Portraits

Baby Mama | Hilary

The sister of a dear friend and fellow photographer, this mama left me speechless with her natural beauty set against the wild of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

When I got the phone call to help my fellow “Stacy” capture her sister in all her maternity glow, I was pretty excited.

The day dawned with a ton of promise, but as the afternoon wore on, sudden Oklahoma, pop-up storms arrived. I left home in the middle of a downpour, while they drove across the state in one … and both arrived to clearing skies and a brief sunset in the refuge. {Insert all the praise hands emojis here.}

From the prairie to the top of Mount Scott, Hilary’s Amazon-sourced maternity dress was magic, popping perfectly against the nature around. Baby bumps are pretty exciting, don’t you agree?!


Co-Photographer: Stacy Oldenburg Photography
Dress: Amazon

The Rammings

Connors State College has been my day job home for the past five years, and Dr. Ramming has been a great mentor and source of support during that time. 

Recently named the college president, Dr. Ramming, along with daughter Madison and son Bobby, met me on the beautiful Warner campus during my favorite time of day, and year.

Madison – a ridiculously pretty high school senior – competitively cheers, and recently went to New York to model. Bobby - named Mr. Connors and a current Oklahoma State University junior - is pursuing a degree in agricultural education ... and can play a mean Johnny Cash tune. 

And Dr. Ramming? He couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments. 

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Bridal Portraits | Holly

Holly. Just. Wow. 

I feel very much like a proud older sister when sharing these photos with you. I've known Holly since she was a tiny human – always sweet, quick to laugh, and, man, a dream to photograph. 

We ventured to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, a favorite spot for the Garza family to walk, hike, run and gather. Also, the same spot where I took maternity photos last spring of my forever friend and Holly's older sister, Ashley.

Same genetics. Same refuge. Same breathtaking portraits. 

Fall in the rugged refuge, juxtaposed against Holly's elegant, lace detailed dress and long veil, coupled with the wind literally sweeping down the plains ... made for a stunning view. 

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I want to be your "guy" ... let's chat about your upcoming wedding. 

The Blockers

Since moving to the same town, during the same week, more than five years ago, the Blocker and Pearce family stages in life have mirrored each other. From living in terrible rentals, to purchasing fixer-uppers and agonizing over renovations, and from church "shopping" and new business ventures, to pregnancy and babies, and relocating (again), we've seen a lot of life with our dear friends – and we cherish them. So very much. 

Like our friendship, my camera has seen all the stages of their life and my style has matured as they have: maternity photos, Britt's arrival in a hospital birth session, newborn photos, tiny human portraits and family sessions. {Whew, thank goodness for dear friends who are willing to be portfolio builders!}

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I have truly loved watching the Blocker family grow over the years, and feel blessed to not only have captured their portraits, but also to count them as forever-friends. 

The Pedigos

Oklahoma State University brought my beautiful, native Arizonan friend, Mary Kate, to Oklahoma. We were introduced through the agricultural communications program, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Upon graduation, a job with an electric cooperative took her to Texas, where she's been slaying the communications game, and racking up awards, ever since. 

America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration brought her back to our beloved alma mater this fall, and I happily obliged when she said she needed a professional headshot. 

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I met this hot momma' of two at her hotel, and, to be perfectly honest with you, friends – our session took place just north of its parking lot in a grassy area with a couple beautiful trees, and an abandoned trailer 'hood in the very near background. 

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Because her husband was close and the golden hour was killing it, we ended her corporate session with a super quick couples session.

I have all the heart eyes, all of 'em, for these very dear Texans. 

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So beautiful, friends. 


A resident of Livingston in east Texas, Mary Kate is available for freelancing in photography, graphic design, home design and social media. Check out her latest work at www.katecodesign.com

She recently became a beauty guide for LimeLight by Alcone, y'all. My personal order is currently on its way. Get the goods here. ;-)

Wedding: #LiveLaughLovelady

My friends got married this fall, and I was fortunate to be the one selected to capture their beautiful day. Kendra and Jake kept the details classic, and everything about the merging of these two families went off without a hitch. 

From Kendra's first looks with her dad and son, to the special handkerchiefs embroidered for her parents, the day was packed with special details that were so very perfect. 

Following are a hundred or so of my favorites . . . narrowing it down is hard, y'all! 

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Venue: Kendall's View | Marlow, OK

Meet the Lyles | Jessica + Chris

Jessica and Chris made it official in Vegas this summer, and shortly thereafter, her mom claimed an SPC session at a livestock show benefit silent auction. 

Fate, y'all. And ALL the fun. 

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Jess and I've known each other since our early 4-H days; and she's now a fantastic masseuse and BOSS spa owner – Bold Creek Spa, Elgin. Visit her ... but call first ... and no, she's not sponsoring this post. ;-)

 

Samantha | Porum '18

Y'all.

Can we all just say a collective "amen" for the gorgeousness that is Samantha? Whew. Every pose she hit was perfect, and, truth be told, I'm super jealous of her natural tendencies in front of the lens.

Our sunset was quality, and I cannot wait for our second session next spring.

You are killing your senior year, dear. Can't wait to see what the future holds for you!

 

Engagement: Holly + Colton

I have to say . . . I have had the cutest, in-love, and flat-out FUN couples show up for sessions. Holly and Colton are no exception. 

Another best-friend's-kid-sister, I've known Holly for ages. Getting to capture this obvious love . . . well, sometimes words fail me. It's the best. 

My favorite part? Hearing how they met, and watching {in awe} as Colton pulled a receipt out of his wallet with Holly's phone number. I may have swooned a little. 

November can't come quick enough. 

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