Crystal and Clint found me through a friend, and we got together to take some engagement photos! Their Wedding is next summer, and I absolutely can't wait. Crystal has a million dollar smile and is such a beautiful and positive woman, I had so much fun getting to hear their story and getting to capture it. Clint has quite the sense of sarcasm and humor, and I love when clients are comfortable showing me that side. People always think photos have to be so serious, or they shield part of their personality thinking it's not something to bring to the photo shoot, when actually I want the opposite! The only thing that helps me make photos better, are people being themselves and trusting me with that. I know even I sometimes hide parts of my personality and shelter things around new people, so it's tough to expose that in front of new people, and especially a camera. I always appreciate a couple in love that shares that with me.
You know, I have to say one of my biggest pet peeves are all of those fashion photos with beautiful girls and horses... and the horses look bored, disinterested, and most of the time aren't posed well, or even that nice of horses. This of course is me being biased since I'm around Jumpers all the time and am used to the hot, energetic, tall, beautiful horses, but come on- if you are using a pretty girl use a pretty horse or get its attention at least! I had a lovely shoot with Miss Olivia, her mom wanted these shots. :)
I'm a little late posting these, they were done last week and I've done 3 shoots since, but I've been cramming these last few days before I leave. Kylie and Matthew Johnson are a sweet, married, military family, [Matthew is in the Navy, woo!] and they were at the time pregnant with their now newborn son, Gunner. First, I have to say I adore his name! It not only fits after meeting the couple, but when I was shooting with them one of Kylie's ultrasounds has a photo of Gunner kissing his guns [biceps ;) ] with his arm up in a flex position. It is the cutest photo ever and I thought it was just so sweet. This was actually my first maternity shoot, but after looking and studying maternity shoots I realized something- it's nothing different than any other shoot I do. They're normal people, and the beauty of the shoot is in the pregnancy and the love between her and Matthew that has created that. The best thing was to just talk to Matthew and Kylie and get to know them a bit as a couple, which I have to say, I adore them as one. I instantly could tell they were not only excited to bring a new life in this world, but truly a loving married couple, and that alone couldn't make me more proud or honored to take their photos. There's nothing more beautiful than two lovers that are truly ready to bring a life in this world, are prepared, and just calmly excited. Gunner was born not even a week after we took these pictures, and he seems like a good healthy baby :] Maybe newborn pictures to come in a month or so! Here are a few..
Valerie Sebestyen is a portrait and wedding photographer based out of Edmond, Oklahoma. For inquiries you may contact at 405-226-1042 or firstname.lastname@example.org