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MythBusters: Wedding Photographer edition

Us wedding photographers have heard it all too often- the casual remark about how we don’t do much of anything except lavish our time away with brides and grooms at fancy parties, how easy our job must be, how we must get paid an awful lot for not doing very much. Those sorts of offhand remarks used to push me to Level 10 rage/indignation, but I’ve learned to laugh them off because I know they don’t usually come from a malicious place, just a misguided perception! I have the BEST job in the world, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! But I thought we’d take today to debunk a few Wedding Photographer Myths.:)

#1: “Oh, you’re a wedding photographer! So you only work weekends? That must be really nice!”

Negatory. On weeks where I have weddings, I actually work Monday-Friday in my office, and THEN shoot a wedding on Saturday, and then I spend time culling my images on Sunday. My time during the week is spent doing a myriad of other tasks: editing, uploaded, backing up my images, blogging, maintaining my social media, marketing, submitting for publication, filing taxes, logging mileage, ordering prints, client emails, prepping my equipment, attending educational opportunities, etc. etc.
Myths about wedding photographers- Abby Grace Photography

#2: “You charge $4,000 for nine hours of coverage? So you’re making almost $450/hour. That’s more than I make as a lawyer.” (paraphrased from an actual email I received)

I WISH it were that simple :). For every 8- to 10-hour wedding day, there are approximately 40-60 hours of work that goes on behind the scenes. Keep in mind we’ve already shot an engagement session, meaning I’ve traveled to, photographed, edited, blogged and backed up that session. Then for the wedding day, I spend time working on the schedule with my bride weeks beforehand, emailing with necessary parties (i.e. bride, planner), arranging for a second shooter, paying that second shooter, prepping my equipment, traveling to the wedding, photographing the wedding, culling, editing, backing up those images, blogging it, advertising it on social media, uploading it to galleries, prepping their flash drive, traveling to the post office, album design and print fulfillments. And then there’s the wear and tear on my equipment- part of being a professional means having top of the line equipment. Last year I purchased a brand new 5dmk3 because it was what I felt I needed in order to do my BEST job while shooting, and the price of the camera body alone was almost as much as a single wedding package.

Oh, and let’s not forget that after I’ve paid Uncle Sam all of his necessary dues, I’m only taking home roughly half of what I bring in for the year. So if I’m hoping to average $50K in salary, I need to gross $100K. Yeah, I know, my palms just started to sweat too.

 

#3. “Anyone can take professional wedding pictures if you have a nice enough camera.” (My husband was told this exact sentiment last week)

Negatory again! Anyone can take photoss at a wedding, yes. But to be skilled enough to be able to call yourself a professional, there’s a lot more required than just the latest Canon or Nikon DSLR. You need a thorough working knowledge of how a wedding day typically works- walking in to shoot a wedding with no previous experience means you won’t know to anticipate things a seasoned veteran knows to look for- that when her dad first walks into her bridal suite once she’s dressed, it’s a moment you shouldn’t miss. That turning off the overhead lighting in a bridal suite will help avoid yellow tinting on a white gown. That those little “in between” moments between the groom and his grandmother during family formals are just as, maybe even more precious than the family photo itself. That having more than just a kit lens really does matter, that knowing the ins and outs of your equipment allows you to make better, more informed choices according to where you are (i.e a dark church doesn’t often pair very well with a 55-200 lens that only stops down to f/3.5). And then there are things like liability/equipment insurance, professional demeanor and business etiquette that a seasoned veteran will be all too familiar with, things an “uncle with a camera” simply won’t know they need.

Myths about wedding photographers- Abby Grace Photography

#4. “So if wedding season runs April through November, I guess it’s party party party from December-March!”

Nope! The “off-season,” if we can call it that, is when we wedding photographers catch up on alllll the stuff we couldn’t get done during wedding season itself. That involves album design, website overhauls, investing in workshops, equipment maintenance, purchasing new equipment, marketing marketing marketing, meeting with new/potential clients for the next year, the list goes on. This January has actually been one of the most busy months I’ve had since leaving my corporate job last June!

Myths about wedding photographers- Abby Grace Photography

#5. “Wedding photography’s like a free profession- once you have your equipment, it’s not like you have to PAY to do your job.”

This thought was actually directly from me before I had any idea what owning a small business entailed. Oh, how woefully wrong I was! I didn’t take into account just how much it takes to run a business- insurance, file storage, materials, packaging, attorney fees to make sure my contract is iron-clad, spoiling my clients with gifts, shipping supplies, website design, office space, and all the other fees that pop up here and there. And I have no idea how much I anticipated it would cost to furnish my equipment list, but last year I spent something like $15K alone on camera equipment. Yeah, not a free profession by a long shot. To whomever I said the aforementioned sentiment to, thank you for not laughing in my face.

Myths about wedding photographers- Abby Grace Photography

I’m so thankful to have a family that loves and supports me in what I do, and it’s been so good for me to learn how to answer these sorts of remarks with patience and good humor!

Happy Wednesday!

Rhiannon - January 28, 2013 - 6:54 pm

This is amazing. Just amazing. I think I need to write my own version of this post applicable to wedding planning and design as a full time profession. It’s so frustrating when people assume they know what we do and how easy it must be. Kudos to you for putting so much thought into this, Abby! I hope everyone gets a chance to read this at some point. Happy day, friend xoxo

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ashley link - January 24, 2013 - 8:06 pm

oh how i wish people would just understand! haha. great post!!! love your sense of humor! :)

Stephen - January 24, 2013 - 8:47 am

You be knowing your stuff Gracie!

Rachael Ann Gliebe - January 24, 2013 - 7:24 am

Great way to share and educate people! You write beautiful Abby!

Maribel - January 24, 2013 - 5:49 am

Hi Abby, thanks so much for this post. I started working with photographers to document my work, and I know how much time goes into not only shooting but editing, didn’t have a clue before that. Great post!

Karen Field - January 24, 2013 - 12:28 am

That was the clearest expression I’ve ever heard in understanding what you’re doing all week when not behind the camera. I echo what a previous commenter said, you did it with such grace. I’m proud of you for learning how to deal with the ignorance, and may I say arrogance (think of the lawyer’s comment) of the rest of us. Obviously, for the sake of the maintaining a good business, you needed to learn these things. But I’m betting that you relied a good deal on Matt and the Lord. That’s where the grace comes from. That’s the reason for your middle name! Mom

Meredith Sledge - January 23, 2013 - 5:57 pm

THANK YOU. THANK YOU for writing this. You made clear what so many people don’t understand. You’re awesome.

Ashley - January 23, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Loved this post. While I only work with families and seniors, I can totally relate!

Lauren @ Every Last Detail - January 23, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Love this post!!! Thanks for clarifying things for people… this might inspire me to bust a few wedding blogger myths… ;)

Sarah B. - January 23, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Wow, Abby! It’s really great to see what really goes into a wedding photography business!

Heather Holleger - January 23, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Great Post Abby! Reading it reminds me of how far I still have to go to get where you are! :) But it is helpful as well! :)

Sarah - January 23, 2013 - 4:48 pm

I love this Abby! You say it all so eloquently. Keep up the great work girlfriend!

Eryn Kesler - January 23, 2013 - 3:29 pm

So well said!

Christine - January 23, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Debunking with grace. Very well put and informative to people who might be wondering just where their money goes!

heather - January 23, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Oh so true! Great thorough post!

Tyler Herrinton - January 23, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Ahhh this is great Abby. Great idea for a post! My favorite is “Anyone can take professional wedding pictures if you have a nice enough camera.” Some people just have no idea haha

Yuri - January 23, 2013 - 1:10 pm

great post, and so true. most folks forget that you’re running a business and have to deal with everything any other business owner has to handle. so glad you’re loving it!

Carlyn Kachurek - January 23, 2013 - 1:01 pm

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU

Urška Majer - January 23, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Great post, Abby! And so true! And i love those images :)

Dad - January 23, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Oh and there is no way you would have been so successful without the support of your loving husband. Yeah Matt, this is a family success story! I have an awesome son in law!

Dad - January 23, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Although I was scared out of my mind when you started this adventure (props to my parents and inlaws) when Karen and I did something similar) I have been overjoyed at how wrong I was. We are so proud of all you have accomplished!

Carrie - January 23, 2013 - 11:39 am

SOOOO true! (And I’m not even doing a quarter of what you do…pretty sure if I actually added up all the hours on the laptop I’d be more or less what I did as a waitress back in college….)

Alison Mish - January 23, 2013 - 9:50 am

This is SO great!!!

Kathryn Denelle Stevens - January 23, 2013 - 9:25 am

So so true! I hear these ALL the time! Very frustrating, but these are great answers..now I need to work on the 5 second response to each of these!

Jenni - January 23, 2013 - 9:22 am

Thank you for posting this information! Very helpful.

Rebekah Hoyt - January 23, 2013 - 9:22 am

This is fabulous – there is SO much more that goes into what we do and people are shocked when I tell them I only spend about 10% of my time behind the camera. Running a business is hard work, and it’s expensive! Thank you for helping to educate everyone out there about the truths behind what we do! :)

Bethany - January 23, 2013 - 9:14 am

Loved this post! It’s nice getting to hear some of the behind-the-scene things that go into the photography profession (especially wedding photography!)

Jessica Fike - January 23, 2013 - 9:08 am

Great post, Abby! Some of these myths make me terribly angry, but I must remember that we should educate instead of getting emotional! I might do a similar post on my blog in the near future so we can continue to educate! :)

Hollie - January 23, 2013 - 9:03 am

Such a great post, Abby! It’s not easy or cheap! :)

Jean - January 23, 2013 - 9:00 am

It’s wonderful that you love your profession so much, and that you were able to follow your dreams! Keep that great spirit of love, honesty and humor, and it will take you far. Great blog!

Elizabeth - January 23, 2013 - 8:55 am

I love this post, Abby! It is super informative… I don’t know a lot of this stuff!

SHARE-ing is caring

I wasn’t part of “the biz” back during the days of secrecy, excruciating competition and eyeing other photographers with distaste. True, some of that most definitely still exists in the industry, but there’s a newer, more refreshing mindset that’s come out of the woodworks. One of sharing, of generosity, of teamwork and collaboration. Of the idea that when we work together, feeding off of each others’ successes and disappointments, that the industry as a whole becomes better.

Around this time last year, I started thinking over my then-current website. It was doing its job, for the most part, but I knew that I needed to upgrade to something a bit more high-end. I’d been hearing about ShowIt from a few of my favorite photographers, but it wasn’t until I read THIS post on my friend Katelyn’s blog about the Richmond SHARE group that I was sold. ShowIt isn’t just a website platform- it’s a community. ShowIt users encourage and push one another to new heights, freely sharing with each other. As someone who thrives when I’m surrounded by other people, I knew I wanted in. So I settled on a website designer and off we went!

SHARE groups are community groups for ShowIteers (ShowIt users) sorted by region- there’s one in Richmond, Hampton Roads and DC for us Virginians. But because I knew the DC group had trouble meeting regularly because of everyone’s insane schedules, I found myself driving down to Richmond for the monthly meet-ups. Some of my favorite people in Virginia were part of the Richmond SHARE group, so it wasn’t much of a sacrifice at all. But the busier I became, the harder it was for me to make those meet-ups, and after getting a push from Kevin Sturm during The Big Next, I decided to go out on a limb and start a SHARE group for Northern Virginia! I still have no idea whether or not it’s going to soar or fall flat on its face, but I figured it’s worth a shot. Plus, with our newer, slightly larger digs, Matt and I’ve been hoping to open our home more to host friends. Perfect opportunity, right?

One of the things that J&M talk about that holds us back from chasing our dreams is this idea of “who am I…?” Not in a “what’s my purpose in life?” sort of way, but more in a “who am I to want THAT? Who am I to think I can start a SHARE group? Who am I to think people will actually come?” It’s that nagging insecurity, the voice in the back of your head that says “hold up, no one gave you permission to do that!” So, so often, I find myself looking for that permission in other people- my husband, other photographers, mentors, etc. This industry is FULL of people trying to do amazing things, and as much as we all want to help each other fly, no one’s going to seek me out just to give me permission to pursue my dreams. It’s cowardice, really, to sit back in my office and refrain from taking risks because no one’s told me I should do it. So starting the northern Virginia SHARE group? It’s step one of what I’m sure will be a long process of learning to trust that when I feel called to do something different, to try something new, that God has something planned for me. It may not be anything amazing- I may be being called to fail, to be humbled by that failure, and to learn from my mistakes. But the one thing I know is that if I never answer the call, never give myself the chance to succeed, it’s going to be a long, boring road.

Aruba wedding photographer- Caribbean trash the dress session Abby Grace PhotographyAruba wedding photographer- Caribbean trash the dress session Abby Grace Photography

(Random side note- it’s amazing how going back and re-editing old work makes it feel like brand new portfolio pieces again! One of my 2013 goals is to book another wedding in the Caribbean, because this trash the dress session in Aruba with Terra Dawn was INCREDIBLE and remains one of my favorite sessions I’ve ever shot).

Happy Tuesday!

Anna Kerns - January 23, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Thank you so much for hosting the Share DC group! I am really looking forward to coming! I’ve never been to one before so it will be a great experience. I am so proud of you for chasing what you want with such a positive attitude! That’s the stuff leaders are made of. Can’t wait to see you soon and check out your new digs :)

Hollie - January 23, 2013 - 9:06 am

You’ve got this! :D

Katie Nesbitt - January 23, 2013 - 7:40 am

I totally feel you on needing to ask others for permission to do or want to do things! That’s so me!!!

Sarah B. - January 22, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Yay for the things God calls us to and trusting that He knows what he is doing! :D I’m excited for you!

Alli McWhinney - January 22, 2013 - 6:12 pm

That shoot is amazing! I am sure you won’t have a problem booking a wedding in the Caribbean if a potential couple sees those images!

Nikki Santerre - January 22, 2013 - 4:56 pm

I love this post, brave girl! :)

Rebekah Hoyt - January 22, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I am SO excited for you!! I know you will do great things in the ShowIt community! And trust me girl, as soon as I get ShowIt I will TOTALLY come to your group!! :)

Jean - January 22, 2013 - 3:07 pm

You can do anything you put your mind to, Abby. You have a gift to share and you are doing that very well. Love you!

Allison Mannella - January 22, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Love this Abby! I’m in the process of switching over to ShowIt and am so excited – especially after speaking with so many Showiteer’s at the NYC stop of What’s Next! Good luck in setting up your NOVA group, I bet it will be amazing!

Alicia - January 22, 2013 - 1:08 pm

I *love* your random side note — I went back and compared them to the old images and they look even better! Would you ever teach editing techniques?

heather - January 22, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Yay for stepping out! Thinking of moving to the Showit side and would love to know who you worked with on your website :)

Christine - January 22, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Way to be going after your dreams!! I hope your ShowIt group in NOVA takes off!!

Monday Mash-Up

Goooood morning, Vietnam! I have ALWAYS wanted to wake up in a town/location with three syllables so that I could use that famous Robin Williams quote, but using my current location instead. Because it just doesn’t have the same impact, nor would people get the reference, if I said “Goooooood morning, Reston!” See? It’s just not the same.

Alright so this past weekend was a total whirlwind. In my head, I’d psyched myself up for a relaxed couple of days, finishing up those few pesky boxes we’ve yet to unpack, then rounding out the evening sipping lemonade. Or something. Instead, it went something like this:

“SLFJE: GHJ:DSLKVNE>KRH:WEOIDWEOWE…. Monday morning.”

Ever had a weekend like that? They make you really appreciate the slow periods in life. Part of me thinks I could never retire because I love being active and busy, but then the other part of me knows how much I love me vacation. And to have a vacation that never ends? OH MAN. I can’t wait til I’m 65. (Just kidding).

Enough senseless rambling. As usual, things that transpired over the past week!

  • I told Matt on Friday evening that I’d like to have a golden Snitch carved into my headstone, whenever I die. He rolled his eyes and told me he didn’t want to talk about it, but Internet friends, consider this my formal request.
  • Chai tea is delicious. I used to think it tasted like dirty dishwater, but it turns out that’s only the stuff from Cosi. My sweet friend Blythe sent me an adorable gift of treats for Lily and loose chai tea for me, and I’ve got a new favorite morning ritual!
  • Also, when the chai tea packaging says “pour through strainer,” you should know that a cheese cloth is not a permissible substitute. You’re better off with the strainer, even if a few tea leaves make it through into your mug.
  • I’ve discovered first hand that when I get nervous, I talk way too much, way too fast, and reveal WAY more than is necessary. I’ve been told so by innocent bystanders (Matt) in the past, but I witnessed it for myself last week. I found words just kept spilling out of my mouth while my brain was asking my tongue “WHY ARE YOU STILL MOVING?!”
  • I’m going to United!!! ShowIt, the super awesome website platform I use (it comes complete with a fantastic community, btw), is hosting United, a conference for wedding and portrait photographers in Santa Barbara. And I’m GOING!! I’m so freakin excited!! More on that to come:)

We all know that posts are better with a photo. But how about a photo from a quirky French Revolution-era styled shoot? Yes? Ok, here you go!

Marie Antoinette bridal shower shoot- Abby Grace Photography
More of this to come soon! We’re keeping it under wraps until we hopefully get it published :).

Happy Monday!

 

Annamarie - February 5, 2013 - 5:18 pm

That image is so cute!! I can’t wait to see more! :)

Elizabeth - January 22, 2013 - 11:35 am

Wow, that looks like a super neat photo shoot!

ashley link - January 21, 2013 - 8:43 pm

this shoot looks amazing! i can’t wait to see more!!! :) :) :)

Julie Flury- Jewel Hair Design - January 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm

That photo is awesome! Cant wait to see more!

Carly Fuller - January 21, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Great post! Excited to see your UNITED coverage!! Nice meeting you quickly at the J&M tour :)

Terra Dawn - January 21, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Awwwww…tell Santa Barbara I said hi!!!! I miss my old home!! :D

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Sarah B. - January 21, 2013 - 10:12 am

I totally have weekends like that. Sometimes I need a weekend from my weekend! :P

Also, I think this picture is fantastic! I think that I want to make it my goal to one day be in one of your photoshoots – I think that would be so fun! I guess that is probably why we are having you do our wedding photography, huh? :P

Melissa Grandt - January 21, 2013 - 9:28 am

And I thought it was just ME whose mouth kept moving when my brain wanted it to stop!! And a snitch? Seriously? Why not something like the Three Broomsticks logo (which looks very cool, if you haven’t been!) A snitch is obvious. ;-)

kaitlyn phipps - January 21, 2013 - 9:20 am

abby that image is gorgeous! can’t wait to find out what you were up to!

Jean - January 21, 2013 - 8:07 am

Love the photo! Going to Santa Barbara! WOW!

Justin & Mary’s “What’s Next?” tour

Whoa. So yesterday was… completely unexpected. I mean, I KNEW Justin & Mary were going to rock out What’s Next, but since I’d been at The Big Next and I religiously follow J&M’s blog, I thought it’d probably cover some of the same topics previously discussed. I was not prepared to have my world utterly ROCKED. I wasn’t prepared to be writing quite so quickly and ferociously, like the state of my businesses depended on getting everything Mary was saying into my notebook, filling up twenty pages with scribbled mess. I wasn’t prepared to be told that some of the ways I’m marketing myself aren’t going to cut it for much longer, and I wasn’t prepared to hear that I’m GOING to fail, that sooner or later, everyone experiences the gut-wrenching pangs of falling flat on their face.

But I was ready to hear it all.

So much of what a lot of photographers are preaching these days is the same, and I was sort of gearing myself up to hear more of what I’ve been hearing for the past two years. But shame on me, because I know Justin & Mary, and they aren’t “everybody else.” They have such a unique brand of refreshing honesty, of speaking truth into my life in a gentle but urgent way. Mary’s words were refreshing, they breathed life into me, and whereas this past week I woke up feeling slightly defeated when I thought about how very far I have to go and how disappointed I am with myself, I’m now raring to get started again. She lit a fire deep in my soul that I didn’t know existed, and this passion, this love of what I do, it feels anew again. Justin’s portion on lighting had me ITCHING to get out and play with more dramatic, mature lighting situations, and I’m just so excited to implement more of what they learned into my shooting style this year.

Thank you, Justin & Mary. You’ve flipped my world upside down time and time again, but yesterday was surreal.

Friends, if you don’t have a ticket to one of the remaining stops, GO GET ONE RIGHT NOW. You won’t regret it at all! Check out all the info here!

Jenna - January 26, 2013 - 9:27 am

Oh look! That’s me! :) Abby, it was so great to meet you. :) Your bubbly personality is infectious. :)

Hollie - January 19, 2013 - 10:53 pm

It was so great to finally meet you! You are too cute! :) It was an AMAZING experience and I’m SO glad I was there! Can’t wait to see how your business grows! :)

Erin - January 18, 2013 - 4:42 pm

I love this blog post! :) It was an amazing evening.

Shawna - January 18, 2013 - 2:53 pm

It was a great day! Thanks for organizing lunch – it was nice to have the opportunity to meet you.

heather - January 18, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Agree with it all! It was a great time but a very hard one as well. Looking forward to a great 2013 for many of us though!

Tara Peddicord - January 18, 2013 - 1:26 pm

YES! You hit the nail on the head. I knew it would be good- but I didn’t expect to have my. mind. blow. I am sorry I didn’t get a chance to connect with you last night. I hope we meet again! :)

Christine - January 18, 2013 - 11:00 am

I’m excited to see what changes you have in store for your devoted followers! And I’m pumped to watch you continue to grow! I’m always impressed with your honesty and willingness to share your struggles and successes with such grace.

Sarah Goodwin - January 18, 2013 - 9:40 am

so bummed to have missed this! Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m totally interested in what they said about marketing!!!!

Rebekah Hoyt - January 18, 2013 - 8:54 am

Amen! This rocked my world too. I came home last night and was sharing everything with Matt at about a million words per second – I was SO excited about all that was swimming through my head. So thankful for the push you gave me to go… it was 100% worth it!

Vanessa Chupp - January 18, 2013 - 8:22 am

Such an amazing night!!! Definitely looking forward to the long drive home today and all that time to discuss what we learned. So nice to meet you last night!

Erica - January 18, 2013 - 8:17 am

It was SO AWESOME to see you again yesterday, and can’t wait to see you grow even more in 2013! You’re gonna rock it!

Laura Matthews - January 18, 2013 - 8:02 am

Completely awesome! It was so so great to meet you! :)

A new sample album!

Oh Leather Craftsmen, how I love thee. Your rich cover treatments and thick pages are pleasant to the touch. Your true-to-life prints and lifelike colors are a joy to my eyes. It’s all I can do not to tackle the UPS man as he saunters to my door.

I started using LC as soon as I began ordering albums- I’d heard only the best of things from other folks in the industry and I wanted to give them a go, and now I have six sample album on my shelf because of how much I love LC. Last year I was having a really hard time with the actual design aspect of everything- getting everything to line up perfectly was driving me BONKERS. So I invested in Templates 4 Photographers and now the process is SO much more enjoyable!!

This particular album is a 10×10 of the 3500 series with Designer Mahogany as the cover. I opted for folded (instead of split) gutters so that I can comfortably design across the page.

Leather Craftsmen wedding album- Abby Grace PhotographyLeather Craftsmen wedding album- Abby Grace Photography

One question I’ll occasionally receive is “why leave so much white space?” And the answer is that because leaving white space allows the viewer to focus more on the images in front of them. For reception and detail shots, it’s more practical to pack several images into one spread, but when I have an incredible image that I think NEEDS the freedom to shine without the clutter of other images vying for the viewers attention, I leave more white space. It’s more editorial, it’s clean, and it’s classic. These two portraits were my favorites from Gary & Clarisse’s wedding day, and I wanted to give viewers a chance to really TAKE IN the images without feeling pulled to also look at 3-5 other images on the page.

Leather Craftsmen wedding album- Abby Grace PhotographyLeather Craftsmen wedding album- Abby Grace Photography

Oh, T4P. If it weren’t for you, it would have taken me an hour to create this ONE page.

Leather Craftsmen wedding album- Abby Grace PhotographyLeather Craftsmen wedding album- Abby Grace Photography

I’ve really come to LOVE designing albums- I get to relive weddings all over again! It just makes me sad to put them in the mail to send off to their owners. This is probably why I have so many sample albums.

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Melissa - March 18, 2013 - 8:34 am

You are an amazing photographer. Great images and absolutely wonderful final product. Love the album. If I might ask, where can I purchase these albums and templates for my clients? Again, amazing work!!!

Elizabeth - January 22, 2013 - 11:40 am

These albums are just so… dreamy! It makes sense that you wouldn’t want to send them away, especially after you have poured so much of your heart and soul into them. Maybe one day, eventually, Andrew and I will get an album of our wedding!

Eryn Kesler - January 19, 2013 - 5:32 pm

so beautiful! I also invested in templates 4 photographers this year, and I’m SO GLAD!! I love them so much!

Jean - January 17, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Beautiful!

Christine - January 17, 2013 - 10:34 am

I love it!!

Dad - January 17, 2013 - 8:56 am

Awesome, had no idea do much work went into album production. Also, I am vying for a top 5 spot in next year’s comment competition. Watch out Granny I’m shooting for that coveted #1 spot!

Rebekah Hoyt - January 17, 2013 - 8:41 am

It’s gorgeous, Abby!!