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I feel strongly about couples like Natalie and Kevin, about sessions like this one. And when I say “I feel strongly” I mean I want to wrap them up in a great big hug, squealing about how much I love them and not let go until well, ever. They had considered eloping in the mountains before eventually deciding on a wedding in Dallas this summer after all, so when it came time to brainstorm location ideas for their engagement photos, I wanted to give these two the closest thing to mountains as we could get. A three hour drive later we met up in the Wichita mountains of Oklahoma and basically just played together for hours. The scenery was gorgeous, the weather perfect, and Natalie and Kevin settled so comfortably into just being themselves¬† — there was no second guessing, they just went wholeheartedly for everything I threw at them. And that’s all my lil photographer heart could ever hope for — for people to feel like a true version of themselves in front of my camera.

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Natalie and Kevin, thank you for being so real in front of my camera. Thank you for trusting me with that. I’m up for an uncomfortably long group hug at the wedding in May if y’all are.

Bettye and Charles’ darling daughter Jessica contacted me about taking some photos of her parents to celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary. It was the absolute sweetest, most precious session I’ve photographed to date.

I won’t write much more because I think Bettye summed it all up perfectly in just a few sentences, “What can I say about loving Charlie? I’m just glad he didn’t run the other way. Sixty-three years and we’ve only just begun. Truth is, he has taken good care of us always.”

After 63 years of marriage Betty still swoons each and every time Charles kisses her.
She’s putty in his arms.
Her laughs are probably similar to the 12-year-old giggle she had when they first met.
“Oh, Charles! Isn’t this so fun?!” she asks over and over again.
And maybe Charles wasn’t openly swooning. I don’t even recall a giggle. But the smile on his face as he looked into his wife’s eyes told me that he was putty too.

I can’t express with words how absolutely beautiful it was to see the love Bettye and Charles share — but I hope these photos show even a glimpse of it.

These photos were taken around Jessica’s lovely Ardmore bed and breakfast, the Shiloh Morning Inn¬†and Jessica and her husband took such great care of us during our wonderful stay the evening of the shoot. And you’re going to be hard-pressed to ever find a nicer couple of people to welcome you in.

Thank you, Jessica, for giving me an opportunity to document such sweet, sweet love. Bettye and Charles, I wish you many more years of married bliss!

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