Donaldson Family Pictures | On the Farm in Deming, New Mexico

I don’t know what made me think that I’d be able to easily keep up with blog posts while I have three kiddos at home all day this summer–but I’ve now seen the light. That’s not going to happen, so instead, I’m learning to give myself a little grace and remind myself that tomorrow is another day, and that the to-do list will eventually be caught up.

Tonight’s late-night catch-up post features a session I’ve been thinking about almost daily since I shot these frames. Why? Because in so many ways, it was so incredibly ideal–I loved the whole thing, from start to finish, and I count myself so blessed when clients like Zoe book family portrait sessions!


1) On the way to the Donaldson Farm, I passed a section of dry river bed–and I immediately knew it would be a stunning spot for their pictures. That LIGHT! I did not, however, plan on the gnats. Holy Moly. They were crazy. This family is full of troopers–they totally pretended gnats were not buzzing in droves around their heads, landing on their faces and necks (gah!). If anyone is wondering, yes, I do edit out unwanted, pesky insects. 

2) Zoe, Jeremy and their two sweet kids were AMAZING in front of the camera–I always tell clients to come with their personalities, and to prepare to be relaxed and have FUN. And wow, they took that to heart. They were so chill, and it made for the BEST chemistry on camera.  

3) The outfits. The colors. Perfect combination for a casual summer session!

4) Zoe was a little concerned that 60 minutes might not be long enough for her shy, reserved son son to warm up and smile naturally–but we were fist bumping like old friends within minutes. 🙂

5). I told corny jokes. Kids didn’t laugh. That made me laugh, which made them laugh. I do what I can.

6) There were also foot races, secret handshakes, family pets popping in and out of frame, and group hugs. It. Was. Awesome.  

7) Romping around in alfalfa fields with a sweet family, while the sky literally ON FIRE in the background…that’s a pretty incredible way to spend an evening. 

Thank you, Zoe, for the opportunity to meet, serve and love your family while I captured these precious moments!

Wishing you the best, Erin 


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