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Welcome! You can find stories here from my work as an Oklahoma Documentary Photographer. I love to hear your feedback, so please drop me a line!

The Healing Arts-Commercial Shoot

I'm way behind on blogging. I forgive myself.  Here is a beautiful example of how to get big impact out of a "working documentary" shoot. I learned photography in the dark closets of laboring mothers---those experiences allowed me become quick and creative with difficult lighting and spatial situations. Dark tiny room with people walking on other people? Let's give it ago.  (and by the way, go get a massage at Drift Norman (www.driftnorman.com) You won't regret it. 

Only place in town you can find the most glorious Ashiatsu style massage. Please walk on me. 

But hands are also used. 

A Quick Sub-Arctic Portrait: Mother and Son

Often we get so wrapped up in just accomplishing our basic, get your kid/pet/self through the day without starting a forest fire in a reasonably un-maimed, semi-hygenic way, that anything else simply falls by the way-side. What we tend to forget is that it happens to ALL OF US, and its happening all of the time! So I never take it personally when someone isn't calling 5 months in advance to book a session with me. Michelle called me this week and said, do you have anything open for my son and I before you leave for California?  I had exactly thirty minutes, and it was 20 degrees, but we did the damn deal, and I love the results. Hope you enjoy this sweet sample of an arctic mini portrait session.  My current portrait special is over, but I'll be running another one in the spring.  

A Boat Ride, a White Wall and the Dog-A Family Documentary Session

Surprise! Its family photo day, time to get into an argument over the time/place/cost and what to wear, time to bribe, coerce, threaten and ruin your perfect makeup by the profuse sweating induced by children and husbands just insisting on making crazy faces, running off to find a bug, and picking their noses!

Oh wait, you can relax, because you decided to be brave and hire someone to document your actual life!  Instead of sitting awkwardly in a field, you take your enthusiastic little one for a boat ride, your bring the dog, and your husband gets to go fishing all in one. WIN.

 I hope you enjoy this super sweet example of how to re-think the family photo album.  When you adjust your view on what family photography can be, you invest in a set of images that when returned to in the coming years, bring real tears, real memories and the sweet appreciation of all the little things we forget in the hustle of parenthood. (The way her little hand clutched your sweater for safety, the way you looked at your partner with the deep love of two people who have cleaned up a lot of vomit/poop/spilled cereal together, and still make time to laugh. The gigantic smile of a three year old, ready to take on the world)  And we can still fit in a great portrait.  

I'm refining my approach to the documentary session.  For full documentary sessions, we organize the day in scenes, fusing the classic portrait with all the quirks that come with kids and dogs and fun people. 

On the Shore

A White Wall

A Family Portrait

A Boat Ride!

Glorious Monochrome Captures:  I love to work in monochrome-- to me, the light and shadow have a way of displaying a subtle moment with great intensity. I always include a few of these beautiful black and white moments in every documentary session

 I hope you enjoyed these captures of one of my favorite families, for a day at Lake Hefner.  I supported Jamie and Josh in their labor and birth as a doula over three years ago, she was one of the very first babies I photographed making her powerful and beautiful entrance to this world. What a blessing to watch them grow.  Thank you, sweet friends. 

Meaningful Work-A Professional Documentary Portrait Session

Last week, among all the craziness of preparing for my first showing, I squeezed in a really fun Professional's Documentary and Portrait session with Nicole, who works as a community archivist for the Wichita Language Project.  It was amazing to walk into the bowels of the Sam Noble Natural History museum and see where she works to preserve native languages.  This knowledge is slipping away, and I'm honored to be a tiny part of keeping the original cultural heritage of this land alive. If you are interested in this work, or wish to donate resources to the project, use the contact form on my website and I will connect you with the appropriate organization. 

 

 

 

 

Playful and Classic--a documentary newborn session

I love when a family chooses to do something non-traditional and trusts me to capture the feel of their "we just had a baby" days. This session will warm your heart, with the beautifully classic mid century feel of their home, and the perfection of their little ones. Enjoy this joy-filled sample of my in-home documentary work.  

I also love to see my clients change through the fast moving months of infancy. When I went to drop off their print order, I snapped a beautiful update to the family portrait.  Please adopt me.