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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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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!)

2 years old!~ child

I know! How did this little guy get to be so big!?! Even he can’t believe he’s no longer a baby!
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This precious little guy was given this blue rhinoceros when he was 6 months old.  He has slept with it since, and I find it so very amusing that he grabbed it and his truck as they walked out the door for a portrait session.  The little white truck is an exact replica of his Papa’s Ford F-150.  After noticing it in a store on his own and making the connection to his grandfather’s vehicle all on his own, it was a no-brainer he needed it, and it too has joined the nightly must-haves for bed time.
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7 is Sassy ~ Child

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I think when you turn 7, Sassiness just starts to ooze…

In all honesty, this nature-loving little princess is far from Sassy.

I promised miss Anna we would get cupcakes after her pictures with the rainbow wall downtown. We were pleasantly surprised their address was #7!  That’s when the sassy popped out of nowhere!

blog_pbE_6901And lesson of the day: When you promise cupcakes after a morning appointment, be sure to make note of their hours before your arrival. If you arrive for the tasty treats at 10:15 only to find they are still closed… you might get this face.  Don’t worry… we found ways to kill 45minutes and she was enjoying her strawberry cupcake with strawberry milk before we knew it!

 

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18 months for little Connor

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This curly top fella is pure joy.  Simply said.
His all-boy nature and curiosity kept his mama and I laughing the whole time!

He decided to take a quick break to dig in Mom’s purse only to produce her powder and brush. Connor proceeded to use the “brush” in her hair, his hair, and then chase me with it too!

Like most little boys lately, he stopped to check out my reflector as well, and frequently run back to stand it up if I laid it on the ground.
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Connor is 1!

IMG_0087I love it when little ones come to see me their first year!

Sweet Connor and I had 5 playdates before he turned one. Newborn, 6 month, 9 month, 12 month and another one in the middle for a quick mini session with some pumpkins.

This smart little guy is happy and full of energy! He definitely keeps his parents on their toes!

The newborn, 6 month and 12month series  is one of my favorites.  It just delights me to watch little ones grow and see their little personalities develop and recognize how much their mannerisms were in tact from the beginning.fbConnor_9488

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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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