Spring Break Shenanigans in Oklahoma

Getting back to my photography roots with off camera flash and a sassy model. Threw together a textured background, gelled my lights and created editorial style (weird model poses) images.

Hair flick on fleek.

Hair flick on fleek.

The big laugh is my favorite!

We are good with weird.

We are good with weird.

Remember when 14 was awkward? She seems to have skipped that phase. Dangit.

Remember when 14 was awkward? She seems to have skipped that phase. Dangit.

Little bro wanted in on the action!

Little bro wanted in on the action!

 

 

Paint, A Rusty Bus, And Boy Toes

If you follow my work even a little bit, I bet you've seen images in front of an awesome, rusty old school bus.

Like this beauty....

Like this beauty....

This precious family...

This precious family...

Or this Senior session.

Or this Senior session.

This bus is my spirit animal. Colorful, slow and full of stories!

The owner of this glorious scrapbook on wheels is my sweet friend, Lindy. 

Lindy contacted me for family pictures and said "I just want us to look like us."

This made me extremely happy for two reasons, one: she and her tribe are beautiful, and two: she's an artist with a flair for the funky. Oh, how I love me some funky!

Barefoot, boy and love.

Barefoot, boy and love.

Baby brother for a season, big brother for a lifetime.

Baby brother for a season, big brother for a lifetime.

A dreamer, a darling, adorable.

A dreamer, a darling, adorable.

All the way to the top bay-bee!

All the way to the top bay-bee!

Real life is messy.

Real life is messy.

Looking at the camera is over-rated.

Looking at the camera is over-rated.

Home can be more of a feeling than an address.

Home can be more of a feeling than an address.

When the client says "Can we play with paint?" the answer is always YES!!

A BIG smile on the brother who doesn't like to get dirty!

A BIG smile on the brother who doesn't like to get dirty!

Proud of you, mama for putting on your big girl panties and getting IN FRONT of the camera! You rock!

Proud of you, mama for putting on your big girl panties and getting IN FRONT of the camera! You rock!

This image is now printed as a 30x40 over the fire place in their home. It's THEM.

You do you! Pose or don't, paint or black tie, whatever your family flavor is, document it. Your kids will thank you.

Much love--M

Band Mom Brag Blog

This is a bit more of a personal blog, but my camera was with with me, therefore we are calling it "work". 

A friend of ours celebrated his 50th birthday at Whiskey Chicks in Bricktown.

(WC doesn't have a website, but look 'em up on FB.)

They are the nicest family running a fun bar (with super clean bathrooms!) AND they made the best drinks that they SET ON FIRE!

FIRE! Pineapple, Rum, Unicorn Sweat....some other liquids..no clue what all she put in there, but it was the BOMB!

FIRE! Pineapple, Rum, Unicorn Sweat....some other liquids..no clue what all she put in there, but it was the BOMB!

I am in LOVE with the WC building! They said it is the oldest building in Bricktown. Something about horses I think....did I mention the drinks were on fire? Some details are blurry. Anyhoo, the building is deee-vine with it's hard wood floors, distressed brick walls. I'm hoping to do fall mini-sessions there (minus the flaming drinks and laser show).  The natural light during the day is dreamy! Keep your eyes out for booking a very limited spot in time for Christmas pictures. 

Heard of the band Horse Thief? Well, you should! They were the nicest guys and we were able to enjoy them before they take off for a Canadian and European tour.

Srsly, the sweetest guys. 

Srsly, the sweetest guys. 

They weren't crazy about being called "sweet" so this is their hard core rocker image. Isn't it sweeeeeet?!?! ;)

They weren't crazy about being called "sweet" so this is their hard core rocker image. Isn't it sweeeeeet?!?! ;)

After Horse Thief, our boys and men took the stage in their band Minnesota Donkey Milk. (don't ask)

Pretty sure all my photographic talent went out the window after two flaming Drinks of Glory.

Pretty sure all my photographic talent went out the window after two flaming Drinks of Glory.

These guys are a rag-tag group of kids/Dads/weekend warriors. The memories being made are priceless!

My Davis, Lovely Lidia, and Sassy Sev.

My Davis, Lovely Lidia, and Sassy Sev.

A friend of ours is building these amps (they might be super secret so....don't quote me). The Texas girl in me swoons at the pretty yellow rose. The mom in me swoons at my baby boy's face. Again, blurry pictures 'cause fiery unicorn juice. Bless.

 

Orthopedic surgeon by day. Sound man/bassist/light model by night. 

Orthopedic surgeon by day. Sound man/bassist/light model by night. 

Creepers gonna creep. (the bald guy, not the adorable love birds)

Creepers gonna creep. (the bald guy, not the adorable love birds)

All in all, a great night of celebrating a friend, beaming like the proud mama I am, and wearing makeup after 9pm. 

Happy Birthday, Darin!

 

 

 

 

A New Friend Is Born

"When God created man and woman, he was thinking, 'Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?' And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful." Malala Yousafzai
 

My friend Tiffany showed her powerful warrior spirit this week! 6 a.m. Monday morning her and her husband Cary arrived at the hospital full of excitement and ready to meet their baby girl. 

Monday turned into Tuesday. 

Tuesday turned into Wednesday. 

I arrived, camera in hand, by 6:30 Wednesday morning. Epidural was in, water broken, and we were in high spirits that baby girl would be making her grand entrance soon! 

We were wrong. 

As the day wore on, and nerves were frazzled to the max, we saw moments of frustration. 

Moments of silliness.

Moments where God stepped in and answered prayers in a big way. 

I can not get over the look on all 3 faces. 

I can not get over the look on all 3 faces. 

Late, late Wednesday night, exhaustion blanketed the room. 

As the clock creeped closer to Thursday the sound track of baby's heart beat started to change its tune. A lively beat, a rush of anticipation, and a mama's primal urge. It was time to push!

In the wee hours of Thursday, 6/16/16, sweet Hadley made her eagerly awaited entrance! 

Her first smile! She's just so happy to be holding her mama! 

Her first smile! She's just so happy to be holding her mama! 

She and I had some sweet conversation about all the shenanigans we will get into together! 

She and I had some sweet conversation about all the shenanigans we will get into together! 

Happy Birthday, Hadley! I'm thankful I was there to share these moments with you! 

 

 

Red Thread Adoption Session on Fox 25

It's exciting to get an email from a local new anchor asking for an interview! Our local Fox station heard about the volunteer work I do with Red Thread Sessions and wanted to know more and meet some of my clients. It was a nerve wracking honor! So thankful for the video editor who took out my flailing hands, the bird that tried to attack me and my impromptu attempt at the robot. All bad things!

Adoption has changed our lives and my heart is full of compassion for other families who are walking the same path. I love each one of the families I'm able to work with through this organization.

Here's the video:

http://www.okcfox.com/story/27156422/adoptive-families-get-priceless-family-photos#.VFI5oKM-vDg.facebook

Source: http://www.okcfox.com/story/27156422/adoptive-families-get-priceless-family-photos#.VFI5oKM-vDg.facebook