Last weekend my mom, dad, and I headed up to Albuquerque for the "First Glance, Second Look" gallery opening. The Albuquerque Photographers Gallery hosted a juried art show for people around the nation. 68 images were submitted and 30 were accepted. The furthest entry came from Minnesota. This was the first time I had entered another show in New Mexico so I was a little nervous stepping out of my comfort zone of the Roswell show. After seeing that two out of three of my pieces got into the show, my nervous relaxed a little bit. We got to the opening Friday night and since I had to drop my work off a couple weeks ago, I had seen already what the gallery in Old Town had to offer. It's a cute little gallery on the second story overnight looking Old Town Square. We walked around checking out all the amazing photos that were accepted. I was fascinated with Knate Meyers photos of milky ways and the Sandia Mountains. If you've never seen his work, you MUST check it out. He was there and so I had to meet him and fan girled over his work. 6:15 rolled around and we were thinking about leaving due to the gallery emptying out, but Michael Mock announced they were about to announce the winners of the show. We headed to the front of the gallery and waited. He announced the third place then the second place. After seeing what they picked for those awards, I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to place. My image wasn't "fine art" enough to place. Michael started to say who won first place and said the title of my piece. It didn't register until my mom made her crazy excited face and he looked at me. I was very shocked that the judges saw something in my photo created with my brother, mom, Rob, and flour. So I walked to the front and accepted the 20x30 metal print certificate for one of my photos to be printed. I walked back to my family and one of the ladies I was chatting with came up and hugged me saying "YAYYYY!" After we left, I called Dallas and his response "I TOLD YOU YOU WOULD WIN!! I TOLD YOU SO!" Then Ryan called me and I told him how popular his photo was. His response, "What'd I win for you?" Typical brother response. Haha
The next morning we got up at 4:00 am and headed out to the International Balloon Fiesta. After going out last year a distinct in traffic for two hours, it was quite a shock this year when it only took us about 15 minutes to get into the park. So we sat for about an hour and half waiting for the balloon glow to start. That w one thing I didn't get to see last year due to traffic. It was really pretty seeing the balloons all lit up. Mass Ascension was supposed to take place around 7:30 but due to weather and a very uncommon problem of not having any wind, the balloons had to wait until there was a little bit of a breeze so it wasn't a static lift off and all the balloons just go straight up. We walked around and found the crew that Southwest Printers always sponsors when they come to Roswell during our festival. We chatted about the weather and how the first day was. Pretty quickly after we talked to them, the balloons started inflating and heading off in the sky. It was super cloudy but still New Mexico beautiful. One of the exciting things that happened during the fiesta was Snapchat decided to feature their event on the app. So I sent in like 20 snaps to be featured on the Snapchat story. And guess what... ONE OF THEM GOT PICKED!! Ryan texted me saying that one of his friends saw me on it and texted him. Then I started to receive lovely screenshots from some of my friends telling me I was on it.
When we got back to town, it was fair week in Roswell. Every year my mom and I take our art to put in the arts and crafts part of the fair. Well this year, we went on Wednesday and two of my photos had won the Best of Show and were category winners. :D It was just the cherry on the top of my week.
Overall I'd say this week was a good one and full of excitement. It was a great way to bring in October. So back to work on all my sessions last month and coming up. So check back for more blog posts to come. Happy October y'all!!
When I got the email from Kaylee about doing her senior photos, I didn't realize she was the sister to Olivia & Tyson! I did their senior photos 2 years ago and she told me in our meeting that they loved the photos so much, she had to come back to me. *Insert squeal!!* I LOVE returning clients!! We had so much fun on her shoot with jumping in the air with a guitar and all the jokes Dallas was cracking while holding the reflector. It was so much fun and I can't wait to work with the rest of siblings!
So I give you... Kaylee!
This past weekend/week has been one for the books. I have a blog scheduled for this week to talk more about it, but some of my photos have been getting a bunch of recognition. I've worked so hard to have people see and appriciate the art I create and I feel after this week, I have reached another stepping stone in my journey of being a photographer. So looking back at my phone photos, it makes me happy to see the photos I have taken with the camera that is always with me.
Happy Friday ya'll!
When I met with Desarae, we discussed how she really liked black and white photos. Girl after my own heart right there! I LOVE black and white and dark-esque photos. So we went to the most broken down buidling I know of in Roswell. After attempting some photos in there, she made sure to tell me that we had to get some regular shots for her mom to have because she didn't want them all dark. haha! When the sun started to go down, we headed to mainstreet for some paint shots. I love me some paint! We got it everywhere! Desarae even said that she went to school the next day with paint in her hair because it didn't all come out. :p Good times. haha!
So I give you.. the beautiful Desarae!
I can't believe she is actually a senior!! I have worked with Maggie since she was a sophomore when I came across her instagram page. I knew when I saw her photos I wanted her in front of my camera. She's in my promo video, she's stood out in like 50 degree weather for me, and now I did her senior photos. We did two different sessions. The first one she wanted to go out to bitterlakes to get that mountain feel. The second was my idea to bring some of her vintage side out. She told me her favorite places to shop was antique places. I think that definitely shows in the second shoot! We even came across a new place for her to shop while using it as a background. She killed her shoots and I can't wait to work with her in the future. :D
I give you... the amazing Maggie!
Tomorrow I will be heading up to Albuquerque for another juried art show opening for the photographer’s gallery. I’m so excited because this will be the first show I’ll have art displayed that isn’t in Roswell. I’ve competed in art shows for as long as I can remember, but when you start out, everyone gets their art on the wall. It wasn’t until middle school that I really started noticing that this was something I loved doing. I remember one piece my teacher entered in a show and I guess forgot to tell me... I just happened to go to this event, and saw this particular painting had received the best of my school and the best of show. I knew from that point on that I wanted my work to be seen. Looking back at it now, the painting wasn’t very good, but it was the fact that I had created art. I had seen something and put it down on paper for the world to see.
I loved that feeling.So the next big show I had entered was the Roswell Fine Arts League Juried show. I entered as a student even though I was a junior in college. So technically I could’ve entered under adult but oh well. This was the photo that got in. Still to this day, I think it’s one of the best photos I’ve ever shot. This family of 6 or 7 was just hanging out by the pool on a summer day in St. Thomas enjoying life. So the photographer in me, sat a little ways away from them and snapped. Hoping to get that one shot.
After I picked up this piece from the show, the lady in charge told me that if I had entered in the adult division, this would’ve received the People’ Choice award.So fast forward to this weekend, I submitted 3 images into the Albuquerque Photographers Juried Show and 2 of those images got in. I can’t wait to see what everyone else produced and got picked to be displayed. Make sure to check back next week for an update on the show. :D
My next goal is to be juried into the Wedding and Portrait Photographers Excellence Print Competition. Fingers crossed for next year! :D
Makeup and cars. Most people don't really associate those two hobbies together, but this girl does both! I asked her what she drove and her response, "I drag race a front engine dragster!" I have no clue what that means but it sounds pretty BADASS! Many of you might remember Krista from her portrait as Belle in my Disney Series. I thought she would make an awesome Belle, and when we started shooting, she said that she thought she looked more like Pocahontas. Hmm... Maybe a new Disney Series?? Thoughts?? Anyways! Krista was a natural in front of the camera, but I think the best part of this whole session was when she was ordering. One of her comments was "this whole photoshoot was really a confidence booster! I feel really good about myself and the way I look in these!" That is the whole reason I love my job! Just for people to realize how amazingly beautiful they really are!
So I give you... the amazingly beautiful Krista!!
Today is my Grandma's birthday! Everyone cue the HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUU!!!! She is one of the most amazing women I know. The strentgh and love she shows towards everyone is something I want to strive towards. She and my grandpa have always been there through mine and Ryan's life. They would always be there cheering us on in sports even if they didn't know what was going on during the game. haha! They were at every band concert and art opening taking in all the beauty of what we produced. She even came to my more recent art opening with her walker in hand. I couldn't imagine not having them there all 26 years of my life!
83 years of a wonderful life and more to come! :D
HAPPY 83rd BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!!
Shaylee. was. AWESOME! Her smile could light up any room and did she love smiling for her photos! We went from location and location and she nailed every shot! I mean, HER HAIR IS PERFECT!!! I'm jealous! haha
I give you... the beautiful Shaylee!