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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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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!

photo shoot ~ morgan’s midcentury-inspired downtown oklahoma city senior portraits

228 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma cityWhen I got a message from Morgan’s mom about her senior portrait session last fall, I was instantly intrigued and excited. Morgan’s mother told me that Morgan likes “vintage 60s/70s inspired think Wes Anderson style/symmetry etc … mid century architecture … anything that feels like this scene in (500) days of summer (to about 0:28)” and she included a link to this video. It was all awesome and I was thrilled! I love Wes Anderson, and I love when people have a clear vision for their sessions and then allow me to build on that vision.

Morgan, her mother, and I had a great time during her shoot; and I think we nailed the look and feel she was going for! We started out at Kitchen 324, and then walked around to some spots I had scouted out with some really detailed, gorgeous buildings in our lovely downtown.229 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city230 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city231 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city232 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city233 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city234 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city235 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city236 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city237 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city238 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city239 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma cityMorgan called this her “Moonrise Kingdom dress” so I thought we should shoot amongst some trees and tall grasses. {Btw, Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite Wes Anderson film, so this made me very happy. :)}240 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city242 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city241 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city243 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city244 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city246 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city245 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma cityThese photos are the perfect illustration of photographer’s beloved “golden hour” – I mean, just look at the pretty, glowy light here. So good.247 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma city248 cool senior pictures in downtown oklahoma cityMorgan~

I really loved bringing your vision to life for your senior portraits! You’re such a cool girl. It was so fun to get to meet you and photograph you. Also, you were ahead of the fashion curve with your bell sleeves and open shoulder top! Loved it all! :)

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneMarch 29, 2016 - 3:49 am

Those trees, again!!! :) You nailed this concept, awesome job!

photo shoot ~ kylie’s winter senior portraits in downtown oklahoma city

1 winter senior pictures fur vestBefore we get too far away from {our very mild} winter, I wanted to share these winter senior portraits of the gorgeous Kylie. I love how several of my seniors over the past few years have been doing split sessions during different seasons. We did part of Kylie’s session last fall in Bricktown, and the rest in December in downtown Oklahoma City.

Just like for her first session, Kylie killed it with the styling. Her wardrobe and makeup were perfectection!2 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma city3 winter senior portraits4 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma cityThis little guy was hanging around during part of our session. Believe it or not, I was doing a shoot near this exact same spot this past weekend and I swear I saw the same cardinal again. I am the bird whisperer.5 red cardinal6 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma city7 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma cityThe Oklahoma wind can wreak havoc on a photo shoot, but sometimes it just gives us the perfect hair swoop. :)8 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma cityFrom the second I saw this {literal} shining star, I was smitten! What a perfect photo prop. Thanks, OKC.9 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma city10 winter senior portraits downtown oklahoma city11 winter senior portraits fur vest ankle boots12 winter senior pictures fur vest ankle boots13 winter senior pictures fur vestNext thing you know, out of nowhere, a snowstorm hit OKC. Crazy.14 snowy senior pictures fur vest15 snowy senior portraits{Shout out to Kylie’s mom for helping to make it snow, and to Kylie for smiling right through that snowstorm – oh, and to Dollar General for providing me with the snowflakes. ;)}17 snowy senior pics fur vest16 senior pictures in the snowwinter senior porrtaitsWhat a fun session!

Kylie~

Thanks for rocking your shoots like a supermodel. You’re so sweet! I loved being your senior portrait photographer, I had so much fun with you during your sessions! :) You’re such a lovely girl.

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneMarch 29, 2016 - 3:50 am

That STAR! And the snow. Everything is perfect!!!