Favorite Weekend Shots

Friday, February 9th to Sunday, February 11th

  • checked another Oklahoma state park off the list
  • finally made it to a Norman Art Walk
  • tried fig pizza (excellent)
  • roommate breakfast/Phineas and Ferb watch party
  • hit the gym for a Saturday morning climb
  • short tour of Oklahoma City's finest coffee shops, breweries, and chicken joints with excellent friends
  • saw Sean Astin's doppleganger play with his band at The Deli
  • Sunday morning service
  • actually did some homework
  • put dresses on and ran around in a field with Mac

In short, heck of a weekend. Here are some of my favorite shots:

Trevor + Kadee

Trevor and Kadee are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever known. They are patient and kind, never boastful and ever-hopeful. They’re selfless and they rejoice in the truth.

Sound familiar?

Yeah, I thought so too. #1Corinthians13

It was such a joy to capture this moment for them. Had to share a couple of my favorites. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Pettways.

Guess Who?

I was waiting in line for food at a deli in OKC last spring. A few feet away, I noticed a sweet striped-polo-clad little guy preparing his Guess Who? board for battle. It was a practice I knew well. I myself was once a Guess Who? champion, ready to shoot my carefully-planned facial-feature-related questions at anyone willing to play against me. I couldn't help but snap a photo of him and his laser focus.

His mom sat down across from him. The two started to play, and oh man, did the nostalgia hit hard. I have such special memories of playing the same game with my own mom. I kept taking pictures as the Guess Who? emotional roller coaster painted itself across that kiddo's face. (I feel the pain, bud. I do.)

It all made me with I had more photos of the everyday sort of moments growing up, because honestly those were the most precious. I'm grateful for the pictures of birthday parties and trips to Disney World, but the memories that are most precious to me are the ones that happened in less glamorous times.

Listening to my mom read American Girl books to me. Laying on a trampoline with my best friends, looking at stars. Reading the notes my dad left on the counter before he drove to work. Catching frogs with the neighborhood gang in the pond across the street. Playing cards with my Papa in the living room, and building basement blanket forts with my brothers.

Don't get me wrong, trips to Disney World are awesome, but sometimes the most magical place on earth is wherever you are right now.

When the boy and his mom finished their game, I walked over and introduced myself. We exchanged emails for picture sharing and I offered to take one last photo of the two of them. They happily obliged. (The last couple photos in this post. So freakin' adorable!) We chatted for a bit and went our separate ways.

I ordered my food and left with a lovely reminder to cherish the moments in between the milestones. And even to photograph them from time to time.