I am finally back to work after a long Summer break. Tori was raring to go! Lots of personality, she brought a little posse along for the fun… here are some random teasers!
Good luck in your senior year! OSU next Fall! GO POKES!
There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. Alan Cohen
I had a very long paragraph (almost a novel) written about why I need a break from taking photos. I deleted it twice. Part of me would love a complete social media break but I know I love to connect with family and friends; I gain inspiration, I keep up with news… I genuinely want to know how people are doing. So… I am just taking a break from my photo sessions and posting about them on FB…as well as just staying off social media as much as possible! I mean, remember the days before FB? It’s like a distant memory to me. I miss the life I had before all the social media sometimes… I am as guilty as the next person; give me a link about some cute cat or child and I am stuck for an hour…clicking on links, finding out my “true” calling, finding out the state I should live in.. ha ha!! time waster. Yup. I need a break from getting sucked in because I do it to myself!
Come Summer I like to give myself and my camera a true rest. I will hopefully be delving into my box of paints; it has been forever…lord knows I have a ton of stuff to play with. Changing things up creatively will give me the boost I need to get back into my passion with photography. ~ Photography as a job can be difficult when it’s also a real passion. I have not had the energy to shoot for myself in a long time; I end up shooting with my iphone. I miss my camera/me time. Right now I am burned out BIG time. Not a good feeling at all. I plan on staying off the computer, cleaning out my desk and slowly organizing for the Fall. My husband is building me a new big desk so that will give me inspiration as well! Yes, I will post those pics; I am sure he won’t get to it until later in the Summer. Until then, If you are reading this then I encourage you to do whatever it is necessary to get your mojo flowing!!! I will be on INSTAGRAM posting random quotes and flowers, getting juiced up from nature and camping ~ filling my tank and sharing along the way!
Inspire and share! Happy Summertime:))
Molly could be a model but she wants be a surgeon! Smart cookie! She didn’t take herself too seriously, I find this the best kind of “pretty”…it comes from the soul. Loved our whimsical and relaxed shoot on a sunny Spring Sunday. Now let’s get the sun back around here! Been raining all week….hopefully these brighten your day.
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – JK Rowling
Happy Friday! Pass it on~ share and inspire:)
The life of a gymnast…ahhh, the life. It is one of those things I just cannot explain well. If you were one or are one, or coached the sport, you understand! Mikala will be a senior next year and her mom ( my dear old friend, fellow coach and former boss lady..) wanted some pics of her in the gym, as she is retiring. I think she may be rethinking that one..? SO many gymnasts burn out. You literally have NO other life than going to workouts and meets. It’s a huge sacrifice, but an addiction like no other. The moment I stepped into the gym, the smell got me instantly. Chalk dust, musty carpet …like I said, hard to explain how you feel when you step back into a life you had for so long. I miss that weird smell. I miss the kids and energy in the gym. I miss yelling out, “point…lift….straighten up…harder, slower, more graceful, lift your head…squeeze your butt…!”…..anyway, here are a few sweet pics of Mikala, deep in thought in some pics, laughing in others, capturing a few moments…but the memories are for a lifetime. The Gymnast.
remember the days in the gym before A/C in Oklahoma? We loved a breeeezzzeeeee.
“Don’t let your dreams be dreams”…
Phoebe is one of the daughters of my very dear old friends…I have been taking her photos over the years; mostly when she was little, when the older kids were in school and she was being home schooled, I would pop over for impromptu tea with her mom & snap pics of her. She was always fairy like; with random wild, curly hair, freckles and a “way” about her. I guess my own kids were my first muses, but Phoebe always caught my eye…:) Such a darling girl! I just loved our double shoot. (The first one was so muddy!) We did a re-do session and had a ball in the old thrift shop dress given to me by one of my sweet clients after I shot her in it. I will be posting mostly all the pink dress shots that I have randomly chosen to share. So many I could not decide!
but first~ a little before and after.
Phoebe~ Bright and pure, moon girl…according to Greek mythology. How fitting:) Can’t wait to see where life takes you.
Love and big kisses to the sweetest Muse ever~ love you girl! What a fun memory we have now!
means “air”…and you can’t breathe without it.
Hi.. I look like my Dad!
B & C~ Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your journey as new parents. Behind the scenes was fun! ha ha..
Inspire & Share.
I met Brittany and her family a few years ago when I shot a big family session for them & then her younger sisters senior photos…I remember hearing the story of how she had been in a bad accident and luckily survived. She looked so happy on the day we shot these just over a week ago…She and her mom Shonna were totally up for the task of hauling blankets and pillows from my house into the field nearby & we had the luck of a 70 degree day in February! It was a sign; meant to be. I asked her to write something about her story as to inspire others who have gone through trauma like hers. Miracles happen.
In her words~
I was so overjoyed to have my maternity photos taken with Maggie. On March 24th 2012 on the way to visit family, I was ejected from the backseat of a Jeep Wrangler, during a car accident. I suffered a broken neck, multiple cuts and deep bruising, and a traumatic brain injury. Slipping from life twice once with paramedics on the scene and then again during the helicopter ride to St Johns hospital. For three weeks I was in a coma, given a tracheotomy and placed on a feeding tube. Once I started to come out of the coma, I was then flown to Craig Hospital in Denver Colorado. The exceptional staff there spent roughly 7 hours a day for the next few months rehabilitating me. They taught me how to perform everyday task such as breathing, swallowing, walking, talking, etc., basically everything that is taught to a new born. That said, I’m told I’m a miracle…even better, I’m now creating a life inside of me, something more that we ever thought could happen.
This baby girl will be born in a week via C-section as Brittany’s brain cannot handle any more trauma. I am so looking forward to meeting her. I hope she is a red head too:) Have I mentioned how much I love red heads? …and beautiful pregnant moms to be? I do.
Inspire and share the love,
What a beauty of a day to shoot this family! We had perfect temps and the golden light again..:) Gosh I love shooting in Autumn. I think I say that on every post lately. It is true. Everyone just seems happier in this weather. Of course today as I type it is FREEZING here in Oklahoma. Here are a few teasers~
I think the best shoots are totally unplanned, spontaneous, no expectations. Don’t get me wrong, but when people send me pinterest photos in my inbox and say “I want this”, it can be daunting. I mean, You are not blonde, we don’t live in SoCal, the clothing is boutique bought… You get the picture. (no pun intended). I just prefer real life crazy; “let’s shoot on my front porch and just be relaxed”… so glad my friend Kristin is super chill. these few teasers capture a glimpse of our little session.
I was going to post the entire session ending with Kristin climbing the tree out front but I think it’s best to save that fun for them!
Happy Teaser:) Maggie
I started taking photos of these two a few years back. I remember when they were born…not so long ago. Now one has braces, the other not. One cheers, the other plays soccer; they could not be more different if you ask me, but one thing they do have in common are great parents! and they have fun together; silliness prevails and the cute faces get me every time. One has blue, the other brown eyes, both are darling blondes and very,very sweet! Here is to having a twin sister for life.