The Valencia Classic- a Marching Band Competition!

The Valencia Classic- a Marching Band Competition!

I was a band nerd. I played flute from 6th through 9th grade, and then switched to saxophone for the rest of High School and College. My husband- Justin- was a band nerd- it’s how we met! So, it’s safe to say that band nerds always have, and always will have a special place in my heart. But, it’s much more than that! There is a camaraderie that develops when you’re in band, that I’ve never seen replicated anywhere else. 

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta- 2018!!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta- 2018!!

Guys, I love going to the Balloon Fiesta every year. I feel like a giddy little kid when all of the balloons start inflating and launching! I absolutely love to see all of the shapes and colors that pepper our beautiful New Mexico skies!  

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

2018 was the second year that I had the pleasure of photographing the Albuquerque Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This year was the 19th annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer event in Albuquerque, and over $270,000 was raised to fund research and treatment. Over a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS!!! What an incredible amount of money from our small area!

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My Family Reunion

My Family Reunion

When anyone mentions the phrase ‘family reunion’ most people think of the most boring, long, and hot day of their summer. You probably conjure images of almost-ancient distant relatives pinching your cheeks as a child, your parents reminding you to play quietly while the grown-ups talk, and cousins that you barely remember from the year before. But, have you gone to this same reunion as an adult? I have. And this is why I went. 

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Planning Your Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Planning Your Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Every year Justin and I load up Christopher and Joshua really, really, really early on the first Saturday of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and take them to go see the balloons. In the five years (or so) that we've been doing this, we've learned a few lessons, tips, and tricks that I want to share with y'all today.

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This Year's Goals

This Year's Goals

It is so hard to believe that it is time to write new dreams and set new goals. I fell a bit short on a few goals from last year, mainly those of photographing 40 family sessions (I made it to 33!) and running a 10K (that didn't happen at all!), but I actually accomplished my other two goals of reading 36 books, and photographing 5 weddings. It was awesome to realize that I'd achieved those! It was also awesome to look back and realize that I'd accomplished so much more. I was featured on another blog, I was recognized as one of the best photographers in Albuquerque, and I met so many incredible individuals while doing something I love. How do I top all of that? I don't know, but I'm gonna try!

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Los Lunas, NM Relay for Life- An Interview with Karin Trujillo

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I've had the pleasure of being the Los Lunas Area Relay for Life event photographer for the past couple of years, and every year I look forward to this incredible event. One of the many reasons that I became involved with this organization was because of the many people in my life who've had cancer. I've had several relatives pass away because of cancer, and I've been lucky enough to have several friends who've beaten it. Using my talents to give back to this organization is my way of honoring the people in my life who've come up against this horrid disease. 

A while back, I had the pleasure of conducting a short interview with Mrs. Karin Trujillo- one of the powerhouses behind the Los Lunas chapter's success. This is the result of that interview. 

1.) How did you get involved in Relay for Life?

Karin: I got involved through my parents who started the Relay in Socorro in 1997 or 1998.  Kassie attended her first Relay at age 4 in 1999.  She is now 21.

2.) What does it mean to you to be involved?

Karin: First, I think everyone should have a cause that they are passionate about.  Mine just happens to be the American Cancer Society.  Volunteering feeds my soul and I've been touched too often by the dreaded "c" word.  I want to rid the world of cancer so no one else has to hear the dreaded words "You have cancer."

3.) What is your favorite part about Relay for Life?

Karin: I love the event itself.  It is so good to see Valencia County residents bonding at a family friendly activity where WE can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Valencia County, in NM, and in the US.

4.) What do you wish other people knew about Relay? How have you seen Relay for Life affect change, and what changes have you seen?

Karin: I've seen awareness come to many people through Relay For Life.  The American Cancer Society has missions that some people still don't know about.  There are many programs available for caregivers and patients fighting cancer that are FREE.  Relay For Life offers education and support for caregivers and survivors.

5.) What do you hope to see in the future with regard to Relay?

Karin: Los Lunas has been doing Relay for 11 years.  I want all Valencia County residents to know that the third weekend in June is Relay so they can come celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer. 

6.) Why should others get involved, and how can they get involved?

Karin: Like I said earlier, everyone SHOULD have a cause that they feel passionate about.  Cancer does not discriminate and therefore there are very few people left who have not been touched by some type of cancer.  Our goal is to rid the world of cancer and put the American Cancer Society out of business.  The more people  who are involved in raising money for research and programs, the sooner this can be accomplished.  Anyone can get involved by contacting one of the local volunteers or calling 1-800-227-2345

Interview with Carrie Ortiz

One of the many things I look forward to during Summer is our local Relay for Life event. Relay for Life is the fundraising side of the American Cancer Society, and every year across the nation there are multiple events that celebrate life, and the end of that year's fundraising campaign. In order to help promote awareness of our local chapter, and to help spread info about Relay for Life, I recently interviewed Mrs. Carrie Ortiz, one of our local Leaders. Here is the result:

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I Thought I Could Handle It...

I Thought I Could Handle It...

I thought I could handle it, but I ended up crying. You see, my oldest son, Christopher, started Kindergarten about a week ago. He'd been in Preschool for two years already, and I thought that I would be perfectly fine dropping him off on his first day of Kindergarten. I wasn't. I'm not ashamed to admit that I was crying.

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Road Trip with Mom, Grandma, and the Boys

Road Trip with Mom, Grandma, and the Boys

This week I have the pleasure of going on a road trip with my Mom, Grandma, and my boys, Christopher and Joshua, and I'm typing this from the backseat of our car, headed East on Highway 54 to my Aunt Beverly's house in Fulton, Missouri. 

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

First off, please forgive the iPhone selfie. Sometimes, the best camera is the one you have with you, and that was the one I had.

The above photo was taken shortly after I finished the 2015 Run for the Zoo Timed 5K on Sunday, May 3. I finished with a time of 51:09. It's not a great time, and I know I've done better, but my goal was to finish the course, which I did.

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Salinas Pueblo Missions

Salinas Pueblo Missions

Many people are familiar with the major National Parks we have in the United States- Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial. But, here in New Mexico, we have a lot of AMAZING littler parks that deserve mentioning.

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