It's taken me way too long to share this but... I was named an Editor's Pick by Washingtonian Weddings magazine! I've had the pleasure of being named one of their top wedding photographers since 2012, but the distinction of Editor's Pick is such a privilege. Seeing my name among so many of my talented photographer friends makes me grateful for the journey of small business ownership. I remember when I started my business almost 10 years ago that I was SO hungry to be the photographer I am today. But good things, great things often take time. Every challenge we've had to puzzle our way around, every difficult email I've had to write (or receive), every hurdle we've had to overcome, it's been SO worth it to build the business that stands today. As my friend @marymarantz says, slow growth equals strong roots. And these roots are deeper and more satisfied than they've ever been before.
If you're working on restoring an old BMW convertible and want to include said vehicle in your anniversary session, I might just be the photographer for you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🙋🏻♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Double points if you bring your pup.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🐶⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Triple points if they're a really good doggo, like Maritime.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🐕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From Kip & Liz's session last Fall, which I'm still completely in love with! I mean... these two are straight out of an LLBean shoot.
We took the lazy route from Dijon to Tours, in no hurry to reach our destination because, simply put, the road trip portion of our explorations was proving just as enjoyable as the destinations themselves. We passed a sign for the town of Villaneuve-Sûr-Yon, decided it sounded interesting, and pulled off the main highway. It was a sleepy little town with hardly any activity to speak of, but the main entrance into the city charmed me right away, pulling me into imagined histories of gatekeepers and carriages, markets in the city’s main square, and sword fights up and down spiral staircases. (Because, every spiral staircase had to have at least ONE of those, right?)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚔️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I miss France so very much, and frames like this one are the best kind of reminder that when in Europe, straying from the highway is almost never a bad idea. I can't wait to teach Felix to explore off the beaten track, to embrace spontaneity, to breathe deeply and plunge after inspiration, no matter how close to or far from home he may be!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're not able to travel internationally until Felix's adoption is finalized (sometime after he's 6 months old), so for now, I'll content myself with looking back through galleries of past travels... and daydreaming about where we'll go next. Because you can be sure we'll be applying for his passport as SOON as humanly possible! #abbygraceineurope
October's self-portrait, What the camera doesn't show...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🛑 I almost didn't share this one. All I wanted for this photograph was for it to capture a slice of time with my little buddy during a classic October Saturday out at our favorite fall festival. But oh my gosh, I am SO GLAD the camera doesn't show you the hour or two leading up to this! I was stressing out all afternoon about not having enough time at the festival, we took a wrong turn on the way there and Matt and I got into an argument, we arrived with a mere 45 minutes of daylight left, and I was stressed out about managing to take my self-portrait AND enjoy all the October-y goodness. I'm sorry, but Abby? You need to take a chill pill.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Instagram is NOT real life. Is this a beautiful photograph? I certainly think so! But is this authentic to what our day looked like as a whole? Nope. Just a little reminder for those of y'all who, like me, battle feeling bad about yourself when you scroll through the IG discover tab and see so many other people who look like they're doing it better than you... remember: you simply have no idea what kind of shenanigans the camera DOESN'T show. 💕 Take courage, my friend. In the words of @marymarantz, you are doing just fine.
Working with @emilygeraldphotography for her branding session after having been a client of hers for hospital and newborn portraits with Felix was such a joy. It meant that, because I'd been on the receiving end of her photographic gifts, that I understood more about how her thoughtful approach impacts the final heirloom product. THIS is what I love about branding portraits- the opportunity to get inside the mind and heart of another business owner to capture not only WHAT they do, but the how and why behind it all. Emily, you are so very gifted at what you do, and it was a PRIVILEGE to shoot for you! #abbygracebrandportraits
If I could tell my cold-weather brides one thing, it would be to KEEP WARM! Chances are, if you have a late fall/winter wedding planned, it's going to be chilly. And possibly windy. For the sake of your comfort and enjoyment, I don't want your teeth chattering during photographs- whenever you look back at your portraits, all you'll think about is how COLD you were! Do yourself *and* your bridesmaids a favor and, if you're planning for outdoor portraits, make sure to incorporate some kind of fur or shrug into your wedding day look. It will only enhance your bridal look, I promise! (wondering where to start? @donnasalyers has some GORGEOUS faux fur wraps, shrugs, capelets and coats like the one Emily wore on her wedding day!) • With @gritandgraceinc, @hollychapple, @salamanderresort, @carinesbridal, @remonasoleimani, @makeupbyanab • As seen in @mlweddingswashington magazine