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Leif and Laci~ engagement

I love meeting with couples before the wedding.  Engagement sessions are some of my favorite, even when just a quick 30 minutes.  It gives me a chance to see the Bride and Groom interact and have fun before the wedding day.
And it gives me a chance to see this:
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Leif is over the moon in love with Laci.  I’m sure the feeling is mutual, but to see a man in awe of his fiancé just makes me love my job of capturing those emotions and documenting these moments in their lives.  Life will happen, times will get tough, but I hope they can always look back on these moments and remember how much passion for each other they have.

I have had several couples like this lately.  It is such a humbling reminder of why I do what I do, and why I love my career so much!
Leif and Laci, I am so excited to get to share your wedding day with you!

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Kaitlyn & Daniel~ Wedding

Kaitlyn and Daniel were married last weekend!
Enjoy a few previews.  The happy couple will be sharing a few more shortly.
I LOVE all the handmade signs they displayed around the wedding and reception areas.  And their colors were perfect!IMG_8237

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EW Couture November 2010 Free Download file

EW Couture November 2010 Free Download file

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Scott & JoAnna

SJW_pbE_7127These two are getting married!
Scott and JoAnna compliment each other so well, and I am so happy for them!  Their big day is just around the corner.

Isn’t she beautiful!? I am so excited for her bridal session in a few weeks.  (Scott’s a handsome fella too, don’t get me wrong; but JoAnna’s eyes, smile, personality… I’m ready to photograph her again!)

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Why add more?

IMG_3050IMG_3052I have been asked several times on recent sessions “Why do you need a flash? It’s so bright outside {sunny} today.”

Well, simply put, my job, by definition, requires the best light to capture the best image.
And sometimes to have the “best light” you have to create it.

The image on the left is a decent image.  She’s cute, has a great expression on her face.  No doubt a sellable image- her parents would like it.  However, by adding the flash I get a little more light back in her face, detail in her cheek bones, sparkle in her eyes, etc.  The next image is much more flattering of her.  I could achieve more light in her eyes by turning her towards the setting sun, but 1) the old rustic tractor wasn’t moveable and this was the angle we wanted; and 2) By looking into the sun she gives us squinty eyes.

A reflector serves the same purpose.  I often use a stand like this one to hold my reflector, although outdoors I may solicit the help of a parent too.  It’s windy on most days here in Oklahoma, so we need to be certain it doesn’t blow over into the image (or onto our model).

I love images like this that simply show light. With a prominent light source like the window behind him and his face turned away, and it should have been in all shadows. But the reflector that he was so fascinated with is doing its job and giving us detail on his face and a sparkle in his eyes. You can even see a basic “shadow line” where the window light stops on the back of his head up to his ears, and where the reflected light stops just behind his eyes. Isn’t light wonderful?!
FB_reflectorRoPhotography is recording light. Without light, I can’t do my job, thus finding ways to make the best light greatly benefits and fascinates me!