I will never forget White Sands National Monument. It ist he most magical and peaceful place that I know. So much beauty. Many people that live around Alamogordo, NM want me to shoot their sessions at White Sands. As there is a lot of military here in the area, people are moving a lot, stay for a few years and will be deployed somewhere else. To remember this stunning place, many families booked their sessions out at White Sands with me. I even booked seniors, engagement couples and families from other States of the U. S. who were drawn by the beauty of White Sands.

Some weeks, I booked four sessions out there and I got never tired of it. Of course, taking photos out there is not as easy as it seems because the sun is very bright and the white sand reflects it even more. To get the right skin color, I try to be careful with the direction of the sun that skin tones look nice and even. There is no shadow to work with and when you have people with no hair in front of you, it makes it even harder. An overcast day would be perfect out there to achieve the perfect colors.

But everybody has so much fun out there, in the biggest sand box of the world. And everybody is happy and enjoyes the magic. Jumping, running around, digging, sliding, all these things are possible for all kinds of ages.

My time here in Alamogordo is over. Since my husband has been deployed here at Holloman Airforce Base since 2009, we have had the possibility to get to know Alamogordo and surroundings as well as the U.S while traveling. Now, we are moving back to Germany and a new chapter in our lives will begin. We will never forget the time here in Alamogordo with its kind people and the sunshine. 

The following photos show a German family that moved to Alamogordo, just last year. They come from the Baltic Sea and love the beaches so much that White Sands created the perfect environment for them. Look, these pictures tell their story.

Planning a wedding is a wonderful adventure, but can also be stressful, and you already know why. The details are too important for the day that has to be the best of your life, and you can’t afford to overlook anything. The best way to start your planning is by picking a theme. A recent trend across America and Europe has been country-themed weddings. If that’s the route you also want to take, you can narrow the most important factors to consider in three main categories.

First off, to create the best atmosphere for a rustic wedding, choosing the right venue is critical. Don’t be surprised if many venues are booked 12-18 months in advance. You may not be able to book your dream venue, but that shouldn’t discourage you. Given the popularity of this theme, there are more options than ever! When people think “rustic wedding”, it’s common to think of holding it in a barn. But in recent years, people have been moving to outdoor venues. Many couples choose to have their rustic wedding by a pond or river. You can encourage that same country feel in a beautiful outdoor location just as you would in a barn. Ultimately, what makes a wedding rustic isn’t just the setting, but the people and eventually their outfits, too.

When it comes to outfit, nothing says country weddings more than a pair of cowgirl boots for the bride and cowboy boots for the groom. Cowboy boots aren’t just a part of the outfit. They also celebrate the tradition of another era and the genuine values that these couples embody. Stylists and photographers usually recommend that the entire wedding party wears them to have consistency in the pictures. It’s not by chance that the historic leather brand King Ranch Saddle Shop, that has been selling traditional cowboy boots for decades, has recently noticed an increasing demand from engaged couples and wedding parties in general. Speaking of the outfit, suspenders and bow ties are another must for the men, while lace dresses are ideal for that rustic-feel for the ladies.

Lastly, let’s talk about decor. Here is where the fun comes in, because it’s your opportunity to be creative and make the details a remarkable moment for you and your loved ones. Using wild flowers in your bouquets and centerpieces is a nice way to add color to the rustic atmosphere. In addition, think about the chair and look for something that’s comfortable, but doesn’t compromise the theme. The more creative you are, the more spots you will have for fun pictures with your guests. A fun idea is always to place some hay barrels around your the tables!

Are you ready to start planning the best day of your life? Have fun!

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Before any photo session, I ask my customers, especially new customers, to meet me in person that we can get to know each other before the shoot. That gives you more confidence. And all of my clients do feel better when they get to know me.

Of course, when you think about being in front of the camera makes you feel uncomfortable. Most people are like that. And for boudoir shoots, this session is even more intimate.

I am a very direct person who tells you exactly which pose looks good and which one doesn’t work for you. I direct you to every single move you do and pose you as flattering as possible.

What can you do to feel comfortable during your boudoir session?

I will say now that once you start, you will soon find it is comfy and actually liberating. But I recognize you might not believe that while you are waiting!

So, if you want to be prepared here are some quick tips.

  • Bring Your Own music. I always have songs playing all through a session, but if you want to bring along your own tunes then please do. Especially if they will help you out to get in the mood.
  • Have a laugh. If you’re feeling a bit self-conscious acting out in front of the camera, don’t worry, simply giggle. Laughter is a excellent relaxer.
  • Take a break. You are completely in control throughout the boudoir photoshoots. If you just want an instant then just say so.

I don’t suggest you drink for your session, while it might seem like a fine idea, it isn’t really.

You may be worried about being undressed in front of me. You will find me, courteous and professional all through your session. I am very comfy with the procedure and you will be too.

That’s what my clients say about their session:

Tasha:

I can’t say enough great things about Karina. My latest exspirence entailed a boudoir session at Karinas home. I would have never contiplated such an idea before meeting Karina. The session was great. I felt very comfortable for being so far out of my comfort zone. It was such a great exspirence to do something like this for my husband. We laughed and I never felt rushed or apprehensive. I highly suggest if you ever contemplated a boudoir session or any session for that matter Karina Schuh will not disappoint. Her customer service goes way past the photo session. When it comes to editing and choosing the prints she is magical in that department as well. It’s always a memorable expirence.

Doro:

I was very nervous when I arrived for my boudoir session at Karina’s house. I had never done a photo session like that before and was anxious about how I would feel and act in front of the camera. And of course I was nervous what the pictures would look like. But Karina made me feel comfortable right from the beginning. There was not an awkward or uncomfortable situation at any time. I felt comfortable and relaxed. Karina had many great ideas how to pose and also picked up my ideas and turned them into great poses. She took her time and had me try out different poses, locations and outfits. This photo session turned out to be a lot more fun than I hoped it would. Karina did not only make beautiful pictures she also made me feel beautiful the way I am. Thank you so much for this great experience and the wonderful pictures. My husband loved them as well. I wish I lived closer to do it again.

Christin:

Karina, you are an amazing photographer. I had such a great time with you on the photo-shoot and i love my pictures. You made me feel comfortable and gave me the confidence I needed. Thank you so much for this awesome experience

And sometimes, anything can happen during your session!

This year’s Easter Mini Sessions take place at my studio. I love the clean way of high key photography. My setup is simple and playful. These mini sessions for little children are done very fast and playful. The kids love to play and they don’t like to pose in front of the camera. Therefore, I love doing them this way. They are having fun playing with the Easter decoration and get treats for being so fun to watch. Children are so important. Every age and every new stage should be captured and documented. Like that we can always remember and look back at these times. 

I’ve been capturing Julias boys now for over a year and they have changed so much. Julia is a mom who wants to create these memories and loves hanging her photos in their house to remember. The kids quickly forget about the session but when they see their pictures hanging, they remember that this was so much fun. These are unpayable memories. Thank you Julia for being such a big fan of my photography. Samuel and Jonathan are beautiful boys and they are growing so fast. Their grandparents and family in Germany will be so happy about these little memories as they can’t be here with your family and don’t see them growing.

It is so important to share photos with family in friends, especially when they are living far away. 

 

 

A great portrait is a hugely important part of how we present ourselves – but it doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. Weather it is for your social media account, your website that need to stand out, your company’s portraits, or for a job application,  in the commercial climate of extreme competition, having a unique and creative headshot is essential. Your photograph will give an immediate impression of you to your customers or future business connections.

A business head shot does not take a lot of time but the more time you invest, the better the selection of your photos to choose from. For some people it is very important to get their make-up and hair done before and for others it is not that important. Depending on how you feel best, we are creating the best atmosphere to make you look the best. Business Portraits can be done in the studio. There is a selection of different backdrops. They can also be done outdoors, called environmental head shots, and they can also be done at your work place in your everyday environment. There are a lot of options depending on your needs.

When considering clothing options, texture can be terrific. Avoid baggy clothes. Avoid bright patterns. Your clothes should fit well so you don’t appear boxy. Dark colors (deep red, blue, green and black) usually work the best, but sometimes bright colors can be amazing (see some of my work). Choose colors that bring out your eyes (if you have blue eyes, look for nice grey/blue shirts as well as pure blue). Generally, keep the shirts darker than your skin tone (though white and cream tones, especially for women, can be gorgeous).

For men, layering is wonderful- a blazer and collar shirt, for example, or a t-shirt and light fall jacket. Also, thermals, crew necks and v-necks are fantastic!

For women, layering can work as well, but it’s usually a good idea to keep it simple. Sheer material is very nice, and spaghetti strap tank tops, scoop necks and v-necks are wonderful. Make sure to keep your neckline open. By the way, any of these rules can be broken to great effect. Bring whatever makes you feel attractive, even if it is contradicting everything I just wrote.

Take a look at my work and let me know how I can create a great photograph for you.

This is my latest work! Thank you Homeowners Financial Group Alamogordo!

https://karinaschuhphotography.com/galleries/business-portraits/

 

Miss Rachel

I met Rachel at the Gym last year in the spring when she started teaching classes for bootcamp and body blast. I love her way she is talking as she is from England and talks in British English. Her workouts are very tuff but I like it a lot.

We also got together for some dinners and a friends farewell party. While talking about everything, she mentioned that she was teaching children’s dance classes. That is what is Misss Rachel’s Dance Academy is all about. Rachel teaches children from under three through the age of about 12 in dance/ballet. Rachel asked me one day to take pictures of the little dancers for their dress rehearsal mid of December. I noticed that she got very busy with ordering all these beautiful costumes and fitting them for each individual child. Last year, she taught 10 dance classes, this year, in 2017, there are even 4 more classes she is teaching. The kids love her and her classes . She is doing a wonderful job.

Mid of December, I packed all my equipment and set up a studio inside the movie theatre on HAFB, where the dress rehearsal took place. Class after class came in and got their pictures taken. In between, I got the chance to sneak and see the little dancers up on stage. Rachel, in front of the stage, jumped and danced with the little ones that they know what they are doing. It was wonderful. The time passed so quick during picture taking. These kids were very special in their costumes, the girls even got their hair and make-up done to look pretty for the photos. It took me 2 afternoons to take all the photographs of 64 children and their team pictures.

During Christmas time, it is really hard to find any assistant to help me with those pictures. When I wrote this Facebook post that I am looking for someone that can assist me during the time I am taking the dance pictures to collect the order forms and money, only one person answered. Wow. She is a mom of two girls dancing in Rachel’s classes. I met Katharina when I had set up my photo booth. She arrived with her two children and during the big daughter did all her dances, the little one was so brave and stayed with us. Katharina helped me and did a wonderful job. Thank you so much Katharina, without your help I would never have done that job like we did it together. Katharina even came the second day and asked me to help. It was so amazing that she helped me without knowing me before.

Thank you Rachel for this wonderful opportunity. I had so much fun and the pictures turned out great.

This is a little selection of some of the photos we have taken:

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I am very excited for this young couple from Maryland who are getting married on June 28th, 2017. This new year will be so exciting for those two that found their destiny and want to change the world together and want to prevent poverty through education. Davinia is a global citizen because she believes no matter where in the world we are, we are all connected and she wants everyone in the world to have an opportunity for a greater life. Global citizen aim to end global poverty by 203o and she does her part through education.

I have asked Davinia how she wants to safe the world and she answered:

“I was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica. Education offered me my freedom. The freedom to live life on my terms and the opportunity to dream beyond my wildest dreams. I am the first one out of my family to graduate from high school and college. I immigrated to the US 12 years ago. For the past three years I have been using pennies to educate girls in developing countries. Why pennies? People are skeptical about donating which is understandable. Furthermore, pennies aren’t valued and it’s said to say but this is how girls are viewed worldwide. This reality is quite heartbreaking. Girls are valuable! Girls are worth it! There are currently over 62 million of girls not in schools and I refuse to stand aside and accept this. To change this, I have committed my life helping to give girls the opportunity of an education from the pennies I collect. I educate girls through Girl Rising. I collected over 700,000 pennies and have sent over 128 girls to school. The goal is to educate girls single where no matter their geographical location. Education is a basic human right no one should be deprived of!!!”

Davinia is getting married to Nick and her mother who died about a year ago will hold her hands over this beautiful couple. Davinia loved her mom a lot and talks about her as if she were there. Her mom believed that this love will be a great one even when Davinia did not think about being together with Nick at that time. 

I, as a photographer, feel very privileged that this couple from Maryland has chosen me as there engagement photographer. Thank you so much! I loved every minute of your session and the photos turned out wonderful. 

I wish you, Nick and Davinia, all the BEST for your exciting future together. 

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NancyThis is Nancy. Nancy was looking for a photographer that would take pictures of her family reunion on Thanksgiving 2016. Thirty one years ago, Ed and Nancy moved from Chicago to a beautiful ranch in Bent, NM where they still take care of many horses. It is a beautiful place out there. She found me by asking people at her church if they knew a good photographer. They didn’t but did a research and this church family recommended me, Karina Schuh Photography, to Nancy.

Nancy called. Her voice was full of energy and she explained that her two daughters and her son will be here with all her ten grandkids + partners to celebrate Nancy’s birthday at the same time. She expected twenty two family members to stay at the ranch. I offered Nancy to meet that I can get an impression where she wants to get the photos taken. So, I went to Bent and visited this beautiful place with many trees, grass, a little stream that runs through their property, and a beautiful little house. Ed and Nancy have shown me their property and explained everything to me and also what she wants her photos to look like. I made suggestions and explained my point of view. We wanted to include their property and the surrounding mountains and were hoping to have some fall colors for Thanksgiving.  When I left, I already felt very good. I liked Ed and Nancy from the very beginning and she told me later that she felt the same. We stayed in contact and I came back another time before the big family reunion when we talked about what to serve to the family during the whole week and which restaurant might be good for deliveries etc.

When I came home that day, I talked about that to my husband, Michael. Without big thinking, he said he would cook a German dinner for these twenty two people. Nancy got very excited about that and discussed that with her family. They got excited, too. My husband marinated the meat for a ‘German Sauerbraten’ that he wanted to prepare for the birthday party.

On Thanksgiving, I brought Michael with me to be my photo assistant as I knew the property is very large and with so many people I just wanted to be on the safe side concerning lighting and equipment etc. The big family was getting ready, everywhere, in this little house were people. We took the truck to bring my equipment to the first location for pictures at the ranch. All people were in a good mood, shared stories and laughters. I started doing my job and posed the family for their photos. Randy, Nancy’s son was very helpful and pulled out a picture list where he created groups and told them who would be in the photo and who would not be in the photo. That helped me tremendously. Michael took care of my lighting, and the horses tried to get to my equipment on the back of the truck ;-). It was wonderful, the weather was gorgeous, the people were happy, everybody had fun.

After finishing the sessions, we explained them the dinner for the next day. They decided to celebrate Nancy’s 80th birthday on Friday, November 25th. They invited us to have dinner with them. Arriving at home, I uploaded the photos from the day. They turned out amazing. The lighting was perfect and the location was stunning. I became excited to show them the next day.

On Friday, Michael prepared the ‘Sauerbraten’, red cabbage, and together we formed many dumplings. We loaded up our car and drove over to Bent where the family just came together after a big hike in the mountains. I connected my laptop to their big TV screen, and together, we went through my first selection of the photos. It was wonderful to see the reactions on their faces. That is a moment that I never want to miss anymore, when you get together after a photo session and your customers see the photos for the very first time. As there were so many different groups, it made it hard to decide for the best photos. We decided to do that later. Before dinner, all family members and Michael and me, hold hands in a big circle. Nancy’s youngest daughter started to thank for the come together and thanked her brother and sister for being there for each other, and that all the family members can be proud of themselves and what they have achieved in their lives. I was very impressed and also got tears in my eyes. We have never seen/heard something like that in our family. This family is just very close together. And we are so thankful that we were invited to Nancy’s special day. We had a wonderful dinner and everybody enjoyed the German food and the German beer. 

Thank you Nancy for inviting us to your family. We will never forget this very special photo session with you and your family. We really felt like a part of your family. 

Check out some of the photos of this session! 

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For a photographer, the Christmas-Season starts early, right after the summer. I am always happy when people think of creating their Christmas Pictures during a session or book early enough to get their Christmas cards ordered. And, can you imagine, my Christmas family session was done at the beginning of July by my very good friend and great photographer, Tina from Tina Beltran Photography. Me as a photographer never think of getting my pictures taken until I am so busy with all the other sessions before Christmas, and then it is too late. Our Christmas cards were printed already in August. 

Check some of the cards out that I created for my customers this year! 

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This year’s Christmas photos were taken on different locations in the area of Alamogordo, NM. I had a few sessions up in Cloudcroft, NM where also our session took place. I love the mountains in this area. The forest near Cloudcroft provides the perfect location for a beautiful family session. The kids can climb on the fallen trees and stomps, run around in a nice cool air. It is just a relief and very relaxing up there. Another location that I love a lot is the backyard of very nice people. It feels like an oasis there. They allow me to use their property to create beautiful memories. There are also many nice trees, lots of grass, swings, just gorgeous. White Sands National Monument is the most common location for a family shooting especially the white sand almost looks like snow. People bring their sleds and Christmas decoration out there and are having a nice time between the beautiful dunes. Kids can run around and have a great time. It is just spectacular out there. A nice studio session is also a great choice for a session. With different backdrops you can create the atmosphere the customers want. Especially when the weather is not nice or there is a family with babies, this is the perfect location for the photo shoot. 

All these locations and more can be used for any kind of photo-session, maternity, children, families, senior, engagement … 

Unfortunately, I am fully booked before Christmas. But if you are looking for a photo-session in January and February, please feel free to contact me and you will receive 10 % off for your session. Just tell me that you have read my blogpost! Check out one of my family photo shoots over on Shutterfly’s Christmas photo ideas!

And here are some examples of my Christmas-Photo-Sessions from 2016:

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Andy & Jayne celebrated 50 years of love this year, in 2016! Can you imagine 50 years being married and they have never got their pictures taken. Jayne has shown me a few images of their wedding in 1966 but there are not many and during all these years when their kids grew up until now no family pictures.

Now, with their 50th anniversary, their grown up children were asking for photographs of Andy and Jayne, so, I got the chance of creating their memories.

When Jayne booked their session, I offered to come and check out their property in High Rolls because that’s what their children remember from growing up. We met and very quick I understood that Jayne loves the nature and it’s beautiful colors as much as I do. And we looked for a way to include it in this session. The fall colors worked great for us and we thought of including a beautiful sunset into their session.

The day of the session, we decided to meet at the Trestle Trail in Cloudcroft, New Mexico to take some of their photos. From there, we went down to the trestle and back to their house. So, we did three different locations. And I love all the pictures of them. Even Andy enjoyed the photo session a lot. I had so much fun during their photo shoot. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy, so we decided to not wait for the sunset over the Tularosa Basin that you see from their deck of the house.

After I arrived at home, I started uploading these beautiful photos. Suddenly, I saw the light changing outside my office. I went out on the street and what I saw was so beautiful but in the same time made me so sad that I did not stay with Andy and Jayne. There was this beautiful sunset and the clouds were just breathtaking. I had to take a picture and just went out on the street to catch it. So sorry for Jayne.

Anyways, we had a great session with lots of fun and we enjoyed each location and loved all the fall colors. These are amazing memories that their family will treasure forever!

It is still beautiful outside – Book your Fall Session now!

Contact me: www.karinaschuhphotography.com or call: (575) 415-5593