Oklahoma City Photographer || My Four Hens || P52

Oklahoma City Photographer || My Four Hens || P52

Well this is a first for me!

Excited to share that one of my images (well, it was a diptych) was featured on the M4H P52 Blog as “Eye Candy!” (http://myfourhensphotography.com/2015/02/09/m4h-p52-week-5-small-eye-candy/)

Yay! And I’m super excited that this was chosen…it’s a very meaningful image, and I feel that one day, it will be looked back upon with great fondness! My sweet 9 year old, and in all the wisdom that being 9 entails, has decided never to get married. There are quite a few reasons for this, but essentially she feels she’s too independent and doesn’t need to have boyfriends. I may or may not be regretting telling her not to date “until she’s 28″…and according to my husband, “until after she’s established a law practice and a medical clinic.” So, naturally, he’s thrilled with the news that she doesn’t want to marry, and no worries…she plans on adopting 10 children! But I digress…so this image came to mind after finding out the theme for the week was [SMALL]. I wanted something small, but meaningful. And what better symbol of the most meaningful “small” there is?! My wedding and engagement rings. Please don’t be confused though – the diamond is PERFECT in size! But the band is in fact,  a 2.5! Below, the image, and what I wrote about this “session.”

More images to come, but I’ll save that for a later post!!

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The first official symbol of my husband’s and my love for one another. Just a “small” piece symbolizing our love and commitment for one another for the past 13 years. However, it’s the biggest symbol depicting the past we’ve overcome, the present we live, and our future together.

And one day, this small symbol will be hers, should she choose to take it. However, behind her, sitting in my wedding dress with my wedding band and engagement ring on, is a sign that says, “I found my Prince, his name is Daddy”…and she holds true to that at 9 years old and says she’ll never marry. 

*And I should note that the band to my ring is very “small”…they actually got stuck on my 9 year old’s fingers! They’re a size 2.5!

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He Makes Everything Beautiful…

He Makes Everything Beautiful…

“He makes everything beautiful in His time…” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

What an incredible honor it was to be chosen to capture the details of this amazing surprise proposal! With love, friendship, and God at the center of this couple’s marriage, I have no doubt it will be filled with as much love as a lifetime can handle! It was beautiful to see how much the groom anticipated his gorgeous fiancee’s arrival…and her reaction…just absolutely priceless. I’m pretty sure that the day will be forever remembered…everything from the beautiful setting at the church in Old Alabama Town to the pathway and the lights…the drapery over the door and the beautiful flowers! Every detail was planned – even the rouse to get her to the location! And the feeling that I was able to have, capturing each and every moment…just pure joy in each frame! I love this beautiful couple and wish them nothing but joy and love in their marriage…and maybe a couple babies for me to photograph!

Love you!

I couldn’t help but make a collage…

Proposal CollageProposal -1  Proposal -2Proposal -3   Proposal Edited-1Proposal-5

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M4H P52 : Week 4

M4H P52 : Week 4

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[A PART OF ME] 4/52
Freelensed

Okay, so this whole “challenge-project-thing”…if you are questioning learning more about photography, about yourself, about your creative side…really, come check out Sarah Cornish’s My Four Hens Project 52. There’s an entire community out there of artists who want to grow, inspire, and BE inspired. I waited in the wings for a while and I’m wondering how much I could have grown sooner if I had the nerve to put myself out there two years ago! Some things to note. The “challenges” aren’t “difficult” in the sense of technical photographical merit or even theme. It’s looking inside of yourself and what drives you as an artist. What draws your eye and interest to do what you love? What parts of yourself have been hidden or kept from the world, that maybe have wanted to really come out? Want to you use an iPhone? Do it! Practicing so you can take your hobby from hobby to business? Want to get inspiration from others who use various techniques and styles? There’s PLENTY to see. This week, for instance, I used a technique called freelensing. This is where the lens that I used was not actually connected to the body of my camera, but rather I held it up to the body and found a focus sweet spot and clicked the shutter. The room was dark, so the image is grainy, but there’s a nice blur and I personally think the image goes well with what I envisioned. Life with my babies…the biggest and best part of me…somewhat a blur since I’ve become a mother!

Personally, my stories and my images aren’t as “emotive” as others. If you join the group, you’ll see what I mean. I’ve always been relatively straightforward with what I share and why I share it, and truthfully my shares will usually revolve around my family…they are my everything. My driving force for how I see the world. I also see God’s beauty and my place in the world, so I think there’s a lot that I can do with all of that! We’ll see as the themes continue for the year, but as this is a personal project for me, I know I want images that I can find a meaning in, and hopefully publish this year’s “story” at the end of the year in a personal album.

So, for the theme “A Part of Me”…what better image could I have possibly taken? They’re every bit a piece of me…and my husband, and that’s EVERYTHING!

“These two. Mine. A part of me, a part of my husband. Four years apart, one girl, one boy, but best friends. This scene is so very common and pretty much always has been…they are almost always together if they can be, and waking up in some close position like this is a daily occurrence. And yes, they have their own beds and even separate rooms…but they both almost always find themselves here, often in Mommy & Daddy’s bed, snuggled together like this, and it melts me. 

With my medical and health issues, my daughter, 9, who is exactly like my husband, has become a Mommy figure to my precious son. He adores her. My son is exactly like me…a son I never knew I always wanted…I hoped for 2 girls…but he’s my mini-me, and she’s Daddy’s girl. And I can only pray that their bond stays this close through the years…and that part of me and part of my husband will always be close.”

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