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Hey, You Forgot to Get Rid of the Telephone Poles: albuquerque senior photography

When I shoot until sunset, which is around 9pm, so I usually don’t go back to the studio-I go straight home. When I get home, I download the images immediately and then again, the following day on my server. As I downloaded Janea’s incredible Senior Session, Cheri was watching over my shoulder.

This was the conversation that took place:

 Cheri: What a beautiful session!

Me: It was and take a look at the sunset we had.

Cheri: WOW! I love this. It’s feminine, yet strong. I love that.

Me: Couldn’t agree more.

Cheri: But wait…

Me: What?

Cheri: You got telephone poles in there. Or power lines. I don’t know how to tell them apart. Either way, you have poles in there.

Me: I sure d0. 

Cheri: I mean, you got a bunch with them in there. 

Me: I know.

Cheri: Did you want them in there?

Me: Well…yeah. If I didn’t, I would have just switched my angle.

Cheri: Why would you want telephone poles in this?

Me: It’s old Route 66-there SHOULD be telephone poles. It would be wrong not have them, I think.  Plus, the lines lead right into the subject. 

Cheri: <silent for a few seconds considering the image> If it wasn’t so pretty, I’d pick on this. 

Me: Well, it’s a good thing it’s pretty, then. 

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Of What Do You Dream: albuquerque family photographer

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Dear Little One, so fresh from heaven, of what do you dream?

What fills your mind and imagination as you sleep, nestled in the warmth of your blanket?

For you are new to the Earth; you’ve yet to gaze upon a pony or marvel at a snail or throw a ball in the backyard. You’ve not yet known the joy of an ice cream cone on a hot summer day or the exquisite pleasures of squishing mud between your toes.

And yet, as you sleep, you dream. And those dreams, we can only imagine, take you to places that we will never see. Places that exist only in a baby’s heart.  Oh, we all saw them once, when we were new, too, but we’ve forgotten. And they must be wonderful places, for you smile as you dream of them and we smile watching you dream.

So sleep, Little One, and dream your dreams.

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Pixels are for Sharing, but PRINTS are for Preserving

My daughter, Madi’s, 19th birthday is today.

And because my wife takes great pleasure in trying to embarrass our children (she rarely succeeds because they all have the same sense of humor so they think it’s funny) she decided to post childhood photos of Madi on Facebook all day. So, last night, we went to find the photos. But, we didn’t have to comb through CD’s (and pray they open) or plug in endless hard drives and cross our fingers…no, we didn’t have to do any of that. Instead, we went to the bookshelf and the closet, and removed albums and boxes filled with paper prints.

And we sat at the kitchen table, and poured over them all. We held them in our hands and passed them back and forth and things like, “Oh my gosh…remember this?” and “I forgot about that!” and after about 15 minutes of laughing and crying, my wife looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “I am so glad that digital wasn’t around when the children were little. We would never have these. And more importantly, the children would never have these.”

And it took me back when she said it, because we shoot digital. I happen to love it. Going from film in a Hasselblad to a hand held Canon DSLR 15 years ago was  incredibly freeing. I felt it in my work and in my attitude. But, I knew what she meant.

Because how many digital photos have been lost since digital began?
How many CD’s that got shared online once or twice, but never got printed? And then when you found the CD in the bottom of the drawer, if at all, it refused to open?
How many smart phone photos died with the phone?

What we were holding in our hands were snapshots, but what about those precious family images? Or Senior pictures? And although I knew it, last night just reinforced what we, as a studio and what I, as a photographer believe: In order to preserve them, you have to print them. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE to share images online, but we also know that a pixel has little value unless, with care and attention to detail, it is transferred to paper and made into something tangible- an image that will be passed down for generations.

I don’t know how long a pixel will last, because I don’t know how long the storage medium will last. The big stores like Costco and Staples are already phasing out CD’s and in order to use the cloud, well, you have to have electricity. I think about that and it kind of blows my mind.

But a print, on a wall, stands the the test of time.

So, Happy Birthday, Madi girl. We love you and your brother more than we ever thought it possible to love. Every day, you remind us of what’s important, and holding pictures of you in our hands, you did once again.

(Note: After being knee deep in photos last night, my wife immediately uploaded all the images from her phone this morning to be printed. Even a cell phone picture is a terrible thing to lose.)

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The Frank Frost Senior Session

The Senior Session, the Whole Session and nothing but The Session…

We post a lot of Sneak Peeks on social media, but I thought as we head into Senior Season, it might be fun to show what a full Frank Frost Senior Session looks like. McKenzie wanted a combination senior session, which means Frank and McKenzie headed to two separate locations on two different days: a little something up north in the mountains and then to downtown Albuquerque.

Now, we don’t believe a Senior Session should just have a few “good ones”-just the opposite. We fill your eyes with so many incredible images, you’re going to have a hard time picking, which is a Very Good problem to have. And don’t forget, with each Frank Frost Senior Session, we include a free family session, which can be done at the same time, or later in the year.

A Frank Frost Senior Session is fun…and we’ve got the pictures to prove it!

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Bald for St. Baldricks : albuquerque photographer

Rich, Monica and Teague are a pretty amazing family. I photographed their session outdoors on a beautiful Summer evening and then, not long after, they came back into the studio.

But this time, something was very different…they were missing hair.

See, Rich and Monica and Teague support the the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a “volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy  lives.” Rich, Monica and Teague shaved their heads for all those beautiful bald little heads attached to tiny warriors disguised as children, fighting the fight of their life.

So while their outdoor session was gorgeous, nothing can match the beauty of those three shaved heads together.

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