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Inspiration shoots are my all time fav. Its my time to think of things in my head and experiment. I use to do it all the time but work and building my business started to take over. Rim (the gorgeous model below) had contacted me early last year and asked about doing a shoot together. I said I would LOVE to because I was in the midst of wedding season and needed something a little different to keep the creativity going. I told her to let me think up an idea. I wanted to do something with a flower crown and a green field, but I wanted the crown to be grand. I wanted the hair and makeup (it was perfect) to be whimsical and the accessories to be as well. So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought all the flowers to make the crown. I had no idea what I was doing…all I knew was the crown kept getting bigger and bigger, hah. (but that was the point…to be grand). I found a metallic skirt and asked Rim to wear a light colored t-shirt. She brought some gold bracelets that went beautifully with my butterfly necklace (it was my 104 year old great great aunts…so its like an antique), and we paired it with my white fur  stole (also my great great aunts, that lady had some awesome things). So we set out to make some magic. The sunlight was just perfect for what I was wanting. Rim did an amazing job being my model! That girl can pose and work the camera! I had an amazing time getting to do something I love and out of the norm. Its always good to go out on a limb and just let your mind run. I have so many ideas in my head and its sometimes hard to get going and make it happen. I have another shoot that I have been thinking in my head for 3 years now and I finally think I can make it happen. But right now its top secret…you will just to wait and see :)

Here are some of my favs. I also want to add, the photo of her laying by the tree. The tree is no longer there, it was struck by lightening I believe and was destroyed so they had to cut it down. I will forever be grateful I shot by that tree because it was so big and beautiful.


May kicked off our crazy wedding season (we shot 14 weddings in 13 weeks from May to July). This was the last wedding of the month. We drove to the beautiful town of Ponca City. I really like this couple…maybe because we now all share the last name with no relation ;) No, they are just super cool and they are my kinda people. Their wedding was just perfect; I started off at Marland Mansion where the girls got ready and Ryan went to the chapel to be with the guys. I really enjoyed photographing Sarah with her bridesmaids. You will see below that we did the infamous “Bridesmaid’s” photo. This was my 1st time to do it so we had a lot of fun laughing and working on getting “the shot”. I went ahead and added in to try and make it look like a movie poster, haha – think I’ll just stick to photography. I loved doing their photos at the mansion, its just a stunning venue. After their ceremony at the chapel we were getting ready to head back to the mansion and it started raining while the sun was shining (rain is supposed to be good luck on your wedding day). Go figure its Oklahoma. I told Ryan to go get our umbrella out of the truck because we couldn’t let Sarah get wet (Ryan got a funny pic of that below). We finished up photos at mansion and then headed into the reception. They had a yummy cookie bar, a wooden bench for guests to sign, food, drinks, music, dancing, and a beautiful cake! This couple really likes to dance and I’m glad they did because the room was just stunning. We did the bouquet toss off the balcony which made for some interesting and fun photos. Then their family and friends sent them off for their honeymoon!

Rob and Sarah, I really enjoyed getting to know you both! You are such a sweet and beautiful couple! I wish you all the best and many blessings on all the years to come!

Ceremony: First Lutheran Church of Ponca City

Reception: Marland Mansion

Dress: Beloved Bridal – Norman, OK

Hair/MUA: Liz Flesner – Glo Salon – Stillwater, OK

Flowers: Made by the bride and family

DJ: DJ Connection