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hurt and loss

IMG_2816Today, my heart is so heavy for my friend Taylor, who lost her brother Hunter in a car accident this past weekend.  Taylor has been my niece Laila’s best friend for years, and as such she has been like another niece to me.  My heart just breaks for her, as I know all too well the pain of losing a brother so abruptly.  I have constantly been lifting Taylor and her family up in prayer since I heard the news, and I ask that you stop for a moment and do the same.

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Kelly BeaneOctober 28, 2014 - 3:12 am

Such a tragedy. Will lift her family up for sure, I can’t even imagine their pain!

wonderful wedding wednesday ~ a peek at a gorgeous fall wedding in oklahoma

IMG_3003You guys.  I photographed the most beautiful fall wedding this past Saturday!!  I just couldn’t wait to share a few of my favorites.  I mean, really, how could you go wrong with such a stunning bride and a wedding held in a pecan grove?  So lovely!IMG_2763IMG_2832IMG_3830IMG_3868IMG_3937golden hour bride groomIMG_3984love kissIMG_5382Wow.  Just wow!!  What a night! :)

Dylan & Samantha~

Hope you are having so much fun on your honeymoon!  Your day was just magical!  Thanks so much for having me as your photographer! 

~abi~

p.s.  Big shout out to Amanda and the crew at Planned 2 Perfection for coordinating such a perfect event! :)

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KristenOctober 23, 2014 - 2:35 am

Beautiful!! Love the adorable pumpkin photo too!

Abi RuthOctober 23, 2014 - 3:34 am

Thank you, Kristen! I loved the pumpkin ring holder as well! :)

Kelly BeaneOctober 28, 2014 - 3:11 am

Such lovely images… and I love the pumpkin ring holder too! :)

Dylan YoungOctober 28, 2014 - 4:21 am

Thank you so much for everything Abi! Love the photos here on your blog. Can not WAIT to see all of them! :)

photo shoot ~ stella’s charming bedroom

MH01My friend M’Lea is a super-talented interior designer.  She and her husband Stephen recently had a beautiful baby girl, who joined the ranks of two older sisters.  They’re seriously three of the cutest girls I’ve ever known. :)  After M’Lea found out she was expecting baby number three, she set about redoing their spare room to be their oldest daughter’s bedroom.  When she completed the design, she asked me to snap a few photos of her work in there.  I gladly obliged, while wishing I had a bedroom half as charming as Miss Stella’s. :)MH08MH07MH09MH34MH21MH13MH33MH23MH24This shade of green is my favorite color ever!  Isn’t it perfect here, adding a pop pf color via the closet doors??MH03I love how M’Lea placed this mirror right at the perfect height for Stella to use and enjoy. :)MH18I just love the soft pink ceiling.  So perfect and dreamy for a little girl’s room!MH43Not too long after we took these photos, Stephen accepted a worship pastor position in another state.  Is it any wonder their house sold almost immediately when they put it on the market??  I will truly miss this family! :(  But if you live in Tennessee and need some decorating help, you can find M’Lea over on Facebook at The Machine House page.

M’Lea~

Thanks for giving me a chance to do something a little different with my photography ~ it was fun! :)  Also, thanks for always having me take pix at your parties over the past few years.  I’ve loved getting to know you and your family better.  You guys are awesome, and I’ll miss you so much!!

~abi~

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Ashley SalvoOctober 20, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Such a cute room!!!! Wow!

Kelly BeaneOctober 28, 2014 - 3:09 am

Oh my gosh I’m in love with this room and decor!!! Great work Abi!

thrift thriving ~ one sweater, two ways

faux fur clutchHere’s the second post of thrifted goods worn by my friend Amy and styled by me.  {To see the first post, click here.}  But before we talk about the outfit here, first I have to do some rambling, of course. :)  Bear with me.

When I was a teen, I would do “makeovers” on my friends.  We would thumbtack a sheet or piece of fabric to the ceiling and take a “before” photo, and then I’d do their hair and makeup and pick out clothes for them to wear, and we would do a little “after” photo session.  It was hilarious, because one, that’s just really cheesy; and two, I had a little point and shoot camera and knew absolutely nothing about actual photography.  Even so, those very scenarios are what ultimately led me to attend photography school.

See, back in the day, I actually really wanted to be a hair and makeup artist.  I checked out a few cosmetology schools, but it just never felt like the right fit for me.  Then I had a light bulb moment one day at work {pre-photography days, while working as a receptionist for an office suite} when I realized that maybe I should learn how to “do” photography, so I could properly document my beauty endeavors.  I had this funny idea that I would open a studio that would be like a way better Glamour Shots, minus the cheesiness and plus some coolness.  Well, obviously that never came to pass, and my photography career mostly took a different course which has been dominated by weddings and family portraits.  It’s been a course that I’ve truly loved and been extremely blessed by; but I so enjoy doing styled sessions like this one, where I have total styling and fashion control.  Yikes.  That sounds bad.  I swear I’m not a control freak at all {trust me, I’d mostly rather have other people run my life and make the hard decisions for me, ha!}; but I do have a passionate, lifelong love affair going with all things fashion and beauty, so any chance to do my thing in those areas is really welcome.  And sometimes we come to a point in life where we realize, “hey, I have all the tools right at my fingertips to do something I’d really love to do, so maybe I should just do it!”  Anyway, I guess that’s been my approach with these thrifted style posts I’ve been doing lately.  It’s just funny to me how it’s all kind of come full circle.  Sort of.  I mean, thank goodness I’m not running a Glamour Shots type of studio right now, because, let’s be honest, the deadly combo of photo-editing apps plus dang Instagram would’ve put me out of business by now anyway! ;)thrifted sweater with neon skirtOkay, now let’s talk about the fashion stuff happening in this post.  First, this sweater: horizontal stripes across the top of a sweater or shirt will always have a sporty vibe, in my opinion.  Big knits and sporty clothes are having a style moment right now, so I thought it would be fun to show this sweater styled tow different ways.  First up, we have it paired here with a thrifted neon J.Crew skirt and some silver platform slides {which are actually also repeated in the second outfit down below}.

But we all know the accessories are really what makes an outfit, right?  Since faux fur is also presenting a strong presence on the street style and runway scenes alike, I grabbed an old fur bag I’ve had forever and folded it over to make a fun clutch for Amy to hold.  I adore the mixture of textures happening here!IMG_9037IMG_9075Then we took the sweater in a different but equally cool direction, pairing it with some thrifted joggers and a few fun accessories.  I really, really love this look.  It is so extremely comfortable but not at all sloppy or plain. IMG_9098This Stuart Weitzman crossbody bag is one of my favorite thrifted finds, and it’s cool pattern adds a lot to any outfit.  This is one of those pieces that I can never decide if it’s actually navy blue or black.  I really do think it’s navy, but sometimes it reads black in certain light.  Oh well, here it’s navy and that works perfectly for this outfit! :)IMG_9110Let’s just talk about this flower crown for a minute, shall we?  It’s actually a super simple diy project that I made a couple of years ago.  it was soooo easy.  I just popped the top off some blue faux flowers and ran a thin ribbon cord through them, and I’ve worn it about a million times as either a necklace or a headpiece. IMG_9130Have you tried front tucking your tops yet?  It’s a quick, easy little styling trick to add a bit of interest to your look.  I think it works especially well when done with looser pieces, as it defines the waist in a casually cool way.flower crown front tucked shirtIMG_9112_1This gorgeous statement necklace is another great thrift store find.  I love mixing fancy pieces like this with more casual items. IMG_9116The silver platform slides work just as well with this look as the first one.  I really wish they were my size!IMG_9137Let’s end with a couple headshots to show off Amy’s beautiful freckles and talk about the makeup.  If you’ve got pretty brown eyes like Amy, I feel like you can get away with using the widest range of shades on your lids.  I mean, it’s hard to find a bright eyeshadow that wouldn’t look good with brown eyes!  I used a blue shadow here just to prove you can match your makeup to your clothes and still look like a very cool chick. ;)  Oh, and if you are fortunate enough to have freckles, please pleeeease do not cover up those babies!IMG_9146IMG_9148Once again, I have to give a shoutout to Amy for being a fabulous model and all-around amazing person.  And thanks to all of you lovely people who read my overly wordy posts. :)

~abi~

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afternoon ramblings ~ feel-good friday

It’s the strangest thing, but lately I have been getting a bit melancholy on Fridays at work.  It seems like by the end of each week, the day just starts to really drag on and the phone isn’t ringing in the office, and there’s too much quiet for my brain.  But today is not one of those Fridays.  Today, I’m excited!  The weather might be gloomy, but that just means it will be cooler {temperature-wise} for the beginning of my road trip to Iowa this weekend.  We are taking a car that has no air conditioning, so I’m grateful for the cooler temps. :)  And I’m super excited to be shooting my cousin’s engagement portraits tomorrow morning!  Then tomorrow evening, we are having our huge annual family hayride and bonfire with my mom’s side of the family.  I look forward to this event every year!  On Sunday, I’ll be swinging through Omaha to do a couple photo shoots and see some dear friends before I head back here to Oklahoma.  I might be a walking zombie at work on Monday, but my heart will be oh-so-full. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well!

~abi~

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