Alison reached out to me because there were so many recent events to celebrate and she wanted it all captured on film. Being an extremely talented wedding and event florist in Oklahoma City, she knows the value of photography and capturing those key moments. Alison’s immediate family was traveling to Alys Beach to celebrate her parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. It was a time that everyone was going to be in one place together, celebrating an important milestone. What made this trip even more special is that a recent health scare had them thinking that their dad might not be making this trip. Luckily he was okay, but this was a big reason behind the need for making sure they had tangible memories from their trip. During the session Alison and I talked about how scared they had all been. How her dad was such a key part of their family and how much these photographs were going to mean to all of them. Not only for the kids, but as the grandchildren got older.Read More
Be in the photographs.
Think about the message your passing down to your own children that are looking up to you. If you constantly complain about your looks or not wanting to be in family photographs, what do you think that says to your children, especially your daughters. It’s going to make them question how they see themselves. It will put these ideas in their heads that women shouldn’t age. That women should feel guilt or shame in living their lives naturally and beautifully. If you’re at the place where you don’t want to be in photographs because you feel you have a few pounds to lose, you don’t like your haircut, you think you look to old, or whatever the case, I encourage you to put that all aside and get in those photos. You’ll be so glad that you did.Read More
While I only offer mini sessions once a year, I think this is still an important topic to discuss. Throughout the year I get requests for mini sessions, but I feel that they aren’t always appropriate for most families. While it seems like it’s convenient, or it will save you money, in the long run I don’t believe that’s true. I’m going to make this in a list form so that it’s easy to read and simple to understand. Not that I don’t think my readers are incapable, but parents need things as quick and easy as possible these days.Read More
Amelia and Cayden's Goodwood Museum wedding was full of gorgeous florals, vintage cars, stunning light, and a ton of love.
Ceremony // Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Reception // Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Photographer // Shannon Griffin
Planning // Mandy Chapman
Florist // Missy Gunnels
Hair // Soleil 7
Makeup // Randi Buchanan
Invitation Suite // Polka Dot Press
Cake // Sandy's Sweets
Why should you print your photographs? How did you view photographs as a child? Have you seen old prints from your parent's wedding? How do you feel when you physically hold those photographs in your hand?
You just had a really long day at work. You are driving home and thinking about everything on your "to-do" list. You walk up to your front door, insert the key, turn the knob, and the first thing you see is a photograph of your loved one's face.
Now, visualize this:
You just had a really long day at work. You are driving home and thinking about everything on your "to-do" list. You walk up to your front door, insert the key, turn the knob, and the first thing you see is a blank wall. The only way you can view any photographs of your loved ones is on your phone or computer.
Personally, I get overwhelmed thinking of all of the little tasks I "need" to get done. I let so many important things slide because "more" important things get in the way. That's where a professional comes in. When I first started photography I just wanted to photograph the session, hand over the disc, and be done with it. I started to notice that a lot of my couples, families, and boudoir clients had no clue what to do with these files. I would talk to them a year later and the files would still be sitting on their computer. This broke my heart and it was my job to come up with a solution. It's not fair to call myself a "high-end" photographer if I'm not putting in the work.
My goal, from start to finish, is to tell your story. I can't tell your full story if what I deliver just sits on a computer. Nothing makes me happier than helping the people that stand in front of my camera. It's my duty to make sure that they love the experience and continue to remember it year after year. It's my obligation and honor to walk them through each step of the process. I have families that book with me every year and order gorgeous albums and grandparent albums. This means that they will soon have a collection of yearly albums to document each year of their families lives.
Let's look at the difference.
Here is what I used to deliver to my clients, with an email that said something along the lines of, "Thank you and enjoy the images."
The issue is that these would then sit on my client's computers. This means that any time they wanted to view their precious memories, they had to get to a computer and stare at a screen.
Now, let's look at the difference of what my client's now get:
If my goal is to tell your story from start to finish, then I need to help from start to finish. This means phone calls to go over what the session will entail, helping with wardrobe choices, picking a location that will work for your end goal of what products you want in your home, photographing your session in a way that memorializes what your life is really like during that time, editing your photographs, and then helping you pick the perfect heirloom that fits your life perfectly.
This is a boudoir client of mine, and fellow photographer, who sent me photos of what her framed prints look like in her room (photos of room by Jenny Cruger Photography):
I know it's overwhelming to think about putting art in your home and that's why I want to help with the process. My clients hire me based on trust and knowing that I'm going to give them the best possible experience and finished product.
I would love to help you fill your home with incredible memories!