Tulsa Mock Wedding Photography Workshop

The wedding workshop in Tulsa last weekend was so much fun, I had to break it into two blog posts! This will be short, but I want to send out a huge thank you to Liz for putting it together, and to Adrion for the vision of the day. The workshop went great, and I can’t wait to do it again!


Carisa Keeling - What a fabulous idea! I looks like great fun and I bet everyone learned a lot. You are so generous to take time to teach others!

Peggy - Wow, your mock weddings are just so fabulous!

Jamie K - Looks like it was a fun class! Bummed i missed it.


Tulsa Wedding Workshop with Wendi Riggens

This past weekend I flew to Tulsa to teach a wedding class at a photography event for the third year in a row. I love going to this particular event, and I always get to see lots of old friends and make many new ones! The last two years, I’ve done both speaking and shooting classes, but this year we took it a step further, orchestrating an entire mock wedding. Despite some last-minute changes with our models, and unpredictable weather, the day turned out amazingly! My friend and also talented photographer, Liz Huckleby put together a wonderful weekend!

Adrion AuBell, a friend and photographer from Virginia, put together the look of the wedding, and it was so fabulous! We made a midnight run to WalMart the night before the class, after we arrived in Tulsa, to get some supplies, and she and a few other photographers stayed up until the wee morning hours putting it all together! We decorated all morning, and then class started after a crazy lunch!

Liz and Brandon stepped in to be our bride and groom models, and Amy, Scott, and Shalynn were our amazing wedding party! Christie posed as the pastor, and gave us a very sweet and funny mock ceremony! The first part of the class, we talked about weddings, equipment, and walked through the various stations, discussing light, must-have shots, and other ways to make the most of a situation. Then we broke into two groups and everyone took turns photographing the different parts of the wedding day.

Here are a few of my shots from the day. The details that Adrion put together were so simple but so beautiful, and the attendees in the class were so great to work with, too! I’ll do a second post with some “action” shots from the day, because I have WAY too many images to do in one day!


Dave - Great photos Wendi! You guys did a cool thing. Just wish I was there for it this year! Maybe next year!

Amanda - The colors are awesome. I LOVE the ring shots. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jamie Koppi - Beautiful images! LOVE the attention to detail!

Monica - I cannot believe all the details you put together for this mock wedding!!! It looks like a real wedding! I love all the images, as usual! I wish I had been able to attend your workshop…looks amazing!

Peggy - WOW! If this is how you put a mock wedding together, I’d love to see a real one! The keys are just too cute for words.


Baby Nora at 6 Months Old – Wendi Riggens Photography

Baby Nora is one of our super sweet New Life babies, and I just adore her! We had a fun time with her very colorful session, and she had us all laughing and smiling! We also had a very wet moment when she peed all over one of the sets, but I guess that is to be expected with little ones, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

This was by special request from mommy Melissa, and I really don’t know which one I like better, the front or the back!



Baby Cash, Our Little Racer! 6 Months Old Burlington Iowa Child Photography

Baby Cash is growing up so fast! Seems like just yesterday I was on my way to the hospital to photograph his birth. Now he’s a mover and a shaker! Mommy wanted some racing-themed shots, since Daddy races, and I set to work making a banner that was totally perfect for them. Cash LOVED sitting on the concrete, he was fascinated by the texture!

We headed back into the studio for some more fun shots. Isn’t he adorable?!

Next time I see him, he’ll be one! What shall we do to celebrate? ๐Ÿ™‚.

Jamie Koppi - Love the name Cash! The tie shot is just adorable. I can picture him doing the same thing later in life when he has to wear a tie. Great set of images!

Peggy - What a cute name “Cash”, that’s setting him up early for success and that tie is just too much. These images couldn’t be any cuter if they tried. Love the work.


Elizabeth & Nathon’s Burlington IA Engagement Session

Elizabeth and I have been talking about her wedding over the phone and email for well over a year now, and I was thrilled to finally meet her and Nathan for their engagement session a couple of weeks ago! With this unseasonably warm weather, we had the PERFECT day in the middle of March to explore downtown Burlington, and take a mini-road trip up Highway 99, where we found the most incredible creek to play in! Really, who gets to play in a creek this time of year?

Here are a few of my favorites, enjoy!


Liz Huckleby - Really great photos!

Annie - Awe so cute! I’m glad you guys choose Wendi!!! She will do nothing but impress you!

Amanda - These are great Wendi. Love the variety & their expressions. And am totally jealous that it’s been nice enough weather for you guys to ditch the winter clothes!!

mom - Cool pictures! I do like the pictures by the creek!

Sarah Otto - I love the pictures Lisa!!! Wendi is the best!! You & Nathan are adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nathon's Mom - Beautiful pictures kids! Can’t wait to see the rest of them, and I will smack Nathon for trying to break your leg…lol

Terra - Nathons Mom - Dear Ms. Riggens, I just realized my son’s name is spelled wrong, his name is spelled “Nathon”.

Karen - Great pics and a great way to keep memories

Jolene - Very nice pictures and cute couple, great backgrounds and locations.

Tammy - Great pics! Congratulations!

KG - classy!!!!!!

Dolores Santos - Beautiful pictures

Nicole - Aww you guys are so cute! I love the pictures!! I can tell you guys had a great time too! ๐Ÿ˜€

Alicia - Great pictures! So adorable!

Cassy - Great pics! You two are too cute =)

Rhonda Wharton - Great pictures of a fantastic couple! Very nice action shots.

Diana Cook - Nice pictures! If I was getting married I’d definitely check this photographer out!

Darlene Loter - My favorite is the black & white where Nathon has his face smushed into to the side of her face.

Brenda varner - Love the photos. :o) You two look great, see you this weekend.

amy - and to think everyone set u up back in highschool!!!! hahah great pics lisa and fox

Elizabeth - I still like the one where Nathon is dipping me while dancing on the dock…even though it looks like my leg is breaking! ๐Ÿ™‚

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