Friday, August 29, 2008


When we were talking with Shae to plan his senior portrait, I was very impressed with how focused he seemed to be, that is probably why I like this portrait so much, I believe it shows this extreme focus that he has.
To his mom and step dad (my 2nd cousin), thanks for this opportunity to show our photography to the family.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

amita & gabe & chris

Is a photographer who publishes a photograph taken by another photographer guilty of plagiarism, or just crazy?
Well, this photograph was taken by our oldest daughter Nicole, so I guess I am guilty of plagiarism.
But, could I also be crazy? I think so because I am crazy in love with my son-in-law Chris, my grandson Gabe, and our new granddaughter, Amita. Also I am crazy in love with Nicole's photography as well as her, so I am guilty on about every account possible.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Congratulations Jennifer on being chosen one of the four nurses of the year at "St. Mary's. We certainly enjoyed meeting and working with you for this project.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Sallie, Congratulations on becoming a University of Missouri cheerleader, we will be looking for you and supporting you, unless you are playing OU or OSU :-) . Best wishes, Wess & Jolene

Monday, August 25, 2008


Design in a portrait is accomplished in many ways. Color, location, angle, pose, clothing, expression, and lighting. I believe this portrait has all of a little! Thanks for letting us show that love.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

new studio

If you haven't done so already, please visit our new studio located in Sunset Plaza between Ross and Hobby Lobby, Monday thru Friday 9-6, other times by appointment.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Kelley, John Lennon once sang, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans". I know that is what occurred with this portrait. Our original concept was to do this with an old barn, but when we drove to the location, Johnson grass was at least six feet tall and all I could think of was the chiggers I got into when I was a kid, so we started to look for another barn, and we looked, and looked, found a barn that had deteriorated so badly it didn't even look like a barn....then we saw these hay bales, and both of us knew it was the right spot. I hope everyone else agrees.
Also, Kelley was our last client in the 3.2 "119" studio. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


The expression once again is everything....the eyes, the mouth, the tuck of the chin....Randi, it's just incredible!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Lucas, what a great time I had just walking around in your backyard, talking and taking some great portraits. What I really love about these is the simplicity, the background fades away and just leaves you and an incredible expression!

Friday, August 15, 2008

mrs. h

As Elisa and Brian walked out of the church, the organist began to play "The Hallelujah Chorus", every one said I should have been there to see a wave of smiles wash across everyones face, I'm sorry we weren't :-).

Thursday, August 14, 2008

matt & angela

This engagement portrait was taken on Matt's familie's farm out by Lahoma, what a great location as well as a story to tell on their 50th anniversary.
Thanks, and we wish you the very best!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


This is another musician from the "Killer EHS Drum Line". Daniel's parents told me that what is so great about this composite is how it just doesn't only show that "drummer expression", but also the game day look.
To Daniel, thanks for helping us move. You were great to get to know on a non client level!

Monday, August 11, 2008

the future blands

This has been a great summer for us with engagement portraits, in fact coming up soon we will be showcasing another.
But this session was special for us on two accounts.
1) This was the first appointment we had in our new location, and
2) This is our godchild, Hattie and her future husband Shane. It has certainly been our pleasure watching her grow into a beautiful young lady (both inside and out) and know that this will be a wonderful wedding blessed by God.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


"Board of Director" portraits are one of the main stays of our studio. We photograph people from all over Oklahoma and southern Kansas for these boards, so it is always an honor when they also choose to give these portraits to family as gifts. Usually we are able to stay on top of this and give our clients the stellar service they expect, but in this case, we dropped the ball (well actually, we didn't drop it, we just forgot to ship it) and missed a very important gift date for this family. Our sincere apologies go out to them publicly, and if we ever get the chance to work with them again, they can expect us to give them the professional service we can.

Monday, August 4, 2008

joe & roberta

The original title for this blog was going to be "All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go". So many of my clients love the idea of casual clothing and therefore choose a casual portrait. But not the case this time for Joe and Roberta. Roberta's job gave the the opportunity to attend a formal gathering in Branson, and Joe came up with the idea for this photograph, and while the clothing is formal, the pose is not. Ten years ago when I started studying the great portrait painters of the past 150 years, the one thing that became pretty obvious quickly was that at first glance, the paintings looked very formal in clothing and style, but in pose, very, very casual. The more things change, the more they stay the same.