Race for the Cure – Tucson

Today I was up at 5:30 AM preparing for my annual in-kind photography donation to the Susan G. Komen Tucson affiliate’s 13th annual Race for the Cure.  http://www.komensaz.org  This photo taken from a scissor lift above the starting line and shows a small section of the over 10,000 participants who showed up despite a cold morning left […]

The Incomparable Joan Rivers

Rude, crude and irreverent on stage, but gracious off-stage – that’s the incomparable Joan Rivers. At seventy-seven years old she still rocked the house with her wit and energy at last night’s performance in Tucson at the annual Hillel Foundation (www.Arizona.Hillel.org) benefit at Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Arizona (www.Arizona.edu). Images copyrighted. Use […]

Dr. Jack Copeland

This week University Medical Center announced cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert S. Poston and Dr. Warren C. Breidenbach (who led the Kentucky team who performed the first hand transplant in the United States) will be joining the UMC Department of Surgery. Dr. Poston will be replacing Dr. Jack Copeland as the chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Dr. Copeland left […]

A Tucson Tragedy

It’s Sunday January 9, 2011 and approaching the end of a very sad weekend in my city of Tucson, Arizona. Yesterday a twenty-two year old shot our state representative Gabrielle Giffords in the head from point-blank range at a community meet-and-greet she held in front of a local Safeway store. After shooting her he open-fired on the […]

Madonna and Child

In 1890 the American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) created this masterpiece in glass. It is now housed at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida. http://www.morsemuseum.org  It is a rather large piece, having a diameter of about six feet. I had the privilege of seeing this work and being granted […]

“Hey you: I’m ready for my close-up!”

Sometimes the tabletop “product shot” is not a product at all, but rather a trio of show dogs in the studio for their magazine photo shoot! This is Nancy Hill with her Pekingnese Butch, Tinkerbell & Sundance captured in an “in-between takes” moment during their session. Need a portrait of your dog or a gift certificate […]

State of the University

Today I photographed President Robert Shelton’s annual State of the University address at the University of Arizona. Despite major budget cuts he remains a proud and optimistic advocate for his institution. He voiced his  concerns about the results of some of the propositions in the election yesterday, but assured the community that the University will not […]

Remembering the Children

Today was the 12th annual Tee Up For Tots Golf Tournament, which raises money for pediatric cancer research and family support services. I’ve been honored to  donate my services all twelve years to this event, founded by clients of mine whose daughter Courtney died from neuroblastoma at age four. This photo shows Courtney’s sister Jenna and her mother Kathy Zillman releasing […]

Martha Lochert Photography

… a sampling of some of my work. Call me if you need commercial photography, studio headshots, senior portraits, pet photos, publicity photos for bands or solo musicians, product shots photographed or special event coverage such as weddings, Mitzvahs or corporate events. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com (520) 290-6322 Active board member of: http://www.asmptucson.org

Happy Summer!

It’s the first day of summer. Time to pack up the family or friends and head to the beach, the mountains, the national parks or the amusement parks – anywhere to get away and have fun. Leave your cares behind, but please be safe in your travels and enjoy the summer. Image copyrighted. Reproduction and any use prohibited […]

Douglas Spring Trail

The desert southwest is sometimes touted as a dry, sparse and harsh environment, but no one could argue that point at this time of year; the terrain is erupting in color. Earlier in the week we hiked the Douglas Spring Trail which starts at the far east end of Speedway in Tucson, Arizona. We embarked […]

Race For The Cure

It was a sea of people as far as the eye could detect at the start of this year’s 12th annual Susan G. Komen for Southern Arizona 5K “Race for the Cure” at Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona.  This was the 10th year I’ve donated my services to capture the action and emotion of the day in […]

Comedian Richard Lewis

With forty years in the business sixty-two year old comedian Richard Lewis still has what it takes to entertain a crowd, as seen in this photo from a show at Centennial Hall in Tucson. He was this year’s performer at the annual Hillel Foundation (www.uahillel.org) fundraiser. If you see him, be ready to stay engaged as you try […]

Rillito River Walk

Spring is almost here and the weather in Tucson is delightful. Last evening my friend George and I took advantage of the perfect temperature and road our mountain bikes from her house to the bicycling/walking paths which flank the usually dry-as-a-bone Rillito  River. We’ve had an unusually wet winter; however, so the river is still flowing. Lots of people […]

Household Hazardous Waste

Saturday morning I photographed a B’Nai Mitzvah rehearsal then switched gears and scooted over to Eastside City Hall to document the monthly collection of household hazardous waste in Tucson, Arizona for the Environmental Services Department to use on their web site. Our city has three outreach sites (Eastside City Hall at 7575 E. Speedway, Tucson Water Plant #2 at 1102 W. […]

Giant George

Well, it’s official: Guinness has confirmed that Tucson, Arizona’s George, the Great Dane,  is not only the tallest living dog in the world, but the tallest dog EVER recorded. Congratulations George on your new ranking in the Guinness World Book of Records! George measures  43″ from floor to shoulder and is 7 feet 3 inches […]

Not Everyone is Watching the Olympics…

Apparently this group of bird watchers at Agua Caliente Park in Tucson preferred scouting for Northern Flickers on a gloomy gray Sunday morning over sitting at home watching the Olympics. Their consensus: the bird gets an 8.3 for color, song pitch and flying style. I give the bird watchers  a 7.5 for tightness of formation, synchronized binocular […]

Practice, Practice, Practice …

Every December I photograph the Ballet Arts kids who perform in the Nutcracker Ballet. Usually it’s early in the month, but this year I will be making their portraits the day after Christmas. I’m sure it thrills their families to have their children miss winter break and family gatherings  as they go to rehearsals ten […]

Jim Livengood

The University of Arizona announced today that athletic director Jim Livengood will end his 16 year tenure effective January 1 and  become the new athletic director for the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. This is a photograph I made of him in the studio three or four years ago for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine’s article […]

Brush Your Teeth…

Here’s a fun shot I recently did for Dr. Jeffrey Derickson’s dental office in Tucson. They had a great time during their photo session, especially when I told the “tooth fairy” to lie on two stools and pretend she was flying! A little Photoshop, some added fairy dust and poof, she’s in mid-air! They sent the picture out to all their […]

Fine Art in Orlando

In 2006 I was part of a press trip sponsored by the Peabody Hotel’s Orlando Peabody Alliance for the Arts and Culture (OPAAC),  which brought travel writers and photographers to  Orlando to discover all that is art in a city usually viewed as a venue for amusement parks. We didn’t go anywhere near those typical tourist spots, but instead basked […]

Today’s BIG post…

This is George. He’s a Great Dane. George had a fun time and was very cooperative at his first studio photo session a few weeks ago. He is excited today because his person (Dave) is filing the paperwork for Guinness World Book of Records. George is a big boy. He stands 43″ tall from the floor to the […]

Don’t Mess With Me

The sign out front says: “SUNSERI’s – if it’s Italian … it’s at Sunseri’s.” The sign is correct, not only in reference to the food and products being sold, but to the employees behind the counter. The third generation of Sunseri are now at the helm at Sunseri Pizza, the Sunseri Italian grocery store  and famous Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. […]


Tucson considers itself a “bicycle friendly” city. There are numerous bicyle paths and the weather allows for much longer riding seasons than in other parts of the country. Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Tucson is host to the UMC El Tour de Tucson bicycle tour, presented by Diamond Ventures – the largest perimeter […]

Folklorico Dancer

Southern Arizona has a strong cultural influence by the Mexican American population. One of their traditions is Folklorico dancing, which draws from the Spanish Flaminco dance tradition, but has less emphasis on heel tapping and more of a relaxed earthy feel to it. Here is my 2005 interpretation of the colorful skirt of a dancer in action.