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If you are at all like me, you mostly watch award shows just to see the fabulous clothing, right?  For me, the real appeal of being a celebrity wouldn’t necessarily be the screaming mobs of fans or the huge paychecks, it would definitely be the opportunity to wear amazing dresses, shoes, jewelry, hair and makeup to award shows and galas.  I wish we lived in a grander time period or society, where we had the opportunity to dress for balls and formal events on a regular basis.  Of course, then I would need to be part of the high society set, for which I surely don’t qualify.  Alas, a girl can dream, right?

And speaking of dreaminess, since I no longer seem to have time in my life to watch award shows, I just turn to one of my very favorite fashion blogs to get a fix of the glamor, elegance, and drama on the red carpet that I crave.  The lovely and hardworking Fashion Critic over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards is always up to the minute on the beautiful, quirky, or insane styles worn by celebrities to all the major and not-so-major events.  If you missed the American Music Awards last night like I did, check out this link to view all the styles on display there.

After all, why consume a few hours of your life watching an award show, when you can just see all the highlights online the next day {or even that same night}?  You know the famous Kanye/Taylor Swift moment awhile back?  Was I watching that award show?  No.  But thanks to Twitter, I was aware of the incident immediately, and was watching it on YouTube within minutes.  Oh, internet, what would I do without you??


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. sarah .November 22, 2010 - 5:39 pm

Abi, I love reading all your fun recent posts!! :) Keep em coming!!! And yes, life without internet…what would we do!?!

busy busy-ness

Sometimes I get in this bizarre zone where I am editing photos like crazy, and I feel all scattered even though I am concentrating.  It’s usually when I am determined to bust through some shoots and get them done and sent out to people.  I work best under pressure, so I give myself deadlines and work like mad. 

Today is like that.  I am leaving in a few hours to go to Dallas.  I have a couple of shoots there tomorrow, and I will get to spend time with my best friend Jen. 

God has blessed me with a lot of photography sessions over the past couple of months, and I am putting in the hours of back end work to get them processed and put on disc or emailed to people.  So, today I am just writing to say that I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I pray that you experience the blessings God has for you.  I hope you will get to spend some time with family and friends and that you will be refreshed.

Love to you all.


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ashley o.November 20, 2010 - 5:36 am

Thanks for keeping us updated! enjoy Dallas and good times with good friends!

JacquelynNovember 20, 2010 - 8:34 am

"experience the blessings God has for you"–love that!

I emailed an ex tonight because I'm afraid he is still … well.. not where he should be (whoa too much info for a blog comment) and I couldn't think of the right little sentence to say. All I said in the email was "I'm praying for you". Praying that he is experiencing the blessings God has for you would have been puuuuurrrrrfect. Darn.

Have a lovely weekend. :)


What is it that makes your heart pound and your pulses race?  Most of you are probably thinking about a person of the opposite sex after that question.  And trust me, I’ve been there.  But, as a single girl, what gets my heart throbbing on a regular basis is not some hot guy…It’s photography.  Waaah-wah, I know.  But it’s true.  My photography not only provides me with a creative outlet, it is also the perfect tool to connect me with others.  People.  Because photography might be my passion, but people are my true love. 

I can’t even explain the thrill I feel as I look through my camera and see someone’s heart.  And when I am looking through the photos after a successful shoot…well, talk about pulses racing.  I get so excited that it’s just dumb.

This bridal session of my friend Jade was one of those shoots that really delighted me.  When I first got to know Jade awhile back, I knew immediately that I wanted to photograph her and became better acquainted with her from behind the lens of my camera.  I convinced her last year to let me do a very fun shoot of her out at the state fair.  I guess she liked posing for me, because when she got engaged, Jade contacted me to photograph her bridal portraits and wedding. :)  We did her bridal session this summer, out on some gorgeous land in Binger, OK {thanks to the Opitz fam!}. 

Now that Jade’s {beautiful} wedding day has come and gone, I can show off these photos!  Two factors made this shoot amazing for me.  One, Jade completely trusted me and was willing to go wherever and do whatever to get good photos.  And two, she worked it like a model!  Seriously.  Check it out…














You are sweet and good and beautiful, and I love you!  I am so happy that we became friends.  I am so happy for your happiness with Vincent!  I am so happy that you chose to have me be your wedding photographer.  In fact, everything about you makes me happy. :)



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Kathleen MillerNovember 18, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Abi you are so talented it's crazy…we will see your name in Magazines and books someday and be able to say "i knew her!!!" I absolutely CANT WAIT for Dec. 4th!!

jaredwanzerphotographyNovember 18, 2010 - 9:43 pm

love the lighting!!! perfect photos!

ScottNovember 18, 2010 - 10:37 pm

Amazing!!! – Sherie

Kelly BeaneNovember 19, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Ahhh, breathtaking images!

[…] I’m back with another Throwback Thursday wedding inspiration post.  This one is a lovely fall wedding that I photographed a couple of years ago.  The bride, my sweet friend Jade, is a girl with a great sense of style.  You can’t tell in this pic so much, but her wedding dress had a high-low hemline…two years ago.  Just call her a trendsetter. {You can check out more of that fab dress and Jade’s gorgeousness in this Bridal Portrait post.} […]

personalized shoes

Last night I got too little sleep.  It had nothing to do with my somewhat recently discovered Gossip Girl obsession, and it in no way involved me staying up and watching the episodes I had on my dvr.  Today, my eyes are bleary.  And I didn’t get out if bed until 7:45 this morning, even though I am supposed to be at work at 8:00.  {I was only 12 minutes late.}

To treat my Gossip Girl hangover, today I wore the most ridiculous pair of shoes I own.  They are orange suede platforms with a blue butterfly–and if that’s not enough, last year I added purple sequins to the heels.  I am not lying.

Let me attempt to explain:  For my birthday party last year, I threw myself the prom I never got to have.  {There are pics on my Facebook page, if you are curious.  Guess what the theme was???  NYE in NYC! Ha!}  And I added the purple sequins to go with my purple-accented tutu.  Again, I am not lying.  I don’t really know what’s wrong with me.  But I do know that these shoes make me laugh.  And who couldn’t use a shoe that brings cheer?

I guess when I did it, I wanted to document my insanity creativity, so I photographed the process of adding a strand of sequins to the heels.  Hmmm.  Well, here is some never-before-seen-behind-the-scenes photographic proof of the questionable way my mind works…

Step one: apply glue because everyone knows that glue is a lazy creative person’s best friend.  Step two: use tweezers to guide strand of sequins into pattern of your choice.


Step three: photograph the finished product.  From two angles.  {Eek.  Can you tell which shoe I did first?}


And hey, if a bottle of glue and a strand of sequins isn’t your thing, you could always personalize your shoes with shoe bumper stickers.

{image via Refinery 29}

Ohhh, the possibilities!


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Kathleen MillerNovember 17, 2010 - 7:09 pm

I LOVE THIS!!! Your creativity is one of my favorite things about you!

this is a public service announcement

Okay, so maybe this is more of an I-am-the-worst-planner-ever-and-my-30th-birthday-is-just-a-month-and-a-half-away announcement.  Here’s the deal:  I am going to be in NYC for my 30th birthday this NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!  Standing in Times Square, watching the ball drop, celebrating a new year and a new decade for me!!!  And you are all invited!  Seriously.  See, I figure that most people who read my blog actually love me {and by that, I mean you probably know me personally or are related to me}.  And I want to invite any and everyone who loves me to come celebrate with me.  Since I do not possess the capabilities of planning a trip like this for a group of people, I am just extending the invitation.  So, meet me in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Bring your family, come with a friend, or alone…


And actually, my wonderful friend Brandie did take charge when I procrastinated and she found us a room to stay in just a few blocks from Times Square.  Right now, there are four of us girls who are going and will be staying in the room…But I am quite sure we could fit in two or three more girls!  I am not joking when I say that I have seriously already considered buying an air mattress once we get there, if we need to accommodate more people in our room.


Please don’t feel hurt that I didn’t invite you personally and maybe you are just hearing about this for the first time here.  Let me explain…..Most of my close friends are married with families, so I just assume that they won’t want or be able to ditch their families during the holidays for a {not so} wild trip to New York.  So, instead of inviting people and making them have to say no to my face, I’m putting it out there, here on my blog.  Smart, huh? ;)

Who’s in???


{photos of me in nyc were taken july 09 by my fabulous friend kriea}

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jaredwanzerphotographyNovember 16, 2010 - 4:44 pm

jealous! what a good what to spend a birthday in the best city in the world!

Melissa CoxNovember 16, 2010 - 5:11 pm

I'm looking at plane tix today. :)

Kriea ArieNovember 17, 2010 - 6:07 am

So sad I cant go :( You are going to have a blast!!!

JacquelynNovember 17, 2010 - 6:38 am

I'm going to NYC for MY birthday.

But, it is not on New Years Eve. Dude. What a COOL birthday.

My birthday is in February, and I am really going more for fashion week than my bday. My birthday just so happens to be during fashion week every year. Hey, that's pretty cool too.

Maybe I'll go for NYE, too. ;)

Brandi SueNovember 18, 2010 - 5:44 am

I don't know you personally and I'm not related to you :) But I do love your photography :) aaaand I was in NYC last NYE and it was AWESOME!! You will have so much fun! It was cold, and wet, and crowded, and I mentioned cold right?! But when the ball drops and everyone is sharing that moment together and everyone is so happy and they play NY, NY over the speakers…it makes it ALL worth it!! Frozen nose and all! Yeah, I'm kinda jealous right now that you are going ;) My best friend and I can't wait to go back again!! Good luck and I hope you have a blast!

Kelly BeaneNovember 18, 2010 - 8:05 am


Pandora's BoxNovember 20, 2010 - 2:53 am

I wanna go!!!!!!!!