Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Morning Fog

This past weekend Albuquerque experienced a rare occurrence in the city- fog! As many know, we are in a drought, so when there is precipitation of any kind, it is noted. This particular Saturday morning, we experienced a few hours of rain the previous night. The fog stayed in the city for a few hours of morning, and I was able to capture part of its beauty from my vantage point. It was quite a treat!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Albuquerque's Volcanoes

This past weekend I was able to spend time with a dear friend and colleague in the Petroglyph National Monument. We hiked around the volcanoes with the purpose of creating images and practicing our photography. We discussed the need to improve our landscape photographs, but how we love the human element in an image.

When it comes to landscape photography, I feel that the human connection is essential in a photograph. It makes the image more interesting to me to look at and to make. Landscape photographs don't always require a person in the image. Whenever I am out in nature, I feel that the best experience is being right there in the moment of wherever I am. I have come to realize that many will not get to or want to experience nature in this way and that a photograph is the closest thing they will ever experience. So although I do not particularly enjoy taking landscape photos because the quality of nature is better in the flesh, I take photos because I feel like it is a responsibility to share these images with others that may not have the opportunity to venture in the wonders given to us. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I was looking back through my hard drive and found these scans from high school. These photos were taken with traditional film, and made in the beautiful darkroom. The darkroom is where I fell in love with photography and nothing can replace the feeling of seeing an image come to life in a tray of developer cured by fix.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Film Adventures

In years past, I have spent much of my free time going on "Photo Adventures," as coined by my good friend Gabbi. Together we went on our first adventures during our college days. There is nothing like a solid photo adventure, especially with her or other good friends willing to explore unknown places. 

I have not gone on any photo adventures yet this year, but I believe I have found the next level of adventures- Film Adventures, as introduced by photography colleague, and distinguished film-maker Daniel Zollinger. The last two weeks I've had the privilege to story board and film a few shorts with him. The process is creative, fun and exhilarating. I would like to delve deeper into this world of film and create more shorts.

Below are links to the shorts we made. Of Something features, Tory, who worked with us with an amazing attitude. The latter film, Remnant, features Deserai and her brother John who were in town for the weekend. They had great patience with us and helped capture the intent of the film. We are always looking for new victims to feature in our films!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Holiday Portrait

This past Christmas Eve I had the opportunity to photograph a good friend up in the mountains. There was still a little bit of snow on the ground, which we soon utilized to create a few magical moments. This shoot was a great reminder of always being aware of your surroundings and how to utilize them for unexpected benefits.

Thank you Tory for modeling and Deserai for helping create these magical moments!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Year in Review: 2013

Below are photos from the last year. I had the privilege to photograph weddings, various portraits and nature scenes from my travels. Thank you to all for your support and allowing me a glimpse into your lives!

Alley cat in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Tom's shoes being given to a child during a Convoy of Hope event in El Paso, TX on Nov. 23, 2013. The Convoy of Hope is an international movement to help the poor in communities. 

Zion National Park, Utah

Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Bosque del Apache, Socorro, New Mexico

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Recent Portrait

This photo was taken a few weeks ago during a brief photo shoot of my friend Madi. Her dog kept jumping on her lap and we decided to work with him for a few frames. This was my favorite of the shoot.