Our New Team!

This year has been a big one for Blakeburn Studios. We have learned what works and what could work better, we have adjusted the software and data companies we use, and best of all, we have continued building an epic team of photography wonderfulness. Although you can easily flip to our “Meet the Team” tab and read about them, we would like to take a moment and brag about these awesome humans.

Not only have they been trained at an incredibly rapid pace, but they have really stepped into their roles as school photographers and capture the sweetest images (yes even from the seniors who don’t like picture day ;) ). England has the most awkward/ hilarious sense of humor and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Marty has consistently won first place in car karaoke since day one and Carlie has the most infectious smile of any photographer we’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Thank you all so much for your hard work and we absolutely love having you here!

England Davison

England Davison

Marty Miller

Marty Miller

Carlie Bodey

Carlie Bodey

The Santa Experience is back!!!

The Santa Experience, our FAVORITE portrait session ever. We are so excited to be offering this magical meeting with Santa in both Clinton and Oklahoma City this year. So tell your friends! ;)

As you can tell by the name, this session is about much more than family photos, this is a full hour with the worlds greatest Santa (for real though) eating cookies, playing games, reading books, and even opening gifts. The best part is that we will be capturing every twinkle in your families eyes, making this the most memorable family portraits you’ll ever experience.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep updated on dates and locations or visit the Santa Experience tab here on our website!

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Breaking the Language Barrier

Ruby Payan - Bi-lingual Assistant Manager

Ruby Payan - Bi-lingual Assistant Manager

It has always been difficult seeing my grandmother’s frustration when trying to communicate with a person who only spoke English. Noticing the confusion on people’s faces, I would step in as a translator. But there have been rare occasions when, for example a cashier began speaking Spanish. Relief instantly washed over my grandmother’s face and a unique connection was made. Being able to be that person for the Spanish speaking community in our studio is an incredible feeling.

Since becoming part of the team back in 2017, I have been constantly encouraged to find ways to connect with our Hispanic customers and make it easy for them to reach out to us. Knowing that my coworkers also saw the importance of being able to service as many people in our community as possible was exciting. I did not have to push for us to be a Spanish friendly company but instead found those I worked with were happy to see me connect with our clients. Not only was I a connection, but I felt more involved with our Hispanic customers so it could be a wonderful experience for both parties. Not only have we broken that language barrier here in the Clinton community but also in the schools we have photographed this past school year.

Speaking of school season, we will also be redesigning  all of our order forms and including even more translations because one thing we know for sure is that ordering your kids school pictures should be a piece of cake for everyone. We also want our students to have a great experience getting their photo taken. Some of our schools are much more diverse,  some students are still learning English and are being put into uncomfortable situations. Even when accompanied by friends who are prepared to translate our instructions to pose for the picture, there is hesitancy that completely vanishes when I begin communicating with them in Spanish.. This immediately creates a safe environment where the student is no longer embarrassed or frustrated because they don’t understand. I see the expressions of relief on their faces that I used to see on my grandmother.

This just goes to show how impactful it is to have bilingualism deeply incorporated in our company. Though they may seem minor, these are significant changes that make the Blakeburn experience available for everyone in our community.

Oh! We recently installed a new phone system! We now have an extension for Spanish where customers can be redirected to me. This way, Matthew, who’s Spanish is actually pretty good, doesn’t have to panically ask people to hold while getting the phone to me. This will be incredibly useful when school season starts next fall  and we’re flooded with emails and calls even more than we are now. So if you’re curious give us a call and try our new Spanish extension. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Ruby Payan

Bi-lingual Assistant Manager

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mini Sessions!

We are so excited to announce our new Mini Sessions! These will be limited edition sessions that will ONLY be available a couple times a year. No sets or gimmicks, just a fun and interactive portrait experience “without the cheese" to celebrate your family.

Our first is the Summer Family Mini Sessions! Only available June 21st & 22nd. Fill out the form here or call us to reserve your session today! 580.331.5200

Summer Mini Sessions

School’s out! Your family is free. And you finally have time for your family’s Summer Mini Session!

Savor your life by reserving your family session now, available 2 days only. (View our few remaining time slots below)

It’s the perfect way to capture your family as you are now… and take advantage of Summer Minis outside our usual full-length sessions!

YOU’RE READY IN 2 EASY STEPS:
1. CHOOSE YOUR TIME FROM THE LIST HERE, AND

2. FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM HERE  TO SECURE YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT!

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