When we announced we had photographed our last wedding two years ago, I knew that meant indefinitely. Though I asked God to restore that part of my business a few desperate times, I am thankful He didn’t. My heart had not returned to the industry. Truthfully, I was only asking for provision. Until Mary. Mary was living in OKC, having a destination wedding in DFW. I was living in DFW, secretly praying about a move to OKC. Mary had a vision to have her day documented in the most authentic way possible. I was a lifestyle photographer who believed that even wedding portraits could be about experiences. Mary’s ceremony and reception were scheduled 5 hours apart. I had a daughter at home that I didn’t want to miss all day. So this time I prayed from my gut. Oh God, please let this wedding be the start of something new for me. Not returning to what I know. But expanding my borders in lifestyle photography. This wedding was the answer to my prayer. I have never known such freedom, in all 50+ weddings I have photographed. Freedom to not work from a checklist. Freedom to capture relationships instead of Pinterest poses. I must never turn my back on this freedom.
Mary&Varea met and married in the same place. How many couples can say that?! This is the rose garden where he first professed his feelings for her. This is the library that the groomsmen joked only she could lure him out of. This is their real love story, played out on their wedding day. I just let them be with their memories. And they created magic for my camera.
H’ordeuvres. An art gallery. An iPod playlist. And all their favorite people. Mary&Varea’s reception was all fun. No fuss. I’m telling you, I would clone them if I could. They really understood what really matters.
Thank you, Mr&Mrs Costello, for being our dream clients. Now we dream of building a community of clients, just like you.
There’s a lot of romantic flurry that surrounds a couple’s engagement and wedding. But there’s nothing more romantic to me than love matured by marriage. I photographed Erica&Miles before marriage. I photographed them getting married. And I just recently had the honor of photographing them celebrating 2 years of marriage. This session was by far the sweetest. There’s just something about a couple that has become one. They hold each other intimately. They fit into each other perfectly. They laugh from a place of sharing life. There’s just nothing like it.
Our first week in Oklahoma was a happy blur. It felt more like we were on vacation than we had just moved. This week is all about making Oklahoma home. One place Zippi instantly attached to is our pool. With a giant swim step and several fountains, it’s a water baby’s dream. There’s just one problem. Zippi’s skin and sunshine are total frenemies. Even with sunscreen. I’ve spent most of her 19 months following her around with an umbrella. In an effort to give her complete freedom, I traded in her adorable tutu swimsuit for this. Head-to-toe protection from UVSkinz. A floppy hat with a neck flap. A bodysuit. And water shoes, for the lake. Now she’s a pink happy blur. And I’m a happy Oklahoma mama.