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Monday
Dec152014

boudoir

Get your boudie on!

January 31st.

I promise that you won't regret it. I promise that every single woman that I have ever photographed thinks that she should work out more, wants to wait to do this until she is skinnier, better looking or in a better place financially. I'm here to tell you that God made YOU beautiful and perfect (laced with beautiful imperfections) and gifting your husband with something like this will rock his world. I also promise that you will be surprised about how much fun you will have, how comfortable you will feel in your own skin and how you will want to do this again and again. 

Friday
Sep262014

peter & libby : the wedding

Libby and Peter are such an amazing and inspiring couple. So in love and ready to spend their lives growing together. My clients blow me away on a daily basis. I am so beyond thankful to have them in my life and to have the honor of documenting their lives. 

After my first meeting with Libby, I knew she was special. We lingered over our cups of coffee long after the wedding consultation was through. She is one of those gems that makes you feel like you have been friends forever. Peter is just as amazing and I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for them as a married couple. What a beautiful team they make. 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. M! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me into your lives in such a specail way. 


Saturday
Sep132014

ryan & kacy : the wedding

I am so happy to finally have a blog post of Kacy and Ryan's wedding up for you all to enjoy. Being around this couple just makes anyone feel good. They are so kind, so sweet, so full of love. They were wed at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tulsa and the reception held at the gorgeous Golf Club of Oklahoma. Flowers by Anne Marie at the French Bouquet. 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. H! Thank you so much for inviting me into your lives on your amazing day! It was an honor. 


The first look. 

My friend Amy of Happily Situated Photography and Video did this beautiful film of the day. 

Ryan and Kacy from Amy Teague on Vimeo.

 

Tuesday
Jul152014

bryan & ali : the wedding

It was such an honor and a joy to come out of maternity leave for such a beautiful wedding. Bryan and Ali tied the knot at Five Oaks Lodge and the day could not have been more perfect. There was an 80 or 90 percent chance of thunderstorms all day and the good Lord smiled upon us and held back the storms until after the wedding. The storms brewed in the distance which made for unseasonably cool temperatures for an outdoor June wedding in Oklahoma.

Anne Marie at The French Bouquet brought Ali's vision of a dream wedding to life with her amazing talent. I mean come on, would you just look at this perfect bouquet?!

Bryan and Ali decided to do a first look which gave of lots of time for portraits before the ceremony.

They read each other letters and exchanged gifts. You guessed it, I was crying just watching their faces as they read.

Bryan gave Ali the most amazing piece of artwork. It was a map of Tulsa with special marks on the places they met, got engaged and got married.

Good luck was in the air.

Ali's Dad brought out a book that Ali wrote when she was a little girl as part of his toast. It was one of the most thoughtful and memorable speeches I have ever seen at a wedding.

Congratulations Ali and Bryan! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day. I loved every single moment of it.

Monday
May192014

photography workshop : summer 2014

I am getting so excited for our upcoming summer pro-photography workshop.

This is a one-day intensive workshop, designed to help you run a thriving business. The main areas of focus will be creating a successful business model, shooting techniques, posing, lighting and post processing.

The workshop will be held on August 23rd, 2014 in Tulsa Oklahoma. The classroom will be in Ashley’s gorgeous studio space.

Here is a taste of what we will cover:

  • Contracts, pricing, gear
  • How to get the right client
  • Advertising for free
  • Income and in person sales
  • Natural light
  • Off camera flash
  • Workflow, organization and balance
  • Post processing in Lightroom and photoshop

There will be a beautifully styled bride and groom shoot and your meals for the day will be catered.

In order to provide a more intimate and personal experience, space will be limited.

The investment is $625 and is due at the time of registration. I will send a paypal invoice for payment.

One attendant will go home with a brand new Shootsac and all attendants will receive a swag bag.

We have just a few spots left for this one so, email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com to register.

Monday
Mar102014

kathryn & chance : engagements

Hello blog world! It is so nice to see you again! I fell off of the map for quite sometime as someone in our family was sick with something or other. It feels so good to be among the land of the living again and welcoming spring into our lives.

Back in January on one of the warm days in Tulsa before all of the snow and ice came, I had the honor of shooting Kathryn and Chance's engagement photos. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I always love my clients and these two are no exception to that rule! They are just the sweetest couple, so in love and so genuine.

Congratulations Kathryn and Chance. I absolutely cannot wait until your wedding this summer.

The prettiest green eye award goes to.......Kathryn of course!

The wedding is on June 28th so, while we were shooting in a parking lot we looked down to see the perfect spot for a photo.

After walking around downtown, we ended our shoot at the top of the Mayo just in time for the sunset.

 

Monday
Jan202014

january thaw

One of my goals for this year is to document our daily life with my big girl camera. It is one of those goals that I want to write on my forehead and carry around with me every single day. Not one of the goals that I make and forget about next week. Looking back through photos of last year, I am so sad that most of them are from my phone. I am thankful for the camera on my phone for its convenience and ability to fit in my pocket but the photos just don't compare to "real" ones. Looking back at photos of my family, brings me more joy than I can explain. Kids and seasons of life grow and change so quickly that it is easy for me to forget. Photos remind me. They show me God's goodness like nothing else can.

We have had some amazingly warm temperatures lately in Oklahoma which has made it so nice to play outside.

My girl. She makes my heart burst.

I love this next image so much! There is something so beautiful to me about glitter mixed with dirt.

This girl has the best stink eye of anyone I know.

Then there is this kid. Five going on thirteen.

When I asked him if I could take his picture, he came up with some "manly" poses that he wanted to do.

Best friends. So different in so many ways.

Pay no mind to the leaves that we haven't gotten around to cleaning up. I love all of the huge gorgeous trees that we have at this house but.......whew.......the leaves and acorns are a never ending battle.

Tuesday
Jan142014

dallas & kaitlyn : the wedding

I am delighted to share our last wedding of 2013 with you. It was a lovely freezing cold December day at Bridle Creek. The details were wintery and romantic and the entire day was just so full of joy and love. Dallas and Kaitlyn along with their friends and family, were just a dream come true to work with. We could not have felt more welcomed or embraced by them. It was the absolute perfect way to finish up an amazing year of weddings.

The abundance of sweet treats at this wedding was killing me. This preggo photog wanted to eat it all!

Kaitlyn girl, you are a stunner!

Three words for you: dapper, dapper, dapper.

 

Wednesday
Jan082014

around the house : my happy place

One of my goals this year is to take more photos of day to day happenings around the house. I got away from that last year too much due to the combo of the ease of having my phone camera on me at all times and the fact that moving, demolition, renovation in the midst of raising a family is a big mess. But it is our life right now and I happen to think it is a crazy beautiful mess.

There is no rymn or reason to this post. Just a few photos from the past few days of being cooped up with the munchkins. As the years go by and especially when it is zero degrees outside, I am becoming much more of a homebody than I ever have been and will go for days without leaving house. I am not complaining one bit. Home is my happy place.

Auntie Loren came by the other day and gave Miss Penelope Pie her first haircut. She doesn't have much hair yet but the hair she does have grows out like a fountain all on the top and in the middle of her head. It makes for a scraggly looking comb over. I cannot wait until hair starts to grow on the sides of her head! Loren says that maybe a year from now it will start to even out.

Miss P wasn't too sure about the whole thing.

I am afraid to say that most days when hubby is at work, you will find us in our jammies well past noon. We lounge around, work on house projects and play. While I was busy painting the bathroom, I kept P busy with her crayons. This girl LOVES to color. (Unfortunatley not just on paper.)

Oh this girl.....she melts me.

The kids share a room and I will often find them playing in there together. Keegan has such a soft heart towards his little sister. She roughs him up on a daily basis and he just keeps on loving her. I'm pretty proud of that kid. These were the first photos that I have ever taken in that room with my big girl camera. We haven't painted in there yet, decorated or anything. As soon as we get some big projects on the main part of the house wrapped up, it will happen.

Pretending to go night night.

No day at home is complete for Keegan without kisses and snuggles from Daisy dog.

Sunday
Jan052014

quilt top frames

I thought it would be fun to post a little crafty goodness today to lighten up on all of my recent writing. ;) I made a few of these frames over Christmas as gifts and loved how they turned out.

I had several fabric scraps laying around in my fabric stash from an unfinished quilt top that I purchased at an estate sale. If you don't have quilt top scraps then any old fabric will do. The frames are of the cheapest kind straight from the dollar store. (Shoot! Now my friends that I gifted these to are going to know how cheap I was in my gift giving.)

I just took the backs and the glass out of the frames, cut strips of fabric and hot glued the fabric strips to the frames. Then I added doilies and yarn for the photos. On one I just wrapped it all around several times with zig zags so that I could stick photos or prints in between the yarn. On the other, I glued one piece of yarn and clipped the photo with mini clothes pins. Either way, they are an easy DIY gift. Of course, I had to make a couple for myself to keep and put in place of all of our Christmas decorations.

If you don't want to be quite as cheap as I was, then you can order a print like this one from Recipe For Crazy and include it with your frame.