I really loved working with Angela & Garrett. They were so obviously happy together, & there were so many laughs, kisses, & jokes. They love the outdoors, & weren't afraid to hike through tall grass, water, & inches of mud to get a good photo. I wish them all the best for their wedding this summer!
I can't resist posting a few of these goofy photos as well! They were just so much fun, & I think it shows off how these two are as a couple. Congrats, Angela & Garrett!
I had the pleasure of taking some photos for Bay of Bears this past weekend. Bay of Bears is a new band from Norman. You might recognize Ben, Mackenzie's fiance. The other members will be groomsmen in their wedding this summer! It was fun getting to meet all of the guys, & we had a good time exploring the OKC Underground Tunnels. It's such a neat location, & I had never been down there before. I'd definitely like to go back down there sometime!
Be sure to check out Bay of Bears & support local music!
I've finally finished editing Act Two! There are a million pictures here, & a few of them aren't great quality, but were too fun not to share.
Before I start gushing again... Here's a photo of Taryn & I last Saturday after the performance. It's kind of amazing how pretty she is, even when she's green! I'm so proud of all she's accomplished this year.
Speaking of green, here's a little DIY I wanted to share. I knew I wanted to give Taryn green flowers after her show, but wasn't sure how to go about it. I thought about attempting to dye some, or paint some, but then I realized... It's close to St. Patrick's Day, so surely there must be some tacky green faux flowers out there. & sure enough, I found the perfect ones: Green carnations, rimmed in gold glitter. I had to remove some leprechaun gold (not kidding), & added a few green cattails, then tied ribbons onto the bottom. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out! It was a fun little project.
& another cute little DIY... The cast members were selling these adorable Shrek headbands at the show. They had Shrek, Fiona, & Donkey ears, so of course, I bought some Fiona ones. & of course, I took a selfie to show them off.
Now for the pictures. Again, these are very Fiona-heavy. & by heavy I don't mean chubby. Obviously she's not fat. But her personality is biggish ;) (That's a lame Shrek joke, for those who haven't seen it!) Anyway, there are way more photos of Taryn than anyone else, but I did try to get photos of everyone!
This was such a fun show, & I'm kind of sad that it's over, even though I wasn't actually a part of it. Taryn has had such a great time being Fiona, & I have loved seeing her enjoy it so much. The entire cast seems to have had so much fun with this show, & I've loved watching it. There are so many talented people in this group, & I'm excited to see some of their future productions & endeavors!
If you were a part of the show & would like digital copies of any of the photos, I would be happy to get them to you. Just message or comment, & we'll work it out!
I know I gush about my little sister, Taryn, all the time. Most of you have probably seen me mention a million times on various forms of social media that she starred as Fiona in Shrek the Musical this weekend at NOC Tonkawa. She is so incredibly talented, & I absolutely love watching her perform. She just looks so natural & comfortable on stage, & I can tell she is so passionate about what she's doing. This was especially fun for me because I got to see her tap dance for the first time, & see her acting in a bigger role than ever before.
This was also a fun show because the cast & crew of Shrek are all so talented. I can't wait to see what else Taryn gets to participate in during her college career & beyond.
Before seeing the show, I was able to go to Shrek's final dress rehearsal, where I got to take pictures without annoying (too many) people. I really enjoyed seeing some of the rehearsal process, & also loved seeing the full show this weekend! I tried to get photos of everyone, but there are a lot more of Taryn (sorry - I'm biased). This is also just Act One - I'll post Act Two later! If you were in the show & would like copies of any photos, please let me know & I can get them to you!
Just a head's up: There are a LOT of photos here.
My little sister, Taryn, is part of the Roustabouts performance group at NOC's Tonkawa campus, & they had their big homecoming performance this week. I love seeing Taryn perform, & this first year of college has pushed her to try new things & improve on the awesome talent she already had!
The Roustabouts are all so talented, & this was a really fun show to watch. I tried to capture some of the highlights of each performance in these photos, but I definitely recommend checking out a Roustabouts performance if you have the chance!
Taryn is actually playing Fiona in NOC's performance of Shrek the Musical February 23-26, & many of the Roustabouts are in the musical as well. It's free & open to the public, so come check out a show!
It's still hard to believe sometimes that my little sister is getting married! But we are so excited to be officially welcoming Ben into the family in June. I was able to take their engagement photos during our recent trip to Florida in December. Panama City Beach blessed us with gorgeous lighting, the perfect amount of fog, & a lovely sunrise. I love how these turned out, & can't wait for their wedding day!
Hair & make-up were done by my other little sister, Taryn. She's so talented!
Britny & I met when we were in 10th grade. Our moms had become good friends through work, & when they found out their daughters were the same age, they were determined for us to meet & become friends, too. Which meant that Britny & I were (separately) determined never to come in contact with each other. Because at that age, no one wants their mom to find them friends, right?
So one night, we ended up meeting through mutual friends at a football game. We each realized who the other was & laughed about it. We hit it off, & became pretty much inseparable throughout the next few years.
Good job, mom.
Now Britny is the mom of the cutest little boy, Gunner. The three of us went out to 4D Farms (owned by some friends from church) to do a family session, & Gunner had a blast. He loved the cows, especially - I've never seen anyone get so excited about cows! The Downs family was so gracious & brought out the animals so we could pet, feed, & play with them. We also caught a gorgeous sunset. It was a great experience! Thanks again to the Downs family for being great hosts.
Shelbi & Mykel are married!
I got to witness so many beautiful, truly happy moments on this day. Shelbi & Mykel found out shortly after their engagement that they were expecting their first child, so this has been a whirlwind time of wedding planning & preparing for a new baby! Despite all of the pressures of planning for both of these major events, Shelbi kept her cool, & the wedding was gorgeous. Shelbi made a truly stunning bride, Mykel was an adoring groom, & all of the details of the wedding seemed effortless, yet so well put-together.
This was my first time shooting a big wedding, & I learned a lot during the process. Although there are things I will do differently next time, I had a lot of fun & am proud that there were no major snags my first go-around! Here are some favorites from Shelbi & Mykel's big day. Click on the images to see a larger view.
Shelbi is my sister-in-law's sister, & although we're not technically related, she feels like family to me. I was happy to see that she had a team of family & friends who were constantly checking in to make sure she had everything she needed. She had a fun first look with her bridesmaids, followed by emotional first looks with her dad & Mykel. There was so much love shown, & I was blessed to be able to witness those moments. This was followed by a lovely ceremony!
I had the pleasure of photographing not only their wedding, but also their gender reveal! The wedding cake had been filled with (spoiler alert!) blue candy, so everyone at the wedding got to find out the baby's gender with the bride & groom. It was such an exciting, joyful moment!
This was followed by food, dancing, & lots of laughter at the reception.
Congratulations, Shelbi & Mykel! You two will be wonderful parents, & I wish you guys so much happiness!
Brooke & I have known each other since middle school, & I love spending time with her. Brooke is one of those people who says whatever is on her mind, & doesn't really care if it's politically correct or socially accepted. This means that Brooke appreciates my tendency towards sarcasm & dark humor. We get along pretty well.
I haven't had much practice with photographing kids or families, so when I decided I needed to fill in that gap in my portfolio, Brooke was the first person that came to mind. She was nice enough to let me take pictures of her family, & the result is below.
I'm still somewhat awkward around kids. But I'm learning.
Last month, we took a trip to Destin, Florida with my in-laws. I was able to take family photos for the entire extended family! It was a bit of an adventure, involving some fogged up lenses (thanks to Florida humidity), running back & forth using the tripod & timer, & trying to coordinate everyone's schedules, but I love how they turned out!
Christ. Laker. Lily. Padfoot. Puns. Polar Bears. Travel. Tea. Tattoos. Tigers. Books. Belle. Buffaloes. Wonderland. Creativity.