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As a young teen, I lived in a small town in Iowa and harbored a secret dream of maybe one day moving to New York City to be a high fashion makeup artist. But at that time, my life consisted mainly of…let’s see…church; friends; church; babysitting and then moving up to working at KMart; church; sometimes “spraying beans” or “detassling corn” {they’re real jobs–don’t be jealous}. But mostly it consisted of church. A far cry from the glamorous and maybe not so churchy life of a NYC makeup artist.

But really, as it turns out, I don’t think that being a big-time makeup artist would have ever worked out as a career for me anyway. Let’s gloss right over the facts that I never moved to New York and never even went to cosmetology school. Those are minor details. Because I think the real issue would have been my wardrobe. In my midwestern girl mind, I am quite convinced that high fashion makeup artists must always wear all black in order to be taken seriously as they are painting smudgy eye makeup onto the faces of models and celebs. And you see, therein lies the problem. I just love colorful clothing so very much!

Case in point, my outfit today…

As it gets chilly outside, many girls turn to the comfortable, easy, and cute outfit solution of leggings and boots, boots and leggings. So, in order to not blend in with the masses, I choose color. Sure, I have my black leggings that I love. But how fun are these bright blue ones?? So much more fun!

Think I could rock ’em in the back of a runway tent during fashion week while applying smudgy eye makeup to models??


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Bethany LarieDecember 10, 2010 - 1:52 am

Your fabulous!! yes you are!! God is blessing you in so many ways!!! Your beautiful and i love you… did i read write.. your working at kmart? call me we need to catch up!!! LUV U

ashley o.December 10, 2010 - 4:46 pm

i love you abi. and can say that my living wouldn't look as beautiful if you were making over faces in New York Ciy instead of creating beautiful images at my wedding. enough said :c)

~abi~December 10, 2010 - 6:02 pm

haha, bethany! you are crazy, lady! i said when i was a TEEN i worked at kmart! ;)

and ashley, totally agreed! things turned out exactly as they should have in my life! :) thanks! <3

Kelly BeaneDecember 10, 2010 - 9:47 pm

i'm so glad you didn't end up in new york, as i would have never met my very best friend! ;) i also have to say wedding photographers must wear black (haha), and thankfully you stray from the norm to bring color into all of our lives! i am so thankful for my bright, colorful, crazy, sweet, beautiful and VERY fashionable best friend!

social media addict

Every morning, one of the very first things I do is get on Facebook. And then, throughout the day, I proceed to check it about seventy-five…thousand…times. Same with Twitter. Although, I do get all my @ replies and direct messages as texts, so that cuts down some on the checking of Twitter.

Awhile back, I got so convicted about my addiction to Twitter/Facebook/blogs, that I actually changed my home page to YouVersion. That way, the first thing I end up doing when I get on my computer is reading scripture instead of going straight to wasting time catching up on everyone and everything.

But still, I have a problem and I feel that it should be addressed. See, here’s the thing: I can’t imagine what it would be like were some disaster to strike and somehow wipe out social media. I am serious. The very thought makes me shudder. I mean, how would I know what is going on with the boy I like my friends?? How could I show off my cute outfits? What would be the point of even wearing cute clothes if they would never end up in a photo online…that someone could comment on?? {On a sort of related side note: it always baffles me when clients rave about loving their photos by me and then they never post them on Facebook. I mean, don’t they want people to be able to comment about how great they look?}

It has occurred to me often that we now live in a world where there is a whole other realm called virtual reality. I know, I am stating the obvious here. But think about it. There are so many things that I really feel like I would be missing out on if I didn’t see them on Twitter or Facebook. And I can’t even think of how I would ever obtain this info if it weren’t available to me via the aforementioned sites.

I know, everyone is all about less Facebook, more face time. But come on, people. Let’s just admit what a wonderful, helpful, informative thing the internet is! And when I say internet, I mostly mean social networking.

Am I the only one who feels like this? Am I alone in my problem? Should I pretend to be more anti-internet??


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Steve RDecember 8, 2010 - 4:42 pm

nope…ur not alone. I admit I'm an addict too! I love seeing/hearing what's going on with people. I love learning how they think.

For me, Soc Med is a tool to building stronger, more personal relationships with those I love and some that I would never meet. Because of Soc Med, I have friends who I know by name on six of the seven continents.

It's a wonderful world to me and allows me to interact with neat people. I read a book recently and commented on the authors' FB page. Within days, both authors had personally responded to my comment. This type of interaction would have never happened even 10 years ago.

Anyway…I'm preachin to the choir. All that to say "ur not alone!" Indulge yourself! (We love to read your mind, Abi!)

BrittDecember 8, 2010 - 5:08 pm

I'm the same way! I'm completely addicted to Facebook and Twitter! My mom still thinks that Facebook is evil and pointless, but she is just crazy. I mainly use Facebook to keep in touch with friends that I would other wise never get to talk to or see in person. So you are not alone! :)

Brandi SueDecember 13, 2010 - 6:40 am

Nope! You're not alone! I love being able to see what my friends and family are up too and look at their pictures! The other day someone mentioned that they enjoyed looking at my pictures and then re-commented and said that that sounded a little stalker-ish. I replied saying that the reason I post them is so people can look at them haha. Face time is great but it's not always possible with friends and family who live so far away, so facebook is sometimes the only way I will get to see or visit with some of them on a more frequent basis! and the internet in general is great!!

day of infamy

December 8, 1941
Franklin Roosevelt “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”
Joint Session of the U.S Congress
Following December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt declares war on Japan.

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of American was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implication to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

{courtesy of this site}

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my fantastic weekend

This is what a spectacular weekend looks like…

Friday night: a fabulous Christmas party with a sweet friend…

Saturday afternoon: a wintry wonderland shoot of one of the best couples I think I’ve ever met…

Saturday night: dinner made for me by my good friend Lindsey, followed by the viewing of Christmas lights in Yukon, OK. This tree display that sparkled and flashed in time with the music was our favorite…
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{phone pic}

Sunday morning: a new favorite outfit…

…and soul-stirring worship at church…
{taken w/ my new point and shoot cam}

Sunday evening: hanging out with my girl Kylie {she was one of my Switch girls last year, and I get together with her once a week}…

Things not pictured above that also made this weekend wonderful:
~getting to stay in bed late on Saturday
~fun phone conversations with good friends
~lunch at my mama’s house on Sunday
~precious bits of time spent with my niece and nephews
~an encouraging facebook message from my pastor

This month has started off beautifully for me! :)


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Jamie LeighDecember 6, 2010 - 7:19 pm

Great Pics! Love the little things in life!

stephanieDecember 6, 2010 - 7:30 pm

looks like a lot of fun abi!! love love love that outfit in the first pic…where did you get those tights?!

And KathleenDecember 6, 2010 - 8:29 pm

You are so gorgeous. You make me want to go red!


For the past few weeks, I have been doing a ton of portrait shoots, editing, and print orders. I absolutely love it! Portraits are so fun for me! After almost ten {!!!!!} years of shooting weddings {with portraits mixed in as well, of course}, I get less excited about weddings these days, and more excited about the freedom and control I have during portrait sessions.

Here is an image from a print order I am working on for my beautiful friend Rhonda. This is her, her adorable niece, and her gorgeous sister.


Rhonda is the wife of my boss John. For the past few years, I have been blessed with a great job working as the office manager for John and my other boss, Peter. They are both so kind and laid back. Rhonda has a heart of pure gold, and I am so happy that I’ve had the chance to get to know her.


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Kelly BeaneDecember 6, 2010 - 4:07 am

Wow, beautiful photo!