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    Welcome to MaryOPhoto.com! My name is Mary Ogilvie, and I'm a photographer based out of Oklahoma City, OK. I'm so glad you're here!
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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Friday, all!

I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend.  That may just mean staying warm inside with a movie or a good book.  It will definitely be cold, but I’m trying to convince Colin that we need to go on a hiking trip in the Wichita Mountains on Saturday.  We’ll see if that actually happens or not!

I tried hard this week to take more phone photos, but I guess I didn’t try hard enough!  I did decide to give you captions to the photos though, so you can actually understand the background stories.  You can read the captions under the photos, they’re numbered left to right.

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1) I have a bad habit of not taking breaks when I work from home, or if I do take a break it will be something that still involves looking at a screen like Pinterest.  I caught myself in this earlier this week, so I took a break to Anthropologie (dangerous) and found bundles of pretty things…per usual.

2) We celebrated my grandma’s 75th birthday this weekend in downtown Tulsa–it was lovely!

3) My friend, Chelsea Rose, looked extra pretty when we and some friends went to Waffle Champion for lunch the other day!

4) This wood has been in our backyard since Friendsgiving.  I wish we had a real fireplace so we could split it and burn it inside, but alas…

5) Our lifegroup talked about lust this week, which meant the ladies split off and went to the top of Jessica’s apartment to have our discussion while overlooking our lovely skyline.

6) As I said before, I’ve been trying to take better breaks this week.  I took a blanket and The Chronicles of Narnia to our backyard, and it’s safe to say that will have to be a standard break of mine from now on.

Happy Weekend, stay warm!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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My Life: OSU in the Fall

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Thanksgiving is in one week, and I couldn’t be more excited!  There are so many great things about this time of year, and while right now I’m mostly excited to decorate for Christmas and drink peppermint hot chocolate and go ice skating and eat a whole roll of toll house cookie dough as fast as I can and snuggle…and watch my favorite Christmas movies (which I’m sure no one could guess), I love autumn and Thanksgiving so much.  This is our first married Thanksgiving too, so we’re soaking up all the extra love that comes with celebrating 3 times!

Today’s photos are a real throwback.  I’m not sure what the requirements are for a #TBT throwback anyway, but my past posts have been from the last 2 years.  These photos, however, were taken way back in 2009!  It was my first autumn to spend at OSU and I completely fell in love with the campus during that time.  I actually had gotten my DSLR camera earlier that year, and when Colin and I went to California to visit his grandparents that summer I left my camera battery there!  They eventually mailed it back to me, and I was so excited when I got it that I immediately took a long walk around campus to play.

These photos mean so much to me for a lot of reasons.  First, I took them before I realized the value of saving both the edited and unedited versions of photos, so the edits you see here were done back in 2009.   They were also taken before I had the capability to over-edit, so they actually don’t look too crazy!  Second, these photos humble me so much.  It’s so good to look back at where I was with photography to realize how far I’ve come!  I love seeing the ways that I have changed, because they are for the better.  However, I also love seeing the ways I haven’t changed, because they remind me that my heart is still in this and it my personal quirks should always show in my work.

So today I bring you maybe your last dose of autumn goodness.  I hope you’re as big of a winter fan as I am because it’s coming!  If you’re not though, don’t worry–this too shall pass :)

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If you’ve never been to OSU in the fall–you should definitely go sometime.  It’s dreamy!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope your Thursday is lovely!

love,

Mary O.

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FAQ: How do I mix colors & patterns?

Hi!

Take a deep breath, you’re halfway done with your week–it’s going to be ok!  Today I’m answering easily one of the most common questions I get as a photographer: How do I mix colors and patterns for a photo shoot?

Some people ask me when they first email me about taking their photos, and some just bring their whole closet on a shoot with them so I can help them choose their outfits!  Now don’t get me wrong, I love doing that, but I thought I’d share my general input with you here on my blog.  If you’re planning a shoot with me though, don’t worry, you can totally bring your closet and I’ll help you out!

Please don’t assume that I think I’m some stylist fashionista or anything because I’m offering advice on this subject!  I’ve just done this many times, that’s all haha

In the future I’ll be answering some more questions on this subject and others regarding photography–so if you have a specific one you’d like to see answered here, feel free to email me at comment@maryophoto.com .

Here are some tips for coordinating colors and patterns for a photo shoot!

Let’s start with colors.  Try thinking of them, whether for a group, couple, or individual, as a palette.  It’s easy to get caught up in trying to “match” everything together, but it’s so much more visually interesting to coordinate instead.  Below are a few examples of color palettes you could consider.

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When considering patterns, some people get really intimidated (myself included).  If you’re a little weary of including patterns in your photo shoot wardrobe, it’s ok!  If there’s only one person being photographed, as long as the pattern is one you feel great about, you should definitely go for it.  If you’re really that nervous about the pattern, try layering it with a block of color like a cardigan or scarf.

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If you have a couple or a group being photographed and you want to incorporate patterns, there are a few options for you!

One option is to choose one or two patterns with color, then pull one color from that pattern for someone else to wear.  This works especially well when the solid color is found in small amounts in the pattern.

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Another option for you is to go with multiple patterns that look good together.  Maybe it’s a large pattern and a small one, maybe it’s totally different patterns in similar colors.  Either way, this plan can work well!

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It’s also important to consider where your photos are being taken.  Are you going to be in a big empty field?  Go for a little more color or pattern to keep it interesting.  Will there be fall leaves everywhere?  Try sticking with minimal patterns since there is so much going on already.  Vary your color with texture to draw focus.  Are you taking photos in front of brightly colored walls?  Consider those colors when choosing your outfit.  Will you be in an urban environment?  Bright colors and jewel tones will help you stand out against the gray buildings.  I’ll say this over and over again though: if you feel good and comfortable, you probably look good and comfortable!

What other questions do you have?  I’d love to hear them!

love,

Mary O.

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Senior: Kelsey Kuehn

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s post is short and sweet.  My dear friend, Kelsey Keuhn graduated from OU earlier this year, so I went down to Norman to take a few graduation photos of her!  Kelsey is one of the smartest, most intentional people I know.  She loves God and loves adventuring, so we usually don’t have a hard time having conversations that last for hours and hours.  In honor of me getting to see my sweet sister-friend this weekend, here are a few of the photos from her senior shoot this spring!

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 I hope your day is lovely!

love,

Mary O.

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Engagement: Dann & Gillian

Happy Monday, everyone!

  Today I am so excited to share a cozy engagement shoot with you!  Dann and Gillian are one of those couples who seem to make everything they do adorable.  When Gillian contacted me about shooting their wedding and engagement photos, she immediately started using words like “cozy,” “flirty,” and “adventure.”  If you know me at all, you know I was basically melting into a puddle at my desk imagining all the fun photos we would get.  I’m happy to tell you that this photo shoot did not disappoint!  There was lots of coffee drinking and cuddling and wrapping up in Mexican blankets, so basically I felt like I was in a dream world.

I hope you love these photos as much as I do!

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No cozy photo shoot in OKC would be complete without a trip to Cuppies and Joe…it just wouldn’t.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

love,

Mary O.

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