Cindy's OU Senior Portraits

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! 

Finding Freedom // A Friday Feature

Sometimes you just need to dive into something new. Which is exactly what I'm doing with my new blog series, "Friday Features." See the thing is, I have a lot of talented friends with giftings that really aim to serve. These friends are creatives who pour their hearts into what they do and are working hard to build a clientele, a follower base, or a readership. They are people whose kitchen tables have become their offices. They've traded in their blazers for aprons; their computers for paint. They spend 8 to 5 at their day job and 5 to midnight at their dream job, side job, creative job, or whatever they like to call it. They are writers, calligraphers, artists, teachers, sewers, bloggers, and so much more. And I'm so excited to tell you a little bit about them! 

So speaking of diving into something new, my first Friday Feature, Mary Rachel Fenrick, just launched her brand new website for her blog, Finding Freedom. Mary Rachel writes about marriage, motherhood, running marathons, living a healthy lifestyle, and so many other topics. The things I love about Mary Rachel's blog is that she's relatable, honest, encouraging, and approaches her writing through the thing she values the very most – her relationship with Jesus. She wrote a post recently where she talked about accepting herself as an introvert and being proud of who God made her to be, and the whole time I was reading it I just kept thinking how glad I was that she wrote it! We need less fluff and more honesty on blogs, don't we? 

Along with her new site, Mary Rachel got some new headshots (taken by yours truly) and I have to say, she looks fabulous in them! We took these in her home and I love the way they turned out. I'm so thankful we got to partner together for these! 

I hope you'll check out her updated site, and subscribe to her blog while you're over there! 

I'm Making Some Changes in 2017!

The next time you're in someone else's home, whether a family member's or a friend's, do me a favor: Ask to look at their photos. See what they give you. Do they timidly scroll through their iPhone's camera roll? Do they fire up their laptop and open up iPhoto? Do they take you to their Facebook!!?? (Oh, Heaven.) I can tell you that if you were in my home right now, asking to see my photos, I'd do all of these things and more. And can I just be honest?

I'm so over it.

I'm so over my precious memories living in the cloud and on my devices where they only get seen by me. And the truth is, I LOVE prints! Every time I have prints made for me or for my clients, I hold that 8x10 in my hands and think, This looks WAY better in print than it does on a screen! The photo really comes to life!

So I'm making a change. Well two changes, actually: One for you and one for me.

For me: I'm vowing to make a physical photo album at the end of every year. 2016's album is already in the works! Along with that, I'm designing a gallery wall in my home that will be complete with images that I'll swap out periodically as time goes on. I can't wait to have my favorite prints on display – family portraits, my favorite vacation photos, pictures of my friends... It's going to be beautiful! 

For you: Because I'm passionate about providing you with photos that are beautiful, rich in color, well-lit and timeless, it is my conviction that those photos deserve more than a Facebook album or Instagram post. They deserve to have reach and to be well preserved – to hang in your home, to be given to family, to be printed on your Christmas card, to be kept in an album for your great grandchildren to someday see.

This is why I'm offering my clients a $100 print credit with any 2017 booking.

This means you get $100 worth of professional-grade, true-to-color prints for FREE along with with your session and digital images!! And these aren't just print proofs. You get any size, from 4x6 to 16x24. 

I've already started implementing this offer, and I've received an overwhelmingly positive response. You all are so excited to frame your prints for the walls of your home or the desks of your office, and it just thrills me! You're using this as an opportunity to gift your family images of your precious newborn baby or your senior portraits! You're choosing to preserve and cherish the investment you made by having a professional take your photos AND print them for you! YOU are doing it RIGHT! 

I can't wait to keep on printing those memories for you! If you're ready to book your session and receive $100 worth of free prints, click here

Norman, OK Pet Photography: Kim and Milly

If you know me at all, you know how much I LOVE dogs. And because I love them so much, I especially adore when my clients have their furry friends join them in their portraits. Kim and Milly's session is one of my absolute favorites. Not only do these photos capture the sweet relationship between a girl and her pup, they also capture a lot of Milly's cute personality! Norman friends, if you haven't had pet portraits made... I'm your girl for the job! 

So let's bust out the squeaky toys and treats, coordinate cardigans and collars, head out to a park (or your own backyard!) and have a little portrait playtime with your fur friend! What do ya say? 

Norman, OK Newborn Photos: Baby Girl Maggie

My sweet friends Lizanne and Andrew just entered into parenthood, and I must say, it looks good on them! You may recognize this beautiful couple from my previous post, where I debuted their maternity photos. They wanted to do something a little different to document Maggie's entrance into the world, so instead of an in-home newborn photoshoot, they opted for a "First 24" session at the hospital and included Maggie's grandparents in their photos. SO sweet! Maggie is beautiful, and I cannot wait to watch her grow! 

Styled Norman Maternity Portraits

Lately I've been working on a style guide for all you adorable clients! Why? Because I want you to look your best and feel totally prepared for your shoot! Trust me – when you dress the part, you feel the part, and when you feel the part you exude confidence! And who doesn't want more confidence for their photo shoot, right? 

So it was a pleasure to style Lizanne and Andrew - my newest models for my upcoming KBP Style Guide! I can't wait to use these images as examples in the guide, but I REALLY couldn't wait to share my favorites here with you!