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Mesa’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Mesa and surrounding areas below.

Isabelle Krize

My love for birth began as a fifteen-year-old. I had the privilege of being present at my baby brothers birth. My mother delivered him at home with a Midwife. I was invited to be a little more hands-on in the birth process, the Midwife guided me in catching him. This experience should have terrified me, but it only intrigued me. My perspective of birth was drastically changed forever. Read more>>

Sarah Catherine Lawlor

The genesis is a bit convoluted because being an artist has always been there, but not always at the forefront. When I break it down, I generally think of it in three parts. The first is childhood; I can’t remember a time when drawing, painting, or sculpting wasn’t taken seriously at that moment. It has always had my full attention and held my interest. Read more>>

Mark Crockett

A public library educated nerd, pre-adolescent Mark Crockett was the only kid in third grade at Lincoln Elementary School in East Orange, New Jersey with an adult library card (yes, he is that old). Nose buried in a book but fleet on the playground, he was athletic enough to be the #5 schoolboy Intermediate High Hurdler in all of North Jersey as a high school senior while writing for the school newspaper. Read more>>

Jack Price

I am not comfortable on account of fears I would unintentionally come across as narcissistic or braggadocios, perhaps even both. I’m comfortable talking about my artwork, but not so much about myself. Even so, I was so impressed by the stated mission and online presentation from the staff of VoyagePhoenix that I’m committed to taking an 86 year story and reducing it to fit within 15 minutes of fame. Read more>>

Nicole Mudiraj

There are definitely challenges to running a one-person shop from home while also raising three kids at the same time. I constantly struggle with trying to achieve that perfect balance between growing my business and being present with my children. I’m still working on learning to slow down and realize that growth can happen slowly and that’s ok. Read more>>

Ashley Kirby

All of my friends see my work on Facebook and want me to do their senior pictures! Thats kind of where I first realized I might actually be able to do this! Once I graduated, and as every young adult has gone through, I struggled with trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I went to community college and kept switching my major. I went from Biochem to biology, to teaching, and finally reached my final destination of psychology. Read more>>

Susan Garner

While I have worked with brides, families, seniors, prom-goers, nature, and others, I specialize in family and infant sessions (Fresh 48). Young children are magic to photograph. Their emotions and reactions are just so fresh and unpretentious. I try to look for different angles and perspectives. I don’t see a model when I look through my lens, I see an emotion, an angle and another chance to freeze a moment in time. Read more>>

Ashley Freehan

As an overwhelmed business owner, wife and mom, I found myself saying yes to everyone else, struggling to juggle all the things and feeling completely stressed out and anxious most of the time. I so desperately wanted my photography business to grow without completely ignoring my family, but the balance I was searching for seemed so out of reach. Read more>>

Lora Fiala

We completed our class with a wonderful instructor and felt ready to have our baby. Our little dude showed up two days after my estimated due date. Labor was work but definitely manageable. We did have to speak up for ourselves a few times in the process but overall was a pretty uneventful, unmedicated birth. Read more>>

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