Preconceived ideas

The child’s grandmother Phyllis would commission this portrait. Phyllis had a preconceived idea what she wanted her grand-daughter’s portrait to look like. Preconceived ideas are both good and bad – often more the latter than the former. I can look at an example, and tell you how it was lit, what lens it was taken with and even be reasonably close with estimating the camera settings. We can go to the exact same spot at the same time of day; but at that point I no longer have control. I can’t control expression. I can guide the pose, but really it comes down to the subject to pull execute it properly. This used to happen frequently when I was photographing weddings. The bride-to-be would show me an image cut from a bridal magazine of bride and a groom frolicking in the waves on a Caribbean beach at sunset and ask for the same image when their wedding was in cow pasture in the dead of winter.
The point is, it’s okay to have a preconceived idea – if you are willing to let go of it when something better is shown to you. As a professional with over 25 years of experience, I know what will make you look the best.
Phyllis ended up liking one of my ideas better than what she had originally envisioned.

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Sami’s Safari Senior Picture Session

Sami did our Safari session. What is a Safari Senior Picture Session? First we start in the studio, then we go outside, then go wandering through streets and alleys looking for unusual and different. The end result is a lot of fun and a lot of great senior pictures.

The outdoor part of our session featured our “tall grass” scene outside. We’ve been getting great results with this. The studio part of our session had a real nice full length picture of Sami in her dress and some very fun pictures of her wearing a “Sponge Bob” shirt against a bright background. The best part of the studio was the Nepal images. Sami moved from Nepal five years ago. She brought in a traditional Nepal outfit – and I photographed her against a plain background that I would later drop out and replace with stock photos from her native country. The results were awesome!

After the studio, we went to downtown Norman and found some great alleys and storefronts. The results are fantastic senior pictures! Thanks Sami. It was a blast!

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Annie’s Awesome Senior Pictures

Annie was so much fun to work with. A little quiet at first, but once the session started, we had a lot of fun. Annie goes to Norman High and is really excited about finishing high school. Your senior pictures are great, Annie. Thanks for coming by.

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Collin’s Rockin’ senior pictures

Collin came in for his senior pictures like a lot of guys do – hesitant and not really sure about this whole picture thing. But we got to talking and he relaxed and he had a good time. His senior pictures came out great and he and his mom loved them.

My favorite image is the third one. Collin had his guitar out and I’m thinking I have the perfect creation for this. The image was taken in my studio. The bridge is about 200 miles away over the Red River. You gotta love digital.

Collin will graduate from Noble High school. Congratulations Collin.

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Warren First Family Portrait

I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Matt and Amber several years ago.  I was excited to hear they would be having a baby and offered them a “First Family Portrait”.   These images, done in black and white, are so dramatic and timeless.   It was great working with them and Christopher.  Christopher liked to sleep, which is good.  It’s easier to photograph a sleeping baby than a crying baby.

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