Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico

There are occasions in my career that I have to take a moment to step back and truly reflect on what I have seen and the people that are involved. I tend to hold my emotions a bit closer to my chest and there aren’t many moments that make me lose composure, let alone leave me sobbing in my car when I get home. In fact it feels funny to write that. I had no idea what to really expect when being asked to photograph Honor Flight 0614 on the 70th anniversary of WW2 D-day. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The program transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. One veteran, Arthur Clark, who passed a couple months before being able to go on the trip was honored by having a flag and a photograph escorted by Sgt. Nick McCreary, USMC to each memorial. The flag held in his honor was presented to Arthur’s wife upon returning home. I had been truly amazed by the stories and the character of each of the veterans on the trip but it was this moment of seeing a widow accepting a flag on behalf of her husband and seeing her clasp her hands to her mouth as tears started to come down that elicited a collective catching of breath from all who were there.

Here are just a few of the many photos taken on the 3 day long trip. For more details and footage you can see the coverage provided by KRQE as well as KOB.

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A New Mexico country wedding in monsoon season

I usually wonder where I will start when blogging about an event, session, or wedding. Do I touch on the unique and lovely things about a couple’s personality? All of the beautiful Pinterest inspired decor? The events of the day?

However, with Dane and Katelyn’s wedding at his family’s ranch in Estancia, NM, the story of the day and the people involved were all so moving. Photographing the day was like watching a movie where 4 different story lines somehow come together in the end. Katelyn arrived at the Double Arrow ranch with a giddy excitement having spent the morning getting ready at Sandia Resort with her best gals. She looked radiant and had a beautiful glow about her as she slipped on her dress (enjoyed a shot or two of peppermint schnapps) and waited to have a horse-drawn carriage take her to meet her husband-to-be. However, the weather had something else in mind. Monsoon season in New Mexico is an event to behold, bringing magnificently beautiful thunderstorms through the high desert country. Sometimes it is just a display of cumulus clouds and other times the thunder can be felt through the foundation of the house. The latter was true for Dane and Katelyn’s wedding day. It was a day of waiting out the weather. Umbrella’s and porches covered guests from rain and tissues were there to dry the tears of anxiety. It all works out in the end though…like it always does.