Balloon Fiesta!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Breakfast with the Balloons, Balloon Fiesta

After living in Albuquerque for nearly five years, I finally made it to the Albuqueruque International Balloon Fiesta.  It was a beautiful day, and aside from the traffic (which was expected), everything went off without a hitch.  We had tickets to “Breakfast with the Balloons”, where we were treated to breakfast and we even managed to find a table on the balcony of the museum overlooking the field.

It really is quite a site.  Having lived here for a while now and seeing the balloons float all over, you just take it for granted.  But being there in person and seeing wave after wave of balloons take off is just breathtaking.  Hundreds take off; all shapes and sizes too.  Aiden’s favorite was probably the Wells Fargo Wagon.  It was massive and couldn’t quite get high enough to clear the museum so it landed right at the edge of the balcony.

It was definitely worth getting up early to see.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Breakfast with the Balloons, Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Breakfast with the Balloons, Balloon Fiesta

Mike Bockoven — Author Portrait

Mike Bockoven

Mike Bockoven

In mid-September I went back to Nebraska for a visit and was able to photograph my good friend, Mike Bockoven.  Mike’s first novel, Fantastic Land will be published in October 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing, and the image will be used for his official portrait on the jacket.  Mike has also launched his author blog, which he entrusted me to design, and I encourage everyone to check it out.

Phoenix Avalon — Violinist Portrait

Phoenix Avalon Portrait

Phoenix Avalon

Phoenix Avalon was the violinist that won the strings competition of the the Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition.  Phoenix had to leave right after the awards because of his tour schedule, so we decided to have his session at Bicentennial Park in Santa Fe.  The day was marvelous and I was honored to have a private concert while he played during our session.

Phoenix has played at Carnegie Hall and can be heard on You Tube playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Phoenix Avalon Portrait

Phoenix Avalon

Phoenix Avalon Portrait

Phoenix Avalon

Brie & Arturo — The Wedding

Brie & Arturo's first kiss as husband and wife — Scott Kingsley/Kingsley Images

I was privileged to be a witness when Brie and Arturo were married in the mountains above Santa Fe at the Hyde Park Lodge.  It was a beautiful fall day with the aspens beginning to turn gold.  Brie started her day off at 10,000 Waves with her Maid of Honor where she got ready and in the middle had time for a lunch of champaign and Blake’s Lottaburger.  The ceremony in the woods was beautiful and the reception lasted well into the evening with dancing in the near darkness.

Michigan Vacation

Brie laughs while having her makeup done on the morning of her wedding — Scott Kingsley/Kingsley Images

Brie & Arturo's first dance as husband and wife — Scott Kingsley/Kingsley Images

Brie & Arturo kiss during the final moments of their reception — Scott Kingsley/Kingsley Images

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits


Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits in Santa Fe, New MexicoBrie and Arturo have known each other since high school.  And when their paths crossed at a gas station between Albuquerque and Santa Fe they reconnected and fell in love.  That was several years ago and tomorrow they will be getting married in the mountains above Santa Fe amidst the aspens and their friends and family.

I’ve known Brie and Arturo for about a year now and am so happy to be a part of their day.  For their engagement photos we trekked up to the Hyde Park Lodge above Santa Fe and found some beautiful aspens and a spectacular little stream with a wood bridge for backdrops.  They were so comfortable in front of the camera; their love, personality and humor really shined through the pictures making it hard to narrow them down for this post.

Tomorrow I’m sure will bring more wonderful images and more importantly beautiful memories for Brie and Arturo.

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits Hyde Park Lodge Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits Hyde Park Lodge Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits Hyde Park Lodge Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits Hyde Park Lodge Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Brie & Arturo — Engagement Portraits in Santa Fe, New Mexico