A Documentary Session - Oklahoma Style

When the Scotts’ daughter approached me and asked about a documentary session I was thrilled! This couple is so sweet but they are also hard-working and take care of cattle as well as horses. It was neat to follow them around as they did their usual morning chores and then capture them on their horses. I took a few posed portraits of them as well, and as I did I thought how important it is to have great portraits of your parents. We are so faithful to document the lives of our children, but what about our parents and grandparents? (I’m putting this on my to-do list right now!)

Documentary and lifestyle sessions are for everyone! If you’ve been tempted to book a session like this, don’t wait! Capture this phase of your life — you won’t regret it!

First Fall Wedding

Weddings are special, and I just love shooting a wedding in an intimate venue like Vesica Piscis Chapel. This bride has such a large family and they were so much fun to be around during the day! But even better than the fun family was the sweetness between this bride and groom. They were so thrilled to be married, and it was obvious that although it was a gorgeous wedding, the marriage was so much more important to them than the big day.

Congratulations Evan & Maddie!

An Infant Baptism

The first time I met this family was a couple of years ago when I photographed their middle son's baptism. How sweet it was to photograph his new baby sister's baptism now! Every time I see this family, they are surrounded with family and friends, which is so special to see. This day was no different. Everyone joined together to celebrate baby V and her special moment!

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!