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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY O PHOTO!

You guys!  My blog is 1 year old this week!  Hooray!

It’s crazy to me that it’s only been one year since I started posting here, but at the same time it’s all gone by so fast!  I want to thank each of you who stop by to read so faithfully–you’re truly the best!  Some changes are happening around here in honor of this birthday, and I’m pretty excited.  First, you can now comment on any of my blog posts–so say hello when you stop by!  Second, I’ve added a search bar at the top of the home page, so if you are having trouble finding a post you loved, you can just type key words in there and it should come right up!  Also, I’ve updated my professional galleries under the “Photography” tab on the home page, so you can easily view my more recent work in slideshow form!  All good things, all good things, right?!

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This week, as a little “thank you” from me to you, I’m giving away FIVE free mini photo shoots!  Each shoot is 30 minutes long, and you can use them for just about anything.  I’ll be posting a few ideas for mini shoots throughout the week.  The possibilities are endless, really!

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Excited?  Curious?  Want to know how you can win?!  Ok ok, I’m getting there!

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Here’s how you can enter to win a free photo shoot:

+ “Like” Mary O Photography on Facebook

+ Share at least one (but up to 5) of our promotional photos about the giveaway

+ Comment on any of my blog posts this week telling me how many times you entered

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This means you can enter up to 6 times for your chance to win!  If you’ve already “liked” Mary O Photography (THANK YOU!), we’ll still count it as an entry as long as you also share at least one promotional photo.

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You may be thinking “Hey, I love winning things as much as the next person, but I’m not engaged or anything!  what could I use a 30 minute photo shoot for?”

Good question!  Are you in love with someone?  Go on a picnic photo shoot with them.  Have cute kids?  Let them play dress up and I’ll take their photos.  Need a family Christmas card photo?  Let me do it!  It’s just you and your pet?  Let’s go to the park!  Want all your grandkids in one photo?  You get them in the same place and I’ll take the pictures.  Have some besties?  Go out for a girls’ night and take some photos to kick it off.  Love the idea of an inspiration shoot?  Bring it on!

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If you just can’t come up with anything you’d want me to take photos of, or if you know someone who would want/need photos more than you, you can give away your free shoot if you win!  Wouldn’t that be a great gift for your friend who just had a baby?  Or that person who’s last headshot was taken 20 years ago?

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Anyway, I hope you all get as excited about this as I am!  I really could never thank you all enough for joining me here every week, but hopefully this giveaway is a good enough start.

Here’s to the beginning of an awesome birthday week!

His Truly,

Mary O.

ps–the fine print of the giveaway:

Each individual person can enter up to 6 times.  Entries can be made by “Liking” Mary O Photography on Facebook, and sharing or re-posting one or all (up to 5) of Mary O Photography’s promotional images regarding the giveaway.  Entries are only valid if noted in the comment section of any post made on MaryOPhoto.com between 10/20 and 10/24 in 2014 before 8pm on 10/24 when the giveaway closes.  There will be 5 winners, and they will be announced the following week after being chosen at random.  Each individual can win only one photo shoot, though each entry into the contest increases an individual’s chance of winning.  If multiple people win a free photo shoot and they wish to be in a shoot together (ie: engagement photos, etc), they cannot apply both coupons to the same shoot.  Each photo shoot won is good for 30 minutes of shooting time with Mary O Photography.  The coupon may be applied to a longer photo shoot booked with Mary O Photography as up to $75.  Each coupon is transferable, however, only one coupon per individual is allowed.  All photo shoots won through this giveaway must be redeemed (that is, booked or scheduled) with Mary O Photography by Decemeber 31st, 2014 at 5pm.  Each winner of a photo shoot is responsible for contacting Mary Ogilvie at hello@maryophoto.com by November 1st, 2014.  The winner forfeits his or her free photo shoot if he or she does not contact Mary Ogilvie by email before this date.  The coupon does not include the price of gas money for shoots booked outside the OKC metro area.

pps–All of the photos in this post were taken by Brian Lawes 

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Mary - You can tell me about your entries here!October 20, 2014 – 10:59 AM

Erin Peterson - GGGGG (give or take a few)!! I shared your pic today! Sign me up. :)October 20, 2014 – 12:02 PM

Kim Jenson - I didn’t see any fine print about relatives being ineligible so……I hope I win! I shared and liked!October 20, 2014 – 2:30 PM

Amanda Sebring - I’ve entered!! (Only once as of right now but will be more probably) but YAY FELLOW PHI LAMB PHOTOGRAPHERS!!October 20, 2014 – 2:34 PM

Friday Phone Dump

This week feels like it’s been 3 weeks in one!  And at the same time, it’s hard to believe it’s over.  Life…what a crazy thing!

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1)  So ever since I was a kid, I would secretly pretend that clouds on the horizon were mountains, because I’d never seen mountains before.  I thought it was silly, so I never shared about it until I heard this John Mayer song back in middle school (which is still one of my favorites of his) where he includes the line “and strange how clouds that look like mountains in the sky are next to mountains anyway.”  Since hearing this song I’ve fully embraced the chance to imagine there are mountains on the horizon whenever I see crazy awesome clouds.  Now that I’ve actually seen mountains on a horizon, it’s especially striking to me when I see clouds that really really look like mountains.  For example, this day I drove over a hill to find this sight.  The clouds looked so much like real mountains that I actually gasped.  Wow.

2)  Hoboken Coffee is so great!  Everything they do is precious, including their Fall decorating.  How cute is this pumpkin on their porch?!

3) I got to decorate my cousins’ wedding reception this weekend, and it was a blast!  I’ve never been a florist before, but I think I did alright :)

4) If you saw my post on Monday, you saw that Colin and I went on a lovely reading date this weekend.  The flowers out by the lake were so lovely, I just wanted to make a flower crown with them!

5) I’m learning to maximize my moments of rest when I get them.  The other day I went to pick up Colin from work in the middle of a crazy schedule, and I just sat in the car with the windows open and the Fall wind and rain coming in.  It was very restful and lovely :)

6) We said goodbye to our worship pastor this weekend :(  He’s going to the Henderson Tennessee campus of Lifechurch to lead under our friend, Joel.  It was tough to see him go, but we’re all excited for this new season of our church at the same time!

7) Afternoon light=lovely

8) We’ve started to build more tables for Friendsgiving 2.0!  The guys were hard at work this week as they will be for the upcoming weeks before the event!  Yay!

9) My yoga teacher, Sarah Gardner, is just really good at yoga.  We went over arm balances this week, and she just never ceases to amaze me with her mad skillz

Be sure to stop by next week, we have some HUGE stuff coming up!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Family: The Hawleys

I’ve had the pleasure of working with this precious family three times now, and it has been wonderful each time!  Courtney is Colin’s cousin, and her little family is just as cute as can be.  You may remember Jenson and Bo from their shoots I did when they were much smaller than they are here!  They grow up so fast :)

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Bo’s gigantic smile!  And this jumping picture of Jenson!  It’s all just too much cute.

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Cuties.

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Mini Adventure: Reading Date

As you can tell by reading my recent posts, life has been pretty busy around here!  October is a prime month for photography, so I’ve been taking tons of photos (yay!) lately.  The problem with that is when I’m busy working it’s on evenings and weekends…which is when Colin is free!  We’re learning to be better about prioritizing time together though, and one of the ways we did that this weekend was by going on a Fall reading date.  We brought some snacks (crackers for him, cereal and pecans for me), some comfy pillows, and the books we’re currently reading, and we just spent a few hours enjoying the Fall weather, each other’s company, and our books!  I snapped these photos with my phone, in case you couldn’t tell!

Also, I’ve been listening to The Vespers non-stop recently too.  They provide the perfect playlist for Fall, and I especially love this song.

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I hope this inspires you to go on your own mini adventure!

His Truly,

Mary O.

ps–for other mini adventure ideas, see this post and this post!

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Friday Phone Dump

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”  Hebrews 4:9-11

I’m learning that rest is oh so important, and that it’s always available to us in Jesus.  Such sweet lessons for such a busy season!

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1) My friend, Stephanie, joined me for a short photo shoot downtown last weekend!  I loved having her around :)

2) Autumn skies–so magical.

3) I’m becoming a little obsessed with kale!  I made this toasted kale and coconut dish (one of my new favorites) this week, and it was delightful.  Green is also my favorite color, and I love the shade of green that fresh kale holds.  On that note, this is on my Christmas list :)

4-6) Colin and I liked the weather so much earlier this week that we camped outside in our backyard!  I have no clue why we don’t do that more often, because there is nothing like sleeping outside when it’s cold.  It was nice too, because we made oatmeal and coffee and enjoyed it by the fire the next morning–just like camping!  Only we had indoor plumbing and access to a microwave when our coffee got cold!

7-8) My Bible study likes to do fun extracurricular activities, and this week we got to have a wine and painting night!  Our friend, Tiffany, came to coach us in our painting skills by helping us create something organic and lovely.  I think everyone’s turned out beautifully, and we had a great time!

9) Sometimes my job is hard, but not on days when cupcakes are involved as photo shoot props :)  More on that later!

The happiest of weekends to you!  I hope you get to curl up next to a rainy window with a good book…or something like that!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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