A Road Trip and a Lesson on the Value of Photography

A Road Trip and a Lesson on the Value of Photography

About two months ago, I took a road trip with my mom, my grandma, and my two-year-old. I know, it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s not. We left on a Saturday morning for a small town in Southeastern Kansas called Yates Center. It took us two days to get there, but we made it. Yates Center is the small town where my grandmother and my grandfather met. Its the town where my great-grandparents and my uncle are buried. Its the town where I spent a few days almost every summer of my childhood. And this trip may be the last time I see the town for quite some time to come.

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Taryn and James Thompson- A Farmington, New Mexico Wedding

Taryn and James Thompson- A Farmington, New Mexico Wedding

I have had the pleasure of knowing Taryn from almost the beginning of my business 5 years ago. I’m not sure how she found me, but I’m so glad she did! I have had the pleasure of watching her boys grow up, and getting to know one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Taryn and her family have since moved out of New Mexico, but when she got engaged to James earlier this year, and called asking if I could photograph her wedding, of course I said yes!

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American Cancer Society's Relay for Life- Albuquerque, New Mexico

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life- Albuquerque, New Mexico

Attend an American Cancer Society event. I challenge you to do so. Because if you do, you will learn what an incredible event and community that the people who regularly participate in these events have formed. These events are both emotional and physical. They are sad and exciting. They are fun and serious. And all that goes on at these events comes together cohesively.

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How Can You Trust Me?

How Can You Trust Me?

I’ve been reading a biography of Fred Rogers, the guy behind ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood’- you know, the children’s t.v. show we all grew up watching on PBS- entitled The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King. In reading this book, I came across a quote from Dr. Margaret McFarland who was one of Mr. Roger's professors at the Arsenal Center of the University of Pittsburgh that has made me do quite a bit of thinking.

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How to Tie a Windsor Tie Knot with Justin Bradshaw

How to Tie a Windsor Tie Knot with Justin Bradshaw

Justin was wonderful in helping me create this video tutorial for y’all! He has been tying his own ties for church every Sunday since the age of twelve, when his father first taught him how to tie a full Windsor Knot. Through my experience as a wedding photographer, I’ve learned that not every groom or groomsman knows how to tie their tie the day of the wedding, so we created an easy-to-follow video tutorial to explain how to do it!

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Botto/Torcich Wedding- Paradise Hills Golf Course, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Botto/Torcich Wedding- Paradise Hills Golf Course, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gary and Jacquelyn were married on May 25th, 2019 in a very intimate wedding at Paradise Hills Golf Course in Rio Rancho, New Mexico! Read on below to learn more about their wedding!

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To Taos and Back: Day Three

To Taos and Back: Day Three

I’m sorry to say that Day Three found us heading home early! We were completely worn out from this camping trip, and our one to Carlsbad not even two weeks before, plus a Cub Scout overnight a few days before that! We were all feeling tired, so we packed up and headed home.

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To Taos and Back: Day Two

To Taos and Back: Day Two

Day two in Taos found us driving to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico to see the National Boy Scout Museum. The drive over from Taos took us through the Cimarron Canyon State Park, and I have to say, it was gorgeous! There were so many places I wanted to pull over, take out my camera, and start shooting! It was wonderful to see such beautiful mountain landscapes, but we didn’t really have time to stop. The boys were anxious to get to the museum as quickly as possible because this was the stop they were most looking forward to on this trip!

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To Taos and Back: Day One

To Taos and Back: Day One

In real life, my boys and I were actually home for about a week between these two road trips, but I’m a little behind on my blogging, so I’m gonna go ahead and start telling y’all about this trip!

We left bright and shiny early on Monday morning, headed for Taos, New Mexico after packing our bag and our camping gear once again. We once again grabbed breakfast at McDonald’s and Lotaburger, and hit the road.

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Adam and Milly Little's Temple Sealing

Adam and Milly Little's Temple Sealing

I have known Milly and Adam for several years, specifically since we moved into the Los Lunas Ward in the Los Lunas Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Milly was one of the first Sisters who reached out to me, and welcomed me into the Ward. I’ve never forgotten her kindness, so when she reached out and asked if I could photograph her and Adam’s Temple Sealing, of course I said yes!

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To Carlsbad and Back: Day Three

To Carlsbad and Back: Day Three

Day Three of this trip found us packing up our campsite and heading home. Which was probably a good thing, because we were pooped! Carlsbad took more out of us than I thought it would. After breakfast, we broke camp and loaded up the car to head toward home. I had a few stops left, though!

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To Carlsbad and Back: Day Two

To Carlsbad and Back: Day Two

Day two of our Mini Road Trip we spent exploring Carlsbad Cavern National Park. Depending on how fast you walk, this is at least a half-day event. It took Christopher, Joshua, and myself 3 hours to hike down the Natural Entrance and around the full Big Room, taking the elevator back to the surface.

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To Carlsbad and Back: Day One

To Carlsbad and Back: Day One

Day one (two weeks ago tomorrow) in our first mini road trip of the summer involved getting up at the crack of dawn (the norm for our house, by the way) and loading the car with our final few items before grabbing breakfast at McDonald’s for the boys and a Blake’s breakfast burrito for me. Then we finally hit the road for Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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The Adventure Begins...

The Adventure Begins...

Tomorrow the boys and I leave on our first mini road trip of the summer. We’re headed down to Carlsbad Caverns, and a few other places along the way for an upcoming photo project. We’re going to be camping out while we’re down there, which is also exciting for the boys. I’ve been camping multiple times in my life, especially as a Girl Scout Trainer, teaching other Leaders how it’s done. I’ve also been to Carlsbad and the surrounding area before, although it has been a few years.

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Defining MY Ideal Client

Defining MY Ideal Client

Over the course of the last two years, I have been working to become a Certified Wedding Photographer through The International Academy of Wedding Photographers. This is an online school with courses in wedding photography taught by some of the biggest names in the industry. We go over all sorts of things: using off-camera flash, branding, photo editing, posing, workflow, and so much more. Part of the reason that I am working toward this certification is so that I can learn how to provide you guys the best services I possibly can.

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Easy Posing Tips and Tricks for the Everyday Person

Easy Posing Tips and Tricks for the Everyday Person

In the art of photography, photographers are responsible for taking three-dimensional (3D) objects and creating a two-dimensional (2D) piece of art that can be framed and hung on a wall. In theory this sounds quite simple: you get everyone posed, and you click the shutter button on the camera. But, in reality, it isn’t so simple. There are some things you can learn to do to help your photographer out, though! Here they are:

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East Side Band-o-Rama- Valencia High School, Los Lunas, NM

East Side Band-o-Rama- Valencia High School, Los Lunas, NM

Last night I attended the Valencia Band-o-Rama concert at Valencia High School. The concert featured performances by Tomé Elementary, Bosque Farms Elementary, Valencia Elementary, Peralta Elementary, Valencia Middle School, and Valencia High School. The point behind this particular concert is March is Music in Our Schools Month, and we celebrate this by putting on a free, community-wide concert to remind people of the value of learning music in school.

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Copyright Ownership vs. Right to Print

Copyright Ownership vs. Right to Print

One of the questions that I find myself addressing quite often is, “Will I get copyright of my photos?'“ This is, and isn’t, a simple question to answer, because the answer varies based upon each photographer and how they run their individual business. First, let’s define some terms:

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Mr. Cash's Promotion to Sergeant- Belen, NM National Guard Armory

Mr. Cash's Promotion to Sergeant- Belen, NM National Guard Armory

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Nicholas Cash since we were Freshmen in High School, and I have watched as he served six years of active duty in the U.S. Navy after we graduated high school. He has been stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as Yokosuka, Japan and was able to travel the world with the Navy. After he was honorably discharged several years ago, he and his wife and kids settled back here in Los Lunas to attend college and begin their civilian lives. But the call of country and service were always in the back of Nick’s mind.

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