Film is expensive.  It’s time consuming.  It’s rolling, rolling, and more rolling.  It’s so many trips to the post office.  So, so many trips to the post office.  Okay, so typically these turn into excuses for breakfast dates with my three year old, but still we go to the post office before or after we brunch. Film is waiting. Film is imperative to get it right while shooting.  It takes time.  There are a lot of things that it is, most of which fall into the “easier for use for art but not art that is a commercial product” category.  (I made up that wordy category, by the way.) However, at the very top of the pro/con list, is the pro, and it is the trump all pro for me.  Film is consistently SPECTACULAR.  It feels like a little piece of my heart is being plated on a fancy white plate and garnished with a tiny, little romantic succulent and placed in front of my brides.  I can’t quit you, film, and I don’t want to.  I want to get lost in your vibrant greens.  I want to spend time rolling in your beautiful bokeh.  I’ll stop short of saying I want to make out with your highlight/shadow ratio making you shoot beautiful images even at the dreaded high noon hour, only because I’m a married woman and that is not appropriate.  But really pictures of my kids wearing hats on the beach in the middle of the day with no shadows and no blown out details?  That makes a girl want to kiss you on the lips, film.

When I chose to offer my clients film wedding collections, it was no easy decision.  But nothing easy is worth doing, so I knew it was a decision I wanted to make.  Film eats at your profits.  It changes your workflow something fierce.  It makes you change.  It makes you look at your business, and re-evaluate everything. In my former life (before children), I was a journalist.  I got into journalism because I wanted to make a difference.  When I lost that feeling; I left that field.  (Cue the Righteous Brothers song.  “You’ve love that lovin’ feeling…”)  I didn’t lose the feeling of wanting to make a difference.  I lost the feeling of wanting to make a difference with that talent.  I have always been a story teller.  God had different plans for my story telling talent.  When I was a journalist, my story telling was weaved together by the words of others and my words were the thread that stitched the fabric of the story together. The video itself never told the story that aired on the local news.  The people in the video always did.  How the videographer shot the video was everything; it would make or break the story.  It’s the same now.  My photos don’t tell the story, the people in the photos do. So I choose to tell your stories on film because it makes my heart go pitter patter, and I wait up for its text messages at night, and so do the brides that are drawn to my work. For me, that’s worth the time, money, rolling, trips to the post office, frequent brunching, and waiting, it’s worth telling your story in a way that you connect to so deeply, you get lost in it.

Floral crown pictured by Inspire Events

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Debbie Spurlin Scott - April 18, 2016 - 5:47 am

I gotta find my film camera so I can get that lovin’ feelin’!!

McGranahan Barn Wedding Oklahoma Wedding Photographer34Once upon a time in a land far, far away there was a princess named Alyssa.  Okay, not really, it was actually at McGranahan Barn, but doesn’t Alyssa look like a princess in her gorgeous gown from Bella Rose Bridal in Edmond and sitting on the furniture from Ruby’s Vintage Rentals, it’s storybook stuff, isn’t it? And I think film is dreamy to begin with, but combine it with this perfect storm of creatives, and it’s glorious.

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This is why I tell brides that a bridal session is so important.  While there are portraits of the bride on wedding day, it’s nothing like having a separate session.  Also, prints from the session make a great gift for your groom and parents.  But really, the truth of it is, it’s just an amazing day for you to enjoy, take it all in, and prance around in your dress.  It really does something for you, to get your make up and hair done and put that dress on, it’s such an amazing feeling.  I think that is severely underestimated.  It’s a moment to remember this time of planning your wedding, and really take a day for you, meanwhile getting memories you’ll have forever that we would not have time to capture with such depth on wedding day.

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We are able to capture so much that we don’t have time for on wedding day.  Regardless of how much time your have for photography, there is just a lot going on, and you can’t get the great images you would get from a bridal session.  Schedule bridals when you do a practice run on hair and make-up, so that way you can see how it will look and make changes if you don’t like it, and why not get one more chance to wear your dress?

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The vibe of bridal sessions has evolved over the years.  Bridal sessions aren’t stuffy, they are actually fun, and brides always tell me that.

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They are always glad that they did it.  Alyssa’s session was sunset at McGranahan Barn, and sunsets there are truly like no place else.  I love Oklahoma sunsets and from McGranahan Barn you can see the sun literally go down without interruption. It’s unbelievable.

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Honestly if I could sit there and watch the sun set every night I would.  That glow combined with Alyssa’s gorgeous make-up and hair by Blo, it was perfection.

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Don’t skip over the bridal session, brides.  You don’t want to miss out on this! Not just the photos, but the feeling.

Photography Sheradee Hurst Photography Venue McGranahan Barn Make-up & Hair blo.  Furniture Ruby’s Vintage Rentals Gown Bella Rose Bridal Floral Floral Fusion at Uptown Grocery

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Pamela Bell Young - November 18, 2015 - 12:07 pm



Let’s lay the foundation for a great engagement session.  Really all you need is a couple that is in love…and cute shoes are always a bonus.  Darling red rain boots for the bride, well of course! Some girls wear heels that are out of this world, sometimes I have brides that are die hards for a sparkly flat, whatever the shoe, it needs to fit.  Not just in size, but the style and personality of the bride.  Don’t force yourself into heels if you never heels.  I loved that Alyssa picked something bright and cheery,  just like her.


But what’s cuter than the shoes, is always the love the couple shares.  It makes the shoot.  These two will get married this month at Chisholm Springs in Edmond.  After seeing how cute they were at their engagement session, I can not wait to photograph their wedding day joy as the sun sets peeking through the fall leaves at Chisholm Springs. We shot this session at the very end of the winter last year at a park so they would have a different look than the wedding.

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Nothing fits better than love, and it always shows through in pictures.  It’s why I love photographing weddings.  It’s amazing to tell couple’s stories.

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