My Photography Essentials 

If you didn’t know, W&W is also my photography business! I’m still learning but have already came so far in just two years. While I’m not expert, I wanted to share my personal Photography Essentials.


There’s are just my go-tos, yours might be different! But I love seeing what others use in their business! Like I said I’m still new, so I’m slowly building up my props and gear! Feel free to tell me a few other things you think I might need!

I do newborn, maternity, fresh 48, senior, family, birth, etc. so I don’t always use the same gear but I am just going to share my base gear and essentials I use for almost all of my shoots. I will also link everything that is still available to buy in case you want to get yours as well! I hope you find this interesting, here we go! Also, ironically this isn’t sponsored by Amazon, even though most of this is from it-I just love it!

Nikon D3100 with kit lens 

I believe that this one is now discontinued because its fairly old, but it does me just fine. I currently only have the kit lens but I am looking to add another one here in a few months! I love this camera, I can work it well and I am even still learning all the things that it does.

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Neewer 32″ 5-in-1 collapsible disc reflector

This is a new purchase that I am still learning about, but it was extremely affordable and has been a huge help already. Amazon once again is my saving grace and had these for under $15. I know there are much better quality out there but for me, just learning how to use them, this was perfect. If you aren’t familiar with these, the picture is confusing. It is actually one disc with different outside coverings that you can turn inside out for other colors; perfect for travel! It is portable and collapsible and fits perfectly in my bag. It has gold, silver, translucent, white, and black-all you could need! 61xV+5KZUqL._SL1001_

Vera Bradly Campus Backpack as camera bag

This one is possibly controversial, ha! I know it isn’t a typical camera backpack but I love it. It can stay on my back so I don’t have to carry anything. I also bought some inserts so the camera would stay safe which I will mention next. It has inside pockets where I keep batteries and chargers. Honestly I bought it so on sale it was much cheaper than any of the camera bags I first saw. It also has a good outside pocket where I keep smaller props like onsies, ducks, confetti, etc.

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Camera travel protection insert

Honestly, this little bag is perfect! It can take any bag and make it into a camera bag. I sit this in the bottom of my backpack and the camera and lens fit perfectly into it. Amazon carries it for under $13 and eligible for prime. One of my favorite essentials! 91U+rEvG7NL._SL1500_

EN-EL14 travel charger

I am honestly ashamed by how many chargers I seem to lose. I will probably find about 5 if ever move houses because I seem to lose them right and left. But thanks to Amazon again, they have them really inexpensive. This is my favorite charger because it has both a plug in and a car charger adapter, perfect for if you are on the road and need to charge. But it is always good to have one at home and one in my camera bag as well. 71yZSCu3PlL._SL1500_

San Disk Memory Card 

While there are many different kinds of SD cards, I tend to buy San Disk. I had to buy them for a college class anyway and have just always liked this brand. I have never had any problems with them so far either. Right now I have a 32 and an 8 but am looking to add maybe a few 16’s just so I have enough and don’t have to constantly delete things off my 8.

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Fur rug from Ikea 

The link and picture isn’t the exact on I have but it is the closest I could find for you to get! I do a good amount of newborn and child shoots so this is so perfect! I picked it up at Ikea and it is amazing. It is a great size for little ones and mine is a light grey so goes with boy or girl! If you don’t have something like this, get ya one! I found a similar one at Hobby Lobby too.

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Three Step Ladder 

I’m honestly not sure that this is the exact same ladder as I have, but I linked it anyway. The ladder I use is my grandparents old one that they have had for years. As a 5’2 photographer, most of my clients are much taller than me; which proves for awful angles! I prefer shots from almost a little above them if its face on to provide my clients with the best angle. So in comes the ladder! Some might need only a step stool, but I prefer this on because it gives me some much needed support and a handle if I need to balance if I am doing flat-lay shots.

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I am currently looking for a newborn posing bag, so if you know anyone or place that sells them…let me know!! If you’re in Oklahoma, i’d love to be your photographer! For more info see my photography page.

What are YOUR photography essentials?? I’d love to hear!

Recent Photography 2017

Happy Monday friends!! I hope your week is off to a great start. I know this post isn’t exactly a “Makeup” post but I couldn’t wait any longer to show you some of my recent photography.

I am so thankful that I have been getting more business and growing my portfolio. It has been so fun to broaden my horizon’s and allow myself to have fun with this. I am so thankful for clients that allow me to practice on them and grow my skills.

These photos will be from three different sessions: a pregnancy announcement, a 6 month milestone session, and a save the date session! I thought I would just share my favorites from each session!

Save the Date

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6 Month Milestone Session

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Pregnancy Announcement

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Their rainbow baby. (Baby after miscarriages)

What is your favorite image?? I hope you liked them! XO

Latest Lifestyle Photoshoot

My photography side business is really growing and I am excited about each new client and each returning client. I love the opportunity to capture such exciting and special moments in people’s lives.

Today, for Favorites Friday, I wanted to share some new photos I recently took of a handsome little dude. I had the chance to capture his first moments and his newborn shots as well.

I’ll tell ya, 3 month old’s are interesting to work with! They move and move and move!! Half of my pictures were just blurs of arms and legs, but we ended with some great shots.

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Which one was your favorite?? Isn’t he the cutest?? 

Local Holiday Night Out

Here in Oklahoma, we have the best of both worlds. We have a growing, fun city with local talent and nightlife but then we also have country and small town feels. I live in a small town but I am only 20 minutes away from the hubbub of Oklahoma City Downtown.

This weekend I headed off with my aunt and my sister for a fun holiday night. We wanted good food, great fellowship, and some Christmas decor and lights. We picked the right night to go, it was clear and a mild temp-perfect for shopping and looking at lights.

We headed to our favorite pizza stop in Midtown (near Downtown), Hideaway Pizza! There is nothing better than a hot fresh pizza on a cool night. 

The street that Hideaway is located on is full of brightly lit shops. Most of them are full of sheet lights covering the entire front of each store. Beautiful multicolored, vibrant blue…you name it and they had it! edited1.jpg

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Notice the famous “Devon Tower” is the bottom left corner
THEN. We stumbled upon the cutest little area I have ever seen. We found these little Holiday Pop Up shops that were little igloos. Talk about Christmas decorating. They were some of the cutest and well-known downtown and midtown shops in little pop up igloos. There was a music van, a Katiebugs drinks, and a bus that was converted into a bar.

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Katiebugs is one of my favorite little food cart, specialty drinks truck. They were at the HP Festival with Butterbeer and they rocked the hot chocolate at these cute little pop ups. Not only did they have fresh and homemade hot chocolate but homemade marshmallows! dsc_0651dsc_0661

The marshmallow’s were jiggly, soft, light, and so yummy! I bought a vanilla bean marshmallow and added it my hot chocolate…I’m still dreaming about it.

Finally, we ended up at the famous red ornaments at the bottom of the Devon Tower, so naturally, we had to hop out of the warm car for a photo! Now, the temp was fine but a big storm was starting to come through and the wind was RIDICULOUS. But the pictures were great nonetheless. edited4

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PS, I splurged on this hat at one of the pop up igloos.
I loved this impromptu holiday night spent with some of the best people in my life. We couldn’t have had a better night. What do you like to do around town on a holiday night out?? Let me know!

Favorite Photography Shots {So Far}

A picture is worth a thousand words right? Well here ya go! If you missed any of my photography sessions, here is a run down of all my favorites. edited-1dsc_0385DSC_0556DSC_0057 (2)edited3DSC_0861 (2)

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Welcoming Baby G! {Part 2}

Welcome back! Yesterday I shared labor and delivery pictures on “Welcoming Baby G! {Part 1}.” If you haven’t taken a look, I highly encourage you to! Pictures are honestly worth a thousand words and these are such incredible moments I was able to capture.

Today is all about the tiniest, cutest little guy and his newborn shots! Babies are so adorable and I love getting to snap pictures of them at any age, but newborns are the best! It is often a long process but oh so worth it.

Baby G was a perfect model and made ever shot such a great one! Here are my favorites, enjoy!

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Welcoming Baby G! {Part 1}

I have fallen in love with Labor & Delivery and newborn photography. Capturing details of such an important moment in life is a honor. I was thrilled to be able to photograph the coming of little Baby G!

He is the tiniest baby I have ever seen and perfect in every way! It was a joy and a pleasure to capture his arrival and his newborn shots. Today is all about sharing some of those special moments with ya’ll! I mean, who doesn’t enjoy pictures of adorable new babies??

Throughout this post I will just be sharing the images, because I think they speak for themselves.Today I will be sharing the posts of the arrival! Labor and delivery is such a beautiful thing and I can’t wait to share these with you.

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