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Muskogee Chamber of Commerce Banquet
Fort Gibson High School All School Musical
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We just finished an incredibly beautiful photography workshop in Ireland! These were taken in Southern Ireland; the workshop had a second week in Northern Ireland, but I had to get back home. If you're interested in future workshops, check out Corbell Photographic Workshops at www.tonycorbell.com. My new hubby and his business partner Rob Hull team up to put on some amazing workshops, including portrait and lighting workshops as well as scenic. Hawaii and Tuscany Italy are in the works for next year. There is even a new online CPP class (Certified Professional Photographer training) that starts July 27th, so if you are a professional photographer needing to get certified, this is your chance! Tony and Rob are the perfect hosts, and the workshop attendees always have a great time and give great reviews (just check out the site). Enjoy the photographs, I certainly enjoyed making them!
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Dublin, a city of over half a million, is a bustling hub of activity filled with colorful businesses and a wealth of pubs. I loved the flower baskets and ledges that dressed the storefronts of much of downtown. I would soon find out that flowers on buildings are common throughout Ireland. They even have a "Tidy Town" competition every year throughout the country. Maybe we should start that here?! While in Dublin we visited (among other places) Dublin Castle, Trinity Library (inspiration for the library in Harry Potter), and the Guinness Storehouse. I'm not a beer drinker, but the process was fascinating and the view from the top floor was fantasitic...and the cold pint of Guinness was the best pint I've ever tasted. Well, it was the only pint I've ever tasted. Oh, and I had to put a seagull photo in here...they are everywhere!
The Irish Countryside... this is where I fell in love with Ireland. First stop was the Rock of Cashel, a large castle ruin, followed by another castle stop, and finally Sneem, a charming coastal village, with gorgeous water scenes and great places to explore. This was followed by a day in the mountains at a working sheep farm and some epic views around the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park.
Our final days were spent in Killarney and Ennistymon, with stops at the Cliffs of Moher (think "the Cliffs of Insanity" from the Princess Bride!), the lost city of Clonmacnoise, and Tullamore, where we learned the secrets of distilling a proper Irish whiskey. (Ok, maybe not THE secrets.) As you can see, I have a fondness for Celtic crosses in graveyards, rock walls and stone windows. And just so you know what you are looking at, there were some metal "angels" erected along the road back to Dublin, and I took a photo of one as we passed by. We ended up where we started, in Dublin. What a trip!
No matter your profession, you need a little time for inspiration in order to grow. I think that's important whether you're a photographer, an engineer, a teacher, etc. Being inspired literally means to breath into or be filled.
Every year I try to slip away at least once to study with other photographers, and this year it was Elizabeth and Trey Homan at Texas School, a well-known school among professional photographers. Elizabeth is an incredible artist and, as a former dancer, has a lot of experience with photographing dancers. These images are from the class on a day where subject, light, and location came together to create magic. And inspiration.
Click here to view Fort Gibson's Red and White Scholars. Congratulations to the top academic seniors! Complimentary downloads: look for the small cloud icon beneath photo and click to download.
Do you have what it takes to be a TEAM 18 Senior Model? It's not about looking like a "magazine model"; we're looking for friendly personalities and people who like to talk about what they are doing. You'll need to be active on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter. YES...you can be on your PHONE! (Ok, not ALL of the time).
This is just an application to show your interest. Students applying will receive an invitation to an evening at the studio in Muskogee in March to learn more about the program and to meet Mandy.
*Extra early Spring fashion session with the entire TEAM 18 in April at an awesome location, dinner included!
*Phone app with images from your Spring session
*Chance to earn credit toward your senior portraits through referring others
*Your images used in promotional materials for Mandy Lynn Portrait Artist
*Little things, like t-shirts and treats!
Just in time for Valentines Day....Timeless Fine Art Black and White portraits. Nothing is as gorgeous as having the faces of the ones you love displayed on your wall in style. Here is a rare opportunity to have a special short studio session with Mandy and a wonderful chance for families, couples and individuals that want to celebrate what they love most. Call or use the Contact page to book. Limited openings.
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Beautiful Makenzie! I love these images!
This year we're offering sessions with Santa at the Graham Carroll House Bed and Breakfast in Muskogee. Bring the kids to this beautiful home for a magical time of stories, milk and cookies with Santa. The session is 20 minutes...so the little ones have time to talk and enjoy their time with Saint Nick. These gorgeous portraits are something you'll want to display on your walls in your home for many Christmases to come. Contact us to set up and plan your session.
Meet Carrigan, the 2015 Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen. She's beautiful inside and out, and is an amazing talent. We had lot's of fun doing her senior portraits recently!
My favorite season! The smells, the cool air, football, flannel, campfires...and family portraits. Fall is the most popular time for these. Christmas is around the corner, and portraits make wonderful family gifts and of course, Christmas cards. Many families wait until they see the leaves change before thinking "oh, this is a great time for a family portrait!" But October and November dates are filling fast, and you'll want to schedule right away to get your spot. This fall, purchase any wall portrait and get 25 custom Christmas cards as our gift to you. Portraits must be completed by Nov. 15 in order to take advantage of the card offer.
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Karin recently came in for some professional portraits. She debuted her talent last year at Oklahoma's Trail of Tears Art Show, and walked away with numerous awards, including "Emerging Artist of the Year" and "The People's Choice." Since then, her art has taken her many places all over the U.S., and was recently featured in the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art's Native American exhibit. Karin is Cherokee, and blends tradition with contemporary to create amazingly beautiful pieces, without a pottery wheel.
I've included a few images of her work here (I did not photograph the pieces, just Karin!)
Fort Gibson's Tiger Theatre Company did a phenominal job of producing the Sound of Music this year. Congratulations to all the students, teachers, parents and helpers that made it such a success! Here are links to the cast portraits and the performance photos. Read the instructions carefully if ordering. If you are a parent, family member or friend, or falculty member and don't have the password and wish to see, you can contact the studio on the contact page, or contact Melanie Wicks or Beth Brannon.
Big brother J is expecting a tiny sister in a few weeks. Here are a few of the Shearer family before the big day arrives.
Here are two sessions I've done recently at the new studio. Each of them beautiful women. Each had excuses for not doing something like this. Does this sound familiar:
"I need to lose some weight."
"I never get in front of the camera!"
"I need portraits of my kids, not me."
"My last portrait was my high school senior portrait."
"I'm not what I used to be!"
No you're not. You're more than you've ever been. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, a woman with a career. You have many hats. You are pulled in many directions. But you are lovely. Don't think so? Don't listen to that aweful voice in your head. Listen to your loved ones, your friends. You are younger than you'll ever be. You have a story, and a beauty that shines within.
Gorgeous, isn't she? One of the most beautiful women I know, inside and out! Valarie is a wonderful wife and mother, an talented English teacher, and an awesome spiritual warrior.
Mitzi is a talented speech pathologist, wife, and the mother of two gorgeous daughters, one of which just named 1st runner-up in Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant. As a mother of a much-photographed daughter, she was uncomfortable with the idea of being in front of the camera. But we wound up having a blast, and she looks amazing!
Both of these women are courageous as well...they let me take "before" images! Still beautiful...
If you follow my posts, you'll find that I love to photograph a variety of things. Musicians are high on my list. I love music. Really. Love. Music. I never really had a choice but to love it. My parents named me Amanda Lynn, and for my 8th birthday put a mandolin in my hands. Some of my earliest memories are of lying on a blanket under the stars at summer bluegrass festivals, in a wooded amphitheather listening to the thump of an upright bass and the bright notes of mandolins and banjos, guitars and harmonicas.
Today my playlist is as eclectic as a playlist can be - I even have Bruno Mars and Adele so that my teenage daughter doesn't roll her eyes when I plug my phone into the house speakers. But nothing sounds better than acoustic music, which brings me to this guy...
Last night I photographed Oklahoma native John Fullbright, as he was awarded the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame's Rising Star award in a ceremony followed by an amazing concert. Here is the story in the Phoenix, although you may not be able to read it if you're not a subscriber http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/local/x1736688938/Rising-Star-compared-to-Woody-Dylan
I'm never surprised, but continually impressed by the musical talent to come out of Oklahoma. If you love a great singer-songwriter and have ANY kind of an affinity for folk, you've got to listen to this Grammy-nominated guy. His lyrics belie his age (26). You can find him here and read why the Wall Streat Journal considered him as one of the 10 best live performances of the year. http://www.johnfullbrightmusic.com
I'll be getting his new album "Songs"