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photo shoot ~ caleb’s senior portraits in iowa

outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 20Today is a cold, dreary day in Oklahoma, so posting these images from a beautiful, sunny morning in Iowa a few months ago is warming me up a little right now. This is my cousin Caleb. Isn’t he so handsome?? And he is a really great guy, too. I’m so proud of him and excited to see what he will do with his life after high school.outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 22Not too many people want to get up at the crack of dawn for an early morning session, but Caleb was early and waiting for me to arrive before 7am on the day of our session! And would you just look at this gorgeous morning light? Totally worth an early start, in my opinion!outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 21outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 23My aunt Lisa, Caleb’s mom, suggested this first location, and man was it perfect!outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 24From there, we headed to a place Caleb is very familiar with and comfortable at: his high school track.outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 25outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 26outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 27outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 28The rest of the photos were taken at my grandparents’ farm near Blakesburg, Iowa. This is one of my very favorite places to photograph people! There are too many good spots all around out there.outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 29outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 30outdoor male senior portraits in iowaoutdoor male senior pictures in iowa 32outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 33outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 34outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 35outdoor male senior pictures in iowa 36Caleb~

Thanks for being a wonderful “model” for me! I loved hanging out with you for your senior portrait session. You are awesome!

~abi~

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CherylNovember 17, 2015 - 1:45 am

Love these pictures! You did an awesome job!

DanielNovember 17, 2015 - 9:55 am

Great work like always Abi. Looks awesome! Congrats caleb on your senior year!

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photo shoot ~ hannah’s senior portraits in downtown tulsa

outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 001This gorgeous girl is Hannah. I’ve done pictures for Hannah’s cousin Melissa, who is one of my dear friends. So when it came time for Hannah to book her senior portraits, she contacted me. And I am so glad she did, because photographing this girl was a dream! I mean, look how pretty she is! And she definitely brought it with the outfits, too.outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 002outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 003Because of our crazy schedules, I had to do Hannah’s session at one in the afternoon. If you’ve ever booked a photo shoot with me, you know I usually completely avoid shooting at midday. But it had to work for this one, so I prayed for good cloud coverage and God came through for us with a perfectly overcast day! When the sun did peek out, we were able to find shady spots around the buildings in downtown Tulsa.outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 004outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 005outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 006outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 007outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 008outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 009outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 010Since I am usually photographing people in and around Oklahoma City, it was really fun for me to find some new-to-me places in Tulsa.outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 011outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 012outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 013outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 014outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 015outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 016outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 017outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 019outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 020outdoor senior portraits downtown tulsa 018Hannah has already ordered prints of several of her images, and I loved seeing how they turned out! Since people hardly get prints these days, it’s very cool whenever I get to order and see my work in print form. I love digital photos and social media sharing as much as anyone, but there’s something about a photographic print that always makes my heart happy.

Hannah~

I had such a wonderful time hanging out with you and your adorable grandparents for your session! You guys are some good people. :) I love how your photos turned out! Thank you for choosing me to do your senior pix. :)

~abi~

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think thrifted ~ transition from summer to fall with stripes and florals

floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 110I love mixing prints any time of the year, but I think the colors in this outfit are perfect for these days when it still feels like summer but it’s definitely fall. floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 104This is another thrifted outfit, styled by me and modeled by Grace.  It’s a great example of a cute, easy outfit for school or the office.  The simple striped tank is made more polished by adding the floral skirt and low heels, and the bag is big enough to hold some school books or  whatever you might need for your work day.  A front or side tuck makes it look like you put in that little bit of extra effort. :)floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 105floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 106floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 107floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 108floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 109If you hadn’t noticed during fashion month, from street style photos to the runway shows, thick/chunky heels are back in a big way, as are lower heels.  These ones are vintage, but they tick all the right boxes to give your fall look a fresh update. floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 111floral and stripes seasonal transition outfit 112This is also a good lesson in mixing prints.  The tiny stripes on the tank top act almost as a solid and pair nicely with the larger scale floral on the skirt.  I think it also helps that the floral pattern is more scattered, so your eye has a break from all the prints happening at once.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneOctober 19, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Ooh, I like this mixing of prints. I’ve been trying that out more often ;) and mixing metals too in jewelry. Living on the edge I tell ya!!!

take me back to alaska

alaska 01Well, I’ve been buried under a mountain of photo editing lately.  Photo shoots and my life in general have been really wonderful recently.  This week, I’ve been thinking about Alaska and wanting to go back!  I absolutely loved it when I was there in May, and I would love to go sometime and see all this gorgeousness blanketed in snow.  Anyway, since I was missing The Last Frontier, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite randoms from my trip up there. alaska 02alaska 03alaska 04alaska 05alaska 06alaska 07alaska 08alaska 09alaska 10alaska 11alaska 12alaska 13alaska 14alaska 15alaska 16alaska 17alaska 18Had to give you a cropped in version of this pic of sweet Teddy Bear…Check out those claws!!alaska 19alaska 20Alaska, you will forever have a piece of my heart and soul. <3

~abi~

p.s. Happy early birthday to one of my very best friends, Betsy, who is the reason I went to Alaska in the first place!  Love and miss you, girl!  Hope you have a wonderful birthday on Sunday!!

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photo shoot ~ adam & sami’s sweet engagement photos – with a special appearance by their hilarious dog, hunter

outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 002I’ve known Sami since she was a preteen.  Her mother, Stephanie, is a good friend of mine.  Stephanie and I attended photography school together and then went on to work there together for the next several years.  That was such a fun time of my life!

It’s really cool to see Sami all grown up and happy-in-love with Adam.  We ventured out around Bethany and Mustang, Oklahoma, for these photos.  The light was so very pretty for us!  I am quite happy with how this session turned out, right down to their wild pup {their words, not mine ;)} acting like a well-behaved gentleman for the photos. :)outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 001outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 003outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 004outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 005outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 009outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 008outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 007outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 006outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 010outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 014outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 013outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 015outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 011outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 012outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 016outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 017outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 018outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 020outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 021outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 019outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 022outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 023outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 028outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 024outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 025outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 026outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 027Look at Hunter – he’s so handsome! :)outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 034Okay, maybe he let his wild side peek through a couple of times.. ;)outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 033outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 032outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 030outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 029I love, love this one!! outdoor oklahoma engagement photos 031Sami & Adam~

I had a blast shooting your engagement pix, and I am really looking forward to your wedding day next month!  Also, maybe you should look into booking Hunter some dog-modeling gigs.. :)

~abi~

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[…] makes me happy.Sami and Adam will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary this October. {See their engagement photos here and beautiful fall wedding here.}We saw various sea creatures during and after our shoot. This […]