Our Bridal Fair Booth: A labor of love, blood, sweat, and a few tears – Las Cruces Wedding Photographer

Whew! We did it. The Las Cruces Bridal Showcase took place this past weekend. Here’s what we came up with for our vendor booth.

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If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t you should, I LOVE connecting with people on Instagram) you saw some behind the scenes action and were probably wondering what the heck we were building. I gave Nate a rough idea of what I had in mind and he created this display wall from old weathered pallets. Killer right?! I am so lucky to have such a handy hubby. I take advantage of his skills, big time. We used the wall to show off the cotton giclee prints with torn edges. They looked stunning!

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Las Cruces Wedding Photographer

Las Cruces Wedding Photographer

Las Cruces Wedding Photographer

I also had my albums out on display for people to flip through and fall in love with. I asked people throughout the show which cover was their favorite and I loved how people had a hard time choosing. I can’t choose either, I love them all!

It was a whirldwind of a day but I am so glad I was able to meet some many people. Talking to each bride about her wedding and what she was envisioning for her wedding photography was the best part of the show. I heard about outdoor weddings on ranches, traditional weddings in historic Catholic churches, winter weddings, spring weddings, and even elopements!

I have to give major thanks to Nate for helping with every little detail and making the whole thing so much more fun. Big thanks also to my brother and Dad for helping us unload/load and set up. And of course gratitude to my mom and Nate’s parents for watching the kids all day. It’s a very humbling thing to know I have SO many good people in my corner cheering me on. I love you all!

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Las Cruces Bridal Showcase – Wedding Photographer in Las Cruces NM

It’s almost here! Sunday January 25th the fourth annual Las Cruces Bridal Showcase is coming to the Las Cruces Convention Center. I am SO stoked about this show! What do you think of the sign Nate created for our booth?

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Here’s a quick rundown on all the exciting things I’ll have at my booth.

Cotton Giclee Prints
These photo prints are absolutely stunning. Giclee inks are highly refined to produce beautifully rich color and tones. Pair the Giclee printing process with a fine art paper like luxurious cotton and you can’t help but fall in love with this product. This is how your photos were meant to live. Not to brag (who am I kidding I am totally okay bragging about these prints) but these eco friendly prints are created to last 100 years.

Albums, albums, and more albums
I will have 5 different albums for you to touch, flip through, and drool over. These albums are gorgeous. Genuine Italian leather, fine art linen, Japanese silks, totally custom photo covers and eco art paper covers. So many options! You are bound to fall in love with one that fits your individual style. I’ll also have all of my swatches, over 80 different colors and fabrics, for you to browse.

Engagement Giveaway
I’m giving away an engagement session! All you have to do is stop by my booth, jot down your name and email to join my mailing list. By signing up for my mailing list you’ll receive wedding photo tips, promotion announcements, product highlights and probably a cheesy joke or two. The engagement session winner will be emailed by Monday January 26th. I hope it’s you!

Show Special
Book your wedding at the show and you will receive 10% off. There’s no pressure to pick your package. Come check out my work and once you decide I should be your wedding photographer I can accept your retainer fee and schedule a meeting to go over exactly which package will fit your needs and wants best. A $500 retainer fee is due at the time of booking to reserve your wedding date. This special is ONLY available at the bridal show.

Me!
I’m looking forward to meeting you and chatting about your wedding day. I love weddings so much and I love my brides! Spending an entire day with a giddy in love bride is such an emotional high and so I count my brides as not simply clients, but friends once we’ve gone through the whole wedding photography process together. I can’t wait to hear about the perfect day you’ve been dreaming up and I’d be so honored to help you remember it forever.

The Las Cruces Bridal Showcase will take place on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 11am-4pm at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

If you’d like a sneak peek of my gorgeous albums stayed tuned for a video to be posted on the blog Friday!

How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer – Las Cruces and El Paso Wedding Photographer

After your wedding there are three things you will walk away with; a ring, a spouse, and whatever your photographer provides you with. This being said, don’t skimp on your wedding photography budget and make sure it is a priority. Your wedding planner, the centerpieces, flowers, and food will all only become memories from the biggest party of your life. The photographs created by the photographer you choose will be nothing less than sacred heirlooms. These images are going to be the foundation of your family’s history. These are the photographs you will hang on the walls of your first home, the images your parents will show off of their baby girl, and the photos you will show your children and grandchildren. Here are three things to look for in your quest to find the best wedding photographer for your wedding.

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Love their style

Viewing photographer’s wedding portfolios is a lot like trying on wedding dresses. You should be able to envision yourself and your guy in their photographs.
What you see is what you are going to get. When you are looking through a photographer’s portfolio take into consideration that the photographer is showing you these photos on purpose. They are showing you their best work. There are several styles of wedding photography, and every photographer shows more strength in certain styles over others. Know what type of style you prefer. Do you like the more traditional and timeless style that emphasize faces and emotions, or are you really into environmental/landscape pictures that put emphasis on the surroundings? Maybe you favor a more glamorous style with heavy influences from the fashion industry. You can look for strengths in the style you prefer when browsing portfolios and websites and you can discuss your style preferences with the photographer.
Be wary of any photographer trying to sell you on their expertise from a resume level. There is no nationally regulated or standardized professional accreditation for photographers. A photographer can go to school to train their eye for art, but photojournalism is journalism (storytelling), and the most valid way to judge a photographer’s expertise is by looking at their photographs. Review their portfolio and also ask to view a sample of what a full wedding looks like.
At the end of the day you need to follow your gut. If you know you like a photographer’s work and you keep going back to one photographer’s website every time you are in the middle of browsing photography websites, then hire that photographer. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise, or you will regret it every time you look at photographs from your wedding.

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Love their products

By now in your search you have heard and read from several different sources that you want digital negatives from your wedding day. I am going to call BS on this one. When you show your children pictures from your wedding day, do you honestly think you will be able to hand them over a CD when they are 18? How about 5? “If I gave you a LaserDisc today and told you there was a lot of cool stuff on it, what would you do?” This quote comes from Ethan Miller, the Symantec presidential chair in storage and security at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ethan has several great quotes form a recent article titled “Why your digital photos might die before your grandkids see them”. Ethan gave sound advice that all brides should heed: “Digitally storing photos is no guarantee that your grandchildren or even your children will be able to look at them. It sounds really weird as a computer scientist saying this, but if there are photos you really, really want your grandchildren to see, print them out.” Experienced photographers know this as they have faced struggles with the issue of storing digital negatives personally. The type of photographers that emphasize digital negatives are hobbyists that are more interested in expanding their portfolio than spending the time it takes to create true photographic art for their clients and providing a complete service. Be certain that the photographer you choose stresses the importance of getting products through them because they are offering you museum quality photographic products that will last at least one hundred years.
Get to know the products the photographer provides. If you are looking at purchasing a wedding package with an album, then you need to see that exact album. If a photographer is selling albums they will have a studio sample that you can look through. Touch it, feel it, love it. Know your options and don’t believe that less is more. Follow this same thinking with wall prints. You need to see what you are getting before you can commit. Is it something that can go on your wall or are you going to have to get it framed yourself? Make sure that if you are just getting prints in your package that you are comfortable paying extra to get it framed/wall ready and that you know where and how to put it on your wall.
Resist the urge to print your pictures at a convenience store where the person in charge of calibrating the large format printer (if they even decide to calibrate it) is paid minimum wage and could care less what the color looks like. Your wedding photos deserve better than that. Choose a photographer who has access to print labs with full time professionals that make a living from printing museum grade photographic prints, which you as a consumer do not have access to.

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Love their personality

If you want a bubbly go lucky photographer at your wedding, then hire one. Nobody is judging you. Just be sure to hire the personality that you are comfortable sharing the most memorable day of your life with, because they will be there with you all day. Don’t forget the phone calls, emails, engagement session, bridal session, image reveal sessions, and other interactions you will be having with them. This is a person you are going to be spending a lot of time with, you should enjoy having them around. If you overlook or ignore any personality red flags, this will be a painful process. Instead of loving the photographs from your wedding you will be reminded of the horrible photographer you were more than happy to leave in the past. A better practice is to think more long term. When you meet a photographer, instead of considering this person for just this one event in your life, ask yourself if you could see this person being your family’s photographer. First comes your wedding, then comes your first baby’s newborn pictures, yearly family pictures, and eventually senior pictures. Is this photographer a person you can see yourself building a lifetime relationship with? And does the photographer seek out such relationships? You can tell a photographer is interested in creating these relationships when they invest time and energy into you. Beware of the photographer that doesn’t have time to talk to you over the phone for an hour, has no advice for you as a close friend would over your wedding arrangements, and sets no plans for meeting with you after the wedding to go over the photographs they have created. Most importantly, make sure the photographer’s personality will not distract you from living this important moment in your life to its absolute fullest or it will show in your photographs.

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52/52 – Project 52 from Elise Taylor: Las Cruces New Mexico Photographer

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Skye napping in truly vintage NMSU gear, circa 1986.
The artist working in her studio.

Well that’s a wrap. Project 52 is complete! I am so excited to put these in an album. I’m thinking I might put these in a slideshow or viewing gallery or something as well so you internet folk can view the project easily in its entirety. Completing this New Years resolution feels so good. Now I worried about trying to top it. What the heck am I going to do this year for a personal photography project?

Nolan + Kasey: Las Cruces Wedding Photographer

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Thanksgiving this year was a little more exciting than usual. My little (big) brother brought home Kasey.

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Then he proposed to her and she said “Yes!”

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Las Cruces Engagement Photographer

We are so happy to add Kasey to the family. She is sweet and funny and fit in with the rest of us immediately. Melody immediately loved her!

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Las Cruces Engagement Photographer

Nolan and Kasey are getting married in the Washington DC LDS temple in March 2015 and I can’t wait to photograph and attend their wedding!
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You chose wisely Nolan. Love you little brother!
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Behind the Scenes: 2014 Weddings from Taylor’d Photography – Las Cruces Wedding Photographer

Here’s a fun post for you! I’ve gathered together some silly moments from a few 2014 weddings.

Let’s start with the classic mirror selfie.

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Here’s a variation of the mirror selfie. I call it the reflection selfie.
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Bride and Groom selfie.
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The ever popular photo bomb.
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Some dress carrying…

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…and a gun show.

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Baby it’s hot outside.

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Don’t worry Vanessa, Grandma was just kidding about wanting 14 grandchildren. (Or was she?)
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Vanessa’s best impersonation of Bridezilla. Nice try Vanessa!
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True love is sharing a McDonald’s hamburger on your wedding day because dinner is still 5 hours away.

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I loved photographing awesome people marrying their favorite person in 2014 and am excited for 2015 weddings!