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afternoon ramblings ~ what winter blues?

snowy backyard by abi ruth09For as long as I can remember, I’ve maintained that every season, at the beginning of that particular season, is my favorite.  Meaning: at the beginning of spring, spring is my favorite season; beginning of summer, summer is my fave; and so on.  But now I really think I just equally love each season all the way through and through.  Each time of year has something beautiful about it which speaks to me.  And okay, summer might have just the slightest edge in my “favorite” category, because sunshine, tan skin, warm air.  I think living in Oklahoma for so long has really swayed me to love the summer just a tiny bit more than the other seasons, even though you might think it would do the opposite.  After all, it does climb past a hundred degrees quite regularly during the summer here.  But I’ve gotten to where I embrace the heat instead of dreading it.  Of course, air conditioning does help.

But I also can’t deny my Iowa roots, which might be what make me enjoy winter so much.  I will admit that I appreciate winter the very most when it comes in the form of a soft, pretty, fluffy snow day.  I love walking outside and hearing…well, pretty much nothing.  The way the snow muffles any noise is so peaceful to me.  It calms my soul.

snowy backyard by abi ruth10And I like how, when the outdoors is blanketed by snow, there’s a soft sort of glow that comes off the ground, even after dark.  I love the way snow covers the bare earth and trees like thick, shimmery lace.  The hopeless romantic in me appreciates the prettiness of snow.snowy backyard by abi ruth11Of course, I am lucky enough to live in a state where the snow doesn’t linger until it’s all crusted over with icy dirt.  Here, it’s gone within a day or two – a week at the very most.  So I enjoy it when we get it.

When we got a thick, pretty blanket of snow here this past weekend, I decided I should venture out into my backyard with my camera to document it.  I’m proud of myself for doing this, because in general I am terrible about just shooting for fun with my “real” camera.  I guess after doing photography as a job for so long {since 2001, y’all!}, I often don’t want to pick up my camera on a day off.  But no matter how much I adore my iPhone {and oh, do I!}, looking through the lens of my camera and adjusting the settings in order to get the result I want, truly does make me look at things in a different way.  I don’t ever want to lose that magic.

Even though capturing people on camera is my first and real true love when it comes to photography, I appreciate being able to use this tool for more than just that.  I’m trying to take less for granted, to appreciate more.  Whether it’s winter or the ability to capture life via photography, or just a quiet moment – I want to soak it all in.

Happy Monday, friends!

Stay warm.  Spring is almost here!  And meanwhile, enjoy the cold.

~abi~

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thrift thriving ~ 70’s style and nice people

70s style bell bottoms and fur 05Last Saturday was unseasonably warm and pretty here in OKC, and I was feeling the urge to do a little photo shoot.  I convinced my gorgeous friend Melissa to model for me.  I am proud to say that I bestowed her with the nickname Mo Dwiggins awhile ago, and it’s really caught on.  I have now shortened it to Mo Dwig, which I think goes along perfectly with the 70’s vibe here.  ha.

Everything Mo is wearing was thrifted.  These jeans.  They’re so cool.  They are 1974 bell Levi’s.  Oh how I wish I had a few extra inches of height and a few less inches of width – I would so rock these bad boys!  But if I can’t squeeze into them, at least I can take rad photos of them.  Is it weird that I’m talking about a pair of jeans like this?

I mean, just look at them. 70s style bell bottoms and fur 01To compliment the fabulous jeans, we just needed a simple cream turtleneck {can you tell I’m having a turtleneck moment?} and a beautiful fur shrug.70s style bell bottoms and fur 0270s style bell bottoms and fur 03The perfect, simple little extra something was this gold buckle bangle. 70s style bell bottoms and fur 04If you follow fashion at all, you know that 70’s style is currently enjoying a huge resurgence.  Of course, in my opinion, 70’s style will always be super cool.  Can I please just live inside the movie American Hustle??70s style bell bottoms and fur 06Even though Mo Dwig sports some long, lean limbs, we still had to find the tallest platform heels in order to keep these flares from dragging the ground.  You can just see the shoes peeking out in this photo. 70s style bell bottoms and fur 0770s style bell bottoms and fur 08The best part about this shoot is how it all went down.  Melissa and I spotted this van parked just down the street from my house.  We decided to jump out and do a few pix by it, when I noticed a lady across the street watching us from inside her front door.  After a few minutes, she came out and informed us that it was her son’s van and that we were welcome to get in it, lean on it, or whatever.  Aww!  I love nice people!  So, shoutout to my cool neighbors for lending their awesome van as prop for this fun shoot.  And shoutout to Mo Dwig for being a perfect model.  We did a couple of other outfits while we were at it {of course we did}, so I’ll be sharing those soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Stay warm and safe!

~abi~

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afternoon ramblings ~ just stuff, you know

In addition to my photography, I also have an office job that is really perfect for my life and my schedule.  I generally work forty hours a week, but my bosses are very kind and laid back, and I’m able to be flexible with taking time off for doing shoots.  I like to joke that my day job is like my husband, in that it provides for me and brings in a steady paycheck.  My photography fulfills my need to create, but the income isn’t as steady {i.e. I don’t get a paycheck for a set amount every two weeks}.  Anyway, I also get to do the bulk of my editing during my day job hours, which is great!  My two jobs works pretty wonderfully together.  I consider both to be such blessings from God.

By Friday afternoon, as the work week is winding down, I usually have completed everything I needed to get done for the week.  So I’d say my most restless moments happen during this time.  I get a little antsy.  That desire for something more rears it’s head.  Sometimes, I get a little sad about not having a boyfriend or husband to go on a Friday night date with.

Today, I’m trying to banish the negative thoughts by occupying my mind in other ways.  For one, I’m writing this post.  Two, I’m about to jump over on Pinterest during my last ten minutes at the office and figure out some creative projects I can work on this weekend.  And of course, as always, I try to stop and talk with Jesus for a minute whenever I start to feel like life is just too blah.  It’s easy to find a lot of good things to thank Him for when I try!

How do you beat the blahs when you feel them trying to sneak into your heart and mind?

~abi~

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think thrifted ~ shakari in soft, pale grey

light grey thrifted outfit 1Poor ShaKari.  The day we took these photos, it was absolutely freezing outside!  But she braved the cold like a supermodel, and I’m very happy with how these images turned out.  I especially loved doing her makeup like this.  The deep purple lip works so well on her!

light grey thrifted outfit 3Turtlenecks might have had their questionable fashion moments, but they really can be so cool.  I love how they frame the face. light grey thrifted outfit 4light grey thrifted outfit 2light grey thrifted outfit 5light grey thrifted outfit 6The skirt here wasn’t actually thrifted by me, but the rest was.  I’ve had this skirt forever and ever.  I might have been in high school when I bought it, I can’t remember.  #clotheshoarder

As I’ve mentioned on here before, lately I’ve been loving a more muted, monochromatic color scheme for outfits.  This is a perfect example of that.  I think it’s so pretty, and I love the contrast of the soft grey with ShaKari’s dark hair and eyes!

Have you ever thought about rocking one color, head to toe?

~abi~

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photo shoot ~ jamie’s headshots

J22Last weekend, I did some headshots for this pretty lady.  Jamie got a new job as a nurse practitioner and needed some professional photos.  We did these around her house with natural light, and I’m so happy with how they turned out.J17J02J27Doesn’t Jamie have the most perfect hair??  She did a great job on her hair, makeup, and outfit for these headshots.  So pretty!

~abi~

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