My mission is to help you celebrate each stage of your life with simple and classic photography that reflects the beauty and personality of you and your family. I want my images tug at your heart and warm your soul. I strive to capture the wonderful moments that we all take for granted and wish we could recall more vividly.
When Randy Long and his family recently went on spring break, they didn't laze around on a beach staring at the sea. Instead, they trekked around the world to China. The choice of destination isn't surprising given Randy's extraordinarily adventurous spirit—the former travel agent has trotted the globe a few times, dog sledding in Alaska and scuba diving in Bermuda along the way.
Despite his eagerness to explore, Randy probably surprised even himself when he was caught by an unexpected wave of inspiration during a 1986 Rotary Club meeting in Illinois. When hot air balloonist Harold Lovelace spoke to the club, Randy was so transfixed that he immediately offered to buy one of Harold's balloons. By the end of the year, Randy had his pilot's license, was flying in the world's largest hot air balloon event, and became a pro at photo-bombing the portraits of landscape artists. Within five years, he sold his travel agency and set up shop in Arizona as a full-time balloon pilot.
Since founding Arizona Balloon Safaris, Randy has maintained a perfect flight record, successfully piloting more than 2,000 flights for more than 20,000 passengers (including Shakira and J.W. Marriott). His colorful balloons ride the Sonoran Desert's breezes, gently carrying passengers as far as seven miles while maintaining a feeling of near motionlessness. From any corner of the balloons' sturdy wicker baskets, people can scan all 360 degrees of the desert panorama without a single visual interruption. Whether skimming the tops of cacti or reaching the flight's 5,000-foot apex, groups will likely spot—and sometimes hear—deer, coyote, and jackrabbits during the 45-minute ride. Passengers can bring a camera to take pictures of these sights along the way. Upon landing, the chase crew welcomes groups back to Earth with celebratory glasses of champagne.
The FAA-certified commercial pilots at the helm of Southern AZ Balloons have glided groups across Tucson for more than two decades. During aerial adventures, the luxurious, wind-blown aircraft float as low as the treetops and as high as 2,000 feet depending on conditions. Varying heights present extravagant photographic opportunities, including of mountain ranges and of Catalina. Finally, after traveling anywhere from four to 15 miles, balloons coast to a landing for celebratory champagne brunches.
David Guy is a certified flight instructor, but that doesn't begin to describe his depth of experience with aircrafts. Before retiring, he served in the Air Force as a C-130 flight engineer, logging more than 5,000 hours as an engineer and 1,000 as a pilot. Today, he puts this background to daily use at Desert Spirits Aviation, an FAA-certified flight school operating out of Marana Regional Airfield. He instructs students aboard his trusty1970 Piper Cherokee 140C aircraft, overseeing their advancement from aeronautical novices to recreational, commercial, and private pilot licenses.
Paintball can be a messy game, but Paintball Hotline makes the marketing of the game a clean process. They partner with online marketing companies to expose parks across the country to the players who want to frequent them. Working only in the business of paintball, they provide expertise and personalized attention for both park owners and players. Firsthand knowledge of the sport also comes from having managed fields that boasted more than 400 acres with more than 650 paintball-gun rentals.
In the early 1950s, it seemed that everyone was gazing toward the western horizon, waiting for a cowboy to appear. While Hollywood stars filmed classic Westerns such as High Noon and Broken Arrow, real cowboys wrangled cattle in Sonoita, Arizona. It was hard work, and the herdsmen grew hungry quickly. Their growling stomachs sparked an idea in the mind of a local shopkeeper: Why not add a restaurant to the general store? Before long, grills were blazing beneath a covered patio, dubbed The Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon. Since then, the eatery has grown into two dining rooms in two towns, where guests flock for mesquite-grilled beef and cold, refreshing beers. Six types of steak, including 16-ounce rib eyes and 32-ounce porterhouses, are cut and seasoned in-house, then plated with a helping of cowboy beans and a choice of potato or coleslaw. Barbecue, another specialty, is available in beef, pork, chicken, or salmon form. Chandeliers made of wagon wheels swathe the dining room in a campfire-inspired glow. Here, guests can kick back in studded leather chairs as they admire wood-framed art and decorative cattle skulls. Private dining areas welcome events of all kinds, from business meetings to birthday parties to horseback limbo tournaments. On the patio, diners can sip margaritas as they watch the sun set into a 10,000-gallon hat.