Life through a lens

Portraits

David & Kyndra {Tulsa Couples Photographer}

Kyndra contacted me last year for some 1 year anniversary photos for her and her sweet hubby.  With our move to Texas and having Naomi, we weren’t able to get together until October.  It was a perfect evening in Tulsa and David and Kyndra were such a fun couple to hang out with for a couple hours.  Kyndra is an aspiring photographer herself so it was really fun to chat about lenses, editing software and everything in between.  I absolutely love how their photos turned out because they show what a fun and sweet couple they are! Enjoy my favorites!

 

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Liam {Tulsa Children’s Photographer}

So, I’m a bit behind on blogging.  Meet Liam.

He was 4 months old in these photos, and now he’s almost 1!

He is such a cutie and gave me so many great smiles during our session.


Brittany {Tahlequah Bridal Photographer}

If I could choose an ideal looking bride, Brittany would be it…

Her vintage look was absolutely breathtaking, especially in this field!  Her dress was stunning, the birdcage veil was perfect, makeup was flawless, hair was amazing, and the shoes were super cute and comfy (flats!  I wish I would have worn flats on my wedding day!)  Brittany was everything I could have hoped to photograph that day, and the weather was perfectly overcast as well!

You’ve probably seen this red chair in some of my other sessions…I just love how it brings a pop of color to the photos!

In the middle of March in Oklahoma, everything is still pretty much dead. But when I spotted this patch of bright green grass, I just had to use it in the session!  I love how these next few turned out…

Favorite image from the session…Brittany, you are gorgeous!


Jackson {Tahlequah Children’s Photographer}

Remember this little guy?  Well, he’s already 6 months old and making another appearance on the blog.  Actually, as I type this he’s 8 months old and I am still just a little behind on blogging…but that’s neither here nor there :)  Anyway, my good friend Jamie wanted some new photos of her sweet little man and I couldn’t have been happier to take them.  Jackson is such a sweet baby, always smiling, cooing and calm.  Makes me really hope our little bundle of joy will be the same way when she enters this world come August/September.  Here are some of my favorites…

Look at that laugh and him eating his toes!  Too precious!

“Hmm my toes are tasty.  I  think I’ll have another bite!”


Tahlequah Day After Session: Crockett + Kara

My husband and I have gone to church with Crockett and Kara for a while, but it wasn’t until the final season of ‘Lost’ that we really bonded.  Up until that point they had never seen the show.  But, for some reason they decided to come over one evening early on in the season to hang out and watch our beloved show.  And, after seeing if for the first time (even though it was the last season) they were hooked.  And there began our bond over chips and salsa, guacamole, and sometimes even chocolate chip cookies if I was feeling all Betty Crocker.

Crockett and Kara got married a little over a year ago, but Kara wanted some more photos in her wedding attire.  And after hearing that a lot of their wedding photos turned out blurry or dark, I jumped at the chance to do a Day After session with a beautiful couple.

You two are some of the sweetest people I know and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to give you a going away present  : )  We are going to miss you guys when you move, but I hope these pictures will always bring back wonderful memories!

Here are some of my favorites from the session…

There was some A-MAZING light that evening…

Loved this old rusted out VW Beetle we found…

Kara worked it for my camera and I loved her for it!  So beautiful…


The Reason

I feel like I owe an explanation about why I didn’t keep up with my last blog.  Not that anyone out there cares, but I want to be able to look back and remember why I started this online journal, again. My name is Cassy Pack, and the last time I blogged was 8-14-09.  Eeek!  Bad blogger. Bad, bad blogger.  But, I feel like I have a decent explanation for this.  As you may know, at this point in my life I don’t do photography full time.  I am a teacher, and last August I began subbing when the school year started.  Little did I know that in the coming weeks my freedom to go from classroom to classroom as a sub would land me in a full-time, long-term sub position at a very small school in town.

From the beginning I was scared to death.  You see, I have a degree in Finance, got alternatively certified as an elementary teacher, and have a passion for photography.  I’m ALL over the place.  So, even though I had my teaching license, I had not been able to procure a full time teaching job, and was left to sub, something I had been doing since January.  But subbing is very little like actual teaching.  Yes, you are in control of a classroom of students, and yes, you teach through lesson plans, go to recess, take them on bathroom breaks, etc.  But with subbing, every day is a different classroom, different students, different subjects, and a lot of the time different schools.  So, in my opinion, it’s very easy because you come in, keep the class from going crazy for 7 hours, then you leave.   No. Strings. Attached.  And I loved that.  But that all changed when I accepted the long-term sub position.  All at once I had to learn how to manage a classroom, grade papers, keep up with 2 gradebooks, and write lesson plans.  “I’m sorry, what did you just say?  Write lesson plans???”  O.M.G.  I hadn’t ever done that before and I had no idea where to start.  Luckily, I have an abundance of friends that are teachers and immediately began drilling all of them about how I was to take on this task.  They were gracious and so helpful.  Eventually, I got to a point where I wasn’t crying every day and was able to breathe normally again. Jokes, people.  But really I did cry every day my first couple of weeks.  I mean, who wouldn’t ball after being thrown into a classroom 6 weeks into school with no lesson plans and basically told, “it’s either sink or swim”?  I had no choice but to swim.  I wanted to be a teacher, and I had just been given this amazing opportunity to take on a class of my own.  It scared me to death.  I know that God allows things to happen in our life , good or bad, so that we learn to continually lean on Him, and this past year, I did.  I remember thinking I would be amazed if I made it okay through the first semester, and astounded if I lasted the whole year.

Our last day of school was May 14.   And I finished.  It was an amazing year.  I learned so much from my peers, the students, and also my mistakes.  One woman in particular took me under her wing, and I can’t thank her enough for her willingness to help me, to teach me.

So that is the story behind my bad blogging habits.  I got a day job that took up all my time and energy.  And to be honest, that same thing may happen again this fall.  But, I wanted to start fresh and really try to make this blogging relationship work.

I’ll end this post with some photos taken over the past year.  In the midst of my crazy busy life, I still managed (though I don’t know how) to take on some photography pursuits.  Hope you enjoy!

First up is an engagement session with an awesome couple, Jared + Sarah:

Next, is one of the cutest 2 yr. olds, Gunner:


Here’s an engagement session I did recently with some good friends of mine, Mike + Jess:

I can’t wait to shoot their wedding this July!