documentary photos

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!

Baby S's Birth Day

It's no secret that birth photography is my favorite. It's such a beautiful experience and gives me a thrill every single time! The day baby S was born was no different. Her mama was strong and amazing and capturing her birth was such an honor!

When I first arrived at the hospital I met a first-time mom who had just had her epidural and a daddy who passed out while she got it! It was fun to hear the story being retold all day. He graciously accepted the teasing and I think he knows that this will be one of those stories that will be told even when he is an old, old man.

S's mama was surrounded with so much loving support. She had her mother and mother-in-law with her all day giving her foot rubs and stroking her hair in addition to her husband holding her hand. And as the day went on siblings arrived and offered sweet encouragement as well. I'm always amazed at the support that family can give on a big day like this and I know this mama was grateful for it.

First Birthday Party

It's no secret that lifestyle and documentary photography is my jam. I was so thrilled to photograph this sweet boy's first birthday party. His mama had obviously put a lot of thought and effort into putting it all together. There were so many friends and family members there and everyone really enjoyed the celebration! Since mama had hired a photographer, she didn't have to worry about taking photos of all the guests who were there or capturing those smash cake moments. She was able to chat with her friends and family, eat lunch, and attend to any hostessing needs while I did the documenting for her. It was a good reminder to me that perhaps I should follow suit and get help documenting some of our own family events!

Sweet 16

Oh to be young again, am I right? Last week I had the chance to crash this Sweet 16 party in order to take pictures and it was so fun! These girls were so cute and fun to photograph and I love all the images I got! I also realized that it has been a LONG time since I turned 16 and that I am no longer a spring chicken - haha! 

Baby Everee's Fresh 48

I'm so happy for this family and excited about the arrival of their sweet baby Everee. What a pretty name and what a beautiful baby girl! I love Fresh 48 sessions with wrinkly pink babies, love-struck parents, and visitors passing the baby around. Welcome to this crazy world, baby E!

Robert Proposes to Naomi

What a special honor it is when someone allows me to photograph the moment he proposes to the woman he loves! It was FREEZING outside but that didn't damper the mood one bit. I loved the spot he picked out with the pond in the background and I had so much fun hiding inside of a giant pine tree while I waited for the moment. I think Naomi will treasure these photos for a long time!

Wedding Images

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to shoot a wedding alongside another photographer (my talented brother-in-law). I have been a "second shooter" at a few weddings in the past year, but this time we shared the responsibilities a bit more equally. It was a lot of pressure, especially since we shot it last minute, but I really enjoyed it and I love the images I was able to get! I wanted to share them with you here, but keep in mind that I am only including some of my images, and not the any of the ones captured by the other photographer. So if it seems like only a part of the wedding day story, it is. It is my part of the story!

Baby Shane's Birth Day

Yesterday I was privileged to photograph a home birth for the first time. And let me tell you, it was exciting! I received a message in the afternoon that early labor had started, so I headed home to make sure my bags were packed and batteries were charged. Then I started getting dinner ready and helping my daughter with her homework. But it was not much more than an hour later that I got another message telling me that mom was dilated to 9 centimeters. Talk about rushing! I literally ran out the door shouting goodbye to my family and then proceeded to sit in rush hour traffic for half an hour. I was on the verge of panicking! Once I passed a minor car wreck that had been causing a terrible traffic jam I punched the gas and prayed that God would let me make it there before the baby was born!

When I arrived at the house, I grabbed my camera and my key and nothing else and bolted for the front door. I flew inside to find that I had not missed the big moment! After three or four minutes of snapping away, baby Shane made his grand entrance into the world and I was there to capture those precious first moments he spent snuggling on his mother.

His mama was a rock star! The birth was fast and she was alone until about fifteen minutes before baby Shane was born but she never panicked. She was strong and calm and simply amazing! The baby was perfect and pink and so sweet and calm. I am so thankful that I was able to preserve these priceless memories for such a sweet family!