Albuquerque Hispano Chamber Golf Classic 2018

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber Golf Classic 2018

Dancing and golfing for educational scholarships

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce knows how to put on events, and the Hispano Chamber Golf Classic 2018 is the biggest event of the year where 100% of the profits go to educational scholarships.  With some 36 foursomes out on the greens, a lot of local students will be benefiting from participants' generosity.  My contribution was to go out and make as many photos as I could in the short time I had available to be on the golf course!  What did I learn?  A lot of dancing goes on at a AHCC golf event!

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Rio Grande Food Project Day in the Life Albuquerque New Mexico

Rio Grande Food Project Day in the Life Albuquerque New Mexico

Helping feed those in need in Albuquerque 

I have known Kathi Cunningham for awhile and in her previous line of work, even photographed several real estate listings for her.  Now she works for Rio Grande Food Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico and asked me to come in and make some promotional photos of what RGFP is all about, which is helping feed people in the community.  The photos will help RGFP raise awareness and raise money to feed more people.  They have their own garden on site where I ate a raisin right off the vine!  

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Construction Site Promotional Drone Video Photos New Mexico

Construction Site Promotional Drone Video Photos New Mexico

Sunrise construction drone video

This was my first drone video assignment for DroneHive which took me up to Waterflow, New Mexico, which is just west of Farmington.  Things only got finalized less than 24 hours before I was supposed to fly, which was at 6:30am in the morning!  From Monday afternoon I had to quickly find a hotel, get my gear packed up, then drive the 3.5 hours to Farmington, get to sleep asap, then before I knew it I was awake at 5:15am to drive to the construction site!  I also did not really know what kind of flying I would be doing, or if I would be even flying my own drone!  I am realizing just like being a professional photographer, being a certified drone pilot means having maximum flexibility with the need to produce results with very little, if any, prep time!

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Green in the Desert State of New Mexico

Green in the Desert State of New Mexico

Green is in the desert state

For those who have explored Colfax County, Rio Arriba County, or San Juan County, they know New Mexico is not just a dusty, desert state, but one, especially in its northern areas, that is very green.  I went to a new area of the state recently, to a town called Angel Fire, that is famous for being a ski resort.  This being the height of summer, there was no snow or white, but lots and lots of green.  I thought I was in Switzerland or perhaps on the set of The Sound of Music with all the rolling hillsides covered in tall green grasses and the larger mountains looming in the distance.

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Women's Summit 2018 Albuquerque Event Photography

Women's Summit 2018 Albuquerque Event Photography

A great debut event in Albuquerque!

I have known Aleitress Owens from many networking events in the past year and a half in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  When she asked me to sponsor her event, Women's Summit 2018, I said I would be glad to and donated a headshot session.  She also asked if I would attend and take a few photos, which I also gladly did.  The venue, called The View, had great natural light and very stylish decor with a fantastic layout.  This, combined with the women and men in attendance, made for very easy candid event photography!

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Angel Fire New Mexico Sunset Photos & Drone Video Rural Land Real Estate

Angel Fire New Mexico Sunset Photos & Drone Video Rural Land Real Estate

Enjoying the sunset view while flying 

I had been to Taos before for rural land real estate photography and drone video work, but this was my first time to Angel Fire, New Mexico.  Even though they are quite close to each other, Angel Fire feels very different from both Taos and everywhere else in New Mexico.  The scenery was sweeping and wide open, but green and mountainous.  The architecture and design of many buildings was that of a ski lodge.  Even in the middle of August, there was a chill in the air!  It was fantastic to escape the hot Albuquerque summer even just for a few days and get paid to watch a great sunset through my Nikon on the ground and my DJI Mavic Pro in the air.

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Second Sneak Preview of One of Many Project

Second Sneak Preview of One of Many Project

A favorite photo

This is a second sneak preview of the 10 women I photographed at the JCP Home Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the We Rise organization that will be featured in the One Of Many photography exhibition at the KD Neeley Gallery on October 05, 2018.  I will be one of five photographers featured at the event which you can find out more info about at this Facebook event page.  The photo above is my personal favorite from the shoot. I chose a tight crop to really focus in on the emotion in the eyes.  Shooting with my new Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro SP lens allowed me to focus very closely and get extreme detail.  Be sure and mark your calendars for the evening of October 5th to come out and support this cause and see these images as large prints.

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