Audrey & Michael | Coral & Gray Albuquerque LDS Temple Wedding

I have known and loved this girl since she was EIGHT YEARS OLD! That makes me feel super old, but I guess when you live some place for 12 years, that’s what happens. (In all honesty, this is the first time that’s really happened to me…I’ve never lived anywhere as long as we’ve lived in New Mexico!). 

I love how bubbly and full of personality Audrey is! She’s totally herself whenever I see her, and I’ve loved being able to take her pictures many, MANY times over the years (three in the last year alone!). 

To say I was a *little* concerned about the weather on Michael and Audrey’s wedding day would probably be an understatement…January in Albuquerque, New Mexico can be pretty unpredictable! Warm and calm, or windy and cold—it’s really a game of chance. By the time Wednesday rolled around, it was pretty apparent that Friday was going to be the latter. But wedding photographers are like mail carriers… “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor haiI” can stop us. 😉

When I shoot in the same place often, I feel like I run the risk of sliding into a comfort zone and repeating some of the same stuff I’ve done before. It’s something I actively fight against! I want to give my clients my very best and I know that happens when I’m pushing for something ‘more.’

I’ve shot weddings at the Albuquerque LDS Temple enough to know what I can expect from the light there and I know all the typical spots for family formals, a first look, and bride and groom portraits…so I knew that if I wanted to make something new, I would really need to push myself!
When I arrived in Albuquerque early to scout out locations for Audrey and Michael’s wedding portraits, I bundled up in a wool coat, leggings, gloves and a beanie to brave the cold and wind, determined to make something NEW. The freedom I gave myself to just be creative led me to find SO MANY new takes on this beautiful building.

I’m sure you can tell by looking at the pictures that it was windy, but I honestly think I’ll have you fooled—it was SO MUCH windier and COLDER than it looks! Poor Audrey had to go into the building at one point to defrost, and Michael would envelop her in his suit jacket any chance he got, just trying to make her a little less miserable (scoring himself some brand-new-husband points). By the time we finished, we could hardly feel our hands—Audrey’s were as red as tomatoes!

All I can say is, it was worth it. Scroll to see more–and don’t miss the sunset portraits at the end!!

Audrey and Michael, thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your day, and to memorialize your wedding day! Congratulations to you both!


Erin 🙂

Not everyone was super happy…;P










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