Mommy & Me

What could be cuter than a Mommy & Me session? I have captured a lot of memories for this family, from the day after this little girl was born. I can't believe she will be turning 3 this summer! We had a fun session in downtown Tulsa, and even though little Augustine doesn't smile a lot in front of the camera, she sure does love her mommy.

Downtown is one of my favorite places to shoot! If you want a lot of variety in your photos and a relaxed atmosphere, downtown is a great place to make it happen! And now excuse me while I go schedule a session with my own girls.

Grandma's 90th Birthday Party

Few people are as special as grandmothers. We honored my sweet grandma recently with a surprise birthday party. It was a big deal, because she turned 90 years old! It has been several years since we have all been together, so it was a really special time for our family and we had so much fun! 

Big events like these deserve to be photographed properly. I would hate to reach the end of a special day like this one and only have a handful of blurry cell phone photos to show for it. These photos will most likely be turned into books that are kept in many of our homes. And many of these photos will even hang on our walls for years to come -- reminders of that special day when we celebrated the best lady we know.

If a family member of yours is celebrating a big milestone birthday, give them a gift of those moments and memories captured forever! Trust me, it's a gift they'll LOVE and one they will treasure for years to come!

Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

It's no secret that I love documenting. But you might not know that besides being a photographer, I am also a teacher! I spent seven years in the classroom before staying home for seven years raising my little ones. But now that they are not so little anymore, I'm ready to head back to school to do something I know I'm meant to do. I can't wait to take my photography skills into the classroom to capture all sorts of happenings there!

This past February, amid all sorts of changes going on in my home, I decided it was time to teach again. It was a wild time to make a decision like that, because there was a lot of unrest in Oklahoma education at the time. The teacher walkout buzz was beginning and I couldn't wait to jump in and support my fellow educators.

Fast forward to April 2nd, when the walkout began. My mentor in teaching, Michelle, asked if I wanted to go to the Capitol with her and my answer was an instant "YES!" It was an amazing experience, and we went again a few days later. I wished we could have been there every day, but with little kids at home, that just wasn't possible. However, I am so glad I took my camera on one of those days because I was able to capture the spirit and message of so many teachers who were fighting for their schools and students.

A little progress was made, but there is still a looooong way to go. I plan to do my best to meet the needs of my students in the fall, even with the limited supplies and support that we will receive. And don't worry, I will still be taking clients and scheduling sessions as usual. After all, I'll be on a teacher salary -- I've gotta supplement it with something! 

Lifestyle & Documentary Session at the Zoo!

I LOVE sessions like this one! These are true memories captured! We often spend days with our families and snap a few phone photos but more often than not they leave something to be desired. These precious interactions beg to be photographed and remembered! And I know this mama (and dad and kids) will always be glad to have these photos documenting a day together at the zoo.

So often we get stuck in the idea that a photo session has to be perfectly posed and full of "tilt your head a little to the left, now smile!" But a documentary session can be so much more fun, a lot less stressful, and leave you with photos you'll always treasure! 

Make an effort to schedule a documentary session this year, whether it be during a special birthday celebration, at your favorite campsite this summer, a trip to your favorite snow cone stand, or whatever else you want to hold in your heart and remember forever!

Birthday Portraits

I love the idea of taking kids' portraits near their birthday. Annual portraits are a great way to mark those milestones and a lifestyle session like this one makes it so much more fun and takes the pressure off of your little ones. It's been a few months since I took these photos, but I always say "better late than never" and want to share them with you anyway!

I know that these days you have a camera with you everywhere you go and that more likely than not, you take lots of pictures of your kids. But don't forget to schedule a session every now and then with a photographer who can capture quality images of your children and preserve those special memories in a beautiful and artistic way. Believe me, in ten and twenty years you'll be so glad you did!

Sweet Newborn Lifestyle Session

I love newborns. And I love lifestyle sessions. So I loved this session so much! Big congratulations to this dear family on the arrival of their third child. Baby A is just beautiful and there is no shortage of people who love her.

Smash Cake Fun!

This little cutie is the sweetest thing! I had such a fun time taking pictures to celebrate her first birthday. She had never had sweets before and wasn't too sure about the cake. And she had quite a team of parents and grandmas cheering her on! Smash cake sessions are so fun, and this mama had the cutest decorations ready for this one!

A Cold Engagement Shoot

I am so behind on sharing my latest sessions! This engagement session happened just after Christmas and it was COLD that day! I'm pretty sure it was around fifteen degrees with a wind chill making it feel closer to zero. But this couple came from out of town and we just made it happen. I'm so glad we did! They were so sweet and just so happy to finally be engaged and I'm thankful I get to be the one who captures these priceless memories!