Owning a small business can be hard. No ifs, ands, or buts about it- it’s usually (at the beginning, at least) more work for less pay than an average corporate job would be, but when you love something enough, it’s WORTH it! Sloughing through the not-so-fun bits are worth it when you’re doing work that you’re passionate […]

  • Jean - Your enthusiasm is contagious. I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Mayfield - Encouraging post! Thanks Abby!!ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - We’ve been only accepting couples and weddings that we truly believe we connected with this year and so far it really payed off! :)ReplyCancel

I’m a little embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to share this post. It was well over a year ago, maybe even two years ago, that I was finally able to articulate a vision statement for AGP, and since doing so, both my work and my life has changed as a result, all for the […]

  • Jean - I have always loved that photo, too. Glad it was an inspiration for your business vision.ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Tears….ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Words escape meReplyCancel

  • Nikki Santerre - Beautiful, Abby. I love this and can totally see how this vision has impacted your business this year. xoxo!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Springmann - Abby, what a great business vision! I believe that God is well blessed with this vision and pray that He continues to bless your business. We are so proud that you married our son and are part of our family. Love you, Mary and SteveReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Langford - Abby, I love the purpose behind your business. You are truly helping to honor and encourage marriage and giving your clients a lasting piece of their legacy. Thank you for sharing your vision!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Tears. A wedding photo is forever my iPhone’s lock screen and a reminder of not only a perfect moment between my husband and myself but also a point in the universe when my life was forever changed. Your eye saw the spark between us and captured those moments. Your vision will live on in our wedding photographs forever.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - I love this. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Matts - Abby, next reunion you get a very big hug. Your vision is beautiful and perfect for your business. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - This has inspired me to start working on my mission statement! I cried reading this, its so beautiful and so meaningful as to what us photographers capture in this day in age!ReplyCancel

  • Katelyn James - So so powerful abby! i love this for so many reasons!!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Karis - Best thing I could have read today.ReplyCancel

  • Sydni - Wow! This is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I love this. I whole heartedly believe in this. Thank you for sharing your life with us and the sweet meaning behind this image. My heart is so full. I’m working hard now to find my vision.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Duffy - Abby…all of this…beautiful. :-)ReplyCancel

  • A Practical Wedding Workshop, November recap! - […] you guys read last week’s blog post on vision, you know that I believe in business with purpose. And further than that, I believe in purpose […]ReplyCancel

My house didn’t used to be the most terrifying on the block. Nope- before we brought Sirius home, Lily would only bark at the mailman & UPS guy. And sure, she’d growl at other people who had the audacity to move in the general vicinity of our street, but that’s normal. But now, neighborhood kids […]

  • Shalese - Ummmm no nerds I knew dress in skirts and knee socks. So glad you called them out!! hahahaReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Those middle school girls definitely had some lame costumes; I’m glad you called them out on it. This was my first Halloween not working since I graduated from nursing school 4 years ago, so I had a great time seeing all the kids in their costumes. However, at one point, some girls came up to our house who were clearly (in my mind anyway) a bit too old to be trick or treating. When I closed the door, I told my husband “They were too old to be doing this. They had boobs!” HAHA! Also, Lily is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Sacrilege!!! Nothing is better than Virginia!!! Now you take that back!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - In my younger days, a comment like that about their lame costumes would have gotten your windows soaped! I know that was ages ago, but it’s a fact. Love the Lily photo!ReplyCancel

  • Abbeigh - I miss the fall so, so, so much in CT! Eastern NC is just not cutting it in the all-things-fall category. So I’ll move with you, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Sydni - Bahaha this is the best post ever :)ReplyCancel

For those of you who haven’t ever heard of UNITED, it’s AMAZING! It’s a 2-3 day conference for photographers, hosted by ShowIt (the website company I use), and it’s one of those game-changing sort of experiences. I always walk away with my world rocked in some way or another. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into […]

  • Laura Hernandez - What a wonderful recap! I miss it so much already and pretty sure they need these at least twice a year. You did wonderfully on stage and as a teacher. I’ll never forget our drink of Geraldine.;)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Frey - Yea!! So proud of you – you did a wonderful job teaching the shoot and your talk was awesome (and that riff-off?! epic). Thanks again for the hugs, sweet words and genuine awesome-ness!ReplyCancel

  • Stephen - PROM DRESS! Classic!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Sounds like a wonderful experience for all who attended. Gorgeous photos.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Karis - if you’re nervous about speaking, you’re focused on the wrong thing.<<< I love that! What a great recap!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Sounds like you rocked the whole event! Your prom dress looked gorgeous on you both times!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - I am so glad you were able to make this experience! Well done ( even if I did not hear you) just for stepping out & speaking in front of the crowd. Well done dear Abby!!!ReplyCancel

“Kevin, I’ll have you take Arie’s hand and lead her – ” “Always.” And that’s what I love these two. Because beneath that sweet little moment was a steadfast promise, that he would lead his wife with steadfast assurance. That his role as husband wasn’t one he was entering into lightly, and that her role […]