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the smell of roasting chile wafts through the air,  brightly colored balloons dot the sky, yellow leaves are just starting to pop along the river and finally it's just chilly enough in the morning for a second layer which is hastily discarded an hour later.  fall is on it's way and with that comes our annual fallfamily sessions. we can't wait to see you!

❤
desiree & seth

reserve your space now, only a few remain!

we have few select times this year. join us october 21st & 22nd in albuquerque, down in a secluded section of the bosque.   

 

check out some of our favorite images from last years sessions!

we have the opportunity to photograph many of the same families every year and watch them grow.  here are just a few of our favorite images from last year!

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caryn & brian; a los poblanos wedding part 2 https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/caryn-brian-a-los-poblanos-wedding-part-2 if you missed part one of this wedding click on over to here to see it.

caryn & brian's long awaited los poblanos wedding didn't just end at the ceremony, their super fun dance party was just beyond the sunset! 

hair & make up artist: genica lee

brides dress: Liancarlo from bridal salon at neiman marcus

flowers: manning flowers

venue & catering: los poblanos historical inn & organic farm

dj: chris romero with cutmaster music

ceremony & reception music: los primos

videography: sarah & scott with luminance wedding films

photography: desiree & seth, jones photo art

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(desiree & seth) albuquerque wedding photography connection desiree & seth fine art weddings jones photo art los poblanos new mexico wedding photography weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/caryn-brian-a-los-poblanos-wedding-part-2 Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT
caryn & brian; a long awaited los poblanos wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/caryn-brian-a-long-awaited-los-poblanos-wedding sometimes love takes a while. 6,359 days to be exact!  caryn & brian met each other 17 years ago. time has a funny way of working things out and when the time was right these two decided to marry; they chose to no longer look back but to only look forward.

in our initial conversation brian gave me a list of personality traits to describe caryn, he said that 'shes's attractive , smart, reserved, introverted, she' s a planner and comes from a small family'. he also said they are complete opposites of each other 'he's not attractive, dumb, outwardly affectionate, a big extrovert, he prefers to operate on the fly and comes from a large, loud family'.  now i do not agree with all of his characterizations, i agree they are pretty opposite, and it's amazing to see how opposites really do attract. these two complemented each other in every way possible!

their wedding celebration was held at the ever lovely los poblanos in albuquerque, new mexico. friends and family from all over joined in their excitement and brian made a huge totem pole to display on the lawn to acknowledge where all the guests came from. to settle their nerves they opted for a first look prior to the ceremony & allowed us the privilege of capturing that special time between the two of them.  their heartfelt ceremony officiated by caryn's hometown pastor from dallas, was to celebrate the fact that sometimes it's all about time!!  #itsallabouttime  

caryn & brian, thank you for finally saying 'i do' & letting us be there to witness it!

~desiree

 

hair & make up artist: genica lee

brides dress: Liancarlo from bridal salon at neiman marcus

flowers: manning flowers

venue & catering: los poblanos historical inn & organic farm

dj: chris romero with cutmaster music

ceremony & reception music: los primos

videography: sarah & scott with luminance wedding films

photography: desiree & seth, jones photo art

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roxann & craig; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/roxann-craig-get-connected monsoon season is often tricky to schedule sessions, we are at the mercy of mother nature with storms that come out of nowhere & bring pouring rain & roads that rush. we were lucky the day we met with roxann & craig, instead of rain & rushing roads, we got breezes that blew thru the hair & the grasses & dark clouds that added dimension & depth.  the sun even broke thru & warmed their faces & lit up the sandias.

after living in a place for most of your life sometimes you forget the majesty that surrounds you, every now & then new mexico really does feel like the land of enchantment! 

~desiree

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rebecca & marc, a los poblanos winter wedding reception https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/rebecca-marc-a-los-poblanos-winter-wedding-reception hopefully all enjoyed the beauty from rebecca & marc's classically simple winter wedding ceremony. their reception was equally as wonderful & you know when your groomsmen make a special request for the dj to play 'white & nerdy' by weird al you have a pretty exceptional group of people! 

all the bridal bouquets were made at rebecca & marc's couples' shower, the flowers were made from book pages and placed onto of wands from olivander's and light sabers.

 

 

dress: handmade by bride's mother

venue & catering: the incomparable los poblanos historic inn & organic farm

flowers & decor: homemade by bride

dj: complete wedding & events

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rebecca & marc, a los poblanos winter wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/rebecca-marc-a-los-poblanos-winter-wedding "we're all a little weird. and life is a little weird. and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness- and call it love- true love." robert folghum

from a chance meeting at a panic at the disco concert five years ago two self proclaimed 'weirdos' fell in love. i have loved every minute getting to know these two.  i am fascinated by rebecca's desire to understand and teach others about the past and find a way to connect others to those stories. As a third generation employee at NASA, she continues in the tradition and as historian loves to pass on the rich history and stories of our country. and marc's insatiable craving for all things nerdy (his words, not mine!) his love of dungeons & dragons and other role playing games, the thousands of tiny soldiers that line his table waiting to be painted so they are ready for battle. 

their wedding included everything reflective of their personalities, their personal loves and their uniquely perfect relationship! they wanted a wonderfully simple winter wedding at sunset in the los poblanos library, surrounded by family and very close friends. old books and a glowing fireplace. they were clear from the beginning that the focus of the day was their marriage and not the wedding part of it. they spoke right to my heart! their dear friend officiated the ceremony to make it deeply personal and specific to only them. 

rebecca's mom made her gown, a tea length tutu that was a homage to her years & years of ballet. instead of having a traditional bridal shower, they had a couples shower and all participated in transforming book pages into centerpieces for their reception tables as well as the flowers for her bouquet. 

we are so grateful for all our couples but sometimes a wedding comes along that reinforces why you do this, it's not for hundreds of thousands of detail pictures to submit to a blog, it's for the connection that you share and an increased desire to honor their vows with the images that you create. 

rebecca & marc, thank you for being so perfectly weird and wonderful! 

~desiree

it was tradition for rebecca to do a cartwheel in a photograph at important locations she visited or important days of her life, specifications were made to her dress to ensure proper cartwheel functionality!

part of the reason they chose los poblanos for their celebration was to allow for rebecca's grandfather to walk her down the aisle.

stay tuned to see their fabulous reception and dance party!

 

dress: handmade by bride's mother

venue & catering: the incomparable los poblanos historic inn & organic farm

flowers & decor: homemade by bride

dj: complete wedding & events

 

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caitlin & walker, a wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/caitlin-walker-a-wedding what do you do when you chose to say 'i do' on a crazy hot june afternoon and the only time you can get married will put you outside at straight up noon and the best view of the venue would leave you facing the sun? why, you get yourself dolled up a few days before the wedding and see your groom at a lovely time of day and spend some quality alone with just him, and your photographers of course!  that's just what caitlin and walker chose to do! 

i met caitlyn at her home where her sister helped her with her hair and dress. the getting ready part of the day is always my favorite, emotions are high, one minute people are laughing and the next crying and then right back to laughing!  being an emotionally drawn shooter, that's what I am always looking for, emotion written all faces and palpable in every room!

we met walker up at the albuquerque lds temple where he waas waiting to see his lovely bride, they shared a look and a few laughs and we were able to capture every minute.  we were blessed with a glorious sunset that night and  they were able to relax and enjoy the time that they would soon be married and the best part is they didn't have to sweat their guts out the day of the wedding! 

when the day of the wedding rolled around, they were able to step out do family photos and have some quite time in between and get right on to the reception!

 

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annual new mexico fall family sessions https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/annual-new-mexico-fall-family-sessions it's that time again!  time to pull out sweaters and rake leaves, freeze roasted chile and make pumpkin everything! fall is on it's way and that means the holidays are right around the corner.  it also means it's time for our annual fall family sessions.  we have a few dates this year but only a few time slots remain.  so give us a call TODAY at 505-615-3237 or shoot us an email at desireeandseth@gmail.com right away to get your family on our calendar!  you won't want to miss out!

while you are typing up that email to us, take a few minutes to see some of our favorite images from sessions last year!  we can't wait to see all of you again!

~desiree

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isabel & simon, a los poblanos wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/isabel-simon-a-los-poblanos-wedding "brought together by ham and cheese pizza, held together by the security of true love"  

what happens when a brazilian born new yorker meets a french born graphic designer online while living in new york and they marry at a destination wedding in new mexico at the historic los poblanos inn & farm? lovelyness & pure joy!!!  the elegantly laidback nuptials of isabel & simon warmed the heart of all who attended. family and friends from new york and brazil and everywhere in between joined in their festivities. they wanted a warm & cozy wedding celebration surrounded by their family & closest friends.

simon loves to cook so the food was a top priority, and los poblanos never disappoints with their field to fork menus.

isabel's gentle manner and smile invited us immediately into her life. you know when you meet a girl for the first time and she's wearing a three wolf moon t-shirt, she's going to be awesome!

everything was perfect, from isabel's gorgeous blush ramona kazeva gown to the garden gazebo ceremony on a beautiful non windy new mexico spring day.  simon's fathers thoughtful ceremony, to the toasts from family and bridal party that brought tears and so much laughter to the evening.

you always learn so much about others when you listen to their friends describe them. we learned from his best man that simon is an artist of many different mediums and when he learns a new art, he jumps all in. 'simon knows no other way to love than to immerse himself in it.' that is how he loves isabel, totally immersed in and with her!  that was evident from the first time we laid eyes on them. 

each and every time i conversed with isabel she left me better than i was before. she made sure to tell us how much she loved and appreciated our artwork. that they understood the value in the medium that we choose and loved how we represented our couples.  she appreciated our vision and was thrilled to 'leave her memories in our hands.' it's not every day that a couple understands perfectly what we do and wants that for themselves.

isabel & simon, your graciousness and kindness was above all we've encountered! thank you for letting us in to your world!

~desiree & seth

 

venue & catering: los poblanos historic inn & organic farm

event coordinating: ann-therese & shaelynn from los poblanos

hair & make up styling: genica lee

bridal gown by ramona kaveza

custom pinatas: pinata casa

photography: desiree & seth

 

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meredith & jimmy; a los poblanos wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/meredith-jimmy-a-wedding this classic 4th of july wedding at the marvelous los poblanos was so delightful to photograph.  you would never know that meredith & jimmy don't particularly care for being in front of the camera, they simply relaxed and enjoyed the day.  everything was so smooth, no glitches, just perfect.  i owe it all to ashley garcia who planned everything and the catering staff at los poblanos, who once again carried things off without a hitch. even the storm clouds that were rolling in and rumbling rather loudly came by to provide shade and nothing more!  we even had the perfect view of fireworks over the treetops.  and what's a 4th of july wedding without sparkers to run away with? 

meredith & jimmy, we are ever so grateful for your friendship. thank you for planning a gorgeous event and trusting us to capture your memories

warmly,

desiree & seth

 

venue and catering: los poblanos historic inn and organic farm

flowers: mille fleur

planning: THE ashley garcia!

photography: desiree & seth

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rebecca & mike; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/rebecca-mike-get-connected when we asked rebecca & mike to tell us what made the two of them fall for each other, i have to admit we were a bit surprised to hear the reason was because "they were both so frugal!"  after listening to their reasoning, i got it, they aren't about how much money can be spent on something but they actually have old fashioned values of saving for a rainy day and only spending money on the things that matter most. i love that about them too!

these two are self professed 'awkward in front of the camera' people! lucky for us, they trusted us and were willing to be vulnerable and silly in front of us and the result is two beautiful people who look perfectly at ease and look like themselves! enjoy!

we love connection sessions!  if you are interested in having a session created for you, we love to capture the connection that is individual to each relationship, whether newly dating, newly engaged or married forever, it's time to reconnect with each other and with us!

~desiree & seth

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adreanne & joseph; a hotel parc central wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/adreanne-joseph-a-hotel-parc-central-wedding "an intimate, elegant, joyous, fun filled family event" that was how adreanne described the vision of her fall wedding. hotel parc central was the perfect venue for the small glamour filled day!  the lovely rose tinted wedding gown, the rose gold tieks and classic pearls.  spending time with adreanne and her daughter was the possibly the highlight of my day, watching her with all the anticipation that a 5 year old girl can have waiting to put on a dress just for her on her mom's wedding day. she walks everywhere on tip toe, because that is how she chooses to walk through life, and then watching her spin in her dress,  wonderful! 

their family only ceremony happened in the back courtyard at hpc officiated by linda from awakened weddings. the joy of uniting two blended families! cocktails and dinner followed in the courtyard. friends joined the dancing party where they ate cake crafted by darci. we were lucky enough to get a perfect sunset when we stepped up onto the apothecary rooftop, where the party continued into the wee hours of the morning! 

adreanne & joesph, thank you for sharing your joy with us! congratulations!

`desiree & seth

this is perhaps one of my favorite images of the year, i love her laugh!

venue & day of coordination: the amazing noelle at hotel parc central in albuquerque, new mexico

adreanne's bridal gown: mori lee

flower girl dress: dollcake

hair and makeup: @daniellelithyouvonghair

wedding cake: simply sweet by darci

guitar and dj: jim gross carousel of music

photography: desiree & seth

 

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danielle & evan; a greek orthodox wedding part 2 https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/danielle-evan-a-greek-orthodox-wedding-part-2 so many wonderful moments and images from this wedding they couldn't fit in one blog post.  this is the second half of danielle & evan's big new mexican greek wedding! view the first part of their tremendous wedding here

we only had a few minutes due to a tight schedule between the ceremony and the reception for portraits of the two of them, so we took a quick walk to the park and let them enjoy time together apart from any one else.  

the reception was held at the sheraton uptown in albuquerque, and exquisitely designed by distracted by decor. (unfortunately it was distracted by decor's last wedding, as they are on to new opportunities, but they definitely went out with a bang!) the ballroom was full of crystal candelabras, gorgeous blush tables and lots and lots of glowing candles! it was stunningly beautiful!  the center piece of the room was the four tiered ivory masterpiece wedding cake that was created by darci of simply sweet by darci

we have always heard that greek wedding receptions can get crazy, and this one was crazy!  crazy awesome!  evan & danielle worked hard to pull off a special choreographed dance for their first dance as husband and wife. followed by great moments during special parents' dances that we are such suckers for! once the dance floor opened up things got crazy, a 350 person la marcha and then came the greek dancing! whistles and shouts of opa! filled the air, money was flying at dancing guests, plates were being thrown and broken, guests were slamming back drinks, standing on wine bottles, risking back flips and just having a phenomenal time! their party continued well into the wee hours of the morning! 

danielle & evan, thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful celebration! we had such a glorious time capturing these moments too soon forgotten! thank you!

~desiree & seth

 

this is what it looks like when you get stuck in the middle of la marcha!

you know when your mother in law gets down on the floor in her party gown, that she's awesome!!!

girls getting ready location: sheraton uptown

danielle's gown designer: demetrios

wedding coordinator: maria socha sealed with a kiss

ceremony location: st george greek orthodox church albuuquerque, new mexico

ceremony music: eleganza string quartet

floral design: flowers and more

reception location: sheraton uptown ballroom

ballroom design: rob & brennan of distracted by decor

cake: simply sweet by darci

videography: sarah & scott kanafani of luminance wedding films

photography: desiree & seth

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danielle & evan; an orthodox greek wedding part 1 https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/danielle-evan-an-orthodox-greek-wedding-part-1 danielle & evan's big new mexican greek wedding! we have only photographed one greek wedding before, so we were beyond excited to have another opportunity!  this one was so magnificent! so magnificent that one blog post wouldn't cover it all, part two follows, full of all their reception moments!

the girls started their day getting ready at sheraton uptown, with breakfast treats and a whole team of hair and makeup professionals!  the boys on the other hand spent most of their morning lounging around in their soccer shorts, smoking cigars and doing shots of licorice scented ouzo! when it was time to get ready, danielle's mom and sister and almost sister in law slipped into her demetrios gown, which was perfect for her personality and her wedding! once dressed and veiled and shoed, we invited danielle's dad into the room to see his baby girl. she offered him a gift of custom cuff links, with her sweet two year old face on one and 'first man i ever loved on the other' to say thank you! 

the ceremony was at the gorgeous st george greek orthodox church. it's so uniquely beautiful, rich gold, blue, and red tones on the walls and the altar piece, an ornate mosiac of christ on the ceiling and sparkling chandeliers throughout the sanctuary, make it a wonderful place for the marriage ceremony. one of our favorite moments was when the doors opened and evan got a look at danielle, tears filled his eyes and ran down his cheeks. the greek ceremony is full of traditions and symbolism, the crowning of the couple, linking them together, the first steps they take as husband and wife, led by the priest and the bible. it really is so lovely to observe and capture.

after sharing their first kiss they made their way down the aisle with guests throwing petals at them. they were tucked away to allow the guests to exit the church.  when they left they were met/pelted with bird seed coming at them from all angles!

a wedding day this big could not have succeeded without the organization and coordination of maria socha of sealed with a kiss weddings, kudos to you and your team for pulling off an amazing celebration!   

enjoy!

~desiree & seth  

girls getting ready location: sheraton uptown

danielle's wedding gown: demetrio's

wedding coordinator: maria socha sealed with a kiss

ceremony location: st george greek orthodox church albuuquerque, new mexico

ceremony music: eleganza string quartet

floral design: flowers and more

reception location: sheraton uptown ballroom

ballroom design: rob & brennan of distracted by decor

cake: simply sweet by darci

videography: sarah & scott kanafani of luminance wedding films

photography: desiree & seth

 

 

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kim and bobby; a wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/kim-and-bobby-a-wedding kim & bobby are such kind and gentle souls. he flies planes for the air force and she works in public relations at luxury hotels in las vegas. they met through their matchmaking mothers and they planned a destination wedding here in their hometowns. 

after all the guests arrived and the mornings prep work was completed, they drove through the cottonwood trees through the bosque in his dad's vintage packard to the ceremony location. the ceremony took place under the gazebo in the cottonwoods at the hyatt tamaya.  all the guests cried as kim's grandfather, a veteran himself, saluted bobby and thanked him for his service. while family and friends were plentiful, an unmistakable emptiness was felt by kim's family. kim's mother and hero passed away three years ago after a battle with breast cancer. many sentimentalities were shared about her mother, but all you have to do is see the concern that kim has for others and you can tell the impact that her mother had on her. 

they danced under the twinkling lights in the pavillion in the cottonwoods and who knew that real estate agents and a bunch of air force pilots could dance like this! 

kim & bobby, it was a pleasure and an honor to be here with you. we are so grateful to have shared this with you.

~desiree & seth

photography: desiree & seth

ceremony & reception venue: hyatt tamaya

event design & decor: joann baldwin black swan events

 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque wedding photography connection fine art weddings hyatt tamaya new mexico wedding photography weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/kim-and-bobby-a-wedding Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:00:00 GMT
marisa & cary; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/marisa-cary-get-connected sometimes trying to come up with a pretty location for a connection session becomes problematic, especially when you live in a desert and you don't want the weeds to make an appearance in the images! :) this was exactly the case when we were trying to plan for marisa & cary's session. now it was in may which is generally pretty in new mexico but we couldn't find the prefect place, until marisa called and said she was just at her grandmothers house for mother's day and that her yard was really pretty and she wanted to shoot there.  upon arrival we walked into a secret garden of sorts, rose bushes of red and yellow, purples and white, they were in every variety, everywhere! it was lovely! 

now they we had a beautiful location and lovely light we just needed our couple.  and they delivered as well! we always look for the best light and send our couples into that and let them be until they get used to us being there.  we rarely had to offer any direction for them, we just let them cuddle and laugh and hold onto each other, things they they normally do. they were a treat to watch and capture!

we are so very lucky to witness people in their own element, comfortable in a space that they love and surrounded by the people that they love, then they can be themselves, and because they are comfortable the rest of the magic takes care of itself!

~desiree

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque wedding photography connection desiree & seth fine art weddings new mexico wedding photography weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/marisa-cary-get-connected Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:00:00 GMT
kiss in front of your kids!; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/kiss-in-front-of-your-kids What's wrong with parents kissing? Nothing! Maybe Desiree and I don't kiss in front of our kids as much as we should... I can't remember the last time I heard the simultaneous "Grosssss" that comes with kissing in front of the kids.
It's nice to see that expression of the love that a couple still shares after so much time together and know that a couple is still so in love.
So, today, grab the one you love and kiss them like your first kiss, kiss them like your last kiss, and pay no attention to who is watching!

...I've been enjoying going through these photos from our last session with the Hicks family. We have watched this family grow and change for many years now and it's a beautiful thing to be a part of!

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(desiree & seth) connection fall family portrait family new mexico family photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/kiss-in-front-of-your-kids Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:30:00 GMT
fall family sessions by desiree & seth https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/fall-family-sessions-by-desiree-seth it's that time again!  time to pull out sweaters and rake leaves, freeze roasted chile and make pumpkin everything! fall is on it's way and that means that the holidays are right around the corner.  it also means it's time for our annual fall family sessions.  we have a few dates this year but only a few time slots remain.  so give us a call TODAY at 505-615-3237 or shoot us an email at desireeandseth@gmail.com right away to get your family on our calendar!  you won't want to miss out!

while you are typing up that email to us, take a few minutes to see some of our favorite images from last years sessions!  we can't wait to see all of you again!

~desiree

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth connection desiree & seth fall mini sessions family family portrait new mexico family photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/fall-family-sessions-by-desiree-seth Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:47:01 GMT
marisa & cary; a wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/marisa-cary-a-wedding we live on front porches and swing life away,
we get by just fine here on minimum wage
if love is a labor i'll slave till the end,
i won't cross these streets until you hold my hand

i don't know the story behind the song they chose to dance to or why they chose to tattoo the lyrics to their arms, but as i have sung along with the tune over the past several days, i found myself pondering the words.  the idea of sitting on the porch and swinging with your love, to not be concerned about the cares of this world but laboring to make sure that your love is successful, sounds idealistic and trite.  it may be but i hope it is not.  i hope that there are those that still put their love first. that put forth the effort into something that takes work. and to be content with the simple things. i think marisa and cary really do strive for that, we saw a glimpse of it during their connection session when cary would repeatedly take marisa's hand to kiss it. not many people do that anymore, especially when they are around others.  we knew then that we had a very special couple in front of us.

the quirky casas de suenos was the venue of choice for marisa & cary's wedding celebration.  they loved the quaint courtyard with its mosiac gazebo and the hidden alcoves throughout the property, it suited them perfectly. 

as things began to get under way, the clouds rolled in, just in time to cool things off for the start of the ceremony.  cary's brother officiated and delighted the crowd with the retelling of what was supposed to be once in a lifetime adventure to the world cup in brazil complete with a proposal  and then the telling of the back up plan which was a weekend spent camping on the front lawn of a gorgeous family cabin and an unreliable boat. 

they each wrote their own vows and all became emotional to hear them spoken.  just as they were announced as husband and wife, thunder clapped and the clouds released their rain. it wasn't a typical new mexican storm, it lasted longer than five minutes.  but all was well, guests tucked themselves away and we all waited out the rain. 

many more raindrops fell, many more stories shared and lots of dancing and singing to billy joel's piano man.

it wasn't a perfect day, things didn't go exactly as planned, guests got wet, favors and linens were no longer pristine but i think that makes it all the more meaningful. it takes work and sometimes real life isn't pretty but you take the hand of your sweetheart and you dance in the rain and you love outwardly for all the world to see.

marisa & cary~

we are grateful to have shared this journey with you.  thank you for allowing us a glimpse into real life.

~desiree & seth

venue:  casas de suenos

hair design for the bridal party by the talented josh from @halladayhair

florals: melba's flowers

accoustic guitar: keith sanchez

photography: desiree & seth

 

 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque wedding photography casas de suenos weddings connection desiree & seth fine art weddings rainy weddings weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/marisa-cary-a-wedding Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:15:00 GMT
the dolinski family; a family connection https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/the-dolinski-family-a-family-connection we met this family the first time when lily was 2 and finn was just days old!  now she's growing into a lovely young lady and she reminds me so much of her mom!  finn is hilarious, every time we turned he had some awesome pose that he felt needed to be captured!  

it always brings such joy to watch a family be real with each other and get images of them that really captures who they are! 

shane, lily and finn, thank you for being real and honest with your family!  can't wait to see you again!

warmly,

~desiree & seth

 

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(desiree & seth) connection desiree & seth family family portrait new mexico family photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/the-dolinski-family-a-family-connection Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:00 GMT
the halpern family; a family connection https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/the-halpern-family-a-family-connection this sweet girl is so serious, at least every time we show up with a camera!  she makes us work for a smile every time we get together and just as we are winding down she is all giggles and fun!  this time it took throwing flowers and chasing geese and a really good game of gonna get you! and thankfully it worked!

adam & alicia thanks for sharing your sweet family with us!

much love,

desiree

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(desiree & seth) connection desiree & seth family family portrait new mexico family photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/the-halpern-family-a-family-connection Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:00:00 GMT
brian & caryn, get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/brian-caryn-get-connected this darling couple is still flirting with the idea of setting a wedding date!  they have been together a long time and if it's not broke... but yet they wanted to do a connection session in the process!  we were lucky that they chose us to capture this time!  in our phone calls and emails they said they weren't very affectionate with each other, boy were we surprised & lucky to watch a couple that has been together a long time let each other know how much they do still love each other!

thank you brian & caryn! 

much love,

~desiree

 

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(desiree & seth) albuquerque wedding photography connection desiree and seth fine art weddings los poblanos weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/brian-caryn-get-connected Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 GMT
the packingham's; family connection https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/the-packinghams we have been a part of this sweet family's journey since david & angela got married nearly seven years ago! we have been able to watch as they welcomed first one and then a second baby girl! both girls are so different and with so much personality and we spent a lovely yet chilly morning with them to do photos to celebrate a first birthday!  

dave & ange, as always we are grateful!

much love,

~desiree  

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque family photography family photography new mexico family https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/the-packinghams Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:00:00 GMT
paper and home; vendors we love https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/paper-and-home-vendors-we-love we recently had the opportunity to photograph michelle & miranda's lovely wedding at hotel parc central. by doing so we also were able to photograph the exquisite wedding suite that michael and brooke from paper and home created for them.  we had not photographed their designs before but when i opened the gorgeous envelope addressed that michael sent to us, we were stunned! the quality of their product is superb and their craftmanship is lovely! we look forward to photographing their pieces again!  if you are looking at custom wedding invitations check them out at www.paperandhome.com

~desiree & seth

wedding suite design by: paper and home

ceremony and reception venue: hotel parq central

photographed by desiree and seth

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tracy & ryan; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/tracy-ryan-get-connected two people walked into a bar... ;)  

tracy and ryan are getting married La Posada in Santa Fe in the fall and we got to spend some time with them the day of their tasting!  we were lucky enough to have this gorgeous bar all to ourselves! from the images it's hard to tell how nervous they both were, they were afraid they wouldn't know what to do! as you can tell, it only took a couple minutes and they were natural in front of the camera! we are so excited for things to come for them! 

tracy & ryan, thank you for trusting us enough to simply be yourselves!

much love

~desiree

 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth La Posada albuquerque wedding photography connection fine art weddings santa fe engagement photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/tracy-ryan-get-connected Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT
meredith & jimmy; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/meredith-jimmy-get-connected sometimes it surprises me when people tell me that they don't like getting their photos taken. i get it, it's awkward to have two people pointing cameras in your direction and you are supposed to act like it's normal and happens everyday!  you are somehow supposed to be relaxed and still act like there isn't anyone watching!  so when meredith & jimmy mentioned and that they weren't too thrilled with the idea of having photos taken, we knew we had to find a safe place for them to relax and be themselves.   we decided to shoot in the most comfortable place they knew, jimmy's loft at the old albuquerque high school.  the crazy thing is that as soon as they were inside their safe place, they were themselves, comfortable, laughing, teasing, just themselves. and these two, though unfamiliar and unsure in front of the camera were just as natural and lovely as could be. 

meredith & jimmy, i know it takes a lot to trust people you hardly know and be vulnerable, but we are so grateful you did.  we are so happy you have the pictures to prove the love that you share and to have a record of a place that is so special to you. 

~desiree & seth 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque lofts albuquerque wedding photographers albuquerque wedding photography connection https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/meredith-jimmy-get-connected Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:15:00 GMT
the garns family; newlife https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/the-garns-family-newlife there is so much i could say about this session and yet the only thing that i want to is that i am so overjoyed that these two have welcomed this beautiful baby girl to their family! they have waited for so long for her and we couldn't be happier for them! she also shares the name of our baby girl, so needless to say, we love her too!  

richelle & jared, thank you for letting me come and capture a fleeting moment in your life!

~desiree & seth

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque lifestyle photography new mexico family photography newborn photographers" https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/the-garns-family-newlife Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT
michelle & miranda; a wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/michelle-miranda-a-wedding we are so lucky to work with brides that loves us and what we do, this time around we were lucky enough to work with two brides that loved us and our work!  michelle & miranda made what we do easy, they wore their hearts on theirs sleeves and were open enough to share those emotions with all in attendance!  

the ceremony took place at hotel parc central in albuquerque outside on a gloomy day that didn't look like it was going to hold back!  the two exchanged vows in a ceremony officiated by miranda's cousin. their mom's shared words and poems from the heart that touched everyone in the audience.  the two of them laughed and cried and rejoiced along with everyone else.  their guests enjoyed cocktails on the apothacary rooftop and were treated to a splendid sunset, only like new mexico can do! the intimate family reception was full of joy and excitement all night long!  

michelle & miranda, thank you for your open hearts! thank you for trusting your memories to us!

~desiree & seth

ceremony and reception:  Hotel Parc Central Albuquerque

florals:  Albuquerque Florist

invitation suite: Paper and Home

hair and makeup: genica lee

photography: desiree & seth

 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth Paper and Home albuquerque wedding photography fine art weddings genica lee make up hotel parc central new mexico wedding photographers weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/michelle-miranda-a-wedding Wed, 27 May 2015 16:15:00 GMT
rebecca & marc; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/rebecca-marc-get-connected what does your saturday morning look like?

we stopped in for a visit in houston with rebecca and marc, in their comfy home early saturday morning.  we watched while he made her coffee and himself tea (because to him coffee tastes like toilet water). we scoured his collection of games and panted figures.  we discussed the holocaust and listened to her tell the history of ballet to us from the book that she is currently re-reading.  we listened to them talk about their glorious adventures to machu pichu, all the while photographing them in their comfort spot, their safe place, their home.

as always we are privileged to see the many aspects of our couples lives and humbled that people choose to let people in as strangers and out as friends!  rebecca & marc we can hardly wait to see you again in december, this time on your wedding day!

~desiree & seth 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque wedding photography connection engagement photography lifestyle connection photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/rebecca-marc-get-connected Wed, 20 May 2015 16:15:00 GMT
lanier & sam; newlife https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/lanier-sam-newlife tis spring and the season of having babies!  we are always humbled when we get to continue as a voyeur in life's journey of our couples.  as sam & lanier welcomed their sweet baby girl, we had the opportunity to be one of her first visitors!  she's so beautiful and loved by her mom & dad as well as her fur siblings!  

sam & lanier; thank you for sharing yet another milestone with us!  we cannot wait to watch her grow, but not too fast!

~desiree & seth 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth Mother's Day moms new mexico family photography newlife https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/lanier-sam-newlife Wed, 13 May 2015 16:00:00 GMT
the gines family; newlife https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/the-gines-family-newlife this darling made her overdue appearance on valentine's day, unexpected and extremely fast! i enjoy being on the call/text list of friends eagerly awaiting the news.  i love the privilege of going into a family's home and capturing the natural things that families do to welcome a new child.  i see exhausted parents, confused siblings, precious nurseries and excited grandparents.  but most of all, i see joy!  

corey & matt, thank you for trusting me to be in your space and experience the joy of newlife with you!

~desiree 

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque newborn photography lifestyle newborn photography newlife https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/the-gines-family-newlife Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 GMT
the gines family; expecting https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/the-gines-family-expecting this is the second go around for this sweet family, only this time they get to add pink to their wardrobe!  we have photographed their family since they were expecting their first. they have pushed us every time we have a session along this photographic journey, i guess when you have a professor of architecture and a fabulous interior designer we should expect nothing less!  this wintry morning in colorado was a blessing, they always bring style and lots of love!  thank you for sharing the day with us!

~desiree & seth  

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth colorado maternity family family portrait newlife photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/the-gines-family-expecting Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
evan & danielle; an engagement party https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/evan-danielle-an-engagement-party how do you celebrate an engagement when you have a big, greek family?  why, go to Yanni's of course!  evan & danielle chose to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with lots of family, many dear friends and tons of delicious greek food! add to that special treats made by the darling grandmas, who I could have photographed all night and a blessing on the rings and you have a pretty magnificent party!

evan & dani, thank you for inviting us to such a lovely party!  

~desiree & seth

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque wedding photography connection engagement party urban connection session weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/evan-danielle-an-engagement-party Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
jamie & tyler; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/jamie-tyler-get-connected

the trees have finally begun to pop blossoms around town and we had the opportunity to capture this sweet couple for their connection session just at the right time!  jamie & tyler thank you for spending a lovely saturday morning with us! 

~desiree & seth

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth albuquerque wedding photography connection fine art weddings new mexico portrait photography weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/jamie-tyler-get-connected Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
caitlin & walker; get connected https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/caitlin-walker-get-connected We love hearing from the youth that grow up around us, "When I grow up and find the person I am going to marry, you are going to be my photographers!"  This summer we have the honor of sharing in that dream with one such girl and her cute mister! Seth & I have had the pleasure to watch her mature into the beautiful young woman she is today.  We have seen her blossom as she served her Heavenly Father and the people of Spain on a mission.  And now we get to watch her take the next step as she and Walker become eternal companions to each other!  We are so proud of her and so excited to share this time with them!  These are just a few of their connection session images!   Can't wait until June! 

So proud of both of you!

~desiree & seth

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth LDS weddings albuquerque wedding photography connection fine art weddings weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/caitlin-walker-get-connected Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:52:53 GMT
The Paden's; a winter family session https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/the-padens-a-winter-family-session  

We Love visiting our family in Gunnison, Co. We also love photographing as much as we can in that part of the country. A funny thing between landscape and people photographers. A landscape photographer looks at a beautiful area and thinks of how beautiful it is with no one around. A people photographer looks at the same scene and thinks wow, this would be so beautiful with someone to photograph!

So it is with the snow in Gunnison! Yes it was just above zero when we photographed the Paden family, who run the only Frame shop we use (Framed on Paseo and Wyoming). And yes they had to drive 6 hours to get there, and yes, part of that was over a snow packed and icy mountain pass, but try finding snow like this near ABQ. Yes we have had a rough winter with little snow, but if you are determined enough, snow pictures can be easy! (if ya call all of that easy)

 

 

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(desiree & seth) Crested Butte photography Desiree and Seth colorado family portraits connection gunni life winter family portraits https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/the-padens-a-winter-family-session Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:22:38 GMT
kerri + james, a wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/kerri-james-a-wedding kerri & james are perhaps two of the most carefree people i've met! full of love for their family and friends and each other.  they specified they did not want a 'stuffy party'! their wedding celebrated that, it was easy going and full of love.  there was so much laughter, even my cheeks hurt! and dancing, crazy dancing!  her walk down the aisle with her daddy included an unplanned hot air balloon take off in the background!

kerri & james, thank you so much for trusting us with your family and friends! we were honored to laugh with you!

-desiree & seth

ceremony & reception:  hotel albuquerque pavilion & franciscan ballroom

bridal gown: sottero and midgley

photography: desiree & seth

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(desiree & seth) Desiree and Seth Hotel Albuquerque Weddings fine art weddings weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/kerri-james-a-wedding Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:00:00 GMT
jen & giovanni, a top of the mountain wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/jen-gio jen and gio met in college at a 'not-prom', he was wearing his baby blue ruffle tux when she saw him from across the room. they spent the rest of the evening together, not dancing, except to a  Journey song!  they now spend their time together exploring hills and mountains of new mexico, camping along the way. they decided to host a wedding celebration that would show their texas families all the wonder of new mexico all while enjoying some of their favorite things!  they chose a beautiful mountain peak in ruidoso, new mexico to exchange vows.  guests arrived by gondola ride up the face of the mountain, followed by a healthy walk to the true top of the mountain! jen and gio worked so hard to find alternatives to everything traditional; readings of favorite childhood books like 'your personal penguin', having a soil ceremony, combing soils from the different parts of each of their lives,  no ring exchange but new tattoos on their ring fingers, and added items to a time capsule, and they truly sealed the deal with a pinky promise!  after the ceremony everyone retreated back down the mountain to their reception venue which was a quaint guest ranch in the mountains on the outskirts of town.  there, all enjoyed a catered meal followed by an evening of pies and blue bell ice cream.  fun and laughter filled the air with games of connect four and twister, uno and jenga. the evening ended by guests and bridal party alike destroying a fox and tree pinata, a darling reminder of their radio call names for each other!  we love when couples truly embrace who they are and their wedding reflects that!

jen and giovanni, it was an absolute pleasure to capture such a fun, unique, joyous time in your lives! thank you-

-desiree & seth

wedding ceremony: ski apache, ruidoso, new mexico

reception: la junta guest ranch

jen's origami bouquet: handmade by jen!  

wedding coordination:  maria of Sealed with a Kiss

catering: village buttery

photography by desiree & seth

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Art & Amanda, a wedding https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/art-amanda-a-wedding When we first met with Art & Amanda, she said her vision was a classic black and white event with lots of bling!  Everything from the blinged out pumpkin centerpieces to the bridemaids gold drinking glasses was dripping with gold glitter and opulence!  She and her mom, Kelly worked tirelessly to achieve this lovely celebration!  I think she exceeded her vision!

 

xThere are few things more amazing than when the sun sets in the Bosque in New Mexico!  This is perhaps one of my favorite images!

Amanda & Art thank you for inviting us share in your amazing day!  We adore you both!

-desiree & seth

Ceremony & Reception location:  Hyatt Tamaya Cottonwoods Pavilion

Event design & Coordination: Joann Baldwin with Black Swan Events

Florals: Joann Baldwin Black Swan Events

Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo

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Tara and Kevin https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/tara-and-kevin I was looking through some photos this morning and saw Tara and Kevin's. I realized that somehow I missed doing a blog for them and their beautiful wedding! So, I thought I would take a minute now and do that! One thing that New Mexico has is no shortage of beautiful vistas! From the ceremony site at Prairie Star, wedding guests have an amazing view of the Sandia Mountains! It's such a gorgeous location for a wedding ceremony!

We had such a great time with Tara and Kevin. And we knew exactly what Tara wanted for her wedding, she had a Pinterest pin for everything!!! And on the day of, we were able to photograph her beautiful wedding and all that went into it so she might make Pinterest jealous!

Anyway, here they are, Tara and Kevin

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(desiree & seth) weddings https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/tara-and-kevin Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:43:41 GMT
Live for the image https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/livefortheimage Life is not perfect, so we don't look for perfection in our work. We look for life itself, we look for love and connection. The past number of years there has been such a huge influx of photographers flooding the market. The overall photo market has suffered for it and many people have stopped doing what they love to do because it has become harder and harder to support a growing family in the current market.
Sometimes we are guilty of feeling like it may not be worth the struggles that face the long time full time photographer.
Then we work... and we work some more...and we work with amazing people with beautiful stories... Then we realize over and again, that there is no "market." There are people, there are stories, there is love, there is life. And we realize this is who we are, this is what we love. So what if it is hard, so what if it can be a struggle. We live to work with people who love. We live for the image.

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(desiree & seth) albuquerque wedding photography connection new mexico wedding photography https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/livefortheimage Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:10:19 GMT
This is who we are https://jonesphotoart.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/this-is-who-we-are Over the past number of years the photography market has changed so dramatically. The digital world has opened up the doors of photography to people who before only dreamed of being photographers. These dreams are being realized every day.

I sometimes look at the photo market as it has changed. I look at websites of so many of the new photographers with $1000 wedding packages; cute, bright color photos, lens flair, lots of details, stylized shoots, etc. They take full advantage of the fads that come into the market.  Most of the photographers are single or have a husband working a full time job supporting them, allowing for the less expensive wedding packages.

I look at this and think, how can we compete with this? How can we grow in a market that is over saturated with photographers coming and going. It's a difficult thing to think about. So I stop.  These photographers, all however many dozens of our local "Premier studios" and think, they are realizing their dreams. They are setting out to do something that they love and have "passion" for.  Why am I even thinking about competing with them? We don't. We compete with ourselves. We and the struggles that this rapidly changing market face are our own competition. Self betterment, self doubt, self fulfillment, self worth, selfishness, these are the things we compete with, for and against.  Yes the market is crazy, yes it's harder to support a growing family with the photo paradigm shifting in the way it is toward the cheap and trendy. But that is ok!

It makes us better people. It makes our images better images. We are  not focused on lens flare, though I may capture it from time to time. We are not focused on stylized shoots, though we have been asked to so them, from time to time. We are not focused on the wedding photo fad du jour. Though sometimes we are asked to photograph them.  We continue to focus on you, on our couples, on the love that makes to people want to change their lives to be with one another. that is what makes us who we are, that is why we do what we do.

This wedding is no different. It is not packed with the latest wedding fads, it's not overwhelming with details of table decor and signature drinks. It's about Brittany and Kyle and what they experienced for a brief part of their lives together.

As complicated as the wedding market is becoming for full time photographers, we keep doing what we love. We keep learning and growing and bettering ourselves and we keep working with beautiful brilliant people like Brittany and Kyle!