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a wonderful tool for helping the foster care community

03 Care PortalYesterday, I attended the launch for CarePortal in Oklahoma County. This is a new and exciting initiative of the 111Project.  Years ago, the 111Project was vital in bringing awareness and stirring my heart for those involved with foster care. For several years, I volunteered at a foster care shelter here in OKC, until it was able to close because of more people opening their homes and hearts to these precious kids. The 111Project, partnered with local churches, has been a huge part of seeing so many kids taken into homes; and now, they are bringing the CarePortal to Oklahoma. CarePortal is a genius if simple idea: an email network where social workers can enter needs of foster children, foster families, or parents trying to bring home their children, and The Church can meet those needs. I say The Church because it’s not just my church or any one church with the opportunity to be the hands and feet of God here. Yesterday, as church leader after church leader stood and introduced themselves at the launch event, my heart was overflowing with joy at seeing God’s people come together to make a difference!

You can read about CarePortal {and get all the info you need in order for your church or small group to get involved in such an awesome opportunity} by clicking on over to their page on the 111Project’s site right here: http://www.111project.org/careportal/

Here are a few photos from the launch event yesterday.06 Care Portal02 Care PortalShout out to Robert Davis, representing my church: Life.ChurchNW! :)10 Care PortalMy pastor’s wife, Amy Groeschel, opened the launch event in prayer, and shared her heart for the fostering community.14 Care PortalCool side note: Chris Campbell, who works for 111Project and is heading the CarePortal launch, is the husband of one of my very favorite bloggers, Ashley, over at Under the Sycamore. I have read Ashley’s blog daily for years and years. It’s always cool when my worlds collide like that. Also a big part of the reason I love living in Oklahoma so much! Everybody is so randomly connected to one another! :)43 Care PortalAt the end of the event, Chris submitted the first request for Oklahoma County. What an exciting opportunity we have at hand here, friends!42 Care PortalBe sure to click over to the 111Project site and spend a little time opening your heart up and learning: http://www.111project.org/ <3

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s a good week!

~abi~

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Chris CampbellApril 22, 2016 - 1:29 am

Abi thanks so much for your sweet and beautifully written post. We are so blessed to be a part of what God is doing across our state and thanks for capturing it!!!!

Abi RuthApril 22, 2016 - 9:35 pm

thank you, chris! your comment means a lot to me. i admire all the work you and your family do for the foster/adoption communities.

Kelly BeaneApril 26, 2016 - 3:53 am

You have a heart of gold and I always love to see what God is doing in and through your life! What a wonderful project and I am so excited for this to help the Oklahoma foster care community.

photo shoot ~ matt & kadie’s engagement session in a gorgeous nature setting

012 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfitsThese two…..they’re simply gorgeous souls! And such a fun couple, too. I just love them!001 outdoor engagement photos neutral outfitsI feel like I have such a special connection with Matt & Kadie. Kadie’s mom, Kathy, is my amazing mentor who has taught me more than I can put into words here. Kadie’s dad, Robert, is a leader at our church who has helped me so much during some of my darkest days and then has also been there during my bright times, too, offering encouragement for whatever I am facing. {Also, side note: my boyfriend and Jonathan and I are about to finish up a pre-marriage course with Robert and Kathy that has been so wonderful! But that’s a post for another time.} Anyway, Kadie is a sweet, sweet soul who is a testament to her parents’ coolness. :) Matt is one of the most personable, godly guys I’ve ever known. He was an intern at our church for our youth group, and I got to know him when I was a volunteer with the youth. I watched as he and Kadie fell in love, and it made my heart so very happy!

I had wayyy too many favorites from their engagement session, but…sorry I’m not sorry for sharing so many! :) The lush nature setting was perfect for these two, since many of their dates and even their proposal involved hiking in the great outdoors. I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking for me now. :)002 outdoor engagement photos neutral outfits003 outdoor engagement photos neutral outfits004 outdoor engagement photos neutral outfits005 golden hour outdoor engagement005 outdoor engagement photos neutral outfits006 outdoor engagement photos neutral outfitskssing laughing couple golden hour007 rock road engagement photos neutral outfits008 rock road engagement photos neutral outfits009 rock road engagement photos neutral outfits010 rock road engagement photos neutral outfits011 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits013 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits014 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits015 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits016 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits017 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits018 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits019 golden hour engagement photos neutral outfits020 engagement photos by creek neutral outfits021 engagement photos by creek neutral outfits022 engagement photos by creek neutral outfits023 engagement photos by creek neutral outfits024 engagement photos by creek neutral outfits025 engagement photos by creek neutral outfits026 engagement photos in ball caps neutral outfits027 engagement photos in ball caps neutral outfits028 engagement photos in ball caps neutral outfits029 spring time engagement photos neutral outfits030 spring time engagement photos neutral outfits031 spring time engagement photos neutral outfits032 spring time engagement photos neutral outfits033 spring time engagement photos neutral outfits034 spring time engagement photos neutral outfits035 sunset engagement photos036 sunset engagement photosMatt & Kadie~

I really can’t wait for your wedding {and I’m sure you guys feel the same ;)}!! You two are the best! Thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer! <3 <3

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneApril 26, 2016 - 3:50 am

These are some of the sweetest photo! I have to say though, I am absolutely in love with that black and white with their hands and the lake. Such a great job Abi!

[…] month, I photographed Matt & Kadie‘s amazingly fun wedding. And I’ve got about one hundred and sixty-three photos to share […]

photo shoot ~ ariana’s cool senior portrait session around okc

001 oklahoma city senior portraitsAriana is for sure one of the coolest chicks I know, so I was super happy when she asked me to do her senior portraits last fall. We had a great time shooting in pretty morning light at some of OKC’s best hangout spots. Here are some of my favorites from her session.002 oklahoma city senior portraits003 oklahoma city senior portraits004 oklahoma city senior portraits005 oklahoma city senior portraits006 oklahoma city senior portraits007 okc plaza district senior portraits008 okc plaza district senior portraits009 okc plaza district senior portraits010 okc plaza district senior portraits011 okc plaza district senior portraits012 okc plaza district senior portraits013 okc plaza district senior portraits014 okc plaza district senior portraits015 okc plaza district senior portraits016 okc paseo arts district senior portraits017 okc paseo arts district senior portraits018 okc paseo arts district senior portraits019 okc paseo arts district senior portraits020 okc paseo arts district senior portraits021 okc paseo arts district senior portraits022 okc paseo arts district senior portraitsAriana~

You rock! I loved your outfit choices {of course} and I had a great time hanging out with you for your session. :) Can’t wait to see what amazing things you do with your life in the future! <3

~abi~

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[…] I’ve done in the Paseo {and how my photography style has evolved over the years}, click here, here, here, here, and here. […]

photo shoot ~ katherine & boz’s downtown oklahoma city engagement portraits

001 engagement photos with dogs at homeJust a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of photographing my dear friend Katherine and her fiancé Boz. We started out in their home with their pups, two of the cutest dogs I’ve ever known. :) Hudson and Ted were perfect gentlemen and posed so sweetly for me. :)002 engagement photos with dogs at home003 engagement photos with dogs at homeFrom their home, we headed downtown and hit up one of my favorite places to shoot as well as a couple of new spots I had scoped out. Since Katherine & Box will be getting married on a tree farm, this little grove of trees gave was a fitting backdrop.004 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees005 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees006 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees007 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees008 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees009 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees010 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees011 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees014 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees012 plaid flannel engagement portraits in treesThe sun was peeking through the buildings so perfectly.kissing couple sunflare dowtown013 plaid flannel engagement portraits in trees015 downtown okahoma city engagement portraits016 downtown okahoma city engagement portraits017 downtown okahoma city engagement portraits018 downtown okahoma city engagement portraits019 pineapple mural engagement portraitsI discovered this gem of a mural while out doing a little location scouting one afternoon, and when I saw Katherine’s green top, I knew this would be a great spot to photograph her and Boz.020 pineapple mural engagement portraitsI mean, a weathered old pineapple mural — I die.022 pineapple mural engagement portraits021 pineapple mural engagement portraitsThis last set was done at the Ambassador Hotel in midtown, and the vibe was perfect for their swanky outfits.023 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel024 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel025 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel026 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel027 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel028 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel029 engagement portraits in luxurious hotel030 engagement portraits in luxurious hotelAfter snapping some photos inside the hotel, we headed out to the rooftop balcony of the O Bar to capture this gorgeous couple in front of the OKC skyline at dusk.031 downtown rooftop engagement portraits032 downtown rooftop engagement portraits034 downtown rooftop engagement portraitsrooftop engagement portraits downtown okc035 downtown rooftop engagement portraits036 downtown rooftop engagement portraits037 downtown rooftop engagement portraits038 downtown rooftop engagement portraits033 downtown rooftop engagement portraits039 downtown rooftop engagement portraits040 downtown rooftop engagement portraits041 downtown rooftop engagement portraitsKatherine & Boz~

You two gorgeous souls! What a joy you were to photograph. I loved our session! Thanks for being open to all my ideas. Please give Teddy & Hudson an extra treat for being such great models for me. :) I had so much fun!

Katherine, your friendship over the years has meant the world to me, and I am so happy to see you loved by an awesome guy like Boz.

Love you!

~abi~

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AnnaMarch 29, 2016 - 2:48 am

Aw, perfect pics as usual! The one of them kissing with the lights behind them reminded me of when you took engagement pictures of me and Michael. I think those were the last professional photos we’ve had done, so clearly nothing can compare to you ;) Love the new blog design!

Kelly BeaneMarch 29, 2016 - 3:47 am

I am in love with every single one of these photos! Seriously one of my favorite sessions of yours now. And I kind of want family pics in those tree too! :)

[…] This stunning bride is my dear friend Katherine. She married her love, Boz, on Saturday night, and I had the extreme pleasure of just being a guest at their perfect wedding! I really loved it. And since her wedding has now taken place, I can finally share some favorite photos from her bridal session we did last month. {You can also check out Katherine and Boz’s engagement photos here.} […]

think thrifted ~ spring break’s over, now back to school

008 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfitI actually photographed Kamryn in this outfit at the end of last summer, and had planned on posting these in the fall as a “back to school” style post. But then the madness of fall family sessions hit, and I had to finish them all before the holidays, so all my “just for fun” shoots/editing got put off until I had time to breathe. So the other day, I was thinking about this session, and I thought, “Plaid for Spring? Groundbreaking.” But really, I think it could work! Especially when done like it is here, with some pops of bright, springy colors, and a bit of {black and white} floral on the feet. What do you think? Could this outfit work just as well for “Back to School {From Spring Break}” as “Back to School {Fall Style}”?001 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfitEither way, this session serves up some serious style; and to be honest, plaid will never not be cool. So take some inspiration from Kamryn, and rock it with a bit of fringe and a bunch of hair! Oh, and a spiky choker can’t hurt — or can it?? ;) #lamejoke002 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit003 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit004 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit005 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit006 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit007 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfitJust like with all the outfits I post here, whether modeled by me or someone way cooler than me, I always hope to inspire people to have fun with fashion. And also, to think outside the box. Almost every piece in each outfit I post was found at a thrift store. When you shop secondhand, you can feel good about not breaking the bank and also not buying clothes that support a pretty sketchy or downright awful workplace environment {like a lot of “fast fashion” – think cheap mall stores}.

But also, I just love clothes, and I love creating cool looks – from putting outfits together to doing hair and makeup! So this is a fun way for me to get to do all of that, and combine it with my love for photography. It’s nice to take photos occasionally where I don’t have a client to please, I just get to have fun and play. :)009 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit010 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit011 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit012 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit013 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfitKamryn is the daughter of my good friend Deidra. I’ve had her in front of my camera before for family photos and such, but this was the first time I’d ever done a fashion shoot of Kamryn. And man, she killed it! I can’t wait to have her pose for me again. There’s also another outfit I shot her in that I’ll be posting soon.014 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfit015 plaid wrap skirt fringe choker thrifted outfitKamryn,

You’re a rockstar supermodel! Thanks for making this thrifted outfit look like a million bucks. :)

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneApril 5, 2016 - 10:34 pm

Holy moly, she’s one gorgeous girl! And you’ve convinced me plaid can work for spring too. You inspire me Abi!