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’tis the season: santa fe family portraits, holiday cards, etc!

This last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing a really lovely family, They were so gracious in re-scheduling due to my family emergency, such nice people, and I rarely say this, being the mother of undoubtedly the cutest kids on earth, but their children were about as adorable as it gets!

Take a look at this great-looking bunch:

I mean, really?! Such sweetness, all around. This is THE time of year to get some family portraits– perfect timing for those holiday cards. Statistically speaking, 99% of people prefer to get cards that include a personal portrait… {okay, so I made that statistic up, but I know it’s true for me!} especially with growing children. Your aunts and uncles and far-away friends are dying to see your family growing! On that note, for the remainder of November through December 4, I’ll be offering holiday mini-sessions, which will include a custom card design– get in touch or keep an eye on Facebook for details.

an unexpected goodbye

This won’t be as chatty as my blog posts usually are. I’m exhausted, I’m weary, and I’m emotionally drained and frankly… I just don’t want to talk too much about it.
But, I need to honor my father, who we lost last Tuesday rather unexpectedly.

This is my dad, with Miss V, in 2005, right before we moved to New Mexico. I don’t want to even think about what camera I was using and its capabilities, but it captures my dad’s adoration of his granddaughter, and it reflects his love for his three daughters who came before her. As we go through photos and other personal mementos, no doubt I will find a lot more with S, as well, and with me and my sisters when we were little, but for now, this is the one that is keeping my heart warm throughout this grief.

Derek Thomas Jenkins
May 4, 1933-October 18, 2011

(also, a big thank you to the three families whose sessions needed to be re-scheduled– I really appreciate your understanding.)

backtracking: santa fe headshots, creative portraits

I’m going back a couple months here, since I somehow never got around to posting a few images from a really fun session. For these, I was asked to take some creative, quality head shots/ portraits for a local actor. It was a blast and I loved the results!

Charming, mais non? Some people are soooo easy to work with, and Patrick knew how to work it like a pro. Hence, the actor thing, right?!

So, yeah! It was a lot of good fun. You all know how much I love squishy baby toes, but I think it’s really great bringing out the personality in grown ups and young adults, too– even big kids usually like to play around in front of a camera! I’m looking forward to more shoots like this, whether they’re head shots, senior sessions, or my “love yourself” package!

where do I start, where do I begin? {santa fe newborn/family photgography}

Well, it’s been ages. I started a new Mon-Fri job and while I dream of full-time photography, realistically it needs to be more like a twice-monthly Saturday gig. The good news is, I love my new job! The bad news is that I put shoots on hold for a couple months while I clambered through the exhaustion of the good ol’ new job learning curve. I feel very settled now, and I actually had a really great shoot weekend before last…obviously updating my blog hasn’t gotten top priority, but here I am…ready to rock & roll again! Where to start?! Well, where better than with the freshness of a new baby and his lovely family?!
baby c, fast aleepr
I hope this image makes you feel all squooshy and lovey and like you really want to have a baby…because that’s what it does for me! Baby C was an absolute doll, perfectly sleepy and content, and yet when awake…both bright-eyed and mellow. He made my work sooooo easy.

Oh my goooodness, right? Now wait till you meet his big sister, the most helpful, loving, gentle big sister I have yet to meet. Miss J was also a stellar model!

So sweet. One more, for good measure and because they are really way too adorable.

And this one… well, I hope it made baby C & Miss J’s daddy positively swoon. There is just nothing like new-mama love, nothing in this world.

I had such a lovely and relaxing time with this family. The aforementioned daddy is a great friend of my husband’s and spending some time with them made it clear to me what really fabulous people they are.
More soon… I have some fun headshots I did a couple months back (right before the new job!) that I never got around to posting. Until then, it’s great to be back in the saddle!

who doesn’t love love?

One of my favorite photos from the day I married my most excellent Valentine.

Now, I’m not the type who has heavy duty requirements for Valentine’s Day. I don’t need flowers, or gifts, certainly not expensive jewelry. A love note, or a carefully chosen card will do. Extra kisses are always great.

On the other hand, I don’t know why people get upset about it. It didn’t make me MAD, ever, even when I was single. I say, if you aren’t madly in love in a romantic relationship– celebrate people you love in other ways. I’m sure your family and friends wouldn’t mind a few extra words of love on Valentine’s Day. You know what I think is a great idea? Passing our those inexpensive kids’ valentines to homeless people, or women in shelters. We all know spreading love doesn’t ever hurt our own happiness.


“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
~Mother Teresa

Anyway, That’s all I really wanted to say. I love love… maybe you can tell by my business name, or the way I gush about my husband and children. Love is out there, everyone. Be open to it.

I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame of that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives.
~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The photo above, by the way, was taken by my talented friends Josette Myrick and Marc Gutierrez— if you are in the Albuquerque/ Santa Fe area and you are looking for a couple of fantastic (and fun!) wedding photographers, let me know– I will get you in touch!

sweet sisters: santa fe child photographer

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of photographing two adorable sisters. Miss M is 6 and her baby sister, Miss G, is 7 months old. Miss M was a sweetheart– confident, friendly, and the girl knew how to work a camera! Miss G was a PEACH, the kind of baby you wish you could scoop up and take home, and even worse, gets you thinking maybe you should have more yourself! Luckily, that feeling quickly dissipates when you return to your own VERY boisterous home.

Look at this FACE. I mean, really?!?

and oh, Miss M, what a sweetheart!

This was my first session with a new camera, which I pretty much am in love with, if it’s possible to crush on electronics. I think it is.

Couple more:

I had such a good time with these little girls!

oh twitter

I kept hiding from twitter. I’m not sure why, except for the fact that I don’t have time to get sucked into any more social media than I already have. But, I give. I think it’s a must. Sadly, I’m already kind of enjoying it. I’ll just need that 25th and 26th hour added to my day now, please.

You can follow me @carolegoeller if you like.

5/52: muse

From the very moment my beautiful girl was born, she has been my steadfast muse. Oh, how I love and adore her equally gorgeous, and forever firstborn love of a brother. Oh, how I am smitten with my handsome, funny, adorable husband. I get the incredible privilege of being step-mama to two as-beautiful-as-mine, glowing, lovely children.

But, when asked to produce a photo of my muse, without a moment’s hesitation, I turn to my dear, sweet girl. Is it her beauty alone? No, not at all. Perhaps it’s partly her passion (she’s fiery and deep and intense– can’t imagine where she got that….), perhaps it’s her raw, open lovingness. Whatever it is, I (and my camera) are drawn to her, and I wish to capture her in every possible moment– sweet, pretty, smart, sometimes silly, and yes… chilly. It was a mighty cold day this morning in Santa Fe. She happens to be wearing two things knit by me– do they go together? No. But that is what she reached for when I told her to bundle up. Maybe the love that goes into knitting for your sweetest ones actually somehow insulates form the frigid outdoors. I hope so.

3/52: shades of grey

This week’s theme is “shades of grey.” Most people are posting black and white shots, but I wanted to see if I could get a shot almost entirely devoid of color, yet shooting in color. I picked four balls of various grey yarns from old projects (yes, I do in fact knit… not very much these days, but I can and occasionally still do.) and placed them on our kitchen table, which has a stainless steel tabletop. In the background is a white (or more accurately, “real-estate beige”) wall. I love how the table and the wall seemed to become one endless canvas. At first some brownish-orangish tones crept in from the ambient light coming through the blinds, but I simply cooled it a bit in Photoshop by manipulating the white balance a touch.
I’m having fun with this project! I’m sure soon I will run into a theme that just doesn’t do it for me, but until then, it’s nice to play around with shots outside of what I usually do these days.

fifty two weeks in a year

I’ve joined up with a bunch of other photographers to do participate in a 52 weeks project; that is I’ll be posting a photo, along a suggested theme, once a week for the entire year of 2011. I am going to try to remember to post them here, too. I’m thinking of it as stretching little-used muscles. Runners? You know how an ice skating session or a long swim can whoop you, even though you are in good shape? It’s because you rarely use those particular muscles, right? And so it goes with photography; I have spent so much of my focus and energy on portrait work lately that I want to stretch my other creative muscles. I’m also taking up a crafty little project which I’ll soon reveal, as well.

Anyway, this week’s theme was “illustrate a song.”

Remember Jet? Are You Gonna be My Girl?
Big black boots,
long brown hair,
she’s so sweet
with her get back stare…

🙂