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!

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What is your favorite location in the Area of Alamogordo, New Mexico for family photography. With little children especially, I always try to go shoot at locations in the area where the kids will have fun running around and discover the area.
With this special family, I just had my third photo session with me. It is very special to me that I am able to create their memories and see how the kids are growing up. Thank you so much.The locations that we have chosen for these family-sessions are fun for little children. There are endless possibilities to keep them active and curious. Whether playing in the sand or sliding down the dunes at White Sands National Monument, or climbing trees, running around in the grass, playing with the chickens, or having fun in the water, here in Alamogordo, you find these different locations. Alamogordo, don’t only offer desert, there are mountains, little streams, beautiful yards, and playgrounds, where each session can be different. And the good thing here is, most of the time it is sunny.

I had my first session with Bea and her family in May 2015. In April this year, we decided to do a family session at White Sands. We had to reschedule their session and still got so much wind. White Sands not always works for photo sessions. It was very windy, we tried to enjoy this beautiful place but it was really hard to stay focused and create their photographs. The sun was shining harsh from the blue sky, Peter had many problems to keep his eyes open because of the brightness with the sun and the white sand. After this experience, Bea did not give up for her family photos. So, we decided to wait a little while until the windy season is over. On a beautiful day beginning of June, we decided to go up the mountains where we could find beautiful greenery and a little stream. It was such a big difference to see the family relaxed and having fun, not squeezing their eyes.

Every location is different, the dessert New Mexico’s has also beautiful scenery to offer.

Book your session with Karina Schuh Photography and together, you and me, we are creating your memories of this area!

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Finally, it is the end of the spring season. During the last few months, I had to reschedule many family sessions due to the bad weather. Especially, the wind gave my clients a hard time but one time we also got rain.

Last Tuesday, the weather was perfect during the whole day. Mica booked her family session for 6 pm in High Rolls. When I drove up the mountains, the sky became darker and darker with a huge cloud. When I arrived there, the son was already gone … Too bad, it was too late to reschedule their session. But we got the best out of the bad weather.

I saw their beautiful green yard with many cherrie trees that were full with red cherries. I wanted to taste them. That looked beautiful. I set up my equipment, I knew I had to handle quickly before the rain starts, so I did. I started to take the first photos in front of the trees and tried to find a different place to pose the whole family of 9. We run towards the fountain that is in their backyard to get everybody sitting. Walking there, I even got to pick a sweet cherrie. I would have loved to pick some more, so delicious. I also saw their beautiful backyard that every photographer would wish for as a location for a family photo shooting.[singlepic id=268 w= h= float=none]

After taking a few photos at the fountain, it started to rain, to poor … I did not want to stop taking their images as we just had started. I quickly asked for a patio, and yes, there was a patio where we all run over to. The rain got stronger and stronger. It poured down that I also could not allow my photo equipment become wet. We had to stay underneath the patio and finish up the session there. But we all had a lot of fun and the photos turned out really nice.[singlepic id=266 w= h= float=none]

If you book your session and you see upfront the weather would be bad, as a photographer, I don’t have a problem to reschedule your session. I am open to everything. It is probably often best to reschedule than not to say anything, especially when it is windy, women often have long hair that would fly around and in their faces, for babies it would not be good at all to have them in the wind. Even when you think the weather is too hot, especially when you book White Sands National Monument, it would be better to find a better time for the session. Please talk to me and I will do my best to find the perfect appointment for your family.

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Grandma Sandra from Texas contacted me a few days before baby Sandy has arrived into this world to book a family session. Sandra lives in Texas and would visit her family here in Alamogordo during the Memorial Day Weekend. It was hard to schedule her session as my family planned to be in Phoenix for this weekend. But Sandra arrived early so we could plan for May 26th.

Part of this photo session would be her mom as great grandma, her daughter and her daughter as well as her son, her daughter in law with her two girls and of course baby Sandy. She asked me to do some individual images from the newborn and family pictures. The plan was to take the family outdoors for a session in the area of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Sandra sent me updates about the birth and we planned the session, decided for the location etc. I have to say that I was already booked that day as I had to take pictures of the graduation rehearsal at Alamogordo Tiger High School. So, we decided for the afternoon. To win more time, I asked her daughter in law Skyla to come and see me with the baby a couple of days before. [singlepic id=261 w= h= float=none]I met Skyla and Sandy two days before the family session and to take Sandys Newborn photos. Sandy was very excited and did not want to sleep at all. As I prefer natural looking newborn photos we decided to go with them. [singlepic id=260 w= h= float=right]

Grandma Sandra arrived in Alamogordo on May 25th, the family session was still planned for May 26th in the afternoon. Unfortunately, one family member would be missing, her son as he had to work that day. On May 26th, the weather in Alamogordo was really windy, too windy for a newborn. Even for the family it would not have been comfortable in the wind, especially most of  the girls have long hair that would fly around in the wind. Too bad that I was not able to offer them an alternative appointment for the session. I talked to Sandra to find a solution and offered her my studio.

Sandra talked to the others and spontaneously they decided to go for the studio. I was so glad to be able to offer my studio where I can also create wonderful family photos. Look by yourself. The result is beautiful. I love the images. And also look at their wardrobe. They arrived well prepared all in pink.

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Sandra and her family was wonderful to work with. I am happy to be able to create wonderful images and memories for them that they will never forget and can show to their kids and grandkids when they grow up.

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“A day in a life” of a family is giving you the real smiles! Documentary photography is great for families with little kids that don’t have patience to pose in front of the camera.

When I took this families photographs, I started by doing a regular family sessions (photos not shown here) before I went with them to their home. At the regular session, these kids did great but were bored very quickly and just wanted to play and run around. That is a good thing. After about an hour shooting outdoors, we went to their home … And now, these children were totally different. They wanted to show all their toys to me and what they can do at home. They were not shy at all anymore and we had an amazing time. At home, children feel just safe and they know their environment, and they want you to be part of that.
I got the possibility to catch expressions that I would have never been able to at a family sessions. These images show their true personality.

For this session, I am part of your family life! These sessions are best for you and your family to preserve every day life! Perfect to prevent ‘fake smiles’ of your children in posed family photos. You will see images that are not posed.

The FUN includes capturing your every day life in an environment where you feel best – at your HOME. We will create images of your daily life such as story time, play time, bath time, family activities with endless possibilities like playground, bike ride, trip to the local ice cream shop, grocery store, play in the sprinklers, wash the dog or the cat.

What if you could fast forward 20 years and have a visiual reminder of the beautiful details of what your life once was? Revisit those memories.

It will be a great time capturing the non-posed portraits of your children, hugs and kisses you get, time out, but mostly all the LOVE of your family!

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During a family session with visitors from Germany, this little girl just needed to play and have fun all by herself.

As little kids are very impatient during a photo session, what is absolutely normal, I always do the posed family pictures right at the beginning and go over to a documentary photography style while the kids are playing and having fun. I am patient and try to motivate them.

Look by yourself at little Amy’s different gestures and faces ;-).  I absolutely loved creating these memories that they will never forget.

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Jayden was exactly 3 years old when I was honored to create these amazing memories of a family who will return to Germany soon as their tour of duty with the German Airforce is over this year. This beautiful family of three had so much fun playing cowboys during a photo shooting. Outdoor Sessions are great for families with little kids as they run around and discover their environment and want to try out everything. Jayden did not want to stay very long on one place which is totally fine. He enjoyed absolutely the swings, the wheel, climbing on the fence, playing on a trailer, or posing in front of the old car. He was just in his element. These photos came out great and they will have these keepsakes forever and will always remember their time in Alamogordo, NM.

I wish this family a great start in Germany and nice memories of the desert!

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