Earlier this summer, I shot a wedding with my dear friend Jennifer Garrett at the Balloon Fiesta Grounds here in Albuquerque. While there, you end up meeting and photographing a lot of people. One of those people is my now dear friend Liz Pate.
When I saw Liz at the wedding, she immediately stood out to me. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is around 6ft tall, and very modelesque in stature. It wasn’t until a month or two later when I ran into Liz again while out socializing with friends around town.
We met through some friends, and shortly thereafter I asked if she had any experience in modeling. She said no, and that she gets that on a fairly regular basis, but was willing to help me with a couple projects in exchange for some nice new photos. From there, we started planning for a shoot a couple days following our conversation.
I was able to get in touch with my friend Ryan, who owns Toad Road, a boutique here in town. We were able to meet at his store, style the shoot, and be out at Tingley Beach the next day, geared up and ready to shoot. As always, I had my favorite makeup artist, Kata from The Pretty Committee to help with the hair and makeup aspect of the photo shoot. The best part of all of this photography session is that we were able to put all of this together in a matter of days.
Despite Liz having virtually no experience modeling, she ended up doing a great job, and we were able to get a couple really awesome photos from the day. Aside from that, Liz and I bonded during the shoot and she is now one of my favorite people here in New Mexico. Below are some of the photos I was able to capture here around Albuquerque.
Each year, Albuquerque New Mexico has a festival called Light the Night Walk which is put together by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help raise awareness and money for those who are suffering from Leukemia and Lymphoma in the community. Typically, this festival happens in Albuquerque without much publicity at all, so I was happy to help them this year and take photos for the event along side my friend Eric Martinez. Hopefully, my photos will be just one piece of the puzzle and help raise awareness of this event, and will make each year bigger and better.
Survivors from all over New Mexico showed up to show their support and donate money to this brilliant project. Hopefully with events like this, leukemia and lymphoma will be diseases of the past. Check out some of the photos I was able to take at this event, and be sure to be on the look out for any other community projects in the future where you can come and show your support. Events like this really make being a photographer in Albuquerque a special thing. Thank you Eric for inviting me to be apart of this project, and to the community for putting together events like this.
As many of you know, while I live in Albuquerque, NM my work as a photographer enables me to travel often. I also work for the largest photography news website in the world, called Fstoppers as an Associate Editor. Well they recently flew me out to New York for a pretty awesome opportunity.
This past weekend was PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, one of the largest photography expos in the world. I had the opportunity to go there this year, and report the entire event, on camera,for the readers at Fstoppers. Not only was this an amazing experience, but it also helped my career and establishing myself as a national photographer, and not just one in Albuquerque.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Albuquerque and so proud to call it my home. Working with the community here is great, but I also love to do commercial photography, something that is not as easy to find here in New Mexico. So I’m hoping to be able to travel to different places, take photos, and come home to ABQ and work here as well.
Anyway, enough rambling about what I want to do, check out some of the videos I was able to put together on exciting new products in New york this year at PPE!