A family that camps together…


Combining vintage finds and photography is always one of my favorite things.

Lucky for me, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are always up for whatever I throw at them, lol.

My SIL contacted me about doing their family photos and we set the shoot up for this past Tuesday; however, due to the constantly changing Oklahoma weather we were quickly rained out which worked out perfect… You see, I’ve been obsessed with the “Vintage Market Days” advertising photo every since I had seen it. I’ve even been day dreaming about recreating the photo with friends and family just for fun. You know all those that find junk just as fascinating as myself.

Well, the night the photo-shoot got rained out it clicked; “How about doing a camping inspired version of the VMD photo.” It fit this family perfectly, as they are always packing up and heading to the lake.

By the next day the weather was better and I was able to gather all the items needed for this late change of ideas.  I’m somewhat ashamed (not really) to admit, that I had almost everything you see in this picture stashed somewhere between my attic and garage and only had to pick up a few random pieces at the farm.

I’m so excited about the way it turned out and somewhat jealous that I didn’t get my brood together for this awesome photo opportunity. I love it!

So, go on get your camera, grab all your junk, gather your friends and/or family, and get to shooting; options are endless, use what fits your lifestyle, and just think no hairdo or makeup required.

Finishing Touches:
A few “Greater than Gatsby” Photoshop actions were used for the finished look.


A vintage wedding dress and an Oklahoma wheat field…

A little vintage country photo shoot... A little vintage country photo shoot...“Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains…” A wheat field, a vintage wedding dress and a baby, doesn’t get much better than that for a photo shoot.

I think sometimes people spend way too much money on outfits for that perfect photo. I’ve had several photo shoots where the photos turned out okay, BUT the ones that make you feel something, now those are the special ones, and they have little to do with expensive outfits and fancy locations.

These photos were taken a few nights ago in an Oklahoma wheat field, just before the rain. The clouds were the perfect filter for the sunset and allowed us to be right out in the open for as long as we wanted.

The dad wore denim and a t-shirt, the baby was swaddled in a scrap piece of cream colored fabric, the little girl was in a simple white sundress and the mom… Well, that was the fun part. We mixed and matched her in a plain white tank top, a lacy cream button-up and the skirt from an old wedding dress. Repurposing and reusing things for random reasons is always one of my favorite things!

I used a few “Greater than Gatsby” actions and there you go.

Now, go clean out that old trunk and take some photos!