How to Tie a Windsor Tie Knot with Justin Bradshaw

How to Tie a Windsor Tie Knot with Justin Bradshaw

Justin was wonderful in helping me create this video tutorial for y’all! He has been tying his own ties for church every Sunday since the age of twelve, when his father first taught him how to tie a full Windsor Knot. Through my experience as a wedding photographer, I’ve learned that not every groom or groomsman knows how to tie their tie the day of the wedding, so we created an easy-to-follow video tutorial to explain how to do it!

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Easy Posing Tips and Tricks for the Everyday Person

Easy Posing Tips and Tricks for the Everyday Person

In the art of photography, photographers are responsible for taking three-dimensional (3D) objects and creating a two-dimensional (2D) piece of art that can be framed and hung on a wall. In theory this sounds quite simple: you get everyone posed, and you click the shutter button on the camera. But, in reality, it isn’t so simple. There are some things you can learn to do to help your photographer out, though! Here they are:

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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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Perfect Wedding Guide's Diamond Dash Wedding Show- Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Perfect  Wedding Guide's Diamond Dash Wedding Show- Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Perfect Wedding Guide's Diamond Dash Wedding Show at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show itself was an amazing experience, allowing me to meet a lot of brides that were planning weddings in the Albuquerque area. But, it was a LOT of hard work before the show to get this booth ready! 

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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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Digital Images Are Important! Or, I’m Lucky to Have My Digital Images from MY Wedding!

Digital Images Are Important! Or, I’m Lucky to Have My Digital Images from MY Wedding!

Justin and I will be celebrating our 9th anniversary this April 24th, and every day I am reminded of a reason I’m grateful to have married my best friend. Our ceremony took place at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel, and our reception took place in Ballroom C of the College Union Building. 

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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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Planning Your Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Planning Your Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Every year Justin and I load up Christopher and Joshua really, really, really early on the first Saturday of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and take them to go see the balloons. In the five years (or so) that we've been doing this, we've learned a few lessons, tips, and tricks that I want to share with y'all today.

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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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What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

Your engagement photos are the first formal photos that you and your fiancé take as a couple. They say a lot about you as a couple- from the type of setting they're in to what you wear, they help people understand who you are and what you enjoy doing together. That being said, what to wear is a HUGE question, and to help you figure it out there are a few smaller questions to answer first.

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Why Engagement Photos are Necessary- and What to do With Them

Why Engagement Photos are Necessary- and What to do With Them

Engagement photos are the first opportunity that I have to actually work with my couples after you book your wedding with me. And, this occasion is the first chance I get to begin learning about both of you as new friends. For these two reasons alone, I highly encourage all of my couples to do engagement photos, but there are also a few other reasons.  

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10 Things Your Wedding Photographer Wishes You Knew

10 Things Your Wedding Photographer Wishes You Knew

There are things we wish we could all tell others about our jobs. But, when you work in a service-based industry, where you work with people who've hired you to do something for them that they can't do for themselves, it's even more prevalent. Following- and in no particular order- are the things I wish I could tell all of my clients, so that they can understand that they're not alone.

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5 Things That Make Your Wedding Guests Grumpy

5 Things That Make Your Wedding Guests Grumpy

I'm sure by now that we've all seen a few episodes of TLC's 'Four Weddings'. We all love to watch as four brides attend each other's weddings over the course of a year, and take notes and judge each other to see who had the best wedding out of the four of them. We watch as they party it up at the reception, complain about the food, judge the current bride's dress, and make notes about how such-and-such just isn't their 'style'. While it can be fun to watch, one thing we can all take away from this show is what makes wedding guests grumpy, and try to avoid these things at our own weddings. So, here is a list of 5 things that wedding guests complain about most:

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How to Get Pinterest-Perfect Wedding Photos, Even With a Tiny Budget

How to Get Pinterest-Perfect Wedding Photos, Even With a Tiny Budget

This day in age, just about every couple is looking for wedding inspiration on Pinterest. Even those who are married (me include) have boards of ideas for their perfect wedding. We all see those detail shots that photographers take, and dream about not only having a photo like that, but having whatever detail, action, or moment that the photograph shows at our wedding. So, how do you get those photos at your own wedding?  

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What I Carry in My Emergency Supply Bag- Los Lunas, NM Photographer

What I Carry in My Emergency Supply Bag- Los Lunas, NM Photographer

Weddings are wonderful, happy, exciting times, but because of this, things tend to happen. Oftentimes, if a couple doesn't have a wedding planner or coordinator, I end up functioning as both the photographer, and the coordinator. That means that a lot of the small issues that arise throughout the day fall to me to take care of. Because of this, I carry an emergency supply bag that is full of all sorts of items wedding parties tend to need, but often forget the day of the wedding. Here's what's in my bag:

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What Not to Wear

What Not to Wear

One of the biggest questions, and worries, when you book a family photo session- or any photo session- is, "What do I wear?"  Or, some version of it, anyway. I know in my family, it's always the second question asked when we get ready to take family photos- the first being, 'When are we doing this?'

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