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Announcing: A Practical Wedding Workshop!

Eeee! I’m so excited for this! After taking some time to mull over last year’s workshop, what worked, what fell on it’s face, and what *could* work if tweaked, I’m excited to announce the second Abby Grace Workshop on Monday, September 8, 2014!

When I first started shooting weddings, I didn’t have a game plan. And I desperately needed one. Instead of walking in calm and collected, I entered a bridal suite barely able to mask my desperation and panic. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I literally lost sleep in the days and weeks leading up to weddings from nerves that I wouldn’t be prepared, that I’d be thrown into a situation I didn’t know how to handle and that as a result, I’d ruin someone’s wedding photographs.

I have to believe that I wasn’t alone in feeling like that, so this year’s workshop is quite a bit different than my last one. Rather than trying to give you a generic snapshot of what it looks like to own a business, we’re going to be concentrating on the day-of aspect of being a wedding photographer. What kind of light should you be looking for during the “getting ready” portion of the day? How do you handle yourself when it feels like you’re drowning? How can you take a seemingly hopeless portrait location and turn it into something that works FOR you?

But just as importantly, we’re going to talk about the little things that, when combined, can make for a huge difference. The way you interact with the grandmother of the bride, using specific language when posing the groomsmen vs. the bridesmaids, how to calm an anxious bride. Things that often slip under your conscious radar, but that can make all the difference in the world.

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After several workshops with my favorite photographers and nearly five wedding seasons under my belt, I’ve got my game plan down pat. And it’s WITHIN that structure that I’m able to find creativity. When you’re running around with your hair on fire, it’s hard to stop and consider “how can I make these portraits even more artistic, and make my clients feel so loved at the same time?” But now that I have a process, now that I’m no longer struggling to tread water, I can actually make progress. There’s freedom within my formula, and I want you guys to be able to experience that same wedding day peace.

Thus, A Practical Wedding Workshop was born. We’ll talk through the wedding day extensively, going over the “how-to’s” of each aspect, addressing challenges that may surface and how to work around them. We’ll have a bride & groom available later in the afternoon so that I can explain in-depth how I pose my couples, and each attendee will leave with a new head shot. We’ll round out the evening with dinner and an extensive open Q&A where we can talk about anything I didn’t cover during the day, whether that’s editing, networking, websites, you name. Nothing’s off the table.

You can learn even more by checking out the workshop website! Registration for the September 8th workshop goes live next Thursday, July 17 at 10am. Seats are $550 and are limited to 10 attendees, but the earlybird code “SUNRISE” gets you $100 off your seat if you register within the first five days.

As always, feel free to email me with any questions! I’m SO stoked for this, and I can’t wait to see the growth that happens as a result!

Kylie Nicholson - August 6, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Oof- if I wasn’t going to be back in California at that point, I’d be there!

Terri - July 10, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Can you come and do one in the UK pleaseeeeeeee :) xxx

Terri - July 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm

This sounds awesome!!

Chelsea Anderson - July 10, 2014 - 8:27 am

I’m definitely going to be praying and thinking about coming!

Mary - July 10, 2014 - 8:16 am

My alarms are set and I will be anxiously waiting for the clock to hit 10!!! SO EXCITED!!!! :)

Tiffany Heidenthal - July 10, 2014 - 8:02 am

Congrats this looks awesome!

Ryan & Kathleen- a cozy Georgetown engagement session

I remember the first time I met Ryan- it was my first day of high school and we were sitting in biology with Mrs. Kravitz, going over the syllabus and everyone trying not to appear like they’re trying too hard. Apparently I stuck my tongue out at him in my newfound high school sophisticated-ness, and we were friends from then on! Ryan was always the nice guy- an amazing friend, the best confidant, an all-around good guy, you know?

The first time I met Kathleen was last summer when the two of them came over for a dinner date with Matt & I, and I remember thinking from the first few minutes that she was perfect for him. And looking at Ryan, realizing I’d never seen him so comfortable in his own skin before- Kathleen brings out the best in him, the only one who can procure that true smile he saves just for her.

Ryan & Kathleen, it is SUCH a joy to see you so happy together! It was truly a privilege to spend the morning with you both in Georgetown, and I count myself so lucky to be the one who will document your wedding day. Kathleen, I am so glad you all found each other- to see Ryan this happy and this willing to be in front of the camera is amazing!

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Jean - July 10, 2014 - 7:48 am

Love the story. What great pictures! Beautiful!

Jeannie Mathews - July 9, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Absolutely beautiful, Abby.

Deborah Zoe - July 9, 2014 - 9:15 am

That ivy!! I love these Abby!!

Caili - July 9, 2014 - 9:06 am

Is this Pleasantville? Gorgeous location! Love the shots of them in front of those white houses with the green ivy. Beau-ti-ful!

Kristina - July 9, 2014 - 9:04 am

These are beautiful, nice work! :)

Urška Majer - July 9, 2014 - 8:31 am

Beautiful!

Monday Mash-Up

One of the perks of working from home and being my own boss is that I get to set my own office/work hours. But being that I’m a sole employee and my “work calendar” also doubles as my personal life calendar, I typically forget to mark off things like government holidays. Like last week, I KNEW that Friday was the 4th. It just didn’t register with me that it would also be a day I’d most likely want to take off. So Friday came around and I had all this work I was planning on doing, yet the rest of the country was like “LET’S GRILL OUT!” and I was like “YEAH! Dangit. but YEAH!”

And that’s how I managed to only blog one of the two engagement sessions I was planning to share last week. Plain old bad planning.

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

  • I totally fell off the Paleo wagon last week. July 4th festivities with friends and family? Yeah, I’m not turning down s’mores. Or corn on the cob. Or “cowboy caviar.” Sorry I’m not sorry. And you know what? I’d like to think it’s what the found fathers would have wanted anyway.
  • My favorite part about running along the W&OD trail in the summer is the abundance of BERRIES that we find along the way! Right now, raspberries are popping up from Reston to Vienna. It’s like treasure hunting during long runs, distracting me from the fact that I’m running 10 miles.
  • Sometimes I have to look back in Instagram to remember what I did throughout the past week. Today is no exception.
  • I went horseback riding yesterday! My brother gave his wife, my sister-in-law Jessica, a horse for their anniversary, and she took me with her yesterday afternoon to go visit them. Prior to yesterday, my horseback riding experience was limited to that one time I rode for about 5 minutes before freaking out and demanding to be taken off. Yesterday went a lot better than that.
  • We have awesome friends. After watching the fireworks atop our friends Eowyn & Russell’s apartment building, I pulled out my soft box and grabbed a shot over everyone there. Matt & I even got a quick photo, too! I’m so thankful they were all willing to play a bit!

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Also, on a totally unrelated note, I’m heading out to California next month! After a gorgeous wedding at Sequoia National Park for these two darlings, I’ll be in San Francisco for a few days. I have two openings for Anniversary Experience sessions and would love the chance to photograph your love in such an iconic city! If you’re in or around the San Francisco area and have been thinking about an anniversary session, this is the perfect opportunity since all travel fees will be waived. Check out the Anniversary Experience website to learn more about sessions, and shoot me an email when you’re ready to make it happen!

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Alicia - July 7, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Love that rooftop picture!! Also immediately googling cowboy caviar!

Nikki Santerre - July 7, 2014 - 12:15 pm

I also made Cowboy Caviar this weekend! Definitely worth making an exception for!

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!

Washington DC engagement photographer- Abby Grace

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! :)