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Monday Mash-Up

Oi. I woke up this morning feeling as though I’d aged 60 years overnight. You’d think, after running a marathon, that it’d be the best sleep you’ll ever have, right? Nope. Instead, you wake up every couple of hours with your hips aching, wondering why, for the hundredth time that weekend, you ever decided upon such a drawn-out form of self-inflicted torture?

It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong! There’s nothing that gives me that feeling of accomplishment like crossing this finish line after 26.2 miles of running. When you’re physically exhausted, emotionally spent, and you can say “I DID IT!!” That makes it worth it. After finishing you proceed on to receive your finisher’s medal, and this year I intentionally picked the line with the only female Marine in sight handing out medals. When she read my shirt (see below), she hugged me and told me to thank my brother and then thanked ME for running, and I cried. It was one of those moments that didn’t really make sense- here she was, serving her country, and all I did was run a dumb race. But of the past three marathons I’ve run, that was my single most favorite moment!

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the last week weekend:

  • I saw Samwise Gamgee aka Rudy!! Sean Astin ran the marathon this year and he was at the finish line, talking with the announcer guy. And like an idiot, as I’m running the last 1/10th of a mile, I found myself shouting “RUUUUDY!” It worked- he looked over at me, gave me a sarcastic smile, then kept on talking. You know, as if he hadn’t heard that exact same thing shouted at him every day since 1993.
  • Also a high point: finding $60 between miles 8 and 9. I saw a $20 on the ground, picked it up with a smile, then opened it to find it was actually three $20 bills. I felt really bad for whoever dropped it, but since I didn’t see whoever dropped it, there was no way to return it to its owner aside from shouting “HEY! WHO JUST LOST SIXTY DOLLARS?” So I just bought lunch for me, Matt, and my parents afterwards. Win!
  • We finished 15 minutes faster than our previous marathon! Yaaay for PRs!
  • There comes a point during marathons when some people hit what we refer to as “the wall.” Totally devoid of energy, completely spent. I hit it the first year, my dad hit it this year at around mile 25. I asked “do you want me to talk to you? Or just shut up?” “Just shut up.” Duly noted, Dad.:)
  • I’ve discovered the best race-course snack for when you just need a shot of sugar: Starburst! Specifically, the watermelon ones from the FaveReds bag.

Hey look! Some iPhone pictures!

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Right before the race began, several Marine paratroopers (I think that’s the right term?) jumped out of planes overhead, and as they were falling back to Earth, unrolled a ginormous flag. It was awesome!

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby Grace

Aaand this was pretty much our view for the entirety of the race. Running through Georgetown is always one of my favorite parts :).

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby Grace

DONE. Or, as Fat Amy would say, “Crushed it.”

Marine Corps Marathon 2014- Abby GraceHappy Monday, folks!

Alicia - October 27, 2014 - 11:18 am

This is pretty incredible, Abby! So proud of you and your dad — and of course, thank you to your brother for serving!! But what was more exciting… finding $60 or finishing with a PR?! hahah

Tiffany Heidenthal - October 27, 2014 - 10:48 am

Your dad’s blog comment is the best haha. Congratulations!

Dad - October 27, 2014 - 10:29 am

The best part was being done

Sarah Bradshaw - October 27, 2014 - 10:08 am

I was driving over the 395 bridge on my way to a shoot when the flag was descending. I stopped and prayed for you guys. :) Pretty spectacular way to start the morning!!!

Morgan Danner - October 27, 2014 - 9:13 am

You guys are AMAZING!!! Congratulations!! Crushed it :)

Shalese - October 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT!!!! You and your dad are amazing!

Jean - October 27, 2014 - 8:23 am

you and my son-in-law are just so awesome!

Mary - October 27, 2014 - 8:20 am

Way to go, girl!!! Such an amazing accomplishment and so sweet that you did it with your Dad!! Your brother must be so proud. :) Rest up!! xo

Georgina- a New York City ballerina session in Central Park

I’ve been hoping for a chance to shoot a ballerina session in New York ever since beginning my ballerina series last year, and when my most recent Manhattan travel date approached I knew this was the time to make it happen! Georgina and I both danced at Conservatory Ballet growing up, so when I learned that she’s currently living and dancing in the city, I knew we had to make a session happen. Fortunately for me, things worked out, and I left Central Park that day walking on cloud nine- everything about this session was perfect! Enjoy this gorgeous ballerina in one of my favorite New York spots.

Georgina, thank you thank you thank you for bringing my vision to life! You are STUNNING and it was a joy to photograph you, girl!

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Kathryn Grace - October 27, 2014 - 8:29 am

Wow! Gorgeous!

Jenny - October 24, 2014 - 1:01 pm

These are breathtaking. So glad you’re sharing these!

Lindsey LaRue - October 24, 2014 - 10:59 am

I’m in love with these! Probably my favorite of your ballet sessions to date!

Melissa - October 24, 2014 - 10:41 am

These are AMAZING!!!

Lelia Marie - October 24, 2014 - 10:22 am

Wow Abby! This is my favorite ballerina session yet! Beautiful :-)

Neal & Sweta- a colorful fusion wedding at the Marriott

She was as calm as could be on the morning of the wedding. Excited, but not anxious in the way you might expect someone to be on the morning of the biggest day of their life thus far. She was all smiles, flitting here and there making sure everyone else had what they needed. It was classic Sweta- selfless and sweet, glowing. And Neal, he was his classic self as well- joking and laughing with his groomsmen as he mounted the white horse that would bring him to the ceremony, surrounded by family and friends caught up in the celebratory mood of it all. So much rejoicing from start to finish, with these two sweethearts at the center of it all.

Neal & Sweta, having the honor of spending your wedding day with you both was something I’ll never forget! From the baraat to the lightbulb dance moves, it was perfect from start to finish. Thank you, a hundred times thank you, for asking me to document such an important day in your lives! I hope Greece was even more magical than you anticipated :).

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ashley - October 25, 2014 - 10:25 am

LOVEEEEEE!!!!!! it is a dream to do a wedding like this! such a great job! everything looks beautiful! I love this culture!

Sara H - October 24, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Breathtaking!

Holly - October 24, 2014 - 7:02 am

I have been a blog follower for years (first time commenting!) and this has to be my favorite wedding of yours! It really shows off your talents – beautiful light, beautiful images, personal moments captured,et c.. Hands down my new favorite!

Urška Majer - October 24, 2014 - 6:24 am

So gorgeous :)

Paula Kumar - October 23, 2014 - 8:48 pm

These are so beautiful…… Each and everyone show the joy that we felt on the day for Neal and Sweta….. and for ourselves as well as we could feel the strength of their bond and our families bond grow…..

Rebekah - October 23, 2014 - 6:01 pm

I am obsessed with Indian culture so I LOVE this wedding. Great work as always.

Tiffany Heidenthal - October 23, 2014 - 3:10 pm

I LOVE this. The bridesmsaids in gold, so gorgeous!

Kishore Rimal - October 23, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Breathtaking!!!! The colors are just amazing!

Praveen Sharma - October 23, 2014 - 2:24 pm

What a beautiful album! We love your work, Abby!

Sweta Kumar - October 23, 2014 - 12:33 pm

I’m in tears, Abby! October 4th was the most special day of our lives! You captured it perfectly….I mean really! I’m in awe of your talent, you really were born to capture the very essence of love through the camera! Bravo and one-hundred time i thank you…. Xoxox

Aseeka - October 23, 2014 - 12:12 pm

These are unreal. Abby we can’t thank you enough for capturing these so beautifully!!

Monday Mash-Up

It’s MONDAY again! Funny how that happens every week, isn’t it? Yes.

It was another awesomely busy week at Abby Grace headquarters, aka… my house. I’m just so dang lucky, you guys. This job that I do for a living, it’s the best thing. Life-giving, energizing, and so, SO full of love! I had Scott & Chelsea’s anniversary session last Tuesday morning in DC and I drove away with a tremendous smile on my face- starting my day off with a pair of crazy-in-love newlyweds was such a gift. Back when I was still working my corporate job, I used to dream about the freedom to shoot portrait sessions during the week, rather than scheduling everything on the weekends. So having that perspective, it makes battling the rush hour traffic into the city for an anniversary session much much easier :).

So this next weekend’s going to be a stressful one for a totally different-than-usual reason; it’s the Marine Corps Marathon! My dad and I are running it together for the third time, and I feel pretty good about it. Our training’s been a bit… inconsistent this year, with our buying a house, my parents buying a new house (WAIT til you see the home they’re buying!), and my mom’s health issues, but all we care about is finishing, so it’s all good. Because you know what happens when you finish running 26.2 miles? You get to eat whatever you want without feeling a single ounce of guilt about it. For me, that’ll be an entire Bloomin’ Onion. And some cookie dough ice cream.

And then next Monday I’ll go back to Paleo… probably.

As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week:

  • Some people sleep talk. Apparently, I’m a bit more aggressive- I sleep fight. I woke Matt & I up at 3 am this morning when I punched my nightstand and knocked over my water glass.
  • Up until this past Friday, I’d never seen an episode of Gilmore Girls (I had objections because I’ve ALWAYS loved the named Lorelei, and whenever I’d tell people that’s what I wanted to name a child in the future, they’d say “Oh, like from Gilmore Girls?”). But the entire series is now available on Netflix and Matt convinced me to at least give it a try… and now I think I might be hooked. I’m only on episode six or seven from the first season, but I already hate Paris and love Dean. And I want Lorelei to marry Luke.
  • If any of you people spoil ANY of the Gilmore Girls plot lines  in the comments section, I will never speak to you again. And yes, I realize I’m about 10 years behind.
  • I won a seat to a Three Nails Photography workshop!! AH! If you haven’t discovered Hunter’s work, I suggest doing so now- it’s way different than your usual fare, but what’s why I love it. I can’t wait to learn from him in December!

A preview from Nick & Kathryn’s Leesburg wedding this past weekend with Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events! I had SO much fun working with her and can’t wait for y’all to see more of this wedding day!

Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer- Abby Grace

Lyn - October 21, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Good luck on the marathon to you and your dad!! YOU HAVEN’T WATCHed GILMORE GIRLS?! That really is a shocker after seeing how much you love quoting things! It’s crazy how they all die in season 2… ;-)

Jean - October 20, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Good luck on the marathon and enjoy your blooming onion. I am so happy that you are able to earn a living doing what you love. Not everyone has that option. I, too, have never watched Gilmore Girls. Maybe that’s something I need to do.

Sarah Bradshaw - October 20, 2014 - 1:35 pm

I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls either, but I’m about ready for a new TV series for my “while I’m editing” background noise. We’re gaining culture education together. :)

Tiffany Heidenthal - October 20, 2014 - 11:44 am

That picture is gorgeous! It needs to be a canvas. And congratulations on rediscovering Gilmore Girls. It’s one of my favorites (might be watching it right now), such a quick, clever show!

Maria - October 20, 2014 - 10:43 am

Love the framing with those trees! And I can’t wait to see Scott & Chelsea’s session :)

Brittany - October 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

Welcome to the addiction that is Gilmore Girls!! I own the entire series on DVD and I still screamed like a little girl when I saw it was going to be streaming on Netflix! And obviously I’m re-watching it for the 22nd time!!! :)