Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tamaya Wedding After the First Snow - Albuquerque Wedding Photographer

Sneak Peak of the Wedding of Jon and Camille at Tamaya

Albuquerque is such a pleasantly small world!  When Camille got engaged, she was referred to me by one of the first girlfriends I made when I moved here to NM.  We all went out to Happy Hour get to know each other and hit it off right away.  Then we found out that her fiance and my husband both have their doctorate degrees in the same very specific aspect of engineering. Excitedly, I skipped home to tell my husband and one of our friend's in the same field that was visiting us at the time. Much to my surprise, I discovered that Jon was actually our friend's roommate back in college hundreds of miles away.  It's so fun to uncover all the webs of connections when you meet new friends!  Jon and Camille are both AWESOME people and I hope that we are friend's and stay in touch for a long time!

The night before their wedding, I was so nervous about the weather because it was pouring down all day and into the night before the wedding, but we woke up to many blessings as the rain had stopped early in the morning, and the Sandia mountains were snow capped and glistening!  The snow on the mountains really made this Rio Grande landscape so beautiful and wildly romantic for these two new lovebirds. And with a little chill in the air, they had even more reason to snuggle up close together for their wedding pictures :)

After much debate, they decided that they wanted to do a "First Look" before the wedding. The woods were a perfect setting for them to share their romantic moment alone together (more of these photos soon!). This was taken just after Camille was such an elegant and poised bride!

The couple's little nieces were the cutest flowers girls!  And their little nephews were little hams (and very responsible ring bearers!)  I thought it was so cute that Camille wanted the flower girls to have their own bouquets instead of petals.  As she reminisced of weddings she was in when she was young, she said she always wanted to have a bouquet like the big girls.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Timelapse Baby Bump Albuquerque Maternity Photographers

Albuquerque Maternity Photography - Angelica's Growing Baby Bump

When I first met Angelica we hit it off right away. She is a fellow engineer but of the electrical type.  She saw some maternity photos that a friend of hers had done and wanted to replicate a timelapse of her growing baby bump.  She came in about every 2 months and we set everything up the same way to show how her bump has grown over the whole pregnancy.  She is so petite, her belly is really the oly thing that grew!  We took the last photo at Giada's newborn photography session then put it together in a big collage that matched the colors of their house and her husband's office (her husband delivers babies all day long, so it was a perfect office gift!).  We had a lot of fun and bonded over this whole process.  We actually did 4 different poses each time, but this was the one we liked the best.  Now I get to photograph Baby Giada every 3 months because they purchased the Baby Love Milestones Package which includes a Maternity Session, a Newborn Photography Session, and 5 other sessions of their choice throughout the year!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Customized Christmas Cards - Albuquerque Family Photography

I am so thankful to have such awesome clients!!! Here are some examples of Christmas cards that my clients made themselves through Tiny Prints with images from our family photography sessions. Most of these clients are from Albuquerque, but one of my wonderful brides is actually from San Jose.  Here’s some raves in thier own words J

11/12/11 Laura: Today was fun - thank you again!  12/21/11 Laura: Getting lots of rave reviews on our Christmas Cards!!!

11/2/11 Marie: Awesome experience taking family photos today! Kids were excellent, leaves were perfect, weather was good.... Thank you Kira and Ell photography!!!!!
12/5/11 Cheryl: Kira Jarmer is an amazing photographer! Just posted the family pictures she did for Marie.

12/20/11 Camille: Thanks. Our moms will be so happy! Already getting tons of compliments about photo you sent for our Christmas card.

12/20/11 Tram: We got the beautiful pictures today. They are fantastic! Thank you so much Kira! You are so great!

12/21/11 Kelly: Hi Kira, We loved our cards!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A High School Senior Close to my Heart - Albuquerque Senior Portrait Photographer

Kelli flew into Albuquerque from out of state for her Senior Portraits.  We had so much fun playing dress up and finding cool places to shoot.  She's not sure where she will be going to college yet, but probably somewhere close to home.  In the meantime, you'll find her at the gymnastics gym or on the soccer field.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Barnyard Headshot Session in Corrales, NM - Albuquerque Headshot Photographer

I originally met Julia at the American Heart Association Heart Ball where she was part of the very generous group - Circle of Red.  She seemed like a lot of fun, so we kept in touch.  Then she called me up to get some headshots done at her house. 

She also has this amazing little ranch-ette with all sorts of fun little pets including two minerature ponies, pigmy goats, chickens, and peacocks. In the summers when I was younger, I visited my Dad who had a similar playpen full of all sorts of domesticated critters. I felt at home.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Destination Wedding in Albuquerque - Albuquerque Wedding Photographer

Tram and Soo Young came to Albuquerque to get married near some of their family.  The Bride's family is Vietnamese and the Groom's family is Korean. When I first met Tram and her sister, we bonded over comiserating about the lack of good Asian restaurants here in Albuquerque.  They pointed me to some great Korean restaurants both here in Albuquerque and back in LA. 

They are both from the city, so we did an urban bridal session before their wedding. Tram looked like a princess.  Two of her little nieces came to help hold her train and will be flower girls tomorrow at their wedding.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Realtor Back In Town - Albuquerque Headshot Photographer

I have loved finding great new places to take headshots in Albuquerque.  I met Michael Ryan when he moved back to Albuquerque from Texas a few weeks ago.  As a 4th Generation Albuquerque native, Michael knew some great little accents in Old Town that made for some great headshots.

He's been in the Real Estate industry for 20+ years and loves what he does.  He says it's good to be back in NM with lots of his family here and is in awe of the beauty of it all- something he'd forgotten after being away for 27 years.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Singing (and shooting) in the Rain - Albuquerque Family Photographer

I LOVED shooting Celice and Rio.  They were dressed so cute!!  Little Rio was such a ham and Celice was just a darling.  When we started the shoot it was nice and sunny, but the clouds soon rolled in and we were in for a pleasant surprise.  (We really need rain in Albuquerque!!!)

Right after this shot it started to rain, so I gave Celice the reflector to keep her hair dry.  For the next couple shoots, her mom held it over their head so we could finish without getting soaked :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Wee Ones are Growing up! - Albuquerque Family Photographer

You might recognize these wee ones from their newborn shots.  They're almost a year old now, and sooo darn cute.  We did a two hour Family Portrait shoot out near the Bosque in Albuquerque, and both twins were amazing and smiley for the whole thing! God's blessings sure rained down on us that day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Fun first Trip to the ABQ BioPark Zoo - Albuquerque Photographer

This month I have a friend staying with me and we were trying to find something fun to do on Saturday.  Although I visit the Botanical Gardens at the Albuquerque BioPark all the time, I have never been to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo.  My friend is a photographer from San Diego as well, so we weren't expecting much from the Albuquerque zoo compared to the San Diego Zoo, but we were pleasantly surprised.  They had a great reptile display and I loved the Tropical America exhibit with the monkeys.  It was nice to take a break and do a little nature photography just for fun.

One of the families that was next to us had a little girl with a Lady and the Tramp stuffed animal.  The little monkeys were so infatuated with Lady.  They followed the stroller around, so the family held it up to the cage.  The little monkeys reached out to feel it but they weren't exactly sure what to think.

Friday, August 26, 2011

New Mexico's Top Model Competition, Albuquerque Fashion Photographer

New Mexico's Top Model Competition, Albuquerque, NM
Sponsored by: Hotel Andaluz, Club Ibiza, Roc Body Angels, and Ell Photography

One Th evening at One Up nightclub in downtown Albuquerque I started talking with a gentleman got to talking and discovered we both had a love for the fashion industry and wished that we had an Albuquerque Fashion Week!  Currently he hosts Wed nights at One Up, and throws an uber chic Film and Fashion Industry Night mixers for all the stars, directors, producers and fashionistas to get together and network.  For the Month of September, his company is holding a city wide model search.  With 3 individual and one finale competition, models can win runway and modeling classes, personal fitness packages, and a I donated the grand prize of an $800 modeling portfolio to launch their career.

I went down to help out on the registration night and took some digital "polaroids" of the contestants, then turned the floor over to them to do some creative freestyle shots.  This top image of Julia Gallegos is my favorite.