Minimalist Winter Maternity Session – Maria

I know it's hot and humid and summer, but I want to take you back to the winter we thought would never end with this blog post and my next to share a couple of beautiful maternity sessions.

I said this when I shared her previews on Facebook, but one of the greatest compliments to the business of a photographer is to have another photographer book them. I met Maria at an Owensboro Women in Business event and immediately connected. We are both imports to the area and even though we come from totally different hometowns we found a lot of common ground.

Fast forward two years and I received a Facebook message from Maria asking if I would document her second child's maternity, birth and newborn photos. I. Was. Thrilled.

Sweet Olivia who was still incubating in these photos is now almost 4 months old, I've loved this time with Maria to get to know her better and now call her a friend. Double bonus!

A couple of fun notes about this session, the inside part was taken in our new farm building. It was very much still under construction when we did these. A painter was working quietly away behind me and plumbers were in and out. Maria, is an incredibly gracious human, she never said a word about the mess, but kept complimenting me on our half finished building. I love her for that!

The second part of the session was done at my home, and it was so cold by the end Maria—who was barefoot in my pasture—was shaking from chills.

I love how this sweet and simple session with gorgeous winter light turned out!

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A Winter Brunch Wedding – Jake + Libby

Since the beginning of my career as a wedding photographer, one of my goals has been to photograph a breakfast wedding. I love it when couples skip the super traditional to make their wedding one that represents them.

Enter Jake and Libby, Libby was a bridesmaid in one of my August 2017 weddings and then chose us to be her photographer for her January 2018 nuptials. I was instantly drawn to Libby not only because she was going to fulfill my brunch wedding dream, or that she rocked out her wedding planning for her January celebration in the same short timeline I did for my own wedding, but because her family is also from Oklahoma.

Even she attended OU, and I OSU — intense in-state rivals, it was so nice to be around someone who could relate to similar experiences as me! And when you're 600 miles away from home, those things matter.

I loved how Libby accentuated the natural details of her wedding and reception spaces to flow with her winter wedding. Greenery, whites and reds go so beautifully when everything is already decorated for Christmas and make such a classic statement.

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Five Dogs & Their Humans – McIntyre Family

Oh the McInyre's, I just love them! Matt and Kelley came to me first to book as their wedding photographer, I shot their engagement photos and then in-between that session and their November wedding they asked for a family shoot!

Even though this shoot was last July, I wanted to share it today for a few reasons.

1. Dogs. I don't think I've fully shared how much of a crazy dog person I am on here. When people ask "is it okay if we bring our dog for our *insert session type here* I know I've failed sharing my heart in my business because IT IS ALWAYS OKAY TO BEING ANIMALS if you're working with me. And the McIntyre clan ALWAYS incorporates their AussieDoodles and I love them even more for that.

2. Kelley knocked it out of the park organizing everyone's outfits for this session. I love the soft blues and whites for summer.

3. This session, like most sessions, was shot at my house, and even though it's always hotter than blazes in July I really do love how my farm looks in the summer. The evening light is at it's most magical this time of year.

4. I wasn't thinking last week and accidentally mowed down my favorite black eyed Susan patched, which is heavily represented in this session. So I'm a bit in mourning over it, a bit hopeful that I mowed it early enough in the summer that it will pop back to life.

And now for the session that will make your heart explode if you're an animal lover...

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Paw Patrol was locked on my porch while we did some of just the humans. They had a lot to say about it. I am definitely getting barked at here.

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South Carolina Senior - Rebecca

I've been saving this one for her graduation week, and then it slipped right by me and I never shared. Some of you might have an eyebrow raised at me right now since I specifically talk about how I do. not. do. senior sessions. But this one is the exception.

This senior session was of my niece, Rebecca. When I met Rebecca she was in 8th grade, and I had been dating her Uncle for a whole whopping 4 months. After Daniel and I got engaged, Rebecca was the first human ever to call me "Aunt Danielle" and it felt like my heart swelled twice it size when I heard those words.

While in my mind she still looked like the little girl I met at Texas Roadhouse a few years ago, it was while I was shooting this session I realized what a gorgeous and smart adult, my sweet, full-of-love niece was growing into.

She starts at Murray in the fall, but I am so glad we were able to grab these portraits of her last summer in her home city of Charleston, SC.

Y'all it just took this one session, but I am ATE UP with sunrise beach sessions. I was already obsessed with Charleston, so combine the two and I was freaking out from happiness the entire morning. Can someone get married and hire me as the photographer? Beach and/or Charleston, I don't even care if it's one, the other or both! Talk about a dream!!

But back to Becca. Check these out...

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JT + Tory – Owensboro Farm Engagement

While everyone was getting hyped about the Royal wedding (Okay, I was really into that too) we were getting ready for a super special wedding today — JT and Tori's!

This one is extra special to us because they are real life friends of ours and we've been witness to most of their seven year relationship. I seriously could write a book, a long book, about what an honor it is to know these two and be part of this special journey. But I think I'll save that for their wedding blog post and just share a peek back at their farm engagement session today.

Ironically "farm" is spread between my in-laws farm, JT and Tori's place and then Tori's family since they are all neighbors. We used our chicken house driveway for these first photos because it has the MOST MAGICAL LIGHT EVER and then moved to JT and Tori's land before finishing up in Tori's parent's backyard with horses, because why not?!

Tori is an avid animal lover and vet tech, so the day of their session I know for a fact she spent way, waaayyyy more time washing and grooming all the animals that made an appearance in their photos then she did pampering herself.

I'm obsessed with these two and this session and I know without a doubt I'm going to be obsessed with whatever magic we capture today!

Happy Wedding Day JT and Tori! We love you both!!!

 

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