This is crazy, but we are celebrating Kim’s third anniversary as part of the HolliB Team. It seems insane that I haven’t introduced her before. In fact, as I started this post, I searched the blog to find her “introduction blog”, which is when I realized I had never formally introduced her. #hugefail

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Kim started working as my (Taylor’s) second shooter back in 2011 and has remained faithfully by my side for the past three years, going on four, this season. To even begin to describe Kim, is an impossible task and there is no way this blog post will do her justice, but I am going to try.

I have known Kim for at least eight years. We met when I was in college and I interviewed for an internship with her organization. I happened to sleep through my alarm and missed my appointment :), but she graciously gave me a second chance and we rescheduled to meet at a McDonald’s. After the interview, we drank Dr. Pepper and shared hot fries. And this is when we knew we would get along just fine. We remained great friends even after the internship and I moved in with her family for one summer, while David and I were dating. Since I lived with them while we were dating the four of us became quick friends and we still love to hang out together. But our double-dates have turned into small family gatherings, since we both have two kids now.

This is us at the U2 concert. Excuse my point and shoot camera (and the rando photographer who took the picture).

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And these little gems comes from our “Lost Party”. We hosted a party to watch the Lost finale and made everyone dress as a character. I am Claire (crazy Claire). And Kim is Kate (she had a woman crush on her, who didn’t really?) And did you notice Black Smoke in there? That’s Holli B herself. Ahhh those were the days… pre-kids (for most of us at least) … when we had time to dress up as  tv characters and go to an adult party for hours on end, not keeping track of time.

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This is Kim’s incredible husband, who loves her so well and supports her in everything that she does. (The HolliB staff really does have the best husbands around.)

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And these are her adorably cute boys, Evrett and Wesley. Aren’t they dressed so perfectly and totally handsome?

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Sorry for the small family session post here, but I just love all these pictures and never got around to posting them last fall. I mean, come on… how perfectly coordinated are they? Leave it to Kim.fam2 And sometimes our kids have to come to the studio to “work” with us. #whatatrooper

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If I could only say one thing about Kim, I would sum her up with, “Kim loves life.” She is joyful all. the. time. And so positive. She loves being with people and honestly, she loves her job. Who doesn’t want to be around someone like that?

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She is the best test model…

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Kim has amazing style and I want to “pin” her outfit and attempt to recreate it every time I see her. We joke about who looks better every time we work together, but Kim always wins. #teachmeyourways

Kim is an unbelievable friend, who is hilarious, authentic, athletic, incredibly outgoing, so encouraging and a powerful prayer warrior. She is someone you want by your side at all times. And that is why we love working together. We have the best conversations on our way to work (over Dr. Pepper and hot fries of course) that usually leave us laughing until we pee our pants. #notreally #butithashappened And at the same time, I can’t tell you the number of times Kim’s encouraging words have gotten me through a rough day/week.

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And… can we talk about this hair?kim011Over the past few years she has grown so much as my assistant/second shooter. Not only has she developed her own style but her eye for capturing important moments has exploded. Let me explain, her eye has not actually exploded, because that would be awful, but she gives our clients memories captured as photographs that they can remember forever. When Kim “doesn’t have anything to do” she finds something interesting going on to photograph. Whether it be the groomsmen laughing, the handcrafted favors or guests mingling.

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These are just a few of the images she has captured that I absolutely adore. It definitely pays off to have a second shooter at your wedding… the additional vantage points and eyes to see what’s taking place “behind” the action is awesome.kim013

Thank you Kim, for the past three years! Thank you for serving the HolliB team and ultimately our clients so well. You are one of a kind and the perfect fit for us. You bring so much joy and enthusiasm to the HolliB team and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person/photographer that I am without you by my side. So excited for this next wedding season with you.

It is Wedding Wednesday and I have a REALLY special wedding to show you for our 1000th blog post! Can you believe it? ONE THOUSAND blog posts?!?!

Evan and Vicky had such a perfect day! We were honored to be able to photograph it for them. Vicky has such an infectious personality and makes everyone she meets become her newest best friend. Evan is as laid back as they come but you can catch him looking at Vicky like she is the only person on the planet. They are perfect together and we loved getting to know them over the course of the past year! We also loved how “vicky” their wedding was! From Kate Spade inspired wedding decorations to the amazing dinner we had at the top of the Devon Tower Vast restaurant- everything was just perfect! Vicky- you have great style and the best laugh. Thanks for being my newest best friend ;)

Photographer: HolliB
Venue: Vast Devon Tower
Coordinatore: Elizabeth Newton
Flowers: Poppy Lane

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Taylor here on this beautiful Tuesday… taking a quick break from maternity leave to show you some of my favorite pictures that Holli took during Benjamin’s birth.

Can I just encourage every expectant mother out there to consider hiring a photographer for their birth? This isn’t a cheap plug to hire Holli B, because we actually do not shoot births anymore. It is just a very strong suggestion from one passionate mother. Call me crazy, but I LOVE birth stories. I love hearing about the entire experience… how she labored, what she was feeling, what he was thinking… the emotions, the pain, the excitement, the anticipation. I. LOVE. IT. ALL. So when I was pregnant with my daughter 2.5 years ago, it was a no brainer for me to let Holli photograph it. And I was so glad I did. I LOVE watching the slideshow Holli created. I cannot count the number of times I have watched Ellie’s slideshow. So obviously we wanted Holli to come and photograph the arrival of our handsome little buddy, Benjamin. I adore these images and in the middle of the night, when I am dead tired and trying to stay awake while nursing him, I turn on the slideshow and cry almost everytime.

There is just no way to remember that day without these pictures. As I go back and watch (and rewatch and rewatch) Ben’s slideshow and even Ellie’s, I can remember what I was thinking and how I was feeling in those pictures. I remember being so ready to meet him. I remember being in pain. (I didn’t say I remember the pain, because I honestly don’t.) But I remember so much more because I am able to look at the photos and they take me back to that experience. One that I never want to forget.

So as you are planning for your little ones arrival and are shopping for cribs and strollers, I beg you to at least consider a photographer for that beautiful day. If you need some referrals, let us know, we have some fantastic photographers we can recommend.

 

ben 001 ben 002 ben 003 ben 004 ben 005 ben 006 ben 007 ben 008 ben 009 ben 010 ben 011 ben 012  ben 014 ben 015 ben 016I am totally in love with these next few pictures of David holding Ben’s hand.ben 013 ben 017 ben 018 ben 019 ben 021 ben 022 ben 023ben 028Ellie wasn’t sure what to think about this little man, but she warmed up pretty quickly and has grown to love him immensely! ben 025 ben 026 ben 027   ben 033 ben 034ben 029 ben 037 ben 038

Here she is… the rockstar, that left her warm cozy bed in the middle of the night to photograph Benjamin’s super speedy arrival! Thank you so much Holli, it really means the world to us to have these images forever.ben 024

Brent and Blaire are getting married this summer and we are so excited for them! They are having their ceremony and reception at Coles Garden and we cannot wait to celebrate the night.

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Bray and Lauren were married last weekend on a rainy Saturday evening. Not just a little rain folks… SO MUCH RAIN. I have probably photographed 7-8 weddings on really rainy days but the rain DID NOT stop literally all day long for this wedding. I LOVE that Lauren and Bray were game for still doing a few photos outside under an umbrella. They were my favorites! Bray and Lauren you are awesome! You were so excited to be married and it was so fun to celebrate with you. Hope your honeymoon was so much fun!

Photographer: Holli B
Ceremony: McFarlin United Memorial Methodist Church
Reception and Catering: Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom
Dress: Meg Guess Couture
Tuxes: Alton’s Mens Wear
Rings: Lewis Jewlers
Table Linens: Marrianne’s Rentals
Makeup and Hair: Kathryn Leaman
Flowers: Birdie
Cake: Amy Cakes
Videographer: Carpe Diem
Band: Dave and the Wavetones

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You can view their wedding day slideshow HERE password is brides maiden name.