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Amanda Becker
Family and raising my daughter, natural living, organic gardening, photography, interesting things and people in my neighborhood, Jesus
Interests: From New York City to Guthrie, Oklahoma - this is a blog about slowing down and simplifying life, living and raising a baby naturally, growing an organic square foot garden, life in suburbia without a car and cultivating a rich spiritual life.
Recent Activity
Wow. It has been so long since I have posted. I shot this beautiful wedding with Scott Laske several weeks ago and have wanted to post some pictures from it. It was a fun couple and a beautiful setting. Congratulations Jenny and Jeff! Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at Natural Baby
What better surprise could come in the mail for a little girl than a pink tutu dress? Lisi was so excited to receive this package from her Grandma in Alabama. Totally out of the blue and totally wonderful. She had to put it on right away, so I thought it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Natural Baby
Just want to post a few pictures from a wedding I shot a couple of weekends ago with Scott Laske at Coles Garden. Had a lot of fun with this nice couple and their families. Congratulations Courtney and Chris! Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Natural Baby
I am so thankful for the rain we got last week and the relief it brought from the oppressive heat. And Lisi, who was in sore need of a good, muddy splash, is thankful for the puddles. Now that the temperature is in the 100's everyday again we are hoping... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Natural Baby
Elise is now helping to collect the eggs. It doesn't matter if a broody hen is sitting on the eggs, she will push that chicken right off of her nest. Nothing deters her from her goal of collecting all the eggs. She has agreed to let me "help" her collect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Natural Baby
It is horribly, horribly hot here. We are working hard to keep our young plants and garden alive. Most of the plants in our backyard were planted this year, so they are pretty vulnerable in this heat. We will be lucky if we keep most everything alive. Although the weather... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at Natural Baby
Another highlight of this summer so far is our recent trip to New York City. This was my first time back since we moved away about 2 years ago. It was kind of like we never left: bagels at Astoria Bagel, schlepping on busses, trains, cabs, dinners at our favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at Natural Baby
It's been a great (albeit insanely hot) summer so far. One recent highlight was Elise turning two. She has grown so much and has developed quite the personality. She was not very interested in posing for pictures unless she could be photographed with her chicken. So, here it is -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Natural Baby
Above: My gardening companion and beets from our square foot garden. The garden is really getting going now. We have delicious spinach, arugula, cilantro, lettuce, carrots, peas.....and beets! We pulled the first beets of the season out of the ground today. And tomorrow I anticipate making an arugula, roasted beet... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Natural Baby
Above: It's hard to keep Elise out of the strawberry patch. If you don't have any patience, take up gardening. Last year we dug out a huge portion of our front yard and planted three varieties of strawberry plants. About 75 plants in all. Trading in bermuda grass for a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Natural Baby
Above: The beautiful spring blooms from my garden. "I will rejoice greatly in the Lord; my soul will exult in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation. He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at Natural Baby
Little Leah is here and her parents love her so very much. Here are some pictures from this beautiful girl's very first photoshoot: Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Natural Baby
Just want to highlight a recent wedding I photographed for a fun couple: Christa and Gabe. I loved all the humor, joy and the love of their tight knit community of friends and family at their wedding. A lot of wonderful emotions to capture with my camera. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Natural Baby
My husband, Chef Chris Becker was featured on the cover of the daily Oklahoman today. I am really proud of him and happy that his incredible talent is being recognized. This is a great beginning to a new phase in his career and our lives as the loan for our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Natural Baby
I recently photographed a beautiful couple expecting the arrival of their first child. I love photographing people who's love for one another is real and present in the way they interact with one another. It moves me and it comes through in the photographs. I don't doubt that their little... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Natural Baby
Above: Our new chicks and the expanded chicken enclosure built by Chris. Last night we introduced our new flock of chickens to our existing flock....mission impossible style... We kept the new, young chickens in a cage in the front yard and then waited until cover of dark. Once our big... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Natural Baby
Just wanted to share a little bit about a recent shoot for a company called Great Expectations. This is my 3rd year in a row to photograph their "Celebration of Model Schools" at UCO. This is an awards ceremony for Oklahoma schools that have completed their training in becoming better... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Natural Baby
A couple of massive winter storms recently came our way rendering us homebound for days on end. Thankfully, Chris was able to make it home and manage the restaurant from afar, giving me a much needed break from one on one time with my daughter. Since we were snowed in,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Natural Baby
Above: Pix from a joyful Christmas morning marking the end of another insane holiday season. Every Christmas season during our years living in New York City, I always wanted to go see Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Unfortunately, the holidays have always been insane for the Becker family. With Chris... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Natural Baby
Elise and I have been sooo sick for the past few weeks! It has been a struggle to maintain daily activities and household chores. All creative impulses were throughly snuffed out by trips to the doctor, sitting in a steamy bathroom late into the night and A LOT of boogie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Natural Baby
When we first moved into our home last summer we made a pitiful attempt at a first garden. It was late in the season and Oklahoma summers get brutally hot. Chris had purchased some fresh basil plants from the market for one of his private dining events and when he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Natural Baby
Above: At Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch. And, yes, that is Lisi chasing turkeys. During the early years of our marriage when Chris and I lived on the East Coast, we always liked to highlight the fall season with traditions like apple picking, canning salsas and apple butters and special trips upstate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at Natural Baby
It's starting to get pretty chilly and we are know what that means...cold and flu season is upon us! I've been reading a lot about the benefits of elderberry syrup to fight colds and flu. It's been used medicinally for ages and recent studies have shown that people who take... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Natural Baby
Above: Elise and my parents at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa. Yesterday my parents and I took Elise to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa. I was really impressed with the aquarium - the exhibits were interesting and kid friendly and there was just enough to look at without being too... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Natural Baby
Above: At the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Oklahoma City Susan G. Komen was only 5 years older than I am now when breast cancer claimed her life. Since her death in 1980, her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, has spent her life pursuing the cure to breast... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Natural Baby