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  • If you’re like me, then you like to put a face with a name.
    <---------- Oh hey, that’s me (Jami) over there!

    The girl with the sometimes red, sometimes blondish hair with the face full of freckles.

    I’m currently based in the Midwest, specifically Tulsa, Oklahoma, but I frequently travel between this happy place, and my home state of Utah, among other destination locations.

    With a background in photojournalism, I have a easy going approach when working with my clients. This easy going approach pairs well with my minimalistic style of posing my couples. I seek simplicity and adore timeless, classic images. However, I do have a flare for drama, so I will occasionally direct a more dramatic pose to spice things up a bit! When shooting, I use mostly natural light to infuse warmth into my images and that’s how I get the signature fine art look many have come to expect and love when I photograph them.

    When I’m not behind my camera, I’m trying to keep up with my super sassy best friend/baby girl, Afton and my sweet husband Cameron, who, bless his heart, is plowing away trying to complete his medical education and training at OSU-COM.

    I like sleeping in, a sun that’s shining, and a daily sip of limonata san pellegrino. Want to know more? Send me an email and let’s make some gorgeous images together!

Outfit Inspiration | Fall Family Photos

Outfit planning for a family photo session is one of the most fun and intimidating parts of the whole getting your photo taken process. The best part is obviously the excuse to go shopping and add new clothes to your wardrobe, but the worst part is wondering if your wardrobe decisions really flow together and how it will all translate in front of the camera once you’re at the location. If you’re like me, you worry that the vibe you had hoped to achieve doesn’t come through in the end. Well, fear not my friends, you’re in luck, because I’ve consulted my sweet friend and fashion guru, Amy Ann, the genius and pretty face of The Real Arnolds fashion and lifestyle blog and she is going to help us map our way through the outfit planning process. She put together some fabulous outfit inspiration boards that will be a great guide for anyone who may need some extra help pulling together a winning combination.

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Here are some basic tips and tricks to planning picture perfect outfits for your upcoming family photo session. 

1.First, decide on the location and setting of your family session. Then, ask yourself, “Does what we have planned to wear make sense for this location?” (P.S. another great article about outfit planning can be found here. Rebekah is one of my FAVORITE photographers and I particularly love this post of hers she wrote on the subject) One of the biggest mistakes you can make is choosing outfits that look disjointed or out of place. You don’t want to make that mistake, so make sure you figure out whether or not you’re hoping for a more formal or casual setting. This will make the planning process so much easier!

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2. Coordinate your outfits. This however, does not mean you should all match. This does require you to put in a little more thought because everyone isn’t going to be wearing the exact same color or patterned shirt, but in the end, you’ll be happy you didn’t make this mistake and end up on a buzzfeed thread of worst outfits. So how do you do this? Start with Mom. In my opinion, Mom should be the focal point of the group shot. Because, duh, she’s the Mom and she should look fantastic so whatever she is wearing should definitely set the tone for the rest of the group. This doesn’t necessarily mean she needs to standout more than the rest of the group in an obnoxious, in your face, sort of way, but choosing to start with her outfit will help spur the rest of the design decisions. To pull the rest of the group together in a cohesive way, pick two or three colors that compliment Mom’s outfit and put Dad and kids in outfits that have these colors. Don’t forget to have fun with this step and get creative with patterns, textures, and layers!

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3. Accessorize! Family photos should be something that you put the extra effort into planning for. So don’t skimp on the accessories! For Mom, maybe add a bold statement necklace or scarf, if you want your accessory to be smaller and more subtle. If you want to incorporate a standout piece, maybe opt for something like a pretty trench coat and rain boots or try adding a fun hat! If you have little girls, headbands, bows, necklaces, bracelets, etc add a little sparkle and visual interest. Little boys look so adorable in suspenders, hats, and bowties! Whatever you do, make sure your real personalities shine through!

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 4. Complete your looks. Put thought into everything that will be worn from head to toe. Shoes make all the difference! Don’t let your outfit fall flat by wearing the wrong shoes for the setting and the occassion. First, consider the location again, for instance if you’re going for a rustic field look, boots are a perfect choice! In my opinion, athletic tennis shoes should be avoided if possible. Especially on Dad. I mean, c’mon Dad, this isn’t a trip to Costco! There are some atheltic shoes that are the exception however. If for instance they aren’t your standard white or black Nike, but instead have a playful color and fit the outfit and location, then by all means wear those. A good condition pair of Chucks or Vans or something similar can add to the look of the outfit instead of distract. Just make smart decisions about this, and as the judges on Project Runway would tell you, make sure you edit yourself so each look adds to the cohesion of the group.

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5. Don’t Stress! Make smart decisions and then go with your instincts, but don’t over think it to the point where you stop trusting yourself and your families style. The last thing you want to do is hate your photos and then never hang them in your home. Your goal should be to have photos you adore so much that you can decorate your home with beautiful wall portraits or display a stunning album you’ll love flipping through over and over again! You should absolutely LOVE the way you and your family look in the photos because that will translate in the photograph and the overall experience. If you show up to your session dressed well and confident about the way everything came together, then that will allow me to capture you  and your family in the best possible way.

Here are some of my favorite family sessions from last fall! I’m so flattered and grateful that so many of you who’ve hired me to photograph your families continue to come back each year! Ya’ll are amazing and I’m incredibly lucky to get to know you.

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I hope these tips, tricks, and photos help inspire you when planning your next family session!

 

Bryce | One Year Mark | Utah Portrait Photography

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This is Bryce, or I guess right now he’s known as Elder Bonner, my hilarious and lanky little brother, who chose to dedicate two years of his life serving the Lord and the people of Buenos Aires, Argentina while spreading the good message that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can’t think of a better example of Christlike humility and character than Bryce. His weekly emails, though sometimes short in content, bring so much light and happiness into my life. I love reading his stories about the encounters he has with the people of South America and I adore the fact that he hasn’t lost his wit and and funny personality like some do along the way. He is such a neat guy, and I figured it was about time I share his mission portraits before another year passes and he makes it home!

To learn more about the type of mission he is serving go here.

SIDENOTE: If you haven’t already seen the documentary ‘Meet the Mormons‘ I suggest you change your ways and go see it! Especially if you aren’t a Mormon and if you’ve always wondered what Mormons are like. I promise you’ll leave the theater wanting a new Mormon bff!

Also, have your spirit lifted and watch/listen to this gorgeous song sung by Mr. David Archuleta. It’s so so beautiful and will make you incredibly happy! You can even download the mp3 for free here:

Lyndsey + Dave | Postoak Lodge Wedding

Its the best feeling in the world when I meet a couple for the first time and we instantly connect and become friends. Lyndsey and Dave are one of those couples that you love immediately and I absolutely adore them.  Their wedding tops the list as one of my most favorites I’ve ever been honored to photograph. This was also my first time shooting a wedding a Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa, and it’s such a treasure! The rustic vibe paired with the amazing view of downtown Tulsa in the distance is incredibly unique. Everything about this wedding makes me happy, I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do! Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0693Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0694Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0695Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0696Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0697Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0698Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0699Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0700Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0701Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0702Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0703Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0704Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0705Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0706Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0707Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0708Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0709Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0710Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0711Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0712Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0713Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0714Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0716Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0718Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0719Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0720Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0721Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0722Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0723Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0724Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0725Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0726Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0727Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0728Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0729Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0730Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0731Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0732Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0733Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0734Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0735Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0736Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0737Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0738Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0739Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0740Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0741Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0742Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0743Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0744Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0745Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0746Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0747Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0748Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0749Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0750Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0751Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0752Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0753Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0754Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0755Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0756Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0757Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0758Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0759Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0760Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0761Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0762Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0763Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0764Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0765Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0766Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0767Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0768Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0769Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0770Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0771Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0772Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0773Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0774Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0775Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0776Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0777Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0778Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0779Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0780Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0781Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0782Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0783Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0784Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0785Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0786Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0788Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0789Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0790Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0791Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0792Rustic_Tulsa_Post_Oak_Lodge_Wedding_0793

Amy Ann Arnold Fall Looks | Tulsa Fashion Blogger

This girl. I tell you, she’s amazing! If you don’t already know, Amy is a local fashion blogger here in Tulsa who I absolutely adore! For the past couple months she and I have been collaborating on some of her outfit posts, and I thought I’d post some of my favorite shots of her fall wardrobe from our ongoing project. Today Amy’s look was a featured #momentsofchic with Piperlime! You can get all the outfit details here, and if you’re not already following her, you should immediately change your ways and get with it!
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Fall Family Sessions

I’ve had a lot of people asking me if I’m doing fall sessions this year, and I’m so excited to tell you all that I am! However because I’m still just coming out of maternity leave, I only have limited sessions available. For session info, scroll to the bottom.McDonald-18

FALL FAMILY SESSIONS

Dates Available:

Friday November 7th (1 evening session) & Saturday November 8th (2 late afternoon sessions)

Saturday November 15th (2 afternoon sessions & 1 evening session)

45 Minute Session

Viewing & ordering gallery

Disc of Mid-resolution images

$250

Email jami.leavitt@gmail.com me to reserve your session. 

Afton | Big Sister

I can’t believe tomorrow my sweet little best friend will no longer be our only baby! We’re so excited and anxiously anticipating the grand entrance our little boy will be making tomorrow. I am currently being flooded with a myriad of emotions about the whole thing. I haven’t done a lot of crying surprisingly, but occasionally I’m struck with the reality that this little lady of ours, who has been my constant companion for the last two and half years, will have a new little buddy to play with. It’s thrilling for sure, but it kind of freaks me out! What do I know about little boys? Nothing. That’s what. But I’m looking forward to figuring him out!

A few days ago we took Afton to our favorite Tulsa park and let her play and dance around in her pretty new white dress she wore during our Mommy daughter maternity session with by lovely friend Andrea Murphy. I’ve obsessed with making sure I capture my little muse’s life since day one with photographs, so of course, I had to document her final days as an only child. Right now she’s diggin Mickey Mouse club house and calls out “Oh Toodles” frequently each day. It’s the funniest thing! She’s a busy little kid and it’s so much fun watching her learn and grow into such a funny little person.

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I’ll be taking a little maternity break until mid October, but I’ll be posting some updated info about family sessions coming up at the end of October / first part of November so if you’re interested in getting on my schedule, make sure you get in touch with me soon! I’ve only set up a few session slots this season so space is limited.

Amy Ann Arnold | Tulsa Fashion Blogger

You guyssssssss! In honor of the start of NYFW, I am so so SO excited to tell you all about this new photo project I am starting with my sweet friend and fashion blogger, Amy Ann Arnold! Amy is a fellow Tulsan who started blogging a couple years ago about her family and home projects, but more recently discovered that her real blogging passion was in fashion. This girl has amazing style, and I was so excited when she connected with me to embark on this new project. We met up for the first time last week and after talking to her for 2 minutes I felt like we had known each other for years. She’s the real deal and I am so excited to see her blog grow! I’ve watched fellow photographer friends of mine collaborate with fashion bloggers in Utah and I was always so envious of them because it looked like so much fun! (Thanks Amy for letting me live out this dream!)

Not only do I think Amy has impeccable style, but the folks at People StyleWatch Magazine do as well! One of Amy’s looks was featured in the 2014 September issue of the magazine. Amazing right?! She was also featured in the August issue of InStyle Magazine.

To view the first look we shot together, visit her blog, and make sure you follow her on insta! (@realamyann) To stay in the loop about this project and more importantly, to get inspired looks and fashion advice, make sure to check out her blog weekly. I’ll be linking up with her posts as well!

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