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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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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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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Life in a Small, Small Town- Los Lunas, NM

Life in a Small, Small Town- Los Lunas, NM

In past posts, I’ve shared about how our small town life means that we are connected- and interconnected- with a LOT of people, both friends and family. And, it’s true! And, I really do love this aspect of life in a small town, because there is always someone to visit with, help, or to provide help. But, another thing that I love about living in our small town is that there is a certain rhythm to the days, weeks, months, and years here. I know it sounds crazy, but stay with me here!

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Girl Scout Silver Science Event at UNM-VC

Girl Scout Silver Science Event at UNM-VC

In 2014, Ms. Casey Hoyt and Ms. Donna Angelus, seeing the importance of STEAM in girls’ futures, planned an executed the first Girl Scout Silver Science event for Girl Scouts in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Event activities included Kool Aid Bottle Rockets, Baking Soda Rockets, Mapping DNA, Film Cannister Rockets, and an introduction to First LEGO League- a group that encourages people to form teams to build a LEGO robot and program it to complete certain tasks before competing to see which team has done the best job each year.

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The Gray Family- Belen, New Mexico

The Gray Family- Belen, New Mexico

I had the pleasure of working with Patty, her daughter Jamie, Jamie's husband Ryan, and their daughter Leah this past Saturday to capture their very first family portraits in many, many years. While Jamie, Ryan, and Leah actually live in Portland, Oregon, Patty and her husband (who was still traveling home) have spent the last two years working in Poland. Before that they traveled the country working for various contractors in scientific research, design, and develop capacities.  

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Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

This year, I will be donating $10.00 per mini session to the American Cancer Society, specifically supporting the Los Lunas Area Relay for Life chapter. While I've been advertising this, I realized that I've never said why I support this organization so much; why I'm raising money for them, and why I've become the event photographer for our local chapter.

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

Albuquerque-NewMexico-Event-Photographer

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

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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What is the Golden Hour, and Why Should You Care?

What is the Golden Hour, and Why Should You Care?

Even before I knew that this special time of day had a specific name, it was my favorite part of the day. Simply put, the Golden Hour is the 30 minutes before sunset and the 30 minutes right after sunset each day.  This is the time of day when the sun is at an angle to the spot you are at on the Earth. Specifically in New Mexico, it's the time of day when we get all those pretty skies and colors. You know- the pinks and purples and blues that have made our sunsets famous. 

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