Rachel and Dustin McGaw

Luay Photography – So how did you guys meet?

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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Photographer: Luay Photography https://www.facebook.com/luayphotography/

Couple: Rachel McGaw and Dustin McGaw

Wedding Planner and Floral Design: Joan Alford at Ridgewood Event Center https://www.bluelakeranch.com/ridgewood-event-center and Ridewood Party Rentals https://www.facebook.com/Ridgewood-Party-Rentals-110228940698116

Location: Ridgewood Event Center https://www.facebook.com/ridgewoodevents

Dress: Bri’s Bridal Boutique https://www.facebook.com/brisbridal/

Makeup: Rachel Ward

Hair: Jamie Staley https://www.facebook.com/jamiedoes.hair.1

Shilo and Ian Family

Luay Photography – How did you guys meet?

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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Photographer: Luay Photography, Farmington NM Photogapher

Location: Berg Park, Farmington NM

Coral and Josh

Luay Photography – How did you guys meet?

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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Photographer: Luay Photography https://www.facebook.com/luayphotography/

Couple: Coral Lorraine and Josh Barela https://www.facebook.com/gracefuleyetattoo/

Wedding Planner and Floral Design: Joan Alford https://www.facebook.com/Ridgewood-Party-Rentals-110228940698116/

Dress: Bri’s Bridal Boutique https://www.facebook.com/brisbridal/

Makeup: Racheal Ward

Hair: Jamie Staley https://www.facebook.com/jamiedoes.hair.1

Before and After

I love to provide value to my clients, images of the highest quality that they love and keep forever.

Here is a transition of what the photos look like before, and after time and sweat is applied to an image.

Let me know in the comment if you’d like to see how I edit these photos.

Photographer: Luay Photography

Location: Farmington NM

Rogers Family

Gerrad and I met in high school.

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

Photography: Luay Photography

Location: Farmington NM

Shiprock Monument Location Showcase

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

Photographer: Farmington NM Wedding Photographer Luay Photography

Jewelry: Noelle Foutz of https://rusturquoise.com

Adrienne and Dallen Engagement

The first time we met was when he came over to give me an estimate for spraying my out-of-control weeds. He pulled up, we locked eyes and it was over!

He dragged the estimate out for an hour and a half and gave me a ridiculous low-ball price that I couldn’t refuse. 

It was all about the follow-through for me, I knew he was the one when he did exactly what he said he would. He blew me away with his dedication to me from the get-go!

I did not see this proposal coming at all! I knew he had asked my Dad the day before but I thought he was going to wait a while. Boy, was I wrong! He showed up at my salon (The Hair Unicorn & Co.) and I sent him away for Taco Bell and a drink from Sonic. He came back and waited while I finished up an appointmen. I didn’t realize but he was going around the salon showing everyone the ring and asking them their opinion on the ring and what my answer will be. He was seated and I was standing and munching on my lunch. He scooted forward in the chair so he could get down on one knee, and I ACCIDENTALLY blocked him by moving in for a hug. I have a super power for making things more awkward than they should be. So as I am hugging him he asks me and I back up in shock and he pops out this little box and I keep saying, “Wait, what?!”, until he asks, “Are you going to say yes?”. I finally nod and say yes!

I love his sense of humor. He keeps things light and keeps me out of my head when I am stressed out. He cracks me up with the way he answers my calls, every time is different; a silly voice, an accent, a different language. He also makes me laugh when he comes for a taste test when I’m cooking. I abruptly try to kick him out of the kitchen and it always turns into us dancing like idiots to no music.

I am looking forward to dancing with him on our wedding day!

I am looking forward to a small wedding and a bigger reception. Simple ceremonies have been more common lately among my friends and I love that intimate feel.

Photographer: Farmington NM Wedding Photographer Luay Photography

Jewelry: Noelle Foutz of https://rusturquoise.com

3 Breathtaking Spots for your Engagement Photos in the 4 Corners

The best engagement photos are the moments shared between couples that feel natural and loved. Whether it’s going on a daring adventure to foreign places or simply sharing a morning cup of coffee together in your own home, having a photographer there to capture these moments makes for a great story to tell in your photographs. So to help you in deciding where you would like to create enchanting memories, here is a list of breathtaking locations to experience Love all over again.

Shiprock

Tsé Bitʼaʼí, translated to Winged Rock, this beautiful monument rises to over 1,500 feet above the desert plains of the Navajo Nation. This gorgeous formation plays a significant role in the Navajo myths, religions and traditions. It has been featured in many films numerous and iconic photographs, ranking #1 in the nations best places to visit and take photographs. It is definitely an experience worth taking for that Epic Engagement Print on your wall.

Bisti Badlands

attributed to John Fowler, Placitas NM

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, Bistahí translated to “Among the adobe formations”, this stretch of land in the San Juan County NM, was once a riverine delta 70 million years ago. The desolate landscape is home of steep eroded rock and volcanic ash, perfect for that desert look.

La Plata Canyon

Part of small Subrange of the San Juan Mountains, the La Plata Canyon is a beautiful option to take your engagement session. Especially during the fall when the Aspen Trees turn to Red and Yellow. It also has Plains Grass at the base to get the desert and mountain Look.

Katierose and Jimmy Cantrell

How did you guys first meet?

Jimmy and I first met in Florida, I was from New York and he’s from New Mexico but we ended up in the same place, at the same time and after spending a few weeks together we both returned to our home states. We stayed in touch and then did the long distance thing until one day I just knew I didn’t want to be without him anymore and that night I was on my way to New Mexico.

When did you know they were the one?

I knew Jimmy was the one when he saw me at one of the lowest points in my life and he still spoke to me as if I created the sun. 

 – Katie 

When Katie moved across the country to be with me, I knew she was the one. 

-Jimmy 

Tell us about the Proposal.

Jimmy proposed on Christmas Eve. Our daughter had just been born in October and both my parents were able to fly out and see the baby and spend the holiday with us. Jimmy took my dad to see his work place while asking for his blessing. 

The night before I accidentally almost found my ring when looking for something in his truck, he had to distract me quick to hide it. 

On Christmas as we opened gifts with Jimmy’s mother and my parents, Jimmy gave me a bracelet with both our names, our daughters name and my daughter that passed away while I was still pregnant with her. 

I was shocked, I thought the bracelet was the big gift. Jimmy kept telling me weeks prior not to expect a ring yet even though we had been talking about getting married since before our daughter was born. 

He knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the greatest blessing to have our parents and our daughter there to witness that beautiful moment. 

What do you love most about each other?

What I love most that Jimmy is always changing and growing as a person. I fell in love with a goofy boy who made me laugh with silly dance moves, married a man who works hard and is a great provider for his family and each day watch him grow more as a wonderful dad and partner. 

-Katie

Her personality. I mean really

I love everything about her. she’s beautiful, an extremely hard worker, she’s loyal, an amazing mother. 

-Jimmy 

What is one thing that silly or even quirky the other person does?

He dances up and down the supermarket aisles- full on booty shaking, choreographed dance moves if the music is really good.

– Katie 

She licks my face, like she’ll act like she’s going to kiss me but instead playfully lick the side of my face. 

-Jimmy 

What was one thing you looked forward to on your Wedding Day?

On our wedding day we also dedicated our daughter and we both were really looking forward to being able to do that and honor the gift God had given us. 

What’s your favorite Wedding Trend right now?

Even though my wedding was completely the opposite I really love the “dark” wedding trend. Black wedding dresses, dark colors and gothic style decorations. 

Jimmy hates that trend so I didn’t get to have the Romantic Gothic wedding of my dreams! 

What inspired your Decor or Theme?

We didn’t have much of a theme, my favorite color is purple and we really just used light purple all throughout the wedding from the light backdrop at the church, to the flowers and table linens. It was a small ceremony, no bridesmaids or groomsmen, a relaxed luncheon rather then a reception, so we just went for simple but pretty! 

What’s one thing you wish you had known earlier as far as planning?

I wish I knew that as the bride it would be so hard to help other people(mainly the moms) feel equally included and heard in the planning and making sure they weren’t getting stressed out and worried about all the little details! No one prepared me for that and especially because I wasn’t worried at all! 

  • Photography: Farmington NM Wedding Photographer, Luay Photography
  • Florist: House of Flowers, Farminton
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  • Reception Location: Even Wedding Reception Center, Bloomfield NM