Hauntingly Beautiful: Creative Collaborated Styled Shoot – Las Cruces Photographer

Yesterday was pretty rad.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

I’m SO excited to share this Dia de los Muertos styled photo shoot with you today.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

As a creative professional sometimes you have to be a little selfish. By that I mean you have to look out for your personal vision and give your soul a creative adrenaline shot in the bum every now and then. For me, that means creating and executing projects simply for my enjoyment. And that is exactly what this shoot is about.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

One day I received an email from Allison. She had recently graduated from a makeup academy, just relocated to the southwest area and was interested in making contacts and looking for creatives to collaborate with. Around this time I had the itch. It was time, far overdue actually, for another styled shoot. So I started thinking, “What’s something fun I can work on with a makeup artist?” The sugar skull look seemed like the perfect project for the Halloween season.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

A ton of emails and phone calls later a creative team was assembled to tackle the Dia de los Muertos with a bridal twist theme I had in mind.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Allison majorly rocked the sugar skull makeup.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Sandy from Model Movement helped find and select our model, Bianka Cervantes, and attended the shoot for some posing coaching. Sandy is a seasoned pro and it was so cool watch her in action.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

I love how expressive Bianka’s eyes are.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

My dear friend, mentor and former professor Svala owns and operates DustyDesert, a vintage clothing store on Etsy. I don’t know where she finds this stuff but all of the clothes in her shop are as chic as she is. Thank you so much for providing our team with this 1950’s era gown.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

I love the sweetness of the dress in contrast to the stark makeup look.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Of course the look would not be complete without the floral crown which was contributed by Barb’s Flowerland. When I approach working with other professionals I strongly believe in getting out of their way and letting them do what they do best. I told Barb the general idea of the shoot and she and her staff came up with this floral crown. Don’t you love the traditional marigolds they included?
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Thank you everyone who came together to make this project a reality. I can’t wait for the next crazy idea we can come up with!
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

If you are a creative professional who’d like to mix it up send me an email and let’s start brainstorming! Or if you have a fabulous idea for your own styled shoot let’s make it happen. Like I said earlier, I need more of these shoots in my life and would love to work with you to bring your vision to life.
Dia de los Muertos styled shoot from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

To see more images from this shoot check out the full gallery here by entering the password “muertos”.

 

Credits:

Make up and Hair: Allison Shrum  | website | facebook | instagram |

Model: Bianka Cervantes | instagram |

Model Coach: Sandy Vautherot, Model Movement | website | facebook | instagram |

Wardrobe: Svala, Dusty Desert Vintage | etsy | facebook | instagram |

Floral Crown: Barb’s Flowerland | website |

Photography: Elise Taylor, Taylor’d Photography | website | facebook | instagram |

43/52 – Project 52 from Taylor’d Photography

Project 52 from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com
Project 52 from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Skye’s biggest goal in life at the moment is to climb anything she can find. She has the cutest little look of accomplishment that reminds me it is important to celebrate even the smallest victories.
Princess out for the count. Have you ever tried to buckle a princess into a car seat? It is a tricky business!

Scott + Kristina: Family Photos at White Sands National Monument – New Mexico Family Photographer

Today I’m missing summertime. I know a lot of you absolutely love the fall season and I’ll admit it has its moments. Summer will always have my heart though. Here’s a summertime session I photographed at White Sands National monument.

Kristina found my website while browsing the internet. She knew it was time to get her family’s photos updated and wanted something that screamed “Hey! We live in New Mexico now!”. Before our time at White Sands we stopped at the San Augstin pass.

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Kristina and Scott not only signed up for a photo session with me but also turned the outing into a mini road trip. Did I mention they drove from over an hour away to meet me? Thanks guys, I appreciate the dedication!

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

When you schedule a session at White Sands just expect me to make you jump. It’s kind of a must do in my opinion.

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

The light just gets better and better as sunset approaches. This is why I schedule nearly all of my sessions an hour before sunset. If you’re an early bird, we can also catch some great light around sunrise.

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Scott and Kristina thank you for choosing me to take your family’s portraits. It’s an honor and it was a pleasure meeting you two and I’m looking forward to when our paths cross again!
White Sands family photo session by Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Celeste: Old Mesilla Plaza – Las Cruces Senior Portraits Photographer

Here’s another class of 2015 senior.
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Celeste is the captian of her volleyball team. She’s leading her team to a great season and I’m excited to see how far they can push themselves.
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Celeste you are so gorgeous and you totally rocked your senior session.
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I love the casualness of this photo. I think it may be favorite from the entire session.
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Celeste, I hope your senior year is as awesome as you are. Keep up the hard work on the volleyball court!!
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Skye is 1: Cake Smash and 1 year old Portraits- Las Cruces Baby Photographer

Time please slow down. How is it possible that my baby is 1? Here are some photos from Skye’s cake cupcake smash session.

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

She is always willing to show of her standing skills.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

This chair makes the perfect table/plate for eating smashed cake. Clean up was so fun!
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

It’s a tradition in our family to have a birthday photo session each year. My hope is that one day my children will have a collection of photos of themselves to enjoy with their children. I’ll also have a collection to weep over once they’ve grown up and left me an empty nester. Oh that is such a sad thought. A sad thought even on the days when all I long for a little peace and quiet.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Just like Melody’s 4 year birthday session I created these photos at the Fabian Garcia Gardens.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

I often get asked how Skye is different than Melody.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

That has been one of the sweetest things about having a second child. She is totally her own person and her personality enhances our family’s dynamic.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Skye is stubborn, loving, curious, and always ready for adventure.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Her little toothless smile (that’s right, 1 years old and no teeth yet) brings my heart so much joy.
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

This is my favorite photo from her birthday session. I feel like it sums up exactly who she is. My perfect little person. I love you Skye baby!
Cake Smash session from Taylor'd Photography | www.taylordphoto.com

A Visit Home: Old Mesilla family portrait session – Las Cruces Photographer

Karen lives a busy life in our nation’s capital. On her visits home to quiet Las Cruces she makes it a priority to update her family’s portraits.

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For this year’s set we headed to the plaza in Old Mesilla for a quick mini session.

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Shooting in Mesilla is always a popular choice for its array of backdrops within walking distance and southwest vibes.
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Beautiful Karen! Just beautiful.
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Thank you for continuing to trust me in the special task of remembering what your family is like today. Your family is such a pleasure to work with and so easy to talk to! I’m already looking forward to our next session.

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