Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I missed wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, so I am posting early to wish you all a Happy New Year! I have very much enjoyed being able to spend some relaxing time with my family through the holidays after a very busy three months.

Thank you for contributing to the success of my business this year...and I look forward to an even more fun and exciting 2009! I appreciate each and every one of my clients and have enjoyed getting to know you all.

I will be back to a "normal" routine after the 1st. I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sweet Brynlee (& cousin Elliott, too!!)

I had the pleasure of going to the Pinson's home for a holiday family session. Not only did I get to work with Sarah, Brian and Brynlee...but cousin Elliott, too! These girls had the cutest outfits...and of course, bows to match!

I've enjoyed my last several sessions with these girls. They only get cuter by the day. I can't wait for our next session!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sarah l Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences

I've been dying to get these shots up of my beautiful green-eyed senior, Sarah. She was such a pleasure to work with...but her session got caught up in all the Christmas rush, so I've been a little delayed getting to it.

I enjoyed working with Sarah and getting to know her and her mom. I think we got some really pretty shots, so take a look at a few of my favorites. Once again...another really cool TSAS senior!

Thanks for being so patient, guys!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Jacobs Family (plus some!)

My good friend, Ashley, called to have me come over and get some shots of the extended family. Cassady, my little star who I have posted many times before, was very tired and didn't care much about having her picture taken. I would still like to maintain that she didn't care to share the spotlight...because normally she does wonderfully for me.

It was SO cold that day we had to shoot quickly outside and then do our best to shoot inside. Here are a few we came up with...

Yikes! I'm behind!

I've just realized how long it has been since I have posted anything. I feel like I have been running behind on every aspect of my life lately. To all that are waiting...I am getting there, I promise! I think I am finally getting close to caught up with all the Christmas rush. I will be posting some stuff from some of my last sessions today.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The tables were turned!

I had a great session with a beautiful, green-eyed senior named Sarah the other day. After the session was complete, her mom pulled out her camera and told me to pose with Sarah so they could document the day.

As bad as I hate having my picture taken, I thought that was pretty cool! I love that her mom thinks that every aspect of her senior year is important and is taking the time to document her memories.

You'll be seeing more of this awesome senior just as soon as I can get through my Christmas rush. Thanks for sharing your image! (Photo courtesy of Sue Campbell)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Giving thanks...a little late.

I'm a day late on dishing on the things that I am thankful for. Why you might ask? Because I was in bed for the last 3-1/2 days with strep! The strep was courtesy of my youngest son, Luke, who came home with it the Friday before. It seems getting sick never happens at a convenient time of year, now does it?!

So yesterday while my family was off enjoying Thanksgiving and I was home feeling sorry for myself, I had time to think about the things I am thankful for.

Obviously, my family is first. Mike and the boys have put up with me being absent a lot lately due to this being the busy season for a photographer. I'm thankful they are understanding and help pick up the slack when I am not at home. Mike has helped me with many sessions lately, which has been a tremendous help. Sometimes I wish I could hire him full time! I'm thankful my boys are healthy, happy, and even ornery.

My mom is always unconditionally supportive of me and the things I want to do. She will never know how important that is to me.

My mother-in-law, Judy, is the best at always trying to be available to keep the boys when I need her to. I'm SO thankful for that!

Another area of my life I really want people to know I am thankful for is my friends. I've got a really great bunch of friends...and I know how fortunate I am to have them.

I want to send out a couple of special thank you's to some friends that have been extra supportive to me this year:

Denise - I know you know because I tell you in every email and phone call, but I want the world to are 100% awesome, giving, knowledgable, creative and pretty funny to boot. You have been an amazing help to me!

Scott (aka Scootie) - You pretty much introduced me to this crazy bunch of folks, and I'm so thankful for that! You are one awesome photographer, and I have learned tons from you. You make me laugh too!

Moose (aka Peter or Moosie) - You are my dear friend...photographer or not. But you just happen to be the best landscape photographer around. Seriously, people, check him out. Your work always inspires me. And you make me laugh too.

Ken - Very cool human being. How's that! You have never-ending humor and insight to life that I never get sick of hearing. Then you factor in his mad skills as a photographer...that's how I came up with very cool human being! And you make me laugh too.

Michell - Miss creative girl! You are a never-ending wealth of PS knowledge! You have been great to learn from...and just great to share life with. And you make me laugh too.

Lynda - Are my adoption papers final YET?! I know in some universe I was supposed to belong in your family!! I love you guys! And you make me laugh too.

OK...they ALL make me laugh!!

I encourage anyone that reads my blog to go to my blog list and check out these guys. They are fantastic at what they do...and they are some of the best folks I know!

One final thing I'm thankful clients!! I have enjoyed getting to meet and get to know each and every one of you. I always walk away with a cool story to tell or feeling better for having met you. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special moments, and thank you for helping my business to be a great success this year!!

The Leach Family...kind of?

I'm not at all sure how to classify these guys...and I'm not sure they can be anyway!! LOL! You probably remember Miss Maggie Mae back from her newborn session that I shot a couple of months ago. Well...this is her mom and dad Max and Amy...and they make the Leach family. Then Amy brought along her sister, Jenny and husband Ross...and her other sister Marti. They wanted an extended family group shot for Christmas.

So the only way I really know how to classify them is a really crazy and fun family! I've decided I need sisters and I want them to adopt me! :) Max, you married into a great family! Mike and I had a lot of fun working with these guys (we did a lot of laughing too!).

Now if we can just decide how to sign the Christmas cards I'm designing...hmmmmm!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Seth & Kristie

We had the pleasure of shooting Seth and Kristie's family session again this year. They had a new addition to the family...a very busy white lab puppy! They came down to our place, so the dogs were in heaven running around checking out the new surroundings.

I've gotten to know Kristie over the last few years because she is a hairstylist in Tulsa at Casablanca Salon...and does my hair! Our hubby's are also employed by the same company as well.

Thanks for calling me again this year for your family portraits! We had fun visiting with you guys!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Studio lighting is here!

Just to let you know...the studio lighting has arrived! I had my first session with Miss Brynlee and her family today. You will be seeing more of this cutie real soon.

So if you are in need of a studio-type setting for your next portrait session, please feel free to call and set up an appointment!

The Varner Family

Now you might recognize these two adorable little girls from my "floofy skirt" session from a few weeks ago. They recently came back for some slightly more traditional family portraits.

We visited a couple of locations for the Varner family session. The first location was a super cool old barn. As the story goes, this barn has seen a lot of life over the years...even some happenings during the prohibition period! I got the nerve to climb into the top of it (which for me is a major accomplishment because I am deathly scared of heights!). It had such awesome light...but a pretty rickety floor, so I didn't walk around too much.

From there we visited the Jackson's property. I would like to send out a special thank you to them for allowing us to access their beautiful grounds. We were fortunate enough to visit at a time when the trees looked absolutely amazing! Their entire place is just breath taking and it certainly contributed to some awesome family shots!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Aston Family

We really enjoyed shooting the Aston's family session. They are such a cute family...and just as nice. I was thankful on this day that Mike came along to help me out. Tanner was not all that happy to be having his pictures taken at the beginning of the session. BUT...Mike ended up being a successful kid wrangler, because he had Tanner laughing and smiling by the time we finished the session.

Thank you, Mindy, for calling me to shoot your family session. It was great to finally meet you...and we enjoyed visiting with you guys!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I had the pleasure of working with Jadyn a couple of weeks ago. Her momma and grandma came along to help out. Jadyn, unfortunately, was not a very happy camper for most of the session. We tried and tried to get a smile out of her, but she just wasn't having it.

It wasn't until her little pal, Brynlee, came outside with her that she perked up a little. She had some of the cutest outfits...and the little fur coat and hat was over the top adorable!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Eva & Ace

Meet Eva and Ace! These two are just adorable. This was Ace's first session, and he was a handful! He was pretty much only happy when mom or dad was holding him, so we had to be quick with our shots.

Eva is Miss Personality. She had many, many faces to offer up for the camera. I fell in love with her eyes and that mess of curly hair. I managed to get some cute shots of her in between while mom was trying to calm Ace.

Thank you Kari and Jeff for allowing me to shoot their session...your kids are adorable!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A cool couple...yes, that would be the Ihrig's!

A very windy and chilly day my husband and I traveled out to the Ihrig's home to get some shots for them for Christmas. Now I've known Debby for quite some time due to all her awesome work with OPAT (Oklahoma Parents as Teachers). She used to visit our home when my boys were little. Debby is top-notch...just a really neat and caring person...truly one of my favorites.

Then there's Judge Ihrig...LOL! I had the pleasure of getting to know him over the last couple of years when I worked part-time at a local law office. The only way I know how to explain Judge is that he is an original! Anyone that knows him knows that he is top-notch as just have to factor in that he is a big ol' ornery mess on top of that! :)

So when you put Judge and Debby, you get a pretty cool couple! Kudos to Debby for keeping Judge in line all these years! I'm sure it's been tough (just kidding, Judge!!...well, kind of).

I anticipated this to be an interesting session. Needless to say Judge did not let me down! Thanks for letting us shoot your session. We had a lot of fun visiting with you guys afterwards...and your place is beautiful!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Brown Family

I had the pleasure of shooting the Brown's family session recently. Melissa is a good friend of mine who I've gotten to know over the last several years. The last time I got to work with the Brown's, there was only Payton. They have since had an addition to the family...Miss Caylea. She had a pretty eventful birth...she arrived during the ice storm last year! Can you imagine bringing a new baby home to no power! Melissa...we'll just have to hope this winter is much less eventful!