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Thursday
Mar212013

oklahoma photography workshop

We have a couple of spots left in our photography workshop on April 13th! Email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com for more info.

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Friday
Mar012013

no pressure day

A major struggle that I face as a mama/wife/business owner/Jesus follower is PRESSURE. While there may be pressures that are placed on me by others, the reality is that most of it comes from my own unreasonable expectations that I place upon myself. I am supposed to be perfect, well dressed, have squeaky clean floors, well mannered children, meet all of my husbands needs, have X number of clients, no dirty dishes, meaningful quiet times and bible reading every day......the list goes on and on and on.

And I know that I am not alone.

I know that pretty much every woman I know has the same struggle in some shape or form.  We all feel the pressure to be perfect, to display a certain image.

The past couple of months has been a season of growing for me.  Letting go of things that make life messy, letting go of things that do not honor God and do not serve my family. This is where the "No pressure day" comes in.  I have learned that I need to let the pressure go and I need to be intentional about it.

I chose Friday to be the one day that I truly do everything in my power to let go of the PRESSURE and just plain enjoy life with my children.  Just soak it in.  It is a bit different for me then a normal type of a Sabbath that families usually spend together. I intentionally wanted it to be a day that my hubby is working. He is a nurse and works 12 hour shifts so like he is GONE.......like ALL DAY.  I wanted to force myself to have a special mommy/kiddo day where we just enjoy each other. No pressure. We can stay in our jammies all day. We can go to the park, we can make messes and not clean them up. We can do crafts or not do crafts, we can watch movies, have 80's dance parties on top of matresses in the living room......we can do whatever we want. As long as there is no schedule, no plans, no pressure.

It has been one of the best choices I have ever made. Want to join me??? You can follow me shannonrphillips on instagram and post pictures of your no pressure day and use the hashtag #nopressureday

Here are some recent pics that I took with my big girl camera of my muchkins on our "no pressure days."

Pancake breakfast. Only because it sounded fun and yummy. And we didn't do the dishes afterwards.

Loving on babies in the middle of the day in jam jams.

Just playing and working on walking.

Playing guitar in his jammies.

Singing a love song. This is the hard part for me. The floor in the background desperately needed sweeping. But I chose to focus on my girl and her pretty song. I chose to delight in her baby blue eyes and let go of worrying what people migh think if I posted a picture with a dirty floor in the background. ;)

Just hanging out playing games on Mom's phone. How did he get smelly boy feet instead of baby feet all of a sudden?

Annnnnnnnnnnd naps. Naps are a must on "no pressure day." Even if it is only the baby who is sleeping. The little boy and I still snuggle up and rest.

So this is a challenge to all you ladies out there. You don't even have to be a Mama, you know you pile the pressure on yourself. Take a day and let go. See what happens. Let's do this together. We might be surprised at all of the beauty life has to offer in the middle of letting go.

Sunday
Feb242013

jeremy & katie : the wedding

Our first wedding of 2013 couldn't have been a more perfect way to kick off a new year. We traveled down to Texas to capture Jeremy and Katie's special day. It was a cooooold gloomy January day but boy oh boy was the day full of so much warmth!

Katie's dress just makes me swoon. The shape of the dress and the details are so amazing and yet so simple. If I were two feet shorter than I am, I would ask her if I could wear it for just a day.

Loren Houk from Vintage Comb also came down to Texas to help make all of the ladies look gorgeous.

Jeremy's gift to Katie was this sweet Vintage Pearl necklace with a G for their last name and the country of Africa on it. The newly wed couple actually went over to Ethiopia for their honeymoon. Katie explained to me that they wanted their marriage to be about serving God so, what better way to start it out.

Katie girrrrrrrl!!! You were just a vision!

The first look.

It says a ton about who Jeremy and Katie are that their wedding party consisted of 28 people. They make friends wherever they go and make everyone feel so loved and important.

Handsome brothers. You may remember a post I did last year of these two precious boys coming home from Ethiopia.

I snuck around the corner to find this sweet moment a bit before to the ceremony.

Moments before the doors to the church opened up, Katie took a deep breath with tears in her eyes. Her sweet Daddy said "That is good man in there honey."

Some canvas action at the reception.

The grand entrance.

Dancing with Dad. So special.

I always tear up when Mama's dance with the groom. I know how quickly time flies and there will be a day when I am dancing with my little boy. My prayer is that I would be as happy and proud of my son for the wife that he chooses as Miss Jodi is of Jeremy.

Time to party and get dancing!

Ummmmm.....That girl has hops.

A little shot of Jessie and I with the beautiful bride!

Mr. and Mrs. G, Thank you a million times over to you and your families for bringing us down to Texas to capture this amazing time in your lives. I am so grateful to know you and so grateful that you entrusted me with your memories. May the Lord bless you far beyond your wildest dreams and may you grow more and more crazy in love with one another with each passing year!

Monday
Feb182013

embracing the cross

Last Wednesday was the beginning of Lent on the Christian calendar. I grew up in the Catholic Church and celebrated the Lent tradition for the majority of my childhood. Every year we would go to church on ash Wednesday and get ashes rubbed onto our foreheads and we would give up candy or pop or television.

In my early twenties I gave my life to Jesus in a brand new way. My life was changed forever. I entered into the world of the Evangelical Christian church and scoffed at the seamingly meaningless rituals of my past church life.

But, years of growing in Christ taught me that those traditions and rituals were there for a reason. They were grounded in deep biblical truth and rich meaning. As a child, I never quite understood the why behind it all. They just felt like rules at the time.

Over the past several years we have chosen to embrace the season of Lent. It has helped my faith in ways that I never expected.

This year, I did not choose to give up sugar, coffee or wine. This year the thing that I am trying so desperately to give up is STRESS. I need to learn to let go of the worry. I need to trust HIM more on a daily basis. His plans are better than mine. His timing is perfect. His peace is always available to me.

I want to walk in this. Every single day.

Easier said than done, right?

It is a hard thing to give up. It somehow, makes me feel important if I have something to worry about. Like I am the one with the power. Little by little, I am letting go of things that I didn't even know I was keeping from God. I am seeking his face more and asking him to help me, asking him to show me what I am holding onto too tightly.

I am so desperately trying to embrace the cross. I am nailing up my worries, my fears and my stress.

The less I worry, the less energy I give to stress......The more energy I have for my children, for my husband and creativity seems to come back to my once weary soul.

Maybe this is too much rambling, maybe you just want to see more pictures. But maybe, just maybe He is calling you to lay some things down as well. Feel free to share.

We are all in this together.

Me: "What are you drawing buddy?"

Keegan: "Jesus and the cross. Remember Mommy, he died on the cross for us."

Me: "Thank you so much for the reminder buddy. Sometimes even Mommies need reminding."

Friday
Feb082013

boudoir super sale!

Email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com to claim this amazing deal!

Saturday
Jan122013

ben & caroline : the wedding

Alas, a new blog post!!! The holidays have come and gone and a new year is here. It feels so great to be back in a routine and getting things done. I'm so excited to share Caroline and Ben's beautiful December wedding with you.

The getting ready photos took place at the Ambassador Hotel, the ceremony was held in the beautiful Holy Family Cathedral and the reception took place at the Tulsa Garden Center.

This next series of images cracks me up. The bride opened the bottle of bubbly and gave her sister in law a champagne shower!

April at Faccia Bella did a marvelous job on makeup.

Sweet sisters.

The French Bouquet made this place look gooooooood!

I love the placement of the backlight in this next image. It looks like it is coming from Caroline's bling!

I am posting two ring shots because I couldn't decide which one I liked better.

Mama and her gorgeous girls.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. S! I wish you all of the joy and happiness that this life has to offer! May your marriage be blessed and your lives be full to the brim with joy.

Monday
Dec102012

david & christal : the wedding

Today I am so happy to share the lovely wedding of David and Christal with you. It was such a perfect day for a November wedding. The ceremony was held at the gorgeous Camp Loughridge and the reception was elegant and refined at the Mayo in Downtown Tulsa. I know that I always say this, but I truly do have the most beautiful clients inside and out.

Christal!! You are a vision to behold.

The French Bouquet rocked my world with this stunning bouquet.

David was looking rather dapper in his tux.

I just love this next shot of David with tears in his eyes and all of his family beaming with joy, camera phones in hand to see Christal coming down the aisle.

Tuesday
Dec042012

published!

We are so honored, excited, thrilled.....Okay you get the picture.......I am singing from the rooftops! Jenni and Anthony's wedding is on Style Me Pretty today!

Hop on over and take a look!

This dream of mine could not have come true if it weren't for my crazy talented bride Jenni, all the fabulous vendors and the help of my crazy awesome second shooter Jessie! I love you girls and am so so happy today! ;)

Monday
Nov262012

cyber monday!

Happy Cyber Monday! All boudoir sessions booked today are HALF OFF!!!!!!!
To claim this deal send me a message with your paypal email or email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com

Hint.....Hint.....all you hubbys out there could get this as a Christmas gift for your wifey.

Saturday
Nov242012

clayton & megan : the wedding

Well hello there! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I have a beautiful fall wedding to share with you all today. Megan and Clayton got married on a perfect November Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The weather and everything about their day could not have been more perfect.

Clayton and Megan, you are such a fun and beautiful couple. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives. I hope that you enjoy this little peek at your photos.

Cowboy through and through.

The first look.

They like to smooch. Obviously. ;)

I absolutely love this next series of photos.

This one captures Megan's silly personality perfectly.

Every single bride deserves to have her groom swirl her around like this on her wedding day.

Megan and her Dad had such a sweet relationship. I had a hard time editing my way through the father daughter dance photos without bawling.