Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Anniversary Portraits

Portraits are a memorable step in a relationship for couples. It marks a moment unique in time, with an image to look back upon. In the case of the Davis', they can look back at their one-year anniversary and remember their first year of marriage together. Many years down the road they can remember how they looked and acted when they were young in their lives together. I had the wonderful honor of documenting these moments of two people in love. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Petrified Forest National Monument

The Petrified Forest National Monument is a wonderful place to visit! It was so great that I went twice in one week. It is reminiscent of the Badlands, but with views you drive through and appreciate immediately.

It is illegal to collect petrified wood and rocks here, so please everything in the moment or take photos to make them last!

©Vanessa Sanchez

©Vanessa Sanchez

©Vanessa Sanchez

©Vanessa Sanchez

Monday, October 19, 2015

Matador Fight in Madrid

Quick Update:
This has a been a wild, fun & busy year! During summer I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time in Europe. In my motherland I photographed a matador fight. I will post more photos of Europe and other shoots that I've done!

 Bullfight in Madrid:
 The images below are from a bullfight from the late summer of 2015 at the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas in Madrid. This is considered the home of bullfighting.

This was my first matador fight, and it was quite different that I had expected. There was matador fighting a bull, but there were also other fighters that helped wear down the bull before the matador was one-on-one with the bull. This disappointed me because it would be more impressive to see one man versus one bull. I understand that it would be more dangerous and more traumatic to see the man die, but I think the art of fighting a bull would be more monumental. Goodness, either way I would not want to be in the same ring as that bull. It would take a lot of courage, confidence and skill to fight the bull.

After watching the fight I also gained much more respect for the bull as an animal. It is resilient, forceful and strong. It won't take what you're shoving at it and is a clear image of the common phrase, "No Bull." It was quite an experience to be engulfed and it does leave saddened that the bull does die at the end.

I hope you gain more insight through the images below, but please take note that some are more graphic.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Beautiful Baby

Last month I had the opportunity to photograph my friend's son. This was a great experience and taught be about photographing a new born. Below are my favorite images of the shoot.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Family Portraits in the Bosque

It is always a pleasure to photograph friends with their loved ones. Photographs can be a tool to document those you love in the different seasons of life. It can also give you something physical, or digital now-a-days as an image of those who matter. Images are magical and it is always wonderful to be part of the creative process.

Here are few of my favorite images of this last season of portraits.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gila Wilderness

The Gila Wilderness National Forest is based in the southern part of New Mexico with over 550,000 acres. One of the main interests are the cliff dwellings, and is known as a national monument. As with many archaeological sites, there are many questions about the origins and history of the area. People of the Mogollon culture lived in these dwellings between 1275 AD and 1300 AD and it is unknown why it was abandoned. 

Below are a few images of my journey visiting this historical land marker. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hunting for Moments

 New Mexico is full of hidden gems, including Grants, New Mexico. Recently I was invited to join an elk hunt for one day. No elk were spotted, but the views were incredible.

I enjoy hiking in different terrains, and learned a  few things during this journey. First, I learned that hunting is a waiting game, and it is usually a quiet one at that. As they travelled the area, they looked for clues to the different wildlife that had been around the area. Many times we stopped to observe the scenery to make sure we hadn't missed an animal within our view. We came to a cliff and just spent time looking at the vastness of the our surroundings. I felt small in comparison and began to wonder how many others have passed this way before? And for how long have people walked along this view. Made me feel like I had an inner connection with those in the past in my present.

Now while, they were hunting for elk, I was hunting for moments. Moments that captured their experience and documented the wilderness we were in. Moments that would pass my by if I did not take the time to stop for them and soak them in. While they observed for prey, I observed for light and the right subjects for images. You see, we were both hunting, but for different things.

Below are a few of my observations in photographs.