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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. 


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.



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.


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 to register.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


expectations : a big ugly bag full


Such a heavy, weighty word laced with all forms of selfishness.

It is a really difficult one for me. Expectations……fair, unfair, spoken, unspoken…..They all lead down the same path to disappointment one way or another.

It breaks my heart over and over again and yet I don’t learn. I carry around my bag of expectations like a high priced Gucci bag that I have somehow earned and somehow have the right to show off, walking around slapping those I love with the weight of it.

It is gross.

I need to repent.

I need to be rid of this ridiculousness.

But it is tricky, especially because we don’t live on a deserted island all alone. We live in constant relationship with others. All healthy relationships have to have a give and take. We have to be there for one another, serve one another and love one another. But what if we feel taken advantage of, unappreciated or unvalued by those we love? We have all been there. We have felt the sting of feeling forgotten in a friendship, unappreciated by our children, overlooked by our spouse, frustrated by our parents. The list goes on and on.

How do we deal with that?

How do we throw out our ugly overpriced bag full of expectations gone unmet?

One glimpse into our world for advice on the matter and we will find a plethora of inspirational quotes and mantras telling us that if the person we are in relationship with isn’t treating us right then we should walk away. We should cut it off at the root and not turn back, for we were too good for them anyways.

We live in a world that tells us that more brokenness is the way to “fix” what is broken. This way of living just doesn’t work. It only breeds more selfishness. It only takes pieces of our hearts and hardens them, turns them black and lifeless.

Are there things that we can do within a relationship to help stop the disappointment of the unmet expectations? Sure. We can try. I for one, know that I could be a better communicator. But even on my best days of laying my heart out there in the most loving fashion, I am only human. I mess it up. Those that I love fall short, AS DO I. It is inevitable.

But…….(thank God there is a but) Jesus flips the paradigm. He teaches us to love in a way that feels completely unnatural.

Talk about a man who was unappreciated and undervalued! When I think about all that he went through while here on earth and all that he endured for me on that cross,  I feel like a total moron for thinking for even one second that I been unfairly treated. I am brought to my knees thinking of the ridiculousness of the things that I deemed appropriate to withhold my love for.

The truth of the matter is, that our human hearts only know how to love full of brokenness.

Love with expectations woven into its fibers just won’t stay in one piece.

If we can learn to lay it down and let Jesus truly invade our hearts, healing can come. Relationships can be restored and we can stop carrying around all of that extra weight of those heavy expectations.

Dear friends, this is not a one time deal. This is a breath by breath, moment by moment, day by day surrender.

HIS way to love is oh so hard and unnatural for us, especially when we try to do it with our own strength.

My hope and prayer is that I can learn to let him help me, learn to let him knock down walls in my heart daily so that HIS love can come in and all of the dead hardened pieces will fall away.

 After all…….His word tells us:

Love does not insist on its own way…….

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.