Most people hate having their photo taken | Tulsa Portrait Photographer

Most people hate having their photo taken because they’re not “photogenic” or they feel awkward in front of a camera.

Now, this may come as a shocker, but…there is no such thing as a “photogenic” gene.  I know!  I was just as shocked at you!!  When I took genetics back in college, I was sure that was a typo.  Nonetheless…it’s sad, but true.

Now, I’d like to spend sometime on the “feeling awkward in front of the camera” part.  I can totally relate to this.  How am I supposed to stand?  How am I supposed to pose?  I feel awkward and stiff…  I feel like I look like a deer in the headlights…  And for goodness sake, what the heck am I supposed to do with my hands?!?!

Yep, been there.  Felt that.  And I see that in the eyes of almost every client…

So I’d like to give you some comfort.

It’s my job to guide you through your entire photo shoot – from start to finish.  I listen to exactly how you want to be photographed.  Want full glam?!  Let’s do it.  Want super chill and relaxed?  Done!  Want to show off the hard work you put in to transform your body?  Yes – let’s celebrate you!  

You are guided you through all the poses, so you don’t have to think about what to do.  And so you feel comfortable and relaxed…which ends up being reflected back in your photos.

I promise you this: my photo shoots are easy and fun.  And they’re an experience you’ll never forget.  We do your hair and makeup and help you decide what to wear based on your personal style.  

And in the end, you end up with the most beautiful photos you’ve ever seen of yourself.

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Portraits of my beautiful hair and makeup artist, April Mary.

I invite you to have a personal session with me.
Kathryn Hylander

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The excitement of a new year | Tulsa Portrait Photographer

Today is officially my first day back to work – the littles are back in school and I have a solid five whole hours to myself. 

Looking back at 2018, it truly does take my breath away.  This time last year I asked a friend if I could photograph her because I wanted to explore a new subject other than babies.  That subject was women.  

What a passion it became…  What enormous growth came from it…  And to be recognized and honored – from top photographers in the industry – with four bronze awards at The Portrait Masters.  It was more than I could even fathom would come to fruition back in January 2018.

So I sit here on my front porch typing this out…enjoying this unusually warm January day.  Letting the sun hit me.  Listening to the birds chirp.  And thinking about all the possibilities this coming year can and will bring.  I just love the excitement that a new year brings.

With that, I want to extend a huge thank you to my clients.  You mean the world to me.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  Being on the front side of any camera means you have to trust the person behind it.  Thank you for not only trusting me, but being vulnerable and showing the depths of your souls.

Cheers to 2019!

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Most people hate having their photo taken.  They say they’re not “photogenic” or feel awkward in front of a camera.

It’s my job to guide you through the entire photo shoot and show you the most beautiful photos you’ve ever seen of yourself.  I invite you to have a personal session with me.
Kathryn Hylander

Hair and makeup by the very talented April Mary.

The Love of a Mother | Tulsa Portrait Photographer

When Jenny came to me and asked if I could photograph her daughter for her 13th birthday, it made my heart jump!  Of course!!  It would be an honor to do so.  

A few days later, the wheels in my head began to turn.  

I have a daughter of my own.  What I wouldn’t give to have a special mother-daughter day.  Playing makeup and dress-up and getting our hair done.  Being completely girly and completely pampered.  To have incredibly beautiful portraits of both me and my daughter.  Photographs that aren’t taken because I’m always the one behind the camera.  Photographs we’ll cherish now and decades from now.  So I reached back out to Jenny…

Would you like to jump in a few of the photographs at the end?

The love a mother has for her child is something that has been attempted to be described for centuries. So attempting to describe something so unconditional and so sacred on social media does not give it the honor I feel it deserves. So I will just leave these special and intimate portraits of a mother and daughter right here. Arianna, your mom unequivocally loves every ounce that makes you, you.

Happy birthday to you, sweet Arianna.

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Here’s to 5 years | Tulsa Photographer

Marriage might begin with the whisper of two little words.  But that is not where it takes root.

It has been five years since Lauren and Jason have said, “I do.”  And my husband and I are just shy of five years from having said, “I do.”  So photographing this anniversary session, was very dear to my heart.

Over these five years, I have realized marriage in it’s true sense begins long after the vows are promised.  Long after the guests sip their last glass of champagne.  Long after the top layer of the wedding cake is hidden behind the frozen bags of broccoli and tubs of Blue Bell ice cream.

Real marriage comes on a Wednesday night in front of the tv while binge-watching your favorite Netflix series.  It comes on a Saturday morning roaming the perennial isle at Lowes.  It comes at 4:37 a.m. when you roll over in bed and say, “Your turn,” when the cry of your baby echos down the hall.

Through these five years, I’ve learned many things.  Here are my five favorites:

  • Scheduling date nights is a must
  • Being on the same financial page makes things so much easier
  • Romance changes as your love matures
  • Exercising together makes your body and relationship stronger
  • Having a hand to hold through life is unconditionally worth it

Happy anniversary Lauren and Jason.  May the love you share only continue to grow stronger.

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No one should ever have to go through this fiasco again | Tulsa Photographer

Remember that time when you crammed your whole family on the couch…

Looked up the directions on how to use the self-timer on your “fancy camera” (bc everyone has a “fancy” and “not fancy” camera)…

Pressed the button…

Ran across the room, hoping to not knock the camera off of the crazy, lop-sided tower it’s barely balancing on…

Squeeze in the tiny slot on the couch saved for you…

Plaster a hopefully genuine smile on your face, while your telling yourself, “Please don’t look like a deer in headlights,” and…

*FLASH*

Your Christmas card picture… *cue monotoned wah-wah*

No one should have to go through that fiasco anymore.  You can relax knowing you’ll get the photos you really want this holiday season.

When you book your Christmas Session, you get all of this…

  • Print rights to print your own Christmas cards!
  • A wardrobe guide
  • 20 minute session
  • Your favorite 3 images (+additional images to choose from)

Saturday, November 3
Owasso Christmas Tree & Berry Farm
8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30
Price $200

It would not only be a joy, but an honor to photograph you and your family.  Yes, I’m talking to YOU!

How do you reserve your spot??

  1. Send an email with your preferred time to info@kathrynhylander.com
  2. I’ll send you an invoice
  3. Once paid, your spot is reserved!

Now here are some photos that bring back fond memories.  Our first Christmas as parents – 3 years ago!  Look how wittle da baby Kinsley was.  Oh man, my heart is just bursting with love…

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But Mom, do I have to? | Tulsa Photographer

I remember back in 7th grade, Mom told me I could either join the track team (ugh) or join the band (double ugh).  She was forcing me to become active in extra-curricular activities.  Why would a mother punish her daughter – her only daughter…who she loves dearly – by making her become involved in extra-curriculars?  This was cruel.

I chose track.  Thank you Mom.  Seriously, thank you.  

It sparked a lifetime love of running.  And with running, came incredible coaches.  And cross-training.  And races – from 400 meters to 26.2 miles.  And self-discipline.  And discovering new facets on what my body is capable of – both mentally and physically.  

So when I tried an Orangetheory Fitness class, it was right up my alley.  It wasn’t a competition against others.  It was a competition within myself.   It was a coach pushing me to achieve what he knew I could achieve.  It was a community among the other members – a reminder that we were all in this together.

So when I was asked to photograph the inspiring coaches of OTF Midtown, I jumped at the chance.  These coaches are inspiring.  You are motivated you when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope.  You are supported when you think you just can’t do one more rep.  Their goal for you is the same as you have for yourself: to become a better version of yourself.

Welcome to Tulsa, Orangetheory Fitness.  And happy first birthday!

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It’s now three | Jo-Nieca + Hunter

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August 2, 2018  //  Maternity

Sometimes in the early morning hours – like this morning – I sit in the living room enjoying the quiet that is our home.  All I hear are the crickets singing outside.  Husband and babies, who are no longer babies, sound asleep in bed.  

These quiet times get me thinking about the years before – when our home was always quiet.  Before kids.  Before we became parents.  Before a little one, and then a second little one, turned our world upside-down and inside-out into the most beautiful life we could have ever imagined.

The little transition of it just being the two of you, then hearing that first cry, and realizing it’s now three…that split second is why I love photographing the moments leading up to such a beautiful life change.

And in these moments, we realize everything has changed, and yet, we are more ourselves that we ever have been before.  We are a mother, a lover, and a creator of life.

You see, when I get the honor of capturing a woman’s grace, I’m able to mirror back that certain subtle strength she holds.  Her beauty is true elegance.  

Congratulations Jo-Nieca and Hunter on the beautiful life you have created.

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