Brent and Victoria Gillespie- An At-Home Family Portrait Session in Albuquerque, NM

Brent and Victoria Gillespie- An At-Home Family Portrait Session in Albuquerque, NM

his little cutie turned 9 months old at the beginning of February! Sorry, guys! I don’t use children’s names in order to help protect them. His parents, Victoria and Brent wanted to have portraits taken of him and of their family for Valentine’s Day to celebrate how much he’s grown, and to send off prints in their Valentine’s Day cards for their friends and family.

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Amateur vs. Pro: What's the Diff?

Amateur vs. Pro: What's the Diff?

It’s recently become more and more clear to me that most people don’t know a whole lot about what professional photography is, or what a professional photographer (like me!) does. That’s why I’ve written the last couple of posts, but I wanted to provide you all with some context for this course of education before I go too much further, and y’all think I’ve lost my mind (clearly my children have stolen it and sold it on the black market).

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Angela and Karen Ruiz- an ABQ Party Space Wedding!!

Angela and Karen Ruiz- an ABQ Party Space Wedding!!

Angela and Karen actually connected over Facebook several years ago, and after taking the time to get to know one another through Facebook Messenger, emails, and phone calls, they knew they had to meet in person! So, Karen made plans to come visit Angela here in Albuquerque from her home in SoCal. Personally, I think these two knew in their hearts that it was love at first sight, but secretly didn’t want to admit it. That first trip was a wonderful time for the both of them! Over the course of the next year, Karen flew to Albuquerque to visit Angela and her daughters a few more times before deciding to relocate here permanently, with her mom and her mom’s partner.

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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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Alameda Open Space, Albuquerque, NM- Rebecca and Kyle's Family Portraits

After meeting several years ago in what could be termed a ‘Shady Cookie Deal’, I have had the sincere pleasure and honor of getting to know Rebecca, Kyle, and their two daughters.

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Perfect Wedding Guide's Diamond Dash Wedding Show- Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Perfect  Wedding Guide's Diamond Dash Wedding Show- Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Perfect Wedding Guide's Diamond Dash Wedding Show at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show itself was an amazing experience, allowing me to meet a lot of brides that were planning weddings in the Albuquerque area. But, it was a LOT of hard work before the show to get this booth ready! 

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Styled Wedding at Nature Pointe Wedding and Event Center in Tijeras, New Mexico

Styled Wedding at Nature Pointe Wedding and Event Center in Tijeras, New Mexico

Nature Pointe Wedding and Event Center in Tijeras, New Mexico is definitely one of New Mexico’s hidden gems. Nature Pointe is a convenient 30 minute drive from Albuquerque, but with a definite feeling of being in the forest. I recently received the opportunity to work with them and some very amazing other vendors on a styled wedding session. Below are all the people that contributed to this collaboration:

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Obtaining a New Mexico Marriage License and How to Change Your Name

Obtaining a New Mexico Marriage License and How to Change Your Name

One of the many things couples have to worry about during the wedding planning process is how to obtain their marriage license and- if you’ve decided to- how to change your last name. Surprisingly, these are easy things to do, but they are oftentimes confusing or overwhelming to think about doing on top of all the wedding planning. So, here’s how to do it in New Mexico: 

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Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm- An Albuquerque, New Mexico Wedding Venue

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm- An Albuquerque, New Mexico Wedding Venue

Wedding photographers often have a secret list of places they’re DIEING to be asked to photograph weddings at. Today, I’m sharing one of the places on my list, in the hopes that, if I put it out there, someone will eventually ask me to photograph their wedding there. 

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Digital Images Are Important! Or, I’m Lucky to Have My Digital Images from MY Wedding!

Digital Images Are Important! Or, I’m Lucky to Have My Digital Images from MY Wedding!

Justin and I will be celebrating our 9th anniversary this April 24th, and every day I am reminded of a reason I’m grateful to have married my best friend. Our ceremony took place at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel, and our reception took place in Ballroom C of the College Union Building. 

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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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Underwood Family Portrait Session- Elena Gallegos Open Space Area, Albuquerque, NM

Underwood Family Portrait Session- Elena Gallegos Open Space Area, Albuquerque, NM

I first met Nicole when she reached out to me a few months ago, looking for a photographer who could do a family portrait session while the whole family was together over Christmas as a gift to her Mother-in-Law. Luckily, I had availability that met her needs, because this sweet family was coming together from all across the country for the first time in two years!

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Simpson-Parrott Family- Albuquerque, New Mexico

Simpson-Parrott Family- Albuquerque, New Mexico

I have had the pleasure of knowing Meg for a number of years now. We first met through Girl Scouts, and if it weren't for her, I'm pretty sure I would have given up on graduating from college. I've taken her family's portraits since I began my business nearly four years ago, and in that time it has been an honor and a pleasure to watch her family grow. 

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How Photography Can Make Geneaology Come Alive

As I type this, I'm sitting here watching my boys decorate gingerbread houses with my mom as part of their Christmas fun. My dad is relaxing in the living room, and my grandmother is doing heaven knows what while puttering in her kitchen.  We're currently at my grandmother's house sitting at her dining room table while all of this is going on. One of the things I love most about this room (besides eating dinner in it, and the people I'm surrounded by) is that it's covered in photos of our relatives. My grandmother's parents, their parents, and their parents are all represented on the walls of this room, as are my grandfather's.  

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