Friday, October 16, 2020

Fall Family Portraits in the Bosque 2020

 Fall Family Portraits in the Bosque 2020

Originally I thought we'd lose our leaves early this year because of the record heat this year, so I planned ahead booked most of my regular clients earlier in October to make sure we didn't lose out. While many other types of trees have already thinned or dropped early, the cottonwoods in the Bosque are still fairly on schedule with the leaves only about half turned right now and will hit their peak in the next two weeks as usual. We should still be able to get great photos there through the end of October, and there are lots of openings that normally aren't available during this busy time. If you want to book a last-minute session in the last 10 days of October, we actually still have slots available!!  Sessions start at $500 with no on-location fee. 505-933-5585

In November, there's a great spot with red ivy and golden grasses if you missed out on Bosque color.

November openings for Red Ivy location:

Nov 2, 3, 5, 6 at 4:10pm

Nov 17, 18, 19, 20 at 4pm


For COVID, we are only taking outdoor appointments. There is no fee to shoot on location ($500 minimum).  However, we also have an outdoor set at the studio that is great from 9am to 10am if you have an infant or toddler that you'd want to capture in a milestone session (to showcase tummy time holding their head up, sitting, or standing/cruising). It's also great for cake smashes and thanks to the record heat this year, so far it isn't too cold in the morning. You can photograph directly on the greenery backdrop or we have a few banners you can choose from if you prefer. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


While trying to keep up with the covid safety mandates, we are open for outdoor shoots only.  September and October are the best months in New Mexico to do outdoor shoots anyway!  We are asking families to only photograph with their immediate family and to wear masks at all times we are not actively shooting while always maintaining 6 feet of distance between anyone outside their family.  We are no longer providing "touch" props because it just isn't feasible to wash some of these things between families, but have lots of suggestions for things for you to bring to keep little hands busy. We have also moved all viewings to Zoom or Skype. 

**More info on Halloween, Christmas/Santa mini-sessions and modifications for boudoir, headshots, cake smash and other types of sessions below**


I just opened up the schedule for "Prime Leaf Week" for the best fall color in the last two weeks of October. Regular clients get first choice of those dates, so call soon! 505-933-5585 Or email me at if you'd like to get the most recent package list. 

I'm also shooting the last week of October through the first two weeks of November at the "red ivy location" where leaves go from green to red depending on the weather (it's all gorgeous, no matter the color - I had my last family photos taken there!). There is also some tall grass there as well. 

I am still debating if and how we would be able to do something like this safely as I wouldn't be able to disinfect all props in between each client on a mini session day, so I'm looking into potentially doing a backdrop set that wouldn't be "touched" and have you bring your own Halloween props to keep little hands busy, or just the costumes for older ones for some in-character action shots.  If I do this mini session, I'll be spacing things out over a few days or the two weeks before Halloween... everything is still TBD, text me if you have a preference or ideas!


Santa unfortunately is canceled this year - Santa is a Senior Citizen and it's just not safe :(

However, our outdoor Christmas tree "set" has finally grown in that I think we can use it this year!!  Our Santa mini sessions are usually the first weekend after Thanksgiving weekend (Dec 5-6 this year). Everything is still TBD, but I think we are leaning towards putting lights or basic wrapping decorations on the tree and having families bring their own decorations and have them hang ornaments as a candid-photo activity and then do portraits in front.  We also have Log stump stools to sit on where you can bring your own Christmas story to read as a family. For babies or children, you can have them bring their own stockings with a small gift inside to open. We will not be providing props this year because it is not feasible to wash in between each family. We will still have short mini or extended mini-sessions like before but have more time in between so families so don't overlap or expose each other as well as let slots spill into Sunday if and when Saturday is totally booked.  If you have ideas on how to make this better, please text me!  I'm open to ideas. 


For other types of sessions, we've been having to do some outdoor modifications as well.  Everything we are doing is outdoors until things clear up.


We almost always photograph Seniors on location anyway, so not much of a change here. It's already time to start thinking about yearbook photos that have deadlines anywhere from the end of October to the end of the year!


While some professions allow for nature headshots, many need a more "studio-like backdrop" and we have found some textures around town with brick or stucco that still have a professional feel and work for outdoor sessions. This mottled grey textured wall has also been a favorite for outdoor studio-like headshots. 


I have modified my boudoir packages for on-location sessions (1 hour or 1.5 hours) and have some secluded areas that have worked well. Message me on facebook @EllPhotography or call me if you'd like more info or are interested in doing something outdoors before it gets cold. I've done some BEAUTIFUL ones on horseback by the river, or in the foothills with moody clouds and sunsets behind. In the bosque, you can dip a toe in the shallow river, or let a flowy coverup or fabric dance in the breeze behind you. They can be a lot of fun and make for very unique photos. 

We actually designed a raised brick planter bed and started growing honeysuckle on a 12x12 trellis specifically to be able to have outdoor cake smashed at the studio. It is FINALLY grown in!!!  I haven't gotten to use it yet, but here is what it looks like with just a phone snapshot and all the banners we have that we can add to the decor. I can't wait to use it for the first time! It's best in the morning shade of the tree when babies are also usually at their best!  #PlanningFinallyPaidOff #LivingWall


I really can't wait for Covid to pass and everything to open up safely again. We've all had to make so many sacrifices, but I want to be able to capture some good memories from this year too because my, oh my, 2020 has been a bummer on all fronts!  Stay safe out there and hopefully I'll see you soon!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Senior Couture Session - Part 1

Fall is the perfect time for Senior Portraits. The light is soft, and it's perfect timing to get your photos in before yearbook deadlines!  Hannah is Hilltopper from Los Alamos High School.  For her first two-hour session we photographed downtown and also up in the foothills for a contrast of urban and natural terrain!  I don't think it's possible for her to take a bad photo!!!  Can't wait for her second session in a few weeks!

Family Photos in the Foothills

I've been photographing Liam since he was less than a year old. It's been fun to see him grow. He has this little smile that when he grins, he just makes your heart chuckle!

There is something whimsical and yet real about this loving image of Liam's parents as he plays around them.

Headshots... And then Some

Andrea came in for some headshots for her company, and while we were waiting for her next colleague to be ready, we had a little fun for some personal photos. :)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

There are three more themed mini-Sessions for 2019 and we have two promotions that end in July:

#1  If you book all 3 mini-sessions, you get a promotional print credit of $50 to use for your Fall Family Session - expires at the holiday printer deadlines 2019 around mid-December.

#2 Take advantage of the "Christmas in July" digital image specials for the Santa Sessions on Dec 7th!  Save $50 on printable digital images.  We are already almost half booked.

Now, it is easier than ever because for all three, you can sign up online!

ALL NEW!! Superhero Mini-Session Sat, July 27th

Halloween Costume Trick-or-Treating and Mini-Sessions Sat, Oct 26th


Santa is coming to town Dec 7th

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Albuquerque Santa Mini Sessions 2018

Ell Photography Santa Mini Sessions 2018

This year we have Santa coming to visit Albuquerque, New Mexico! Santa is stopping by Ell Photography on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 to see who made the naughty and nice lists!  This event is great for ages 3 months and up!  We have several activities to warm children up to get good smiles and have a good time with Santa.

6 month old baby with Santa in Albuquerque

3 month old baby with Santa in Albuquerque

Checking Santa's List if you are naughty or nice

** Please note that event tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable**

Santa is excited to meet all our ABQ kids! I happen to know Santa personally. He will be flying in from the East Coast just to visit our kids. He has an authentic white beard and is great with children! Sessions will be held at our studio, where most of your kids are already comfortable. Mini-Sessions are 10 minutes long (25% longer than the Mall Santa and twice as long as some of the other studios). You will get all the pictures from your mini-session digitally delivered within a week of the session! In the session, Santa will ask your little one what they want for Christmas, maybe read a story, or do other age-appropriate activities with Santa to warm them up, then we will take photos of your munchkin with Santa. If parents can also jump in a family photo with Santa, we can get the whole family too. If you think your child might not want to sit on Santa's lap, our loveseat has room for either Mommy or Daddy to sit down next to Santa for the photos.

Our last several mini-session events have run on-time and moving the package structure to a digital package without a viewing worked really well to keep things flowing! We are going to include ALL the good digital images in this package and if you pick an Add-On Product above, you can choose from your digital delivery images for product fulfilment. Please pick your product images within two days of receiving the images to make sure that your prints and gifts will arrive before Christmas! For prints, gift boxes are available above in the Add-On drop-down menu.

If you have multiple children or really want to make sure that your children are smiling together, or you want individual photos as well as sibling photos, you might consider adding extra time by booking a sibling session. (We highly recommned it!) Please contact the studio to make sure back-to-back times are available and so we can update the inventory for the checkout buttons. We have reserved a few unlisted spots for families that need some extra time.

Due to time constraints, the mini-Sessions are all going to be with Santa in the same spot. If you want holiday portraits without Santa, we are going to offer a separate day on the same set without Santa (please call to inquire 505-933-5585). OR if you want BOTH Santa photos AND Family holiday photos without Santa, we are offering 4 double sessions on the beginning and end of Santa's lunchtime and break where you can get both types of photos (Please Use the "Double Family Sessions for Photos with AND without Santa" purchase button for available times.)

** For base packages starting at $45 - call to book (505) 933-5585.

Albuquerque Santa Mini-Session Tickets


Albuquerque Sibling Santa Mini-Session Tickets with Extra Time


Albuquerque Santa Mini-Session Tickets with Family Holiday Portraits

(Sessions have time with AND without Santa)

Santa Add-Ons (High Res Images, Ornaments, Prints, etc.)

Festive dress is encouraged. Fancy dresses can be super cute, but if you think the material will be itchy or tight or uncomfortable, you might consider other alternatives to keep your children happy and full of smiles. Ugly sweaters, holiday pajamas, or elf costumes can also be super cute!! Right now I am obsessed with Buffalo Check Plaid, so that could be super cute too!!

If you have trouble checking out, or it won't allow you to purchase a ticket for a certain time, that time might be sold out. (The Paypal button doesn't update the dropdown for sold out times, but won't let you checkout. I will be updating the button once a week).

If you continue to have trouble, please send me an email to or a text to 505-933-5585 and I can investigate to make sure there's not a bug.

Since this is an event, you are purchasing a ticket for a certain time and your fee retains your time on the calendar. Photos will be taken smiling or screaming. Santa screamers can also be cute, but hopefully the familiar studio environment will put your child at ease. Please arrive early so you do not miss your timeslot. Event tickets for mini-sessions are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled to a different available timeslot up to 48 hours prior to the time. Event Tickets are also transferable to another family as long as you have the proper type of session for the number of kids in the new family. If you cannot make your time slot and would like to transfer the session, please give me the new family's names and contact info so we can update "Santa's List". If you miss your timeslot, we will allow you to stay on standby in case someone else misses their slot, however it is not guaranteed. Since the mini-sessions are short, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your timeslot to sign in and prepare. If you think your child might need more time to warm up, you may come earlier and play in the lobby, but you may not watch in on other prior sessions.

Autumn Babies

This October, I've photographed a lot of newborns... and they were all boys!  Here are some of my favorites from the past few weeks. 

This family procured vintage dolls from "Where the Wild Things Are" to do a newborn session.

For the month of October, the hospital gave these sweet little pumpkin hats to each of the newborns,