Karen + Arthur had an exquisite, Armenian engagement reception event at Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, CA last month. Their gorgeous, formal cocktail looks made for stunning engagement portraits in the all-white lobby of the venue!

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Taking photos for friends is the best thing, especially when I get to create memories during such a special milestone in life! And it’s even better when I’ve had a previous experience photographing them.

We wanted a timeless and romantic feel for Megan and Kevin’s engagement shoot, so I spend a Saturday in Indy with these two documenting them in their beautiful home and on the stunning grounds of IMA. Can’t wait to pick it back up at their wedding next year!

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These two were all kinds of adorable and romantic- can’t wait for their wedding in less than a month!

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Fun promo shoot around town for this classy lady! Lisa Lee is a local artist, so we did some headshots for her new website! Hair and makeup by the wonderful Morgan Black.

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© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Portrait Photography

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Portrait Photography

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Portrait Photography

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Portrait Photography

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Portrait Photography

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Portrait Photography

June 19th, 2013

Tessa & Johnny are a cute, and might I add super stylish, couple who wanted modern, fashion-inspired images. We started in the elegant and formal venue where they’ll be getting married later this year, the First National Center in downtown OKC. Then we walked around hitting various iconic areas and ended at the OKC Myriad Gardens.

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Engagement & Wedding Photographer

My beautiful friend did a boudoir shoot for Valentine’s Day this year, and I’m very excited that she’s allowed me to share them with you! Like my last post, there were done in her bedroom, where she had several windows and plenty of great natural light. We had lots of fun with different outfits and accessories. These are just a few! Hair & makeup by Presley Poe of Urban Mode Salon in OKC.

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

If you’re considering this type of shoot, but are still a little hesitant, please email me with any questions! Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, they’re best as a just-for-fun gift to yourself, or if you have a special occasion coming up with your significant other- anniversary, Father’s Day, birthday… plan ahead as much as you can!

If you have a boudoir shoot planned with me, or if you’re considering one, here’s a more extensive look at a full shoot! Boudoir shoots are most successful when it done is a space with plenty of natural light, such as a bedroom with generous windows. Ms. L’s room was perfect for this, but it’s also a great idea to book a nice hotel room or interesting venue.

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

© Anna Lee Media | Oklahoma Boudoir Photographer

This classy lady is one of my best friends and a very talented photographer. She needed some new professional head shots as she updates her business brand this year. We made a day of it and hit a lot of cool spots in downtown Oklahoma City. She snapped a few of me as well which you can see below. Afterwards, in another location, she helped me with a concept shoot I’d had in mind all winter- stay tuned for the next blog post! For now, Mrs. Catie Bartlett:

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Catie Bartlett portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

Anna Lee portraits, photographer, Oklahoma City, OK

So who all made it out to WPPI this year?? My second trip to Las Vegas, NV was my first trip to the annual WPPI Photography Convention, and I definitely plan to go back as often as possible! I expected that I would learn a mind blowing amount, and I was not disappointed. I had the privilege of sitting in on some informative lectures and demonstrations by some of the world’s A-List photogs.

Although the learning was structured more for taking notes on paper, my group and I made some time for experimenting and mini photo shoots. The talented ladies that traveled with me this year were:

Catie Bartlett: No doubt you’ve seen mention of her on my blog before as we work closely together in our day job and on photo projects. She currently specializes in family and children photography.

Lisa Lee: I’ve known Lisa for a few years now, and have loved watching her grow as an artist. She focuses on the fine art aspect of photography- taking everyday scenes an manipulating them into a completely different visual experience.

Carly Carlson: I met Carly for the first time on this trip, and I’m so blessed that I did! Throughout the week I came to see her as a mentor, and a friend. Unfortunately she lives hundreds of miles away, but since WPPI we’ve relentlessly tried to persuade each other to relocate to our respective cities. I think I’m losing however, because Carly has an established studio in Baker City, Oregon, where she specializes in some awesome High School Senior photography.

Below are some of my favorites from the week, including everything from images of our beautiful Nevada surroundings to some fashion-esque shoots of each other. We’ll just get started off sexy, with a few (G-rated) shots from our boudoir shoot experiment in the hotel:



The first night we arrived, we were ready to go! I’d brought along a new toy: my Orbis ring flash adaptor, so we trying it out for a fun shoot. The one of me on the left was snapped by Catie.


We had a great view of the Strip each day during our (very long) commute to the MGM Grand for the day’s classes. On paper, a hotel right across the street sounds great, but it took at least 20 minutes of relentless speedwalking to get there, and the trip clocked in at over a mile each way!


Here’s a few shots of some of the neat and diverse hotel styles and features. Left: New York, New York / Right: Caesar’s Palace.


I had the opportunity to learn from some super A-List photographers at WPPI, but only happened to take my camera along to one class. (Like I said, it was a long walk! Extra baggage gets heavy.) I grabbed a picture of Jasmine Star, who is known for her high end wedding photography. She is sweet, down to earth, and hilarious! She graciously hung around after her class to answer every question of the hundreds of people who lined up to meet her, including me.


The four of us set aside an afternoon to explore the Strip and practice some of the shooting techniques we had been picking up in our classes. We found some gorgeous lighting. Here’s a few that I snapped of the other girls:



We also made it out during dark hours for some artificial light practice. The one on the right was lit with the Orbis.


Finally, a few more photos from around the Strip. I used my new Lensbaby lens on a few of these- can you tell which ones? (Okay, it was all of them.) It’s a specialty lens that has really neat, in-camera, blurring effects. The first set is from the Bellagio hotel fountains, and inside under the Chihuly glass ceiling in the lobby. It felt like home in a way, since the OKC Museum of Art is home to a great Chihuly collection, which I’ve seen so many times. The second set of photos are from other hotels on the strip, and I found shooting a backlit, clear glass chandelier with my Lensbaby to have the coolest effect yet!


I have a few more days worth of photos to share, but I will save those for the next post. We got to shoot at some incredible locations, so I will be covering those more in depth. Check back soon!