Jemez ~ Jessica’s Senior Session

This girl is already a world traveler. Wanderlust isn’t a thing she decided to be it found her and is her, in the most natural way there is. I grew up exploring this state and it created in me a deep love of all that is New Mexico. My childhood is why I have a continued passion for exploring New Mexico’s beauty and diversity. It bloomed into a love for making New Mexico the backdrop of my work. This isn’t about me, I just relate and find her fascinating. Her mom Teresa came along for the session, we all rode together and I enjoyed our time together so much. I learned so much about them and their experience living in India for 6 years. They exude so much calm, I don’t even know how to explain it, but they are just the sweetest, most kind people. I am truly blessed to get to know so many fascinating people.

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Jess wanted to show her love of travel and pastries. Apparently, she is a great cook and baker, she really should have brought me a sample so I could vouch for her 😉

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All the feels.

Tent Rocks ~ Christensen’s

I was thinking about how each time I do a post I have to say something about each family, I mean I don’t have to, but you gotta say something haha! And really I have quite come to enjoy the chance to stop and ponder on what qualities and characteristics stand out for each family. I have gotten to know Ali through my kid’s school, she was my daughter’s 4th-grade teacher. She has the unique combo of fun and vibrant, but totally in charge, and loving and laid back all wrapped up in one beautiful package. I only met Justin the day of the shoot, but he was equally as laid back and it was fun to just see how they love their kids so hard but aren’t trying to force them into anything. Little man loved the sticks and rocks and could see nothing else, such a boy ❤ Little miss was the perfect balance of sugar and spice. Thak you for having me capture your family. They grow up so quick! I loved our time together!1DSC_52811DSC_55231DSC_55401DSC_55871DSC_53201DSC_53561DSC_56691DSC_56251DSC_53021DSC_54781DSC_56921DSC_56101DSC_55991DSC_53651DSC_57711DSC_5721  I hope you know you’re loved.

By beautiful humans!

Sandia Crest ~ Firth Family

What do you say about a family that you have seen grow so much over the last year? Going from no kids to preggers to becoming parents of the cutest little babe.  They clearly love each other and having a child together seems to have only strengthened it further. I love seeing how couples compliment each other in traits. Emilee is one of the most laid back and optimistic people I have ever met. I admire Jason’s upbringing on a farm and it’s clear he continues to work hard and make things happen. Their sweet girl is so blessed to have them as her parents. Families can be together forever and stuff you know?…It’s beautiful.

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Have a most wonderful day lovely humans.

San Pedro Mountains ~ Sophie 1 year

There is something really special about photographing the same family again and again. She is one loved little darling and is so blessed with a big family to bring her up. Life is so beautiful, and it’s so worth it to stop and have its beauty documented. These precious babes don’t stay small for long.  Life just keeps pluggin’ along. Someday I will be able to express in words what I feel about making art of the life you are living. Just stop to capture the happy now, or the messy now, or the crazy now, because this now will soon be long forgotten without a purposeful way of collecting it. Now, go enjoy this little cuties photos and I’ll shut up already.1DSC_14221DSC_14731DSC_14261DSC_14811DSC_14821DSC_14131DSC_14701DSC_14051DSC_14691DSC_14021DSC_14391DSC_14481DSC_15131DSC_14551DSC_14601DSC_14641DSC_15171DSC_1475

Thanks, lovely humans for coming by!

Kiwanis Cabin ~ Abbey

This woman is one of the best souls I have ever come across. We headed up to the top of the Sandia Mountains and hiked the mile over to the kiwanis cabin. I love that it is perched on the side of a cliff! It looks so neat from the tram and if you are just East of the cabin down the cliff a bit it feels very Inceptionish! The wind up there can be pretty narly and well it was on this day. It was so bad we couldn’t hear each other unless we were right next to one another. If you want my super insightful 😉 thoughts on wind and adversity then see Instagram and Facebook ha ha! I would be lying to you if I said this session wasn’t a challenge because of the gale force winds, but it was still a great time and it’s good to be pushed…at least I think so right now 😉 How could we not have fun, this chica is something special! The floral dress really suites her personality, bright, happy, and optimistic! Oh, and we found out she looks amazing in hats ha!

MUA Leah Tatom of Rad Cat Designs

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Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Mt. Taylor ~ Mel & Rollin Engagement

This was my first time photographing in this epic spot. Me and my family went camping up there this summer and I knew I had to do a session up there! I will admit my list of places to shoot is long, but this one made it to the top of the list! I hope there will be many more sessions to come in this magical place.  I am so glad this gorgeous couple was up for an adventure. You need a 4×4 to get up to the top of Mt. Taylor. These two met as teenagers and have been together since then and are now both going to school at UNM. Their personalities compliment each other so perfectly. I had a wonderful time chatting with them on the way to and from the shoot, I can’t say enough good things about this couple. They are both going to rattle the stars! I truly wish them all the joy this life has to offer.1DSC_11011DSC_08341DSC_12421DSC_12301DSC_09921DSC_09411DSC_11101DSC_09811DSC_11901DSC_12011DSC_13061DSC_13621DSC_13251DSC_10811DSC_10061DSC_08921DSC_09961DSC_08771DSC_08291DSC_09701DSC_08191DSC_07641DSC_07501DSC_09341DSC_11121bDSC_07481DSC_1070

Thanks you two lovely humans, for having me make your engagement photos!

Santa Fe Plaza ~ Keri

As we were wrapping up the session (dang sun going down on us, humph) a few nuns were walking by and stopped to tell her how pretty she was on her senior graduation (it was clear some big senior bash was going on Santa Fe Plaza).  We had so much fun…I need to come up with a different way to say that I feel like I say it a lot, but it’s true so eh. After it was over we ate a fabulous South American place, nom. I love eating out in Santa Fe with people after photo sessions, I a lot of places I go normally don’t have restaurants near by like the Plaza does. Sorry, I kinda like food and am getting off track. Uh, well it was a freakin’ blast I love you Kerry Berry, I couldn’t have asked for a better SIL. You have inspired me by a life well lived and I mean well, exceptionally well.

SONY DSC  “DeAnn talked me into this photo shoot after I confided in her that I would like a picture of myself in a green dress because I vainly thought it would make my hair look more red. I’m sure she instantly had a vision of the scenery and lighting and my hair and makeup and the flowers on the trees and the color of the brick on the church…because she made sure I found my green dress and set a date for the magic to happen.”SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC “I had witnessed DeAnn’s energy and passion for portrait photography many times over the last several years. I envied the fresh look of the beautiful women in her photographs (many of whom I knew personally), because I knew their everyday work and worry worn faces had been given a day off. I knew her skilled eye could make a photo session transformative for the lucky participant – the layers of a tired mother carefully and respectfully peeled back to reveal the graceful, sensual woman inside. I intellectually comprehended what she was doing (I saw the results!), but I didn’t understand on a personal level how it felt to have my own neglected beauty revealed until I became her subject.”SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC “We picked an afternoon in May and she chose the Santa Fe plaza because she knew it well and loved several locations for backdrops. Before we could head up to take the pictures I had to magically transform into a sexy green dress wearing bombshell though…which I did with the help of DeAnn on makeup and [name] on hair. I felt like a million bucks when we left for Santa Fe, and that was all I needed to fall right into the role of model when DeAnn focused her lens on me.”SONY DSCSONY DSC “She gave me tips on how to hold my chin, shoulders, butt, legs for maximum flattering effect. She’d ask for a smile, then serious, then laughter, then my “smolder”, followed of course by more laughter. I strutted and posed and tried to look DEEPLY into her lens (because as she kept reminding me, “it’s ALL IN THE EYES”) Now, all of this intimate exposure was definitely made easier because DeAnn is my sister-in-law of almost 14 years, not to mention one of my best friends. But even if we’d just met the day of that photo shoot, it would have still been a great experience because of DeAnn’s good sense of humor (which was contagious that night), and her expertise – she was SO GOOD at knowing where to have me sit or stand and what ordinary looking wall would look amazing through the lens of a camera. “SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC “We spent hours soaking up the good lighting on the church steps, in front of the ivy-covered wall, and even in the middle of the road…and when the light was gone we were both disappointed to be done. The experience was magical because it made me feel beautiful – really truly beautiful. And feeling beautiful gave me the confidence to be sexy, be gorgeous, be bold. DeAnn captured all of that! I may not need 85 pictures of myself to hang in every room in my house, but I NEEDED to capture the experience of feeling gorgeous for a night. Funny thing, when I showed the pictures to my husband I expected him to be blown away…and while he really loved them (he couldn’t pick one favorite…he picked 12 favorites!), he said that’s how he saw me all the time. I guess I was the one who needed to see it. Thank you DeAnn!”

SONY DSC I love this woman. We had so much fun walking around the plaza laughing and talking as we went. Truly words fail me, I guess it’s a good thing I like to express my passion through photography. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities it has provided me. I have spent a lot of time with this lovely SIL of mine over the years and this was a neat and very sweet experience one I will honestly cherish. I am glad I could help her see her beauty the way I see her, the way her husband sees her, we already knew she was pretty, but it brings me sheer joy to prove to others they are. It’s not vain, it’s confidence building. I have never left showing someone their photographs and thought “wow they are so vain, what have I done?” I couldn’t find words earlier, now I just want to get on my soapbox and preach to everyone that there is worth in knowing you are beautiful. We women, put a lot of time and money buying products, applying products to feel good so why not take it a step further and have an experience that will enrich your life.