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 Area Engagement Photography

The Location

For this engagement session we headed to two different locations to really try to capture the wild west and open desert.  We started out at Goldfield Ghost Town and ended at Lost Dutchman State Park which is just outside of Phoenix.  The combination of the two areas really connected the theme of the session and showcased some pretty amazing views of Arizona.  Because of the way that the light hits Superstition Mountain, shooting here can be a little tricky.  Please inquire about the best times to schedule session at this location.

Couples kiss in engagement photo at Goldfield Ghost town Enggment photography at Goldfield ghost Town in Arizona Coples portrait photography near Phoenix at wild west town Engagement photography at Goldfield Ghost town near Apache Junction, AZ

The Mountains

Superstition Mountain is truly the highlight at Lost Dutchman State Park.  This unique, red rock mountain is a gorgeous backdrop for engagement photos…or really any type of session.  The cool thing about this spot is that everywhere you look there are gorgeous mountain settings.  Even if you aren’t shooting the big red rock, behind you are more beautiful desert landscapes!  See more mountainous Phoenix locations here.

Couple poses for engagment photo in front of superstition Mountain in Apache juction

Engagment photo with Superstition Mountain in the far background

Portrait of couple in the desert near Phoenix., AZ

The Styling

This couple choose a sophisticated, classic look and color pallet for their engagement photos.  The black and white traditional clothing contrasted well against the neutral desert tones.  I love the single pink rose in several of the images just to add in that small pop of color!  I generally suggest wearing color for photos, but in a desert setting, black, whites and grays really pair well.

Couples photo session at Lost Dutchman in Phoenix with mountains in the back

Award winning engagment photoghy taken at lost Dutchman near Phoenix, AZ

Engagemnet phtography at Lost Dutchman by Superstition Mountains

Couple portait in Phoneix at sunet with mountains in the back at lost Dutchman State Park

To schedule your photo session at Lost Dutchman Park, email me today!   Engagement sessions are perfect at this open desert area, but it’s also a great spot for family or maternity pictures!  Email Emily at to book your custom photography session.




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Photo Sessions with Toddlers- Not Always As It Appears

Phoenix Area Child Photographer

One year old photography is Ahwatukee, Arizona 85044 85048

If you have a member in your family that falls in the age range of 18-30 months, you might dread thinking of scheduling a photo session to capture their pictures or worse- trying to get the entire family in a shot.  You might  think it could never happen and even the idea of getting him or her ready , trying to get them to smile while chasing them around and praying for no melt downs makes you stressed out.  I totally know the feeling.  I have four young kids, and my youngest falls right into that magical age of toddler hood.  I spend a lot of my days running after him, wiping away tears and in constant anxiety about him getting hurt.  But you know what, he is so darn cute..and curious, spunky and well… entertaining.  All awesome qualities that look so great on camera.

Child Photography in Ahwatukee at Telegraph Pass 85048


@ year old birthday pictures in the desert near Ahwatukee

I often have clients “warn” me before hand of their rambunctious little ones.  I can feel the stress and anxiousness in parents during the session when their toddler isn’t looking straight ahead and smiling.  I am very quick to reassure them that their pictures will still look great and will capture who their child is…a little person with so many fantastic qualities (and I am well aware that not many of them posses the quality of sitting still, posing and smiling on cue:))  Many times I tell my clients I only need 1/1000th of a second to capture a priceless photo.

Toddle rgirl portarit taken at Marley Park in Surprise , AZ

Toddler twins photography in Scottsdale, AZ at DC Ranch Marketplace

Like I have mentioned earlier, I have four young kids of my own.  I have also worked with many toddlers during family and child shoots and was an early childhood special education teacher for many years.  I have witnessed first hand of all the shenanigans that go along with being a toddler, and you know what, that is what makes them so fun!  I have seen it all and have so much patience working with children this age.

Toddler laughing during her portrait at Scorpion Gulch in Phoenix


Phoenix Children

So if you are hesitating in scheduling that photo session because you don’t think you will get any great shots, believe me you will! They may not always be as traditional as you might envision, but the will capture your child for who they are.  So don’t stress! Have fun at your photo shoot and relax.  Let me do all to hard work and your photos of your toddlers will come out great!

Fun family shot with toddlers at a Phoenix mountain location

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Phoenix Area Maternity Photographer

Featured Styled Maternity Shoot

Gorgeous mom in pregancy photo.  maternity gown is nude with lace taken in Phoneix

The Session

This totally gorgeous, styled maternity session was so beautiful.  The mom to be was so stunning and so perfectly styled, it kind of makes me want to be pregnant again just so I can get my maternity pictures done like this (oh, and that would be my 5th pregnancy then- just for all of you who are counting!)  Maternity sessions are quickly becoming one of my favorite types to shoot.  If you are pregnant, maternity photos are typically best taken between 28-34 weeks.  This will allow you to show off plenty of that baby pump, but still allow you the ease of walking around and posing without getting too tired out.  maternity sessions can be done solo or with your partner or the entire family.  Check out my basic packages for maternity sessions here.

Stuuning pregnancy photograph near river in Phoenix, AZ

Matenriy pose with mom looking down taken near Scottsdale, AZ

The Vendors

This styled session was made possible by a few talented vendors.  When you are planning your next session, you may want to consider having hair, make up or styling done to complete the look of your photos.  If you are not sure who to contact, please ask and I will connect you with some fantastic people!  The Make up at this seesion was done by Nicole Fisk from Make Up by Nicole Fisk  Hair by Rachel Coggs and Coordinate by Brenna Klingenberg and Jessica Lobbins

Pregnancy photos near Scottsdale outdoors at sunset

Glowing mom to be in maternity portrait in nude gown with lace

The Location

Tucked secretly in to Central Phoenix is a gorgeous spot perfect for maternity, family or child portraits.  While this area doesn’t showcase much of the natural desert of Arizona, it does have plenty of trees and bushes and if you are feeling adventurous- is right near the river.  I’d love to shoot here again!

Pregnant mom in cCentral Phoenix poses for stunning maternity photo Stlye maternity session in Central Phoneix
If you are recently pregnant or just about to have your new bundle of joy, contact me today to schedule your maternity session! You will be happy you did:)



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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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