We love photographing senior guys! Meet C, from ASK Academy. This was a fun, outdoorsy shoot with a little of his love of soccer represented. C is smart and funny, and has plans for college when he graduates.

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I’m not gonna lie. I am especially fond of this family. Travis has been our kids’ youth pastor for (what seems like) forever. He has had such a huge impact on so many kids.

This session was done in November of 2016. His family has since moved on, as he was called to pastor a youth group in another state. We miss him, but his impact lives on in the lives of my kids and many others. I’m thankful for the time we had him here, and the influence he’s had on so many families.

Besides that, is this not the cutest little family ever? We had so much fun wrangling those little ones and capturing memories for them, that as they have left Albuquerque, they can carry with them.

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Meet B. She is fun, smart, super active and a real beauty. I had SO MUCH FUN with her and her mom! We hit two locations with a deluxe senior session and were able to get so many amazing shots. This session was in April. Miss B is already off to college. We know you’ll do great things!

{disclaimer: we did NOT write 2017 in the stone… it was already there. We are very much against defacing property, and hold a strict leave-it-as-you-found-it approach to visiting locations around the area.}

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As I get ready to begin this year’s round of Fall family photos, I am going to look back on last year’s sessions. Today we have one of my favorite families to photograph, because {model status}… but seriously, they are fun, they are personal friends of mine, and I have had the pleasure and privilege of helping them decorate their walls with family portraits for several years now. These images represent Fall of 2016 for their family.

We got lucky with some water access to give them a unique look for their photos. We always try to do something different each year. I love that everyone was willing to get in the water!

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support the Garcia family

Our friendship with Isaac and Sarah Garcia started when our church did the I Promise Campaign, during which, they held an auction to raise funds for future buildings, missions, and other things. Church members donated items to be sold at the auction, proceeds to benefit the campaign.

The Garcias bid on, and won, a full family photo session with me! I was so excited when Sarah called to schedule her photo session. Sweet Rebecca had just been born, and she wanted family photos during that fleeting infant stage.

Upon meeting the family, Jason and I learned that Isaac plays the drums in the worship band for Sagebrush at our home campus, High Resort. Their boys, Gabriel and Daniel, were total charmers and loved doting on their new little sister.

Even though I prefer to use natural light for family photos, we went ahead and did the photo session at their home because of the cold December temperatures.

BlogBoard family december


We got some cute pictures of little Rebecca, and some family pictures, but I just didn’t feel that I could do my best work inside their home. Even though Sarah and Isaac insisted that they loved their pictures, I offered to repeat the photo session, free of charge, when the weather warmed up, showcasing their love of the outdoors. In June we completed the retake of their photo session. The kids had gotten so big, especially Rebecca!

blog collage garcia family kids

blog collage garcia family

During the time between our two photo sessions, Isaac had received some news from his doctors: he had a bone tumor in his hip. He would need a total hip replacement at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Isaac’s surgery is scheduled for mid July. He will be out of work for an extensive period of time. He will have a lengthy stay at the hospital in Phoenix, during which Sarah won’t be able to work. She will be juggling Isaac’s care and parenting responsibilities. There will be extensive hospital bills, rehabilitation, and other concerns for this young family.

I try to use the gifts and talents God has given me, in ways that will honor Him. I definitely felt the Lord leading me to bless this family with my photography. I am offering mini photo sessions to contribute to the Garcia family financially. They currently have a Go Fund Me page, to which I encourage you to prayerfully consider donating. If you need family photos, back to school pictures of the kids, head shots for work or social media, birthday pictures, or just about anything else (sorry, no weddings or newborn sessions), get beautiful pictures while taking a little stress off this sweet family! It’s a win-win!

Each session will be short and sweet (great for little ones with shorter attention spans!) and full of fun. We’ll capture some lovely photos, which you will receive via a download link, along with a print release, within 48 hours of your session. Photo sessions will be held at sunset at a beautiful park in Rio Rancho. You will pay me, but 100% of the proceeds will be turned directly over to the Garcia family.

These limited sessions will take place July 18-22nd during sunset. Please call or text me at (505) 306-8938, email me at cindyellishotography@gmail.com, or message me here on the website to schedule your session or with any questions! Please share with your friends! The more, the better for the Garcia family! Thank you for partnering with me to bless the Garcia family!

One more thing: please pray for Isaac and Sarah as they walk through this trial. I am praying for complete healing for Isaac, and peace and comfort for both of them. God is good!

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