Books 1-6: A Book Review

Books 1-6: A Book Review

This year, in addition to serving as your photographer, I’ve set myself the challenge of reading 36 NEW (well, at least new to me...) books. I have a habit of re-reading books I love multiple times- which is great- but, there are so many new books published every year, and so many on my to-be-read list, that I need to add new books! So, here are the first 6 I’ve finished:

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This Year's Goals

This Year's Goals

It is so hard to believe that it is time to write new dreams and set new goals. I fell a bit short on a few goals from last year, mainly those of photographing 40 family sessions (I made it to 33!) and running a 10K (that didn't happen at all!), but I actually accomplished my other two goals of reading 36 books, and photographing 5 weddings. It was awesome to realize that I'd achieved those! It was also awesome to look back and realize that I'd accomplished so much more. I was featured on another blog, I was recognized as one of the best photographers in Albuquerque, and I met so many incredible individuals while doing something I love. How do I top all of that? I don't know, but I'm gonna try!

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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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Styled Shootout with Alicia Lucia Photography

I had the opportunity to participate in a styled shoot that was sponsored by Alicia Lucia Photography this year, and boy did I learn a lot!

It was my first time working with professional models, make-up artists, set designers, and so on, but it was an awesome experience. 

One of the most important things that I learned was how to be more direct in posing people. Our beautiful models were able to hold poses that most of us would never see outside a fashion magazine, but the way in which I saw them being directed will be useful in my regular sessions.  

This opportunity was also important to me because I was able to meet a few other area photographers. As in any industry, it's good to know the people you're sharing it with.  

It was an awesome day, spent capturing beautiful photos for my portfolio, and meeting new people.  

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running

First off, please forgive the iPhone selfie. Sometimes, the best camera is the one you have with you, and that was the one I had.

The above photo was taken shortly after I finished the 2015 Run for the Zoo Timed 5K on Sunday, May 3. I finished with a time of 51:09. It's not a great time, and I know I've done better, but my goal was to finish the course, which I did.

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