What Brave looks like | Breast Cancer Awareness

When my dear friend, Misty, called to ask if I’d photograph her and her family as they said goodbye to her hair in preparation for chemotherapy, I didn’t hesitate. We have shared so much life over the years and she has poured so much love and encouragement into my spirit, this was the least I could do.

You see, my friend Misty is the girl that pulls you in. When we visited our church, Woodland Hills Baptist, way back in 2005, I didn’t know a soul there. Misty spotted me immediately in the large crowd and came over with a warm hug and a friendly welcome. Me, not really a hugger, was still so appreciative of her acceptance and kindness. (Her hugs aren’t like others. They are Lindsey-approved and really really good! Maybe I’m just a selective hugger.) Misty is an interpreter for the deaf. She has a special calling. We have worshipped together as I sang and she signed and to see interpret will bring you to tears, it’s truly one of the most beautiful things to watch. She has invested so much of her time and love to help others. That is her gift. She is always there with a hug, or a card in the mail, or a sweet text, at the exact moment someone needs that encouragement. It’s not fair that cancer picked her. She is too good to too many and doesn’t deserve such a diagnosis. But that’s the stupid thing about cancer, it doesn’t care how amazing you are.

A few months after we met, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter. At the time, I was child-less and immediately bonded with this sweet little girl. She’d come to my house every Monday and we’d spend the day together as I was then trying to get this whole photography business off the ground. We’d watch Dora the Explorer and make Target runs. We had the best time together. Misty had a second child, a boy, just 9 months after I had my son and now they are best buddies. Our lives are threaded together. My friends aren’t suppose to get cancer.

I knew it would be an emotional day. I have never photographed this particulate type of session. But Misty’s strength is contagious. The familiar verse “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” is Misty, like I’m pretty sure God was just describing her in that passage. She radiates strength and laughs in every conversation. She always sees the good. We got through it (with some tears), we did a short family session and then each family member took a turn shaving her head. Each pass of the razor was revealing her strength and preparing her for this journey. She’s a fighter. She has a mighty God in whom she trusts and is devoted to and I know He will continue to hold her hand and use her story for good.

Today is her birthday and tomorrow she will be going in for her post-chemotherapy surgery. Please keep my friend and her sweet family in your prayers. They are precious to me. Here are a selection of images from this very special session…

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If you know someone who is beginning the fight against breast cancer and would be interested in one of these types of sessions, please reach out to me. I love to use my time and abilities to minister to others as God lays it on my heart to do so. This of course would be at no cost for the family and digital images from the session are provided.

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Lindsey Brooks Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family photography in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.

Baby Bella’s Glimpse | Oklahoma City Newborn Photographers

These first moments become hours, days, weeks, months…then a blur. I call it the “newborn haze”. So much love, so little sleep, feelings all over the charts lead to pure exhaustion and pure bliss. It is so important to document this time, these feelings. You probably won’t feel like it. You will be tired. You will be overwhelmed by all the things. But let me help. Just show up. I’m flexible with time. Just snuggle your baby, breath them in, let me handle the rest. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Filled with anticipation to show this sweet little family their photos from their newborn and family session this past week.

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I would love the opportunity to start planning a newborn session for your child and family. My style is authentic, organic, relaxed, simple, and timeless. Sessions can be photographed in my beautiful natural light studio or in the comfort of your home. I also offer a collective membership that is perfect for capturing the special milestones throughout your child’s first year. Click here to learn more about a portrait session with me.

Lindsey Brooks Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family photography in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.

Baby J’s Glimpse | Oklahoma City Newborn Photographer

This little family came to the studio last week and I had the best time getting to know them and photograph their sweet boy. He was absolutely perfect for his newborn portraits and I cannot wait for them to see all the cuteness from their session!

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I would love the opportunity to start planning a newborn session for your child and family. My style is authentic, organic, relaxed, simple, and timeless. Sessions can be photographed in my beautiful natural light studio or in the comfort of your home. I also offer a collective membership that is perfect for capturing the special milestones throughout your child’s first year. Click here to learn more about a portrait session with me.

Lindsey Brooks Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family photography in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.

Baby Caden's Glimpse | Oklahoma City Newborn Baby Photographers

One of the greatest compliments for me as a photographer is when families choose to come back for a newborn session in the studio when they have another baby. I love seeing siblings who were newborns themselves not long ago gaze at their little brothers and sisters with so much love and pride.

This session was nothing short of perfect. Big sister was so patient and sweet while mama was absolutely gorgeous and dad was juggling it all like he’d been a dad forever. I go to church with this sweet little family and enjoy hearing mama sing and serve. What a blessing to see their family grow and document each milestone!

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I would love the opportunity to start planning a newborn session for your child and family. My style is authentic, organic, relaxed, simple, and timeless. Sessions can be photographed in my beautiful natural light studio or in the comfort of your home. I also offer a collective membership that is perfect for capturing the special milestones throughout your child’s first year. Click here to learn more about a portrait session with me.

Lindsey Brooks Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family photography in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.

Holmes Family Glimpse | Norman Oklahoma Family Photographers

This has been the wettest Spring/Summer I can even remember here in Oklahoma and although it made for a crazy time scheduling during all the rain, the payoff is now. It’s July and still freshly green and wildflowers are still hanging around. (typically it’s bone dry and already drab brown by this time of year)

I wish I could schedule all my families like right now. Because the field is beautiful and the light is magical. I loved meeting this sweet family Friday night for their family portraits. We had fun trampling through the wildflowers and catching the glimpses of gorgeous light sparkling through the trees.

I’m opening up just a few weekend sunset sessions in July if you’d like a similar session! This is a great time to check this off your list and one less thing to do come Fall!

Contact me soon to get on the schedule.

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I would love the opportunity to start planning a custom photo session for your child and family. My style is authentic, organic, relaxed, simple, and timeless. Sessions can be photographed in my beautiful natural light studio or in the comfort of your home. I also offer a collective membership that is perfect for capturing the special milestones throughout your child’s first year. Click here to learn more about a portrait session with me.

Lindsey Brooks Photography is a motherhood-inspired photographer specializing in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family portraits in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, El Reno, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.

Baby Mateo’s Glimpse | Oklahoma Baby Photographers

You all know how I adore milestone portrait sessions in the studio, right?

Well, this was no exception. This adorable little boy and his mama traveled to Oklahoma City all the way from Dallas, Texas and booked his six month photos with me. I was absolutely smitten with this little guy and it’s obvious why. Holy cuteness. He had all the smiles and all the squish.

Gaaahhhh, ya’ll. I just love this age. So much. Bring me ALL the squishy six monthers, ok? Thanks.

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I would love the opportunity to start planning a custom photo session for your child and family. My style is authentic, organic, relaxed, simple, and timeless. Sessions can be photographed in my beautiful natural light studio or in the comfort of your home. I also offer a collective membership that is perfect for capturing the special milestones throughout your child’s first year. Click here to learn more about a portrait session with me.

Lindsey Brooks Photography is a motherhood-inspired photographer specializing in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family portraits in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, El Reno, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.

Keisha + Baby Lane | Oklahoma Motherhood Photographer

This past Mother’s Day, I conducted a giveaway over on Instagram for a motherhood portrait session. When Keisha won, I was so excited to meet her and her adorable little boy in the studio for a session. She traveled to Oklahoma City all the way from Tulsa and we had the best time getting to know one another at her session. There was such a sweet bond between her and her six month old son, Lane and I was tickled to be able to document that. Keisha brought two gorgeous dresses and the most adorable little overalls for Lane and it all just flowed seamlessly and turned out to be one of my favorite sessions to date!

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Boulter Family Spring Session | Oklahoma City Photographers

Many families start booking their annual portrait sessions in the fall, which is lovely, but do you know MY favorite time of year for outdoor sessions for families? Right. Now. Spring and early Summer. The grass is freshly green, wildflowers (or weeds, depending on your perspective) are scattered, the sweet summer sun kisses every frame. And best of all, it’s not super hot quite yet (Pro tip: Do not come in sweaters to your September/October session, it is still pretty warm in Oklahoma in the fall, because hello…we do not have fall here, boo.)

This beautiful family came from El Reno to meet me at the field for photos. After such a wet Spring and so many sessions rained out, I was delighted to have the perfect evening complete with a gorgeous sunset for this golden hour session. We laughed much and I pulled out all my crazy.

Worth it.

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I would love the opportunity to start planning a custom photo session for your child and family. My style is authentic, organic, relaxed, simple, and timeless. Sessions can be photographed in my beautiful natural light studio or in the comfort of your home. I also offer a collective membership that is perfect for capturing the special milestones throughout your child’s first year. Click here to learn more about a portrait session with me.

Lindsey Brooks Photography is a motherhood-inspired photographer specializing in newborn, baby, child, maternity, and family portraits in Oklahoma City, OK and surrounding areas including but not limited to Norman, Nichols Hills, Edmond, Deer Creek, Guthrie, Yukon, El Reno, Mustang, Newcastle, and Tuttle.