Baylee's ECU Senior Portraits

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!! 

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Clytee's Oklahoma City Bridal Portraits

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!

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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! 

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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! 

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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!

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! 

Client Galleries: A Behind the Scenes Peek

I understand that there can be a few unknowns about hiring a photographer. My aim is to make sure you have zero unknowns when you hire me. That is why today I'm showing you a little behind the scenes peek and answering all your questions about one of my favorite things –– client galleries! 

What is a Client Gallery? 

A client gallery is the platform on which you will view, download and share your digital images and purchase your beautifully edited prints after your session. 

Why are Client Galleries so Exciting? 

Who doesn't like to "ooo" and "ahhh" over their photos!? There's something about viewing your images in this beautifully-crafted grid that I know will take your breath away. 

When Will I Receive my Gallery? 

Your gallery will be emailed to you just a couple of short weeks after your session. I'm usually pretty darn excited when this time comes! 

Is My Client Gallery Mobile Friendly? 

100% YES! I love the fact that my clients can view their photos on the go, easily save them to to their phone and post them to Instagram. 

How Can I Purchase My Prints? 

With the gallery's storefront feature, you don't have to worry about finding another resource for purchasing prints and canvases. Your client gallery is literally a one-stop-shop! How convenient is that!? 

Can I Share My Gallery With Friends and Family?

Totally! It's the best way to show off all your brand-new photos, and it's as easy as clicking the "share" button. And say you're sending your newborn gallery to mom... even she can purchase the prints she wants at her convenience! 

There you have it! Just another peek behind the curtain of KBP. 

Did you find this post helpful? Share it now with a friend! Do you have more questions? Leave a comment below and let me know what else you might like to know about client galleries, or any other aspect of KBP! 

Galleries provided by: Pixieset | pixieset.com  | All photos provided by and copyrighted by: Kate Bernard Photography | katebernardphotography.pixieset.com 

 

Senior Session Gear-Up {Norman, Oklahoma Senior Photographer}

Today I've got a little Throwback Thursday action for ya! I'm taking us back to three of my favorite sessions with my Class of 2016 Seniors. I thought I'd tell you a little about my sessions and get all of you 2017 Seniors geared up for your photo shoots! Whether this is your last year in high school or your final year of college, I hope this post provides you with inspiration and excitement for documenting your time as a Senior! 

Margaret's Colorful OU Senior Portrait Session

What's to love: pops of color, iconic campus spots, making the most of a windy day

When Margaret showed up in this adorable Anthropologie top, I knew it was going to be the perfect pop of color without going overboard. My favorite thing about this outfit is how well it coordinates with her surroundings – especially the famous OU campus telephone booth!

When the wind comes sweeping down the plains in Oklahoma, there's only one thing you can do – embrace it. Margaret did just that, as she tamed her blowing locks for this adorable, candid shot in front of the beautiful campus ivy!

No Senior Portrait Session is complete without a classic cap and gown portrait. Underneath the OU Clock Tower, Margaret showed off her precious graduation day ensemble and killer smile. 

Ryne's Classic OU Senior Portraits & Dapper OKC Session

What's to love: suit and tie, mums in bloom, basically being a model

When Ryne booked his OU Senior Portraits, he knew he wanted photos that commemorated his time as a Sooner, as well as shots that would carry him through into post graduation. So we split his session in two, hitting up OU's South Oval as well as downtown Oklahoma City. 

There's nothing better than picking out a snazzy suit and smiling for some super modern headshots. Ryne is out of college and now into his career, and he's still able to use these photos for all of his professional profiles. Win-win! 

Erin's Norman High School Senior Portrait Session

What's to love: the perfect accessories & natural makeup

Erin's style is so much fun. She is somehow able to simultaneously be both natural and bold, simple and eclectic. I love her color choices and layers with this outfit, don't you? And the hat really brings out her personality!

OUMT's Ridiculously Fun Senior Group Photos

What's to love: hilarious outtakes, fierce looks, and so much affection 

Talk about a fun session! The 2016 OU Musical Theater seniors had a blast in front of my camera, and I have to say I had just as much fun (if not more) behind it! 

I love how well the girls and guys coordinated dresses and shirts. Blues, greens and neutrals are so attractive on this group of senior stunners. We took photos at all of their special places on OU's campus... Carpenter Hall, in front of the fountain, all over the LOVE sign, and along the North Oval. 

I have to say, I think more seniors should do group photos. It's the perfect way to document your time together and your friendship, and to celebrate all that's ahead! 

One of my favorite things to do before a session is meet with my seniors and talk through all the fun details... what to wear, shooting locations, and how we'll make their photo session unique to them. This ensures that every senior is getting exactly what they want and that all expectations are met! They day of your shoot, expect to become a true model! Between professional hair and makeup and dressing in your new favorite ensemble, you're going to feel like a million bucks. Then when your photos are finished, you'll be wowed with pristine albums, gorgeous framed prints, and an eye-popping new profile pic will be the cherry on top. Your senior photos will be some of the most special ones to you and your family for a long, long time. That's why I'm here to make them great! 

Now that spring semester is here, it's time to get your session on the books! Spring dates fill up fast, so don't wait! 

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