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so berry sweet | Santa Fe, NM and Kalamazoo, MI Family Photographer

One of my photography-related goals for several years has been to do a portrait session in an apple orchard.  There is a fine line between “suggesting locations to clients” and “manipulating them into going where I want to go,” don’t you think? ;)  (Maybe the line isn’t quite so fine…)  Anyway, last summer in MI, I had several sessions scheduled which just happened to line up with blueberry season, and a blueberry field sounded close enough to an apple orchard for the time being. :)  I posted a quick “is anyone interested” on my Facebook page and I got a bite!!  Thanks so much to Amy and her beautiful family for being up for anything! :)

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Isn’t that little sweat pea just toooo cute?!   Her mommy had several different adorable outfit options ready for her, and I think we went through them all; but let’s face it, she could have sat there in a feed sack and still looked absolutely precious. :)

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Daddies and daughters have such a special bond–so sweet!

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We spent some time by the sweet peas in bloom before moving on to the blueberry fields….  And then wouldn’t you know it, we only took about ten photos before we got kicked out! :(  (And I DID call to get permission before we went!)  I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t have lots of time in the fields, but I can’t really be TOOO disappointed when we still got such great photos overall. :)

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Plan B–up front to the rustic farm stand for a little bit different look. :)

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Oh my word, anyone who wonders why “littles” are my favorite–it’s because of photos like these!  I get to enjoy their cuteness over and over while I work on the session!  I’m sorry, but you just can’t beat funny baby faces and cute baby feet. :)

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We squeezed in this one last shot before we really really REALLY had to leave. ;)

Amy, I loved spending a slightly muggy hour or so with you guys!  Thanks so much for the opportunity to take your family portraits!  I love how they came out even with all the interruptions, and hope they bring back good memories for you. :)

And one day I will get my full session uninterrupted in an orchard or field or patch or SOMETHING!  :)  Maybe…

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six days new | Santa Fe, NM Newborn Photographer

I spent about an hour last week with the teeniest, most beautiful, cuddliest (did I mention adorable??) little new baby girl!  She was sooo small, less then six pounds!  I guess mine were all that size at one point too…  well before they were born…  ;)

six day old newborn baby girl with eyes open

I have been trying for a more natural feel for my newborn portraits–back when I started I was all about the PROPS BABY! :)  But these days I am heavily leaning towards a more natural or believable approach.  It is one thing to photograph a baby with a huge set of wings, or on top of a stack of neatly folded white towels…  And I’m not saying there isn’t a place for those kinds of portraits!  But I personally have started aiming for more realistic portraits–definitely “created” or posed, but in such a way that you could picture such a thing happening all on its own. :)   (End of philosophy section!) ;)

six day old newborn baby girl in pink, sleeping

six day old newborn baby girl sleeping

Little Aaliyah was sooo easy to photograph!   She didn’t cry even the tiniest little bit (!) and didn’t seem to mind being moved around.  She watched me for a little bit with those big blue eyes, and I’m pretty sure she was enjoying her experience based on all the adorable little newborn smiles she was giving me!!  Then she decided to just go to sleep….  so she did it instantly, without a sound! :)  My kinda baby, let me tell you!! ;)

six day old newborn baby girl in black and white

six day old newborn baby girl in polka dot wrap with pink flower

Such squishy little cheekies!!  One of the bestest little parts of babies!! :)

six day old newborn baby girl, closeup of sleeping face, with flower headband and bracelet

six day old newborn baby girl with flower headband sleeping in diaper

Thanks again to Sara for letting me play with your new baby. :)  She is so adorable!  It really was my pleasure! :)  And thanks to Monica, Brittany, Arianna, & Chris for helping make it happen! :)

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fall in Santa Fe | Santa Fe, NM Children’s Photographer

Hands down, fall has been my favorite season over this past year.

Hyde Park aspens and pines set against a cloudy sky in fall

Someone told me the other day, “Hey, brown is a color too!”

Scenes from Santa Fe, NM in the fallNext time you hear me complain mention all of the brown, send me to this post.

Aspen bark and green plants with curly thingsI have been really amazed at the gorgeous variety and colors I’ve seen over the past week!!

Purple colors in fall in Santa Fe, NM

Keep in mind that November will complete my family’s first full year in Santa Fe, and we weren’t really sure what all to expect from fall, as we pretty much missed it when we moved here last year.

fall scenes around Santa Fe, NMMy parents have been in town for the past week and a half or so, and we have been dragging chauffeuring them all over the countryside, squeezing as much as possible into a too-short trip.  I’ve enjoyed myself anyway! :)

Hyde Park view at sunset in fall, Santa Fe, NM

Green leaves with red stems, Fall, Santa fe, NM

Hyde Park overlook at sunset, Santa Fe, NM

Yellow and orange mums, botanical gardens, albuquerque, nm

I photographed all of these images over the past couple of weeks, around northern New Mexico.  They make me happy.

white flower outlined against bright blue sky
If you were to hypothetically hover over or click on any of these images and see that I named them all something starting with “bloggityblog,” that could hypothetically give a clue as to how happy they make me.  I usually name my blog files something like “blog1” or “blog2”  or “blog47.”  Depending, you know.  :)

three year old boy at rio grande gorge in taos, nm

Oops, slipped that one in there. :)  Just enjoying the lovely fall scenery!  (I actually felt like I had to include this because landscape photography is so totally NOT my normal “thing,” and I wanted this post to be outside of my comfort zone but still represent what I love to do the most—photograph children.)  :)

black and white striped butterfly on flowered plant

water lily

wheat looking things at Hyde Park in Santa fe

Wild Cactuses!

(This one makes me smile and think of my boys; when we first moved here they were so excited to see cactuses—cacti??–all over, and every time they would spot one, somehow it started that they would yell “WILD CACTUSES!!!”

view from the four seasons visitors center at the top of sandia peak, sandia park tramway

Even with all of those years I missed out on a real winter, this year I am enjoying fall too much to be ready for snow.

That is not a complaint.

 

:)

 

 

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color & texture: lavender | Santa Fe, NM Photographer

I know, I know, it’s been what, a  MILLION YEARS since my last color & texture post?!?!  Finally getting my act together and getting another one up. :)

Color:  Lavender

Texture: Petal-y

(Creativity with the texture there, or some might call it “pushing it.”) ;)

Purple Sage collage

Beautiful purple sage around our house and all over Santa Fe…  When we visited last October, before moving out here, this was one of the first things to really “impress” me about Santa Fe.  In spite of the super dry climate, these pretty flowers are everywhere, spring, summer & fall.  Love them.

lavender wildflowers collage

collage of lavender wildlflowers

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{color & texture} | Green!!! and Calvinball

I’m not sure about the rest of the country, but here in Santa Fe we have been seeing signs of SPRING!!!  (This is NOT including yesterday when my husband saw snow falling, or today when I have the heat running…)  But for the past couple of weeks, the weather has been warming up, nice enough to even go out without a jacket at times, and Monday I found all kinds of green stuff sprouting!  I was downtown by myself (!! how often does that happen?!) just “for fun” to see what there was to see and take some photos while I was at it (THANK you honey!!) ;) and I definitely had green on the brain, so therefore that became this week’s color & texture challenge.  The thing is, with green and spring, green usually appears along with other colors as well, and I decided that was okay this time. ;)  (Hey, it’s my game, I can make up the rules as I go!  It’s like Calvinball!)

 

So without further ado, presenting…  Downtown Santa Fe, in the spring!!  Starring—Green!  With Other Colors in supporting roles…

(Yes, I do need a nap.  No, I’m not going to take one; I have a book waiting for me.) :)

 

Pine tree closeup

Tiny green buds on a tree

Flowers sprouting, leaves budding

Greenery sprouting

Green wrought iron bench, and hanging chiles

Bench with peeling green paint

 

While I was wandering around, I made the super happy (!) discovery that many of those rows of quaint little shops downtown aren’t actually that deep; every once in a while they’ll have a sort of passage that goes through, and the most beautiful little courtyards are hiding back there!  Several of these were taken in those little hideaways, which were just bursting with brand new sprouting flowers and greenery.  Sort of secret-garden-ish, but no crow, no key, and no Dicken. :)   Okay, and not really *secret* either, just not so obvious!

So my mind is full of great spring portrait session ideas for those pretty courtyards!  I think I’ve mentioned before that I was a little bit at a loss for on-location ideas, and now I have a great place to start.  If you are interested in booking a session this spring, just shoot me an email at gtzphotography@gmail.com for more info, or you can check out my website at http://www.gtzphotography.com!

 

 

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{ color & texture } | creative inspiration

 

So, I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon (a few months late) ;) with Marta Locklear’s photography challenge.   For a while after our move, I felt a little bit creatively dry.  I’m not sure if it was all of the busy-ness that goes along with a big move and settling into a new home/city; or maybe the radically different landscape and scenery, nothing at all like the bright greens and pinks and blues that I’ve loved before; or the lack of old friends who don’t mind if I shove a camera in their face (or their children’s faces)…  ;)  Whatever the reason, I felt like I needed an inspiration of some sort.  I’ve followed Marta’s blog off and on for a while, and her weekly challenge interested me from the beginning; but for some reason I put off getting started.

(Okay, I know why I put it off: I have a history of not finishing what I start, and lately I’ve been dragging my feet about starting ANYTHING because I’m tired of unfinished projects.)

But, the time for procrastination has come to an end!  I am in on the personal creative challenge!  Marta’s plan in a nutshell:  Each week she gives herself a certain hue and texture to creatively photograph.  The only “rule” is that the image shouldn’t just *contain* the hue/texture; it should primarily *be* that hue/texture.   I may use the same specifics as she is using for a given week, but I probably won’t. :)  I will most likely go with what is interesting to me at that moment, knowing me! ;)

 

So, since I’ve become a puppy-walking-champion, today I dragged Gus-Gus along on my inspirational walk.  He was less than thrilled (he hates snow and cold), although he did enjoy the two grass patches we managed to find.

(Now I feel like I should include a picture of my little shivery walking buddy.  Please hold.)

Cutie-Pie Puppy in LeavesHe’s not all fancified like my other pictures because he was a last-minute addition.  Don’t worry, he doesn’t feel left out.

 

So, in the spirit of the daily details being the sweetest (remember this post?), I decided to use our current cold, blah, winter weather and landscape for my first challenge.

 

Hue: Brown/Gray;  Texture: “Outdoors” (Is this a cop-out?  I don’t think so!  Marta’s first texture was “unlimited”!) :)

 

Knot on Coyote Fence

Looking at this knot on my computer, I noticed that it almost looks like a heart from this angle.  I like it.  Happy early Valentine’s Day!!

 

The wind was gusting a little, making it very tricky to get this lovely tumbleweed thingy in focus.  (Is it called tumbleweed before it starts blowing around?  I haven’t lived here long enough to know all of this technical stuff.  This is the plant that becomes tumbleweed, at least.)

 

I absolutely  L O V E  the image on the right.  It feels so wintery and cold and almost ethereal.  (I am hesitating to use that word, not sure if that is really what I’m trying to say, but at this time of night, it works!) ;)

 

 

The last image is hands down my favorite from this week.   (Okay, now that I think about it, that white one above comes pretty close.  Maybe the hands aren’t ALL the way down.)  I don’t know what to say about it, except that I think I might make a huge canvas out of it and hang it on my wall.

 

I hope you’ll enjoy following along with this project!  It is more for my own personal enjoyment than anything else, but I wanted to share it here too in the hopes that others might just enjoy getting a look at little pieces of where God has placed us, or that it might inspire some of you to try something similar!  If your “thing” isn’t photography, make it about whatever you enjoy!  Maybe you write or draw or quilt or craft or cook or decorate or whatever it is; just try to look at it in a new way!  Don’t get bogged down in the same old perspective.  Take a fresh look at what’s around you, and you might be surprised at how beautiful it is!

 

 

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{ life is worth remembering }

 

Back to the world of blogging!

I’m super excited (and a little apprehensive) about this.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve made any regular blog posts, and starting up a new blog with a new program in a new year (but it’s not a New Year’s resolution, so I should be good right?!) is a bit much!  (Hey, I get overwhelmed easily!)  ;)

I have several reasons for wanting to get this going though (I’m sure those will all come up eventually) but my *main* motivation is sitting over to my right at this moment——–> Right over there, see him?  And another part of it is running around the room, on an Infants’ Advil high (running a fever for a couple days).  The other two parts are off at church but will be home soon.  :)  I was looking back over my previous blog the other day (looking for a recipe that I thought I may have posted once upon a time) and it was *so nice* to re-read all those memories and cute sayings and meaningful lessons and other things I had shared on my blog.  I had forgotten almost all of the little events, but reading them brought them right back; I could picture them just as they happened!  I know there are many things from the past (non-blogging) year that I would have liked to remember, but probably won’t, because I didn’t make a point of recording them.  (*insert sad face here*)   Reading all those old posts reminded me that life, *my* life, is worth remembering, even if just for me.  Even if nobody else reads it, I want those memories!  People used to (I suppose many still do?) record daily events in journals; I want to create a modern-day journal full of stories and lessons and beautiful (and not-so-beautiful) pictures of LIFE.

Kids Christmas Picture

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