My First Gold Hope Fighter

I am so excited about my involvement with The Gold Hope Project! A few months ago I became aware of this organization and knew I just HAD to be a part of this amazing effort. The Gold Hope Project provides professional portrait sessions for children suffering from cancer and their families. During a time that is very overwhelming and challenging, Gold Hope offers the chance to capture and preserve the personality and smiles of a child while documenting their bravery and the challenges they are facing. (You can read more about their mission here.)

A couple of years ago, a family we have known for a long time received the news that their 3-year-old daughter had cancer. To be more specific, she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a cancer of the kidney. Ashlyn has been a brave fighter for over two years and her family entire family, including her nine siblings, have become a part of a community that no one wants to join - the cancer-fighting community.

So when I was finally accepted into the Gold Hope family as the first Gold Hope photographer in the Tulsa area, I was thrilled that my first fighter session was with the Koons family. Ashlyn had just finished a week of chemo in Oklahoma City the week before, and her head was freshly shaven, but that didn't keep her sweet spirit from shining through during her portrait session.

As I spent that evening with the Koons family, and with Ashlyn, I saw a little girl who is somewhat quiet and shy, but spunky when she wants to be. I saw a little girl who is cherished by her family. I saw a little girl who just wants to be normal and be treated like any other child. And I saw a fighter!

You can read Ashlyn's story on the Gold Hope blog here. And I hope that after you do, you will make an effort to spread the word about The Gold Hope Project!

Including the Fur Kids

This was a unique session for me, and I loved it! Gunner and Annie made the session extra fun and I got to give them lots of treats to reward them for their good behavior, so they loved me. We did this session at and near Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa and it was a beautiful, slightly crisp evening - just perfect for a fall session! 

The Hefners

I love this family! They are dear friends and our kids have been friends since they were babes. They were such fun to photograph and did such a great job for me. Of course, that probably is mostly because my dear husband was there to help me get them posed and looking my way. He's awesome like that. 

Family Fun at the Fair!

When Jade asked me to do a session at the Tulsa State Fair I was so pumped! It was such a great idea, I wished I had thought of it myself! Of course, family photos at the fair can be a bit challenging, but these kiddos were so great and patient with me as I took several posed shots before they were able to go play. After that, capturing all the fun they had was a blast!

McKone Family Portraits

Taking these photos was special for me because I was there when sweet baby S was born! It was an honor to document her arrival six months ago, and it was a delight to capture her sweet smiles recently with her mama and daddy. She was the happiest little gal with the biggest smile! 

September Wedding

Earlier this month I was a "second shooter" for a wedding here in Tulsa. My father-in-law, Jerry, is an amazing wedding photographer, and a big part of how I got into photography. I always enjoy shooting with him and this wedding was no exception. When I "second shoot," I basically just follow the bride around and take documentary shots of her day, which I happen to love much more than taking posed group shots. I also get to take detail shots of the cake and decor. 

This wedding was beautiful and the bride was so relaxed and happy. It was such a special celebration and a very sweet day and I was so glad to be able to be there to help capture it!

Time for Family Portraits!

September is here and it's time to schedule your family portraits! Fall is the perfect time for a family session with the changing colors and beautiful weather. It's always nice to have an updated photo for those Christmas cards too. 

I loved my time with this family! These kiddos were as sweet as could be and so much fun to photograph. Of course, the fact that their mama is one of my long-time friends made it a great time as well. It was a beautiful evening at Gilcrease and I love so many of the images I captured!

If you're planning to schedule fall pictures, don't wait too long! Spaces are limited and they are already filling up. Hope to see you soon!

Soon-to-be Big Brother

This session was so fun! Little James is the cutest, isn't he? I love those big, dark eyes! We had a great time at the Gilcrease gardens and I just love these images! Maternity sessions are so special!