december 21: katelyn and pica

Wow, this was a super fun session! Katelyn and I met for a mini-session during finals week, and she wanted to go to Main Street for photos. I'm so glad she picked out Main Street, because it's a colorful, wonderful spot — and one that I hadn't taken photos at before! 

She brought along her dog, Pica, who I've known since she was a puppy. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our session.

While you're at it, Katelyn just started a blog! You can check it out here.

november 25: kimberly

Meet Kimberly — she was my RA freshman year at OU, and she's about to graduate with a degree in computer engineering. She's brilliant and kind, and I love how her photos turned out. We even got to take photos of a robot she and a partner built last year, so that was a treat.

Here are a few of my favorites from her session:

5 things to remember before a photo session

Hi folks! I thought I'd write up a short blog post for you all about some things to remember before a lifestyle session — whether that's senior portraits or engagement photos. I love to get to know people and laugh with them during a photo session.

This is Kimberly — we did her senior photo session on OU's campus with the nicest warm light.

This is Kimberly — we did her senior photo session on OU's campus with the nicest warm light.

1. Location, location, location

Think about where you'd like to have your photos taken. If these are senior photos, maybe you'd like to take photos on your college campus. For engagement photos, maybe you'd want to go to the park bench where you first said "I love you." 

Since I only shoot with natural light, outdoor locations will be your best bet. I shoot during the wee hours of the morning or close to sunset to capture the most beautiful, buttery light I can, so keep that in mind too as you think of where you'd like to have your photos taken.

2. What'll you wear? 

Oh, this is a fun part. Most sessions I offer give us enough time for you to bring along a couple of your favorite outfits, so think about clothes that make you feel comfortable and happy. You'll want to make whatever you bring along is something you can move around comfortably in. If you're into heels, you may want to bring along a pair of comfy shoes you can slip on while we walk around chasing the best light.

3. Who's coming with you?

You can totally do a photo session alone with no problem — I don't bite! But if you're nervous in front of the camera, think about bringing along a friend, family member or significant other who can make you smile, and they can join you for a few photos as well. You can also have a pet come with you — if you bring along your pup, you'll also want to bring along treats and someone to help us hold your pet in between photo spots.

Winston's such a beautiful dog, he deserved his own portrait.

Winston's such a beautiful dog, he deserved his own portrait.

4. Prop it up

What props are you bringing? Some props I've taken photos of folks with before: balloons, confetti, acceptance letters (and acceptance banners!), and yes, even pizza. Bring what you love, and we'll make it work. If you're not feeling props, no worries — lots of people I take photos with don't bring props, and that's totally fine too.

5. Pack your bag

Some things you won't want to leave out of your bag: a brush or comb (this is especially helpful if it's windy), chapstick (also especially helpful if it's windy), any other makeup you want to keep on hand for touchups, if you wear makeup, and a small mirror. Don't have a mirror? The front camera on your phone is a perfect substitute. And of course, don't forget any props you wanted to bring.

november 14: joe

I'm really excited to share this preview of Joe's senior photo session.

Joe will graduate this December with a journalism degree — he and I worked together at the OU Daily for several years, and this semester I've gotten to help design this project series he's working on about OU's Heisman history. You should totally give it a read.

Joe's girlfriend Alyssa and their dog Boz joined us for photos over the weekend, and I love how they turned out. Check out fall colors and all-around heartwarming-ness here ↓

november 12: audra

Meet Audra! She's graduating from OU in May, but she'll be studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro next semester, so she wanted to knock her photos out a little early. And it worked perfectly, because we had wonderful fall weather and colors for her photo session.

Audra and I met when she joined the OU Daily staff as a copy editor, and she pretty quickly moved up to her current role as opinion editor. She reads the hottest takes from the OU student body and decides whether to publish them.

Anyway, here are a couple of my favorite photos from our session!

november 4: ivey

Meet the legendary Ivey Dyson.

Ivey is a brilliant, funny, pizza-loving gem of a person, and she also happens to be my roommate. She's graduating this December, and we had a blast goofing off around campus for her photo session. Pro tip: the top of the Union parking garage is a killer spot for photos. 

Special thanks to Jeffrey, Ivey's boyfriend, who provided vital services such as: carrying a lot of shoes, assisting Ivey with climbing the George Lynn Cross statue on the North Oval, making everyone laugh, and tracking down a shirt that slipped off a hanger. 

Cheers to almost being a grad, Ivey! Hope you love these photos as much as I do.

november 4: rose

Hi y'all! Meet Rose. She's graduating from OU this December (like me) with an engineering degree (not like me). Rose came to me through a mutual friend, and I had a great time getting to know Rose while we explored parts of campus I'd never seen before.

Since she spends a lot of her time on campus in the engineering quad, she was able to show me a sweet, peaceful garden outside Sarkeys Energy Center and a fantastic patio in Devon Hall.

Here are some of my favorite photos from our session. Hope you like these as much as I do, Rose!

october 5: darren

Meet Darren! He's a junior at OU studying computer engineering.

We took these photos on Saturday on campus, just before a free concert on the South Oval. We had perfect weather and light, so I'm loving how these came out. 

Darren, it was wonderful to meet you and work with you! I hope you enjoy these photos!

october 1: katelyn

Editing these photos of Katelyn was a ton of fun — we took photos on campus and at the Oklahoma State Fair a few weeks ago and had a blast. The colorful fair backdrop works so wonderfully with Katelyn's personality, too.

Katelyn and I met working at the OU Daily, where she taught me a bunch about design. Now, she's all grown up and graduated! Here's to you, Katelyn! Hope you love these photos as much as I do.

may 4: emma

I was so happy that Emma asked me to shoot her senior photos — she and I met the summer she worked as a photographer at The Daily when I was helping out with social media and (re)taking calculus. Now, Emma's about to graduate with a degree in public relations, and I'm so excited to see where life takes her in this next chapter.

We took these Tuesday on campus, and we had the most beautiful weather and light! I'm so delighted at how these came out, I don't even mind blogging them past midnight. 

Emma, I hope you love these photos as much as I do!