Friday, October 31, 2008

Is the Great Pumpkin Coming?

It's time to seek out the most sincere pumpkin patch that you can find, because it's Halloween!!

My little trick-or-treaters:

A beautiful pink princess, of course...

...and a beautiful pink POODLE!

I decided to get back to my creative side and make H's costume this year like I used to. We got the idea from Family Fun magazine. It was actually pretty simple to make--mostly made from pink bath puffs and socks for ears/tail--just a little time consuming.

It's not the first time I've made a Family Fun Halloween costume. Once upon a time, when they were 3 years old and 4 months old, I made matching skunk costumes for my little "stinkers."  (I was planning to post some old pics, but my scanner is acting up).  Take my word for it, they were adorable!!

Enjoy your treat bags full of sugar and empty calories!  ;) 

Feel free to come take some off our hands...I'm too weak to have Halloween candy in the house! 

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Fun for Grown-Ups

This week, I attended a murder mystery dinner that our local YWS Club hosted. I admit--I was a skeptic. I wasn't sure how much fun grow women in costumes trying to figure out "who dunnit" would really be.

Verdict: It was great fun! There was lots of laughter, great food (of course!) and creative costumes (I suppose the little girl instinct to play dress-up never fully goes away). I got to pull out some of my journalism skills for a bit as we interviewed one another and tried to figure out who had motive and opportunity to kill.

In case you've never been a part of a murder mystery dinner, everyone is assigned a character and asked to dress as that person. Once you arrive at the party, you are given a the details about your character's whereabouts during the murder and what else she may have seen. Then, you have to mingle with others, asking questions or slipping your information into the conversation while trying to put all the pieces of the mystery puzzle together. My character was Professor Eva Spektrum, an expert in psychology and parapsychology.

If you've never been to one, I highly suggest giving it a try. It's a great way to meet new people, too!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Alex (#2)

When Alex #2's mom called to ask about taking senior pictures, I was seriously in disbelief. "Noooo...he can't be a senior. Really? He's a senior, already??" Even my husband argued with me later about it. "Ummm...I think his mom would know whether or not he's a senior," I counter-argued (conveniently failing to mention my own disbelief from earlier).

So, apparently, the old saying is true: time DOES fly!

Here's a little sneak peek from Alex (#2)'s senior photo shoot in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas.

This is one of my favorite locations to shoot at in downtown Wichita Falls. It used to be a great little hidden spot, until they tore down the building next door. Sadly, I don't think it's much of a secret, anymore. Shucks.

Funny story: So, we wanted to get a few pics on the train tracks. We drove to a spot where we wouldn't have to worry about know, cars constantly driving over the tracks. We didn't have to worry about any cars, but we did have to worry about a train! Confession: I had a really hard time getting a good shot because I was so shaky (I tend to get like that at the end of a long, I hadn't eaten dinner yet) and because I was frantically trying to get all the shots I needed before the train got too close. Alex wisely mentioned that if we didn't get our vehicles back across the tracks, we might get stuck on the other side (with no exit route). You can't see it in this picture, but there's a big white light right behind his head from the oncoming train! (By the way, wasn't that fabulous backlighting?)

Con"grad"ulations on your senior year, Alex!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Limited Time Only: Purchase Images on CD!!

Christmas is coming whether we like it or not (even the weather seems to recognize this lately). As always, Four Seasons Photography will be pleased to bring you a selection of trendy, customized greeting cards for the holiday season, but this year, I'd like to offer you a new option as well:

You heard me can purchase any image on CD (including a reproduction release which will allow you to be able to print your images at any photo lab of your choice) for only $50! Free shipping, too!!

Just follow these five easy steps:

1) Go to and click on the "Digital Image Special" gallery.

2) Click on the image of the ad above.

3) Select the number of images you'd like to purchase & click the "add items to cart" button.

4) After you have completed your transaction, send me an e-mail description or image number of the photo you would like to purchase (image numbers are found on the back of your prints).

5) Check your mailbox & enjoy your digital images! :)

Keep in mind, this is for a limited time only. Just like milk and cookies left for Santa, this offer will disappear on Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Alex (#1)

This post is titled Alex #1 because I photographed two Alexes back-to-back: one in Oklahoma and one in Texas. Can you guess what my next blog post will be titled?

As for Alex #1, we met up for a senior session in Elk City. He was so great to work with--so laid back and easy going! His mom and girlfriend came along to act as wardrobe assistants, photography assistants (I put them to work) and smile prodders. They did a great job, too! :)

This is what I like to see in senior guys: ACTUAL smiles! GENUINE smiles!
Earlier in the session, Alex's girlfriend yelled out,
"Smile! You've got good teeth!"
Cracked me up!

I loved the colors at this location.

Alex is apparently multi-talented. He plays tennis, football, is a Key Club member
and is getting ready to make his singing debut in his school's musical,

I've gotta admit...I'd never worked tennis into a photograph until now.

Posing with tennis rackets is a lot harder than you'd think!

Thank goodness, Alex was patient with me. :)

Thanks for being such a great sport, Alex!

Megan Franks of Four Seasons Photography specializes in on-location senior photography in western Oklahoma including Elk City, Hammon, Sayre, Vici, Leedey, Clinton, Burns Flat, Weatherford and beyond.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Handful...

...quite literally! (But an adorable little handful, don't you agree?)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sweet Cheeks

Meet Colbie, one of the newest kids on the block in the Leedey area with dimples to die for! I did big brother Connor's two year session a couple of weeks ago and we recently got together for a quick session with Lil' Miss Sweet Cheeks, too.

Can I tell you how happy I was to be able to break out the old antique buggy?

Can you believe those eyes?

The answer is "no"--she can not sit up on her own. She's only a little over a month old (I think...I'm quickly losing track of time these days). But she is remarkably strong, her mom was remarkably helpful and I was remarkably quick to get the shot--lol!
Megan Franks of Four Seasons Photography specializes in on-location photography for babies and children in western Oklahoma including Elk City, Hammon, Leedey, Camargo, Vici, Cheyenne, Clinton and more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Many Faces of Lacy

As promised...

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

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lacy & "The Windblown Look"

When I lived in Texas, the challenge of on-location photography was heat. In Oklahoma, we still battle heat from time to time, but our biggest obstacle is WIND.

Lacy joined me in Leedey for a senior photo shoot last weekend and--I kid you not--the wind was whipping somewhere around 35 miles per hour. She was a trooper, I tell ya. It's not easy managing long hair in a windstorm, but I think she did a fantastic job...

Lacy's mom found this little hidden spot. It was a perfect match for her dark blue shirt. Way to go, Mom!

Those eyes! That smooth skin! Western Oklahoma is full of natural beauties like Lacy! There must be a lot of good genes floating around out here--lol!

You'll have to check back to see her super-cute "The Many Faces of Lacy" collage. It's become a Four Seasons favorite with the senior girls this year.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Saving the Smile

Our eldest daughter has a smile that she uses quite often, but thanks to some crummy genes that both her father and I passed on to her, she had to send her smile into "the shop." This morning, she left looking like this:

And came home looking like this:

The legacy of braces lives on in the Franks family!

If you think about it, there's few investments as good as saving a smile--it's the first thing people notice and you carry it with you wherever you go for a lifetime. It's definetely a better investment than in, say...stocks for an investment bank these days--lol!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

First Time Soccer Mom

With fall came my first foray into the world of soccer momdom. Our new friends and neighbors actually introduced the game to our community (where softball & baseball reign supreme). The parents have zero understanding of the rules, but our sidelines still manage to be just as loud as if we actually knew what was really going on. It's quite comical, really.

My eldest has now ranked soccer as her #2 favorite sport flanked by #1-softball (of course) and #3-basketball. I suspect that soccer might be higher on the list if there was less running involved (it would in my book).

I took the ol' camera out for a soccer test run. It must be noted that we were on the side of the field that was not in the best position (sunlight wise) for photos, but I didn't want to wander out of the confines of my Leedey herd (okay, actually, I was just too lazy to move my lawn chair).

Viva la soccer!

"Look Mom--no hands!"