Traveling to Tulsa, OK to document this amazing family was one of our best adventures of 2013! I (Julie) have known Doug & Nadine Houston since I was in 1st grade. Trust me, THAT is a long time. We are super blessed by them as they have generously taken us under their wing as our business mentors (Their company Houston Interests LLC was recently named the “Fastest Growing Business in Tulsa” and is doing some incredible feats in the energy industry) and have spoken so many good and wise things into our life, so getting to capture their family portraits was more like a dream. The best thing about this family is that that are all very close…not just in heart, but in the location of their homes. One of their children lives next door to them, the other lives across the street, and the other lives about .5 a mile down the road. I had so much fun walking from home to home seeing all the styling they were putting together for the shoot and being able to share some input from a photographer’s point of view, something like a photography personal stylist. After getting a lovely tour around Tulsa and a little coffee and shopping in Utica Square, we decided that the very best location for the portraits was…their backyard. Staying at their home gave us such an advantage because we were really able to take the time to set up and prepare the portrait location (re-arrange the furniture, make adjustments, etc) and make sure we had the best light at the best time of day (and we could also let the kids run around in a familiar place!)
Here are some sweet moments, funny moments and just a beautiful family in general. Thank you Doug, Nadine, Bevan, Evie, Sam, Lily, Lauren, Amelia, Jeff, and Eli for letting us be a part of your family. You guys are all incredibly gifted, inspiring, and amazing! We love you all!!!