Ridgewood Event Center has everything from Ponds, Tall Grass, Aspen Trees, a Creek, a Log Cabin like Building and an incredible view of the mountains. This place just offers so many options to get the look you are looking for, from Elopements and Weddings, to Engagement shoots.
Alex- Ah, so we met 5 years ago at work. We both worked at the same job and still work there, together. We work at the Humane Society.
Luay Photography – What were your first impression of each other?
Alex – Her Dimples! Gave me the biggest Butterflys! But…she’s scary and intimidating. SO the first time I was able to get her to smile and I saw those dimples, I was like, wow. I’ll never forget that moment. First time seeing her dimples.
Christina – I’d say, I thought she was really quiet, really put together. Very calm. Any time she’d come around me, she would just get so bright! And SO not calm haha!
Alex – Haha, I didn’t know that! Wow. My Cheeks hurt hahaha! *smiling*
Luay Photography – What is one quirky thing you love about each other?
Alex – OH! She’s a GREAT dancer! She’ll bust a move to any song. It doesn’t matter what it is…Baby Shark…a freakin’ piano Beethoven Song lol. That’s my favorite part haha!
Christina – I don’t really know, honestly just everything. There’s not one specific thing that sticks out cause they all do! She sleeps with socks on now! Hahaha! She never slept with socks on, and I do.
Alex – *laughter* That’s quirky about her! She sleeps with socks on!
Christina – Now she does too haha!
Alex – It’s what I have adapted to lol! THAT is definitely something quirky about you!
Luay Photography – What do you guys look forward to in the future as you grow together?
Christina – I mean as far as kids go like, we definitely do want to have one of our own. Cause I do have one…and she *Alex* loves her so much. Just going through so much that we have already been through, we can’t really…hope and pray for something to happen in the future because, the way that our lives are, it’s just not calm. We go with the flow every single day and we keep strong for that *looks at Alex*
Alex – Yeah, I just want to say that in the future I just want peace, to grow in peace with you and in love. To continue being as strong as we have been and growing, get through everything.
Luay Photography – What’s the most important thing in your relationship that keeps you closer together?
Christina – That’s a hard question.
Alex – Our strength…We’ve been through so much, like any normal couple would have been done and over. The job that we have is so difficult. I don’t know…we are just meant to do this crazy life together and it works.
Christina – And to be there for each other no matter what. To hold each other up.
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Rachel – We met online on a dating site called Zoosk
Luay Photography – What were your first impression of each other?
Dustin – I thought she was cute! I liked what she had on her profile, we matched compatibility wise and we started messaging each other
Rachel – And then when we met in person, it was pretty much love at first sight
Luay Photography – What was your impression of him?
Rachel – When I saw his profile, I thought he was really cute. I liked his pictures, I liked that he was a Blue Collar worker. Then when we met, he was really quiet, but he is really knowledgeable. He’s alot smarter than he seems cause he’s really quiet. We talked for 3…3 1/2 hrs, just non stop!
Dustin – I was blown away! She’s highly educated, she can hold a conversation in multiple subjects. It was just…easy. There was no awkward silence that you’d normally get from first dates.
Luay Photography – What is one quirky thing he does that you love?
Rachel – *Laughs* I get to choose one?! It’s not so much quirky as it is sweet. He chews tobacco. I’m not…a fan of it, but you know, he’s a cowboy, I get it. But..before he puts in any chew, he gives me a Kiss. Not just any kiss, like a MEANINGFUL kiss, just before he puts his chew in. Cause he knows that’s not my favorite, and that’ him being really sweet and respectful to me.
Dustin – …I like the way she squeals when we come upon a new animal *both laugh*. Especially when it’s puppy or kitten. I don’t know if you were out here earlier when she saw the kitten walking by, but as soon as she saw it, it was on *laugh*
Luay Photography – What do you guys look forward to the most growing together?
Rachel – Our relationship with communication and trust. Knowing that, with everything that we’ve been through, you know we’ve been through things that most couples never experience in their lifetime. I pray they never have to experience. We’ve gotten through it together. There has been bumps and it has been hard…but…we’ve been able to get through it together, and I look forward to getting through whatever life throws at us. Knowing that he’s gonna be there through anything.
Dustin – That’s really is all about communication. This is not our first marriage for either one of us, and we’ve had long discussions between the two of us, Communication was what was always lacking in our prior relationships…And it’s not like that in this relationship, even when it’s difficult. Things you don’t want to talk about, you can still talk without getting mad, without throwing things.
Rachel – Without getting defensive
Dustin – It can last for awhile but it can’t last forever. Eventually one will change and other can’t.
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Shilo – I was working as a bartender and he was someone that just came in *laughs*
Ian – Just a Patron *laughs*
Shilo – That was two years ago
Luay Photography – What was your first impression of each other?
Shilo – I was stand offish, he was just flirty. I was busy doing my job
Luay Photography – When he asked you out for a date, what were you thinking?
Shilo – Well he didn’t really ask me out for a date, he invited me to go camping as friends, then we just started hanging out
Luay Photography – What was one quirky thing that you guys love
Shilo – He’s always a jokester, always making jokes
Ian – That she actually puts up with it, a sense of humor goes a long way *laughs*
Luay Photography – What was the emotion you had when you held your first child for the first time?
Shilo – Just excitement! It was tough cause I had an emergency C Section so I had a whole BUNCH of emotions and feelings, but it was like the best feeling of love possible, I can’t really explain it
Ian – I’m stuck now, no just kidding *laughs*. Just that this thing is amazing, gonna love her forever. Next time was like, “alright it’s time to go to work, cause I know, girls get expensive when they get older” haha
Luay Photography – It’s work but it’s good work right?
Shilo – Yes absolutely
Luay Photography – What are some quirky things your kids do that you love?
Shilo – Maverick is just the little one, he’s the baby so he get’s everything he wants or tries to haha
Layla – *points to amber* She acts like the Boss!
Ian – *Points to Gavin*
Shilo – Sports, we love to watch him play sports.
Ian – It’s not a quirky thing
Luay Photography – Seeing your kid’s do well in something they love to do is just joy to watch. What is the most important thing to you that help you grow together as a family.
Shilo – Love and Support definitely. Always love and support them no matter what.
Ian – The hardest thing I can say is that, being that we are two households come together as one. Not everybody sees eye to eye all the time, but doing things like this (photography) as a family unit, really helps unite us.
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Josh – Through Industry, through Tattooing and Piercing. Invited her over to help with a piercing of mine.
Luay Photography – What was your first impression when you met for the first time?
Coral – He made me nervous *laughs*. I was excited to meet him, cause I had been interested and had heard about him through industry. So it was nice to get an interaction.
Josh – I was completely business, I didn’t think of anything. I was like thanks for coming in and nice to meet you. Thanks for taking time out of your day to come to my place and help with my needs. I myself didn’t have any awareness that there was any more than that *laughs* until later.
Luay Photography – What was one Quirky thing that you love about each other?
Coral – His witty Jokes out of nowhere, he makes me laugh! He knows how to make me laugh. Time passes very easily.
Josh – It’s hard to look like this and pull it off.
Coral – I don’t know, I think tattoos make anyone look good.
Josh – I wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have them. She lives on fear, I love that! I scare her so easily, and I don’t even try to sneak up on her. She’s so jumpy, and I love to scare her. It’s Funny! She’s super nervous she would jump.
Luay Photography – What are you guys looking forward to the most as you are growing together?
Josh – Just to stay the same.
Coral – Not the same, but Grow
Josh – Grow, but still enjoy that naturalness, you know? Especially with what we do, now we work together, I want to keep that excitement. Looking over and enjoying the person there.
Luay Photography – What is the most important thing in your relationship to make it work?
Josh – Adventure. Always have adventure and laughter
Coral – Excitement!
Josh – Keeping things Random. No plans, just enjoy the moment.
Coral – He balances me out. He keeps alot more excitement in my life. I’m very structured.
Josh – Yeah, I just have a fuck it attitude. Like lets do it!
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He was a senior while I was a sophomore. We were friends for a while before we started dating in January 2003. We graduated in 2005 and moved in together in 2006 and were married in April of 2007!
I knew he was the one to spend the rest of my life with about a year into our relationship. I was 19 when we got married and I knew I was young but, I knew I couldn’t live without him.
One of the many qualities he has that I love about, is that he is an amazing husband and father. (My family even calls him Saint Gerrad)
One quirky thing about him is that he Giggles all the time!
We found out we were having our first child in December of 2010 and we were so excited!! Gavin was born in 2011 and was premature. He spent 6 weeks in the NICU when he was born and was born with a cleft palate. 3 surgeries and countless speech therapy sessions later, he is a healthy, sweet, amazing 9 year old boy!
Delaney was born in 2013 and spent 17 days in the NICU before she got to come home from the hospital! She is the definition of sugar and spice!
Gavin loves video games and legos! Typical boy! Fortnite is his fav! Delaney loves playing with her slime and makes new slimes all the time! Gavin was to be a rancher when he is older and Delaney aspires to be a teacher! Her inspiration is from her favorite teacher, Mrs. Gurrola! – Jessica Rogers
I am completely blessed that I live in an area where I can take absolutely breathtaking photos for my clients. Locations that are featured on magazines and movies, and can be hung in my clients homes, perfect as a centerpiece on their walls. The Shiprock Monument is on the top of that list as the must have location, not only for an Engagement Shoot, but for families also. I cannot wait for another adventure to explore this enchanting Landscape