♥ Who is Honey Photography?

I know having photographs of your family is not a necessity.  But I also feel like photos are extremely important in our lives.  Whether it’s on your phone or taken professionally, you will cherish those little moments that you froze in time. Years later those pictures will bring you right back to the day you took them and you might even giggle at the thought of those happy memories.  I want to help you have that!

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I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in photography.  Having a photographer father {who owned his own studio/professional printing service}  it was sort of hard to get away from.  My first job was working the ol’ film processor and making prints from the hundreds of rolls of film people brought into the store.  We were the only professional printing service around, and surprisingly lasted quite a time after things started going digital.  We were also the only place around that would print whatever the customer brought in {ahem…. biker rallies}…  so you can understand why Picture Perfect was greatly missed when my dad closed it in 2009.

Working there started my love for editing images.  Although it was my dad and another photographer doing the actual photography, I had a large part in the editing process; which was ultimately what made me fall in love with photography.

I didn’t actually get my first DSLR camera until the end of 2009, and I had absolutely no clue how to use my new {previously owned and used a  lot} FujuFilm camera.   {My dad using one around me constantly does not mean I caught on to the things he was doing to make that thing work}.  But who cares?  I used it anyways!  And I thought I was pretty good at it {you cant be that awful when you have it in Auto mode all the time, right?}.  I had no idea how to manually set a DSLR camera, and didn’t really care to learn at that point.  It was just for fun, and my images were turning out pretty good, if I did say so myself {Right!}!

I honestly don’t know how or why it happened, but I started taking pictures of friends of our family and their children {shout out to the Laney’s}.  And they very graciously accepted my $25 fee and mediocre {very much post-processed} images.

All of the sudden I realized that it would be very helpful to learn how to actually use that camera of mine and get the photos I wanted {without} having to do a whole bunch of work on the computer after taking them.  That being said, my dad and the internet are where most of my knowledge of photography today comes from.  It took a lot of time and questions to learn how to shoot {Manual} and lots of practice to get where I was comfortable moving on as a “professional”… {my dad informed me after doing several friend’s photos and charging a small fee that I was, in fact, already a professional}… It sure didn’t seem like it!  And I wanted to be very comfortable with the images I was producing and selling before I really called myself a legit professional.

I did lots and lots of free sessions {charging only for images and prints} to get myself a good marketable portfolio before taking the big leap and creating my own photography business.  I quit my {decently paying} job as a waitress at Freddie Paul’s steakhouse and pursued photography on {nights and weekends} and went to school during the day.  Although it didn’t help that most of my clientele were two hours away and I could only do sessions on the weekends, I had myself a pretty decent thing going.

Fast forward to present day >>>>

I am now an OSU graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing working as a graphic designer in Tulsa {for Community Care College, Clary Sage College, Oklahoma Technical College, & Clary Sage Salon & Spa}. It’s tough right now to juggle my design job, photography, free-lance design and have time to watch all my favorite shows, work out, and spend time with my family and friends… but I’d rather be busy than bored!  At the moment my major focus is on high school seniors.  I would like to get senior reps from high schools all over the Tulsa area – if you’re a senior shoot me an email!  If you are anyone else in the Tulsa area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!  I love making new friends =).

{PS}  You can view my online design portfolio here:  Brooke Lehman Design

 

Want to know more…?

  • My name is Brooke.  I always wanted it to be Shannon (which is my middle name & mom’s maiden name)
  • If I could live anywhere in the world it would probably be Hawaii
  • I’m thankful for anything that makes life easier  – ie. my crockpot.
  • I hate static hair.
  • If I was a month, I would be October.  Not only is it my birth month, but the weather is just perfect!
  • I love feeling sore from an awesome workout.
  • I’m a list maker and a planner – if I don’t have a list nothing gets done!
  • I wish I could speek chinese
  • If I had a million dollars, I would keep my job… but do it for free =)
  • I dislike people who feel the need to belittle others.
  • If I could be anyone for a day I would be Kate Hudson. I love her.
  • My goal in life is to help others.  Why are we here if it’s not to make ourselves and others happy?
  • My favorite outdoor activity is hiking
  • I’ve been told I resemble a young Jennifer Grey
  • If I could only shop at one place for the rest of my life it would be Amazon.  Cheap fast and amazing.
  • My favorite times of the day are sunrise and sunset – they make for the most beautiful photos.
  • I love harmonies
  • I ate Kraft Macaroni and Cheese probably 5 times a week when I was younger.  It was the only thing I knew how to cook.
  • I used to despise cats.. until I adopted one in college because I couldn’t have a dog – her name is Alfonza Sue.
  • I also adopted the sweetest smartest dog on earth – named Willow
  • I love when it rains and the sun is still shining.
  • I’m so excited to have kids. They will probably hate me because they will constantly have a camera in their face
  • When I grow up I want to be… A Singer/Songwriter, Fitness Trainer, Hair Stylist, Neonatologist, Massage Therapist, Nutritionist, & the owner of a store exclusively for locally made items… I have time for all of that right?

 

August 5, 2012 - 1:58 am

Mini - Wow! I really love these! I cannot believe that is my body!!! I keep having to look at these over and over to see that MY body has a bump! Wow! It is amazing how much this baby has grown in just 11 weeks! You are helping me to enjoy this journey to the fullest and I know that it will be awesome to have these photos to look back on someday! Thank you my dear Friend! xo

February 6, 2013 - 6:45 am

Charlene Dunn - Hey Brooke, it’s Aunt Sheen (Caroline’s mom…you and she have the same birthday, minus four years). Your work is amazing. The photos you did of Kelly, Johnny, Anna and Lilah are absolutely terrific!

Would you entertain the idea of coming to Poteau to do some pics of Jim, Caroline and me?

February 7, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Honey Photography - Hey! Thank you so much! I’m sure we can work something out 😉 I’ll email you and we can talk about it!

May 29, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Kevin Howarth - Hi Brooke,

This is Kevin Howarth. My wife Sarah and I have used you several times for maternity & family pictures. I have enjoyed working with you and think that you do a great job. I have a proposition for you. I am a Dentist, and my partner and I are wanting to get some really good photography of us, our office, staff, and shots of us with patients for our website. Probably some black & white and some color images to be on our website that would help us give off a very professional feel that we are after. I thought of you and wanted to see if this is something you could help us with.

You can reach me at 918-691-1601 or at the above email.

Thanks Brooke!

June 8, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Heath Aucoin - Hi Brooke, my name is Heath Aucoin and I got your name from Rachael Anderson Hill. I have my 5 year old son for the summer and I would like to start doing annual pictures with him when he is with me. Wanted to find out your availability. Thanks so much!

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