It's nice to have a willing model on a location check.
I’m always on the lookout for great places to take portraits. And I’m blessed to live in a beautiful part of the country, and in a city with plenty of amazing backdrops.
This weekend, I was scouting out a location for a large group shoot. So, off the National Hispanic Cultural Center we went. It’s a gorgeous facility, with great architecture, and the most interesting walls around. This shot is of Kristin, in the purple wall outside the Disney theater. There are gorgeous, New Mexico brown adobe walls. Maroon and red walls. Purple (two different shades). Brick floors as far as the eye can see. And it’s all outside, bouncing that gorgeous New Mexico light around.
Shooting portraits without a studio, relying only on the beauty around, has given me the opportunity to re-examine the community I’ve lived in for almost 20 years. To find the beauty, to appreciate the color and vibrancy. To see my world with new eyes.
Some of my favorite places? The botanic garden, the foothills, and the painted fence downtown.
What are your favorite places to shoot portraits? Where do you get the best light?
(c) Nancy Newell Photography
It had been a crazy few weeks. My hard drive crashed. My backups were less than reliable. Fortunately, my Apple Care hadn’t expired yet, and I experienced a computer miracle long enough to retrieve everything I needed and wanted off of the drive.
My children are back in school (kindergarten? already?). And life is settling back into what passes for normal around here.
Needless to say, it was a true pleasure to get out and shoot some senior portrait shots for Chelsea. We danced between rain showers, enjoyed some beautiful light, and made good use of the old stone house up by La Luz trail. She was a joy to work with! Thanks Chelsea, and congratulations on your senior year!
(c) Nancy Newell
I told Allison we’d get her ears pierced before she started kindergarten. Last week seemed as good a time as any. We talked about how she’d have to take care of them, and what was involved in getting them done. She said she was ready. So off to the mall we went.
She picked out sparkley flower shaped earrings, with a pink crystal in the middle. She sat on the stool, and preened around – very excited and feeling very big-girl. The woman drew dots on her ears, and conferred with me for approval. The gun was loaded (Allison expected all of this, no big deal.). And then the first pierce was made, followed VERY quickly by the second.
Allison said they had stopped hurting about an hour later, and now she says she can’t even feel them. We clean them with peroxide twice a day, and turn them (the technology really hasn’t changed very much in the last 35 years). She looks like a big girl.
She says that she’s the first of her friends at school to get her ears pierced. I’m ok with that – I don’t think this is “growing up too fast”. Other things? Well, other kids can go first.
The girls and I went out for breakfast, opened cards and presents and are going to spend some time in the garden this morning. I truly love being a mom – it fills my heart every day.