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The only 3 year old I know who loves to model

My friends little girl is one of the only children I know who possesses the “modeling gene”….
which is compliance, the intuition to pose without the photographer directing,
and a wide range of facial expressions that are SOOOO cute!
She makes my photographer dreams come true!!!!

BTW these photos took many hours……
I cannot create stellar photos under a short time frame!

Her mother’s wedding shoes:

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5 Random (but Important) Things you didn’t know about weddings until now

ONE.
If a wedding is on or near the beach (especially the ocean), with the bride’s hair down,
the hair curls will fall out and the overall appearance will change within
an hour of two of being styled! The WIND plus HUMIDITY is a hair killer!!

TWO.
A 6+ or more person bridal party (six on each side, twelve total), no matter how cool they are,
brings a certain level of stress and chaos brides and grooms should be prepared for.
Large bridal parties are harder to wrangle and “control,”
and its very apparent when the getting ready room is very small but many people need to fit inside the space….
it becomes chaotic and looks like a bomb went off!
The one advantage of having a large bridal party is that a bride and groom can utilize the extra hands to their advantage,
giving them errands etc. BUT, I personally experience, that brides and grooms
are much more relaxed with SMALL bridal parties, ~3-4 people each, OR no bridal party at all.

THREE.
If a bride’s dress has a long lonnnggg wedding dress train, the majority of the day (and the wedding photos) will be of the bride
or someone else HOLDING the train and wrangling the train.
That’s probably not a good or bad thing, I’m just managing expectation of a train: )

FOUR.
If a bride and groom do not attend their own cocktail hour, they will barely see their own guests.
That truth will either make a bride and groom happy or sad because a lot of the guests may be their parents friends anyways haha!
It also depends if you have a Rehearsal dinner the night prior with most of the guests attending. That is usually the best time to visit with guests too!
I highly recommend the bride and groom attend their own cocktail hour
so that they can utilize that specific time thats meant for mingling! Makes sense right: )

FIVE.
Brides and grooms get asked SOOOOOOOOO many questions on a wedding day!
A question is being posed from every angle at every minute! Be prepared!
If a bride is very chill, I recommend her making a PSA to her friends and family prior to the wedding asking them to be conscious of the questions and the amount they are asking, because it all adds up for the bride!
And if they have schedule/timeline questions…….. refer to the timeline haha.
A wedding planner’s schedule usually has EVERYTHING on it.

I hope that helps: )

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New Mexico Wedding + Mark and Kristin

This was my first time to New Mexico!!! I explored Albuquerque, Santa Fe, then Pecos National Park, where the wedding ceremony was held! I loved it ALL!!! I am so happy to be returning back to New Mexico in May for a wedding!!!

This bouquet by Viva Flora!

Amazing details from For the Love Wedding and Event Design!!

The wedding reception was at SITE Santa Fe!!!

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My biggest hurdle is my greatest asset

I have MANY  limitations during wedding days and family sessions…..
Lighting: the lack of natural light in homes, harsh, direct, and uneven sunlight
during wedding ceremonies, DJ reception lights….
Subjects: intense bridesmaids, controlling or stoic men/dads (sometimes women), moooooody toddlers,
gassy newborns who keep fussing, anxiety ridden mothers, body conscious women….
My job very much depends on the subjects… I cannot get emotional photos without emotion.
BUT with ALL of that being said…. my biggest hurdle is that I NEVER believe I do a good enough job.
It is a constant feeling. It may dissipate for 4 minutes after taking an image I love soo much, but then the feeling returns.
I want to be better. I think I could have shot EVEN better than I did, although I simultaneously believe that in the moment, I did the best I could with what I am given. Thats my motto : “Do the best you can with what you are given,”
because most scenarios are out of my control. I have to roll with sooo many punches!!!
I always know what I need in the moment to get “the shot,” but the execution usually is out of my control, honestly: the toddler will not look at me (I don’t even need a smile, just one look), or the groom is SO DONE taking photos the energy is palpable,
or the time clock reads ZERO and the wedding planner is like, it’s go time!!!
I am in a weird constant flux of: “Ahhhhhhh I could have done better, I should have done this, I should have done that!!! Why didn’t I do that!!!” but, “NO, I had SO many limitations,
I KNOW I did the best I could in the moment.”
BUT I do believe that my mental hurdle of never feeling like I did my best, PUSHES ME to actually do MY BEST!!!
Its also a blessing that makes me, ME!!
The photographer on the ENDLESS pursuit of amazing, unforgettable, hilarious, omg images!!

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SPEAK YOUR TRUTH DOES NOT MEAN….

Speak your truth does not mean vomit your opinion everywhere you go.
BUT thats the first impression of that phrase for most people.
I refer to my teens and 20s as being a little opinionated “Bambi”, stumbling along and falling
and FAILING many many times with my assertiveness and opinions. Speaking out is a trait that comes
very naturally to me, but its taken me 15+ years to kind of master it (kind of, I have a good grasp on it anyways).
I have some residual, full-body shivers thinking of the people in my past I probably pissed off from my unwanted opinions
and wondering if they assume I am still the same exact person a decade later.
Through my experiences, I have learned my truth of the phrase, “SPEAK YOUR TRUTH.”
I believe it means speak and act in line with your deepest, core beliefs.
For example, I believe everything happens for a reason, Divine Timing is PERFECT, and all is well in the end…..
so speaking my truth now, would be supporting people to have THEIR life experience,
without wanting to change, control, insert myself, or vomit opinions. My opinion on their married or parenting style
is the furthest thing from encouraging UNLESS they specifically ASK.
Its not about me. Their life, their lane. My life, my lane.
Also, the most important nugget wisdom of all is: treat someone how you want to be treated—
How do you feel when people voice their opinions to you about your life without asking?
Not good!!! OR: Judge other people how you want to be judged!!! ….which is probably NOT AT ALL right?!

(…..I also think “Speak your truth” has a lot to do with personal boundaries as well… but thats for another day:)

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