Fun-O-Rific Saturday! :O)

Hi all! I watched Levi and his U-12 Lawton Puma soccer team win their game this morning. Photographed it too of course! Then photographed Woodland Hills vs Sullivan Village U-8 and got some great shots of some really cute kids! Along with all that, I booked a soccer team to take their pics, and possibly a family! I am sooo excited! After that I came home, uploaded pics, did some editing, then went to International Festival, let the kids eat their favorites, then we rushed home, I changed clothes, and ran to church for the Relief Society Broadcast, and then home sweet home! 

I hope that as you read this, and follow me, that you will share with your friends, and send them to me, and that you will also come see me, so I can create memories that last a lifetime for you and yours. I am thankful for all referrals, for all business, and all the new fun friends I get to meet with photography. I know that without The Lord I have nothing, but that because of Him, I have what He allows. I am thankful to my Father in Heaven for the opportunity to help people, to serve, and to photograph people and build Memories for them. Love to all! G’nite! :O) – Mandy

Yukon!!!

Hi all! It was a Yukon kind of day today! I went to my part time job for a short bit in the morning. Then I came home and paid some bills, all is right with the world when I can do that! I know it might make me different, but I can’t rest if the bills are not paid. Then I made fudge for my friends in Yukon at Baker’s Photo and Video, and friends here too of course!!! While it was setting and cooling, I took a shower and got ready to drive up to Yukon. I am learning to enjoy my peaceful drives to see the crew at Baker’s. I enjoy their company, politeness , great customer service, and of course I love playing with all the gadgets and gear for photography while I am there too! If anyone needs anything photography-wise I encourage you to see them. I know the whole crew on a first name basis, Sarah, Nathan, Justin, Garrett(new just met today), Hank the owner, and Robert Trawick my mentor and friend. The entire staff is friendly and highly knowledgeable. And they are willing to teach you if you need teaching or refreshing. I enjoy taking them homemade fudge to thank them for all they do for me. Today I took them Rocky Road. I will leave the next flavor a mystery for that day and blog. I am impressed by the amount of things they have to do in Yukon, as it seems like a small, quaint town, yet very lively too. And of course, for those of you that are not from Oklahoma, you may not know this, but Yukon, OK is the home of the world renowned Country Music Legend, Garth Brooks!!! And yes, they have a Garth Brooks Blvd, which I think is pretty cool! I have been to Yukon many times now, so much so, that I don’t even need OnStar to help me get there anymore, but alas have not yet caught a glimpse of GB or his beautiful wife Trisha Yearwood. That would be a treat tho, and I would be so humbled and honored to meet them. I digress… Anyways….. I bought a new 150-500mm lens to do more with my sports photography, tis the season, and I have my eye on a 17-50mm 2.8 lens in the future. I hope everyone had a beautiful Friday and got to visit with some good friends like I did. Thanks again to the crew @ Baker’s! I look forward to our next visit! Love to all, Mandy :O)

Published!!!

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Hi all!!! I’m so excited! I took my mom to WF, TX Monday to find her some pretty new clothes for her bday that was the 21st. While down there I received a call from Kelly Pendergraft the Pres. of Blue Moon Productions, and he said Mr. Charlie Clark from the Lawton Constitution, wanted to know if I would let them use my pics from Fri night in the paper. I said sure! I took them over to Mr. Clark yesterday the 22, and then lo and behold… one of them was in today’s paper!!!! I was publised on the front page of the LC in the inset, and again in a larger picture (color I might add) on 4B of Styles!!!!! I mistakenly put on FB that it was the front page of Styles, but it’s not, I apologize for the misprint! It is however largely in Styles and I’m sooo excited!!! Speaking of pictures… I shall post a few here. Thanks for reading, following and supporting me! I look forward to our journeys together and where we can go on this fun, neverending, great ride! Love to all!!! Oh and PS: I went to Duncan to watch my Mikey and his 7th grade Ike Vikings play football, and they won 8-6! Duncan had not been scored on yet this year, let alone beat, so go Vikings! I also stayed for the 8th grade game to take pics, and they did a phenomenal job! They won 26-6! Unfotunately I also witnessed one of the young men from Duncan get very badly hurt last night. From what I understood after the poor boy stopped screaming and they got him some medical attention, he completely dislocated and detached his elbow. Yes, that required a trip in the ambulance. So I’d like everyone to pray for him and his family, that he will heal soon. He may play for the opposition, but I’m human and he’s a child of God just like the rest of us, and it could just as easily have been one of our boys, and I thank God it wasn’t.  So take care QB for Duncan 8th grade!

Ouch! That hurt!!!

Those of you among my friends that know me REALLLLLY well, you know that I have my clumsy moments. Today was a super duper one! The long story short, I was in my driveway, putting on make-up, and set the bag down, and tried to catch my purse and glasses falling off my leg! I inadvertently instead, jammed my fingernail (2nd finger of left hand) as hard and fast as I could into the steering wheel!!! I heard a loud “CRACK and POP!!!” noise, saw he back half of my solar nail had popped off, ouch a little but no big deal. THEN… the blood started pooling all around my nail-bed and I turned the car off, and quickly ran inside to do some first aid. All the while gritting my teeth and talking through my teeth saying “I am not, NOT going to cry!” and so I did not cry, but I wanted too! I investigated and found that while the top part of the solar was still strongly attached to my nail, my real nail was no longer completely attached to my nail-bed. Yes you read that correctly! and that my friends hurts realllly badly!!! It sends shockwaves of pain up to your elbow! Oh & don’t stick your exposed nerves into a cup of ice water!!! more PAIN and shockwaves! I washed it, put germ-x on it, patted it dry and superglued the perameter so no dirt can get in. Then I wrapped a strip of paper towel around my nail, (after gently clipping the length off) and found a use for the new zebra duct tape I bought on Saturday. This was not the plan I had in mind for it! LOL! Then I went to my little part time job, then home again to take my sweet mom to WF, TX to Lane Bryant to get her some new clothes for her birthday, which is tomorrow. We had fun because she was excited when I told her that the clothes she was wearing were 2 sizes smaller than she used to wear!!! Yay mom! (or Mima to the kids) We came home, she changed into her new clothes and then the whole family went to Sante Fe for her birthday dinner. My finger still hurts, btw! Glad it’s not my photography finger!!! I have football games to shoot tomorrow night! Well, love to all, gotta keep working on my website here, and I have some photog business to take care of.  Over & Out -Mandy :O)

It was a Blue Moon night…

Good evening all! I had a busy, busy day today!!! I am still working on putting pictures up, but I am official and have a website, and blog now!!! Yaaaahooooo! :O) I’m so excited to begin sharing my photography, thoughts and love with you all! I went to my part time job as an office manager this morning, then met my wonderful hubby for lunch, that we decided to make a carry out meal.. Then ran home and..ate.. Then I changed my hair style…oh yes, it’s shocking! But I love it!!! Then I finished getting my site up, thanks again to Robert Trawick!!! He is very knowledgeable and helpful! You Rock Robert! I know, I know some of you are thinking, didn’t she tag him yesterday in a thank you? Yes, yes I did! Why? Because he was a combat photog for 19 years, and taught at the combat photog school for his last year due to some injuries, and he knows what’s going on and wants to share what he knows and help people, like me, Suceed! So yah, that’s my rant on that today! lol! After getting my site the rest of the way up, I hurried and finished with my hair, and went to dinner at KOBE Steak and Sushi Restaurant here in Lawton with my charming, sweet husband. We got there with plenty of time to get to my friend Laura’s play on time, but had to wait about 12-15 minutes out front, then had to wait a good 20 minutes for our really nice chef to come to our table. By the time they finished with our hibachi style food, we were late to the play unfortunately. (sorry Laura and crew!) The food was good, service was great; but….I still LOVE my Samurai of Tokyo in Wichita Falls, TX more. It is worth the drive, for me and my hubby anyway.. 🙂 So we go to get in the car and guess what? We need gas! No time, just have to pray that we have enough to scoot across town and get to the play before we are any later! We got there around 15-20 past start time, I felt like such a huge lummox and distraction and apologized to the director Peggy Long at intermission. So, what did I see? I saw Squall put on by Blue Moon Productions with my good friend Laura Ewing and her co-star Janice Bear in it. The sound effects were great, not a line was missed, nor a queue(as far as I could tell anyway). All props were on deck and ready when needed.. Laura and Janice put on a wonderfully funny, yet moving and touching play tonight! It was really awesome and we thoroughly enjoyed it!! I will be posting pics of that as well. I will post on Blue Moon’s website first once I edit them, and then here. I want to thank the cast and crew of Squall, and especially Kelly Pendergraft Blue Moon Pres and Peggy Long – Director for allowing me to continue to build my portfolio by taking pictures of the crew after the play. I have been in a Blue Moon Production and I know they just want to go home after the play is over, but they were all very gracious and let me photograph them, so we can update the Blue Moon site, and my site as well. Okay friends, off to bed I go, I have a Business Photography class tomorrow to further my education. Becuase in the end, all we can take with us, is our knowledge. G’nite & Love to all!

Hello world!

Hi! Welcome to my Blog! This is for my Photography Business – “Memories by Mandy Location Photography” I am a location photographer in SouthWest Oklahoma. I have always taken pictures, even to the point of winning contests as a child. My friends would tell me that I should be charging for my pictures. I finally took them up on that and went Professional Oct. 2009. I have been building my business, my knowledge and portfolio since then. I’ve also been learning my passion every chance I get! I never want to stop learning! I love Photography! I enjoy capturing Memories that will last a Lifetime. Book me for Your Memories, I’d love to capture your family reunion, your baby, family, your child at a sports event, your wedding and more! I’d like to give a shout out to my friend April Hopkins of April Hopkins Photography for guiding me along and trusting me enough to take me along to weddings as a 2nd shooter for her! Thanks April I appreciate all the help and trust and have so much fun with you! I also want to give a shout out to my friend and mentor Robert Trawick of Trawick Images. Thanks Robert for all your patience with my questions, all your knowledge, teaching and overall just being a FUN person! You have both helped put me on the road to success! I’m just getting started with this Blog and my Website, but I will have pictures to look at soon! Thanks and have a great and blessed day! Mandy :O)