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When the weather is bad … rain, wind, heat| Family Photography in Alamogordo/High Rolls, NM | by Karina Schuh

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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A new Family Member at my studio|Due to a windy day the outdoor session went indoors| A Family with a Newborn | Alamogordo New Mexico Family Photographer

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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