Kelsey and Adam escaped the heat in Oklahoma to enjoy a July wedding at the El Monte Sagrado here in Taos, NM. The wedding party of 14 included five bridesmaids and five groomsmen, two ushers, the attendant for the flower girl, and the flower girl…who is also a Miniature Dachshund (“Tootsie”).
Kelsey and her bridesmaids got ready in El Monte’s Kama Sutra suite. This suite is a favorite for wedding day as the hand carved wood in the room features couples engaged in various sexual positions.
Heather Miro (et al) perfected the bridesmaids hair and makeup; Mercedes Valdez, owner of Elegante Florals, designed gorgeous bouquets and adorned the altar floor with white rose petals.
Yvette has an exotic look that photographs so well! We scheduled this photography shoot because Yvette has never had a professional studio session before; she is an awesome model and I love helping her build up her portfolio!
I have recently learned that boudoir photography became popular in the United States in the 1920’s when very affluent married couples would commission a photographer to take elegant “bedroom photos” to hang in their house. These photos sessions usually featured only women, and almost never were the subjects in the nude.
Emily Quintana is a beautiful 17 year old graduate from Taos High School. She received her diploma at the end of May 2011 and plans to continue her education at UNM in Albuquerque. We took some amazing pictures of Emily alone, Emily and her boyfriend, her brother, and her entire family.
Mike and Donna enjoyed their wedding ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, and celebrated their marriage with their friends and family at a private party and reception in the gardens of Sabroso Restaurant and Bar in Arroyo Seco, outside of Taos, NM. The guests enjoyed happy hour while listening to The Jimmy Stadler Band. Dinner featured a pig roast, prepared to perfection by Chef Tim. The gorgeous cake brought a tear to Donna’s eye as she said, “It’s perfect.” The cake was done by Ann, Sabroso’s incredible pastry chef.
Misty and Mike Bruce of Upgrade Taos are the people to call for all of your PC and Mac, hardware, software, website, and “help me” computer needs. Is your website having a hard time showing up on Google? Misty knows all the search engine optimization secrets to keep your website above the rest! Is your computer slow and acting funny? Mike knows the insides and outside of all computers and can usually fix your computer’s problems in one day! Misty and Mike’s son is brilliant with computers too, it only makes sense that he would be a part of the Upgrade Taos business photo session.
There are many different options for your wedding and reception site when you choose El Monte Sagrado for your wedding site. The Rio Terrace is perfect for an outdoor reception or your cocktail hour. With beautiful mountain views, a gorgeous green lawn, and a contemporary patio area, the Rio Terrace is a stunning place to socialize and celebrate your special event.
After ten years and three children, Nicole and Miguel decided to finally make things “official.” Nicole and Miguel’s wedding ceremony took place in Cerro, NM, a small village outside of Questa. Their wedding was on June 11th and it was very smokey from the Wallow Fire in Arizona. The morning was windy and the smoke was pushed aside for beautiful sunset shots with the bride, groom, and entire wedding party at the Taos Country Club reception later in the night. We had an amazing sunset of pinks and oranges which was spectacular for romantics and family portraits on the pond at the golf course.
The Taos Country Club in Ranchos de Taos, is an amazing place to hold an event. From a photographer’s perspective, every angle at this venue is incredible. With views of both the mesa and the mountains, the country club is a perfect spot for a outdoor wedding. The golf course offers a green background which is otherwise difficult to find in this dry area of the southwest. The indoor ballroom is adorned with dark vigas which offer a beautiful New Mexico look in photographs. Here are a few samples of some of the fantastic photos I have captured at various weddings, receptions, and other events at the Taos Country Club.
Jolynn and Manual are both from Mora, NM and came to Taos for a beautiful wedding at El Monte Sagrado. This couple had a guest list of over 125 people which is quite large for a Thursday wedding ceremony, but quite small for a New Mexico wedding (many times the guest list is over 350 people)! The bride and bridesmaids had prior experience in flowers, so they designed their own bouquets which really look stunning in the photographs. The wedding cake you see is a very traditional style of wedding cake from this area. May this lovey couple and their new combined family live “happily ever after.”
Deb wanted to give herself the best 50th birthday present ever–so she decided on a boudoir photo shoot here at Poetic Images by Deanna! Deb brought in some different props (the masks are so cool!) and outfits, and we created photographs that show off this gorgeous woman in various poses: sexy, sassy, classy, unique, and beautiful. Boudoir sessions are for women and men of all shapes and sizes. These sessions are not only fun, but they build up your confidence in the fact that yes, you do look beautiful on camera!