While down visiting my parents and doing a series of engagement sessions not too long ago, I saw a post from one of my dear friends. The poppies were blooming, and this year they covered the hillsides! We couldn’t not set something up! So pretty quickly we had a headshot swap all scheduled and we started looking for outfits. And then the winds hit. Horrific winds. In that part of southern New Mexico, that also means dust storms so thick you can’t see 5 feet in front of you. So we decided that if we were going to be able to do this, we had to hit the hillsides at first light.
I nearly backed out a couple of times. That meant that I had to leave my parents house at 4am AZ time, 5am NM time. I kept telling myself, “It’s worth it. It’s worth it!” And it was! I packed up Ione and took her with me (as I still needed to get her one year pictures), and we headed off into the dark cold morning. And it was cold! I hadn’t planned for it to be as cold as it was, but it all worked out.
The morning light was absolutely gorgeous. Erin had picked out a beautiful location for pictures near Spring Canyon State Park. The light was golden, the flowers were just starting to open up, and we were excited. Ione wasn’t so sure about it all…more on that in a later post, but it was so fun to be out there with a PhotograFriend, doing what we love. We ended up playing for nearly 3 hours!
So today I’d love to introduce you to Erin with Sunshine Picture Project! Erin and I think so similarly; I love bouncing ideas off of her because I know that she’ll always get me. Erin studies everything out and pours her heart into all she does. She’s smart, beautiful, fun, and incredibly talented. I love every conversation we have, and I love getting to shoot with and for her so much.