We all have those places that make us feel nostalgic and cozy. For me, one of those places will always be Albuquerque. It truthfully doesn’t matter when or why we go visit, it’s always a great place to be. After living in Albuquerque for so long, there were so many things I began to take for granted about living there and luckily have been able to learn to appreciate again since moving away permanently. Now that my parents aren’t living there anymore, it’s even more of a special memory to go back and reminisce.
One of the things, if not THE thing, Albuquerque is most famous for is their International Balloon Fiesta. Once a year, for two weeks, hot air balloonists and visitors come from around the world to witness the mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons into the New Mexico sky. I hadn’t been able to be back in October for the Balloon Fiesta in over six years, so I was a long overdue for a trip to the Balloon Fiesta. Luckily, we were able to go and visit, see some amazing friends, eat some great food and have a little mini maternity session with one of my best friends and fellow photographer.
(maternity photos taken by DBK Photography)
I would apologize for the crazy photo bomb that’s about to happen, but these balloons are just too amazing and beautiful not to share all of these photos. I swear, I sounded like a child at Christmas because I was so excited to see the balloons again. They are just too magical!
One of the best perks of having a best friend who’s also a photographer is being able to do fun sessions like this. Yes, we had to wake up at 6 AM and we had to wait for the balloons to start rising as we fought the sun rising too, but it was 1000x worth it for these photos.
These photos will always mean so much to me, knowing how close they were taken to getting to meet Greyson and that they were taken in a place that is so special to us.
It wouldn’t have been a true photo session without us all taking turns of the pretty balloons. I couldn’t let Delia have all of the fun!
If you’re ever able to visit Albuquerque during the first two weeks of October for the International Balloon Fiesta, I couldn’t recommend it more. We didn’t actually go into the balloon park, but you definitely should if it’s your first time visiting. There is tons of food and entertainment and you get to walk right along side hot air balloons as they take flight!
A huge thanks to our sweet friend Delia for making this beautiful session happen! I can’t wait to trade places one day and take your maternity photos, too ;). And to take Greyson back next year for some one year photos!