My brother and his family are up next. My nephew turned 3 months old last month, and we snapped a few Christmas photos at their house as well.

This one reminds me so much of us growing up in North Dakota. My brother and I would race down the sharp incline on our driveway…and sled down it when it was piled deep with snow. Both my brother and I have kids that look so much like us as kids, it should be a crime.

I really liked this next one, and it will probably embarrass my brother and his wife, but we’ve been doing that for years. Why stop now?

The gummy grins get me every time.

Well, every shot can’t be perfect.


Catching up

Well, I’ve finished my last holiday session edits, so I finally have some time to update my blog. Prepare for update overload! I have a picture of this beautiful family on my last post, but I wanted to share some more of their darling little girl. She was chubby in all the right places. I just loved it.

Her daddy is a Tulsa firefighter, and I love that he had his helmet in the car, so we could snap a few pics. I swear, I want to cry every time I see this pictures. A little girl’s daddy is always her hero, but her daddy is everybody’s hero.

When I was setting up this next basket shot, we had a visitor trying to crash our shoot. Rather than shoo him away, I let him stay. They were enamored with each other. It was probably one of the funniest things that’s happened to me on a job.

Tag, you’re it!

Tagged!! …….
OK, so I was tagged by fellow photographer and blogger, Melissa Mullinax.

“7 Things About Me” … i.e. blogging about 7 things you may not know about me.

The rules:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 7 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post.
4. Pass on the tag.

Whoo boy, random is good. I’m feeling a little random today.

1. I’ve met 5 people in real life that I knew only on the Internet because of my baby blog.
2. When my husband’s immediate family gets together, there are 17 of us, with one baby on the way. Christmas is a whole lot of crazy fun, let me tell you.
3. I have sweet spot in my heart for rescue animals.
4. In college, I was on the crew (rowing) team for Oklahoma State University my freshman year.
5. When I was little, I purposefully crossed my eyes during an eye examination so I could get glasses like my friend. I got them, but it was awful to wear them.
6. I hate to run. Okay, I hate most exercise in general, but I’m actually really enjoying the water and step aerobics classes I’ve been taking at the Y these past few months. I’ve even lost 10 lbs! Yay!
7. I’m considering getting some sheep and chickens because we have a lot of grass to mow and who can resist some fresh eggs? I know there are coyotes out here at night, so that worries me a lot. Maybe one day.

Let’s see, I’ll tag Sheila, Kelly, Tracy, Teddy, Lauren, April, and Monique

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been a great year for Whitecotton Studio. I appreciate everyone who has booked a session this year, and those that are looking for sessions this fall. I am limiting myself this season to 6 sessions per month, and right now my October is booked, and my cutoff date for Tulsa Christmas sessions is Nov 1.

If you were looking to book a Christmas session, but missed out on regular sessions, then I have good news for you. I will be scheduling mini sessions in Tulsa on November 1st. Mini sessions take only 30-35 minutes, and I will present 5-10 images in your online gallery. Based on the number of mini sessions I book, the session fee will be reduced: 1 session: $100 each, 2 sessions: $50 each, 3 sessions: $33 each, and 4 sessions: No session fee! So, tell your friends and family about this great deal, and you can all save even more.

Here are the packages that I am offering with mini sessions (tax and shipping are included):

Package 1: 24 flat 5×7 cards and (8) 5×7’s for $200.63
Package 2: 5 full resolution digital files for $278.75
Package 3: 48 flat 5×7 cards, (2) 8×10, (10) 5×7, and (8) wallets for $374.23

You may substitute 1 set of 24 flat cards with 1 set of (24) 4×6 photos (same pose) or 1 full resolution digital file. Add $25 per set of flat cards to substitute a set of folded 5×7 or 5×5 cards. (Note that 5×5 cards will require additional postage). No other substitutions will be allowed.

Packages must be paid for in advance once you book your session. You may upgrade packages at any time. If a session fee is required, then it will be due at the time of your session. You will have two weeks to order after your gallery is uploaded to Whitecottonstudio.com. There will be no exceptions and no refunds if you do not order within the two week time frame. If the weather does not cooperate, I will set a make-up date or I will refund your package payment.

Mini sessions are limited to your immediate family members only due to the time constraints. If you running late for your session, please call and notify me. Your session is only for a short period of time, so please arrive early and ready. If it is possible, I may try to reschedule you into another time slot late in the day.

Clothing recommendations: Please do not have everyone wear all white shirts. These are difficult to edit, especially in an outdoor setting where the sun can wash out the detail. Try bright colors on the kiddos and similar color families on mom and dad. Jeans are always great, especially if I have you sit down on the ground.

These are the available time slots and locations. If the time slot is not crossed out, then it is still available.

November 1, 2008 Mini Session Times:

Woodward Park – Meet at the swings
10:00am – 10:35am
10:40am – 11:15am

11:20am – 11:55am

Gilcrease Museum – Meet at the west side of the Gilcrease house, south of the museum
3:40pm – 4:15pm
4:20pm – 4:55pm
5:00pm – 5:35pm
5:40pm – 6:15 pm

If you have any questions, please email me at robyn@whitecottonstudio.com. Thanks!

I had the pleasure of photographing the niece of a wonderful client of mine and her family. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the girls even got into it with me. Just call me the tutu and ginormous sucker lady. Anything for these kiddos!

Even mom and dad got into it. I know how it feels when you are constantly behind the camera, and this is just a reminder that I need a new photo of me and the hubs. My last one with him was in 1999!

Hello, baby!

Ah, finally a newborn! But this isn’t just any newborn – it’s my 2 week old nephew, Kolby. That brings my nephew/niece tally to boys:8, girls:0. We’ll find out next month if another sister-in-law is going to bring that coveted niece into the family. I have all these tutus in my arsenal and the only girl I have to dress up is my own daughter. I’m so ready for a niece.

But for now, we’re enjoying Mr. Kolby. Isn’t he so handsome?

Travelin’ Through

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to photograph a sweet young boy that I first photographed at two months and then at six months. This time he was 14 months, and just as much a heartbreaker as ever. His mom is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, and I just love how much these parents adore their little boy. I love this age, and he is no exception.

Of course, every shot can’t be perfect. You set up the shot, and the backlighting is just right, mom’s hair is blowing softly in the breeze and then…

…somebody is just not feeling the moment.

I, however, crack up hysterically. My job, it is so much fun.

I was pleasantly surprised when this family agreed to meet me in Chandler, thereby shaving off about an hour from my usual commute to Tulsa. I also brought my daughter as an experiment. Kids love kids, they are absolutely fascinated by them. My daughter, however, was fascinated with the little toy car that she has claimed as her own even though Whitecotton Studio claimed it first…on last year’s tax return. But we had a good time, and no one was run over on main street Chandler, OK.

And this one was fun to edit with a funky texture. I love the surrealism of it…like stepping back in time.

And finally, a little bit of history to share with you. This gazebo was erected as part of Oklahoma’s Centennial celebration of 2007. It was such a beautiful little, peaceful spot…even right there in Chandler, OK.