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Reed May Photography

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you to and Hayley for reaching out to me to do this post and tell a little bit about my story.

My name is Reed, and I am a photographer from southeast New Mexico.

My journey as a photographer began 9 years ago with my Grandfather sparking my interest as he told stories of photographs he took and the fantastic gear he used. With all of it being film, it was something I never explored, but he began to educate me. He bought me a 35mm film camera with a small selection of lenses to get me started. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated with photography.

During my senior year of high school, I found the “professional” photos taken of my colleagues were extremely expensive. Not everyone could afford them, so they had to resort to whatever they had (which typically wasn’t good). I wanted to change that. I wanted to give people photos they could be proud of for a price they could afford. So, I bought a DSLR and started shooting. After about 30-40 sessions, I was able to pay back my DSLR and gain exceptional experience. It drove my passion for photography even further. Currently, I still provide the same service to people: great pictures, great budget.

Weddings are definitely my favorite type of job. I get to be a fly on the wall and play photojournalist for the day. One of my favorite, and challenging, weddings happened earlier this year.

The venue was a farm with a nice lake in the background and gazebo made completely with stone. The sunsets are spectacular and 100+ year old pecan trees made for an outstanding setting for photos. The venue matched the couple’s style perfectly: Rustic, but not too much. Classy, but casual. It added up to make very authentic photos for this couple.

I rented lenses, camera bodies, and had my brother as a second shooter to ensure I had everything I needed. We even equipped ourselves with radios so we could coordinate where we needed to be. It was a clear day, but the New Mexico sun wasn’t always favorable. It was harsh, spotty from all the trees, and definitely warmer than we would’ve preferred. Regardless of the conditions, we were able to have a great time shooting the wedding and get photos the couple absolutely loved.

For a growing photographer, the scenarios that bring new tests of your skill are what make each new job exciting. When things start to get boring, it’s time for a new approach. Whether it be how you shoot, what you shoot, or how you market yourself, those challenges will cause you to improve your craft and become more excellent at what you do.

Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me and my story.

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