To Taos and Back: Day Three

To Taos and Back: Day Three

I’m sorry to say that Day Three found us heading home early! We were completely worn out from this camping trip, and our one to Carlsbad not even two weeks before, plus a Cub Scout overnight a few days before that! We were all feeling tired, so we packed up and headed home.

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To Taos and Back: Day One

To Taos and Back: Day One

In real life, my boys and I were actually home for about a week between these two road trips, but I’m a little behind on my blogging, so I’m gonna go ahead and start telling y’all about this trip!

We left bright and shiny early on Monday morning, headed for Taos, New Mexico after packing our bag and our camping gear once again. We once again grabbed breakfast at McDonald’s and Lotaburger, and hit the road.

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To Carlsbad and Back: Day Three

To Carlsbad and Back: Day Three

Day Three of this trip found us packing up our campsite and heading home. Which was probably a good thing, because we were pooped! Carlsbad took more out of us than I thought it would. After breakfast, we broke camp and loaded up the car to head toward home. I had a few stops left, though!

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To Carlsbad and Back: Day Two

To Carlsbad and Back: Day Two

Day two of our Mini Road Trip we spent exploring Carlsbad Cavern National Park. Depending on how fast you walk, this is at least a half-day event. It took Christopher, Joshua, and myself 3 hours to hike down the Natural Entrance and around the full Big Room, taking the elevator back to the surface.

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To Carlsbad and Back: Day One

To Carlsbad and Back: Day One

Day one (two weeks ago tomorrow) in our first mini road trip of the summer involved getting up at the crack of dawn (the norm for our house, by the way) and loading the car with our final few items before grabbing breakfast at McDonald’s for the boys and a Blake’s breakfast burrito for me. Then we finally hit the road for Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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The Adventure Begins...

The Adventure Begins...

Tomorrow the boys and I leave on our first mini road trip of the summer. We’re headed down to Carlsbad Caverns, and a few other places along the way for an upcoming photo project. We’re going to be camping out while we’re down there, which is also exciting for the boys. I’ve been camping multiple times in my life, especially as a Girl Scout Trainer, teaching other Leaders how it’s done. I’ve also been to Carlsbad and the surrounding area before, although it has been a few years.

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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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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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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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Preparing Your Groom for Your Engagement Portraits

Preparing Your Groom for Your Engagement Portraits

Many men avoid having their picture taken for various reasons. My husband is an expert at dodging my camera. But, most acknowledge and accept that having engagement photos done is necessary, so they begrudgingly agree. There are some things that you can do to help them prepare for your portrait session, though.   

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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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A Rustic, Backyard Wedding in Espanola, New Mexico- Gayle and Aaron

A Rustic, Backyard Wedding in Espanola, New Mexico- Gayle and Aaron

Gayle and Aaron were married on July 1st, 2017 in a beautiful backyard ceremony at Gayle's parent's home in Espanola, New Mexico. This amazing family came together to DIY almost everything about their wedding- from the cake and the decor, to the invitations and DJ, it all had something personal about it.

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A Prairie Star Wedding- Jenna and Nestor Rios

A Prairie Star Wedding- Jenna and Nestor Rios

Jenna and Nestor Rios were married this past Saturday, November 4th, 2017 in a sweet, simple ceremony at Prairie Star Restaurant. Their day was filled with small, meaningful details, such as the charm of Jenna's great-grandparents that she carried down the aisle on her bouquet. 

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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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The Strickland Family- An Albuquerque, New Mexico Maternity Portrait Session

The Strickland Family- An Albuquerque, New Mexico Maternity Portrait Session

It was truly a surprise when Brittney sent me a message saying that she was pregnant with twins and wanted me to shoot her maternity photos, but I couldn't have been happier for her, Justin, and their older daughter Rayleigh.

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