Category Archives: Commercial Photography

Hotel Congress treasure hunt {Tucson commercial photography shoot}

I’ve long thought of Hotel Congress as the heart of Tucson’s quirky nightlife, the distinct epicenter of cool in this town. There is ALWAYS something going on over there, because they never close. Ever.

Over the years I’ve had the honor to make a lot of the photography for their ads and brochures (rooms, food, concerts, remodels, you name it) and cover some amazing events along the way. I was even there the night of Y2K, covering the party like it was 1999. It’s a pretty photogenic place – most of my downtown engagement sessions start and finish there for good reason.

My most recent shoot there, for the newest iteration of their web site (, was a particularly fun one. Hats off to Hunter and Shannon who did a marvelous job on the site redesign. They asked me to concentrate on textures for their page backgrounds, which was like a treasure hunt for a photographer like me. Here’s some of the cooler bits I found, along with a few of the scene shots we put together.

I love that they picked my favorite texture of the bunch – the red tooled vinyl seats from the bar in the Club – as the main backdrop. Totally noir!


Bring the “Blue Steel” – I’ve got the cover of the newest Tucson Bride & Groom Magazine!

Chris Richards Photography shot the cover of Tucson Bride & Groom Summer/Fall 2013

Ah, I’m no good at secrets, but I had to keep my mouth shut on this one for two whole months and it was driving me crazy!

Now that the latest issue of  Tucson Bride & Groom Magazine has “dropped,” I can crow about the cover, a sweet “collabo” between the great folks at the magazine, myself and some of Tucson’s finest wedding vendors.

A big thank you to Westward Look Resort for providing the stellar location, and to the ever-cheerful Ludwig and Paloma at Frostings Event Design Rentals for building such a dazzling setting from scratch. They’re wildly talented, seemingly tireless, and I’ve got my eye on them to re-imagine my client space sometime soon.

Huge thanks to Maya Palace, Trinity Diamonds, Men’s Wearhouse, Autumn and Kylyn of Spirit Salon & Day Spa and, of course, our models Sam and Adam of The Agency Arizona, for all being such pros, (and such fun). And thanks again to Fran and Liz at Tucson Bride & Groom for giving me a shot at the cover, my fourth in recent memory. You really bring out the best in me!

Congrats to Pete and Jennifer, featured in Tucson Bride & Groom Summer/Fall 2013.

Flip through the pages of this issue and I’ve got fun pics throughout, in the editorial pieces, and, flatteringly, in many of ads as well. There are even a couple of advertisers who used my photos prominently without photo credit, but so it goes. The lovely feature spread on Jennifer and Pete’s stunning soiree at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa more than makes up for it.

Don’t miss the fabulous behind the scenes video that Stepheny Keith of Black Sheep Filmworks put together, available here: Tucson Bride & Groom-Summer/Fall 2013 Cover Shoot. Like a true thespian, I nailed my lines in a mere twenty takes, though I think I still sound a bit manic and muppet-ish.

If you’re looking for a copy, you can find one here: Get your copy!

Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing with you a few more photos from the Tucson Bride & Groom cover shoot.


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