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Jason & Kendra- a Georgetown sunrise engagement session

These two are just so sweet together! Kendra & I have been chatting since last Spring but didn’t get a chance to meet face-to-face until their engagement session last week; that was one long overdue hug! After less than two minutes of shooting, I just about fell in love with the pair of them. Jason knows how to make Kendra smile at the drop of a hat- it was fun so see that sweet grin spread across her face from something Jason would say just to her. There were so many laughs exchanged between the two of them in Georgetown that morning, I just can’t wait for their wedding later this month!

Jason & Kendra, it was my absolutely joy to finally be able to meet you both in person! Photographing you both together was the best way to spend an early morning in the city, and I’m so grateful that you chose to spend that time with me. I’ll see you both again SO soon!

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Nikki Santerre - July 3, 2014 - 1:30 pm

I LOVE the locations! The waterfront in Georgetown is my favorite!

Jean - July 3, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Gorgeous pictures, Abby!

Rebekah - July 3, 2014 - 12:22 pm

I love her outfits! Great pictures as always!

Chelsea Anderson - July 3, 2014 - 12:21 pm

I love these! I love you, Kendra and I love you, Abby! Hope you two enjoyed your time together – can’t wait to see the wedding pictures. :) <3

Monday Mash-Up

The theme for this week’s MMU is “running + Paleo fails.” I never want to be *that* person who constantly talks about diet and exercise, but I feel like this week calls for a bit of self-indulgence. Read on and you’ll most likely agree.

Lessons learned/things that transpired over the past week:

  • I’ve lost track of how many pairs of running shorts I’ve bought in my lifetime, making it incredibly frustrating when I can only find TWO PAIRS. Seriously- how does that happen?? Where on earth do they go?
  • Going from 0 miles to almost 30 miles a week is a surefire way to make you feel really, really out of shape. My dad nicknamed me “Suckwind” in middle school, and I think I’ve re-earned that title again.
  • We’ve been doing Paleo for about a month now, and I feel great! But eating Paleo makes everything a lot more complicated. For example: Matt made pulled pork yesterday in the crockpot (YUM!) so it was my job to find a suitable side dish. I came up with the idea of making Paleo-modified coleslaw, which ended up being delicious! But coleslaw requires mayo, which isn’t Paleo, so I had to make that before I could even begin the coleslaw itself. This is pretty much how every meal works out for us: “I have a great idea for a delicious dinner! But first, let me re-make all of the ingredients so that it’s Paleo-acceptable.”
  • Also, it’s important to read recipes all the way through. If a recipe calls for egg YOLKS and you mistakenly use the egg WHITES, don’t be surprised when it doesn’t look the way it’s supposed to. Or taste the way it’s supposed to. Oops!
  • On the other hand, Paleo mayo is delicious! And the blog paleomg.com is such a good resource for yummy recipes. We found one for double chocolate chip cookies that are even better than flour-based ones I’ve had in the past!

There are a couple of sweet engagement sessions coming your way this week on the blog, definitely stay tuned!

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Ali W - July 1, 2014 - 8:55 am

I made my own mayo the other day as well! I was so impressed that it actually tasted like… real mayo!! AND it was so easy and took like, two seconds.

Jean - June 30, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Running and sticking to a diet, Yay! Great photos!

Lyn - June 30, 2014 - 2:08 pm

We’re also trying Paleo but I am not nearly as good as sticking too it so major props to you! Also looking forward to Kendra’s engagement session (we’re both in the same program and only recently put 2 + 2 together about a common love of a certain photographer!)

Katie - June 30, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Great job on sticking with paleo! I (I’m supposed to ) stick to a more strict diet for my health as well and I know how hard it is! Especially, when meals take so much more time and thought to prepare. Looking forward to the e-sessions! :)

Billy & Jenny- a sweet, colorful Maryland wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Where to begin with these two? Their warm smiles say all you need to feel at ease with them, to feel invited in like family. Their love is palpable, making everything else around it feel all the more beautiful, all the more marvelous. Her piercing blue eyes, his sweet expression whenever his gaze falls on her. The way he holds her so close yet so gently; it must make her feel invincible. They are, simply put, better together. And their day was a celebration of the fact that together they’ll be for the rest of their lives.

Billy & Jenny, your wedding day left me breathless. To be in the presence of two people who are so evidently perfect for one another, it was the very reason I love photographing weddings. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing me to be the one to capture it all! It was such a privilege.

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Details-

Ceremony: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Reception: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Dress: San Patrick Barcelona
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids: Dessy Group
Florals: Petal & Print
Hair & make-up: Behind The Veil
Cupcake artist: Cupcakes in Bloom
Deejay: Ryan Deal of Mixing Maryland
Rolls Royce: Concours Vintage Limousine

Rici - July 2, 2014 - 6:55 am

The golden light evening portraits are just swoon!! Love them!

Shalese - June 30, 2014 - 10:04 am

AH these are ALL so gorgeous!!! The light is just amazing!!

Gayle Driver - June 27, 2014 - 6:51 pm

These are all so beautiful!!

Aaron - June 27, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Beautiful wedding. Such a pretty bride, gorgeous colors, and always stunning portraits. Loved this one! :)

Rebekah - June 27, 2014 - 10:37 am

Wow, the lighting in all of these is just so perfect. I think every wedding you do just gets better & better. Great work!

Kathryn Grace - June 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

Sheer perfection.

Kat - June 26, 2014 - 5:58 pm

GORGEOUS, Abby!!!!!! You’re B&W’s kill me.

Jean - June 26, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Simply gorgeous!

Regan Carter - June 26, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Wow wow wow, what a picture perfect wedding! Ahh I love it!! One of my favorites of yours!! So dreamy!!

Lindsay - June 26, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Absolutely stunning!! They look so beautiful and effortlessly in love.

Jacob & Courtney- a sun-drenched DC engagement session

These two are the sort of couple I wish I could tote along with me to every beautiful place I’ve ever accidentally stumbled upon. Their easy way together makes any scene all the more incredible, and their love is such a joyful thing to behold! He’s crazy about her, that much is evident from the first two minutes I spent with them. And that smile she reserves just for him, the one that starts slowly, then spreads from ear to ear? No wonder there were so many kisses between the two of them during their engagement session- they fit so perfectly together.

Jacob & Courtney, I’m so grateful to know you both! My time with y’all last week was such a breath of fresh air, and I can’t imagine a better way to have spent the evening. Thank you SO much for such a relaxed, wonderful time- I’m so excited for October!!

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petals and promises, llc - June 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm

love the light in this collection !!!! so so pretty and that last shot is a stunner :)

Urška Majer - June 26, 2014 - 5:51 am

Sooooo gorgeous :)

Jean - June 25, 2014 - 5:59 pm

These are gorgeous pictures, Abby! Love them all!

Rebekah - June 25, 2014 - 3:22 pm

These are gorgeous! The light is so dreamy. Definitely worth getting up early for if this was a sunrise session.

Courtney Hopkins - June 25, 2014 - 2:20 pm

We had so much fun having you shoot us! Thank you for a great evening and the amazing photos!

kaitlyn phipps - June 25, 2014 - 1:50 pm

lovelovelovelovelove LOVE! these are beautiful

Nikki Santerre - June 25, 2014 - 1:50 pm

These are beautiful, Abby! This couple radiates with joy!

Life in the here and now

Confession: I didn’t post a Monday Mash-Up yesterday because I was too busy sleeping in. Well, sleeping in after arriving back home from a 5:45 am sunrise session, but same jist!

Every photographer’s threshold for how many weddings they can realistically handle within a period of time is different- I’ve heard of some photos doing triple-headers (three weddings in one weekend) week in and week out, managing just fine. For me, I can’t do that. Over the past few years in the industry I’ve learned my limits and have learned the consequences of ignoring said limits, so I do my best to operate within the confines of what’s realistically possible for me. I just finished up a six-week stretch of a wedding each weekend, and since I’m still handling all my own editing + the editing of an engagement/anniversary/portrait session taken on throughout the week, it’s enough to keep me pretty dang busy.

Truth be told, I’m kind of exhausted. In the best way possible, of course, but still tired all the same. I just needed a break from my computer yesterday. And today, I’m working from the couch, wearing my glasses, yoga pants and a t-shirt, with a puppy on either side keeping my company.

Life is good.

I have several exciting things in the works right now, all of which are in some state of half-finished-ness (workshop, anyone?:)). But the rest of this week is going to be dedicated to finishing up edits, following up with my couples, tweaking my systems to make them even more automated, and loving my clients well.

I’m not sure what the point of this blog post was. There’s no hard-hitting message at the end, nothing I’ll say that’s worth Tweeting or Pinning. But I’m thankful that you’re reading it, and I’m grateful for today.

Tulle skirt! Abby Grace Photography

Disclaimer: I look NOTHING like this today. But I refuse to post a photo of myself in my glasses because I kind of look like a bug in them. Sooo there ya go. Also, let’s take a sec to give Matt a round of applause for taking this photo- for someone who maintains that he doesn’t like taking pictures, he sure is good at it!

Jean - June 24, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Kudos to Matt for the great photo of my precious granddaughter! Glad you have realized your limitations and can work within those. That’s a very important lesson to learn. Love looking are your beautiful photographs.

Heather - June 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

You are BEAUTIFUL friend! Love seeing you through your love’s eyes :)

Karen Field/Mom - June 24, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Great job, Matt! Well executed shot! Abby, you do look gorgeous in this photo. Did you make this skirt, too? I loved that when you tilted your head it gave an excuse for your curls to spill out over your shoulders. Beautiful!

kaitlyn phipps - June 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm

you are gorgeous. and i am thankful for you! glad you’re getting some well deserved rest.

Mary - June 24, 2014 - 12:41 pm

You are lovely. Inside AND out. Glad you took time for you!!! xo