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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rambunctious Rascals and Chocolate Fantasies - Albuquerque Family Photography

Back in March, a past client asked if I would donated a few gift certificates to the New Mexico Natural History Museum for their annual Chocolate Fantasy Gala and Fundraiser. I said, "Of course!" Gina was the lucky winner of not one, but two of them!  While her sister and her sister's kids were visiting New Mexico, she decided to redeem one in July for a summer family photo session.  (I can't wait to see them again in November or December to do a family portrait for their Christmas cards!)

I'm still new to Albuquerque and New Mexico, but it was about this time of year that the weather started getting REALLY weird!!!  At 6pm, the shoot started out really hot and we were all powdering to keep the shine off.  Within 30 minutes, the wind picked up and just about blew the umbrellas over!  Within another 15 minutes, it started raining... while it was still sunny... and then the lighting came.  Luckily we still got some great shots! We just couldn't incorporate the bubbles like we had hoped with all that wind.

Instead, I just let them play and got some really cute candids of Gina's kids and her niece and nephew rough-housing in the backyard.

A Whole Lotta Fun - Albuquerque Portrait Photographer

Turn your Albuquerque Photography Session into a Date!
I met Jim through a networking group and we immediately hit it off.  (It's hard not to get along great with Jim).  Last week he told me that the following day was his 20 year wedding anniversary with his wife, Rebecca, and he wanted to surprise her with a romantic couple's photo shoot.  They had been wanting to do a couple's portrait for a while now and had been looking for the right Albuquerque photographer.  We showed up at her work at the NM Business Weekly and she had no idea it was coming!!  She was so excited.

Here were some cute shots from around Downtown Albuquerque.  Jim was a hoot and kept us all laughing.  We all had a great time.