i come out of every session saying… ‘this was my favorite’. it will be hard to beat this day. not only am i in love with the wagner family, but fall is my favorite time of year and every element of this day lent some part to the beauty. no one loves shooting in the bright afternoon sun, and many times wind is just plain painful, but i am learning that though they can cause imperfections they lend warmth and lovely motion to a photograph. add the blur of 3 little kids, a very strong man who can pick them all up and you get the surprise of your life when an image is actually crisp!! addyson was the real secret to this success… her hands, her feet, how she tips her head toward her mom, her ability to completely ignore me being there and just play. the following is a family story on a most beautiful day in the middle of my field of dreams.. joy joy joy ~ the wagner family and their photo shoot “in a box”! to view the rest of the session link http://prints.sallyowensphoto.com/p654094403, click on slideshow in the upper right corner ~ beth has chosen a very sweet song to match.

“Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you;
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I;
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.”
(by Christina G. Rossetti and the favorite poem of my life)

until i edited these last images of trey and beth, i did not realize that the large tree in this field was actually 2 trees intertwined… significant? i think so and an excellent place to complete this entry.

introducing kailyn…

November 8, 2011

from a recent maternity session – kailyn, once so curled up that she created the perfectly round belly of cami, is featured here at just 7 days old. this little miss remained awake for our 5 hours together… i believe that she needed to feel very close to people and did not go for independence ~ yet! those days will come and we all began to understand that she really did need to remain close to her mommy, daddy and sister bailey (whom she highly favors!). throughout this session, someone stayed within inches even with the suspension at the end. when all was said and done i felt i had failed this one, and maybe i did for what is my normal. but as i look into kailyn’s face and see what made her content, i would not have had it any other way. this is witness to a very special family.

portrait of pregnancy ~ cami

September 6, 2011

roundness never seems so perfect as that of the belly of a third-trimester, first-time pregnant woman. cami may not appreciate those words as she carries the weight of this unborn daughter for a few more weeks, but she certainly can appreciate the beauty seen here – as i wrote her, she is deeply beautiful in this moment. matt by her side adds more love and more depth. it is an interesting intimacy in photographing the bareness of a woman’s abdomen full of baby. it is a privilege. every so often i see a growth-spurt in my work and this is one of them. i am so thankful to and for you both and for this opportunity.

to sandee and mark larkin, thank you for a space of perfect light. my right hand girl and daughter, isabel, was brilliant at bouncing this light for me!! sandee, next time, i do the physical stuff before the shoot. i will bring the muffins and you just sit, talk to me and have some of that awesome almond iced tea ready:) i have a hankerin’!! thank you for making this afternoon portion of the shoot private, comfortable and most successful.


the second half of the shoot was held in the evening when temperatures reached a decent 97 degrees. we were on the private property of friends. thank you kim and larry fuller for a picturesque ending… the last image is for you! and a hearty thanks to cyndi fuller for assisting me with the balloon drop. your enthusiasm gave energy to the weary at the end of a long day!

larry, closing up camp and leading the ladies home.

Woven in her womb…

September 1, 2011

carrie is mom to annika, eden and nora ~ still within. i met her almost two years ago when she came for the newborn session of eden. she meant so much to me that i still have several enlarged images of eden in my office, which i will surrender soon and hand them over to you, carrie!

noted from our first meeting, carrie is a textile artist. there is absolutely nothing she cannot knit or crochet so i knew first that i wanted to incorporate yarns and textures into this shoot. every thing the girls are wearing in these first few images, carrie handmade! i also felt with carrie’s whimsicality, i wanted to add something that would be a little more fairy-tale. this was outside of knowing she would have princess crowns for the girls. simply, confirmation. the crowns were brilliant! i haven’t met a more content mom – ever. a woman happy to have less in order to have more with her daughters and husband. she doesn’t have to do anything to prove it. you will easily see her connection to the girls, not because i am taking pictures of them, but because the bond strongly existed long before they came to me.

as i was cleaning and converting the living room into a studio, i dusted a photograph of my daughter when she was 9 years old. she was eating an orange in it. i was struck with this memory: shortly after it was taken (some 15 yrs ago) i had found a poem by a mom written with imagery while eating oranges with her child. ownership of this poem now being lost i will credit it to ‘an amazing anonymous’. i am dedicating this poem to carrie. here in these photographs annika and eden enjoyed completely a bowl of oranges just so i could create the poem in pictures.

Eating Oranges ~ for you, carrie

Eating oranges with you is amazing ~
Worth the cessation of the interminable laundry foldings…
And infinitely rewarding in contrast.

Five minutes with you like this is a parenthetical event,
(unplumed, but persuasive in it’s simplicity).

The brilliance of this moment, infact, throws into the shadow
the tears (yours and mine),
the exhaustion,
the endemic clutter,
the smiles at my occupation, (even)
the here-to-fore glaringly obvious dearth of spending money.

You are oblivious to such miracles, of course.
Thoroughly juiced you sit cross-legged, absorbed in your third orange.
This is sweet! you say overcome.
I know,
I know.
I have tasted these years fully.

belly painting – carrie’s idea… woven paper floor – mine!

once again the day here in south dallas proved to be too hot (106) to make a pregnant woman spend much time outside… so my front yard had to suffice for part…ugh! i think it fell short of what i had envisioned, but that’s just got to be let go of.

the reward!


It is so nice to open a blog with an engagement… a happy, flexible, young couple who tolerated shooting at various times through a 106 degree day in Texas! Special circumstances surround Kaitlyn and Austin. As I write this Kaitlyn has hopefully landed safely with her family in the Philippines and Austin is back to the training/school of the Marines. Their early life will be much the same… when Austin is in the states, Kaitlyn will be with him. Upon his deployment, she will return to be with her family. Their home will be what they are as a couple verses what most American couples have in a structure. How often do we really get to capture a love story in that the aspect of ‘home’ is so secondary. They are years beyond age in this very apparent confidence and trust. While creating a story board for the photo shoot, this is what I kept coming back to – the home of Kaitlyn and Austin will be built differently. It is a place I want to visit again and I feel sure will draw many other people in. It is my hope that I have captured their strength and their love and home free of the boundaries of walls or place… as simple as the Texas fields they embrace ~ thanks to a little help from the movie, UP!

To view Kaitlyn and Austin’s complete gallery, please click on ‘proofing & prints’ above.



August 2, 2011

yel-low adj 1. of the color of gold, butter, or ripe lemons (websters)
i love yellow. not as in whole rooms – but maybe that would depend on the design. it might be a danger-will-robinson for me to have an entire room of yellow. mostly, i love bits and pieces of it. ask my girls what my favorite cooking ingredient is and they will say without hesitation, lemon (and i’m not talking lemon bars here). favorite smell (outside of the wind and warm sun in their little girl hair) – lemon. i’ve heard yellow is the color of egocentrism. hogwash. i mean how can such a warm and embraceable color as yellow have an assignment of attitude and that being such a cold one? it is a color that dances and i somehow want to learn that yellow dance of surrender, happy and content. wait, did i just apply an attitude of my own egocentric wanting?



i’ve been studying some on intentionally blurring images. i do not have the very expensive singh-ray filter, so i am playing using the filters i already own. this field of sunflowers was promising not only for the yellow appeal, but the chance to do a little ‘slur’ work. you could be thinking this is really just a lucky mistake 😉

more yellow to come!

this post will be a little different… weeks before our vacation to the east coast my husband brought me an article from an airline magazine (he spends a lot of time in the ‘air’ – between southwest and american). the article featured photographer, david orias. on his own study, he has come to capture light rising and setting on the crests of the waves. i am a film lover and though i’ve become knowledgeable in digital, to me, nothing compares. but david said that this ‘light’ is something film cannot do. that intrigued. i’ve never seen anything like it. so, i gave it a shot at sunrise on what became a very stormy day. i can see how a calmer, slower sea would be better – maybe. and certainly more skill. but that will come. i used my husband’s shoulder as my tripod (why did i forget to lug that down with us?? thank you love!).

sunday, as our pastor was praying, just praying about God’s grace, i caught something. i do not remember all of that prayer, but i do remember this because i wrote it down… he said maybe we would understand better “if grace were an ocean…” (jim hennesy). it seems true. so here is my first attempt of light on waves and posting of the visual (which i so often need) – GRACE.

original article featuring david orias: celebrated living, summer 2011, p56. you can view the real deal at davidorias.com. thank you for visiting my blog!

A few new blogs… sweet! It is good to be posting again – I am so far behind my photo shoots. I’ve entered this under the general category of ‘FAMILY’ because it is actually – my family. Our 2011 vacation took place on the outerbanks of North Carolina! It is beautiful there – on the edge of the states. The color of the air during the evenings went from pink to soft blue. I felt we were wrapped all around with these pastels. Having the opportunity, I gave mini sessions to all daughters, nieces and nephews. You will see examples of couples, family groupings and individuals. This offered me close time and conversation that I would otherwise have missed. Vacations are chaotic, but when it came to being alone with just a few people at one time there was a pleasant settling and ability to focus on just who was at hand.

This will begin with my own daughters… oldest to youngest. Jordan dating Josh!

Jenna married Cash… almost 2 years ago!!

Isabel (more fondly, Louise) our youngest and high school senior

(niece) Katie married Ric. Their rambunctious sweeties are Catch and Miles…

(niece) Emily married Zach. They celebrated their 1st anniversary during this week…


(niece) Rachel married James. Caleb and Skylar complete them!


best laugh of the week!

(nephew) Ian asked Emily to marry him

(niece) Bess, completing her undergrad work this year!

(nephew) Daniel, who went m.i.a. for these beach photos, married Nicole! Then along came Aiden and Molly.