Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sneak Peek: Corbin & Ashley

Corbin & Ashley are getting hitched! They came all the way to Leedey from the great state of Texas for an e-session (engagement session). Here's just a few images to tide them over until I get the full session complete. Trust me, there are many, many more that I'll be sharing soon!

(I like to call this pose, "the happy homemaker"--lol)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jack & Luke

I may not know much about little boys, being a Mama to two girls, but I do know one thing: these guys are ADORABLE!

Location: Elk City, OK

Monday, May 25, 2009

Preserving Family History

I'm a history buff. I'm especially a family history buff. I love hearing stories about our family's past and have even done a little genealogical digging myself. Someone once told me, "You can't know who you are unless you know where you've come from," and I believe it to be true.

That's why I was so pleased when Darla called to make an appointment for a family session with a special desire to get a special photo including herself, her mom and her grandma for a "three generations" image. For a very short time in my own life, there were five generations of women living. Now I have a better understanding of how truly unusual that is. We have a snapshot to commemorate those days, but I wish I had something more like this....

Aren't they beautiful?

Grandma + Grandkids + Great-Grands

What makes these even more special is that we were able to shoot the session on their grandparents' farm.

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
~Desmond Tutu
Location: between Cheyenne & Reydon, OK

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Engaged: Slade & Jennifer

I know, I know....a "sneak peek" usually doesn't mean posting ten pictures, but it was so hard to decide! I had so many favorites from this session. Truth be told, I would have posted more, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

We met at Slade's family farm somewhere outside of Burns Flat. He didn't think there would be many good places for photographs. Little did he know...

This image, for example, was taken at an old railroad station. There actually used to be town around this station, but now it's just an empty building in the middle of a wheat field.

Slade to Megan: "We just drove by 200 hay bales and you pick these three?" What can I say....I'm a connoisseur of fine hay bales. ;)

And Jennifer doesn't even look a bit concerned about the possibility of snakes being nearby!

Wheat fields...getting closer to harvest time!

This is probably my absolute favorite because it is so natural
(& they look so happy)!

Anyone care to guess how many chiggers/mosquitoes/ticks we brought home from this lush spot? Who cares?! I love, love, LOVE the lush green; it was worth it.

I love this time of the day and its perfect, golden light.

When you marry a farm boy, you have to spend a little time on tractors. :)

I couldn't have asked for nicer weather, a nicer location or a nicer couple for this shoot. Congratulations on your engagement, Slade & Jennifer!!

Location: between Burns Flat and Cordell, OK

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

{More} Places I've Been

Great locations from last night's session...

Sunday, May 17, 2009


We have several new "peeps" living at our house these days. Their names are: Chirp, Chickadee and Spot.

Leedey kindergartners always hatch chicken eggs in an incubator each spring, then they beg and plead with their parents until they let them take one home. I'm thinking the other k-garten parents let me down...because I ended up with three, not one!

I actually grew up on a commercial chicken farm that housed around 24,000 chickens every eight weeks, so I have plenty of experience with these little critters. I tried to talk my youngest out of it: "they are nasty," "they chirp non-stop," "they aren't very smart," etc. etc. But it was useless. The fluffy yellowy cuteness won out and my youngest has now become a Mama Hen. She loves playing "guess which chick this is?" with me. I can't tell them apart (except for Spot who has distinguishing characteristics if you can't tell by his name), but Mama Hen can somehow.

But Mama Hen has been warned: the chicks will have to head to a farm soon! Until then, if you see a little girl "walking" her chicks in the front yard, you'll know the story! :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Interested in a Session?

Thought I'd post a PSA (Public Service Announcement)for all those who are interested in a summer photo session.

I am currently booked until June 24th! There are actually a couple of morning session available in May (potentially), but if you are wanting to book a June or July session, please call or e-mail as soon as possible (there are limited sessions available in July).

Thanks! :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gone Country

I last photographed the Pollan family back in September of 2007. As you can see, a lot has changed since then. Mama's hair is shorter, Miss M is taller, they've added a new addition to the family (lil' Sugar Plum) and Daddy...well, Daddy hasn't changed much since then. :)

I posted a few of the girls in black and white on the Mother's Day post, but here's a few more....

Aren't they a beautiful family? This session was held on the ranch where they live and work. It's so nice and GREEN right now!

{One of my favorites of lil' Sugar Plum}

Now I ask you...who could resist a face like that??

Don't forget big sis, Miss M!

Aw...Daddy's girl

Sugar and spice and everything nice!
Happy Birthday to Mama Pollan who's turning 29 today (again)!! wink wink ;o)

Location: Camargo, OK

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Before I was a Mom {Ode to Mothers}

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on. Popped on. Chewed on. Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do a test.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom.
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could be to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every ten minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.
--author unknown


Monday, May 04, 2009

Senior: Cinda

By no means will I be the one to tell the rain to "go away," but it sure is wrecking havoc on my session schedule these days (that and its cousin, the 100 mph winds!). We cranked out a few shots for Cinda before it started raining, but we kept shooting. This was my first shoot in the rain & it actually wasn't half bad! The wetness really saturates the colors and I loved how it made the old truck look (see final photo). Besides, it'd really be hard to take a bad picture of Cinda!

I have taken pics of old trucks before, but this was a new model (so-to-speak). There is some speculation that it might have been Cinda's dad's old truck, but we weren't for sure. Either way, it's a good lookin' old clunker, isn't it? The rain really made it shine!

Location: Leedey, OK