You guys, it’s currently 10:14am and I haven’t checked my email since 3:30pm on Friday. THIS IS HUGE. I don’t think I’ve ever gone that long without obsessing over my inbox! I can’t believe how restful it was over the weekend to take an absolute break- I didn’t open my laptop once. For a recovering […]

  • Jean - That is a huge carrot. Hence, the carrot soup!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley Melvin - This whole post makes me happy, but especially the photo of you with the giant carrot!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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’ […]