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matt & kadie’s wedding ~ the pretty, pretty couple

002 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsLast month, I photographed Matt & Kadie‘s amazingly fun wedding. And I’ve got about one hundred and sixty-three favorite photos to share from it. But first I want to chat about some of my thoughts on blogging and weddings and Instagram and, and, and…

In the past, there’s been times when I’ve shared weddings in multiple posts, like I am going to do with this one. But then it seemed like that must not be a good idea for some reason, because no one else {other photographers who blog} ever does it. Several years ago, I backed way off on the number of weddings I shoot a year. I still love shooting weddings. In fact, I love it even more now that I shoot about five a year. But I’m kinda bad about sharing them. One reason is, I already spend a lot of hours editing a wedding. So adding hours {and hours} to cull and edit images for a blog post can lose its appeal. But I don’t usually share my photography work on Instagram {other than, say, a screenshot from my blog to show that I have a new post up}. And I know most photographers share a ton of their work via Instagram, and that’s awesome and I love seeing their pretty photos. But I like blogging {really, I do}. I like being able to easily go back and find images {without scrolling through an ig feed forever}. I like being able to pin images. And I really like having my Instagram just be something for me, not necessarily my business. I know most people would say you and your business are one and the same, and I totally agree with that. I do. But I like Instagram to be instant, fun, no-pressure images of my life. And while I love my client-friends, I want to be sharing more snippets about me than official photos of them. Make sense? I did share a few initial faves from Matt & Kadie’s wedding on my Instagram because I was super excited about them. But overall, I think I’ll stick with sharing iPhone pix over there and my photography photos on here. But on top of all that stuff I was thinking about, I was also thinking how the really cool pix people share on Instagram {and I’m referring to photographers who share their work that way} kind of seem to make more of an impact because there’s usually only one {or a few} shared at a time. So I was thinking I should break up my blog posts some and share them in smaller, more bite-sized pieces. And this works out well, because I also realllllly, truly want to be posting on here more often. It’s obvious I’m not good at narrowing down favorites to share, and I also suck at not chatting a lot in my posts. So smaller posts might help with posting more regularly.

Whew. Enough of all the over-explaining. Let’s talk about Matt & Kadie. They’re hot, obviously. And they’re cool. And their wedding was so fun! I have much more to share, but I thought it made sense to start off with photos of the lovely couple themselves. They chose not to see each other before their ceremony; and while they were saying their vows indoors, the rain was pouring down outside. But wouldn’t you know it, the rain stopped and the golden light shone on us for their portraits together after the ceremony. {Let me just insert a little #protip to brides & grooms here: We photographers loooove it when couples see each other before their ceremonies, sure. But look, the photos can be just as great even if you choose not to see each other before. It’s okay. It’s your wedding! Do things the way you want to!}003 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits004 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsWho knew parking lot stripes could look so rad?? We did.005 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits001 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsKadie had the most perfect wavy, shiny, pretty bridal hair, didn’t she?006 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsOh man. Melt my heart.007 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsStahhhp it. Models.008 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits009 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits010 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits011 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsDuring their engagement session, we talked about how Kadie hates PDA. Good thing there was no one around except for me and my camera for these portraits. ;) {Side note: I don’t think Matt minds PDA one little bit.}012 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsWell look at this happy little accident. :)013 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsPros at soft smiles. #nbd014 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits“Whoa, look how hot my new spouse is!” <– I’m good at reading minds sometimes.015 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits016 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits017 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits018 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsKadie, why are you so pretty? Matt, why is your hair so cool? :)019 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsGoodness, you two. I just love you and your love. Photographing your wedding was truly a joy. Congrats!

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneJuly 1, 2016 - 8:31 pm

Steamy!! You can feel the heat from these two ;) Gorgeous wedding portraits, Abi!

brendan LamberthJuly 2, 2016 - 1:35 am

Great job.

Rachel J.July 6, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Loving these pics! Random question, what camera lens do you use? I’m just an amateur, nowhere near a pro like you, but would love to upgrade my basic lens with something better :-)

Abi RuthJuly 6, 2016 - 7:02 pm

i used an 85mm 1.8, a 50mm 1.4, and a 28mm 1.8 – all canon :) {i’d suggest renting lenses and seeing what you love using before you take the plunge of buying. :)}

Abi RuthJuly 6, 2016 - 7:03 pm

thank you!

Abi RuthJuly 6, 2016 - 7:03 pm

#fire ! haha. thanks, friend!

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Rachel J.July 7, 2016 - 6:09 pm

Thank you!!!

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photo shoot ~ kharisma’s stunning senior session

008 beautiful indian senior portraitsThis beautiful girl is Kharisma. During her senior session, I for real felt like I was photographing a Disney princess, y’all! From her gorgeous, long curly hair, to her stunning outfits – and of course, her sweet smile – I mean… It was such a joy to be Kharisma’s senior portrait photographer! :)

We started off the session with Max, Kharisma’s late father’s dog. I thought this was a really special and meaningful way of paying tribute to her dad. And it was almost like Max knew how much this meant to Kharisma, because he was such a great dog-model for us!001 senior pictures with dog

sneior pictures with dog002 senior pictures with dog003 senior pictures with dog004 beautiful indian senior portraits005 beautiful indian senior portraits006 beautiful indian senior portraits007 beautiful indian senior portraits010 beautiful indian senior portraits011 beautiful indian senior portraits009 beautiful indian senior portraits012 beautiful indian senior portraits013 beautiful indian senior portraits014 beautiful indian senior portraitsThe Devon Tower was a spectacular setting for a few spins in Kharisma’s gorgeous white ensemble.015 beautiful indian senior portraits016 beautiful indian senior portraitsAfter twirling inside the Devon Tower, we headed back outside. The wind had picked up considerably {good ol’ Oklahoma}, but we just used it to our advantage. :)017 beautiful indian senior portraits018 beautiful indian senior portraits019 beautiful indian senior portraitsOver in the Myriad Gardens, we found some nice windbreaks and beautiful backgrounds.020 beautiful indian senior portraits021 beautiful indian senior portraits022 beautiful indian senior portraits023 beautiful indian senior portraits024 beautiful indian senior portraits025 beautiful indian senior portraits026 beautiful indian senior portraits027 beautiful indian senior portraits028 beautiful indian senior portraits029 beautiful indian senior portraits030 beautiful indian senior portraits031 beautiful indian senior portraits032 beautiful indian senior portraitsKharisma~

You are too sweet! I truly loved doing your senior pictures for you! My heart breaks for you with the loss of your father. You showed beautiful strength and resilience during our session. I’m praying the very best for your future! <3

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneJuly 1, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Awww, Max reminds me of Bear, but he would never be that good for pictures. :/ I adore that set of her walking through the grass. So natural and pretty!

photo shoot ~ alyssa’s senior portrait session in okc

018 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wallThis senior portrait session of Alyssa is one of my very favorite sessions I’ve done this year! I mean…various awesome statement walls plus a beautiful blonde with super-cute outfits…what’s not to love?! Here are some of my favorites from this fun shoot.001 springtime senior portraits004 springtime senior portraits002 springtime senior portraits003 springtime senior portraitsThis pink playsuit is so fab! I thought it brought out Alyssa’s blue eyes and blonde hair in such a striking way. Loved it!005 senior pictures pink jumpsuitTwice as nice. ;)006 senior pictures pink jumpsuit007 senior pictures pink jumpsuitSenior ’16!008 senior pictures pink jumpsuit009 senior pictures pink jumpsuit010 senior pictures pink jumpsuit011 senior pictures pink jumpsuit012 senior pictures pink jumpsuit020 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wallThis last set of photos was taken in front of what is now probably my favorite wall mural I’ve ever shot by. There’s just such great colors in it, and so many different angles of it that look cool. And I loved Alyssa’s dark lipstick and white dress against this background!014 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall016 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall015 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall017 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall013 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall019 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall021 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall022 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wall023 senior pictures white dress cowboy boots mural wallAlyssa~

I really loved getting to know you during our shoot! You are so obviously sweet and talented and of course beautiful! Thank you for having me do your senior session for you. Congrats on graduating. Praying the best for your future! <3

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneMay 23, 2016 - 11:53 pm

Shut the front door! I adore every single photo!!!!!

photo shoot ~ ariel’s senior session at the paseo district in okc

017 Paseo Arts District senior portraitsAriel and I met up a couple months ago for a morning session shot at the Paseo Arts District here in OKC. I adore shooting in the Paseo, and I especially enjoy doing morning sessions there, since the light and/or shade falls better on some of my favorite walls there during the morning. Ariel is a strong, cool, independent girl, and I love how her personality comes through in these images. Here are some of my favorites.001 Paseo Arts District senior portraits002 Paseo Arts District senior portraits003 Paseo Arts District senior portraits004 Paseo Arts District senior portraits005 Paseo Arts District senior portraits006 Paseo Arts District senior portraits007 Paseo Arts District senior portraits008 Paseo Arts District senior portraits009 Paseo Arts District senior portraits010 Paseo Arts District senior portraits011 Paseo Arts District senior portraits012 Paseo Arts District senior portraits013 Paseo Arts District senior portraits014 Paseo Arts District senior portraits015 Paseo Arts District senior portraitsThis pink wall, though… {heart eyes emoji!}016 Paseo Arts District senior portraits018 Paseo Arts District senior portraits019 Paseo Arts District senior portraits020 Paseo Arts District senior portraits021 Paseo Arts District senior portraits022 Paseo Arts District senior portraits023 Paseo Arts District senior portraits024 Paseo Arts District senior portraits025 Paseo Arts District senior portraits026 Paseo Arts District senior portraits027 Paseo Arts District senior portraits028 Paseo Arts District senior portraitsAriel~

Congrats on graduating! I’m so impressed by how responsible you are. I loved hanging out with you during our session! Thanks for having me do your senior pictures. <3

~abi~

p.s Check out Ariel’s sister Kylie’s senior pictures I took in Missouri here. And to see more photo shoots I’ve done in the Paseo {and how my photography style has evolved over the years}, click here, here, here, here, and here. :)

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photo shoot ~ sydney’s springtime senior portraits

012 springtime senior portaitsI previously posted Miss Sydney’s summer and fall senior sessions, and today I’m sharing favorites from her springtime photos. I have truly enjoyed each session with Syd, but I especially love these spring images! Sydney was a real trooper who posed through the rain and really went for all my wacky ideas, as well as adding her own input to the session.

We started off by this giant 16 we found at Chesapeake campus. Thanks for the perfect prop, yo.004 senior pictures 2016002 senior pictures 2016003 senior pictures 2016005 senior pictures 2016001 senior pictures 2016Since the theme was all things spring, we stuck around Chesapeake’s beautiful grounds.006 springtime senior portaits007 springtime senior portaits008 springtime senior portaits009 springtime senior portaits010 springtime senior portaitsThis little spot completely stole my photographer heart.011 springtime senior portaitsAnd then the rain started. If you look closely, you can just make out the droplets. But we didn’t let a little rain end our session.013 springtime senior pictures in the rain014 springtime senior pictures in the rain015 springtime senior pictures in the rain016 springtime senior pictures in the rain017 springtime senior pictures in the rainI felt like it was appropriate to end the session with a sweet crown for Sydney. Doesn’t she wear it well?018 springtime senior pictures in the rain019 springtime senior pictures in the rain020 springtime senior pictures in the rain021 springtime senior pictures in the rain022 springtime senior pictures in the rainspringtime senior pictures in the rainSyd~

I just love you! You are crazy fun, creative, beautiful, and cool. :) Thanks so much for letting me be your senior photographer – i loved every shoot!

~abi~

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