I Am Esmé Cadiente,

a devoted traveler and student of the world, loving wife, new mama, learned scientist, artistic photographer, creative cook, and proud human of the little orange bullet—an adorable coyote-fox-dog (#travelingcoyote). I live in Santa Fe, NM with my husband, our baby girl, and our pup where I work as a wedding and travel photographer. My husband and I travel as often as we can —we go where our intuition takes us, where we can ski, surf, climb mountains, eat weird foods, visit friends, make friends, couchsurf, communicate in hand gestures, and learn something new. When I am not shooting weddings or traveling, I work as a forest ecologist in the field of forest restoration and fire ecology in my home state of New Mexico.

I love adventures, people and love stories. In my travel and wedding photography I strive to capture stories as they happen, and in a style that is organic, raw, palpable, and vibrant.

Use this site to view my wedding photography, contact me for your wedding, and to explore The Terra Project - a travel writing and photography project that empowers people to experience a shared connection to other special places, people and cultures in this world through trues stories and raw photography. 


about my wedding photography

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My photographic style reflects warmth, spontaneity, natural settings, interesting architectural backgrounds, natural light, and palpable emotion. I prefer to use my camera handheld in order to capture the fleeting moments that build to tell your story. My photography is more documentary than staged, but more fine-art than journalistic.

I capture the day as it feels in the moment – the laughter you share with your bridesmaids as you fumble with fake eyelashes, the look of joy in your mother's eyes as she buttons your dress, the clouds building over your ceremony, the sun setting behind the mountains as the dancing begins, the smear of cake on a child’s nose, the twinkle of candles in the moonlight, the happiness of the two of you...in love and married. I want you to be able to look back at your photos and relive the feeling of your wedding day. 

Wedding coverage starts at $2000. Elopement packages are available from $850. Visit the investment page or inquire for pricing, esmecadientephotography@gmail.com. I am based out of Santa Fe, NM and I photograph weddings all over the Southwest. Don't hesitate to contact me with any inquiries! 

Tracy Anderson
Esme Japan sea

This is me, doing things I love. From left to right: backcountry skiing, Austrian Alps, photo:  Tracy Anderson | photoshoot at Plaza Blanca, New Mexico, photo:  Bri Cimino | Traveling, Japan Sea, photo: Isaac Cadiente

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
— Ibn Battuta