Thursday, September 25, 2008

Adventures in OKC

I spent the afternoon in downtown OKC and landed upon some great, authentic places I'd never seen nor heard of before. I've been complaining about this place needing some originality and BOOM, it's all fallen into my lap within a week's span. It was seriously a crappy afternoon turned into a "breath of fresh air". I often feel as though I'm drowning in a place of no creativity or room to breathe because of all the chain restaurants and typical shopping centers. But alas, OKC has not failed me yet. Here I am to spread the word on my new-found loves...

DNA Art & Apparel: think art in all forms possible, mixed with apparel all by local artists. This place is GREAT and the girl Amanda, whom I met today, is part owner alongside her hubby. All I could say was "this is so cool!" about every little thing imagineable. They have buttons, stickers, canvas art, art on wood pieces, art on skateboards, art on clothing and even feature out of town artists. I would post their site but I looked and couldn't find it. It's located in the Plaza District, which is a whole new experience in itself. Basically, if you want art & you want cool, original and one-of-a-kind clothing, this is your place!

Collected Thread: located beside DNA Art & Apparel, this is a unique little shop filled with ALL handmade items. From purses to scarves, to neck warmers, earrings, necklaces, JOURNALS!, vintage stationary, clothing and small art pieces by locals as well. I fell in love immediately. It is the perfect place to buy gifts. I mean seriously, handmade coin purses, bookshelves, EVERYTHING! It's a sweet little handmade haven. Again, I would list the site but they don't have one...however, they are on myspace!

Coffee Slingers: Apparently this place has been open for 6 months now. How in the world did I, as a coffee connoisseur, not know this place existed until now?! It's located at the corner of 9th & Broadway and sits in the area that is progressing in OKC. It's clean, it's original, it's simple. They sell local artists prints, it's vintage and it's a quiet nook, perfect for a rainy day or a much needed coffee break/relaxing time to read. There aren't too many choices, but that's the point. The service was tremendous and the music in the background was just as great! check em out: www.coffeeslingers.com

Tree & Leaf Clothing: Okay, I have to admit that today was not my first day to stumble upon these awesome guys. In fact, this little store has become quite the hero for my wardrobe life. I'm slightly obsessed with their designs and it's all on American Apparel shirts. I mean, what could be better than a combo of originality + American Apparel? I'm almost certain, that when it comes to clothing, the answer is nothing. Not only do they produce their own screen prints, they sell clothing made by other local artists as well. Yep, it's completely legit. Check em out as well : www.treeandleafclothing.com

Alright folks, that's all I got. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Stay tuned and check out these awesome places while you're at it!

Ciao!
-Abby

PS--my new email address is abby@abbycoyle.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Site Under Construction

I have a new site being built and I CANNOT wait! Over the last week I've had to sort out several small details on it and let me just tell you, I don't know HOW internet pros do it. To create domains, servers, hosting, etc. It all seems so tedious. I wouldn't even know where to begin! The new site will contain ALL my photography: weddings, bridals, kids, engagements, families, Africa, my family trips, design work and whatever else I have yet to show the world. It'll also have my blog and portfolio information! YAY! I am BEYOND excited and can't wait to launch the full site! I searched for the right website builder for a while and kept doubting my choices until I was introduced to a man through my friend Brent Green (www.brentryangreen.com). I am so glad it will be my own design. BIG thanks to Brent for the referral!

I hope you all with stick with me on the process.I know it seems I've been jumping from one blog to the other lately, but I promise this will be my final destination! So check back frequently to see if it's up. www.abbycoyle.com
It's COMING SOON!

love love love,
Abby

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Londyn

I had the opportunity to shoot photos of one of the cutest little girls you will ever see! Londyn is just two years old and is absolutely precious. Most of the time shooting children is a difficult task because of the attention span (or lack thereof!). Of course you can't ask too much of a 2-year-old who wants to do nothing but play:) Luckily, this shoot was a breeze. Londyn is just too cute for words so these photos turned out great. A big thanks to her beautiful mom, Melissa, for asking me to do these! Here are some photos from the shoot...








































new domain!

I just wanted to let you all know that you can now simply type in www.abbycoyle.com -or- www.abbycoylephotography.com in your URL and it will link you to my site! This is much simpler than typing the whole blogspot mess out. I hope that helps! Thanks guys:) 

-Abby

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A New Blog! Hip, hip, hooray!

Well, I finally had the nerve to give up tumblr and my old xanga. New beginnings are always strange at first, but I have a feeling this is the beginning of something GREAT! I was in dire need of a face lift in my blogging world and I feel that I've come to the right place. Not to say I will have this forever, but it's a start. 

A majority of what I will blog about will be photography...although I fully intend on speaking from the heart and mind at times. I PROMISE to keep this blog updated (unlike my failed attempt at tumblr). I joined blogspot.com because I was tired of the hassle of switching back and forth between flickr & tumblr. It was so annoying! I just hope I can figure all this web stuff out. 

I'm currently working on building a website so when I get that up and running I will let you know! Please check back for updates:) 

Love to you all.
-Abby

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