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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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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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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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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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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"That's a Nice Camera!"

"That's a Nice Camera!"

It’s something I hear- a lot. Especially when I have my monster 150-600mm sports lens on my camera body so that I can shoot from the back of the room or from across the field. Someone- usually a gentleman- will call out, “That’s a nice camera!” My go-to reply has become, “Thanks! I taught it everything it knows!” I know it’s a snarky reply, but it’s true! I have taught my otherwise inanimate camera how to take photos.

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Workshop with Maura Jane Photography

Workshop with Maura Jane Photography

I am always working to learn new skills and techniques, tips and tricks, and business management so that I can do my absolute best to serve you guys, so when Maura of Maura Jane Photography hosted her first workshop last November, I had to attend! Maura is someone that I’ve admired and looked to for inspiration in my own work, as well as a friend and fellow photographer.

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ACS CAN Day at the Capital- Santa Fe, New Mexico

ACS CAN Day at the Capital- Santa Fe, New Mexico

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to escort a small group of students to Santa Fe, via the RailRunner from Los Lunas to attend the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network day of lobbying at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Whew! That was a mouthful, but the day was incredible!

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My Obsession with Beauty and the Beast

My Obsession with Beauty and the Beast

By now I’m sure y’all have noticed that I LOVE to read (current read is ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell). I’ve written a few blog posts about the books I’ve read and my favorites. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. And Belle’s love of reading is one of the main reasons I love this movie so much!

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Spring in a Small New Mexican Town- Los Lunas, New Mexico

Spring in a Small New Mexican Town- Los Lunas, New Mexico

Every year, on March 1st (or 2nd if the 1st is a Sunday!) the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District comes around and opens all of the flood control gates so that all of the farmers and ranchers up and down the Rio Grande River Valley can begin to irrigate and flood their fields to prepare for the Spring planting season. For all of us, this is a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner- and it’s one of those annual markers I was just writing about over here!

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