How fortunate I am to know this family! Lori (that beautiful woman in the middle with the adorable mauve-colored cardigan) is my "boss" at The Flower Shop, where I spend the other half of my time when I'm not out on portrait shoots and editing at my computer. I put the word boss in quotes because Lori is unlike any boss there is. She's family! Our team at the shop is like family, and Lori is our supporter, cheerleader, advocate, shoulder to cry on, daily dose of happy, prayer warrior, and so much more. Her lovely family is her number one in life, right behind her true number one which is Jesus. She and her husband, Larry, run The Flower Shop together, and I am so extremely blessed to work for them! They gathered their family together in their back yard on a gorgeous November evening to capture a little bit of real life together. Some photos are posed and some aren't. Some tried to be and it didn't work but I snapped the camera anyway! Because this session was about capturing a family in all their moments – not just their "perfect" ones. Look close enough and you'll see some funnies! But it doesn't take much to see that this is a family that loves BIG.
I had such an exciting time photographing Baylee! She's graduating from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma this December, and she decided to commemorate the milestone with senior photos in her hometown of Norman. I loved spending the evening with Baylee and learning about her many endeavors, including studying in France and interning for the U.S. Senate! It didn't take much for me to know that this girl is gonna go places in life! Baylee is extremely kind, driven, and is a joy to be around. She's also a dog lover, and when I found out she wanted photos taken with her pup, Maizey, I was of course super pumped! Congrats to Baylee on her upcoming graduation!!
Bridal portraits aren't something I often get the pleasure of doing since I don't photograph weddings (yet!) so when I was asked to take pictures for Clytee I was so excited!
The Friday evening of Clytee's portrait session had called for rain all week, so I did a ton of research for possible indoor or covered locations in OKC to do her shoot. Friday rolled around and after all that research – and creating a pretty lengthy list of location options! – the sunshine was beaming and weather could not have been better! We ended up at our friend's home in Gaillardia Country Club and it was the perfect place for a bridal session!
Also perfect, Clytee's stunning dress and romantic hairdo! I just love all the intricate detail of her gown. Clytee was absolutely stunning on this day and even more so on her wedding day!
Clytee's now husband, Bear, is lifelong friends with my husband, Drew. Drew had the pleasure of getting to film their wedding day and I can't wait for the video to come out! (I'll be sharing it here when it's finished!) Their wedding was so incredibly sweet and their vows were extremely thoughtful. I had tears in my eyes the whole time!
Clytee is one of the sweetest souls. She is kind, thoughtful, puts others before herself and is also so chill and laid back! She's one of those people who being around makes you so relaxed. After our session, my husband and I got to have dinner with Clytee, her mom, and her mother-in-law. We had such a great time getting to know each other, laughing, talking wedding plans and also talking about Clytee growing up in the country. Maybe that's where she gets her laid-back personality!
This bridal portrait session was so much fun! Thank you, Clytee, for having me document part of this special time in your life! You're a gem!
Some of the sweetest images (in my opinion) are maternity photos. I don't know what it is... the expectation, the excitement, the glowing mother-to-be... it's all such a precious time. I know Rachel and Ethan are looking forward to meeting their baby girl in just a few short weeks!! They are going to be wonderful parents – I can tell just by the way they care for each other.
Can we talk about what a goddess Rachel is? This blush dress and that flower crown adorning her golden locks are just beautiful!
Man oh man! What a seriously FUN shoot I had with Social Butterfly OKC! These sisters are the sweetest, most talented, (and need I say the most beautiful) duo there is in social media management! Let me tell you a little about these girls and their styled shoot...
Based out of OKC, Social Butterfly provides clients with a game plan for promoting their businesses by consistent, creative daily social media posts. (<---Their words, taken from their Facebook page because that sums it up perfectly!) Laynie is a get-things-done, no-time-to-waste social media guru who has a gift for making plans and seeing them through in a timely manner. Nichole is an attentive, supportive strategist who is going to meet client needs and connect with them on a personal level. Between these two sisters, you have a rockstar duo who can run your company's social media and get you business. And me? I get to photograph for them and their wonderful clients so that their Instagram feeds look all pretty. 😉 Hello, dream team!
You may be asking, Why a styled shoot? Styled shoots are a fun, visual way to showcase your brand and personality via social media. In addition to traditional head shots or product shots, styled shoots a.) help you show off your personality and brand; b.) give you content for marketing purposes; c.) display your products or services in a tangible and often unique way; and d.) simply put, they attract a following! For Laynie and Nichole, their styled shoot meant showcasing themselves not only as business women, but as wives and mothers; coffee and donut connoisseurs; and lovers of all things pretty. So we had a little fun baking in the kitchen, playing with makeup, chillin on the couch, soaking up the sun on the patio, working in the office, and so much more!
A styled shoot can be almost anything you want it to be. Social Butterfly knew exactly what they wanted, so they came prepared with multiple outfits, items for me to photograph, and themes in mind. They pulled out all the stops! Now you might be thinking, That's great for them, but I wouldn't even know where to begin! Friend, that's totally okay! I am here to help you choose locations; decide on outfits and overall looks; select items; come up with themes that represent you and your brand; and attract your target audience! (And BONUS –– if Social Butterfly is managing your social media, THEY get to plan all of it for you so you don't even have to worry!) Win-win!
I cannot wait until my next session with Social Butterfly, and I also cannot recommend them enough! If you own a business and running social media isn't your forte; if Instagram is taking up time you could be meeting with clients or doing the things you love most; if Facebook is causing you grief because you don't have a strategy and you feel like you're all over the place, maybe it's time to hand your social media accounts over to Social Butterfly and let them work their magic!
Almost every time I sat down to work on Cindy's photos from her OU Senior Session, it seemed it was cloudy or raining outside. So seeing these bright and sunny photos and Cindy's gorgeous eyes always brought a smile to my face! I can't tell you what a treat it was to take this sweet girl's photos and help her document this milestone in her life of graduating from the University of Oklahoma!
Just look at that smile and those bright eyes! And Cindy's sapphire blue dress was the perfect compliment to our surroundings on OU's campus in bloom.
I'm sure Cindy has walked this path along the South Oval many times during her career at OU. I can't help but get all sentimental thinking about my own experience as a college senior when I was at Texas A&M, and how dear it was to have my photo made in places that felt memorable or important to me.
Of course no Senior Photos are complete with out donning your cap and gown! This is where it get real, y'all.
I'm so excited for Cindy! I think she has a bright and promising future ahead of her!