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photo shoot ~ josh’s very fun two year old portrait session

105-family-phtos-at-parkThese are my friends Sam, Rach, and their awesome, energetic two year old, Josh. We’ve done pix together lots of times before, and this time Rachel asked me about maybe doing Josh’s two year old session at a splash pad or park or somewhere like that. I loved the idea, and immediately thought of our perfect downtown oasis the Myriad Gardens. They have a great splash area during the summer that’s really visually pleasing, and there’s a cute park attached to it, so I thought it would be perfect.

We started out with a few family photos on the other side of the Gardens.104-family-phtos-at-park106-family-phtos-at-park107-family-phtos-at-park108-family-phtos-at-parkSide note: Sam and I went to elementary school and high school together here in OKC {in between, I lived in Iowa}. Sam’s brother Jake is one of my lifelong friends. And I posted a newborn session of Evelyn the other day – well, her dad Jorge was in Sam’s class in school. :)109-family-phtos-at-park110-family-phtos-at-parkThen we did some of Josh alone with this cute “two” Rachel painted.

127-2-year-old-outdoor-pictures128-2-year-old-outdoor-pictures129-2-year-old-outdoor-pictures130-2-year-old-outdoor-picturesTo reward Josh for being such a good little model, we headed over to let him play in the water.

132-2-year-old-at-splash-pad133-2-year-old-at-splash-padCan I just say I love, love, love these photos?! It was such a fun session, and perfect for a two year old!135-2-year-old-at-splash-pad134-2-year-old-at-splash-pad136-2-year-old-at-splash-pad137-2-year-old-at-splash-pad138-2-year-old-at-splash-pad139-2-year-old-at-splash-pad140-2-year-old-at-splash-pad141-2-year-old-at-splash-pad142-2-year-old-at-splash-pad143-2-year-old-at-splash-pad144-2-year-old-at-splash-pad145-2-year-old-at-splash-pad146-2-year-old-at-splash-padAfter Josh was thoroughly drenched, we changed outfits and let him air dry at the little park. :)111-family-phtos-at-park112-family-phtos-at-park113-family-phtos-at-parkSam is an Olympic wrestler, so we had to document some wrestling moves, of course.114-family-phtos-at-park115-family-phtos-at-parkI really love these relaxed, lifestyle type of portraits we got.116-family-phtos-at-park117-family-phtos-at-park118-family-phtos-at-park119-family-phtos-at-park120-family-phtos-at-park121-family-phtos-at-park122-family-phtos-at-park123-family-phtos-at-park124-family-phtos-at-park125-family-phtos-at-park126-family-phtos-at-parkRach, Sam, & Josh~

As always, I had an absolute blast hanging out with you guys! Thank you for all the amazing years of photo shoots and even more years of wonderful friendship! You guys rock. Love ya!!

~abi~

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photo shoot ~ isla’s one year birthday party and portraits

074-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyJust a week or so after I photographed Jake’s one year old birthday party {blogged yesterday}, I got to shoot pretty Miss Isla’s party and portraits. She was looking too cute in her sparkly “one” top paired with a fluffy tutu. We grabbed a few pix of Isla alone in her room before heading out to celebrate with all her friends.072-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party071-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party073-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyIsla’s mom, Jennifer, is another mom who does an awesome job of hosting fun at-home birthday parties for her kiddos. I also photographed her son Callum’s one year party, and it was equally as chill and enjoyable as this one.079-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party075-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyI mean, glittery cupcakes and this adorable chocolate covered cake – too perfect, right?!076-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party086-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party078-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party077-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party080-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party081-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyOf course we had to get some photos with the bright, happy balloons!082-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party083-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyHanging with dad at her party – so sweet.084-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyI’ve taken so many pictures of Callum over the last couple of years, I figured it was only fair to let him turn the camera on me {er, sort of}. :)085-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party087-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyAlmost time for some cake – weeeeeh!088-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party089-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party090-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party091-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party092-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party093-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party094-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyThis is the face I’d make, too, if my brother decided to try my cake. ;)095-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party097-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party096-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyOh yeah. This is how you eat a cake.098-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party099-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyHere, try a spoon; it will be less messy. ;)100-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyIt’s always fun to see other client-friends at shoots. :)101-one-year-old-coral-birthday-party102-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyAfter all that chocolate frosting, Isla had an outfit change and came back out eying those cupcakes. :)103-one-year-old-coral-birthday-partyJennifer~

You and Paul have been so great to work with for shoots over the past couple of years. I’ve really enjoyed getting to document your cool family. Every time I’ve been around you guys, I’ve been so impressed by your parenting. Your kids are awesome! Thanks so much for choosing me as your photographer!

~abi~

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photo shoot ~ jake’s one year {fishing} birthday party, baby dedication, and portraits

034-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyOkay, I have lots of stuff to say in today’s post. This little guy is Jake. He turned one in July. His mama Jenna is a wonderful friend of mine. {Jenna has a very good blog you can check out here.} Jenna and her husband Trebor have two cutie boys named Bobby and Jake. I am a huuuuge fan of how Jenna did both Bobby and Jake’s one year old birthday parties. This is her magical formula: keep it pretty low key {at her home, with easy but yummy food, and simple but cute decor}; enlist help from family and friends; hire a photographer {that’s me!} to do a combo of covering the party plus doing a few one year old portraits and family pix, too; and have a pastor friend come dedicate your child in front of those who are there to celebrate with you. It’s so great, y’all! I mean, as in tears-when-I-am-photographing-it great. I love how Jenna keeps it all very relaxed, but manages to make it all such a meaningful time with her loved ones! #MomGoals, for real.

And here’s where I have to veer off into a side note {paragraph} about blogging my photo sessions. See, over the years, I photographed Jenna and Trebor’s engagement and wedding, Jenna with her girlfriends {still some of my most re-pinned images to date!}, some maternity photos when Jenna was pregnant with Bobby, and Bobby’s one year old party/baby dedication. And of all those shoots, I’ve only blogged a small handful of images. As you can tell if you follow my blog, I’ve been trying to do much better at getting my sessions on the blog lately, and this is part of the reason why. I wish I could link here to every session I’ve done for Jenna, and I can’t. Bummer. I think I’m gonna do a whole blog post soon on this and other reasons why I am really stepping up my game for sharing my photo shoots on my blog. Okay, blogging tangent over.

Now let’s get to pictures of this cute one year old! :)035-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyJake’s eyes are so stunning!037-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party036-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyA few pix with mom and dad.038-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party039-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party040-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party041-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyAnd then we tried to get some of their little family of four…with mixed results. Haha! Here’s one of the many things I love about Jenna: she shared this photo, this one, with Jake crying and Bobby hiding his face, on her social media. Because she loved it as much as I did. And I knew she would! Some people wouldn’t. But she gets it. This is real life. This is funny. This is fun! This is two boys, who are one year old and two years old. Let’s capture this, share it, remember it. Love it.047-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party048-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyJenna wrote a lovely post about her one and two year old boys here. It’s good stuff.049-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party050-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party051-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party052-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyMeanwhile, inside, Jenna’s sister and brother were helping set everything up for the party.042-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party043-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party046-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party044-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party045-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party069-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyOur friend Scott Williams was there to do the baby dedication part of the evening. Scott also performed Jenna & Trebor’s wedding ceremony. He’s a very gifted speaker and great friend of mine and of Jenna and Trebor’s.054-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party055-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party057-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party058-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party056-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party059-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyAnd here’s Friday, the family pup.053-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyJakers waiting for his cake.060-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party061-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party062-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party063-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party064-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyThat blue frosting made for some awesome pix. :)065-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyAnd the kiddie pool was perfect for easy clean up.066-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party067-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party070-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-party068-perfect-one-year-old-fishing-birthday-partyJenna~

You hosted the perfect evening once again. Thank you so much for including me so many times over the years for shoots that have all been an absolute pleasure to do! You’re an incredible mother, wife, and friend. It’s been awesome watching your life change over the years. God is truly so good. Love you!

~abi~

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photo shoot ~ evelyn’s newborn portraits

033-newborn-girl-at-homeI said in yesterday’s post that this seemed to be my year for photographing cute one year olds, but I have to say it’s also been a year for adorable newborns. I’ve shared Easton and Charlotte’s newborn portraits already, and I’ve got one more to share after today’s post. They’re all so sweet!

This teeny tiny beauty is Evelyn. She made her debut in this world back in July, and I loved capturing her newborn sweetness. I’ve known Evelyn’s parents since high school {her dad since elementary school!}. It’s so great seeing how God has blessed them with such an awesome family. Their kids are seriously precious!

When we started the session, Evelyn wasn’t quite ready to be sleepy and pose for us, so I suggested we head outside for some family photos before we tried to do more of just her alone. It was a really warm day, and the heat, combined with being held by her parents and siblings, put her right to sleep for her pictures inside after this. I adore these family poses we got in their backyard.001-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn002-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn003-outdoor-family-photos-with-newbornI love seeing Leah with a daughter. And I enjoyed chatting with her about motherhood during the session. One thing she said that I thought was so cool and stuck with me, was that they didn’t decide on Evelyn’s name until after she was born and they’d spent some time with her. She said they allowed themselves to get to know her and choose a name they felt was perfect, since they had been indecisive about a name before Evelyn was born. I love that. And I love the name Evelyn!004-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn005-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn006-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn007-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn008-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn009-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn010-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn011-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn012-outdoor-family-photos-with-newbornOh man. Melt my heart!013-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn014-outdoor-family-photos-with-newbornAh! These kids are so cute!!015-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn016-outdoor-family-photos-with-newborn018-brothers-with-newborn-sisterSweet brother-sister moments.019-brothers-with-newborn-sister020-brothers-with-newborn-sister021-brothers-with-newborn-sisterI just have to pause here to insert a huge compliment to Jorge, Leah, and their boys JJ and Jack. The boys were so good while we did Evelyn’s photos! I was very impressed.017-brothers-with-newborn-sisterNow for some photos of Miss Evelyn on her own.022-newborn-girl-at-home023-newborn-girl-at-home024-newborn-girl-at-home025-newborn-girl-at-homePeople often ask me about props for newborn sessions, and over the years I’ve come to the point where I really enjoy using items the family already has. People always have such cute things for their baby and the nursery. Often, we will do the newborn session in the nursery, but since we were losing light by the time we got to Evelyn’s portraits, we simply pulled stuff from her nursery out to an area of their home where it was brighter. It worked out perfectly.026-newborn-girl-at-home027-newborn-girl-at-home028-newborn-girl-at-homeThis soft blanket Leah had looked gorgeous for photos. I love the bright colors.029-newborn-girl-at-home030-newborn-girl-at-home031-newborn-girl-at-home032-newborn-girl-at-homeLeah & Jorge~

Your family is beautiful, and it is so obvious that you two are wonderful parents! I greatly enjoyed getting to see you guys and spend a bit of time with you all for this session. It’s awesome and so encouraging to see how God has worked in your lives. Thank you for allowing me to take these photos for you.

~abi~

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LeahOctober 13, 2016 - 1:01 am

Thank you again for the amazing photos! We will treasure them forever!

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photo shoot ~ hall family portraits in downtown okc

001-cute-one-year-summer-photosI swear, this has been my year for photographing adorable one year olds {like this cutie I blogged recently and several more to come on the blog soon!} This precious one year old is named Clementine. She was an absolute joy to photograph!

Clementine’s parents are missionaries to Indonesia. My amazing friend Stacey referred them to me when they were looking for a photographer to capture some images of Clementine and the three of them together while they were here in the States on furlough. I am so thankful I had a chance to meet this sweet family and document this time in their lives. It was a hot, sticky day in July when we met for this shoot, but they were all troopers and we had a great time together. {Also, shout out to their friend Sydnie — she was a big help during the session, and we instantly bonded over thrift store recommendations. :)}002-cute-one-year-summer-photosClementine not only has an incredibly cute and cool name, she clearly has the personality to match.003-cute-one-year-summer-photos004-cute-one-year-summer-photos005-cute-one-year-summer-photos006-cute-one-year-summer-photosThese photos are so summery and I love it; but now that it’s almost mid-October, I am hoping to get all my summer posts up on the blog this week or next, so things can reflect the current season around here soon. ;)007-cute-one-year-summer-photos008-cute-one-year-summer-photos009-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-oldIt’s always a goal of mine to grab a few pix of the parents alone during any family session.010-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old011-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old012-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old013-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old014-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old015-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old016-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old017-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-oldThese next ones just kill me! Clementine had just started pulling herself up into a standing position on her own and walking, and she was so proud of her new skills!018-cute-one-year-old-summer-photos019-cute-one-year-old-summer-photosOf course, when she decided to resort to crawling, mom’s hand was nearby to guide her. :)020-cute-one-year-old-summer-photosEvery little diva deserves an outfit change for photo shoots.021-cute-one-year-old-summer-photos022-cute-one-year-old-summer-photos023-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old024-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old025-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old026-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old027-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old028-sweet-family-photos-with-one-year-old029-cute-one-year-old-summer-photos030-cute-one-year-old-summer-photos031-cute-one-year-old-summer-photosSarah did this headband move at least eight hundred and fifty times during our session. ;)032-cute-one-year-old-summer-photos033-cute-one-year-old-summer-photosSarah & David~

Thank you so much for trusting me to photograph you guys and your sweet girl! I loved meeting you. I hope our paths will cross again sometime.

~abi~

p.s. A fun photography side note: these photos were taken in the same little area where Katherine’s bridal portraits were shot. Just an example of how many different backgrounds you can find in one tiny spot. As a photographer, I love finding unique shots even in areas I’ve photographed over and over before.

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