About Southwest Portraits

We are a dedicated team of photographers who believe in an all-hands-on-deck approach.

Our philosophy is simple: personalized service and stunning photography. When you reach out to us, you'll be greeted by the same professionals who will be by your side, camera in hand, ensuring that your experience is seamless and your photos are nothing short of perfect.

Meet our team

We’re a dynamic group of individuals who are passionate about what we do and dedicated to delivering the best results for our clients.

  • Tavo & Karlee Ruffo


    Karlee and Tavo Ruffo are the dynamic duo behind Southwest Portraits. Both proud Arizona locals, they share a deep love for the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of their home state. Their journey together began at the University of Arizona, where they met and discovered a mutual passion for photography. After years of honing their skills and cultivating their artistic vision, Karlee and Tavo decided to take a significant step in their careers. They acquired Southwest Portraits from Herb Stokes, who had successfully run the business for the past 20 years. With Herb's legacy as their foundation, Karlee and Tavo are dedicated to continuing the tradition of excellence while infusing their unique creative flair. Whether capturing the energy of sports events, the milestones of school years, or the beauty of life's special moments, Karlee and Tavo are committed to creating timeless memories for their clients. Their deep-rooted connection to Arizona and their shared love for the art of photography make them the perfect team to bring your moments to life.

  • Christina Murray


    Christina is a true Renaissance woman, hailing from the charming state of Virginia and honing her skills at the prestigious Hollins University. With two decades of experience behind the lens, she has mastered the art of photography, earning her the title of "King Slayer" in the industry. Christina's portfolio is a testament to her creative vision and technical prowess. Beyond her professional achievements, Christina is a devoted mother to her pre-teen daughter, whom she adores with all her heart. Balancing the demands of motherhood with her career, Christina exemplifies strength, resilience, and unconditional love. In her downtime, Christina unleashes her inner gamer, immersing herself in virtual worlds and conquering digital realms with finesse.

  • Hayden Fisk

    Photographer/ Customer Service Superstar

    Hailing from the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska, Hayden is one of the vibrant hearts of Southwest Portraits. With a sunshine personality and an infectious laugh, Hayden brings joy and enthusiasm to every photo shoot. His warm and approachable demeanor instantly puts clients at ease, making the entire experience enjoyable and memorable. Hayden honed his skills and refined his artistic vision at the renowned Colorado Film School, where he received top-notch education and training in photography and cinematography. His background in film adds a cinematic touch to his photography, making each image a captivating story in itself. In his free time, Hayden is a passionate fan of the X-Men, with a special love for Storm.

  • Emma Rogers

    Office Assistant

    Emma Rogers is the quintessential office assistant with a twist of mystery and a penchant for the eerie. Hailing from the sun-kissed deserts of Arizona, her office desk might be adorned with trinkets of ghosts and ghouls, adding a touch of eerie charm to the otherwise mundane workspace. And let's not forget Emma's guilty pleasure: Twilight. Beneath her fascination with the dark and mysterious lies a soft spot for the iconic vampire romance saga. She's not ashamed to admit that she's re-read the books more times than she can count and has a collection of Twilight memorabilia hidden away in her closet.

  • Alexis Weishaar

    Editor/ Photographer

    Alexis is a creative force to be reckoned with, behind the scenes, she works her magic in the editing room, turning raw images into works of art. From subtle tweaks to dramatic enhancements, her editing skills elevate her photographs to new heights, adding depth, emotion, and a touch of whimsy. With a camera in hand, Alexis transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary memories. Her knack for photography isn't just about capturing the perfect shot; it's about telling a story through the lens. Outside of her creative endeavors, Alexis is a devoted dog mom to Lilly, her small senior companion. Lilly may be old in age, but she's young at heart, bringing joy and laughter to Alexis's life with her playful antics and unwavering loyalty. And then there's Alexis's not-so-secret obsession: Dungeons and Dragons. When she's not behind the camera or editing photos, you can often find her immersed in epic quests, battling dragons, and unraveling mysteries with her band of adventurers.

  • Maddie

    Executive Assistant

    Maddie is our Office Assistant extraordinaire, whose vibrant personality and can-do attitude keep our office running like a well-oiled machine. With a passion for organization and a knack for efficiency, she ensures that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes, allowing the team to focus on their tasks with ease. But Maddie is more than just an assistant; she's a force of nature, a triple Leo, and she definitely acts like it! Music and concerts hold a special place in Maddie's heart. As a fervent lover of music, she spends her free time exploring new tunes and attending concerts whenever she can. In addition to her love for music, Maddie is deeply devoted to her vegan lifestyle. She believes in the power of compassionate living and strives to make ethical choices in all aspects of her life.

  • Timothy Ahlers


    Tim is more than just a photographer; he's a visual storyteller whose lens captures the essence of every moment with precision and artistry. With a keen eye for composition and a deep understanding of light and shadow, Tim's photographs are more than just images; they're windows into other worlds, each telling a unique story. But Tim's creativity doesn't stop at photography. He's also a passionate screenwriter and movie aficionado, with a love for storytelling that knows no bounds. Recently, Tim embarked on his greatest adventure yet: fatherhood. Becoming a new dad has opened up a whole new world of inspiration and wonder, fueling Tim's creativity and enriching his life in ways he never thought possible.

  • Leighanna Garcia

    Social Media Manager

    Meet Leighanna, our Social Media Maven. Starting her journey as a model for Southwest Portraits, Leighanna quickly transitioned from in front of the camera to behind the scenes. Leighanna brings our brand to life online, engaging our audience with compelling content and innovative campaigns. But Leighanna's interests extend far beyond the digital realm. As a devoted horror enthusiast, she's always on the lookout for the next spine-tingling scare. From classic slashers to indie gems, Leighanna's love for the macabre knows no bounds, and she's never one to shy away from a good old-fashioned fright night.

  • Aaron Alonzo

    School Support/Photographer

    Aaron is our resident shutterbug with a passion for photography, anime, and gaming. As a photographer in training, Aaron approaches every shot with a blend of curiosity and determination, eager to learn and grow with each click of the shutter. From experimenting with different lighting techniques to exploring new perspectives, he's constantly pushing the boundaries of his craft, honing his skills with every frame he captures. But when he's not behind the camera, Aaron can often be found diving headfirst into the colorful worlds of anime and gaming. Aaron maintains an overall chill vibe that puts everyone around him at ease. With his laid-back demeanor and easygoing attitude, he's the kind of person you can always count on for a good laugh or a relaxed conversation, making him a valued member of our team and a pleasure to work with.