12 Weeks

On Tuesday, we went to see our OB for our 12 week visit. We left heartbroken and devastated.  Despite having just been there two weeks before, and hearing the fast, fluttering heartbeat of our tiny little baby, it was no longer beating.  The last 72 hours have been a true test of our love and emotions, and while I am emotionally hurting more than I ever could have imagined, I know we, and I, will be ok.

I’ll be taking off a couple of weeks from shooting and meeting with clients to recooperate and recharge. After the start of the new year, I’ll be taking new sessions and clients again, but through December we will only be working on wrapping up with our existing clients.

We sincerely appreciate the love and support that has poured out to us this week, from so many different people in so many different places. Without this support, this would be a much more difficult thing to process.  Thank you to everyone.


Wendi & Travis


Thank You!

Wow, thank you ALL for the comments and emails and the dozens and dozens of Facebook wall posts and post comments and image comments!  We feel so blessed and loved!

Our 5 free session give away filled up FAST, and any additional emails we get will be put on a waiting list in case any of the first 5 back out!

Thanks again everyone!


Big Announcement at Wendi Riggens Photography!

You’ve heard the buzz, something big is going down at Wendi Riggens Photography…

A few months ago, we made a decision.

A decision that would change our lives forever!

After 5 months of hard work and dedication to the cause, and a couple months of additional prep time, we are ready to announce our big news…

Are you ready for it?


Hahahaha!!!  Ok, so that’s not it.  Anyone that knows me knows I am a die-hard Canon girl.

And don’t listen to my friend Debi Allen if she tries to tell you I actually used her Nikon last summer.  That did NOT happen, no matter if there is photographic evidence to the contrary. I completely deny it!

Anyway, we are expecting something big, something exciting, in just a few short months…

Check out my Halloween costume (and ignore the crappy mirror Blackberry pic, this is the only chance I’ve had to grab a snapshot of it).

And why I was totally absent from Facebook all yesterday afternoon…

That’s right!  Baby #2 is on its way!  At this point, we are 8 1/2 weeks pregnant, and are beside ourselves with excitement!  I stink at keeping secrets, so the last four weeks have been a challenge, keeping our mouths shut. Maddox totally gave us up at daycare this week, talking about the baby in mommy’s tummy while they were playing with baby dolls!

To celebrate, I am offering a FREE portrait session to the first 5 people that email us TODAY at info@wendiriggens.com!  The session will be shot in November 2010.

Keep an eye on the blog for updates every few weeks!

Amanda P - AHHHHH!!! Congrats Wendi & family. :)

Pat - LOVE the costume….that is too cute! Congratulations

Jamie - Yeah!!!!!!!! so what about that 5K in Tulsa?

Debi Allen - First of all, YES YOU DID!!!!! LOL!

Second!!! HUGE CONGRATS!!!!! Love the costume. So whatcha havin’? Oh, I know….a baby “ghoul!!” LOL!!! Love you!!!!

Sarah - I don’t know which shocked me more… the idea of you using a Nikon or the baby news! ;) Congratulations!!! What a wonderful world it will be with more Riggens-Millers to enjoy!!!


Guest Blogger – Jane Bingham, Beautiful Victorian Portraits

One of my favorite things about being a photographer, is meeting other people who share my passion, but in very different ways. Jane and I met online a few years ago, and I finally met her in person in April. She is an amazingly beautiful, strong, and talented woman, and having watcher her battle cancer from afar, putting my arms around her in a real hello was incredible.

I wanted to share a little of Jane with you. Her work is very different from my own, but just as beautiful.

Here is my interview with Jane Bingham, and you can visit her website at www.JaneBingham.com.

1. Tell me about your photography style.

I think I have a couple of styles. When shooting for my personal gratification and expression, I think my style can be emotional and meaningful. I love to express what I am feeling or thinking through an image. To see it in my mind and make it appear through my lens. I think “artsy farsty” may fit me.

When shooting Victorian portraits, my style would be more traditional to go with the Victorian feel.


2. What are your favorite things to shoot, and why?

On a professional level, my favorite things to shoot are my Victorian portraits. Particularly girls all decked out in lace dresses, floppy hats and flowers.

On a personal level my favorite thing is to shoot to express myself and finding beautiful light.


3. You have a fairly concentrated niche with your Victorian images.  How did this come about for you?  What made you realize that this is what you loved?

I grew up in an old Victorian home in Pitman, NJ. I love the richness of the old wood, fancy thick moldings, my favorite books to read when I was a young teen were set in Victorian times. The images are soft and romantic. I love the dresses and formality. Maybe I love all those things because it is opposite of what I am.  So many of us mothers and fathers love seeing our girls all dressed up with frills but how often do we get to see that and enjoy it? It is nice to have that opportunity to hire me to dress them up and capture a moment in time where they are purely little girl.


4. What suggestions do you have for newer photographers, looking for their own style?

Look at what you love. Shoot what you love. Create what you love. Have passion about it. If you don’t have a passion about what you are shooting then your images will be mediocre at best.

5. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

My 50-200mm zuiko lens

6. Canon or Nikon? (or other, I guess there are “others”)

Of course there are others. I shoot Olympus!

7. What is your favorite image that you’ve taken?  Why is it your favorite?

Wow, that is a hard question. One of my favorite images that I have taken I titled “A Fork in the Road”. This was an image I saw in my mind while driving down the road. I had been diagnosed with an incurable form of blood cancer about 18 months before. I was being faced with having to make a decision of where and how I wanted to continue treatment for the cancer. I was struggling with the different choices I had, not knowing what the best form of treatment would be. All the while, knowing that none of the current treatments would lead to a cure. I saw the fork in the road that I was facing and needed to express it in the form of an image.It find that therapeutic and comforting.


8. What suggestions do you have for people looking to hire a professional photographer?

Do not look at pricing first. Look at their portfolio. Do you absolutely love what you see? Find someone that you fall in love with their images! If you don’t love what you see and I mean ABSOLUTELY love, then keep looking. Only after you find what you love should you look at the pricing. If you find you do not think you can afford this photographer that you love their work…ask about a payment plan. Many photographers offer payment plans now even if they do not advertise it. It doesn’t hurt to ask and you will be so much happier in 10, 20, 30 years when you look at the awesome portraits…remembering how sweet and precious your little baby was when they were a fresh, wrinkly newborn…or when your little girl was sweet and innocent…or when your son was changing from a young boy to a teenager trying to find and express himself, or when your young man graduated high school or college, when your daughter became a bride and began her new life as a wife. These are memories and times in their and your lives that you want captured in the best light so you can enjoy them for the rest of your lives and the lives of generations to come.

This is one of my favorite images of Jane’s.  It’s a painted portrait, something she photographed and then painstakingly turned into a “painted” piece in Photoshop.  This is one of my favorite fairy tales, too!

Janie, thank you for letting me interview you!  I can’t wait to see you again next spring!

Jane Bingham is a professional photographer out of Sewell, NJ.  Her website can be viewed at http://www.janebingham.com.

Lise F - This is a great interview. Jane is very dear to me and her pieces always impress me with their insight and beauty.

Jim Cayer - I’m a huge fan of Jane’s work and you did a wonderful job interviewing her. Excellent!


Blog Feature: Sam Clausen

Back in April, I taught at a photography conference, and spoke about weddings.  As part of the class, we had models and I gave the attendees a chance to work with them to get a little experience and to build their portfolio.  Friday, we didn’t have a male model, and the skies were threatening to break loose, so we played with a bride and an umbrella in a field.

That night, one of the attendees, Sam Clausen, waved me over and showed me the following image on his laptop, and I was blown away!  I was even more surprised to find out that he was still in high school, getting ready to graduate.  This kid has more talent at 17 than a lot of experienced pros that I know!

I wanted to share Sam’s image with you, as well as his testimonial from the class.

“I’ve had my eye on wedding photography for a while but it was a big step for me. Wendi’s wedding seminar was by far the best opportunity for me to get started. I had tons of fun and learned a ton not only about wedding photography but also what I was actually capable of. Thanks Wendi!!”

Sam, thank you for the kind words! I cannot wait to see you grow over the coming years.  Good luck at Pittsburgh State this fall!  See you in Tulsa in April?

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