Alright, people. Let’s talk about Netflix. I’m convinced this thing is the best/worst thing that’s ever happened to me. Matt & I have never been the kind of people who sit around and watch TV, unless it’s a Nationals, Redskins, or Cowboys game. Or the first season of Once Upon A Time (because really, anything after that was rubbish). I could never get into watching shows at the rate of one episode per week- the suspense would irritate me too much. You’d never pick up a REALLY good book and read one chapter, then put the book down and come back a week later for another chapter, would you? Thus my feelings on network television.

But then along came Netflix, where you can watch entire seasons of shows you never cared about when they were in their prime. Matt & I made our way through all six seasons of LOST in just a few short weeks- sure, the last two seasons didn’t make a lick of sense, but at least I didn’t have to wait for SIX YEARS to find that out. Last night I discovered Glee on Netflix. I’m pretty sure I’m done for.

As always, lessons learned/things that transpired over the weekend!

  • I’ve liked Nutella as long as I’ve known of its existence, but for some reason I’d always just eat it by the spoonful. Last week I slathered it on a piece of wheat bread… and my life will never be the same. How have I never have Nutella toast? Nutella sanwiches? Nutella + bread = heaven.
  • Speaking of Nutella, I’m painfully aware of my addiction to sugar and have been attempting a “sugar fast.” It’s not going very well- I keep trying to reason away things like strawberry shortcake with logic like “I ran 15 miles yesterday, my body NEEDS this!”
  • Last Sunday marked our four year anniversary dating anniversary! …and Matt & I both forgot. So we celebrated on Saturday with a trip to the batting cages and Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince (because our relationship officially started at the premier to said movie).
  • Aaand speaking of batting cages, this was my first trip ever- it became exceedingly clear to me that NOT pursuing a career in softball was a wise move.

On Friday morning, I was lucky enough to shoot this adorable couple in Ocean City, Maryland- I cannot WAIT to share the rest of Billy & Jenny’s engagement session! Sunrise on the East coast is unbeatable.

Ocean City, Maryland sunrise engagement session- Abby Grace Photography

Happy Monday!

**There are a few seats still up for grabs for next month’s workshop- check it out HERE and make sure to snag your spot!**

  • Urška Majer - Oh, i know how a “sugar diet” can be difficult! I’ve been on low sugar diet for the past few months(i decided to eat healthier). It was really difficult at first when everybody was eating something sweet but i ate a lot of fruit in the start and it helped. Also in a few weeks everything normally sweet will be too sweet for you so you don’t even want to taste it :DReplyCancel

  • Lisa - If your mind is blown over Nutella on toast by itself, prepare yourself:

    Toasty (melty) Nutella and peanut butter sandwiches.

    You’re welcome.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Nutella is great! We have a couple of shows that I like to watch on TV. It gives me something to look forward to. Love the picture.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Ooo gorgeous sneak peek! I can’t wait to see more! I LOVE Nutella! I first had it on a family trip to Switzerland when I was 8 years old and I thought it was a European thing. When we came back to the States and my mom kept it stocked in our pantry, I was SO excited! Nutella on toast is THE best, but my second favorite is a PB+nutella sandwich – SO good!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Barnes - The first season of New Girl is now instant watch on Netflix and it’s pretty much the best thing ever. You have to check it out! Trust me – you won’t stop laughing!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Wells - Oooo, love the preview! Can’t wait to see the rest of that engagement session! I have the biggest sweet tooth EVER, and constantly try sugar fasting. It never goes well for me…I DID make it a month one time, though!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} - Goodness, this picture is gorgeous!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - You’ve gotta try Nutella slathered on a King’s Hawaiian roll… it’s pure happiness. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Tina Raquel - This is so beautiful! I see a lot of “under the dock” photos, and they are often too dark or shadowing, this is just perfect! I’d love to have a photo like this!ReplyCancel

  • Krista A. Jones - Seriously Abby that image is STUNNING! I can’t wait to see the full post! And my husband just started cutting sugar yesterday too!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - This image is PERFECT! I’m in love!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - I am right there with ya girl about Netflix! We finally got what we needed in order to have Netfilx, Pandora, etc of here. And I am so thankful! And yet – I find it absolutely too easy to sit on the couch and watch episode after episode of Parks and Rec – all of which I have seen already. lol. Oh – and I got Greg into Bones, so we are starting at season one – did I mention I have seen probably 6 of the seasons entirely already? lol.ReplyCancel

Last week I received one of the best emails a photographer can find in their inbox- “Your scans are ready!” WOOO! During out two week trip in Europe I made it my mission to shoot all of my personal work on film. Instead of carrying my mk3 with me through London, I brought [lugged] my Contax, so rather than 3,000 digital files to dig through and edit, I simply had to send my film off to RPL. I was originally planning to blog all of our Europe film at once, but there are just so many to share that I figured it would be kinder to break it up into three separate posts- next week I’ll share my scans from Stamford and Paris!

For now, enjoy the first half of our trip on film.

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After a couple of days in London, our amazing host Margaret took Matt & I on a tour around their hometown of Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas.

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For those who are curious- a mix of Fuji 400H, Portra 400 & Portra 800, all shot on the Contax 645, developed at Richard Photo Lab.

Happy Friday!

  • Urška Majer - Oh my, so gorgeous! Since i’m planning a trip to England, i’ll be adding this gorgeous little town in our schedule for a little stop!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah C - I love the dreamy feel these have, I guess b/c they are film. Awesome pics!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Hammarberg - Abby, these are beautiful! I lived in Surrey for two years when I was younger and miss England so much! How awesome that you’ll have these photos to always remember your incredible trip!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Gulley - aww love these! Great job documenting the details. Gave me a taste of my old stomping grounds. GOD I LOVE LONDON. Glad you had an amazing trip!ReplyCancel

  • jacqui - Beautiful photos! So funny you took a shot of the clothes line :) That’s what Billy always finds funny when he comes home with me!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Wow! These are great! Really beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • jamie - i am happy that you “lugged” your Contax to share these images with us! and it is nice to send away images and not have to select and edit when you come home. can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Beautiful, Abby!! My favorite is the shot of the swing under the tree. It’s so serene.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - Ohhhh I’m so jealous! I want to go to England so bad! These are gorgeous shots!!ReplyCancel

  • Stacie - I love the clothes on the clothesline! Great photos Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - man brings back so many memories of my trip to London, Scotland in 2009 I wish I was more into photography back in 09 but nonetheless I have some great pics to remember a trip of a lifetime. I have enjoyed viewing these and cannot to wait see more!!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Love the country side images!!
    ~ Saluti.ReplyCancel

  • Hannes Uys - Beautiful analogue captures Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - SO gorgeous. I want to go back! :DReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Amazing! I remember when you and I were there about 5 years ago and you were just starting to become interested in photography. It’s been fun to watch you go on from there. My interest seemed to be caught mostly by the rural shots, only because they looked just as they would have when Jane Austen took her rural walks in Hampshire. Your photos made me feel like I was there again. Beautiful! MomReplyCancel

  • Paulina - lol, i totally know the “your scans are ready” feeling, Abby! =)

    your images are beautiful! the homes in Hemel Hempstead are so charming.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - Audrey Hepburn +British Phone Booths = so incredibly you!ReplyCancel

He stood waiting for her on a veranda overlooking the golf club, patient and calm. That seems to be a running theme with Tim- steadfast and easygoing, with that undercurrent off joy, excitement, bliss. It’s part of what drew Lauren to him, the way he listens, really listens when she talks. As she walked toward the door that led out onto the veranda where she’d meet her groom, taking a steadying breath, she smiled. “Ready?” “Oh yes,” she said with a grin. And as they met out on the balcony for the first time on their wedding day, amidst the smiles, laughs and a few happy tears, all was well in their world.

Tim & Lauren, I walked away from your wedding day feeling incredibly blessed to know you both. The way you lean on each other in times of strife, how you lift each other up, the easiness between the two of you when you’re together, all of it is such a perfect representation of how perfect you are together. I’m so thankful for each of you and am grateful for the chance to have documented your love over these past few months.

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Lauren lost her dad two years ago, so when it came time for the father/daughter dance her brothers and new father-in-law stepped in to dance with her, to the tune of the song she’s always promised her dad they’d sway to on her wedding day.

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Wilt- I love you both!

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Wow!! What a gorgeous, elegant wedding! The details were so beautiful! You captured this day so perfectly, Abby! What a treasure these images will be to the bride and groom :)ReplyCancel

  • Shalese - That first black and white photo is STUNNING, as are the rest! I love the way you wrote about this couple, it’s so sweet. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Bacon - I’m not sure what else to say but WOW. Absolutely beautiful. The lighting of these pictures + the stunning couple= perfection!ReplyCancel

  • molly stillman - wow. i am speechless! what an elegant wedding and gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Abby, without even knowing the story of her father I was already crying looking at the photo of her brothers giving her a hug after getting ready. Just wow. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful images, Abby. What a gorgeous bride and such a beautiful setting.ReplyCancel

  • Regan Carter - Oh my word… the photos of the father/daughter dance totally made me cry!! How absolutely touching and precious! And what a GORGEOUS wedding!! Amazing amazing as always!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gail Rongen - Abby, thank you for helping Tim & Lauren remember the ‘magical’ part of their day <3ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Wilt - Abby you captured our day perfectly. I can’t thank you enough! I’m in LOVE with the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Elizabeth - ahhhh – gorgeous!!!! what a beautiful couple too!ReplyCancel

  • Sam DeSanto - Wow, Lauren. What a beautifully planned wedding, you look absolutely stunning. I wish you both the best and a wonderful life together! :)ReplyCancel

  • Allison - So gorgeous, girl! One of my favorite weddings of yours, definitely! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - The father/daughter dance pictures made me tear up! SO sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan Walker - Amazing Abby! What a stunning couple!ReplyCancel

I think I’ve always been a teacher at heart- when I was five and we still lived in Orlando, instead of playing “house,” I’d line all of my stuffed animals up at “desks”  (cardboard boxes) and give them homework assignments. I considered changing my major in college from PR to education, and every time I’ve had the opportunity to stand up in front of a group and share what I know, I feel alive. There’s something about sharing with people who are eager to learn that gets me buzzed!

I’d been kicking around the idea of a workshop for a few months, but it wasn’t until I sat down at my coaching session with Katelyn this past March that I really began to consider it as a possibility. The first thing Katelyn said to me was “So. Let’s talk about teaching. I think you should be doing it!” I think my jaw hit the floor because it was something I’d been wanting to pursue, but I never felt like I had permission to do it. After talking it through with Katelyn though, I realized that if I kept waiting for universal approval from everyone in the industry, I would NEVER have the chance to share what I’ve learned. So here I am, Internet, and here’s my workshop :).

A Date with Abby Grace is going to be awesome- it’s geared toward the photographer who’s still in the earlier stages of their career, who feels like there’s something missing on the business end. It’s for the photographer who’s spent days, weeks, months wondering how to market themselves as more than just a capturer of images, and it’s for the photographer who wants to be fulfilled in what they shooting and who they’re working with. We’re going to talk about the heart behind your business, the passions that drive you, the characteristics that set your business apart, ways to get your clients talking about you and more. The structure is definitely different than any workshop I’ve attended but I’m really excited about it! And with the extended Q&A, we’ll have plenty of time to address any other areas that you guys have questions about- shooting, editing, gear, etc.

And now for those ever-so-important details…

  • Date: August 23rd, 2013
  • Time: 1:00 to 7:00 pm – four hours of instruction, two hours for dinner and in-depth Q&A/discussion. And a glass of champagne, because all good dates should involve bubbly.
  • Investment: $400
  • Location: My home in Reston, Virginia
  • Available seats: 10

You guys know how much I love mornings, so to get the ball rolling on registration, there’s a $50 earlybird discount for anyone the registers today! Click HERE to purchase your seat. As always, if you guys have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email- abby@abbygracephotography.com.

Happy registering! Here’s an accurate depiction of how joyful I feel for having the courage to press Publish on this blog post :).

Happy Wednesday! And thanks to my awesome friend Rebekah Hoyt for the photo :).

  • Stephanie Judd - So happy for you! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Wish I could be there! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Congratulations Abby!! I am SO proud of you for pursuing your dreams! You have so much valuable information to share and I know people will have tons to learn from you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tori Watson - congrats, girl! i know you’re going to rock it! :)ReplyCancel

  • ashley link - that’s so awesome! congrats on this milestone moment!!! so happy for you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rosie Parent - Congrats on this step! What a great accomplishment. I wish I lived closer! :(ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Wow!! So excited for you!! I know you have wanted to do this for a while and it’s so great to see you following your dreams!! You are going to do great!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Wendy Wade - Yay!!!!! I know we have both talked about this, I’m glad to see one of us has the guts to go for it! It will be a smashing success for sure. Everything you do it :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - I am sure this will be a great success! You are so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • molly stillman - congratulations, abby! this is so exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • ashley barnett - Cheers to chasing big dreams!!! Congrats friend!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goodwin - YAY Abby! You’re gonna rock it out girl, you were meant to do this :)ReplyCancel

  • Tina Raquel - Abby, this sounds so great! Congrats on you for doing it!!
    I would love so much to attend, but Friday is impossible for me.
    Do you think you will do more of these, and maybe on a Saturday? :) Please? Lol, good luck with it all!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - YAYYYYYYY!!!! I just LOVE this. You are amazing, and have SUCH a wealth of knowledge. If I wasn’t going to be out of town this day- I would TOTALLY be all over this. So happy for you- this is the start of something HUGE!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Ziegler - This is so exciting!!! Congrats! I wish I was a photographer I would totally want to learn from you!ReplyCancel

  • Stephen - BAM! Thou hast arrived. You’ll be speaking at WPPI within 5 years. Guaranteed.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Congratulations on following your heart! Excited to see this venture take shape!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Just registered! I’m so excited to meet you and learn from you, Abby :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Way to go, Girl! Isn’t there a great sense of accomplishment when you are skilled at something and then have the training and experience to pass that along to others who are encountering some of the frustrations you met with early in your career? Your Teacher Mom is so proud of you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - So exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - Congrats on a dream becoming a reality! You are gonna be amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Oh ABBY!! This is soooo wonderful! I´m beyond thrilled you found the courage to do this!! SO great!! If I were anywhere close I´d enroll in a second! Wish I could be part of the date ;-))

    Hugs,
    Rici.ReplyCancel

  • Jenne Vazquez - So very exciting!! Congratulations on making that decision, I’ve been hooked to your work since your brother (works with my husband) told me you are also a photographer in the area, you are amazing and its about time

    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Paying it forward- I heart giveaways! » Modern International Wedding Photographer - […] can figure out whodunnit? That’s the best feeling ever. So it only makes sense that, with A Date With Abby Grace coming up, I want to give a seat […]ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Amber - When will you do another one? INTERESTED!!ReplyCancel

Last Monday I shot my third annual “just for me” session- these get better and better every year! You can read a little more about these sessions HERE, but essentially I’ve taken a shining to doing one shoot a year as a chance for me to practice without the added pressure of a crunched wedding day timeline. It’s such a good exercise for me and every time, I come away feeling like a stronger photographer- because I get to choose the couple, the location and the timing, I was able to tailor the shoot to something that I felt was a strong match for me, my brand, and my style. It was REALLY fun!

Thad & Rachel were such a dream! Not everyone is as bright and chipper as I am at 5:30 am, but these two were such a delight. Thank you so much for coming all the way up to Reston, you two! I can’t thank you enough and these will forever be some of my favorite images. And a huge thank you to Rachel of Floral & Bloom for heeding my completely last-minute request for a bouquet- how gorgeous are these florals??

We began at dawn in Reston…

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Thank you again, Thad & Rachel! I’m so grateful for you both!