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Operation Welcome Home - Early!

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Operation Welcome Home - Early!

 We were ONLY a few feet away from Paul's proposal spot in March 2014.

We were ONLY a few feet away from Paul's proposal spot in March 2014.

There are a few times in a relationship when you are able to pull off a surprise that will leave your partner speechless.

One of those times should be the proposal and Paul managed that surprise back in March 2014 when asking Kristal to share their lives together.

Of course, the second time was an early arrival from months away from Oklahoma on duty with the US Army overseas.  It was fitting that during the planning, that was very flexible and challenging, of his surprise appearance during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at McNellie’s. 

Check out the preview of their wonderful wedding despite the raining, cold weather that day.  If you are wanting to show off your surprise skills, check out Paul’s proposal images!

Here are some images from the “Welcome Home Operation” planned between Joe, Christin, and Paul.  I may have helped a little, since I wanted this to happen in the exact place as the proposal and almost was blown when Kristal spotted me with a camera.

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Flamenco Dancer - Personal Project

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Flamenco Dancer - Personal Project

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

This is a wonderful time to reflect on the wonderful things, people and places that have influenced my life.  Of course, you probably already know that I was born in Sevilla, Spain.  Before you ask... No, we don't eat tacos there and tortillas are a completely different thing.  

My mother was full blooded Spaniard, falling in love with a young USAF airman from North Carolina and BAM! the world got me.  That was a very long time ago and while I lost my mom to cancer over 30 years ago, she has never been away from my heart.  

I think most people have fond memories of their parents and I'm no different in that way, but I remember some of the smallest moments with great clarity.  My mother overcame many obstacles to become a naturalized U.S citizen in the '60s and the challenges of being a single parent to two rambunctious boys.  Yes, I have a brother that was in love with Cleopatra.  Give it a minute... you will figure it out.

I recall with joy was my mom's passion for the arts.  She is an avid artist in her youth and constantly doodled anytime a pencil was in her hands.  I remember she would do little drawings in the margins of the checkbook register.  I loved visiting local museums with her and she amazed me with her explanations of the paintings, sculptures, and lives of the artists. Her face would always light up when telling a good story not found in my school textbooks.

She was a talented dancer, and in Spain - We Flamenco You can be sure I was more than a little excited when my Tita Maria - my auntie - sent my mother's custom flamenco dress from the '50s.  She was so tiny!  I can almost hear the click-clack of shoes popping the wooden floor during a performance.

It has taken some time to find the right model that can fit into the outfit and has the Spanish look to bring the art of the dance to my photography.  We found Cayden at a pageant in Tuttle, OK.  She has that the fire of perfection in her eyes!

On this Thanksgiving holiday, I'm especially grateful for my mother, who influence me as an artist and fueled my curiosity of the world.  Your legacy of the arts continues with me and I will pass along to my children.

Here is an example of Cayden working my mother's flamenco dress in the studio at Six One Six Studios in Moore, Oklahoma.  I'm sure you will see more of this personal project including a street shoot in Kansas City, MO., sister city to my hometown.

I would love to hear your comments below.  Wishing you all a fabulous holiday!

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Alfred Angelo - Are You Missing Me Yet?

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Alfred Angelo - Are You Missing Me Yet?

I was going through some old videos looking for some BTS of a wedding for one of my sponsors and WOW! - I found some videos on my other channel of the great Girls' Night Out hosted by Alfred Angelo in Oklahoma City.

These events were hosted once a quarter with local wedding vendors while brides came it to try on dresses, check out accessories, or browse through the endless selections of bridesmaid's gowns.

After looking at the videos and images I can't help but wonder - Does Alfred Angelo miss me?  Maybe you don't, but I sure do miss the great times and wonder where all the people and what are they doing.

If you attended these vendors parties, please comment below with an update. And if you are a current staff of the location in Oklahoma City - Call me, let's do lunch... I miss you!

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The New Green Way for Weddings

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The New Green Way for Weddings

We recently attended a bridal show in Elk City, Oklahoma.  The vendors were so friendly, caring and had a sense of purpose in their business.  While many of them will quickly become more friends than vendors to us, I wanted to point out a unique entrepreneur we met during our visit.  Here name is Mechelle from Aloha Gardens, a flower nursery, and greenhouse.

Mechelle is offering a very special service to couples looking for an eco-friendly, cost effective method for decorating a wedding with lush greenery, plants, and succulents.  I'm actually surprised that this idea of a "green wedding" isn't more mainstream with current brides. 

Plant leasing is a new option for wedding decorating. It’s a new way to be green. It’s affordable and easy; Aloha sets up & returns the plants. Mechelle offers free quotes for plant leasing options. You can also option to buy the plants after the event or gift to bridesmaids or other members of your party to remember your special wedding.  They also offer an array of rustic props for decorations to add with plants, flowers, and succulents.

Aloha Gardens is located on 2813 West 3rd Street in Elk City, Oklahoma 73644. Please call 580-243-7214 for more information.


Here are some images from the greenhouse

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Helping Oklahoma Kids with RFBO Chefs' Feast

 The amazing photography crew for the  Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.   This is our 7th year to help cover and provide our Fantasy Photo Studio setup.

The amazing photography crew for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  This is our 7th year to help cover and provide our Fantasy Photo Studio setup.

Last night we had another chance to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with their annual fundraiser, Chef's Feast.  The event was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the crew volunteered their talent to photograph the evening.

This year's theme was "Keep It Local" and based on the wonderful state of Oklahoma.  The RFBO staff never disappoints with the setup and decorations.  More than 20 great chefs participated in Chefs’ Feast this year! The event featured fantastic raffles, silent auction items, a new precious metal pull, and the ever-popular wine pull, where one bottle is valued at more than $225.

We can't thank enough all the wonderful people that help us during this amazing charity event.  Here is a quick shout-out for the crew, Jim Felder, Jen Tiffany & Vanessa Wells.

Check out this video about "The Backpack Program".  Please donate to RFBO to help stop hunger in our state.

Wondering why Robert isn't wearing the Trawick Images approved "Will Shoot for Food" t-shirt?  This gentleman offered to swap me shirts because "I love your shirt".  Maybe we should raffle off some of our t-shirts for charity next year.  Comment below with your thoughts and ideas.

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