I sat in my chair blankly staring at my computer screen waiting for it to boot-up. I worked 7-5 which in my world means getting up wayyyyy before anyone one should have to. As I sat there trying to make myself wake up enough to check some emails and get a cup of coffee, she walked in and sat next to me. I could tell immediately this was not going to be good.

“I’m so sorry, but we have to do lay-offs and I’m afraid we have to let you go.”

I couldn’t help myself as tiny warm tears began to slide down my cheeks. I didn’t want to cry, but at 7am it was just too much to take in.

I tell you all this so you’ll understand something.

I cried for a little bit, moped a little bit and then as I was driving back to work (they let me have 2 weeks to find something else) it hit me like a ton of bricks. I’d PRAYED for this! Sounds strange, I know, but I did. A few days prior I was in the shower and so unhappy with what I was doing that I prayed the prayer, “…God, please remove anything from my life you don’t want me to have…”… and you guys, that’s exactly what he did. Within a week of saying this prayer I’d been laid off from my job and had nothing else in sight.

It was in this season of my life that I began this journey I’m on with you all right now. Getting laid off was probably one of the hardest obstacles I’ve had to come through (talk about a blow to the ego), but also one of the most rewarding. I knew what I wanted, I prayed for it and I made it work.

Now, seven years later, sit here looking back again and thanking God for answered prayers.



  • June 4, 2015 - 8:03 pm

    Stephanie Griffioen - GIRL!!! You just wrote out my own story. I’d prayed the same things and got laid off as well. Turned out to be the biggest blessing of all time. Although it’s only been 2 years since that happened for me. Kinda excited that I can relate in this way with you :)ReplyCancel

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We’re finally settled and I’m so excited to announce to you all that AKP is now located in Oklahoma City.  I can’t wait to meet all the new members of the AKP family, but no fear, I’m still traveling back to Tulsa for everyone I left there.  Best of both worlds!!


Little Adam was the cuddliest baby I’ve photographed in awhile.  He slept like a dream and rocked his newborn session like an awesome 11 day old baby.  He was a champ.

The more I photograph sweet, new, little bundles, the more in awe I am of these tiny little creatures.  Their smell.  Their tiny fingers and toes.  I just love them to pieces.  But not only are they amazing, but I get to spend so much time with the new moms and dads that I really get to know them.  I love leaving with new friends (and more baby snuggle time when I come back for their premiere!!!)

Here are a few of my favorites from little man’s session.

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This little handsome nugget is one of my Grow With Me babies so I’ll get to see him grow up over these next 365 days and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it!