About me...OKC Artist, photographer, educator


From my earliest memory art has been at the forefront of my thoughts. I can remember begging my parents to take piano lessons at a very early age. I also remember climbing up to the tallest kitchen cabinet to get “the camera”. My mom always had “the camera” to capture special moments when we were little. This first camera I don’t remember a lot about, I do remember it was probably some form of camera from the 80’s. PS we have so many photos of my face, fingers, perspective from before first grade I would guess. My bedroom walls were my own art board. You can trace my growth by scribbles by the base boards to drawings, signatures, and scenes drawn by friends as I got older.

Jump forward to high school AJ and I can assure you I wasn’t the cool kid in my class, but more like the kid that did everything, or at least tried. I was involved in so many activities, but kept band at the forefront of what I wanted to succeed in. Beyond band I participated in speech and debate, one act plays, mock trial, academic team, competitive weight lifting, football for a short time, student council and Spanish club. I was  taking private lessons from the horn teacher at SWOSU at the time.

I graduated high school in 2002 and started my music education journey at SWOSU. Through this degree I wavered between education and performance as lots of musicians on this path do. I was guided and steered by some really wonderful people and I’m glad I heeded their advice. I’m forever grateful. Also in 2004 I decided to join the Army National Guard Band here in Oklahoma to help pay for some of school. Enter my first DSLR. I bought a used Canon Digital Rebel off of a friend who was also in the band. I traveled. I took pictures. I saw pretty flowers. I took Pictures. I generally stayed away from photographing people at this point. 


Images from getting started. Images from 2005-2015. 

After my student teaching experience in Southern Oklahoma with my former high school band director I decided that it was now or never and I needed to get a masters in horn performance. I got accepted to BGSU and was given an assistantship. Up to this point I had really only photographed things for myself. Travel photography, flowers, plants, and sometimes my family. I started studying the horn more intensively and began doing musicians headshots for the people in the school of music at BGSU for $50.

From there I started taking portraits of people and growing slowly but surely. I eventually graduated from BGSU and then moved back to Oklahoma to pursue a career in Music Education. I loved teaching music, and seeing kids eyes light up the first time they were able to get a full fledged song out of their instrument. I taught in Sayre for two years and was asked to join the band staff at Clinton. I taught in Clinton for 6 years and got to teach with two of my college friends from SWOSU. I then moved to OKC and took a job in the Putnam City District at Kenneth Cooper Middle School. I taught there for 2 years and during this transition I began to heavily focus on photography.

Rachel Waters (@rachelwaters.co) allowed me to second shoot with her for about 3 years. I’m grateful for everything she taught me about wedding photography, consistency in editing, and allowing me to glean everything I could from her. I count her among some of my very best friends. AND she made me look like a rockstar in my wedding photos!

 Images from the last 5 years. 2015-2019

What now? Well, I’ve decided to go full time photography and part time anything else. I thought it would be fun to jot down an overview of my journey until now. It’s pretty impressive how much we grow over the years. Reflection is important and so is growth. I taught my kids to be their own best teacher and now I’ve decided to take my own advice and take a leap into the unknown.

I was talking with a friend yesterday and I started to realize that subconsciously I had been preparing for this move for the last 3-4 years. When I started working with Rachel I knew I had landed on something special. I had found the yin to my yang and that this was how I could help people. I could help by capturing their stories. I could help by empowering them to own their body. I could get to the heart of the matter and get true expressions from people. Little did I know that I’d be growing with families. That my clients would be come my framily (Friends +Family). 

Sometimes there’s a little voice that tells you to do something. It calls to you every day to take a leap, to jump into the unknown. Listen to it. Do it.

Alan Stegallhippie weddings, best oklahoma wedding photographers, quote, personal photography, cordell oklahoma, express ranch, best of okc photographers, wedding photographers in washington, bohemian bride, devon boathouse, the bridal boutique, Photographers in the Pacific Northwest, photographers in austin texas, photographers in co, chatfield photographer, grow creatively, photographers in fort collins, Instagram, film shooters, photographers in the midwest, 23 years old, wedding photographers in okc, weatherford oklahoma wedding photographers, beautiful photography, yukon oklahoma wedding photographer, film wedding photographers, PDX photographers, cary cody, affordable wedding photographers, succulent details, pinterest, chatfield working farm, hybrid photographers, oklahoma wedding photographers, film photography, portland weddings, canon, top ten wedding photographers, edmond oklahoma wedding photography, okc thunder, elegant, fresh flowers, lifestyle photographers in the US, ks wedding photographers, london wedding photographers, photographers in the pacific northwest, coffee shop, best photographers in edmond oklahoma, best wedding photographers in austin, OK, weatherford photographers, the montgomery, wedding photographers in portland oregon, indie wedding photographer, inspiring, 5d2, bohemian weddings, alternative destination wedding photographer, Tigard Oregon wedding photographers, oklahoma photographers, oklahoma city, portland photographers, oklahoma wedding photographers okc, best wedding photographer, colorful, hipster wedding, okc wedding, inexpensive portland photographers, flowers, affordable photographers, sand springs, gold wedding dress, best photographers in the US, indie wedding photography, AJ Stegall photographer, kate spade, oregon photographers, male model, Pacific Northwest, DIY weddings, wichita wedding photographers, hipster, weatherford senior photographers, hipster film photos, urban outfitters, 365 project, chatfield botanical garden, best photographers in oklahoma, john green quote photos, central colorado wedding photographer, wedding photographers okc, dream, how to make a double exposure, texas wedding photographers, photographers in oklahoma, green earth weddings, edited photos, best photographers in okc, cheap photographers, vintage wedding, inexpensive portland photographer, green weddings, denver colorado, oklahoma photography, native america, perfect photography, wedding photographer, hawaii wedding, weatherford oklahoma, how to grow creatively, alternative wedding photographers, edmond photographer, wedding photographers in portland, john green quotes, natural light photography, in norman, photographers, Salem Oregon wedding photographers, okc photographer, portland oregon wedding photographers, tulsa oklahoma, navy wedding, photos, seattle wedding photographer, okc photography, indie weddings, oklahoma city wedding professionals, in tulsa, rock and roll wedding, multicultural weddings, mid west wedding photographers, denver photographers, colorado wedding photographer, cheap wedding photographers, hands, affordable photographers in oklahoma, best photographers, wedding photographers who are cheap, okc wedding photographer, wedding photographers in oklahoma, oklahoma city engagement photographers, littleton, life, PDX wedding photographers, tulsa oklahoma wedding photographer, hybrid photographers in oklahoma, natural weddings, cheever’s catering, chipmunks, best of okc, oklahoma city wedding photographers, male portraits, park engagements, best oklahoma photographers, green, light, multicultural wedding photographers, edmond oklahoma photographer, austin texas wedding photographer, co, vintage, travel, fort collins wedding photographer, best photographers in oklahoma city, indie, inspire, oklahoma city wedding photographer, madison winder, gatsby themed wedding, clydesdales, edmond oklahoma, okc weddings, best wedding photographers in austin texas, kansas wedding photographers, dallas texas photographers, photographers in denver, 5D Mark ii, Iran, simple, clinton oklahoma, oklahoma wedding photographer, brides of oklahoma, up and coming photographers, oklahoma weddings, photography inspiration, coffee shop engagements session, local art, hybrid photographers in oregon, poppy lane designs, denver wedding photographers, Portland Oregon, denver photographer, yukon, london photographers, oklahoma wedding vendors, wedding photographers in the PNW, juniper designs, coffee shop engagements, unique photographers, edmond oklahoma photography, lifestyle photography, dallas texas wedding photographers, photographers in denver co, austin photographers, denver colorado wedding photographers, liberal seniors, green eyes, canyon crossing, abbey road catering, Oklahoma City Wedding Photographer, multicultural wedding photographers in OKC, flower crown, whitney ortega, alternative wedding photographer, vintage weddings, gold bridal gown, inexpensive denver photographers, creative photographers, gold glitter, oklahoma city photographers, oklahoma city photographer, cheap oklahoma photographers, PNW wedding photographer, oregon photographer, hipster wedding photographer, 23, best photographers in the world, eagle heart, PDX photographer, boho weddings, oregon wedding photographers, austin texas photographers, PNW, in oklahoma, oklahoma native, nontraditional wedding dresses, PNW photographers, wichita wedding photographer, creative wedding photographer, before and after, oklahoma, chatfield farm, the lodge, aspen leaves, colorado photographer, lifestyle photographers, Facebook, AJ Stegall, 1920's themed wedding, tulsa oklahoma photography, winter wedding, photographers in the PNW, black and white stripes, okc wedding photographers, wedding photographers in oklahoma city, earth weddings, best of oklahoma photographers, google, wedding photographers in seattle, austin lifestyle photographers, affordable photographers in oklahoma city, cuppies and joe, deer, 35mm, the civil wars, denver colorado photographer, pinterest weddings, portland wedding, best photographers in weatherford oklahoma, rustic wedding, natural light photographer, hybrid photographers in colorado, wedding photographer okc, canon USA, amy cakes, yukon oklahoma wedding photographers, sunset photography, up and coming wedding photographers rangefinder magazine, edmond oklahoma wedding photographer, richard tsambikos, lifestyle photographers in oklahoma, AJ Stegall photography, preppy wedding, photographers in the UK, cheap traveling photographers, seattle wedding photographers, you are my sunshine, bride and groom portraits, sarah cody, affordable photographers in the US, top 10 wedding photographers, wedding photographers oklahoma city, diy wedding, kansas weddings, native american weddings, washington wedding photographers, portland oregon wedding photographer, tea, gold gown, colorado wedding photographers, how to be a photographer, Iranian weddings, sigma, rachel zoe, wedding photographer oklahoma city, stripes, austin texas wedding photographers, london england wedding photographers, traveling photographers, tulsa oklahoma photographer, oklahoma native american, rock star wedding, photographer in colorado, love, okc, cheap denver photographers, andrew wunder, dallas wedding photographers, okc photographers, chatfield botanical garden wedding, john green photography, photographers in england, Oregon, tumblr, AJ Stegall photographer, cheap okc wedding photographers, L lens, Nima, photography, lumberjack, wedding photographers in PDX, felix and atlas, wedding photographers in oregon, ok, edgemere park, south fork colorado, best photographers in tulsa oklahoma, juniper designs okc, boho bride, engagement photographer, best wedding photographers, oklahoma photographer, denver wedding photographer, PNW photographer, good haircuts for men, plaza district, portland wedding photographers, Katie, photographers who travel, creative photos, lifestyle session, john green photos, bridle creek tulsa, bridle creek, earthy wedding, double exposure, austin texas photography, inexpensive photographers, in edmond, okc real weddings, bokeh, 3659 Comments