Chelsey + Joe | Oklahoma City wedding

She spends her days helping children find their words and use them to effect change. She’s the most no-nonsense and unfazed by severe conditions speech pathologist I’ve ever known and she has an amazing ability to connect on a meaningful level with however much or little her kids offer back. She’s kind, forgiving, easy going, and brilliant. And she just so happens to be one of the most beautiful brides I’ve photographed.  Congratulations Chelsey and Joe! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! See on the front lines. (-;
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A home of light | contemporary family portraiture

Somehow good fortune has given me the pleasure of watching the lovely Honarmandan family grow, even though they live 1300 miles away: from baby Jian’s newborn session six years ago, to their stunning family studio session still as a family of three, and now made four with the adorable and practically edible Milan.

This time at Negar and Nima’s home in Newmarket, Ontario, we were immersed in coziness. We felt everything from the peaceful calm of clean lines and serene ambiance to the boisterous billowing of laughter and squeals of delight echoing through the corridors. I was reminded of this favorite Baha’i passage:

“My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation.
Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart.
This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined.”

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Delaram & Erik | destination wedding photography

At a charming resort nestled between the lush mountains near Vancouver, Delaram and Erik gathered their loved ones to join them in celebrating the beginning of their new life together. The beautiful bride and benevolent groom hailing from Ecuador and Colombia combined the warmth of their cultures, the sweet humor and talents of their families and friends, and the uplifting spiritual ideals of their faith to create an unforgettable wedding day filled with joy and laughter. It was no wonder that Vancouver had three unusually sunny November days during Del and Erik’s wedding weekend. This lovely couple seems to exude light and love wherever they go. Felicitaciones kaaazins!

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Delaram - What a privilege it was to have you capture such a unique day in our lives!!! Thank you for making our day so fun, smooth, joyful and unforgettable! And now to see the amazing captures of so many wonderful moments, we are deeply thankful and feel so very lucky. You are amazing! :)

Elisabeth - Los of blessings. Congratulaciones. A warm hug from Colombiano.

art forms [oklahoma city portrait photography]

Every so often I get hit with Florence nostalgia. All I want to is be able to walk out my front door and be steps away from graceful sculptures by Michelangelo and Donatello, or spend my lunch break visiting the exquisite works of da Vinci and Boticelli. For four years I was surrounded by magnificent art on every side and I never tired of it. When that longing arises, my only solace (short of dropping everything and jumping on the next Alitalia flight like a crazy person) is to create. Naturally, that enchanted place my mind has wandered to finds its way back into my images.
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So where were my thoughts wandering? Even though I wasn’t shooting with any particular works in mind, I was missing Florence a lot and must have been influenced by some works there most familiar to me. For example, in the left portrait I sense some of Donatello’s David which is housed in the Bargello National museum. I spent years musing over the works of art there with the director of the museum who was my English language student, Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi (direct descendant of the Strozzis: arch rivals of the Medici family). Beatrice would marvel at how Donatello rendered the soft, supple form of the young boy with hard, cold bronze through details like the extra fold of skin at the top of his leg. The portrait on the right could have been inspired by numerous maidens depicted in Italian Renaissance art, but I’m reminded most of Raphael’s La Velata at the Palazzo Pitti.

 

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