Monthly Archives: June 2011


I am in Texas, it’s hot – very very hot, already. The low this week during the day is 98, only because of cloud cover. I skipped out on a lot of weddings in June-September because I didn’t want to be too pregnant to shoot. I didn’t want to put myself in an ‘uh oh’ […]

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Jen Benz Ahh! I love these! So mad at Sara for not sending me the link! lol. I LOVE the first pic. She looks like her sassy self. :)November 16, 2011 – 8:08 pm

Erin I’d love to see you experiment with abstract shots of people, places, landscapes. You have such a wonderful eye! I want to see the world the way you do!July 1, 2011 – 5:47 pm

Blair Lee I would love a post about your experience as you started photography and what camera you started with and some things like that. Maybe some tips on taking pictures. I know alot of it has to do with your creativity and just having a “natural eye” for things. I would love to learn some tips so I can start taking pictures of my little one. I know having good equipment makes a difference and would like some suggestions from a pro like you on what would be a good camera to invest in. I also know alot of your talent is editing the pictures so maybe for us amatures a few suggestions on a program to use or suggestions on basic editing would be awesome. LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!June 30, 2011 – 9:26 am

Heidi I would love to know how you blur the bottom half of an image in photoshop like in your first image. I love your tutorials and photo tips! :) This is my fave photo blog!June 29, 2011 – 9:17 pm

Life with Kaishon Oh Arden! I know that your story is a special one. All of us could learn from it. Please share. Praying for you as you transition into motherhood of three : ). You can do it!June 29, 2011 – 8:21 pm

Samantha Workman Too personal? Never. Your personal stuff is always my favorite. It consistently brings me to tears. I personally enjoy how “real” you are with your stories; you never glass it over with a ‘happy ending’ when it isn’t part of the story. The “being a mom” stories and blogs help me realize “I’m not alone” which I think so many moms need to hear! I always love your holidays posts and Father’s Day and Mother’s Day and birthday’s and vacations … the more personal you are with your audience the more you draw us in and intrigue us. It’s always great. Continue being YOU!June 29, 2011 – 4:20 pm

Yvonne Sperrin Would love to know more about f-stops and what they all mean! (I need it explained in very simple terms) Also, whats the best lens to use to capture photos that create very blurred backgrounds :)June 29, 2011 – 3:10 pm

Carrie First of all – beautiful images – I love pregnant woman!! I have three little ones myself (3 in 4 years!). I could look at your pictures all day!

As for what lil’ old me would like to see on your blog – quite honestly anything. I love getting to know the people behind the lens – and whatever they want to share.

I love to know how people found their passion – what gave them that final push – and that first year(s) of figuring out who you want to be and how to balance. I love seeing SOOC and after’s – and how you got their.

And of course – images of the new bundle of joy. You never fail us – and if it is personal, technical – or just pretty pictures – we will be here to read and soak it in!June 29, 2011 – 2:53 pm

Our Mallon

It was three weeks before I gave birth. My sister and her husband received a phone call. Violet’s birth mother, had just given birth to a baby boy. CPS was taking him away at three days old and wanted to place him in their home, for fostering.   They didn’t even think twice: YES YES […]

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Mallon Khan Hi, I stumbled upon this site. I never met another Mallon before! He’s adorable.

Great story. Mallon is a lucky little kid to have a loving family like you!January 3, 2014 – 8:14 am

Nicole T (AKA Nikki) I know this is a little late, Arden, but I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing our family’s story. You have managed to capture some very intimate and joyful moments with your gifted eye. Reading your words brought back so many emotions for me… Andy and I are just so thankful for the blessing that our children are to our family, and that we had an incredibly happy ending to this chapter of our lives. I hope that our story is able to help or encourage others out there that are going on a journey (or plan to go on a journey) similar to ours. My advice to those that are … the power of prayer is incredible and STAY POSITIVE! God is GREAT! Peace and love to all!June 29, 2011 – 6:30 pm

Christina Thank you for sharing this! It is such an inspirational story and had me tearing up the whole time! What a sweet blessing.June 29, 2011 – 2:47 pm

Anna what a beautiful story, told through words and incredible photos.(I was coming by after the post written about you and shared on the studio link up on Friday’s) would you mind if I used your umbrella idea in a series of watercolor paintings I am doing of our adopted daughter? I have started a series of silhouettes and have a list of ideas- her down syndrome features are just so beautiful this way. I just didnt want to paint away without asking first.June 28, 2011 – 4:35 pm

Stephanie I am visiting your site for the first time from Rebekah’s blog … and so delighted to read this beautiful story because we, too, have been blessed by adoption (five times over!) and we, too, understand the precious bond between cousins who have been brought together from different backgrounds and places and knit together as family. God bless!!June 27, 2011 – 9:54 pm

Ali You are very talented at what you do, I just stumbled upon your website and I love your photos. If I lived in the Dallas area I would for sure contact you.June 24, 2011 – 11:22 am

Karin Such a beautiful story! Our oldest son’s birth father also said he would contest the adoption…but when we met him in court for the first time (baby was only 3 days old), he walked into our arms and decided not to contest. God was so faithful. We have kept our relationships with our kids’ birth families and it has been a blessing for all of us. Our oldest is getting married next week…eeek! So blessed to read the story of your sister and her husband–their faith–their love–and God’s blessing on the situation.June 22, 2011 – 9:10 am

linda jenkins Thank you,
Arden for telling this beautiful,tender, miraculous story, especially for Violet and Mallon and for all of us.June 21, 2011 – 9:08 pm

emily Great story!!! I am a friend of Andy’s from high school…reconnected via FB and saw the journey. It captured my attention since I work for an attorney ad litem here in Florida that represents kids in foster care (NOT CASA/ guardian ad litem, but the attorney for the child). What Andy and Nicole did was amazingly unselfish and it is such a blessing that the bio father saw this and did the most unselfish act of all…gave his children the best, even though it was so painful. Foster parents don’t have rights and usually get treated so poorly. Kudos to the Tomme’s for sticking it out, having faith, and wanting to do what was best for the kids…God has certainly blessed you for it!June 21, 2011 – 6:33 pm

Kimmy Thank you so much for sharing Arden! As it turns out, my husband and I are in the position where we may have to adopt as well. Even though it will be worth it, I get so scared thinking of all the waiting, pain, trials, and tears we may have to go through if we do have to adopt in order to have children in our lives. I always appreciate it when people are willing to share their stories so we who are going through the same thing can have ‘someone’ or something to lean on. Tell you family congratulations!
And, as always beautiful pictures – to be honest, since we’re moving to Texas (this week!) and adoption is in the picture, I’ve always wanted the process photographed, and I’ve even thought of emailing you and just asking you to be our photographer for when that day comes :) So, watch out for an email from me in *hopefully* the next five years (max). You’re wonderful, as always!June 21, 2011 – 3:23 pm

Life with Kaishon I am crying and crying.
Too many times I see the opposite thing happen.
The kids go back.
And lives are forever changed.
It hurts to watch.
I am SO thankful for their happy outcome.June 21, 2011 – 2:12 pm

Andy Arden,I can’t tell you how beautiful this post is. Thanks for making me cry at work! Thank you for sharing our story, as it may give hope to others. And thank you for capturing this amazing moment! Love.June 21, 2011 – 12:49 pm

Nicole Long You have me crying. Such a beautiful story.June 21, 2011 – 11:17 am

Amy Oh great – now I’m crying! What an amazing heartfelt story Arden! Beautiful children, beautiful family – your images radiate the love you all must feel for each other. Thank you for sharing!June 21, 2011 – 11:12 am

Dana-from chaos to Grace Oh man….that’s just not nice….NOT NICE AT ALL!! Get me crying after I’ve already done my make up! Now I’m a blubbering mess with mascara running down her face!

I LOVE this post. It’s beautiful!

One of the families I babysit for everyday are foster parents and 2 days after their adoption of their last foster baby, the birth mom was in the hospital giving birth to her baby brother. :( Same thing, same story, except the BF is in prison, and the mom is still fighting. But for right now, I have the 2 siblings every day together and I try to take as many photos of them together as I can…..for the “what if”. For just in case it doesn’t turn out right.

What a beautiful family!! Also reminds me of the day my baby sister became a part of our family! 😀 Man I love adoption stories!June 21, 2011 – 11:02 am

darlena cried as i looked at these pictures…my sis and her hubby just adopted a baby girl this past january …. adoption is a beautiful, beautiful thingJune 21, 2011 – 10:59 am

Rochelle What a beautiful story!! I cried as I read every word. The kids look so happy. So glad God blessed your family with such a precious gift. Pics are awesome.June 21, 2011 – 10:48 am

Hilaree Wow!! That is so amazing! CONGRATULATIONS, ANDY AND NIKKI!!!!! Much love to y’all!June 21, 2011 – 10:44 am

Mallon is TWO » Arden Prucha Photography […] a year later and another adoption down… our sweet Mallon is TWO […]October 7, 2011 – 2:18 pm


When we were in New York City I decided to keep an eye out for unique doors to photograph. I got the idea from seeing ONE beautiful door – and went with it. These are doors throughout the SoHo/East/West-Sides. They range from classic to cool, beautiful, creative, vulgar, artistic, colorful, interesting and fun.   Enjoy […]

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Karin I just did the same thing when I was in Israel last month. :) Totally different types of doors. The ones in NYC have to be the most unique. :)June 21, 2011 – 8:25 am

Judy Murphy Wowza, Arden!!!!!!June 20, 2011 – 11:11 am

Life with Kaishon I love this Arden! so creative and fun : )June 20, 2011 – 10:47 am

Lewis Family

We have been planning this shoot for a year or more now! Tod is my old boss from Reata; when I say old – I am not refering to age. 😉 He is a workhorse and has to work most evenings and has definite busy seasons in the industry. Through busy schedules, hot summers, cold […]

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Life with Kaishon What a beautiful family! I love these pictures. So sweet!June 17, 2011 – 7:53 pm

Nevada McNeeley Seriously Arden…lol 😉
Stunning!!! Although I love them all my favorite are the two boys hugging!
So when is your workshop?????? 😉June 17, 2011 – 12:54 pm


My best girl was in town this past weekend. Which means… quick and fun photo session! I met Hilaree back in 2001 and we have been fabulous soul-mate friends, ever since. She went off and moved to NYC, ugh. I guess she wanted to chase her passion and live a true city life – boo! […]

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MiMi Absolutely exquisite. Arden, you are so very talented and your subjects are so very beautiful.June 16, 2011 – 6:30 pm

Hilaree Love you, baby cakes. They look beautiful! You’re so talented :)June 16, 2011 – 11:59 am

Pam D That shoot needs to be in a magazine! Is there a “Hot New Yorkers” mag? This would be cover material! Fabulous, Arden….June 16, 2011 – 11:46 am