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When Families Get Together: albuquerque family photographer

Families are a lot like butter in a hot pan or a toddler sleeping in your bed…they tend to spread out. Different cities, states, even continents-life has a habit of separating us as we grow.

And because it’s rare for every member of a large family to live in the same place at the same time, you have to take advantage of the times you are together with a photograph. (You knew I was going to say that, didn’t you?) After all, you never know when you’ll next be altogether.

We get called quite a bit to photograph families who have chosen New Mexico as their gathering place. From reunions to birthdays to anniversaries, from hotels to homes to bed-n-breakfasts, we never know what we’re going to find. But it doesn’t really matter…

The important thing is being together as a family, so you just get everyone together and we’ll take care of the rest.

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A Christmas Story: albuquerque photographer

A Christmas Story:

Once upon a time, there was a photographer who loved many things: his family, his country, green chile and the mountains: both the “Dew” and large rock varieties.

But one of the things this photographer liked best of all was the people he photographed. He tried not to say it too much, because he knows anything said over and over can appear cheesy, or even worse, insincere, so he tried to hold it in as best as possible.

But on Christmas Eve, he had a really really hard time keeping it to himself. Maybe it was all the Christmas lights, or the carols, or the fact that the night before Christmas is magical. He didn’t know the reason, but he didn’t care, because his heart was full of thankfulness and gratitude for every single person that trusted him with their smile. So, he went on to Facebook and posted a simple “A Very Merry Christmas to You All-With A Heart Full of Thanks” and hoped that his clients and his friends could read in those few lines what they mean to him.

The End

(PS: This is a true story; I happen to know this photographer well. )

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An Oswald the Rabbit Moment: albuquerque photographer

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”

It’s fun to do the impossible.

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse” Walt Disney

It’s no secret that I am a Walt Disney fan.

No, I don’t wear Mickey Mouse ears in the parks and I can’t tell you all the differences in the rides between the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Disney World like my wife can, and does, each and every time we go, but I am a fan of storytelling and  imagination, so it’s no surprise that I am an admirer of Walt Disney.

And…I am a fan of Oswald the Rabbit.

When Walt was first starting out, he and his designers created Oswald the Rabbit for Universal, and after the second cartoon, it achieved great success, so much so, that Walt requested a budget increase for future projects. Not only was that request met with a “no,” but with the news that his budget was going to be decreased, and if he didn’t like it, he could leave and Universal would take over, which is exactly what happened. To make matters worse, only one of his designers left with him; the rest stayed.

Can you imagine what that must have felt like? This thing that you created; this work that you poured your heart into-your very future that earlier seemed so secure is now gone. That must have been one lonely, discouraging train ride home.

Except for one thing…during that train ride home, Walt and his loyal designer, Ub Iwerks, started playing around with a new character, one with a very long tail and round ears-a mouse who would eventually be named “Mickey” and go on to be the most successful animated character of all time. In 2006, the current Disney CEO received the rights to Oswald as part of a trade agreement with NBC Universal, so Oswald is now back where he belongs, safely tucked among the other Walt Disney characters.

Out of all the Walt Disney stories, this is my favorite. It is a reminder that problems can blossom into opportunity if we let them. In fact, in our family, when something even better follows a disappointment, we call it having an “Oswald Moment.”

This Christmas, my children are each getting stuffed Oswalds for their room. (No, I’m not spoiling a surprise-they never read this blog) and I hope each time they look at them, they remember that discouragement is simply a stepping stone to something even better, that there is no end to creativity and that imagination can never be defeated unless we let it.

And that it really it didn’t all start with a mouse…it started with a rabbit.

 

Thank you to my daughter for sending me this snapshot of her Oswald ears. I’m not terribly thrilled with the background. If she just slightly changed her angle it would have been much better. Has she learned NOTHING? 😉

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Jack and his Jeep: albuquerque children’s photographer

Jeep owners aren’t content to simply drive along a paved road where the most excitement that can be expected is to change lanes.

They are a different breed- a rugged breed. They hear the call of the mountains, sweet and clear, and most saddle up in their Jeep and answer the call. They laugh at boulders and grin and streams and their favorite direction is up.

Yes, a Jeep owner is a special kind of person…even when he’s 3 years old.

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Come on, Cottonwoods…Just ONE More: albuquerque family photographer

Every year, October delights us with the colors of Fall. But because we have busy lives and aren’t alway thinking ahead, people don’t always think about a Fall portrait until the colors are at their peak and appointments are few and far between. For that reason, every year, I hold my breath and wish the warm weather to last as long as possible. When we reach the end of October and into November, it’s always a race against time to get as many clients photographed against our brilliant Cottonwoods before the first good freeze forces the trees to drop their leaves.

I photographed Kevin and Tracy’s family last night and I have to admit that as I drove to meet them, I was a little nervous about not only the weather, but what the bosque would look like when we arrived. A storm was pushing in from the northwest and, having been in the bosque just a couple days earlier, I knew how quickly we were losing color.

And although the clouds hung over the Sandias, and the western sky was dark, the light was still beautiful, as was the final bit of yellow in the Bosque.

Once again, dear Cottonwoods, you did us proud. Thanks for another great year!

 

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