I am Amanda Bringham, owner and lead photographer at Picturesque. I am an avid bookworm, a hopeless gardener and lover of sunny days. I started as a photojournalist, turned wedding photographer and never looked back. Check out this video by the one and only PenWeddings of me in action at our 16 acre outdoor studio.
Ashley and Olaf’s Fall wedding is approaching quickly so we were left with the heat of the summer for their engagement session. Oklahoma July did not disappoint…it was hot! This couple did not skip a beat though and we got some of my favorite photos this year. We started out in downtown and then moved to the nearby Centennial Park. I got tired of the same ole shots downtown and tried a few new things this session and am so happy with the results. I don’t know how I get the best couples but, year in and year out, I do. These two are so sweet and easy to chat with. I can’t wait for the wedding at the University of Tulsa and Summit Club!
Livin’ on Tulsa time!
Pretty much my favorite downtown shot that I’ve taken. I love the contrast of the greenery/pond and the downtown buildings!
As I write this, my almost 2-year-old is napping. I always take this time for blogs and emails that take more concentration. It’s hard to believe that the routine I have been building for the last two years is about to drastically change. Change in the best sort of way. After two years of trying and many hormones being pumped into my body before getting pregnant with our first son, this second baby was a bit of a surprise. We were wanting to have another baby within the year but the timing was several months before we had anticipated. My due date is exactly one week before my son’s birthday, which I think is so cool. These boys are going to be two peas in a pod – best friends and mortal enemies at the same time, like all good siblings. 😉
We had some maternity photos taken by the talented Erin Goodrich Photography when I was 30 weeks, which I absolutely loved (check out her facebook/instagram to see a preview), but I wanted to document the giant pregnant me as well. I am 38 weeks in these photos and swollen all over. As easy as this pregnancy has been for me (except the first trimester – we’ll get into that more later), I am starting to feel the aches, pains, and discomforts that come with having a full-sized baby in your belly. But as always, Heath made me feel like a supermodel (as he does every day – such a good hubby) and it’s just what I needed. Last pregnancy I wrote a blog on the importance of getting maternity photos taken and all of those words still stand true in my heart.
Having been pregnant once before, I thought I knew exactly what to expect. I thought I was a pro but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This time around has been so different in so many ways. The first time, I wasn’t sick at all but I was in for a bit of a rude awakening with baby #2. In the worst of it, I was sick every couple hours all day long. It was brutal. Emotionally I come out of this pregnancy being extra sensitive in giving grace to all pregnant women. Just because you didn’t experience it doesn’t mean it isn’t real to that person. A little empathy goes a long way – besides, we are just women trying to grow a small human the best way we know how, which ironically is no small task.
The next biggest difference between pregnancy 1 and pregnancy 2 was chasing around a toddler instead of being able to rest when I wanted to. Did this make things more complicated? Yes, but this has also been the been the best thing that happened to me (that’s not what you thought I would say, was it). He has kept me active and, as it turns out, that is exactly what I needed. I even shot a wedding at 37 weeks and besides the enormously swollen feet/legs afterwards, it really wasn’t all that bad. I have known wedding photographers who have shot even later in their pregnancy than this. Women are amazing!
Thank you to all of my brides this year. I’m sure there is always a certain amount of apprehension when the photographer of the biggest day of your life so far tells you that she’s pregnant. It’s a delicate process and while I tend to have pretty routine pregnancies, anything can happen. Every single one of the couples that I shot while pregnant were gracious, kind, and accommodating in all ways. I really don’t know how I get so lucky year after year with the best clients. I love what I do and the relationships I form along the way.
Lastly, I need to give props to my husband and second shooter. I always rely on him but it’s 3-fold when I’m pregnant. He is my biggest supporter and the best advice-giver that a business owner could ask for. He can be brutally honest, but that’s what my personality needs sometimes (even if I get mad at him first). Did I mention he does all of this and works a full time job?! He is truly my superman and the best daddy/husband in the world.
All that being said, we could be days away from baby boy (the last time I posted a maternity blog, I went into labor the next day) so stay tuned for some newborn photos soooooooon! 🙂
I had to take a couple with my nugget!
Of course we had to break every few minutes for Harrison to give momma the flowers he picked for me. Haha, love that kid.
And one last photo of Harrison playing with his favorite tractor before we went inside for bed. This will likely be the last photo (with our big cameras) of him before he’s a big brother!
Abby and Jimmy were one of my first couples to book for 2016 and they sure set the tone for a wonderful year! I had so much fun shooting their engagement session at Picturesque Studios last fall. Seriously, I loved every photo. I even printed a 20×30 for my studio! After the session I told them that I had just found out that I was pregnant (they knew before most of my family did!) and that I had no concerns about shooting their wedding as well even though I would be towards the end of the pregnancy. Any other couple might have been a little nervous, but Abby and Jimmy gave me all of their trust and I’m so thankful they did. I ended up bringing along my intern and third shooter, Rachel, to help me with my bags and fill in when I needed to sit down for a minute at the reception. It worked out perfectly! Abby and Jimmy had the most gorgeous day (if you can’t tell by my giant blog post, I had a hard time narrowing down photos) where they focused on what was important to them. This is the first time that I have photographed a wedding at Christ the King and it was everything I expected. The Art Deco architecture that Tulsa has is so stunning…and I always love receptions at the historic Cain’s Ballroom! Thank you for being so gracious and congrats on a perfect day, Abby and Jimmy! Enjoy Europe!
Tux | Jos A Banks
Stationary | Minted
Hair and Makeup | Faccia Bella
Ceremony Venue | Christ the King Catholic Church
Officiant | Father Kerri Wakulich
Reception Venue | Cain’s Ballroom
Cake Artist | Icing on the Top
Caterer | Oklahoma Joes
DJ and Lighting | Infinity Music
Rentals | Party Pro Rents & Events
The guys got ready at the loft in Cain’s Ballroom and it made for some very cool and dramatic shots. My second shooter, Heath, nailed it!
Abby did a first look with her dad. He hadn’t even seen the dress before this moment. It was so special!
Then we did a first look with Abby and Jimmy inside the church!
Jimmy’s mom putting on his bout!
Abby and Jimmy both prayed with their bridesmaids/groomsmen before the ceremony.
Oh, the anticipation before walking down the aisle!
One last hug for his little girl before she becomes a Mrs.
That church though!
Great shot by my intern, Rachel! It was especially helpful to have her at the ceremony where we were given more restrictions than normal on moving around. We ended up just having Rachel and I station at either side and Heath in the balcony. It worked perfectly!
Rachel nailed the kiss!
And just like that, they are married! We shot a few fun photos of the couple outside of the church before heading to the reception.
This is what a first dance at Cain’s looks like! 🙂
I snuck away with Abby and Jimmy shortly before the exit for a few portraits around downtown Tulsa. Love!
So many gorgeous details on that dress!
For the exit, the guests tossed oats at the couple!
There is no greater compliment than another photographer asking you to shoot their engagement photos. Allyson is a talented wedding photog and is great in front of the camera as well! I am in love with the gold sequin dress that she chose for the shoot. Brodie looked dashing in his blue pin striped blazer too! We did an hour long session so we wanted to stay around the same area so that we didn’t waste a lot of time walking. We hit a few spots around the Mayo Hotel then they were kind enough to let us on the rooftop for some portraits. Just as we got up there, the sun went behind a cloud giving us the most amazing sky. I’m in love with how these turned out! Here are a few of my faves!
That ring tho!
See what I mean about the clouds!!!
Allyson, you are gorgeous!