Documentary Photography Sessions are a different kind of Family-Sessions. They usually take place at your home. At home, your children feel safe and you can catch the smiles and laughters of them much easier.  The photos are not posed, I just catch the individual moments. Documentary photography works for families with little kids until the age of maybe 8 years. You can play with your kids their favorite games, cook together, or go outdoors where they can jump, ride their bikes, and run through the sprinklers,  etc. Bedtime stories are also a great way to document family-time, play in the bathtub, read them a story, and cuddle each other.

In my latest family-documentary-session, I was looking for something unusual to create their Christmas cards. As it is very common to make Christmas cookies, we decided to document the Christmas baking.

So, I arrived at Melanie’s and Jens’ house. The dough was ready to roll. We placed Lara and Lena on the island in their kitchen that they can easily reach the dough. Lara, the oder daughter jumped right into it and had to taste the cookie dough, then started to make their first cookies. While doing that, she discovered how to play while making cookies. The sprinkles were thrown through the air onto the dough and she just had fun. Lena first had to get used to this situation but after awhile she started to do what her sister was doing and the fun began. At the beginning, they ‘only’ threw the sprinkles through the air and tried a few of them to eat, but then they discovered the flour. The cookies looked great and they had to get more done. They threw the flour through the air and had so much fun. Melanie and Jens first had fun watching the mess but then quickly realized they would have to clean the whole kitchen. Look at these two girls then you know they had fun making Christmas cookies. They got the flour all over and when we had to finish both needed a shower very bad.

I really had fun watching this family during that time even my camera got flower all over ;-). The cookies are delicious. The only problem they have now, these children will never ever make Christmas cookies without creating a mess in the kitchen.

Are you looking for an unusual family-photo-session? Go with a documentary family-session. Together, we are creating these special moments that you will never forget.

Contact me & book your documentary photo-session now and get your Christmas cards for free! 

(575) 415-5593

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Everytime, I am waiting for a delivery, I am ‘on call’, that means that I should not leave Alamogordo about two weeks before due date until the baby is born. Libby’s due date was September 28th, 2016. That meant I had been on call since September 14th. We texted back and forth but baby Abel took his time. My husband planned on going on some trips as the German School was closed for vacation and my cousin from Germany came to see us here. The first weekend in October was a long weekend and my husband planned on going to see the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque. But as the baby did not want to arrive, I did not want to risk to leave for the weekend. Too bad but that’s my work. Sometimes, it is hard to understand for my family that I love birth photography so much as I am very limited during this time. And even for me, it is hard for me too.

Libby was induced on October 03rd in the evening. The next day I stayed very close to my phone and received some updates from time to time. At the end of the day, Libby was 4 cm dilated and until then nothing really happened. I went to bed at 9 pm hoping to get some sleep before I go to the hospital. I was thinking of them and was not really asleep when Caleb sent me a text that Libby suddenly was 9 cm dilated. That’s when I jumped out of my bed to make it on time to the hospital. I ran through the long corridors of the hospital and arrived at their room … on time. Everything was prepared for the delivery. Libby looked very tired from such a long time in labor. At about 10.45 p.m. the delivery started. But Abel took his time to arrive. He did not want to arrive on October 04th so he waited till midnight and finally arrived at 00.03 a.m. All the time of labor and pain was over and forgotten and I had a very happy family in front of me. Congratulations Libby and Caleb. Your son is gorgeous, precious and absolutely handsome.

I can’t find words for the time when parents finally hold their newly born son or daughter in their arms, so much in love. These are the most beautiful moments of my work and I can’t everybody thank you enough for inviting me in such a private atmosphere to create and document their baby’s birth story that they will be able to look back for years to come. Their baby when he or she is grown, they can even look at these beautiful images full with love and precious moments.

Documenting a birth story does not mean that I as the photographer is interrupting the family during labor and birth, NO, I try to stay as quiet as possible, I don’t talk unless I am asked and I am just squeezed behind the bed and try to do my job using my best technical skills to document each individual moment. As it is very hard in the delivery room, I need these technical skills to produce the photos in good quality. I never use flash to not disturb anybody in the room.

After a delivery, the parents and families are so happy and they are thankful when I snap all these beautiful moments that happens right after like first breastfeeding, first kisses, exploring babies body, cuddling, bathing, measuring, and weighing the baby, and when parents or family arrives, I also document these moments.

Thank you for letting me document Abel’s birth story on October 05th, Thank you Caleb & Libby! You are a wonderful family!


Raven and Chris invited me to take their wedding photos during their wedding ceremony in Nogal, NM which is a few miles behind Ruidos, NM, located in a beautiful scenery. The wedding took place in between beautiful nature with big trees, high green grass, and a little creek. Everything has been prepared for the ceremony when I arrived at this beautiful place. Chris was nervous and his groomsmen already had fun. Then the ceremony started, everybody was at their spot, bridesmaids and groomsmen walked in, Chris and the Reverend waited in front of family and friends which were already sitting and waiting for the bride to arrive. Ravens dad welcomed his daughter when she arrived by car and walked her into the ceremony location where Chris waited for her. He was the happiest man on Earth and both of them tried to stay calm when their little doggy was supposed to bring their wedding rings but did not want to go into their direction. But everything ended well – Congratulations Chris and Raven! They had a beautiful wedding ceremony including the following reception with family and friends in a magical place.

Thank you for inviting me! I am honored that I was part of your big day!

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It’s been exactly one year that I took Jamison’s first pictures when he was born. I was the birth photographer when Katie delivered Jamison. I will never forget this exciting and happy day.

Today, I was invited to Jamison’s first birthday party. I am so honored that I was part of it. Especially, during the birth of little Jamison, I got to know the parents of Katie and Jacqujamisone as we spent the night together in the waiting room at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, GCRMC. After one year, I met them all again for this amazing event.

This feels like being part of their family.

Jamison did not change much during his first year, he is just a big boy now. Wow. I even got to hold him.

Many friends and children were invited and all together had so much fun eating pizza, watching Jamison how he smashed the cake, and also after that when the kids had fun on the water playground.


I met Steven and Alysia at the birth preparation class in August at Gerald Champion Regional Hospital in Alamogordo. After seeing my presentation for my birth photography, this couple decided to hire me as their birth photographer.

We met another time to discuss the details, I answered questions and talked about other birth stories. From this time on, we stayed in close contact and Alysia sent me updates from her doctors visits. On September, 10th, Alysia’s water broke about at lunch time. Right away, they went to the hospital to make sure that she is in good hands.

I received my updates about contractions and dilation status while I still had a family session up in Cloudcroft and planned on going to the annual German Airforce Oktoberfest at Holloman Airforce Base. After my family session, I decided to go to the Oktoberfest and still got my updates. At 9 p.m. I left as Alysia was already 6 cm dilated. I arrived at the GCRMC at about 9.45 p.m.

Little Amelia did not have any rush. She took her time. I was sitting in a corner in the room with Alysia and Steven. Steven held hands with Alysia all the time. He really took good care of her. The nurses checked her from time to time and after midnight they started to say that the baby should arrive as the water has been broken for over 12 hours now.

It still took till 3.45 a.m. until Amelia was born. During the delivery, unfortunately, the little girl got stuck with her shoulder behind a bone and Alysia did not have enough power and energy anymore to move her forward. The team at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center did all what they could do to birth the baby. Amelia was born and this team made sure that mom and baby got their best medical inspection as possible.

Alysia is a very strong mom and did a wonderful job by giving birth to Amelia. Both, Steven and Alysia are the happiest parents in the world.

I am still looking back and get tears in my eyes, tears of happiness, tears of helplessness, tears of love!

A birth of a child is a very natural situation and therefore it is the best story a photographer can ever tell.

Thank you so much, Steven & Alysia that I was part of your birth story. I could not be more honored.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I would take family photos for a family reunion, taking place here in Alamogordo, New Mexico. I did not get many information about the family and tried to make a plan for this session.

I got this exciting job and now had to figured out where we are doing the session with so many people. I was very nervous that everything would work out. When I arrived at the location a few people were there but it did not look like a big family. They were still waiting for the rest of the family to arrive at the location. The sky started to cover with dark clouds, the sun was gone, and it looked like rain.

I quickly decided to set up my lights and adjust my camera that we can start right away taking the photos when everybody has arrived. My equipment was set up and I wanted to check the power of my flash output when I noticed that both of my sd-cards were at home in my computer as I had another session in the morning of the same day. My husband was my last chance to get it on time. I quickly called him and fortunately, he was home because it was on the weekend. I became so nervous that it would start to rain before we can even start taking the first photo. The rest of the family arrived and everybody of course had to exchange hugs and welcomes. 35 people needed to be posed and organized. I looked at them and what I saw was that each individual family was dressed in the same colors. From white, over yellow, orange, grey, black, white to blue. That was absolutely amazing to see. I just love the colors. What an amazing family. When I started to pose the families for the group pictures, my husband arrived with my sd-cards, yeah. I was so busy and even forgot about the rain that did not start. I was in my element and I have to say that I love this experience to manage to organize such a big group of people. I felt secure and did my job.

During the time I am working as a professional photographer, I often went through situations where you have to jump over your own shadow, situations where you felt uncomfortable but managed them very well and my customers were happy with my work. Huge groups of people are not that scary to me anymore. I know how to handle the situation, especially by knowing my camera and lights very well. Each situation is different and you have to get it right, there is no retry later. These people came from Canada, El Paso, Las Cruces, and Alamogordo for this family reunion. That does not happen that often that they see each other.

I loved every moment, the kids had a great time by running around, the adults had a lot of thing to talk about and I took photos of each individual family. The individual families dressed in the same colors, wow, that was even better organized than a regular family session. As you can see how mixed up this very last photo of the kids together is, you see why I always suggest wearing the same color range.

Everything worked out great and it did not start to rain. We had a great time!

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Watch my little video that I have created for you on how to prepare for a photo session.

Starting by a simple phone call, I explain all details how I am working, how to prepare for the session, and to get to know each other a little bit before our first meeting. It is also very important for me to find out your personality and what you expect from this session. Are you more the type of customer who prefers to print the photos by yourself or you prefer my professional service to get your photos just created and designed by Karina Schuh. I as a professional photographer have the knowledge to create beautiful artwork with your images when I know my customers better, even knowing their house or just the wall for what we create this piece of art helps me to design a masterpiece.

Starting with colors and sizes that will fit the room, over framing and printing methods. There are so many choices on the market that it is overwhelming for each individual client when they don’t know what options there are.

We as professional photographers have the chance to test and compare professional print labs. We go to conventions and try out new products. Therefore, we have the knowledge and know exactly what works for you.

After our telephone conversation, I can meet you at my office or your home to discuss the different options, or also in Skype. You can even send me the wall including your furniture where you want me to design the artwork.

We will discuss the location, depending on the location, we choose the colors that will work with your family and/or your room. Your wardrobe should be as comfortable for you and also your children as possible. It is also possible to change your wardrobe during the photo shooting.

I always advise to get your hair done if it needs to a few days before the shooting just that you get used to your new hair cut. If you have little children, please bring their favorite toys. We can always include toys or props into your session.

During your Photo Session, together we will have lots of fun, you will be relaxed and feel comfortable. I am a photographer that gives very precise directions what works in the picture and what does not work. I also accept wishes if you bring example photos. I don’t copy these images, we just get inspired by them. And most of the time, we are creating a totally different photo. They never look the same and often these are not your preferred photos from the session.

After your photo shooting, we are setting up a time for another meeting where I will show you a beautiful slideshow with the best images of your session. These images will already be edited after my artistic knowledge. You will love them as you have chosen me as your photographer because you like my style of images that I create.

During your reveal session, we will have a great time together with snacks, coffee or champagne and together, we will select the images to create your photo wall for your home. You can choose what you want, not what I want you to buy. All prints include the matching digital high resolution file.

As soon as your photos, books, or other products will be delivered, I will bring them and show them personally to you and your loved ones.

If you choose the digital version of my service, after the photo session, you will receive the amount of digital files ordered. There is only basic editing involved into this service.

Thank you for reading.

Do you have questions about a photo session? Watch this little video where I answer your first questions that come in your mind. Learn how my portrait sessions work, what wardrobe works good etc. See examples of my work!

I met Antoinette and Joe in April to discuss their wedding day. During that first meeting we got to know each other a little bit. My first impression was, very nice couple with a great sense of humor. Especially Joe was joking the whole time about everything we talked. I was very excited to be chosen as their wedding photographer as I got the impression that will be a very nice wedding to photograph.

For the next few months we stayed in contact. Unfortunately, unforeseen private things happened in their close family and planning the big day became quite difficult. They had to go through a rough time.

It was the night before the wedding, during the wedding rehearsal, when I learned that Antoinette’s dad had to stay at the hospital. Her mom told me that they are hoping that he can join the wedding anyways.

August, 06th, 2016, at 2 p.m., at Saint Francis de Paula church, the wedding ceremony should start. The church looked beautiful with all the decoration, the bridesmaids and groomsmen looked very pretty as all were dressed in red and black. Beautiful dresses for the bridesmaids and very nice shirts and wests for the groomsmen. Joe is a biker, therefore they have chosen the leather wests for them. The guests arrived on time, the priest was ready to open the ceremony. Only one person was missing, Antoinette. Joe was looking at his watch asking mom if she knew something about her, but no. She arrived at about 2.15 p.m. not looking very happy at her big day. Her dad was missing at the church, he was not allowed to attend the ceremony as he was still sick. Too sad. Not only she was suffering, also her Mom was very sad.

The wedding ceremony was beautiful, a choir was singing and the priest has organized it very well.

Congratulations Joe & Antoinette! Now you are Husband & Wife.

Bringing this behind her, also Antoinette looked happy as she just said YES!

They left the church by motor bike, Antoinette on the bike in her huge wedding dress.

They will be a great couple with lots of love, trusting each other and being there for the other half of their lives.

Thank you so much for trusting me as your wedding photographer!

Why do I want to please my customers with more service? | And why are prints important? | Give your home a personal touch all your own | Create artwork for each room with your prints | Portrait Photography by Karina Schuh Photography in Alamogordo, NM

When you hear more service you probably think it actually means higher prices. Not at Karina Schuh Photography. My mission is to make sure you get the best out of your photo session, to make you proud to decorate your walls with photos that show your family and friends at their very best!

Why are prints important?

Hang  your prints on your wall where you and your children can see them every day. Your photos will remind your family of the wonderful times you’ve had together and how fast time passes.

Every family should have not only digital photos but prints are important, too, to pass on for generations.

My studio is different than any other studio

You will see the difference in one glance. Excellent quality prints, wall art, books and any other products of your choice have the distinct advantage of a trained eye to color-correct and balance your photos.

When my clients hire me, they hire a full-service professional photographer who creates artwork for their homes. I make sure that the quality of the product I offer isn’t something they could get on their own at Walgreens, Costco or online. My prints, canvases, books and other tangible products are purchased at WHCC (one of the best professional print labs in the U.S).

Ask me how I can help you put a collage together and frame it with the photos you’d like to display.

Let me tell you my story:

Photos add so much meaning to your life. I know from my own life experiences of growing up in East Germany. Photography was rare and even black and white photos were a luxury. I have only one photo of my grandpa when he was in uniform after World War II, and I have no photos of my other grandad; he died when I was very young. There are precious few photos of my grandmas, now passed away. There are only a few photos of my dad who died at the age of forty-two. My family has had no family portraits taken and no professional photos at all.

It is my own lack of memories in photos, lost now, that I have such a passion for helping families of my clients pass on these most important treasures to keep for a lifetime and pass them on to future generations.

Please call me if you are interested in more information and bookings!  (575) 415-5593 or visit my website!