On February 15th, I had the pleasure of photographing the two winners of the Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition in Albuquerque at Keller and Popejoy Halls. The competition is put on annually by the Music Guild of New Mexico. Ken Lien won the piano competition, in which he placed second last year. Ryan Downs won the strings competition. The winners will perform with the New Mexico Philharmonic March 16 at the Central United Methodist Church. Both artists were a joy to work with and I wish them the best in their future.
Ken Lien won the piano division in the 2014 Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition.
Ryan Downs won the strings division in the 2014 Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition.
Shayna and Bret had a beautiful wedding at the end of June. The ceremony took place on the lawn at the Sandia Resort and Casino with the Sandia Mountains as a backdrop. Shayna and Bret were great to work with and the whole day was spent just in the flow of things. The most unexpected part of the ceremony came when the Irish Blessing was read. Right when the line: “May the wind be ever at your back…” was recited a breeze came up from behind Shayna and blew her veil forward. During the reception inside we were able to sneak away for a few minutes for sunset pictures with the mountain and waterfall as a backdrop. A wonderful day for sure.
I recently had the privilege of photographing Elizabeth and Greg’s wedding in Santa Fe. The opportunity came up because I met Talitha Tarro, and we decided to work together if the opportunity came up. Talitha was great to work with and we were able to capture the wedding from different angles which only aided the coverage of the event.
Elizabeth and Greg are from New Jersey, and chose Santa Fe as a destination wedding site. The intimate ceremony took place in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation courtyard with the reception inside. The day was beautiful and the couple was great to work with.
I had a great portrait session with Madilyn recently. She was a little shy at first, but we got beyond that and were having fun and getting great pictures in no time. She really enjoyed the flower and Mom being silly behind me.
I believe that to really succeed in children’s portraiture you have to become a kid again. Meeting them on their own level makes them forget about the camera. When you stop to take time to listen to what they need (like a break) it helps to bring down any walls, and you’ll get more time and better expressions because the children are having fun. And after all the pictures are about them, not me.
It seems lately that I’ve been shooting quite a few infant portraits. These are of Aiden who is now almost three months old. The image above and below this text were taken a month apart, and the development at this age is readily apparent in the images. He is now very active and has many more facial expressions than he did before. And that proves to be one of the challenges of infant portraiture, catching them when they are awake, in a good mood and at their best. Those moments don’t always last too long so when you know you’ve got a keeper it’s extra special.
I met Brittany and Daniel through a mutual friend during the Perfect Wedding Guide’s Great Diamond Dash Bridal Show in February. We waited for warmer weather and then met in Old Town Albuquerque for a beautiful portrait session.
Brittany and Daniel chose the location because it was the scene of their first date. We started off in the gazebo in the old city square before moving to small courtyards nearby. Our first surprise came when Daniel brought out his guitar. We listened while he played and I photographed them enjoying being with each other. We wandered around the side streets and back courtyards before retuning to the gazebo for the final surprise of the evening, a light sabre duel between Brittany and Daniel.