Joseph Ryan Garcia’s Senior Photographs

Joseph Ryan Garcia’s Senior Photographs

We are well into the new school year and I have been extremely busy shooting high school senior sessions! The seniors are always a blast to shoot; most seniors start out pretty nervous, but after a few minutes we are laughing and the smiles are genuine. I allow seniors to bring up to six different outfits to change into; I love seeing the different collections of clothing, shoes, and jewelry the students bring. I wish the class of 2012 a wonderful school year– I will see you at graduation!!

New Locations Bring Inspiration

New Locations Bring Inspiration

Although I have some fantastic places “up my sleeve,” I love it when my clients have new ideas on where to go for their on-location photo sessions. Places I have never been before are absolutely inspiring. New places make me think, and be sharp and quick about my decisions. Upon arrival I must scan the landscape for the best lighting and backgrounds and view “the big picture” so I can take advantage of both my telephoto and wide-angle lenses. The beauty of New Mexico is that there are always new places to discover; this gives me a never ending enthusiasm for not only my profession, but my passion: photography.

Taos Wedding at Private Residence

Taos Wedding at Private Residence

Danielle and Chris were wed with Danielle’s father officiating the ceremony. The sky was a gorgeous blue and the beautiful Taos fall foilage just beginning to turn. Danielle’s bridesmaids were in black dresses with splashes of red adorning their feet and hair. The majestic Taos Mountain turned a beautiful pink as the sun set on this couple’s perfect wedding day.

The Beauty of Brand New Life

The Beauty of Brand New Life

There is nothing as sweet, as precious, and as innocent as a newborn baby! Poetic Images is here to document the first moments of your child’s life. A new baby is so tiny and expressive, a time that can never be recaptured. We are available to capture your special (new) moments in our studio, at your birth center, hospital, or home.

The Traditions and Customs of Wedding Day

The Traditions and Customs of Wedding Day

There are many different traditions that are part of a wedding ceremony, and many of these customs have been practiced for several centuries. Ciara and Andrew implemented many different traditions into their wedding day, some of the explanations of these traditions are listed below.

Ring Exchange: First marital ring exchange dates back to 4800 years ago!
The Kiss: Token of bonding and exhange of spirits
Bridal Flowers: The bouquet signifies a woman in bloom!
Wedding Veil: A woman’s face covered by a veil means she is spoken for.
The Garter: Was believed (in 14th century Europe) having a piece of the bride’s clothing was a good luck. The bride would throw a garter to keep guests from ripping off a piece of her wedding dress.
Wedding party favor: In the late 1800’s, it was common for the married couple to send their guests home with a cardboard box filled with almonds.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: Originated from Roman Law which required ten witnesses at a wedding to outsmart evil spirits.

(Information on traditions taken from bridallistings.com and wikipedia.com)

Children Engaged in Yoga

Children Engaged in Yoga

Erika Hohn, owner of Octopus Arts Collective, has been teaching yoga to children for 11 years; we took photographs for her upcoming new website! A new resident to Taos, NM from Boulder, CO, Erika is already connecting with children at Shree Yoga Studio as she teaches “Sweet Pea” yoga hour. Erika has a playful personality and a strong musical and dance background; these gifts allow Erika to integrate smiling, chanting, and dance into her yoga classes for kids.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Wedding Ceremony

Our Lady of Guadalupe Wedding Ceremony

There is nothing like a wedding in Taos, NM! Rachel and Seth live in California, but Rachel was raised in Taos and has been dreaming about her wedding day here since she was a little girl. Rachel and Seth tied the knot at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish one block away from the Taos Plaza. The reception venue was Taos Country Club which has gorgeous views and a beautiful green golf course.

¡QUE VIVAN LAS FIESTAS!

¡QUE VIVAN LAS FIESTAS!

The Taos Vacation Guide describes Las Fiestas de Taos as a “time-honored festival preserving four centuries of cultural diversity and tradition unique to Taos.” Las Fiestas began in Taos in the 1930’s and always takes place at the end of July to observe the feast days of Santiago and Santa Ana (St. James and St. Anne).

In my opinion, the best “Fiestas” event in 2011 was the procession, blessing, and dancing of the the Aztec dancers at the San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis) Cathedral in Los Ranchos de Taos. I love the photos, however I do wish you could smell the cedar and feel the high energy and incredible rhythm of these dancers in perfect sync.

A Taos Plaza Wedding

A Taos Plaza Wedding

Danielle and Jon traveled from Dallas, TX to enjoy their destination wedding getaway in Taos. The weather was gorgeous and the New Mexico sky was blue. Cars honked as they drove by and store owners gave greetings of best wishes as we walked around the plaza taking photos and documenting this special day.

Two Year Old Pictures Are a Challenge!

Two Year Old Pictures Are a Challenge!

Little David did not like having his photos taken. In fact, he did not seem to want to see me at all! When I was hidden, David smiled. A lot. This photo shoot consisted of me hiding and acting/feeling like the paparazzi, while David’s mom and dad hung out and played with David in the area we were shooting. Thank goodness we were not at my studio for this shoot, there is no way that I would’ve been able to hide and get these great smiles.

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