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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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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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Rio Rancho Rural Land Photography August 2018

Rio Rancho Rural Land Photography August 2018

Neither rain, nor lightning . . . nor hail!

Back on a rural land photography assignment for Hemingway Land Company in remote northwest Rio Rancho, New Mexico, I had to wait out a deluge, hail, and lightning to get these photos!  A lot can happen in 30 miles in the evening during the monsoon season in New Mexico, and that was certainly the case as I left Albuquerque in mostly sunny skies only to end up surrounded by dark clouds in all directions in Rio Rancho.  I got a few quick photos, then the rain came and I took cover inside my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.  In the middle of the rain I saw in my rearview mirror a lone rider on horseback.  I could not tell who liked it least being caught in the rain, man or horse!

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Food Photography Albuquerque New Mexico Brickyard Pizza

Food Photography Albuquerque New Mexico Brickyard Pizza

Pizza Fun to Eat, Fun to Photograph?

I am not sure where pizza would rank in favorite foods in the U.S., but I would be surprised if it was not in the top 5.  But, how is pizza to photograph?  For menu shots like the photographs you see here which is what the client wanted, the trick is showing enough of the pizza to give an overall impression, without showing the entire pizza which can then end up just looking like a bumpy circle on a plate.  There was no opportunity for a glory shot with a spatula lifting a gooey slice off the pan or anything like that, but nevertheless I always try to be as creative as possible, even if just making shots for a menu like I did at Brickyard Pizza in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Bernalillo Residential Real Estate Photography New Mexico

Bernalillo Residential Real Estate Photography New Mexico

Real Estate Photography in Bernalillo, New Mexico

Back on a real estate photography assignment for Susan and Mark Ryerson in Bernalillo, New Mexico, I got to enjoy the Sandia Mountain view the next owner will get to on a daily basis!  I can really appreciate a good view and a nice backyard as well.  This was a nice straight forward real estate shoot, with the only obstacle being a sleeping cat on one bed, but I told Susan to just market that room as a good place to take a cat nap!

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