wine and beer tasting as well as food sampling by numerous local vendors.  In addition to the live entertainment throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to bid on hundreds of items in the silent auction.

Festival of lights wines glasses in Ahwatukee Red wine poured for the beer and wine tasting event at rawhide Rawhide event for festival of lights kick off party Wine tasting for the Festival of ligghts kick off party at Rawhide


There were many fantastic local sponsors that helped make this fantastic community event possible.  Some of the local food vendors that were present included, the Perfect Pear Bistro,  Arrivederci, Yoasis, The Melting Pot, Florencia Pizza Bistro, Chic-Fil-A, Macayos and more! (Please let me know if I forgot to include you on this list and I will make sure to add it) The food was delicious paired next to all of the wine selections the bar had to offer.

Perfect Pear Bistro sponsor for the beer and wine tasting in Ahwatukee Beer and Wine tasting event sponsor arevederci at Rawhide Food tasting at resturant sponsor at the Ahwatukee beer and wine tasting kick off for the Festival of lightsEntertainment

The night rocked on with live music from local Arizona band, Tripwire. Talk about high energy, this band rocked the crowd with popular rock and roll hits from the 80’s, 90’s and beyond.  My personal favorite was their cover of Van Halen’s “Jump”, which really got the crowd up and moving! Tripwire was on point that evening entertaining the crowd for hours.
Ahwatukee festival of lights kick off party band Tripwire performing at party Tripwire in Ahawatukee performing at beer and wine tasting kick off party

Silent Auction

This evening was rounded up with the silent auction near the end of the evening.  Guests were able to bid on hundreds of donated items.  There were baskets donated by local shops and business owners, sports and pop rock memorabilia, gift certificates, vacations, and so much more.  While I had my eye on a few of the items, I unfortunately was out bid.  It was still a lot of fun to see what was offered and try my shot at some of the items.

FOLAZ silent auction at Rawhide in Ahwatukee

Overall , the Beer and Wine tasting kick off party was definitely an event to come back to again next year-  good food, drinks, entertainment and of course, a great community!  Come check out the Holiday Kick off party on November 26th!  I know I’ll be there with the whole family!


If you’d like to donate to the Festival of Lights please click here.

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Phoenix Area Family and Maternity Photography

Family, Child and Maternity Session in Central Phoenix

The Location: Papago Park

This location is by far one of the most requested areas for family photos in the Phoenix area.  It is characterized by red rocks and desert landscape and of course, is home to the iconic “Hole in the Rock”.  Family, child or maternity sessions at this location focus on the beauty of Phoenix and will sport the popular red rock features of the area.   Near the base of the rock is beautiful desert areas as well as palm trees and a large lake.  This spot is really is the trifecta of desert locations in Phoenix offering mountains, cacti and palm trees.  Take a look at some past child and family sessions at Papago Park here!

Family photography at the hold in the rock in Phoenix at papago park

Fmaily photography at the hole in the rock near Scottsdale, AZ

Two year old portraits at the steps to the Hole in the Rock in Phoenix at papago

The Session

For this particular photo session, we combined three types into one! With mom being 9 months pregnant and their first son celebrating his second birthday, we were able to combine both a maternity session along with two year old portraits.  Of course we had to get some whole family shots in there too!  Two year olds can be tricky to photograph.  They are fun because they give lots of expressions, but often time have their own agenda, especially when they are at a fun location like Papago park.  If you are planning for portraits with your two year old it’s important to keep in mind that they may not always pose and smile at the times you want.  I try my best to take their lead and make it fun and unstressful for the toddler, and always end up getting lots of cute shots!

Two year old portraits taken in Phoneix near the water at papago park Maternity photographer in Phoenix at Papago park Maternity photography at sunset at papago park

If you are looking to update your family portraits, have a milestone birthday for you child approaching or are newly pregnancy- contact me today to schedule a custom portrait session!  I look forward to working with you!


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Phoenix Area Children’s Photography

Sisters Session in Ahwatukee

These girls often grace themselves on my blog as they are two of my most favorite muses…and for good reason:)  A few times a year I take photos of them together having fun and enjoying each others company.  A few months earlier we shot in the open desert in Ahwatukee were they got silly with one other ( check out those fun desert photos here).  This time we stayed in the desert but focused not so much on the  mountains and cactus of the open desert scenery, but the dry, arid landscape and neutral colors.

Sisters holding hands and posing for portrait near Ahwatukee in bright colored handmade sweaters and hats Two sisters jumping together in this picture wearing handmade sweaters and hats. ChildrenStyling

I choose this location because of the fact that it is very neutral and uncolorful.  I wanted their outfits to really pop out of the picture because of the bright color and uniqueness of detail.  I discuss how to really make colors pop in photos in an article on Digital Photography School.  ( Read more here) These sweaters and hats are handmade, one of a kind attire made for them by grandma.  Color, texture and detail in clothing can make for great portraits especially when the background is neutral. Sisters sharing secrets with each other as they pose for the camera Childrens photography in Phoenix, Az 85044 85048 Serious poe of 5 year old girl taken in Ahwatukee Laughing portait of 5 year old girl in Phoneix near Ahwatukee

Tips for a Fun Children’s Session

Kids can be hard to photograph, especially if they are your own.  To have a successful photo session where younger kids are involved there are a few things you can do to make it enjoyable for everyone.  First, give them some ownership.  Explore the area your at together and have them be involved in choosing spots that look interesting to them to have their photo taken.  Next, encourage them to relax and be themselves.  All portraits don’t have to be big smiles and looking directly and the camera.  Finally, just have fun!

Sister portraits 4 and 5 year old girls. Photography in Phoenix, AZ Sisters having fun with each other in Phoneix desert in this picture taken by Phoenix photographer Cozy Clicks

I love taking portraits of children!  Their individuality and personalities on camera is priceless.  Contact me to set up a time for your child’s next portait session.  Toegther we can choose a great location and discuss styling.  Email me today!


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Phoenix Area Portrait Photographer

Maternity Photography in Central Phoenix

How gorgeous is this mom to be?!?  I had such a fantastic time working with this glowing pregnant woman as part of a larger styled shoot in Central Phoenix earlier this month.  I specialize in child and family photography, but may have found a new passion for taking maternity portraits!  There were so many stunning shots of this mom to be it was hard to narrow down a few to feature on the blog!  Scroll through to see this gorgeous pregnant mom right here in Phoenix!

One of the most beautiful maternity photos taken in Phoenix, Arizona. Maternity picture taken near Scottsdale in grassy flowery area. Prgnant mom looks over her shoulder in half body maternity pose taken in Phoenix, AZ Pregnancy photo of mom to be sitting peacefully in Phoneix, Arizona wearing maternity gown and flower crown Full body maternity picture of pregnant woman sitting in a filed of flowers and green grassWhat to Expect at a Maternity Session

The majority of my work is taken outdoors using natural light.  As a result, together we will choose a Phoenix  location that best fits the look you wanted for your maternity photos.  Maternity photos can be  single portraits, like the ones featured of this stunning pregnant mom, focusing on the beauty of pregnancy and capturing all of the beautiful glow that comes with it.  Have more kids or want to include to husband in some shots?  I can do a family maternity session with you as well.  These types of maternity sessions focus on more of the family bond that pregnancy creates.  Maternity photographs look best when taken between to 28-32nd weeks of pregnancy. Contact me to discuss wardrobe and accessories that will best flatter your maternity photos.

Pregnant mom looks out wearing pale pink gown with flower robe. Photograph taken at the Rio Salado Audobon Center close to Downtown Phoenix Smiling mom to be maternity photo taken in Cnetral Phonei with green tree backgroundStyling

A big thanks to all the vendors that helped to create the beauty in this styled session.  Nicole Fisk was the make up artist for this styled maternity shoot.  Rachel Coggs was the hair stylist that created a beautiful flowing hair do on the pregnant momma.  Brenna Klingenberg and Jessica Nielsen were the coordinators of the session.  Please contact me for contact information if you are interested in working with any of the listed vendors.

Full body maternity photo in Phoneix near the Downtown area. Maternity model is near wildflowers and wearing a maternity gown Pretty mom to be in maternity side portrait with flower crown taken in Arizona 85048 85044 Maternity photo iat sunset near downdown Phoenix close to Scottsdale. Backlit maternity photograph in Phoneix at the Rio Salado Audubon Center. maternity model is wearing a pale pink gown.

Being a mom of four myself, I love the beauty of pregnancy and maternity photography.  I would love to capture you during this special time.  Please email me to set up your maternity session!


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