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Valentine’s Day awesomeness

Matt & I aren’t huge Valentine’s Day consumers- he does such a good job of making me feel loved throughout the year that I don’t really feel compelled to go all out on February 14th. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate a sweet note and a little gift, but we keep things pretty conservative here in the Springmann house. The first Valentine’s Day we were together was when we were still in college and with Matt four hours away at Mason, we didn’t get to spend the day together. So what did he do? He had a Ravenclaw hat & scarf sent to me in Radford, because the previous month he’d casually asked me which House I thought I’d be in if we were at Hogwarts. Scoff if you must, but this man is amazing :).

Our first married Valentine’s Day was only a month after we returned from our honeymoon and in an effort to spare our bank account, we did Chinese food and a RedBox movie. We loved the low-key evening so much that it’s become our new tradition, so instead of a fancy dinner reservation, we’ll be watching Sherlock Holmes and enjoying take-out from somewhere here in Reston while spread out on a picnic blanket in our living room.

A couple of days ago I told Matt I really wanted him to write me a letter for Valentine’s Day because we’d forgotten to get cards for one another for our anniversary this year. Whoops! And in true Matt style, he took my request and made it better. I woke up this morning to find Scooby-Doo Valentine’s notes tucked all around the house with a sweet little message from Matt and a bit of scripture to accompany it :).

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in what I’m SUPPOSED to want on February 14th- expensive chocolates, even more expensive flowers, the best table at the fanciest restaurant. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting those things! But deep down, that’s not really what I want on Valentine’s Day- I want to feel pursued, valued, and treasured. When I find myself getting wrapped up in what I think I’m supposed to want vs. what I actually care about (because truly, I’d hate myself the next day for eating an entire Whitman’s Sampler), God always has a way of gently showing me what an amazing man I married, how he is exACTLY what I need and want without the pretense of media-prompted expectations.

Instead of truffle chocolates I’ll regret next week, Matt bought something he knew I’d love- a book about all the “off the beaten track” places to go in London- the best local pubs, the best shopping, the best coffee houses, and quaint places to rest your head at night. We spent the evening mapping out where we want to go when we’re there in June!
Anyone else have a low-key Valentine’s Day tradition? Or an elaborate date night you’re really looking forward to this evening?
Robyn - February 23, 2013 - 11:39 am

I had just had our second baby a couple weeks before Valentine’s Day. So on V’day, my hubby brought home PF Chang’s takeout (my favorite) and we ate with the kids. :) I’m not really “into” Valentine’s Day either, so this was perfect.

Bethany - February 15, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Ray & I had a super low-key 1st Valentines day together but it was perfect for us. He woke up super early & made me breakfast in bed (before I had to leave for work at 6:30AM!) And then that night I stopped off to pick up his favorite beer & made dinner for us. Simple, and perfectly us!

Laura Gordon - February 15, 2013 - 10:32 am

This is SO sweet! I hope someday to find a guy that really gets me :) I am so glad you had a great day together!!!

Sarah B. - February 15, 2013 - 10:14 am

How beautiful, Abby! Thanks for not only sharing your photography on your blog but also your beautiful, God-honoring marriage, and your heart!

Kristen - February 14, 2013 - 11:24 pm

I feel like Matt just continually sets the bar higher and higher for men… And what you post is probably only like 5% of the adorableness that actually happens. You two are beautiful :)

David Abel - February 14, 2013 - 5:13 pm

We don’t usually do a whole lot, maybe a small gift and a nice dinner. Either we eat out or at home and watch a nice movie together. Tonight it’s love actually. I think the most important thing is to be with each other. I love your story though.

Holly - February 14, 2013 - 5:09 pm

This is so sweet! :)

Jean - February 14, 2013 - 3:38 pm

We learned a long time ago that expensive restaurants Valentine’s Day specials are not for us. Since being retired, we opt for a late lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. Today we took a drive into the country then had lunch around 2:00 p.m. We do exchange beautiful cards and my honey always makes sure I have red roses and chocolate. After almost 37 years, he’s still my Valentine every day of the year!

Rebekah Carter - February 14, 2013 - 2:50 pm

I am 24 years old & still hopelessly in love w/ certain beloved stuffed animals. No, they aren’t from my childhood either. I just love stuffed animals now as much as I did as a child so I keep buying them & often my husband buys them for me. He has started a tradition of buying me flowers on holidays like Valentine’s, cutting the stems short, & then positioning them around the apt w/ my favorite stuffed animals so that it looks like the stuffed animals are holding them & presenting them to me. I worked 13 hrs last night at the hospital & honestly forgot it was Valentine’s Day. When I got home, my husband had already left for work but what a huge smile came to my face when I opened the door & saw the futon covered in adorable stuffed animals holding a dozen pink roses. I swear I am not psycho or anything but I just find this so incredibly cute.

Regan - February 14, 2013 - 2:27 pm

I love this post! What a sweet guy you have there! :) I love the picnic style dinner idea – I think I just might steal it for our stay-in evening! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

malika luthra - February 14, 2013 - 2:23 pm

aw, those sweet notes all over the house is an adorable idea! arjun and i aren’t that big on the traditional valentine’s day either. since last year was our first year celebrating it as a married couple, we started our own tradition of building a giant fort to encompass our couch and tv, and then we eat dinner and snuggle up with a movie! it’s a little silly but so totally fun!
here’s wishing you and matt a very happy valentine’s day! :)

molly stillman - February 14, 2013 - 1:55 pm

so sweet! :) my hubby left me a card and some non-alcoholic sparkling cider for me this morning since i can’t have the real stuff. it was all i could have ever wanted!

Suzanne Minskey - February 14, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Jacob picked our wedding date of August 14th so that it would be exactly six months from Valentine’s Day, so it’s a holiday that’s very special in our house. It was the date we also shared our first kiss and saw each other again after years. We usually don’t have a babysitter, but we still try to make each other feel as loved as we can. This year, he got up early with our sons to make red heart shaped cupcakes to surprise me with at breakfast. We’ll actually be going out to dinner somewhere tonight (yay for having my MIL living in town this year!) but we’ll keep it really low key. Like I was literally JUST explaining to him, it’s about just spending time together reminding each other why we fell in love in the first place. I’m not a roses and chocolates kind of girl. I appreciate the simple gestures like the cupcakes way more. Your husband Matt’s idea with the valentines around the house is sooooo sweet! Love that, and I’ll have to casually mention that to Jacob or just go ahead and do it for him instead! :)

Spring - February 14, 2013 - 12:55 pm

We have never been much for big over the top Valentines Day plans- this year i’m making dinner and I got Silas a scotland sweatshirt (one with the scottish flag on it) we spent hours walking around all the tacky shops in scotland on our honeymoon looking for one and they all seemed cheap so I found one online and ordered it. We are going out to dinner tomorrow night as week nights are hard when he gets up at 4:30am for work. But I must say the Chinese food and red box sounds pretty romantic in my book :)

Melissa Grandt - February 14, 2013 - 12:08 pm

I’m a Ravenclaw, too! Was totally bummed that was not more Ravenclaw stuff when I went to Universal last year.

Emilia Jane - February 14, 2013 - 11:31 am

Love the little notes! Wil and I need to do better with those. Our Valentine’s Day tradition is to make spaghetti together for dinner :-)

Rebekah Hoyt - February 14, 2013 - 10:46 am

I love that you keep Valentine’s Day to a tradition that you both enjoy, rather than trying to fit the “standard” that society has made up. Last year, I cooked dinner for Matt. I decorated the table with balloons and it was fun, low-key and romantic. We don’t really have any set traditions, so this year Matt is taking me out for my favorite kind of food – Thai! Happy Valentine’s Day, Abby! :)

A night with Rebekah & Abby!

Of all the times I’ve had the joy of hearing Mary Marantz speak, there’s one particular notion that replays over and over in my mind- “we wait on a permission that’s never going to come.” By that, she meant that we often hold ourselves back from taking risks and trying new things because no one’s told us we should, no one’s INVITED us to do it. We end up missing out on what could be our greatest adventures because we’re waiting for someone to give us that push. And while Mary spoke, her words rang throughout my heart and brain- this was ME she was talking about.

Being a small business owner means I have to be my own cheerleader, PR agent, CEO, etc; it’s my responsibility to get things moving in my business. One of the most encouraging things Mary said during the DC stop of the What’s Next tour was that the entire tour was of their own creation. It was an idea that hit them, that they pursued, that they turned into a reality. It wasn’t as though they reached a certain point of success and then received a phone call saying “Congratulations, you’ve made it! Now you’re qualified to take the ShowIt tour bus on a cross country tour!” If they’d waited for a moment like that in order to pursue the tour, they’d be waiting a long time.

Well friends, this is us refusing to wait for permission :). My sweet friend Rebekah and I are hosting a night of Q&A/discussion for photographers! One of my favorite things about the photography community I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of is how freely everyone shares with each other, and Rebekah and I want the chance to pour into others in the same way others have poured into us.

Rebekah Hoyt & Abby Grace Photography

A Night with Rebekah & Abby will take place on March 8th at 7 p.m. in Reston, VA and will be two hours of relaxed photography chat, open sharing, wine, & nibbles. We can’t WAIT! We’ll have 12 slots open to whoever wants to come, so in order to secure your spot, go ahead and shoot me an email: Seats are FREE but due to the limited number of spots (my living room can only hold so many), we do ask that you’re SURE you’ll be able to attend before signing up, just so we don’t have to turn away other photographers for a vacant seat.

Friends, we are SO excited to get together with you all and share, share, share. Rebekah and I have learned so much from each other over the past year of our friendship and her heart is made of pure gold. You guys will be in GREAT hands :). Go read Rebekah’s post today- you’ll see what I mean about her sweet heart!

Happy Wednesday!

** UPDATE**- You guys have totally blown our socks off. We filled all 12 spots (plus an extra one!) in less than an hour! Because of how quickly it filled up, we’re already looking to plan another one. We’ll keep you posted!

Rici - February 18, 2013 - 9:25 am

Oh Abby! What a super great idea! I love it! I love that you share and I love how you wrote about this waiting for a right moment, or someone telling you, you made it. I needed that today. Even if I can´t come ;-) distance wise. Have a very great time!
~ Saluti.

Judie - February 15, 2013 - 11:42 am

Ack!! I can’t believe I missed this!@! Oh please have another :-) I would love to be a part of that!! You ladies Rock!

Holly - February 14, 2013 - 5:11 pm

I’m so bummed I missed this! I checked the blog after another photog told me about it, but it was already filled up! :( Hoping I can snag a spot for the next one ;)

Mom - February 13, 2013 - 10:29 pm

WOW! Take what you’ve learned, add your own spice (personalities) to it, and share it with others. This makes me so proud to be your Mom. I’d sure like to meet Rebekah soon!

Sarah B. - February 13, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Again, Abby, you challenge me more than I ever expect – and I’m not even a photographer!! Thanks! And way to go – way to reach for what you want. I am excited to see the enthusiastic response!! :D

Dad - February 13, 2013 - 10:21 am

Way to go stepping out of your comfort zone!

Hollie - February 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

I was in a meeting all morning and TOTALLY missed this! What a bummer! I hope to make it to the next one! Have fun!

Amanda Truth - February 13, 2013 - 9:07 am

This is so exciting!! I’m so excited for you both taking on this adventure!! I would’ve loved to join you, but a 3 hour drive is a bit too far :( Have an amazing time though!!

Amanda B. - February 13, 2013 - 8:30 am

I really want to come!! But it’s 4.5 hours away and I’m not sure I can make it that night.. :( So sad!

Blythe K - February 13, 2013 - 8:25 am

this sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!! I fly back to Omaha THAT afternoon!! :( so sad I’m missing this!

Raiza Vega - February 13, 2013 - 8:14 am

I wish I could make it!!! I’ll be on vacation. I hope you all do this again.

Sabrina - February 13, 2013 - 8:11 am

Y’all are so sweet! Wish I lived closer so I could come :-) It will be a fun evening for sure!

Jean - February 13, 2013 - 8:09 am

Go Abby! I’m sure it will be a huge success!

Rebekah Hoyt - February 13, 2013 - 8:00 am


Floral & Bloom samples

You guys remember Rachel, right? The creator of THESE gorgeous bouquets? This girl is tal. en. ted. She has a GIFT when it comes to putting blooms together into stunning bouquets and arrangement, and it’s always a joy to photograph her work! Rachel had an occasion to create a few samples for one of her clients last week, so we took advantage of the opportunity and photographed these beauties. Make sure to keep an eye out on Rachel’s Facebook business page this week- she’s launching her website right after Valentine’s Day and it’s sure to be gorgeous! (She’s using Earl & Layne, the same designers who created my gorgeous website and blog!)

Enjoy this dose of pretty :).

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Brides, if you haven’t chosen a floral designer yet for your wedding, shoot her an email. She’s such a fun person to work with and her creations are to die for! Happy Tuesday!

ashley barnett - February 13, 2013 - 9:37 am

Woohoo! Can’t wait for 10/12/13 so I can get my hands on Rachel’s prettiness! (In my OWN hands as a bride…eek!)

Karen Field - February 13, 2013 - 12:19 am

Wow! These took my breath away! Mom

Sarah B. - February 12, 2013 - 10:14 pm

These flowers are beautiful!!

molly stillman - February 12, 2013 - 6:11 pm

oh my gosh these are so stunning. gah!!

Rebekah Hoyt - February 12, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Simply gorgeous!!

Rachael - February 12, 2013 - 11:34 am

Wow! These are STUNNING!

Debbie - February 12, 2013 - 11:15 am

Gorgeous! I love Rachel’s work and your photography too Abby.

Lee bornstein - February 12, 2013 - 10:46 am

This Rachel is sooo talented. None of that old fashioned stuff from her, it seems.

Bethany - February 12, 2013 - 9:53 am

Absolutely stunning arrangements & gorgeous photos!

Jean - February 12, 2013 - 9:50 am

Beautiful! Both of you are soooo talented!

Leah - February 12, 2013 - 9:38 am

I have to say the both of you are supremely talented and creative! And, I am so blessed to have both of you and your talents as part of our big day! So excited!

Anna K. - February 12, 2013 - 8:23 am

Abby these are gorgeous!!! Ah, I just love her work and your photos are amazing!

Juliann - February 12, 2013 - 8:18 am

Ooh, la la! I am going ga ga over these arrangements. They’re so romantic and springy all at once. If only I could get married every year ;)

Monday Mash-Up

I think it’s about time for someone to make a song about how awesome Monday is! We have the “Monday, Monday” song by The Mamas And The Papas, but it’s not exactly a great source of encouragement when you’re staring down the face of a new work week- “But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin’ all of the time.”  See? Not sunshine and daisies, and I think Monday deserves a bit of glory! So Nashville/Hollywood? Please get someone on this, ASAP. And do make sure it’s NOT Rebecca Black.

You guys already know how much I love Mondays, but am I alone? Is there anyone else out there who’s a Monday fan? It’s a clean slate! No matter how bad the last week was, Monday is a chance to start fresh. I sometimes get into the groove of thinking “work work work Monday- Friday, then I can LIVE on the weekends.” That’s no way to be thinking! If that mantra governed my life, I’d only be LIVING 104 days out of the year, two days of every week. Just because we work during the day Monday-Friday doesn’t mean you can’t still thrive! And that’s my pep talk for the day. Make sure you do something that allows you to LIVE today!

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

  • There is something seriously wrong with our education system that we’re not required to take some sort of cooking/survival class. I was trying to make beef stroganoff on Saturday and decided, in all my culinary wisdom, that skipping step one of browning the beef tenderloin was a good idea (it always overcooks!), so I proceeded directly to step two: “add one cup of water + seasoning packet.” Friends, HOW was I supposed to know that hot oil in the pan + cold water = fountain of spitting, boiling oil/water?
  • Also in regards to my culinary prowess, I’ve learned to seamlessly crack an egg with one hand without leaving egg shell shrapnel in the mix. I expect Wolfgang Puck will be calling soon.
  • Things I do not recommend doing: watching mystery thrillers (Sherlock) before bed. Two nights in a row. Cue: trippy dreams full of firearms and British accents.
  • Also not recommended, letting your dad commandeer the decorating icing for someone’s birthday cake. It results in THIS sort of situation.
  • Yesterday’s post-church lunch took us to Big Bowl and I was in HEAVEN! If you’re anywhere near Reston Town Center and need a restaurant for date night, go to Big Bowl. And make sure to order some vegetable dumplings- trust me! SO DELICIOUS.

And just in case you all haven’t had enough of David & Heather, here’s one of my favorite bridal portraits. Ever.

US Naval Academy Annapolis wedding photographer- Abby Grace Photography

Happy Monday!

Dad - February 11, 2013 - 10:44 am

Yeah, well guess who knew better than to put water into a pan of hot oil?……,this guy!

Jean - February 11, 2013 - 9:51 am

Love the photo! Your adventures in cooking always crack me up! We learn a lot through trial and error!

Emilia Jane - February 11, 2013 - 9:22 am

Amen to the required cooking class!

Dani - February 11, 2013 - 9:01 am

Monday is my Saturday because I work all weekend long. During wedding season, I blog on Monday mornings and then peace out from the computer. So naturally I heart Mondays. I love that birthday cake so much and I can’t wait to try Big Bowl!!!

David Abel - February 11, 2013 - 8:56 am

I love your monday mash-ups Abby, keep them up!

PASS galleries- the best thing since buttered toast

The first time I’d ever heard about PASS was back in June 2011 when the ShowIt gurus hit up DC for a tour stop. I wasn’t at the event, but I heard enough about it from other photographers to pique my interest. After asking around (“what is this PASS this??”) I finally came to understand- PASS is an image-sharing app, making delivering photos to your clients easier than it’s ever been. It was designed by the people at ShowIt, a website platform I use that makes customizing your website much easier for technologically-challenged people like me.

Admittedly, I didn’t jump on PASS right away. I wasn’t a ShowIt user at the time and I already had my Zenfolio gallery account, so I saw no benefit in switching systems. All I saw it as was another way to deliver images to my clients, and I was already doing that through my Zenfolio gallery and DVDs. Well, last summer I finally made the jump to a ShowIt website and was added to a couple of groups on Facebook just for ShowIteers. I kept hearing more and more about various photographers I admire using PASS galleries, how much simpler image delivery had become, but most importantly, how much their clients LOVE their PASS galleries. I wanted to see what the fuss was about, so I purchased enough PASS credits for a few wedding galleries.

I uploaded a couple of weddings, thought the process was straightforward and simple, but still wasn’t totally sold. But then Justin & Mary delivered the images from our session in New York City and I got to see PASS from a client’s perspective. BOOM. Sold. It was so darn easy to navigate, uploading my favorite images to Facebook was a cinch, downloading the high-res files only took a couple of minute, and the interface was super attractive. Here’s a glimpse at how PASS looks like from the client’s end:

ShowIt PASS gallery- Abby Grace Photography

I started putting more of an emphasis on making PASS part of my workflow. My first attempt at integrating it into a wedding came more as an afterthought- the bride had already received her images, so the PASS gallery wasn’t as big of a deal. So I tried starting out with the PASS gallery- instead of sending the flash drive and then the gallery, I tried sending the email with their PASS information as soon as the images are done. Seeing as I’ve got my workflow down to about a week for weddings, this means I’m delivering client images within a week or so of the wedding (granted, this is the “slow season”, so I’m hoping to keep it down to 2 weeks during April-November). Compare this to the four, sometimes five weeks it takes me to send out a flash drive? BIG difference. Because PASS allows me to authorize my clients as VIPs on the account, they have access to the high-resolution files as soon as I upload their images.

Why is speed important? In my experience, the more time that lapses between the wedding and the day they receive their images, they less excited my clients are. Excitement and anticipation have a half-life; the more time you let pass, the more their excitement drops. By delivering my images more quickly, I’m giving my couples the chance to relive their weddings while the memories are still fresh. Excited couples order prints of their wedding photos, which is what I want them to do! Non-excited couples let their images sit on the flash drive, which is definitely NOT what I want. As their photographer, I have the power to make people either really excited about their wedding memories or really frustrated by the thought of their wedding photos. It’s pretty clear which route I’d like to take, right?

Why is an attractive interface important? Let’s be honest, friends. We judge things based on how pleasing they are to the eye all the time. There may be an amazing restaurant down the street, but if it’s facade is run down and passé, I’m probably not going to give it a chance. As much I’ve enjoyed working with Zenfolio, the interface just wasn’t PRETTY- I was becoming really frustrated at how little traffic galleries were receiving. Because of how much simpler the design of a PASS gallery is, it’s less intimidating and more inviting for people to come and take a look.

And lastly, why is ease of use important? Because if it’s not easy to use, people won’t use it. If it’s going to take you 45 minutes to sit down and figure out how to look at your wedding images, you’re going to scrap it and just wait for your flash drive to arrive in the mail. PASS in crazy easy for my clients- easy to download your high-res files, easy to share to Facebook, easy to star your favorites. And it’s easy for ME to use, too- it’s simplified my workflow. Instead of re-exporting an entire wedding worth of images in “Facebook-ready format” onto a flash drive, my clients can easily share right from the PASS app.

Oh, and did I mention that PASS also allows you to access your images from any mobile device? There’s a super simple app for the iPhone and iPad, meaning I can access our images from our shoot with J&M as well as images from my clients’ events. IT’S AWESOME. Don’t believe me? Here are two unsolicited Tweets from a couple of my recent brides who just received their PASS galleries:

ShowIt PASS galleries- Abby Grace Photography

Photographers, if you’re looking for a new way to get your images to clients in a more efficient manner, I can’t push hard enough for you to try PASS! You’ll be so happy you did!

Happy Friday!

Alicia - August 19, 2013 - 11:59 am

Abby…I don’t think I ever said Thank You for your help with my question about the PASS image sizing. It’s really been bugging me & I’m so sorry for being so ungrateful & rude! You emailed right back and then David Jay posted on here too. You’re not only an amazingly talented photographer but you’re so open with your knowledge and helpful to others. I love reading your blog & follwing your work! Thanks for everything:)

Ingrid Urena - March 23, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Hey Abby! I’m probably late on this Pass train, but! You got me engaged at the zenfolio thing. I’m on the edge of getting show it and keep a second url just for the client galleries (i love the password protect thing) and that takes me to ask you: sjnce zenfolio galleries are viewable in mobile and web, and the client can download their photos (even on high res) and “like, tweet, pin and g+” each image, what convinced you to change the zenfolio galleries for Pass galleries? -also, since zenfolio is “all in on (site building and hosting) is showit self hosted of do I need a host??
Thanks in adavance (and sorry for all the questions!!

Cherry - March 5, 2013 - 6:26 am

when will the new version of pass be available to use? I can’t seem to find a way to create an account :S

Mandy Naylor - February 20, 2013 - 11:21 am

So glad I stumbled upon this post about PASS.. I’m REALLY looking to switch over to it, but like you, I haven’t really been convinced yet.. This post definitely helped nudge me a little closer!!

Rebekah Hoyt - February 8, 2013 - 11:53 am

This is so great! I love that you got to experience it from the client’s perspective to see how awesome it is! I can’t wait to start using PASS!

David Jay - February 8, 2013 - 10:36 am

Love it! Thanks for the great post!

and to answer Alicia’s question…file sizes range b/c of a number of factors but the size of the print is what matters and we’ve tested PASS files up to 30×40 inch print and 60×80 canvas. Here’s a photo of one of your samples ->

Keep sharing!

Jean - February 8, 2013 - 10:23 am

Sounds like a really good thing! Keep up the good work! Love the J & M photos.

Alicia - February 8, 2013 - 9:29 am

Hey Abby! I have a question for you if you don’t mind! I’ve used PASS a few times and overall got great feedback-until my last encounter. My client told me the largest image they could download was around 1.5 MB when all of the files were 12-15mb. No one else mentioned it but I thought possibly he was the only one who knew to check the file size(?) Since you’ve used it on the client end, is that normal or did I do something wrong on the upload end? I’ve been a little hesitant to use it since then. I didn’t want to advertise “download your high-res images” and then all they got was a 1mb image…you know? Thanks in advance!

Mercedes Snow - February 8, 2013 - 9:15 am

Yes, yes, and YES. PASS is the best thing, EVER!