Lety and Jason's wedding this summer was one of the most memorable weddings to date. I met the couple over a year ago for their engagement session, and when I met them they seemed fairly quiet. They (rather quickly) showed me otherwise!
One of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer, is that I get to almost become a part of the immediate family. It always starts simply because I follow the bride everywhere, even during the sweet words exchanged with their mothers or family before hand. Somewhere in the process of the day, I become something more than a follower. This exchange happens where they talk to me and engage with me and share with me, and it blows me away the things they share.
This couple has been through so much together and Jason has always been such a loving and caring staple as a friend, then a boyfriend, then a fiance, as a spouse, and now truly as a father. Watching the entire family interact, counting their exchange student from Germany, there was truly nothing but Love.
This summer I had an incredible opportunity to live in New York City and work for Ryan Brenizer at http://www.ryanbrenizer.com . Not only did I learn a plethora about weddings and engagements, I left with a plethora of experience after utilizing all I had learned there. Between weddings and engagements, I still do head shots, which always get lost in the mix. The other afternoon at a wedding I had a guest ask me if I "just did normal portraits," the answer is of course! So here are just a few of some recent portrait sessions with a variety from lawyers, to dancers, to aspiring singers and actresses.
I say back to my roots, and I mean that lightly- because horses aren't only a part of my roots, they're a part of my life and who I am. Every person who knows me is well aware of my deep love for my horse, how much time I spend with him, and how much I love seeing horses on long drives and vacations. Equally, I adore photography. (I guess I wouldn't be a photographer if I didn't, right? Har har.) My point is, when clients approach me, I'm always unbelievably ecstatic. Aside from wanting to take kick ass photos, I'm always curious about the theme, if any, and where to start in the planning process.. So you can just imagine my excitement when these sessions actually INCLUDE horses! Well, lucky for me, this one did. Edmond Equestrian Center is owned and operated by Lisa Matlock, and I will be the first to say she is the must kind and positive barn owner. I was so excited to be able to do these photos for Lisa's show team of students! Not to mention, these girls are adorable and gorgeous, and of course so are their horses.
I lived and worked in New York City with photographer Ryan Brenizer (Brenizer Method, anyone?) at http://www.ryanbrenizer.com during the month of June. Malarie and Ryan were my first wedding to come home to since my internship with Ryan, and because of that their wedding had some new elements in the photography department. Malarie was such a calm bride, a photographer's dream, honestly. She was so kind and just wanted the day to be documented, not staged what-so-ever. :) Because of that, most (90%) of all the photos are completely candid. Enjoy. <3
Katie and Jon were such a fun, young and absolutely awesome couple! When they came to me for engagements and their wedding later this fall, not only was I completely ecstatic, but after this session with them I know their day is going to rock and be full of fun. :)
Rhonda and Adam came to me for their entire package, from engagements to bridals to their big day, but what they always focused on was the importance of Adam's kids during the entire process. It meant so much to me to see a couple so in love, and putting their kids happiness and comfort right up at the top of the list. From the way Rhonda talked about them, and from how Adam talked about them, I was so excited to meet them on their wedding day. It fabulous and they felt completely involved and had a great time. The best part? During their ceremony, they did a "sand pouring" and they played the "Circle of Life" from the Lion King, and invited their kids up to pour sand with them! I couldn't help but tearing up just because of how happy it made me. Enjoy!
Andrea and Spur were one heck of a couple. Not only did they start dating in high school, which is incredible, but despite distance with school and growing up, they found that in life they grow together. That is such an important thing in marriage, because as humans we are constantly changing.. change is something we should invite, but our priorities should be how our personal changes affect or spouses lives. I think it is so beautiful when two people fall in love at such a young age where so much growth occurs between high school and where they are at now in their lives, and yet, through all their growth they are truly *better together.* Andrea is a natural in front of the camera, my lens loved her ;) And Spur? Well, between him and his best friends, they made for some fabulous FUN photos! I love when people aren't scared to let their personality come through. I always try to make my brides and grooms feels completely at ease with me, and being themselves around me. :)
When Diane's friend contacted me to photograph her and Rolando's wedding, I was so excited! They met in Mexico, and Diane, being fluent in Spanish, hit it off instantly with Rolando when she met him. The two stayed in contact, fell in love, and the rest is history. There is so much love between them, and in the working together of the familys. His family flew all the way from Mexico for their wedding, and they had translators. The best part was during the ceremony when they spoke both languages. To make things even better, Diane's older brother is the one who ordained the ceremony. Such a beautiful and special thing to be a part of, they played some fabulous traditional games at the reception, too! Enjoy.
Lauren and Foster were high school sweethearts, so when I met with them to be along for their journey, I couldn't be more excited. Not only are they both beautiful people, but together they really are something else. It was never difficult to talk them through any of the sessions, from engagements, to bridals, to their big day. Everything was just spot on, perfect, and absolutely breathtaking. More images may be found under the Weddings tab, but here are a few! Enjoy!
I then had a slew of Senior sessions in early February and late January, that we managed to get some great shots with a summertime feel, despite the freezing cold! These people were all troopers. :)
Valerie Sebestyen is a portrait and wedding photographer based out of Edmond, Oklahoma. For inquiries you may contact at 405-226-1042 or email@example.com