Staunton, Roanoke, Charleston, Annapolis, Denver, Memphis, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. Somehow, I've had the privilege of being present for every single one of @creativeatheart's conferences since it began in 2015, and I'm nowhere near quitting now! • In addition to an impressive collection of beautiful name tags, I also have a community of friends and co-creatives that I'd never be able to claim without my time spent at these conferences. And somehow, we left #creativeatheartround8 MORE encouraged than ever before, despite being in the midst of the most challenging year of our lives. Or maybe because of it? • I don't say this flippantly- this conference is a life-changer. It's a heart-checker, a truth-dropper, a pearls-of-wisdom-giver, an experience that will shake you to your core, in all the best ways possible. Every session & speaker carefully chosen, the education is undeniably worthwhile. • But in addition to the in-class sessions, there are the soul-stirring conversations. When friends speak truth into your life, when they point out big ways the God is moving that I haven't had the clarity to see yet, when they encourage and challenge and love you WELL. I can't overstate the value of those conversations and their profound effect on my soul, not just my business 💕 • I'm walking away from Round 8 feeling pumped about all things Abby Grace Photography, but even MORE on fire for what's coming in the lives of Abby & Matt Springmann! #creativeatheartconference #herestothecreatives
#tutuTuesday. It's real, and it's here! 💃🏼 It’s Day 2 here at @creativeatheart and today is @mattygracephoto’s educator debut! We’re teaching a breakout session together later this morning, alllll about how to build systems that sustain your business. I can’t WAIT! ☕️ And then you can catch me later this afternoon with a cup of tea, because my voice is already starting to go- it happens at every conference! #creativeatheartround8 #abbygraceballerinas 🤓 Photograph from this past winter, with the gorgeous @annabelle_adams999 at @skyeballetcenter, beauty by @nofilterglam. . . . . #worldwideballet #apinkballerina #balletlife #ballerinasofinstagram #balletlover #caughtonpointe #darlingballerinas #balletislife #worldballetproject #balletclass #balletspirit
Today's #nationaladoptionday, the first of many we'll note as a family. Matt and I are still pretty new to this world of adoption, but we've learned SO MUCH in the last few months! I came into the ring thinking this was just another way for us to grow our family... and in some ways, it is. We'll go from two to three in a practical sense. ❤️ But in a lot of other ways, it's about way more than that, and is so much more involved than just our desire to become parents. We're learning that though adoption is a very real, joyful picture of God's redeeming love, it also *always* involves grief and brokenness. And by God's grace, he covers all, but that doesn't mean it won't still be so hard. 🧡 We're learning that there are so many more opinions and voices out there on the subject of adoption than we ever thought possible, and that many of our pre-conceived notions on birth moms, adoptees, and the circumstances surrounding the need for an adoption plan were just plain FALSE. But again, God's grace covers all. 💛 Mostly, I think we're learning just how much we need Jesus, over and over again. And how adoption is a lifelong conversation, not just a one-time experience. Not for us, and certainly never for our son or daughter. 💚 Regardless, I'm so grateful that adoption is a part of our family's story. #springmannjourneytobaby 💙 Slow dances at home, from our session with @sarahcbradshaw for our @kindred.co profile book
Still obsessed with miss Katie's wedding day look. It's a good thing we're working on their album design now, then, so I have an excuse to stare at these even more! Katie, you are an absolute VISION!! . . . . . #baltimorewedding #baltimoreweddingphotographer #bridetrends #weddinginspiration #fineartphotography #realwedding #howheasked #thedailywedding #aisleperfect #abbygraceweddings #abbygracebride #marthastewartweddings #filmisnotdead #fuji400h #ishootfujifilm #contax645 #istillshootfilm
My ONLY regret when shooting a wedding like Kristin & Steve's is that I never get a chance to try the signature drink (for obvious reasons). Because, come on- a clementine Moscow mule? Tell me that doesn't sound amazing!! 🍊 ...also, Stone Tower opened up all their 2020 dates as of last Thursday- I’m SO excited to chat with so many newly-booked brides & grooms!! Stone Tower will forever be one of my favorite venues, getting to shoot there means we're working with our friends! 🌿 Gorgeous concept & design by @pamelabarefoot_events Florals @philippatarrant Catering by @maineventcatrs Stunning backdrop courtesy of @stonetowerweddings Also with @skipperfilms @amiedeckerbeauty @evoke_dc & @fluffythoughtscakes
I once heard a new photographer say that her grooms' opinions don't matter much, because everyone knows the brides are the ones who really count. 🙅🏼AH! 🙅🏾 We have to stop that kind of thinking! True, the wedding industry tends to cater more toward brides, for many reasons which make a lot of sense. The bride's look is usually much more involved (dress, shoes, hair & makeup, accessories, etc), the bride's family traditionally hosts the wedding day, and our brides are frequently the one who've spent more time dreaming and Pinning in anticipation of the big day. All generalizations, of course. 👰🏻 But dear wedding vendors, we cannot and SHOULD not ever forget that it takes TWO to hold a wedding. It takes TWO for marriage, it takes TWO for lifelong commitment that goes the distance. And if we begin our clients' journey into marriage with the message that one spouse matters more than the other, that one's opinions carry more weight than the other's, we are doing our couples a colossal disservice ⚖️ I don't mean to say we must demand equal involvement from our brides & grooms, an even 50/50 split, but I do mean that our grooms DO deserve real attention, in addition to our brides. Photographers, take time for portraits of just the groom. He MATTERS. He matters just as much as his bride, and his photos do too- if it weren't for him, she wouldn't be here, and vice versa. 🤵🏽 Marriage is about two. I always, always wish for our photographs and our service to reflect that.