Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

From our family to yours...hoping that your holidays are merry and bright!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

How Did I Not Blog These Beautiful Gals?

Remember how I said that I would be digging out photos to share. Well, I found some!

I can't believe I never got around to posting all of these. Here's more Texas bridal sessions from wa-a-a-a-y back in May (see the June archives for the first previews)!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Megan On Christmas

So, my friend Harrison had this questionnaire on her blog, so I thought I needed to join in on the Christmas fun. Here ya go...everything you ever wanted to know about me and my Christmas traditions (or not):

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I used to be a bag kind of gal, but now I'm all wrapping paper. It's just more fun to get to rip paper off of a gift, don't ya think?

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial because 1-it's less expensive 2-there are few places to find a real tree in our part of the country 3-my allergies would be killing me with real greenery indoors! Just as a side note, did you know that upper respiratory infections hit a high at this time of the year? The reason: everyone dragging in their artificial trees that are filled with dust and who-knows-what from being in storage for a year. My pediatrician recommended that we vacuum, hose down or use a leaf blower to blow off all the yuck & muck before hauling the tree indoors every year.

3. When do you put up the tree? Throughout my childhood, it always went up ASAP after Thanksgiving. Now that I'm an adult, I'd be glad to put it off as long as possible. Between the kids pestering me & the holiday party I usually host during the first week in December, I always get it up the week after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? That's the worst part. I try to get it down after New Year's Day because I don't want it sitting in my living room taunting me.

5. Do you like eggnog? Absolutely...but I try not to buy it 'cause I could down a half-gallon on my own!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A telescope (I had ambitions of becoming an astronaut when I was in grade school). The cedar chest that I still have to this day.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Of course! The nativity is what Christmas is all about!

8. Hardest person to buy for? I think EVERYONE is hard to buy for...especially adults.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My oldest daughter, Hannah. She has a lot of different interests.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? No comment.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail!!!! I love catching up with old friends at Christmas.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? "It's a Wonderful Life," of course. I also like the old claymation cartoons of Rudolph, etc. because it takes me back to my childhood when we actually marked the calendars when those shows were going to be on television. Now, with cable, they repeat them constantly throughout the holidays and it's just not the same.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I used to start in October, but life has gotten so busy that I'm quickly becoming a last-minute shopper (but at least I have a list).

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Um...yea. Admit it...you have, too!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I'm an equal opportunity eater--I welcome all foods no matter what time of the year. LOL! (But I do always request my mom's cheese grits even though my husband just can't learn to love the southern treat).

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? clear

17. Favorite Christmas song? Anything that Bing Crosby sings. Or "Silent Night" accapella.

18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? Usually we are traveling every day up to Christmas Eve & back on the road immediately thereafter. This year, we are actually going to be at home!

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yep. Don't forget, I have children who like for me to read Mary Engelbright's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" over and over again...

20. Angel on the tree top? Nope--A bow (although I would consider a star).

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Usually Christmas Eve. After all, Santa brings gifts on Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Obligation. Being obligated to give gifts or go to a thousand different events takes the joy out of giving/enjoying the season, KWIM?

23. What I love most about Christmas? Laughing with family. Trying to keep my husband from figuring out his gifts (he has an unnatural ability to guess every wrapped gift even if it has been disguised or weighted). Passing on traditions. Watching kids get giddy when they unwrap a gift. Most of all, celebrating Christ's birth!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cameras: Never Leave Home Without 'Em!

Yesterday, I had to drive to my college classes in what was left of the ice storm. Oh, how I wished I had my camera in the passenger seat!! There were so many wonderful things that I saw...cool ice patterns on the field irrigation systems, trees sagging from the weight of their frozen limbs, the irony of green fields when everything surrounding them was white (yes, we have green fields of winter wheat).... Best of all, the sky was beautiful! The grey clouds were hanging very low and it was as if the sky was trapped between the earth & clouds. The colors were amazing--very azul (I have to use the Spanish word because just plain ol' "blue" doesn't quite do it justice), almost purple. Plus, the dark greens, browns, rusts and reds on earth were very saturated colors from the wetness. It was gorgeous!

What can we learn?

#1--Always have a camera nearby--you never know when you might stumble upon something picture-worthy.

#2--Though it's not really fun to get out after a thunderstorm or ice storm, it is an excellent time for taking photos. Anytime the sky is completely cloud-covered makes for excellent, evenly lit photos and whenever the ground is wet, the colors of the earth are amazing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter Wonderland

Well....kinda. There's no snow, only ice!

The view from my glass door...

I tried this for fun: the view through the screen on the glass. Looks kinda cool!

No snow....no problem! These two little critters are lovin' it anyway. They decided to take up ice skating...with no blades!

Sorry, bud--there's no snowflakes to catch on your tongue right now!

This one reminds me of Dumb Donald off of Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids--he always had that pink hat that covered most of his face. :)

We're supposed to get more moisture today which means re-freezing on top of the ice we already have. We're just hoping the electricity stays on!!!

I hope you & yours are staying warm!! :)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

A quote for the artists & perfectionists out there

I ran across this quote today & I love it:


That's so true! When I shoot, I always strive for perfection in every image, but I also know that I am very, very human and prone to err (a lot!). Funny thing is...many times, I will run across one of my images that are not techinically perfect or break some kind of photographic "rule," but it ends up being a favorite. That, my friends, is the joy of art! :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Last Session of 2007

Did you ever think I was going to get back to blogging? Man, life has been super busy between school, work, kids, holidays...you name it and I bet we've done it in November!

Just wanted to share some pics from my last scheduled session of the year. Yep, I don't do any sessions in December (or at least I'm not this year) because of all the many activities and events we are involved in. Besides, it's hard to squeeze in any December sessions because of the tight holiday production schedules at the lab & shipping issues.

Anyway....all that to say that even though this was my last session, I will still have plenty of photos to share on the blog! I plan on using some of my semester break time to go through my hard drive and see what pictures have been overlooked. I know there's a lot!

In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of the Ward kids...talented, funny and super-cute! And check out the sky in these--it was beautiful that night!

Megan Franks of Four Seasons Photography specializes in on-location portraiture in western Oklahoma.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Scott + Elizabeth's E-Session

I can't wait to photograph Scott & Elizabeth's wedding next spring. Elizabeth will be a stunning bride and Scott is sure to keep us all laughing!

Having a little fun with sunflare...

The sky was so incredibly blue that evening...and it also got incredibly cold (notice how they are huddling together for warmth?)!

Another blue sky example. This was a tough shot--the sun set very quickly and we ended up working in the dark for a few. I do like the architecture, though....and I added a little texture just for fun.

Scott & Elizabeth's entire e-session slideshow can be viewed here.
{By the way, an e-session is an engagement session in case you are wondering!}

Sunday, November 18, 2007

November Cuties

Meet Mason and his little brother, Carson. They are both cute as a button!

Carson's was really quite "smiley," but I caught him in a split-second of a somber moment ('cause you know how much I love somber photos!). But I couldn't decide if I liked it better in color or....

...in B&W. I like how the grain of the door looks in B&W.

You can see the boy's slideshow here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


The answer is: "Yes."

The question is: "Is she as sweet as she looks?"

I've known Natalie since she was a third grader. (Oh-my-gosh...that makes me feel old!). She was the quiet, shy kid always wearing a grin but not having too much to say.

Then she became a teenager! LOL!

I'm so proud of Natalie because I've watched her grow into a beautiful young lady, both physically and spiritually.

Not only is she an excellent student, she also is super talented! She's creative, she plays three
instruments and the girl can sing!!!

But even if she couldn't do any of those things, I would still count it a great honor to know her. She has a heart as big as the state she lives in (Texas) and she follows God with all her heart.

Here's just a few of my favorites. Honestly, there were so many, it was hard to just pick a few!

Urban photography is so much fun. You can find lots of different backdrops in just a two block radius. It's awesome!

Meet "Barney" the purple guitar. Seriously--that's its name! Natalie special ordered this little beauty because purple is her favorite color. For the record, the other two instruments that she brought along for our shoot were a clarinet and a saxophone. Cool!

M.I.A.--Mom In Action

Moms: Think you'll get to sit back and enjoy the senior photography experience? Think again! We put you to work!! When Mom wasn't toting Natalie's stuff, she was holding a reflector for me! :) Thanks, Mom!

Autumn is officially my favorite season & I think it should be everyone else's, too!

Beau. ti. ful.

As I've mentioned, Natalie is a Christian. We took some shots with a Bible. In this picture, she is outlining her current favorite scripture verse between her fingers. In case you can't make it out, it's Matthew 6:34: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." So true!!

Trying a different angle...

The senior tee. Lucky for us, there happened to be a green wall in the exact shade of her school color: Hawk Green!

To see Nat's senior shoot in its entirety, check out her senior slideshow here!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Welty Family

Meet the Welty's, photographed on their very own "home on the range."

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Christmas Cards

In case your local department store hasn't reminded you already (by stocking shelves full of ornaments before Halloween was over), Christmas is coming!

Though I'm all for a good procrastination now & then, in photography world, we have to be especially vigilent about planning in advance because of shipping issues and holiday printing deadlines.

So, the moral of the story is, IT'S TIME TO ORDER CHRISTMAS CARDS!

Here are the five card choices for 2007:

In addition to new card designs, I'm also proud to announce new card PRICES! Whoo-hoo!

4x5.5 Flat Photo Card ** Each set of 25 = $25.00
Press-printed postcards with photo and design on front and space for personal greetings on back. Envelopes included.

5x7 Flat Photo Card **Each set of 25 = $30.00
Press-printed postcards with photo and design on front and space for personal greetings on back. Envelopes included.

4x5.5 Folded Premium Greeting Cards ** Each set of 25 = $37.00
Folded cards printed on premium card stock. Photo with design & holiday greeting printed on outside, inside left blank for correspondence. Envelopes included.

5x7 Folded Premium Greeting Cards ** Each set of 25 = $43.00
Folded cards printed on premium card stock. Photo with design & holiday greeting printed on outside, inside left blank for correspondence. Envelopes included.


Just contact me and let me know that you are interested, and I will load all of your images from this year onto the proofing site where you can order cards or reorder prints.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

2 + 2 = 4

This week, I had the opportunity to photograph the S family; they had the most adorable identical twin boys! It's hard for me to imagine becoming an instant family of four and the challenges of keeping up with little boys x 2, but this family seems to have it under control.

Thanks for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family! Here's a little sneak peek...