There’s Never a Right Time to Say Goodbye.

Christ Brown said it perfectly, but he definitely wasn’t talking about what I’m talking about.

Over the weekend, I needed a few things. Things that I really couldn’t have survived without. I mean I literally would have been crawling up the steps during the ceremony and hoping nobody pushed me out of the way before le kiss. I shot a wedding and the only lens that actually works with my new camera now is my 50mm 1.4, which I adore almost more than my entire collection of stuffed penguins, but that’s an entirely different blog post.

Like I was saying, the only lens I use now is the 50mm for portraits, but – obviously – you probably can’t survive shooting a wedding with only a prime lens without passing out. So, I did my research and found out that one of the staple lenses used in weddings is the Canon 24-70mm 2.8, which ranges from being great for group shots to documenting the most detailed of details. So, I decided to rent instead of buying, because let’s face it, that would be very. expensive.

Where did I rent from? After researching and asking other photographers, I found Lens Pro To Go. Let me just tell you that I have never rented before, but even if I had, this would probably still be the easiest/only way to go. You find what you need, it’s mailed to you, rent it for a minimum of four days – up to however long you need, and then mail it back. And they even included candy in my box which has never happened before in my entire mail-receiveing lifetime. Also, when I had a question about my order (fretting UPS would shut down for Thanksgiving weekend) I got to talk to a real person who was very helpful and followed up to make sure I would get exactly what I needed.

I also rented the Canon 580EX II speedlight, which was fun to bounce off the high ceiling of the church. But I gotta say, natural light has a special place in my heart.

All this to say, I had a great experience and just wanted to pass this on to you if you ever think about renting. But I really wasn’t ready to let go of that lens today when I mailed it back…that song definitely played through my head as I walked out the door.

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Sammy’s Garden Shoot {Preview}

Before I got out of the car today, I made sure my little black gloves were in my camera bag.

Then I noticed Sammy was wearing a little black dress sans coat and I felt very much like a wimp. Luckily, the fact that it was in the upper 40s didn’t prevent her from producing great shots, the entire time. In addition to having an incredibly brave and gorgeous model to shoot today, I loved…

  1. Shooting as wide open as possible. I cranked it up to 1.4 and almost fainted. But then again, I already knew I loved that one.
  2. Shooting in full shade at mid-day.
  3. Shooting through miniature trees.
  4. Cranking down my ISO as. much. as. possible.
  5. Giving two great pairs of heels their much needed close-up.
  6. Breaking all the rules. Rule of what?

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Rich & Steph’s Engagement

They’re finally up! I’m so excited to show y’all Rich and Steph’s engagement session! There was lots of train hopping, pole balancing and tree climbing, oh and two very fun & photogenic people that I had the privilege of photographing.

I also had the opportunity to shoot their wedding today – which was a blast – and is something I never thought I would get the chance to do. I loved it. I learned so much and loved having the chance to be part of their amazing day! Can’t wait to (in time) share all the memories from today with everyone.


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Kady {Senior}

Way back in August, I had the pleasure of meeting Kady for the first time. We had a fantastic time exploring downtown Bartlesville  – shooting in staple places as well as new locations.  Kady was such a fun girl to be around and I rarely captured anything but her joyous smile. I’m looking forward to her second shoot very soon!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know I did! Blessed with family, laughter, wayyyyy too much food and lots of singing and Christmas lights.


P.S. I am currently preparing to shoot my first wedding this weekend and preparing to exercise my inner Jasmine Star in nail-biting, joyous anticipation. I’ll be keeping a ginormous mental notebook of my shooting experience to share with y’all.

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Guess Who’s Getting Married?

The Story of Yuppy & Yuppy

In the second grade we became friends. Side-pony friends. Soon we were the best of friends as we tumbled all over the gymnastics mats, fell off the beam and (I) attempted back handsprings without dying.

In the third grade we were inseparable in class and enjoyed reading time in the halls, tornado drills and taking care of class hamsters together. (And I ashamedly made fun of her red-rimmed glasses and mis-matched socks)

In the fourth grade we performed quality shows at recess, with Titanic being our signature tune. Myself singing the first chorus and she took over after we sang the bridge.

In the fifth grade, we partied at Chuck E. Cheese’s for my big 1-0 and Jordan winced as I got my ears pierced.

In the sixth grade we sat at lunch together and learned what the term “going out” meant. Boys? What?

In the seventh grade we both played the strings together in good ol’ orchestra. She the viola and I the whiny violin.

In the eight grade we were both anxious to begin high school and slightly terrified to befriend the other half of the city. We also ran away from the dance floor during the slow songs, obviously. Boys? What?

In the ninth grade I began my second year on the volleyball team and she continued to be an amazing dancer as she had all her life.

In the tenth grade, we made up our own dance in protest of the one offered by our school. It was probably the best idea we’ve ever had. Hehe. No boys allowed.

In the eleventh grade, we wondered why neither of us had had a boyfriend yet. It’s so very clear now. jk rawlings.

In the twelfth grade, we feared separation after graduation. Not to worry, I bribed her to stay around town with me for the next 4 years. We also joined the tennis team for the first time in our lives, just for fun. We were pretty bad to put it mildly, but she went on to play some amaaaazing tennis in college.

Freshmen year, we wreaked havoc on everyone we met in the form of being undoubtedly some of the weirdest girls on campus, and we completely embraced that fact.

Sophomore year, she met this guy named Will and they had their first date at a place that allowed them to share one of their favorite obsessions: le coffee at le Starbucks. I could see where this was headed.

Junior year, we knew it was serious when she started attending his baseball games…instead of class. (Ok just once). We also realized just how different we were and gave random surveys outside the caf to find out who was like each of us. For example: are you a “numbers” or “letters” person? Do you prefer the ocean or the mountains. One of our better ideas. Apologies to anyone affected and/or late to class.

Senior year, everyone was like “y’all aren’t married yet?”

And two days ago, after almost two years of dating, Will gave Jordan this really cool ring and like, I think they’re getting pretty serious. I mean, she said he like, got on a knee for her or something.

But really, I couldn’t have imagined  – from the 2nd grade cherubs we were – someone better to take care of my little Yuppy for the rest of her wonderful life. Congratulations Will, you’re marrying the best Yuppy on earth.


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Rich & Steph’s Engagement Preview

I’m not sure I could have asked for a better day. Seriously, lets recap.

I spent my morning at Starbucks sipping coffee, met with two wonderful sisters to plan their senior sessions for next month and prepared for Steph and Rich’s engagement shoot – which was incredible. Not only are these two incredibly photogenic, they’re wonderful people and there was never a dull moment to capture.  I can’t wait to show y’all the rest of our adventurous times together and I’m extremely excited to shoot their wedding later this month.

And the Mark II kinda helped a little. I heart megapixels.

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Leslie & Matt’s Big Day: A Bridesmaid’s Perspective

It’s been four years since we met in that crowded gym trying to make final arrangements before starting our freshmen year together. Since then we’ve climbed a few walls, had plenty of dance parties and created our own mini sorority. Thanks for being my über delta, vogue muse and for trusting me enough to be in your wedding and not go all Kristin Wiig on you. And yes, it may be five months after your wedding but congratulations Matt and Leslie!

These two may soon require their own reality show. The camera loves them. 

We danced our hearts out like we always do. Thanks for the music DJ Redbeard!

They’ve returned now for their encore presentation.

Brought to you by Yuppy & Yuppy. And Styrofoam. 

“All we need is a kid.”

What a great day for both of you!

Well deltas, we’ve had a great run…so far. 

I knew you would appreciate this precious pic, Day

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