Senior Session at Hueco Tanks

Our most recent Senior Rep photo session took place at one of the coolest locations in El Paso; out at Hueco Tanks state park.

Just east of El Paso, Texas, this park is a rock climbers paradise. In fact for years, climbers the world over have visited and found the beauty and the challenge worth coming back to time after time. So this was just a natural location to do a shoot with Chapin High School senior Alex Davis.

My assistant Renee Iglesias and I met Alex and his mom early in the morning for the shoot out at Hueco Tanks. The skies were overcast and holding rain, which meant more flash, but cooler temps too! We had hoped to visit one of the ponds that the park is known for, but they were dry and in much need of one of those clouds holding the goods. We did scale some of the boulder like mountain tops and the natural cliff ramadas that are throughout the park.

We also got a chance to see some of the Indian art paintings that are found on many of the cave like walls, that make this place a gem for archeologists and historians. I don’t know the dating of these hieroglyphics, but park rangers say various people groups have lived there for nearly 6,000 years.

I had a great time with Alex and his mom Judy Davis. They were awesome to work with and such nice people. Judy made for a good grip as she got reflector duties from time to time. I know Alex is going to have a great senior year. He’s a great kid and already has plans to attend Texas Tech were his sister is attending. You can see more pictures of Hueco Tanks and our Session by visiting Alex’s gallery at my website. If you are looking for a great little escape, consider spending a day out at Hueco Tanks. I hope to have many more sessions out there, it’s a great place.

Are People Printing Your Pictures Without Your Knowing?

We love to share pictures with friends and family, it’s a way of connecting. But sharing and giving are not the same, and who can print your pictures should be your decision. As a parent or grandparent in this day and age there are a lot of reasons why allowing unlimited and unauthorized use of your pictures may not be a good idea. If you are a professional photographer there may be more than just sentimental value in protecting your work. We’re talking about actual money that could be pulled out of your pocket.

I came across this blog of AJ Wood, courtesy of another photog friend recently, that raises some concerns over pictures you upload on Facebook. Wood, an Adobe instructor, posts on his site that at least one retailer, Walmart, may allow the use of an application that allows folks to upload pictures from their friend’s list on Facebook and then have those pictures printed up in the store.

I did check Facebook and found that a photo page did exist. I also found pages for Walgreens and Target. I have never visited any of these stores with the intent of testing whether this function exists. As with anything, let the buyer beware. I did go to Walmart’s Photo site and found this page which appears to in fact let you print photos from your friend’s galleries on Facebook. If you check out the AJWood blog there is a tutorial on how to remove this feature so that your pictures remain your property!

Best Ice Cream You’ve Ever Had?

Ok, so today is one of those days where writing anything about photography just ain’t cutting it with me. Of course a nice diversion for writer’s block could be a tasty morsel, especially on a hot day like today. And there is nothing as wonderful as the sound of a clanking spoon rummaging around a bowl filled with ice cream.
So while those beads of sweat are pouring off your brow and your tongue is engorged from heat and humidity, think of that wonderful concoction of milk and sugar and post your ALL TIME favorite brand and flavor.

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Now don’t let the heat melt your mind, this is about ice cream, not something pseudo or Rodeo Drive pretentious – like Gelato (insert THE MOST AWESOME Gelato of all-time found at the Cafe Bougainvillea in Sorrento, Italy), and certainly not something that should be illegal like Ice Milk!! And if your one of those folks who wants to live longer than a forest and only eats Yogurt, nope, nope, nope, this is all about ice cream!

Hailing from the great Republic of Texas I’ve got to give my kudos’ to the amazing Blue Bell Ice Cream and their Peaches and Homemade Vanilla ice cream… man oh man! Besides just cranking out wonderfully consistent good stuff packed in a bucket – they still give you a complete half-gallon of heaven, not some metric measured amount like you find in Blue Jackrabbit and other competitors. And you don’t have to worry about your money ending up in Venezuela saving some endangered termite, like you might suspect with that brand in Connecticut (Insert B and J initials here), this is Tejas ice cream… ’nuff said.

In fact I’ve said too much. So pull out your own bowls and spoons and let me know who and what is the best eating frozen dessert you’ve come across. P.S. Momma’s hand cranked don’t count.

A Happy Anniversary Shoot

Contrary to popular belief, the number 13 is actually a very good number. At least it is this year for friends Brian and Barbara – who just celebrated for the thirteenth time their anniversary.

They decided before going out and having a romantic dinner, to have a portrait session with me first. So we headed out to Memorial Park for the shoot. Despite the stifling humidity, breaking a light umbrella, wayward puppies and wet grass (yes it does rain in El Paso), Brian and Barbara were awesome! Besides skinning up a tree and laying all over the wet grass for shots, there wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do to help make everything work. In fact, I actually kept them over a bit from their reservation time… sorry guys.

Anyway, here’s to another 13, and another 13 after that to you both. It’s easy to see why you two make such a great couple.

Addendum: I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but my New Year … I mean my New July resolution is to pay more attention to this orphaned blog of mine.

Antique Photo Reproduction

There are a ton of folks out there who are turning a buck by restoring old pictures to look new. Well at High Noon Photography we’ve decided to head in the opposite direction and create scratched, faded, and torn pictures for our clients, especially our High School Seniors.

A lot of thanks goes out to Lesa Snyder, one of the best Photoshop guru’s there are, who is also part of the Kelby Training team. Lesa’s great tutorial was the final step we needed to give our images that look that you would find while rummaging through grandma’s photo albums in her upstairs attic.

Here are a couple of beautiful young ladies who decided to use High Noon Photography for their senior pics. With a little work up on our own and some of the steps that Lesa taught, we came up with this. Only thing is that our pictures don’t come with some of grandma’s great cookies and a glass of milk.

One very Cool Family

Well it’s been a while since posting here, lots of changes coming with my studio in El Paso. Pretty soon High Noon Photography will have a new website; more on that in another post.
With the holidays I had a Christmas card campaign and recently did a card and session shoot with an amazing family. When you meet Alfonso and Julieta, they seem like two high school seniors, in that first love. Very rare these days and speaks volumes about the care they show one another. And their kids are at the receiving end of all that love. Catalina, Sofia and Julieta Maria are terrific. Plus put them in front of a camera and watch these little hams work it up. Too funny and too much fun.

It was a pleasure and honor to meet and then get to work with these folks. Thank you to my newest friends, the Marquez Family.

A Moment You Wished Had Been Photographed

Has there ever been an event or moment in your life that you wished had been photographed? Maybe a picture that reminded you of someone you loved or a day that you wished had never ended. I’d like to hear what those moments were. These are your thoughts and it can be anything; your wedding, the birth of a child, a grandparent, a hug, a great meal – or the first time you saw the person you fell in love with.

Leave a comment about your moment, and then check back from time to time to see what others have shared.