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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A Family Photo Session in Ruidoso, New Mexico- The Edwards Family

A Family Photo Session in Ruidoso, New Mexico- The Edwards Family

I absolutely love traveling down to Ruidoso for portrait sessions and weddings! The town itself is in the mountains (which I love!), and is just big enough to be comfortable, but completely small enough to be a tight-knit community.

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Fall Mini Sessions in Los Lunas, NM

Fall Mini Sessions in Los Lunas, NM

Each year, the Rio Grande River Valley begins to sparkle and shine with bright hues of red, orange, yellow, and even a little green mixed in. That’s how you know it’s October in New Mexico! And, each year around this time, I try to do family mini sessions for my clients. This year, however, I didn’t charge for my time and talent. Instead, I asked each family who signed up to bring in at least one cleaning supply to donate to our local children’s home, El Ranchito de Los Niños.

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

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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New Mexico Tech Senior Portrait Session- Socorro, New Mexico

New Mexico Tech Senior Portrait Session- Socorro, New Mexico

This post is LOOOOONNGG overdue, but I still wanted to share the photos with y’all!

I had the pleasure of photographing Daniel and Thomas’ Senior Portrait Sessions at New Mexico Technical University in Socorro, New Mexico this last April.

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Dorinda’s Maternity Portraits- Los Lunas, New Mexico

Dorinda’s Maternity Portraits- Los Lunas, New Mexico

I honestly can’t recall how many years Dorinda and I have been friends now, but it’s been a long time. I watched as her and her husband Nick (also a good friend) became parents half way around the world (Nick was stationed in Japan with the Navy), and again after they’d been reassigned to Chicago. After they finally moved home a few years ago, I finally got to meet and cuddle their sweet kiddos. So when Nick and Dorinda announced they were expecting baby #3, I jumped at the chance to capture her pregnancy this time around!

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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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How To: Prepping Your Kids for Family Photos

How To: Prepping Your Kids for Family Photos

One of the many reasons that I've heard for not getting annual portraits taken of your family is that it's too hard to accomplish with young children. Well, it may seem that way, but it's actually not that hard- you just have to work with your kids instead of against them. Here are my tips for working with your kids and preparing them for family photos:

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Jennica and C.J.- An In-Home Family Portrait Session in Los Lunas, New Mexico

Jennica and C.J.- An In-Home Family Portrait Session in Los Lunas, New Mexico

I have known Jennica for many years- we were on Swim Team together in High School- so, when her sister, Cara, asked if I had time to do a portrait session for her as a Christmas present, I jumped at the chance to see my old team mate and friend! 

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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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Rebecca’s Maternity Portraits- UNM Duck Pond, Albuquerque, NM

Rebecca’s Maternity Portraits- UNM Duck Pond, Albuquerque, NM

I met Rebecca several years ago in what probably appeared to be a very shady parking lot exchange of Girl Scout cookies. My troop had extra cookies, and her troop needed a few more for the end of the season. Since then, I’ve gotten to know Rebecca even better through Facebook, and I can honestly say she is incredibly smart, very witty, immensely talented, and more loving to her partner Kyle and daughter Adoli than I can describe.  

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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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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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What Happens When a Photographer Takes Photos of Her Own Family- Los Lunas, New Mexico

What Happens When a Photographer Takes Photos of Her Own Family- Los Lunas, New Mexico

On the day before Thanksgiving of all days, my mom asked me to take the guys in our family out and take portraits of them to send to all of my aunts and cousins in her Christmas cards. You would think that this would be one of the easiest photo sessions of my year- after all, it's my three boys, my dad, and my brother. You would be mistaken. Silliness ensues, chaos occurs, and yes- just like any other family- my kids need to be bribed to sit still and smile nicely. 

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Jane and Jake’s Maternity Portraits- Los Lunas, New Mexico

Jane and Jake’s Maternity Portraits- Los Lunas, New Mexico

Jane and Jake Larson are some of the sweetest people that I’ve ever met. This past September, they welcomed their first child- a little girl named Payton. I was blessed to capture this special time in their lives- the last few weeks before they became parents and went from a family of two to a family of three.  

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The Romero Family- Bosque Farms, New Mexico

The Romero Family- Bosque Farms, New Mexico

I had the absolute honor of working with the Romero family a few weeks ago. This amazing family is behind Bosque Farm's Farmhouse Style- a small local business featuring reclaimed antique furniture and other goodies that come from Chip and Joanna Gaines' retail line. And, I'm lucky enough to have several of their pieces residing in my own home!

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Monica and Kyle’s Maternity Portraits- Los Lunas, New Mexico

Monica and Kyle’s Maternity Portraits- Los Lunas, New Mexico

I had the opportunity to work with Monica and Kyle Honeyfield a few months ago to capture their beautiful maternity portraits. Kyle is a cowboy in every sense of the word, and they wanted to incorporate this into their session, so Kyle brought his horse, and we got permission from Europa Coffee to use their field. And, I surprised Monica with a flower crown from Ramos Flowers.

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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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