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Sorry I haven’t posted lately, but I am finishing up on my new blog.  Waiting on the finishing touches before I post so stay tuned🙂

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that Oakstream Photography has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™!

In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. That means Oakstream Photography is one of the very best wedding photographers.

Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews.

“We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,” according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.” 

Oakstream Photography would like to thank our past clients for speaking on our behalf and helping us win the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award!


WAHOO!  This is what I woke up to this morning.  This is a GREAT way to start off the day :-)  Thank you Wedding Wire & THANK YOU to my most wonderful awesome bride’s I work with!  I love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Don’t let the cold stop you!!!!  If you’re a winter/snow bunny..or dude🙂 there is still time to get your senior pictures taken.  I have only a few dates available for you seniors that graduate in 2009.  If you want FUN, FUNKY, UNIQUE senior pictures that show your personality & STYLE that you won’t find anywhere else then be sure to call NOW to book your date.

As a reminder to all my 2009 senior reps…the senior who refers the MOST seniors to me you will receive your AWESOME prize in May.  Times a tickin…lets keep clickin!

I’ll leave you with this beautiful face………………



She graduated last year, BUT I was just going through some senior pics to put on my website & I had such a blast with her!!!!!



I met this wonderfully awesome couple down in Ogden the other day & we’re soooooo happy the weather was WONDERFUL the day of our shoot cause it’s been raining/snowing since then.  We went all over 25th St & the Union Train Station in Ogden.  They are SUCH a wonderful couple to be around.  I can’t wait to meet the mom of the bride because I met grandma at the bridal consultation & she was hilarious.  Everyone so far is absolutely FUN!!!!!

Can’t wait for their wedding in April & their bridals in March.  Can’t wait for you all to see what we’re doing for their ‘ART…..STYLIZED’ idea.  It’s gonna be GRAND!!!!!



Feel free to let me know what you think…have ?s..that’s fine too..just ask!




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Remember I said I will be sharing more about ME..MY LIFE..well here is how I’m feeling today.

My husband sent me this & today of all days is when I really really needed to read something like this.  Sometimes…ok well LOTS of times I get caught up in myself about things that are annoying the heck out of me, not going right, etc.  Whether it’s my kids, my husband, my photography, my friends, my family…you name it…there are days that I am sooo annoyed I just can’t stand myself.  You ask..how can I have such a bad attitude when my life is so good?   I have the most wonderful, condsiderate husband, 2 very healthy children, family who love me, a job that I love to do & better yet get to stay home & work.  Well somedays are just not great.  I’m having one of those days.  I am blessed with everything in my life & so happy with everything in my life.  Why am I down then?  I can’t really give you an answer.  Today is just not a good day for me.  Maybe I need some sunshine🙂

After reading these five important lessons it has made me stop & think…to be THANKFUL!  I wanted to share this with all my family/friends/clients/photographers/blog stalkers cause everyone has a bad day & if reading these five important lessons makes you have a brighter day….then I am very happy I could brighten someone’s day.

I am editing this engagement session & when I came across this image…it really made me smile.  Looking out into the world to be loved…to be in love!  This is a happy joyous moment & I have a happy joyous life….thank you God for my life!!!!!


1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.  

 During my second month of college, our professor
gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:

‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question
blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if
the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

‘Absolutely, ‘ said the professor. ‘In your careers,
you will meet many people.  All are significant They
deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say ‘hello.’

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her
name was Dorothy. 

  2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American
woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had
broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and
put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his
address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a
knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
special note was attached.

It read:
‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my
clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God
bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving

Mrs Nat King Cole. 

  3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those
who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in 
front of him.

‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked. 
‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and
studied the coins in it.

‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the
waitress was growing impatient.

‘Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
the table and walked away The boy finished the ice
cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the
table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were two nickels and five pennies..

You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had
to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the
king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder ha d
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve
our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will save
 her.’  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed
 next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing
 the color returning to her cheek. Then his face
 grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.




Most importantly…. ‘Work like you
don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been
hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.’

NOW more than ever – Peace

 & God Bless –

KUTV 2 News…………

If you watch the morning weather news on KUTV then you will recognize this gorgeous face!  Debbie gives us our morning weather & what a fantastic job she does at that!  I had the wonderful pleasure of hanging out with her & her family down in Salt Lake City.  OH MY her girls are sooooo darn cute & funny.  I LOVED how she dressed her girls.  So sassy & stylin :-)  They totally worked the camera for me & it was a BLAST!  They were sooo fun & I’m totally having a hard time narrowing the proofs to NOT be a gazillion!!!!!

Thanks soooo much Debbie for having me capture your beautiful family & all the personality.  It was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

Sorry for the overload of pics, but I LOVED the personality in these! 


Totally seranading me…haha…what beautiful voices they have!


I completely love this shot.  Her pouty little face with those shades on…oh so cute!




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