Oooh I wish you guys could have been with me at the first few weddings I photographed. I did the “all black” thing, like most ninjas/vendors. (And when I say all black, I mean like… a black top and black pants, + black shoes, and a simple ponytail or braid). I thought that’s how I […]

  • Crystal Satriano - I love wearing dresses to weddings! My new requirement is pockets! They are a MUST. Also, I wear bike shorts under all of my dresses at weddings and even to the park with the kids. I still try to be lady like, but in the event the wind picks up (since mama got big hips and can’t do fitted skirts) and takes my skirt I have no fear of everyone getting a show. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Dad - I recognize that setting!ReplyCancel

  • Kara Ruskin - LOVED this post! You know how i feel about this, and one of the things that sets you apart from so many other photographers.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I love all of these dresses! So pretty!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - So funny, I’ve done the exact opposite of you where I started shooting in color and even some patterned dresses and now won’t wear anything other than black formal. A lot of the weddings I shoot the planner specifies that all vendors need to be black tie though too 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin - Yes but you always look DRESSY in black! When I say “dress like a vendor,” I mean like… black denim pants and a black polo + sneakers. I’ve seen that get-up on too many videographers before! But you, dear Emilia, always look flawless and elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Didi - Hi Abby. Love all the BTS photos!! I started out with dresses in a muted color – light blue, pale lavender, but since I dearly love black leggings (they are so comfortable and make me look thinner) I pair them for casual with a long buttoned front, slightly flowing tunic, which I leave unbuttoned and roll up the sleeves and wear a coordinating sleeveless knit top and comfortable flats, or in the winter, riding boots. For more formal in the church traditional weddings, I have a great pair of Eileen Fisher stretch, dressy black slacks which I pair with a dark purple, dark burgundy or dark blue knit top with 3-quarter length sleeves and my comfortable black flats; or a white flowing tunic top with a long to the knees black extremely light knit open sweater. For more casual outside weddings, I have really cute lavender, green and white pale flowered culottes which I pair with a light purple knit top and my flats! I don’t stand out and have – until someone sees my camera – been thought to be a guest! Love the blog. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Elise - Love what you said about being like a guest — being like a friend to people.ReplyCancel

I swore we’d never be “those” sort of dog people. You know, the ones who talk to their pups in weird voices? And I remember insisting to Matt that we would NEVER refer to ourselves as “mom & dad” for our dogs because, well, they’re canines and we’re humans. But despite all my good/misguided intentions, […]

  • Alicia - She really did capture them perfectly!!!! Gotta love those two sweethearts!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Love the doggie portraits! You two are good parents to your sweet animals!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - You’re so welcome!! Thanks for sharing, I love how you decided to hang them, they look perfect 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen Fielf aka Mom - The watercolors do catch the pups very well. I love that their leashes are hung just below them!ReplyCancel

The first time I’d seen their faces was on J&M’s blog– they’d had anniversary portraits taken in New York, which automatically made them cool people in my book (there should be a club for us J&M Manhattan anniversary couples…). And the first time I met them was at WPPI this past year- I saw James’ […]

Today is a VERY special day, because it’s the 200TH MONDAY MASH-UP POST!! Can you believe this series is four years old?! I can’t! What was originally created as a filler series during the days when I blogged ever day, Monday-Friday has become my MOST-read post every week. I’ve considered giving MMU the axe several times over the […]

  • Karen Field aka Mom - Very funny! I also enjoy your MMU posts. That was a terrific photo and f Matt but Lily looks, how do you say, put out. Your Dad is still playing with SnapChat and he’s a leader at a camp for 14-21 yos this week so guaranteed goofyness in their spare time- with the other leaders.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - I love your MMU and I love you, too! I am enjoying your antics on Snapchat, also!ReplyCancel

  • Richelle - Congrats on your 200th MMU! And Lily’s face!! It’s perfect. Have a great week 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Yay!!!! Happy MMU anni!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Oh Happy anniversary! how cool that you kept going! Soon love your MMP!!!ReplyCancel

You know her. You’ve seen her before on my blog, or maybe you’ve caught her on my Instagram. Sophie was one of my first #abbygraceballerinas, and our first session was the one that really and truly made me feel like I’d found a thing I loved for me and me alone, and not because it […]

  • Annie Boutin King - Abby, those pix are superb!!! love them.

  • Sarah Bradshaw - That last photo, Abby. THAT PHOTO. Absolute perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Terry Michael King - Professional-grade work from both of you!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful photos of a beautiful ballerina!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - So very pretty! Love the last one best. Like an old movie charm.ReplyCancel