Put simply, Phoenix, AZ, is thriving. It’s a hot place to be — both literally and figuratively — with events ranging from music festivals and corporate conferences to birthday parties and outdoor sports, occurring all year long. Many of the country’s top businesses are headquartered in the desert city, and the place is also home to a ton of creative, active, fun-loving desert dwellers in need of talented professionals to document their various events. We here at Peerspace have compiled a list of our top picks (listed in no particular order) and are excited to share them with you. Whether your shindig in question is for personal or professional reasons, the Phoenix event photographers featured below will be sure to impress!
Featured in numerous publications, such as The Wall Street Journal and Oprah Magazine, Tavits Photography is a standout name in the Phoenix area. The team comprises six uniquely talented, five-star-rated professional photographers who specialize in event photography of all stripes: corporate functions, city nightlife, music festivals, weddings, and more. With their dynamic, visually compelling photos — like the one we’ve featured here — it’s no wonder they were awarded the Best Nightlife Photographer distinction from Arizona Foothills Magazine.
2. J. Dodson at Phoenix Event Photography
As J. Dodson himself proclaims, he’ll “shoot them all, big and small.” Whether it’s a fundraising benefit, a work retreat, or a trade show, Jay has proved time and again that he possesses the skills required to capture the energy and feel of the event in its fullest. His no-fuss, no-frills style is professional and crisp, and his clients rave about the quality and attention to detail he pours into his work.
Everardo Keeme’s commercial photography business is well-known and trusted in the world of Phoenix event photographers. Specializing in both corporate and personal brand photograph, in addition to event photography, Everardo has a keen ability for seeing the unique strengths and flavors of brands and businesses, and then spotlighting those qualities in the work he does for his clients. Every team, every client, every event, every business is different, and Everardo understands that. After spending two decades in Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, he knows what it takes to create and deliver a top-tier finished product. Like he says himself, “There’s no substitute for a professional photographer!”
Courtney Lively has been a figure in the Phoenix event photographer scene for over a decade, and she’s got the portfolio to prove it. Seriously, her work is awesome! The particular photo we’ve chosen to feature today was taken at a corporate branding event, which is one of Courtney’s specialties; she also spends a significant portion of her time shooting professional headshots, family portraits, weddings, and digital creations. Courtney’s style is variable and dynamic, adapting to the specific needs and requirements of her clients. Whether you’re walking down the aisle or doing trust falls at a work retreat, Courtney’ll be there to catch it! (The photo of it, we mean — not the trust fall itself.)
5. Tami and Josh Carda of NVS Photography
We’re glad to feature another dynamic married duo today, Tami and Josh Carda of NVS Photography. Their portfolio is diverse and utterly gorgeous — from spiritual ceremony to birth, from baby’s first birthday to college graduation to the wedding day, Tami and Josh’s versatility is striking and their skills unquestionable! With over two decades’ combined experience, Tami and Josh have perfected their approach to capturing “the tiny moments” interspersed throughout your big event, whatever the occasion may be.
6. Sara Altair of EclipseMedia Photography
Sara Altair, owner and operator of EclipseMedia Photography, the event-oriented arm of Sara Altair Photography, is another up-and-comer in Phoenix event photographer circles. When we stumbled upon her quinceañera and wedding gallery, we were positively stunned. Most folks know that the quinceañera is a traditional coming-of-age event celebrated by many families of Spanish and Latin American descent. The festivities are often grand and joyful, and Sara’s photos literally radiate with that same energy. She also offers portrait, engagement, birth announcement, and wedding services. You can find some of these other portfolios on her main website, SaraAltair.com.
7. Jon Simpson
Last but certainly not least of our featured pros today, Jon Simpson was once on the other side of the lens, starring as Mr. Spock’s pops on Star Trek V. After collecting numerous other credits at just about every level of commercial acting, including the stage, he began exploring lighting and composition from the other perspective — as the man with his finger on the shutter button. He just about does it all, from events and weddings to professional headshots and family portraits. Since it’s officially the start of spooky season (hello, October!), we decided to dig way back in the archives and pull out this gem of Jon’s from a Halloween party of yesteryear.
That wraps up the list of our favorite Phoenix event photographers. We at Peerspace are proud to showcase them here today. If you are in need of an event photographer in the Phoenix area, we hope you might consider one of these talented folks. Regardless of what your specific needs are, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect person for the job somewhere in the list above!