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Wednesday
Jul312013

kyle & vanessa : the wedding

I am delighted to share the wedding of Kyle and Vanessa with you all today. The entire day was held at Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa. Post Oak is hands down one of my favorite venues. It is perfect for the bride that loves the beauty that only mother nature can give while also offering the comfort and amenities of a gorgeous indoor venue as well. Plus, they are just lovely people to work with.

Vanessa's gorgeous dress is from Facchianos Bridal

Makeup by: Ashlee Bivins Hair by: Heather Valentine

I have never had a bride laugh so hard while getting dressed. Pure joy.......all day long.

I absolutely love when a bride and groom decide to do a first look. It gives us the time to capture so many beautiful portraits.

I just love this couple. So full of love, so gorgeous, so kind.

Is it weird to say that I want to eat Vanessa's flowers? Well, I do. Lindi Collins at The Bridal Garden did a killer job.

One of my favorite shots from the day. I think this one will have to become a canvas sample for my new office space.

Sweet moment immediately following the ceremony.

Then we snuck off to do a few more bride and groom shots with the soft evening light.

This next shot is my absolute favorite of the day. So sweet and intimate. The pose and the image are from my lovely second shooter Jessie. The girl has got mad skill.

These two.....So happy!

Cake by: Ludger's Bavarian Cakery

There was a lot of fancy two stepping going on at the reception.

This young man in the middle was dancing circles around everyone at the party.

I have big plans to dance with my daughter at her wedding just as much as Vanessa's mom did with her.

Even Pistol Pete decided to make an appearance on the dance floor.

Watch out Kyle, I think he was putting the moves on your girl!

Congratulations Dr. and Dr. B! Jessie and I were so honored to be the ones to have captured your special day. I pray that the Lord blesses your marriage and your lives far beyond what you could ever imagine.

Tuesday
Jul232013

jess & roy : the wedding

It has been a while since I have posted any client photos on my blog as I have been under the gun to just get everything edited and back to my clients in the middle of our move and home renovation projects. So, I am delighted to share with you Jess and Roy's intimate wedding.

Jess girrrrrrrrrl!! You are such a beauty!

 

Jess' dress rocks my world. That back!

Robyn's flower garden did a lovely job on the flowers.

New siblings.

Holding back the tears as she sees her groom for the first time.

Dang guys!!!That is one awesome kiss!

Jess' father was very ill and was unable to make it to the wedding. I know that it was so hard for Jess and for her Dad but he did get to watch the entire thing live via facetime on the ipad that he had gotten for her as a Christmas gift. Technology can be a beautiful thing.

Family portrait.

One of my favorites.

Congratulations Roy and Jess! You both are such gems and I am so very honored that I was able to capture your day for you.

Friday
Jul122013

big girl camera

I have a confession to make. I have been lazy when taking photos of my children. I love Instagram and the all of the ways it is a fast and easy way to share photos of what is going on in my life with my friends. I love my i-phone and all of the ways I can easily take photos or videos. My phone has been the first thing I grab when I want to take a photo of my children. It has become a habit. A very bad habit.

I am working on changing that habit. I have an amazing camera and I want my photos of my kids' childhood to be crisp and clear and beautiful. I want to look back on these crazy days and remember them with a fond heart. I-phone photos just don't do that for me.

So, I busted out my big girl camera and she is going to stay out so that it becomes easy for me to grab and capture our days. Our days are a bit more crazy than usual right now as we just moved into our new house and we are renovating it as we live there. There may be messes, projects or a lawn that needs love in the background in my photos but this is our story right now. It is real life.

The kids love to play on our new back porch. Mornings are the absolute best back there while the light is still behind the trees and the temperature is still bearable.

I wanted to take a few shots with my phone and my camera so that I could encourage myself and others to get in the habit of reaching for the camera instead of the phone. I did not edit the photos in any way so that it would be a true comparison.

Thursday
Jun062013

our first home

I write this post with so much emotion lingering in my heart. I am overflowing with joy and gratitude as we begin a new adventure and yet my eyes well with tears as I think about all of the memories that live inside of these walls. We are selling our first home. Notice that I say "home" and not house. It has been our home for the last 6 years. We have brought two children home from the hospital here. Our neighbors have become some of our nearest and dearest friends. We have cried together here, we have laughed together here, we have prayed together here. We have grown into the family that we are today in this place.  I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that this is real. We are putting all of our belongings into boxes and moving out of this home.

We are so blessed with the opportunity to move. Our next house will be made a home just like this one was. We will fill it with love, prayer, the laughter of children, the pitter patter of feet across floors and it will become a HOME.

I thought it would be fun to do a little before and after post in honor of our little house made into a home. It was a HUD foreclosure and needed a LOT of love. The plan is to do the same thing with our next house.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Tuesday
May072013

rachael & cory : engagements

I have another dreamy engagement session to share with you today.

Rachael and Cory, I had an absolute blast with the two of you when you came to Tulsa for your engagements. Thank you so much for making the trip here and for being so in love. You made my job so incredibly easy.

I hope you enjoy this little peek at your session.

Some photographers might consider this next shot an outtake but I absolutely love it!

Rachael and Cory brought their beautiful pooches along for the shoot.

Rawr......So romantic these two are!

I think these next two images might be my favorite. The light in them makes me think of heaven.

Seriously amazing wildflower action going on in these next shots.

I didn't even mind that I had to pull off a few ticks after this shoot. (Glamorous life of a photographer!)

Two shoots in a row with red wine lovers. No wonder my clients and I get along so well.

Sunday
May052013

meredith & casey : engagements

I am so excited to share Meredith and Casey's engagement session with you. There is just nothing better than a sweet, beautiful couple in love.

The entire day of the shoot it was cloudy and gloomy and very much on the chilly side. But as soon as we pulled into our shoot location, the clouds opened up and the Lord kissed us with sunshine.

Meredith and Casey, I am so excited to be the one who gets to capture your wedding and I had such a wonderful time getting to know you both a little more in your engagement shoot. You are just so darn adorable and perfect for each other.

Meredith and Casey moved to the top of my list of favorite people when they sent me home with the rest of their wine. ;)

Thursday
May022013

behind the scenes video : imago vita workshop

Eeeeeek! I'm so excited to share this fun little video done by Amy at Happily Situated.

Get a little taste of what it was like behind the scenes at our workshop. 

Imago Vita Photography Workshop from Amy Teague on Vimeo.

 

SIDENOTE: Registration is now open for our next one to be held on October 5th, 2013.

Just shoot me an email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com

Wednesday
Apr242013

imago vita photography workshop : round 3 

We hosted our third photography workshop a little over a week ago and I wanted to share some images from the day. It was held in the absolutely fabulous studio space of my friend Ashley of Under the Sycamore. She was so kind to kick her chickens out of the space for the day to let us girls hang out.

It was a ten hour workshop packed full of lots and lots of learning. The day starts with a classroom setting going over tons of information like: contracts, marketing, brand identity, balancing home life with photog life, gear, workflow, natural light, off camera lights, photoshop and lightroom just to name a few things. 

Then the attendants get to start shooting and practicing off camera lights as the fabulous Loren from the Vintage Comb does hair and makeup for our model.

Angelyn and Justin were the perfect bride and groom models for us. They were seriously adorable.......seriously! I wanted to put them in my pocket.

After the classroom portion, we headed outside to do a styled bride and groom shoot. I shot and showed our attendants how to make their subjects feel and look natural in their photos. Each attendant had a chance to also work with the models individually.

Here are a few of my favorite portraits from the shoot.

That bouquet was DELISH! So amazingly gorgeous, thanks to Anne Marie at The French Boquet.

Amy from Happily Situated was so kind to let us use her vintage sofa.

And a few shots of our fabulous attendants shooting.

There are so many to thank for sponsoring the workshop and helping this day be such a success!

Under the Sycamore

The French Bouquet

Pen and Paint

Mpix Pro

Happily Situated

Vintage Comb

And of course our gorgeous models Angelyn and Justin!

I can't wait for our next workshop in the fall! It will be held on October 5th, 2013. Be on the lookout for a fun little video from this past workshop to see more from behind the scenes.

For more workshop info email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com

 

Wednesday
Apr172013

starting him young

If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this photo that I posted several days ago.

If you don't follow me and want to my IG name is shannonrphillips.

Keegan (my four and half) year old is eager to learn about photography. He asks me questions all of the time about photos and my camera. He sits by my side often when I am editing weddings and begs me to teach him how to erase things out of pictures. He is still a baby in my eyes and I initially laughed at him when he asked if he could try to take some pictures with my "real camera". Then I thought about it for a moment and I changed my mind. Why would I stifle his eagerness to learn my craft? I am thankful that he thinks my job is cool and that he appreciates photographs in the same way I do. I want the Lord to give me eyes to see into who my little baby boy is becoming. I want to encourage his curiousity, his willingness to learn and his courage to try something new.

So, with my close supervision I let him go for it.

Photo credit: Keegan Phillips

I am one proud Mama.

Tuesday
Apr162013

puppy love and a new journey

Well, we hosted our third photography workshop this past weekend and it was a dream come true. We had such an amazingly talented group of photographers, great weather, gorgeous models and the perfect setting. I will post more on that later this week.

I couldn't wait to hang out with my family on Sunday and just get some rest. I had skipped our usual Friday no pressure day in order to prepare for the workshop so we made up for it on Sunday.

Lots and lots of just hanging out and enjoying one another. Here are a few shots of the kids hanging out with our four legged kid, Daisy in the backyard.

This one is my absolute favorite.

After lots of rest on Sunday, we began a new journey on Monday.