Hidden Gem Photographers in New Mexico

Yes, it’s true — we just said earlier this week that the fickle weather of spring had given way to steady sunshine and…..then it rained. So it goes in this beautiful, mercurial desert state! While we might not be able to rely on the weather for consistency, we can at least know that whatever rain comes to New Mexico won’t last very long. Plus, because temperamental weather is often on the horizon, local creatives have learned how to work with and around it, especially our wedding photographers.

We all know that rain on your wedding day is good luck — what with the symbolism of cleansing, renewal, and fertility and all — but what about the wind? Or the blazing New Mexican sun that occasionally becomes a bright and shining nuisance? Despite how perfectly you may plan your wedding, there are always a few uncontrollable weather variables. So, if you can’t control the weather, you’ll need a team of wedding professionals who aren’t afraid of a little Mother Nature.

Which is why we’ve put together a list of our 5 favorite hidden gem photographers. With years of experience in rain and shine, these local wedding photographers have been put to the test and come out on the other side with gorgeous visual art, a fine-tuned understanding of lighting, and a considerable dedication to their craft. So, if you maybe want someone you can count on to capture your wedding day — take a peak below.

1. Beth Waldron Photography

We’re starting out strong here with the creative known as Beth Waldron Photography. Like an amazingly talented fly on the wall, Beth photographed our Bridal Board + Vendor Mixer just a few weeks ago, and totally captured the essence, fun, and special moments of the event. (Not to mention, the photos were beautiful despite coming from a dimly-lit ballroom.) With an expressive edge that comes through in each shot, her wedding photography should be properly classified as works of art.

 

2. Jared Kellogg Photography

I feel life has a soul and there is nothing more beautiful than capturing it in a smile or in the twinkle in some one’s eye.

We couldn’t have described the creative driving force behind Jared Kellogg‘s photographic art any better than he does himself! With a unique blend of digital and film photography in his portfolio, Jared has come to understand the medium on a personal and artistic level, which shines through in his business. His clean and even approach to each couple makes his work feel comforting and familiar, with a kind of timelessness to last through each and every anniversary.

 

3. Chandelier Studio

It’s hard not to love Shannon, the creative powerhouse behind Chandelier Studio, from the first moment you meet her. All of her photographic work — weddings and boudoir — comes from a deeply artistic, deeply collaborative place, and it shows. The focus of her lens and creative practices is on making sure the women and couples in front of the camera feel beautiful, and know they’re beautiful. It’s no small wonder then, that each shot comes out looking comfortable, crisp, and perfectly balanced.

 

4. Rick Saul Photography

Rick Saul approaches each engaged couple in New Mexico with a keen awareness of the fact that his photos will long outlive the ceremony, reception, and even the honeymoon. It’s this knowledge that motivates his work, and ensures his talents are used to encapsulate all the most important moments of the day, whether they are precious and heartfelt, or silly and fun. His photographs are, essentially, his way of cementing your story in time forever, so that they may remind you of your unique love for decades to come.

 

5. Shutter Force Photography

To finish just as a strong as we started, we’re wrapping up here with Shutter Force Photography. Although we just did a special feature on the husband-and-wife photographer duo, it’s worth reiterating that their fun and loving approach to photography is totally unparalleled. Meagan and James, as they’re also called by, cultivate real, genuine relationships with their couples. It’s with this connection that they are able to express the inexpressible emotions, details, and depth of each love story within their photography.

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2014 Wedding Photography Trend Talk With Affordable Wedding Photography

2014 Wedding Photography Trends Interview with Shayla Edenfield of Affordable Wedding Photography

Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Perfect Wedding Guide: Let’s start out your interview with what all of our readers want to know. What do you believe are going to be the big 2014 wedding photography trends?
Affordable Wedding Photography: I think couples want to get back to the basics. Sure, they want some creative photos or stuff they have seen on Pinterest, but a majority of my Brides and Grooms have told me they want good photos with good scenery but they don’t want weird slanted photos or weird Photoshop enhanced photos. They just want REAL photos of them on their wedding day. Sounds like that’s a given right? I have heard so many horror stories of “my sister received her wedding photos and they were terrible! Her feet were cut off, the tops of heads were cut off, the photos were angled weird.” People want some artistic quality but they also want the basics—Photography 101. As I mentioned I think many people look to Pinterest these days to fuel their wants and desires in a wedding photographer. For me personally, I have really had to adapt to Pinterest and be open to having a bride pull out her cell phone on her wedding day and say, “Here! this is something I want to do.” Which I have no problem with, and most of the time, I can replicate their request! So I think photographers in general are going to need to be open to new fresh ideas of what their couples want to do.
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Perfect Wedding Guide: Thank you so much for your professional insight on upcoming wedding photography trends! Now for a little more info about Affordable Wedding Photography. Can you tell us a little more about your company?
Affordable Wedding Photography: Affordable Wedding Photography has been in business for 4 years. What sets Affordable Wedding Photography apart from the everyone else is that I am affordable! No gimmicks, just affordable and professional! I really pride myself on being very much here to serve the customer and I want each and every Bride and Groom to be completely happy and excited to work with me. From the very first meeting to the very last meeting, I want each couple to feel special and not just feel like they are ‘just another wedding.’
Most of my clients actually end up becoming friends and I keep up with them after their wedding and share in the life experiences they have after the Wedding. Many have called a year, two years after their wedding to do maternity, family photos, or 1st Anniversary photos! I really feel blessed to be able to meet all these wonderful people and not only provide affordable professional photography, but also create lasting relationships with them!
Perfect Wedding Guide: Do you have any wedding photography package information and special Affordable Wedding Photography wedding services that you can provide for our readers?
Affordable Wedding Photography: I only have one package. I call it the Base Package, for $795.00 including tax. This package includes: 5 hours of wedding day photography coverage, a free engagement session with a disc of usually 30 or more finished photographs, a free 8×10” framed photograph, and a wedding DVD of approximately 300 or more finished photographs. I also sign an Image Release Form as well, so they do own the photographs!
We also have the Affordable Photo Booth! My husband, Andrew Edenfield runs the photo booth at weddings. I have two package options for the Photo Booth. 1) If the couple has also booked me for Wedding photography, they can book the Photo Booth for an additional $495.00. 2) If the couple already has a photographer and just needs the photo booth, the price is $695.00. The package for both prices is: 3 hours of Photo Booth time at the reception, up to 300 on-site printed photographs, we provide all the props, and the couple will receive a DVD of all the photo booth images with a signed image release form as well. I also have albums that start at $50.00 and go up from there! They are beautiful albums but also very affordable!
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Photo Credit: Affordable Wedding Photography
Thank you so much for the insightful interview, Shayla!
For more information about Affordable Wedding Photography, please visit:
(505) 331-5311
P.O. Box 15103, Rio Rancho, NM 87174
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