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Had so much fun doing these branding photos for Nutritionist, Jess Brown who has a super informative podcast, Fuel Her Awesome. Make sure to check it out! I just love traveling and meeting so many business owners while elevating their social media and website game with professional looking images. Jess and I do images each year and I provide her with enough images and variety to use throughout the entire year.

One thing I love about branding photography is that each session is completely different. Each business owner has their own unique personality and product and I make sure we showcase that uniqueness in every branding session.

Newly engaged? Congratulations! I feel like this is a time of excitement and celebration, but suddenly the panic of wedding planning hits you, and all the stress that comes with it! Friends and family are asking you all of these questions about your wedding day details and it feels like you've been engaged for about five seconds. I’ve been there, and I want to eliminate the same suffering for future brides. After over 10 years as a wedding photographer, I have a few tips that I recommend to all of my brides:

wedding in La Fonda in Santa Fe New Mexico
First Look at La Fonda in Santa Fe, NM

First and Forever Foremost : Trust your wedding photographer and hire a wedding planner.

I promise you will not regret the decision! It feels like a huge cost, trust me I know. Often I hear couples say "We just can't afford a planner." Planners usually offer way more options for planning your wedding. I would at the very least ask about a month of planning service. However, where wedding planners really shine (other than on the actual wedding day) is helping connect you with vendors that match your needs, vision and most importantly, your price point. When you hire a professional to handle all the hair pulling details, it will save you money, and probably your sanity in the long run. Save you money, really? I honestly believe this is true. Planners help keep you focused during wedding planning. They save you from changing your mind and being pulled in twenty different directions. They save you from thinking you can just DIY your wedding and then regretting it about a million times in the process.

Ski Valley Taos Wedding Photography
Bridal Party Celebration | Ski Valley, Taos

Tip #2: Download my free wedding planning guide.

I wanted to take the guesswork out of wedding planning, so I created a free guide to help my lovely couples. This way you get to relax a little more and enjoy what should be such an exciting time in your life!

What are you struggling most with the wedding planning process?

You can download my free beginning planning guide below!

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These two sweet souls traveled from Portland, Oregon to Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM to get married at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm. This venue is tucked right by the Rio Grande River in New Mexico. Surrounded by historic buildings, lavender fields, farm silos, to farm to table eating, this venue is the dream it sounds like. As a destination wedding photographer, this is what I love. Getting to experience all the different wedding venues all over the United States and all the unique things they offer.

Rachel took the risk and purchased her gorgeous dress from Etsy. I think you'll agree when you see the pictures, that the risk beyond payed off. The dress fit her perfectly and was so unique and beautiful.

Rachel and Erik kept their celebration intimate with their closest family and friends and you could feel all of the support and love surrounding them the entire day.

All. The. Details! Oh my! This wedding was my absolute dream. Rachel had the best little details throughout her entire day. Details that mixed the southwest of New Mexico with the funkiness of Portland, OR. From personalized shot glasses, to tribute cocktails and the best dress change, the entire day was so fun for me to capture. Rachel did the best job creating a day that was completely representative of her and Erik.

Let me know what you think!

Photography: Hey Ashley Shaw

Florals & Planning: A Beautiful Theme

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