Today is an EXCITING day!! When my sweet friend @nataliefranke asked a year ago if I'd be up for doing all the head shots for her brand new website by @jenolmstead, I couldn't say yes fast enough. This woman is the very definition of a force to be reckoned with. She's tenacious, upbeat, encouraging, and oh-so-genuine. • This morning, she and her crazy talented team hit PUBLISH on her long-awaited website, and I'm SO proud of them with how it all came together! Pop on over to her site (link in @nataliefranke's profile) and view all the gorgeousness by Jen, @laurenlcarnes, @ashlynscarter, and more- it is such a privilege seeing so many of my photographs throughout!
#theimperfectboss has become one of my favorite tags to scroll through because of the HONESTY! So when leader @ashley.beaudin reached out to ask me to be one of the Influencers for round 2, I was ALL about it! Here's one of the truths that is still hard for me to own because I feel like it makes me look weak. But really, it's not weakness- it was an INCREDIBLE learning experience! • I cannot explain how humbling it is to announce that you're teaching your very first workshop, expecting it to sell out because you're a tad too big-headed to look at things objectively, and then...crickets. That was almost four years ago, and I STILL feel the same sense of panic every time we go to launch a new product or course, because there's still a part of that same girl within thinking why would ANYONE want to learn from me? What do I have to offer? • To be honest, I needed that dose of humility. I needed a reality check, and I needed the reminder that my business needs to serve OTHERS well, instead of only ever focusing on myself. • I learned a lot from that first workshop, and I'm still so grateful to the photographers who did come, who chose to invest in an afternoon with me. • Here's to the next fail- may it see just as much growth as the first one!
Anything for the shot. Including standing on top of a French rubbish bin to get a better vantage point 😂. #abbygraceineurope #abbyandkatherineinfrance (thanks for the photo @katherinebignon!)
A cold day in Paris is still better than a warm day [almost] anywhere else! #abbygraceineurope #abbyandkatherineinfrance
We spent the day wandering in search of châteaus (we found three!), and it was perfect. The Loire valley might just be my second favorite place in France! #abbygraceineurope #abbyandkatherineinfrance
This notebook is one of my favorite parts of traveling- before I leave, Matt writes me a note for every day I'm gone. And knowing how much I love to write, he also gives me a writing prompt for each day! Sometimes it's something fun (Would the Avengers be able to defeat Lord Voldemort?) and sometimes it's something more thought-provoking (what's the biggest lesson you've learned in the last year?). This little notebook is one of my most treasured possessions because it's a physical representation of how intentionally Matt finds ways to love me well! #lifewiththespringmanns
It's been a day full of exploring- beaches and cliffs and ports and rosé at a waterside café. If Matt & the puppies were here with me, I don't think we'd ever come home! On tomorrow's docket? Exploring a bit of the countryside (because I want to photograph some of those baby SHEEP!), and then road tripping up to the Loire Valley! #abbygraceineurope #abbyandkatherineinfrance
1) I couldn't find a photo in my archives of anything heart-shaped, so this gorgeous bouquet is the best I can do for a Valentine's Day-ish post 2) my Valentine is currently 3,800 miles away and I miss him like crazy! @mattygracephoto, you were the first one to ever give me a reason to enjoy February 14th and I LOVE our tradition of a Redbox movie and Chinese takeout! Je t'aime, mon amour 💕 #abbygraceineurope