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The Professional Photographers of Oklahoma is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America. It is the state wide organization. We help educate photographers in the art, craft and business of photography.  There is no greater place to find colleagues and build friendships with people who genuinely want to help you be a better business person while learning growing alongside you.

I have been a member of the Professional Photographers of Oklahoma since my High School years (so late 90’s).  In early 2012 I was appointed a position on the Board of Directors- what an honor to have some of the top professional photographers in the state ask me to join them in bettering our photographic industry!

I have now been nominated (and I accepted the position) as Secretary for the organization in 2016.  I will then move through the chairs for a few years to become President of the organization in 2019.  What an extreme honor to be considered worthy enough to serve with all the great photographers of this state who have gone before us to make the career of photography better for everyone!

I have to be honest that I’m a little nervous looking at all the big shoes I have to fill, but again am just giddy at the opportunity to continue to help make the career of photography better every day.

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Brooklyn ~ Senior

Isn’t she just beautiful?  Brooklyn had some great plans for her senior session.  Glitter, homecoming dress, and what’s a central Oklahoma country girl’s senior portrait session with out an old sheet metal barn and boots?
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I’m so excited to share the rest of your images with you, Brooklyn!
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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!

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Madi~ Senior 2015

IMG_3110This great girl was my senior representative for Piedmont High School this past year.
She did a great job telling the local students about me.  I just moved to the area, so it was nice to immediately have an advocate in the community.

Isn’t she gorgeous?  She’s off to college in the fall, and has great things in store for her!

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