Several of you saw my twitter when I said I got the BEST Christmas present ever from Taylor. Well, here it is. Taylor (somehow) got some of my friends and clients to write a “rave” for a book that she designed for me for Christmas. A lot of people in the book are our clients whom she knows, but there were also people she doesnt know and how she got in touch with them I have yet to find out. I found out later she even came to my office while I was out of town at a conference to get images off a hard drive so that she could put them in the book. She is nuts. I love her dearly. I am so grateful for this book. I cannot tell you how much I love it. It is water to my soul.
On Christmas Eve I woke up accidentally before my kids and made my way in to the kitchen. I poured myself a cup of coffee and I saw a package on the countertop. I didnt know what it was but it was all wrapped up with my logo and such on the front and looked like something we would give a client. I then proceeded to my computer to get a head start on email before the day began and Taylor had sent me an email with the subject line: READ THIS AFTER YOU OPEN YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT…. I then knew the package was for me. (it is so like her to know that there is a good chance I will always check my email before I do anything else in the morning….) I sat down at my kitchen table and opened the package and had NO idea what it was. When I saw that it was a beautiful lay flat book from an album company I have always wanted to try out I knew it had to be Taylor. The first page was written by my best friend Abbey. If you follow the blog you will remember her sweet baby Annie being born at 3.5lbs last spring…. I immediately started to cry. I love this image I took of Abbey and Annie when she was in the NICU.
This is Sheila. She got married this past year and we dearly love her. She is a gynecologist in Oklahoma City and Taylor and I are competing to become her best friend because she is the funniest person we know. On the left side here is my dear bride Casey. She brought a sweet turquoise chair to her bridal session and I am still waiting for her to donate it to my office :) On the right is Daniel and Lacey. They had a fabulous wedding at Dresser Mansion this past summer. They, too, had an awesome getaway car and the best part about this image (that I LOVE) is that Taylor was laying in the front seat of this car with a flash to get the perfect lighting from in front of them! (lets just say that Taylor is a pretty cool assistant that will do ANYTHING for a great shot) After I flipped the page and saw my dearest friend Laurel and her family, I pretty much lost it. My heart still aches that I dont get to see her every day. They are doing well in Oman, but the middle east is WAY too far away for one of your very best friends to live. I love these pics we took of them before they left.
this is my friend Jan who lives in Colorado. We met while they were living in Norman a few years ago and became quick friends. She has started her own photography business this past year and I have mentored her along the way. I am so proud of how much she has grown as a photographer.
This is Mckenzie, she is one of my oldest friends in the world. Taylor doesnt even know her but she knows Mckenzie is one of my best friends. We have known each other for probably 15 years or so. She stayed the night with me on her wedding night and I made her breakfast in bed. I shot her wedding a LONG time ago with film and it was the first time I really thought I could do photography for a living. I love her so much.
Just read this and tell me you are not tearing up….
My dear friend Stacie…. I am so honored to photograph her sweet family several times a year. I was there to watch baby Sean come into the world and get to document all of his milestones. I am blessed to know you Stac! The last one is from Taylor.