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AFRL Awards 2019 Albuquerque New Mexico Event Photography

AFRL Awards 2019 Albuquerque New Mexico Event Photography

AFRL Awards 2019 then baseball!

I was very glad to photograph the AFRL Awards 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico! I was especially glad because I was the photographer for the 2018 awards, so whenever a client asks you to return and photograph an annual event, it is a source of pride for me. It was quite a different experience this year because of the venue changes for both the awards and the reception. The awards took place in the tech area of the UNM campus and the reception was in Isotopes Stadium! I covered a lot of ground with both my Nikons walking the couple of blocks between the venues and then all over and up and down the baseball stadium! Thank you for choosing me again this year as your event photographer!

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Better than stock photography lawyer commercial portraits in Albuquerque

Better than stock photography lawyer commercial portraits in Albuquerque

Say no to stock photos by keeping it real!

Much better than using stock photography, have your own team be in the photos like in these images I made for Noble Law Firm in Albuquerque New Mexico. For their website redesign, these immigration lawyers wanted authentic photos of the actual people that work at the law firm, not soulless stock photos that do not represent at all what a client will experience when visiting their office. These photos were made in the same conference room a client would see, in the same office their actual lawyer would meet them in, plus the actual partners of the law firm in the very lobby you see upon entering. To me this is very powerful for branding, for making a client choose your law firm over one of the many, many others. If I can see in your website what it will be like to be a client with your law firm, that would make me much more likely to choose that law firm over some anonymous stock photography filled law firm website.

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NMACI 60 Year Diamond Gala Event at Sandia Resort & Casino

NMACI 60 Year Diamond Gala Event at Sandia Resort & Casino

A Diamond Gala at Sandia Resort & Casino

NMACI Diamond Gala 60th Anniversary was the first event I photographed in Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like many award events I have photographed throughout the past 10 years, it began outside with a social hour and then moved inside to a ballroom for the presentation of the awards. Being a professional photographer in part means being able to change gears going from shooting outside in natural light at 1/500th ISO 100 of a second to dimly lit indoors using external flash and ISO 2000+.

Politicians a plenty

Then it turns out many state Senators and Representatives would be present to receive awards, as well as Lt. Governor Howie Morales. I am very experienced at photographing politicians though, from mayors to governors to Secretary of Labor and the U.S. Surgeon General!

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Turquoise Skies Event Photography Ribbon Cutting with Deb Haaland in Albuquerque New Mexico

Turquoise Skies Event Photography Ribbon Cutting with Deb Haaland in Albuquerque New Mexico

Congresswoman Cake Cutter

You never know who may attend an Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting event, and I certainly did not know that Congresswoman Deb Haaland would be in attendance, and put to work cutting the cake no less! There was also live music and of course lots of turquoise jewelry to browse. If you want to have fun while networking and growing your business, I recommend becoming a member of the Hispano Chamber today! And support local Native American artists by getting your turquoise jewelry from Turquoise Skies.

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Albuquerque New Mexico Networking Photography Candids 2019

Albuquerque New Mexico Networking Photography Candids 2019

ABQ Candid Event Photography Showcase!

Networking events seem to be dreaded. Something a business owner needs to do. However, not all networking events are created equally. I always bring my camera with me to Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce events, and this Biz Crafty networking event was no exception. I love to get candid photos at events, which is helped by people really enjoying themselves. Look at these candids, and you will see a lot of people having a very good time, yet this is still networking! Candid event photography is my speciality as I find the reactions that will be remembered for years.

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Albuquerque Convention Center Event Photographer - MPI featuring Tracy Stuckrath

Albuquerque Convention Center Event Photographer - MPI featuring Tracy Stuckrath

Give us vegetarian choices please!

I got a phone call yesterday afternoon from Tracy Stuckrath about photographing her presentation at the Albuquerque Convention Center for today! Due to cloudy skies in El Morro, New Mexico, I was available and I am very glad I was because her presentation on food served at events, meetings, hotels, and conferences was very interesting and very relevant to me. Being a combo of vegan and vegetarian since 1996, and being a professional photographer since 2009, I am often shooting events, but not often being offered a great veggie meal at them. Tracy advocates for not just vegetarian meals, but more awareness in general to accommodating various food needs by attendees and guests that include allergens, religious preferences, and even having non-alcoholic cocktails for people (like myself) that do not drink.

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NACWA Winter Conference 2019 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Photography

NACWA Winter Conference 2019 Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Photography

Photos before the ceremony, great idea!

If that background above looks familiar, it’s because I just photographed another conference in the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque three months ago. This time it was the NACWA Winter Conference 2019. The conference was focused on clean and safe drinking water. I was hired to photograph the awards ceremony and a few other tangential events like 1-on-1 networking, and a reception after the awards, I liked how the organizers had me photograph the award recipients before the actual ceremony, so we could take our time and get the best shots possible, not trying to keep everyone together and looking at the camera in the split second on stage after receiving the award. You can see the lighting setup this allowed me to use below.

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