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I met Theresa when she was the speaker for the medical portion of a spouse orientation at Fort Bliss.  She was pretty amazing and so well spoken.  I learned that our husbands worked together and, to me, that was just an added bonus to this amazingly sweet person.  I knew that meant that I would get to see her again.  Sadly, I would get to see her again because it was time for her husband to move on and that meant losing her as well.

We discussed photography and she mentioned family photos but we didn’t delve too much into that particular hope.  What I didn’t know during this conversation was that she was thinking about retiring from the Army.  Did I mention that she was a LTC?  Oops.  I was under the impression that I would still get to see her every month

The time for her retirement was close and she contacted me wanting to do a family session with their uniforms on.  It was the last time she would be wearing it and wanted to get a few last moments frozen in time.  I suggested we do some in uniform and some in civilian clothes.  She went for it and we scheduled it for the day before her retirement ceremony.  So bittersweet.

As soon as we arrived at the Replica I knew that this was going to be fun…seriously.  It didn’t take me long to figure out that the boys (all ages) didn’t want to be there so I had to move fast and think about ways to keep the boys entertained and cooperative.  Not always easy but definitely fun for me.  I’ll let you decide as to whether or not I was successful.

I started at The Fort Bliss Replica and needed to get them comfy with me and the camera.

I could tell the little ones needed a break so I sent them off to find bunnies (they are all over this place) while I took some photos of the lovebirds.  I failed to mention that they have been apart for 5 months.

“You put your arms around me and I’m home.”

I noticed the boys had stopped running around so I went to them to get some shots.  My favorite individual images are located here and here.

They look like they’re up to something.

He didn’t like the grass tickling his feet and his big brother was egging him on.

All smiles after sabotaging his brother’s photos.  Gotta love brothers!

Theresa and Cory went to change into their uniforms so I had some one on one time with the boys.  They completely switched on me and I just went with it.  Austin was smiling and hamming it up and Alex decided that I had taken enough photos and was upset that his electronics were not nearby.

He was done and wanted nothing to do with any of us but especially my camera.

I love these images.

We had some trouble walking over to Noel Field with the boys.  The dry desert has caused the fire ants to spread and we had to walk around them on the way to the field.  We made it across but Austin may have gotten a bite when he stopped to look at the ants and didn’t want to step on the grass once on the field.  There was a lot going on and I was looking in every direction for photos.

What  beautiful family.

I have another great one on my FB page.

Compromise

The boys were done!  We set them loose on the field so we could get a few images of the two of them together.  Make sure you check out the one on my page.

There was an extra in this image…There was a lot of noise next to us…

He wanted one like hers.

He remembered that he didn’t want to walk on the grass.

I’m honored that I was asked to take these photos for you.  You are a great couple who embody what it means to be a military family.  You have raised two amazing boys and I don’t know how you did it as a dual military family.  Amazing!!  I hope this next chapter is more than you ever hoped it could be.  You will be missed by many but we all have wonderful memories.  You are both true patriots.

“PATRIOTISM…

Is not short, frenzied burst of emotion,

but the tranquil and steady

dedication of a lifetime.”

~Adlai Stevenson~

Last minute sessions always work out beautifully.  Michelle’s husband was about to deploy and she wanted to try and get some family photos done.  We planned it and had it done in under a week.  That’s how we roll in the military.  Need it, plan it, do it in a matter of days.

Michelle is a beautiful lady who is always smiling and making others laugh.  Well, she makes me laugh.  She “warned” me that Allan had a lot of energy and it would be interesting.   He has his mother’s smile and personality.  I loved it.  Grace fits her name perfectly.  She is a smart and funny girl who loves to mother her brother.  I loved watching the dynamic between the two of them.   Dad made sure that everyone was listening and following my direction.  He kept us moving so we wouldn’t run out of light.

I loved every second of our time during this session and hope you are able to see who they are individually and as a family in the images.

We started early so had to find some shade on Noel Field since the sun stays high so much longer.  Luckily, there were plenty of areas to get some shots while we waited.

This little guy had me laughing.

In the blink of an eye…

Click to see a different version on FB.

Time to get some shots of just the kids.

Click for my favorite Allan image.

The sun was finally in the perfect spot for images on the field.

I could tell that it was time to give the kids a break so I sent them off to play while I focused on mom and dad.  I posted my favorite one on Facebook.

“You are my today and all of my tomorrows.”

~ Leo Christopher~

I looked over and found this and knew it was about time to bring them back in with us.Love the looks.

I had them run back over to us and this happened…

To have that energy again.

The black and white version is on Facebook.

This one was taken by Allan.

The only serious shot taken of him and I do love it.  Those eyes!

Michelle, I’m so glad we were able to make this session work.  You kids are amazing and I had so much fun watching them interact.  You are a wonderful lady and mom.  I hope the next several months go quickly.  You got this!

“Together is my favorite place to be.”

How often do we look and see what or who is around us?  I mean really look.  Apparently, I don’t as often as I thought I did because I somehow missed this beautiful girl who lives a block away.  I met Carla a while back and had no idea that she had a high school senior.  So, when she asked me about photographing her daughter who liked the senior photos I took of her friend, Rachel (I have photographed 2 girls named Rachel so I played it off), I said of course.

Anna only had one request…She wanted a photo under the A that is on the Franklin Mountains and can be seen from Noel Field by our homes.  We were able to get a few locations in and one was a last minute add.  I’m lucky to have great clients who roll with me.

I’m also lucky because I had a huge computer scare while transferring images for back up and I thought I had lost everything.  I didn’t touch my computer until my husband returned from a trip to help me.  It was all there but I lost a week of editing during the process.  Again, AMAZING clients.

I truly love photographing seniors and this girl was amazing.  I hope it was worth the wait!

This is where flexibility played a huge role in our adventure.  I was told to pick a place that I felt would work best.  I had seen her amazing outfits and knew I wanted a desert background.  I took off with Carla and Anna, taking them to my favorite location at Heinrich Park.  As I parked and we unloaded I remembered a good friend of mine posting a video of her dog running through the desert near her house.  I asked them to wait while I called her to find out exactly where that was located.  I had the information I needed and, luckily, they were up for the new location which was only about 5 minutes away.  We parked at my friend’s house and walked over the berm and right into the perfect spot.  Anna rocked it!

A little unsure at first.

It didn’t last long.

Believe it or not, there are several options when photographing in the desert.  There were so many spots to take advantage of out there.  Yes, there is green to be found.

Her mom was making her laugh.  Love it!

The tree attacked.

She recovered nicely.

I saw a huge tumble weed and mentioned it to Carla.  She started laughing and told me an Anna story I have to share.  Soon after arriving in El Paso they came across some tumbleweed (I can’t remember if it was in motion or not but that’s not important to the story).  Carla pointed it out and told her that it was tumbleweed to which Anna replied, “Tumbleweed is real?!”  So, natuarally, I had to get some shots of her with it.

Gorgeous!

Just a few more shots before heading on to our next location.  My favorite from this group can be found here.

As always, I had packed up my gear and we were headed to my car when I noticed the wall with amazing light.  We stopped for a few shots and it was my first share on my Facebook page.

That smile is amazing.

So many amazing images to share.

In all honesty we had no plan in place so when we got back to my car I gave her a couple of options for our next stop and she chose Downtown El Paso and it did not disappoint.  Did I mention how much I love the springtime for photo sessions?  I never feel rushed because we have plenty of light for hours on end in the evening.

Seriously, she is…there are no words.

All of these were in one general area.  It was time to head towards San Jacinto Plaza with a stop at her favorite place.

The rest of the images in this section were all from the plaza area.  Such a beautiful site for sitting back and relaxing while people watching or for taking photos of a beautiful girl.

Both versions are worthy of being shared here.

I was able to get some shots before we were asked to get out of the ditch.  She wanted to know why we were in there and I told her that it’s where the prettiest flowers were located.  She said that most were just weeds and she cuts them down at home.  I showed her an image on my camera and she smiled and agreed that they look pretty.

Peek A Boo

The pretty weeds with the purple blooms.

We picked up with the other outfits a few days later in between wind storms.  It actually started the day we were shooting but not until later so it all worked out and The Replica on Fort Bliss and Noel Field were the perfect backdrops.  This group of images are a complete surprise for her mom because she was unable to come with us.  I hope she likes what we did.

I want to share them ALL.

 Beautiful.

The Replica has so many possibilities when it comes to photos and I only tapped into a little bit of it with Anna.  I love this location and her outfit was perfect.  I have two images from this location that I shared on my page.  1st image and 2nd image.

Amazing from any angle.

We started walking and saw a couple of baby bunnies eating near where I was going to take her so we adjusted.  You can see them at the end of the wooden deck where she is sitting.  They live under the deck so they would hop back underneath and come right back out when we would move.

You would never guess that right before the session the heel of her shoe broke and she had to do a balancing act.  Effortless.

I wanted to get a shot of her class ring but with her in the shot as well.  She always knew exactly what I was saying and asking of her.

As we were walking, I never have an idea of what I’m going to do, I saw this pop of color and knew it would be perfect.  I should probably explain myself.  I will look at outfits and go with a location but until I can’t plan ahead because it never works for me.  I shoot what I feel and when it’s a photo session I base it off of how my “model (s)’ feel.  You can’t force it because it will show.  Luckily, we had to force nothing on either day.

She was a safe distance from the cacti.

Two different looks in the same spot.

We headed to Noel Field (across the street) for the field shots with the “A”.  Sadly, there was still too much sun so we just had fun until the sun hid behind the mountain.  Another one of my favorite images on Facebook.

The winds were picking up but we weren’t giving up on the “A”.

This is when the sun went behind the mountain.

Carla, thank you so much for allowing me to be a small part of Anna’s memories here at Fort Bliss.  I had a wonderful time with you and her as we wandered around El Paso and Fort Bliss looking for the perfect spot to accentuate her natural beauty.  She is such a special soul and will go on to bigger and better things.  Best of luck to you, Anna, as you begin a new chapter in your life book.

“and this is the part

where you find out

who you are”

I love photographing seniors and this session is just another reason why.

It was several months ago that I received a text from Alicia asking about senior photos.  Time passed and once spring arrived she messaged me saying that they wanted to get a time set up.   Naturally, we had to watch the weather and adjust since we do live in El Paso, TX.  You just never know what Mother Nature has planned.

As the day got closer I asked for a photo of Meredith’s outfits and as soon as I saw the first one I became very excited and had visions running through my head.  I knew exactly where I wanted to go and hoped that they were game.  They were!

I had only met Meredith once and seen her a couple of times but knowing her mom I went in to this session with high hopes for some gorgeous images of a beautiful girl.  She did not disappoint and after two locations we were done and I couldn’t wait to get to work on my computer.

We went to my favorite location that offers so many different scenarios and fit her first two outfits perfectly.  Heinrich Park/Hitt Canyon Trail was our first stop and turned out even better than I expected.  We started off with a few posed shots to get her comfortable since selfies are nothing like having some crazy lady giving you directions with a camera in your space.

I absolutely love the hat and her smile.

No words.

My favorite from this group is on my page.

I could tell she was comfortable with the camera and my weird ways so it was time to move on and get some more amazing shots.

So cute.

It’s always fun when I say, “Now you’re going to walk towards me and do a turn then keep walking.  When I say stop, don’t pose.  Please don’t fall, either.”  Once I did my own, not so modelesque (is that even a word?), walk as an example she blew me away.

Since it is El Paso, the desert, and we have had NO rain, flowers are hard to come by.  I found a small patch, just one, and took full advantage.

I had to get more close ups of her and you are about to see just why.  Well, if you follow my Facebook page you saw this image and actually already know why.

We decided after all of this amazingness that it was time to change outfits and make more magic and Texas requires boots.

I was thrilled that her outfit was perfect for one of my favorite spots.  It all came together without even trying.  That is magic.

Seriously…

Beautiful profile.

You can’t live in the desert and not get a photo with cacti.  We just had to make sure to keep a safe distance.

I did my usual, it’s time to go now… Oh, wait, let’s get some here.  You’ll understand why when you see the next few images.  My favorite is located here.

Now we’re done at this location.  Our next location was Meredith’s choice and we went downtown.  It was my first time shooting there and it was full of opportunities.

This wall with her outfit was perfection.

As we were walking I notice a section with benches that were screaming at us to use them so we did and I already shared one on my Facebook page.

The next few images are all in the same vicinity just different directions.

We moved back towards the Convention Center area and I found some funky big things that looks like the perfect frame.  They happened to be in a great location to get a shot from high up.

I have another great black and white image here.

Meredith had recently been downtown and found a couple of spots that she liked so we headed that way for the next shots.

We made our way to the San Jacinto Plaza for some photos with a lot of greenery.  It’s a gorgeous area that has just recently been re-opened.

I love when she laughs.

All we had left was the graffiti walls that she wanted photos in front of and now that the sun was down we could get that done on the way back to the car.

Thank you Alicia for thinking of me when it came time for Meredith’s senior photos.  She is such a beautiful girl and was so easy to photograph.  She doesn’t take a bad photo.  I hope you love the images as much as I enjoyed taking them for you.  I can’t wait to see what her future holds because I know that it will be amazing.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!

Live the life you’ve imagined.”

~ Henry David Thoreau ~