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We arrived home from almost two weeks in Florida late Tuesday evening.  The kids and I sat beside the ocean most days, but ventured out to Pensacola and the Naval Air Museum, Lighthouse, and Fort Pickens with a stop over at the famous Joe Patti’s.

I’m looking forward to settling, catching up on editing, shooting a newborn and wedding this weekend before we think about heading back to Florida to rendezvous with old friends.  If you live between Oklahoma and Florida and want to book a session, contact me directly.

I can’t believe we have only 6 weeks left of summer before we’re back to school.   Where has the time gone?

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WHAT IS A ROAD TRIP SESSION?

One hour sunset session and 40+ full resolution digital portraits downloadable through an online gallery available within three weeks of session.  Print release will be included.

Web sized images will also be included for online sharing.

20% off of prints.

$450

$250 retainer is due at time of booking and remaining balance due at session.   The retainer is non-refundable.

*only available for couples/immediate family/baby/children sessions

*promotional rate available for sessions outside of Tulsa area

WHAT DATES ARE AVAILABLE?

Navarre, Florida  |  June 11-18

Navarre, Florida  |  July 11, 12

These sessions will be held on the beach unless you have another specific location in mind.   I’m available to travel within 30 miles of Navarre.   Also available for in-home lifestyle sessions and time capsule film sessions.  Contact me for more information.

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.  When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate.   Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives.   Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.”  ~Mark Twain

Working with other artists is so invigorating.   I love when people around me plug in to what they are meant to do and do it whole-heartedly and sacrificially.  Inspiration and creativity flow without competition or something to prove.

This shoot was relaxed and enjoyable, everyone working together to create something special.  I watched each participant’s art unfold- the beautiful tablescape,  lovely florals, the incredible hair and make-up and the fantastic cake.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andi Bravo Photography once before and she’s so fun and professional.  Her energy is contagious and her work is gorgeous.

Thank you to everyone who made this day happen!  I loved meeting you all and sincerely hope we work together again.

Shine on.

Venue: Moore Farms @renitajmoore

Bridal Model: Lexi Draper @lexidraperr
Bridesmaid Model: Ashlynn Elkins @aelkins93
Couple model: Megan Raper and Alphus Raper @megandaleyraper

Attire:  Stella York @missstellayork
Makeup: Atherial Beauty @atherialbeauty
Hair: Ash Franke @ashfrankestyles

Jewelry: Emily Parker co. @emilyparkerandco
Sunless tan: Slate @slatetulsa
Lash extensions: Ashley Buchanan @Lashesbylashley

Photography: Andi Bravo @andibravo_photography
Videography: Happily situated @happily_situated

Stationary: The inviting Place @invitingplace
Calligraphy: Shelby Carper @everlettery

Flowers: Anthousai @anthousai_florals

Cake: Frosten’s @frostens
Rentals: Party Perfect Rentals @partyperfectok
Drapery: Daniel Weir Designs @danielweirdesign
Visuals : Bethany Faber Events @bethanyfaberevents

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  • Mel - Shut the front door. Is that her real hair?!! These are beautiful. Also, now I want cake. ReplyCancel

“You are not required to save the world, of anyone for that matter, with your art. It isn’t valuable only if it rescues or raises money or makes an enormous impact. It can be simply for the love of it. That is not frivolous or selfish in the slightest. If the only person it saves is you, that’s enough.”

Jenn Hatmaker

It’s easy to believe that unless we are creating for the purpose of changing the world or reaching thousands of people with our work then we are doing it for nothing.  I’ve believed it.

I hear other artists, who felt fulfilled and secure after creating, believe the lie that because it wasn’t published by a well-known blog it wasn’t that good after all.   I’ve believed that one too.

This year I’ve trying to make room for creating just for the sake of creating.  I’m doing more self-portraits.  I’m working on a personal project telling the story of my battle with depression, based on a poem given to me by an Australian Poet late last year.   And it’s hard.  It’s vulnerable.   Road blocks pop up unexpectedly and they try to break my heart and break my will to keep creating.

But the honest truth is, I need to create in order to purge the story out of the insides of my body.  I think I will implode or disappear or shatter if it doesn’t make it’s way out of my veins and brain and spill out into something beautiful.   The first step was healing.  The next step not so much.  But I anticipate the next step will cover over the one before.

Stopping isn’t an option today.

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