How To: Picking a Location for Your Family Portrait Session

How To: Picking a Location for Your Family Portrait Session

One of the current trends that I love in photography is taking family portrait sessions out of the studio and into the community. So much more can be created when you’re outside- especially during the Golden Hour. But, you also need to be mindful of the safety of your location- especially with young kids are around.

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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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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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An Old Town Christmas in Albuquerque, NM- The Bennett Family

An Old Town Christmas in Albuquerque, NM- The Bennett Family

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the Bennett Family a few weeks ago to capture their Christmas Portraits this year. Little did I know that Ms. Gianna had just turned 1 year old as well! It truly was a special- albeit very cold- portrait session!

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An Old Town Christmas Session in Albuquerque, New Mexico- The Simpson-Parrott Family

An Old Town Christmas Session in Albuquerque, New Mexico- The Simpson-Parrott Family

I had the pleasure of photographing my friend Meg's family again this year for their Christmas portraits. Its always great to get to work with a friend, but one of the things that struck me most this year is that Meg is a mom to three wonderful boys, and an awesome little girl. She has done (and is doing) an awesome job parenting all four of her kids, but it is great to see the relationship that has developed between her three boys. While they tease and torment each other (what siblings don't, right?!), they also obviously love and support each other just as much. And, it goes without saying that the three of them would do anything for their little sister. 

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The Martinez Family- At-Home Session in Los Lunas, NM

The Martinez Family- At-Home Session in Los Lunas, NM

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with the Martinez family to capture and create their family portraits for Christmas this year. Mark, Stephanie, Mark Jr., and Lillyana were kind enough to invite me to their home to create these beautiful photographs. 

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The Johnson Family- Carlito Springs Park in Tijeras, New Mexico

The Johnson Family- Carlito Springs Park in Tijeras, New Mexico

I was honored to serve the Johnson Family by creating their fall family portraits! This awesome family chose to use Carlito Springs- and Open Space park owned and maintained by Bernalillo County in New Mexico. 

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The Smith Family- Bosque Farms, New Mexico

The Smith Family- Bosque Farms, New Mexico

Janice and Jay Smith invited me into their home for their family photo session just a few weeks before Christmas. This family has three young men, as well as an extensive extended family. While I was blessed to work with their extended family, I'll only be writing about Jay, Janice, and their three boys.

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The Medina Family- Bosque Farms, New Mexico

The Medina Family- Bosque Farms, New Mexico

I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer and Nick Medina and their two boys a few weeks ago. We met at Jennifer's parent's house, using their front yard for this photo session. This session started off a little slow, with the boys being a little shy, but we soon had a blast!

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