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Joy
"I know where I come from, how bout you" ~Eric Church
Interests: music, running, photography, family, traveling, concerts, Graduate School, Insanity
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Today Grandma Wheeler was laid to rest in the cemetery in Watonga. But she lived - she truly was a person who lived. She loved life. She fought to live. She had multiple surgeries, cancer, constant medical issues, yet, she lived. She traveled, she spent time with family all over... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Expedition Oklahoma
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So Monday was a quick road trip northeast of Tulsa to a place called New Alluwe to pick up our Red Heeler puppy. Now before you get on the "You should adopt from a shelter and not buy from a breeder" high horse, let me tell you a couple of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Expedition Oklahoma
We thought she'd live forever and we couldn't imagine a world without Grandma Wheeler. She was placed on Hospice Care in early September and we rushed up quickly to visit; but I didn't really think that was the last time that I'd see her. There was no way that they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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Would you let someone dress you up as a baby and take your photograph? For a piece of bacon? Mokie does. I love my Yorkie girl. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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It's amazing how this little hobby of mine began back in 2009 and has turned into fielding calls and booking sessions. I shot these at our farm the other night and I'm very pleased with the outcome. So it was worth the $5 teddy bear. While I update my portraiture... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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Thursday morning I walked out the door to see this... peeking above the neighbors trees. I went back indoors and grabbed the most convenient lens and camera combination. My three year old 7D and the 18-135 lens. Which I just read will be the new "kit lens" for the new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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I had a busy day and needed a bag of ice from the gas station. So I jogged around town the long way and captured this image. I am tired and have a headache but it was still a very nice day. I've been overwhelmed with wedding edits and just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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I am processing my second September wedding this week. I have another wedding booked for this Saturday. I never expected to be this busy with weddings. I do enjoy weddings far more than portrait shoots. There are more opportunites for candid photos and genuine emotion. I enjoy the controlled chaos... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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The ISO is too damn high! So this morning I went to Oklahoma City because I volunteered to help at the Redman Triathalon (which the name is a whole other can of worms that I won't address here). So I didn't plan on doing a lot of shooting today so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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A barn near Edison, Nebraska This photo is a lesson in exposure. It works in black and white (which it's not- I actually added a slight amount of split toning to change the feel). This photo is a lesson for you novices who think you can fix a bad exposure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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So, I was out taking pictures near the small town of Edison Nebraska on Friday. I had a man in a truck stop, watch me, turn around come back and ask me "What are you doing?" - Ummmmm... what does it look like I"m doing? I'm taking photos of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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File this post under Kansas. We were traveling home from a weekend in Nebraska and we made a little detour to check out a spot on the map that said "Big Basin Prairie Preserve and St. Jacob's Well" - geological history is fascinating to me as much as the history... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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Saturday on a whim my photographer friend and I took off for a quick adventure in SW Oklahoma near Waurika. Can you find her in the photo below? Taken at the Chisholm Trail Monument near Addington, Oklahoma. So we took a country road that neither of us had been down... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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Lets go outside. Love macro shooting. It's so cool being able to magnify the obscure. In nature I wonder how impressionism has influenced our love of the bokeh in our photography? Do you think there is a connection? Sassy Lassie posing Sunset on the pond. This is probably the best... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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I love the lighting on days like this. I don't feel any desire to ramble about my emotions or any other nonsense. I guess it is a visual thing that people want to connect photos with a particular emotion, the stormy skies. The lighting. I love this lighting, it excites... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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Today is the second day in a row that I went to the gym and I went out and just shot photographs for fun. So I feel better today. Tomorrow I will return to the weight room and the machines and maybe the pool. This was with that nifty little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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I can't ever get everything straight. So I go out and take photos. So I have this, when I feel like nothing goes right. I turned down another wedding today. This is the third one I can't take because I'm booked. I sure could use the money. I hate money.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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Faux French for fake. It's also a snarky word that photographers use in referring to other people who do photography who aren't up to "their standards" whatever those are. Professional Photography --or whatever that is in this day in age is a field that is FILLED with pretentious jerks. Why... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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SOOO...I love this Miranda Lambert song "Old Sh!t" Props have become something I search out now, things that might make my compositions of those portraits just "pop" and become unique. So, portrait photography is silly. My living room is currently filled with crates, baskets and boxes of blocks. Baby blankets,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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The photo above is my local county fair's photography entries. I haven't entered the county fair since I was ten (probably). I remember as a kid how much I loved the fair, going through the buildings showing animals, having 4H exhibits. The fair was my favorite time of the year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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And none of them for you. All photos shot yesterday evening, August 19th. Posted in order edited. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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I've been busy with portrait business and school starting this week. I have sessions to put on flash drives and sessions to shoot and a crazy September coming up. I have two shoots today. But here is a snapshot of my portrait work. I have so much I want to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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It was hot, it was too crowded, it was the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. My cousin came from North Carolina so we met them to go to the festival. The Watermelon Festival is a great, widely promoted festival. I love that we have all this social media that helps us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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In 1895 my Great Grandfather set up their homestead near Umpire Arkansas. The house still stands where ten children were raised and traditions were born. Every year our large, extended family gathers to reunite, a tradition that survives despite the loss of the Great Grandparents and now their ten children... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma
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So, I decided to take my handy, dandy macro lens out to the farm to chase down some tiny bugs and photograph them, or flowers, or junk whatever caught my eye. I arrive, to see My Mom, Dad, Brother, and younger Sister, congregated around a hole in the front yard.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Expedition Oklahoma