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A BEE-utiful Senior Session: albuquerque photographer

I have walked into cactus. I have fallen down a muddy hillside in the rain while trying to photograph an Oregon lighthouse. I’ve been bitten by at least 5,000 mosquitoes, but tonight was a first even for me.
While shooting Brooke’s senior session this evening, we were attacked by bees. Yes, bees. Where they came from, I still have no idea. As I was shooting the last image, Brooke cried out, “OWW!” She was bitten by something. I ran over, found the bee, and killed it between my hands, which apparently sent off some kind of “Bee Red Alert” because one after another, they started to attack. Brooked kicked off her high-heeled boots and we ran for the car. Once inside, there were two more, hiding in Brooke’s slippers that she had brought with her to the shoot. We were whacking bees like something out of a Hitchcock film.
Thank goodness neither of us were allergic, but I think our faces are now being distributed amongst the Bee Community as public enemy number 1. But, the session was nothing short of gorgeous and I can say with all certainty, that Brooke’s senior photographs are BEE-utiful.

Thanks, Brooke, for BEE-ing such a good sport.

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Charlotte Wanted Stormy Skies: albuquerque senior photographer

We can do a lot in photography today, things unheard of as recently as 20 years ago. So, when Charlotte said she wanted stormy skies for her senior session, I knew that if had an afternoon filled with blue skies, it wouldn’t be difficult to turn them into stormy skies in post. Photographers do it all the time. And I do mean, all the time.

But, that’s not really what I think photography is about.

I’m more of a “remove-the-stuff-you-don’t-want” but don’t “add-stuff-that-wasn’t-there” kind of a photographer.

For example, I will remove distracting elements, like a twig poking out of a tree or a a clump of grass that draws your eye away from the subject, but I won’t ADD things to the image that weren’t there during the session. I don’t drop in skies or add trees or a field of  flowers. I would rather work hard to photograph in an area that has those elements present already.  I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, it’s just how I feel.

But Charlotte wanted stormy skies, so I knew that I would do what I needed to do to make her happy…but then, Mother Nature came through. <grin>

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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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