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Monday Mash-Up

Well hello, there, Monday! You are a welcome, welcome sight after such a busy weekend. Sometimes Mondays are actually a sigh of relief- sort of like a “phew! I can finally dig into those wedding photos from Saturday!” I won’t lie though- there are other times when Mondays are the last thing I want to wake up and see. Fortunately, today is NOT one of those kinds of days!

As always, things I learned/events that took place/reasons for you to laugh from the past week:

  • I bought new running shoes! This, in and of itself, isn’t all that exciting. However, imagine my delight when the guy at Footsteps running store pulls out a pair of Asics with the model name of “Nimbus.” Yes, folks, I’m wearing Quidditch racing broom running shoes. And I’m strongly considering lettering in “2000″ at the heel.
  • Whilst on my long runs, I often wish I’m wearing a t-shirt that says “Yeah I’d be running that fast if I were only going two miles, too” for those humiliating times when I get passed by a sprinting Victoria’s Secret model.
  • Occasionally I’ll find myself clicking my car remote at our front door, wondering why it won’t unlock. This happens most frequently when I’m tired.
  • I’m ridiculously scatter-brained sometimes- Matt came home on Friday to find the cereal in the refrigerator, and this was only after I’d already retrieved the milk from the pantry. I’ll find things in odd places all over the house- “honey, why is your iphone on the shelf with the dishes?” I image this will only get worse with age.
  • Growing up, my dad was the villain of the laundry room. He shrank some of my favorite articles of clothing, so at age 12 I began doing my own laundry. Well, the tables have turn: I was in a hurry last Wednesday so I stuck my favorite dress in the dryer. My thinking was that cotton was the only material that shrinks and since this dress was rayon, I was ok! NOT. I pull it out of the dryer and it was now indecently short.

Look! A preview from Molly & Craig’s wedding! So excited to share more of these this Thursday!

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Mmm. Kate Spade shoes and an exquisite couple? Yes please!

Happy Monday!

Megan Lesley - August 7, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Our milk was found on our cereal shelf a few weeks ago – the prime suspect was me! Eep! Glad Im not the only one!!

Karen Field - August 6, 2012 - 5:28 pm

New running shoes! Good, take care of those feet that are going to carry you to the Marine Corps Marathon in Oct. Scatterbrained? Sorry, girlie, that one got passed on by family genes. Loved the picts! Beautiful bride! Golly, I’ve really gone overboard with the !!!!!!1. Mom

Erin - August 6, 2012 - 10:51 am

I am constantly trying to open the front door with my car key button too!

Hannah Rancourt - August 6, 2012 - 10:30 am

Oh SO stunning! Your things learned always crack me up!!! I love that you have Nimbus shoes!!!! SO cool! Also, just wait till you get pregnant one day if you already try storing the milk in the pantry. Too funny!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 6, 2012 - 10:08 am

Wow that sneak is stunning! Those colors – so beautiful!!

Jean - August 6, 2012 - 9:58 am

Glad you got new running shoes and that they are so awesome. Love the pics. You are so talented!

caitlin elizabeth - August 6, 2012 - 9:55 am

her flowers look AMAZING. i’m scatter brained like that too – i once put my shoe away with the groceries and a bag of noodles in my closet. fail. and i click my car remote at my front door too. this post hit so close to home!! haha (except for the running part…)

molly stillman - August 6, 2012 - 9:46 am

NIMBUS SHOES?! AWESOME. and that sneak peek? MORE awesome. gah!!!

Dani Leigh - August 6, 2012 - 9:41 am

I love love love this post. Everything made me laugh. Can’t believe you have quidditch shoes. AND OMG Let’s make that t-shirt because I feel the same exact way as cars pass me and I am running slow because I am on mile 6! Jerks. AND when I had a stupid job as not a photographer I would get home and wonder why my badge wouldn’t scan to let me in the door. I heart Monday Mash Ups!

Featured!

I love/hate writing these posts because they’re often the least-commented on and, to be honest, I feel like a braggart writing them. But this time I’m so darn excited about where I’ve been featured lately that I don’t care! AH!

First up: Rock My Wedding. RMW is one of the top couple of wedding blogs in the UK and I LOVE IT. Charlotte the editor is hilarious, sassy and oh-so-British, and I love all the funky, fun weddings they publish. I’ve been following RMW for over a year now and I’m so so so so excited to have finally had one of my gorgeous couples make it onto those polka-dotted pages! James & Deanna’s e-session was posted on Monday- go check it out!

Next: one of the biggest things that’s happened to me all year. I got an email from someone at The Knot back in March asking if they could use one of my images in an editorial feature, so I squealed and said yes. Thinking it was probably too good to be true, I just assumed they’d find another image that was a better fit so that I wouldn’t be disappointed when the issue came out and my image was nowhere to be found. Sure enough though when I bolted to Barnes & Noble last week to check, you know, to be sure, there it was! And on top of that, it was a FULL PAGE PHOTO! Chrissy and David were rocking out a section on selecting your venue. I’ve never been featured in print before so even though it’s one image on one page, I’m still over the moon!

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Happy Friday!

Lauren Jolly - August 7, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Go, Abby! That’s awesome!

Ursha - August 6, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Congrats for both :)

Wendy {Weswen Design} - August 6, 2012 - 11:48 am

AH! The Knot mag….. so fab. You go lady…. certainly going places!

rebekah j. - August 5, 2012 - 11:36 pm

so great! :)

Jenny - August 5, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Congratulations Abby. What a beautiful photo! Great job girl!!

Mia Bjerring - August 3, 2012 - 4:15 pm

I’m so happy for you, girl! You rock! Congratulations on the beautiful features! :)

Shauna Ploeger - August 3, 2012 - 4:00 pm

I did see that in the knot yesterday. Woo hoo!

Sarah G - August 3, 2012 - 3:15 pm

WOOO HOOO GIRL!!!! Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious

Dani Leigh - August 3, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Dude, these posts motivate others to do well and get featured too! You are totally not bragging! Big huge congrats!! And not to be a braggart either but I am on page 56 of that knot magazine. ;-)

Rici - August 3, 2012 - 2:23 pm

WOW!!! In the knot! That is quite HUGE!! congrats!! (Am I allowed to say, I´m proud of you?) :)
Saluti.

Katrina Milton - August 3, 2012 - 2:10 pm

So excited for you..!! I will have to buy this magazine now… I am so cheering you on. :) Thanks for sharing and inspiring us. Katrina

teri pozniak // tPoz - August 3, 2012 - 2:04 pm

CONGRATS on the features!! That is awesome!!

Alli Cain - August 3, 2012 - 1:22 pm

That is so great! And don’t feel bad about bragging! You started your own company and are kicking butt and taking names! CONGRATULATIONS!!

desiree - August 3, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Congrats!!! That’s a beautiful shot! I can’t believe you haven’t been published in print until now…hope there are many more posts like this showing off your work!

caitlin elizabeth - August 3, 2012 - 12:41 pm

you go girl!

Kirstie Frydenlund - August 3, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Amazing!!! Congrats!

Sarah B. - August 3, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Yay, Abby! SO awesome!!! :) God IS good!!

Kelly Sauer - August 3, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Oh girl. oh GIRL. I’m so happy for you, and so completely glad you shared!!! What a treat!

Jean - August 3, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Congrats! So very proud of my beautiful granddaughter!

jamie - August 3, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Congrats Abby!! It is so fun to see your work in print!! The image is beautiful!

Faye Bernoulli - August 3, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Wooo you go girl!

Brittany - August 3, 2012 - 11:49 am

Brag away girl…you deserve it. xoxo

Katie - August 3, 2012 - 11:46 am

GO ABBY! GO ABBY! GO GO!!! :) I’m so happy for you!! What an awesome treat and your work is so amazing they should be featuring you. Haha.

Lauren - August 3, 2012 - 11:41 am

YOU GO ABBY!!! :)

Rebekah Hoyt - August 3, 2012 - 11:40 am

Umm this is AWESOME! And totally worth blogging about! Girl – I’m so happy for you!!

Susan - August 3, 2012 - 11:40 am

Abby, this is wonderful! Congratulations!

More lovely faces- Chris & Leah’s Middleburg love shoot

I’ve known Leah for just over two years now- she was my manager during my time in the corporate world. I remember the first time I heard of this “Chris” guy, who I more formally came to know as “the boy.” It was fun watching how happy he made Leah. Being in love with the right person changes you, and that change was evident in Leah. She was more smiley than usual, more bubbly, and it was such a joy to witness. Though my first time meeting Chris was during our session last Saturday, it’s clear she’s had the same effect on him. I loved watching him smile at her, never complaining when I asked them to kiss for the hundredth time or when I asked for his very best GQ face. He was just happy to be there with Leah, loving  and laughing with her.

Chris & Leah, thank you so much for meeting me at such an early hour to document your love! I had such a good time getting to know you both and it really was my joy to photograph you two. I hope you love these images as much as I loved creating them!

We began at dawn in Middleburg…

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That beautiful, golden morning light!!

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Hey Leah? You’re really, really beautiful. REALLY.

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Love!! See what I mean? The way he smiles at her!

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After a quick outfit change, we brought Chris & Leah’s puppies into the frame. Meet Oliver the French bulldog and Jackie the Chesapeake Bay retriever!

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I don’t know why, but that shot of Ollie on the right makes me laugh.

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One of my favorites!

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Favorite. Hands down.

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Outfit details-
Blue dress: Anthropologie
Tan heels: Charles David
Cream top: Anthropologie
Flats: TOMS

Happy Thursday!

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Marie & Albie Birnstill - August 7, 2012 - 5:36 pm

There is nothing nicer than perfect candid shots of two beautiful people who are in love. The photography was great, and Chris and Leah will cherish the photos forever. Especially love the photos with the dogs!!!!!

Matt Pyka - August 7, 2012 - 12:32 am

Ewww. So gushy Lol

Jennifer Otero - August 5, 2012 - 11:48 am

Love these pics!!! Love the dogs!!! You guys look great and soooo happy!!!

Karen Field - August 4, 2012 - 10:18 pm

Lovely images! Beautiful, Abby!

Aunt Debbie - August 4, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Very sweet. Looking forward to seeing you both in October!

Uncle Norton - August 4, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Get A Room! Actually very nice pics. When do I get to meet her?

Jessica - August 3, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Cute pictures and cute couple!

Katie - August 3, 2012 - 11:56 am

Abby!!! You are constantly inspiring and amazing me everyday. :) I love the lighting!! I love her clothes!!! I love the posing!!! I LOVE THOSE DOGS!!!!!!! Too many exclamation points? Haha. Good job girl!

ashley barnett - August 3, 2012 - 11:38 am

GIVE ME THAT FRENCH BULLDOG RIGHT NOW. I seriously was scrolling like oh pretty light, pretty, that’s cute, OMGFRENCHIEOMGITSSOCUTESQUEAAAAL… good thing I am home alone.

Currie - August 3, 2012 - 10:10 am

Abby this is one of my favorite sessions ever! I love it! Beautiful work! :-)

Annamarie - August 2, 2012 - 10:18 pm

that wide shot of them kissing with the tree branches framing them is GENIUS. I also love how playful this session is! It has such a photojournalistic feel:)

Rachel - August 2, 2012 - 6:47 pm

These are great!!! What a beautiful couple! I love the ones where you are sitting and kissing on the sidewalk.. adorable!

Erin Boley - August 2, 2012 - 6:04 pm

These pictures are AMAZING!! Chris and Leah, you both look so happy!! Love you two! :-)

Caitlin Perez - August 2, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Oh my gosh Leah these are the sweetest photos!!! U are so beautiful !!! I’m so happy for u and can’t wait to meet him!

Tessa Smith - August 2, 2012 - 4:58 pm

So adorable….Love them all!!!

Ellen walsworth - August 2, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Love the pictures!! Abby you did a great job!!

Vicky Smith - August 2, 2012 - 3:30 pm

What a beautful young lady and very handsom young man. Love the pictures cant wait to get a couple

Bryce - August 2, 2012 - 2:49 pm

These are unbelievable!! Great work, A!

Michelle B - August 2, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Beautiful pictures. Great work Abby we miss you at NG

Rebekah Hoyt - August 2, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Wow Abby – these are so beautiful! You are such a master at sunrise shoots!! That first shot of the fence with the sun rising is stunning!

Hannah Rancourt - August 2, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Middleburg is like the bestest place EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are SO amazing Abby!

Dani Leigh - August 2, 2012 - 1:08 pm

I love love love love that last one before the outfit switch! They are all breathtaking though!

Jenae - August 2, 2012 - 12:52 pm

I am IN LOVE with all of these pictures!!!! Abby you are SOOOOOOO talented!

David Abel - August 2, 2012 - 11:30 am

This looks like it was such a fun session, I love it when clients bring their dogs to a shoot! Great stuff!

Katie - August 2, 2012 - 11:13 am

These photos are all great! I especially like the ones with the dogs included too. It’s fantastic how love can shine through a moment captured in a photo. You guys look beautiful together!

Alli Cain - August 2, 2012 - 11:12 am

I agree with Caitlin Elizabeth – this might be my favorite session. Their smiles and obvious love made me so happy for them and put a big smile on my face. What a good way to start the day. Thank you!

Chris - August 2, 2012 - 11:00 am

Thank you!! They look great. Can’t wait to fill our empty frames

Leah - August 2, 2012 - 10:50 am

Thank you so much, Abby! You are a true pleasure and so good at putting people at ease. I promise, we love them very much!

Erin Schrad - August 2, 2012 - 10:50 am

Aw!! So cute! But then I’m a sucker for anything with a retriever! ;o)

Rici - August 2, 2012 - 10:47 am

Abby, really lovely session! You totally master the morning sessions. Leah´s face reminds me of Reese Witherspoon in some of your images! So nice!

caitlin elizabeth - August 2, 2012 - 10:40 am

these are SO GOOD. probably one of my favorite sessions of yours!! also: that first dress. HOLY MOLY THAT’S CUTE.

New packaging- Flash Drives

I posted a couple of weeks ago about how I was saying ADIOS to my old DVDs and “Well, hello there!” to a new medium of delivering images to my lovely clients. I am SO happy to finally be able to blog these beauts! My good friend Rebekah posted images of her new flash drives a few months ago and I remember loving the idea of switching myself, but I still had half a case of custom DVDs left to burn and I didn’t feel right making the switch until I finished that stack of disks. After chatting with Rebekah about her experience, I decided to go with Flash Bay for my new drives. They’re amazing! They communicated quickly and efficiently and from the time I placed my order to the time I received it, a mere five days had passed. CRAZY fast!

The drives I chose are a simple twist design, but I was able to completely customize them by a) having the rubber body of the drive Pantone-matched to the blue on my website, and 2) having my logo engraved on the metal portion of the front and back of each drive. Flash Bay also offers presentation tins that perfectly fit whichever drive style you purchase, so I went ahead and had those engraved to match my brand, too.

It was really important to me to present the drives in something my brides and grooms will KEEP. I could have gone a cheaper route and done a kraft paper-covered box instead, but that box would most likely be thrown away, making it even more likely the flash drive would be lost. These presentation tins are keepers and because they’re the perfect, snug little fit for the drives, there’s a higher chance the drive will stay in the tin and not get lost. I think.

I finish off each tin with white, linen-textured wrapping paper, a blue ribbon and a gray tag. The larger, print boxes you see below get the same treatment, just with gray ribbon and a blue tag.

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Aren’t they so pretty??

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I include a hand-stamped, hand-embossed card + envelope in every package I send out. I can do a tutorial on these if y’all want- it’s actually really easy!

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Flash drives + metal tins: Flash Bay
White linen wrapping paper: Modern Arts Packaging
Blue ribbon: Paper Source
Gray ribbon: AC Moore
Blue + gray tags: handmade using a paper punch
Custom stationery: handmade

Happy Wednesday!

Samantha Gillis - November 7, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Hey Abby!
I’m looking into buying from flash bay and was wondering what size gb did you choose?

Sam

Ursha - August 1, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Wow! Amazing packaging!

Katie Yuen - August 1, 2012 - 11:32 am

Very nice!

Erin - August 1, 2012 - 11:24 am

I would love to know where you get the embosser from :]

Laura Gordon - August 1, 2012 - 11:21 am

I LOVE this! Is it totally crazy that my favorite thing about them is the blue color?! That’s the perfect touch!

Faye Bernoulli - August 1, 2012 - 11:14 am

Very nice!

Dani Leigh - August 1, 2012 - 10:49 am

You might have just sold me on using flash drives. So much more reliable than discs and I have been debating switching for months. I never thought a flash drive could be pretty – but jeez, those are so pretty!

Deanna - August 1, 2012 - 10:46 am

Abby, my mouth hung wide open when i saw these!! So utterly stunning and I can not, (I repeat) CAN NOT wait to get it!!!! So Beutiful, just like you :)

caitlin elizabeth - August 1, 2012 - 10:35 am

these are PERFECT. and i love your new stamp for the cards :)

Janelle C. - August 1, 2012 - 10:34 am

ABSOLUTELY love your packaging!!!! It looks great and goes so well with your branding!!

Emilia Jane - August 1, 2012 - 10:26 am

So pretty!!

teri pozniak // tPoz Photography - August 1, 2012 - 10:21 am

Love the packaging! I would be so excited to get this in the mail!

Katie Nesbitt - August 1, 2012 - 9:30 am

Wow that’s so cool that they can match the colors like that! They look great!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 1, 2012 - 9:29 am

Yayayyy!! They look amazing Abby! And your packaging is so adorable! It’s like a present!

Deborah Zoe - August 1, 2012 - 9:29 am

Beautiful Abby!

molly stillman - August 1, 2012 - 9:25 am

so pretty!! fits your branding perfectly!!!

Jean - August 1, 2012 - 9:19 am

I love the new flash drive and the tin is definitely a nice way to keep them. Very nice presentation! Way to go, Abby!

Hannah Rancourt - August 1, 2012 - 9:16 am

Oooo… These are SO pretty! I am jealous I don’t have one! You are so good at branding YOU! :-)

More lovely faces- Kristen’s film portrait session

I’ve known Kristen for right around a year now- she’s going into her junior year at JMU and is one of the college kids at the church where Matt was the youth pastor. I remember the first time I sat down and talked with her, leaving feeling utterly amazed at her maturity and pure heart. Kristen is the bee’s knees. A total sweetheart and an incredible listener, I was always stoked for holiday breaks when I knew she and the other girls would be home.

Matt & I had a Friday afternoon off together so we decided to head over to the theater to see “Brave.” After the movie, all I could think about was the fact that I wanted to photograph someone with red, curly hair, and after Matt suggested I call Kristen I knew I HAD to photograph her. So she met me at dawn the following morning (I still love you for that, girl!) and we frolicked among the tall grasses.

Kristen, thank you so much for being my muse! I’m so thankful to have had the chance to get to know you over the past year, and watching you grow is nothing but a joy to me. Thanks for lending me your modeling talents that Saturday morning- I’ll love you forever for it!

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The first half of these images were developed + scanned at Indie. From here on down, the rest of the images were developed + scanned at Richard Photo Lab. It’s definitely interesting to see what a difference there is!

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KRISTEN!! I die! You’re gorgeous!!

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I will say- I metered this session using the in-camera meter, and I don’t recommend it- my exposures weren’t nearly as accurate as when I used my Sekonic light meter during Rob & Alicia’s dawn film session. Just my personal experience! The light meter is definitely worth the investment if you’re looking to get serious about film.

Also! Winner winner chicken dinner time! The winner of the camera tote giveaway is Hollie Dyson! Hollie, you have 24 hours to shoot me an email. And… go!

One last thing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HARRY POTTER!

Kristin - November 8, 2012 - 1:00 pm

These are so beautiful. I love the simplicity, the beautiful location, her dress, your color palette and her hair is gorgeous! Beautiful work. xo

Laura Gordon - August 1, 2012 - 11:22 am

FREAKING GORGEOUS! Holy moly!

Karen Field - July 31, 2012 - 7:35 pm

I loved your favorite, too. And I have a new appreciation for redheads after seeing these photos. Kristin, I hope you enjoyed working with Abby because she certainly enjoyed working with you! Abby’s Mom

Tara Peddicord - July 31, 2012 - 5:17 pm

I work with Kristen and LOVE her. She’s so beautiful and these film images of her are so lovely.

Jean - July 31, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Beautiful girl, beautiful photos. Your work is stunning! Love you!

Katie Nesbitt - July 31, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Wow! She is gorgeous! Did you shoot these on your contax? Also, I like both sets, but I have to say I think I like the indie scans better, which kind of surprises me because Im pretty sure RPL is better? Or maybe I made that up lol.

Brea - July 31, 2012 - 11:57 am

She’s so pretty! I love these.

teri pozniak // tPoz - July 31, 2012 - 10:54 am

stunning! the light surrounding her is so beautiful!

Carrie Pellerin Photographer - July 31, 2012 - 10:20 am

She is gorgeous and your work is stunning!

Brent - Live View Studios - July 31, 2012 - 10:20 am

The ones from Richard appear to be more consistent in temperature … lovely job!

Dani Leigh - July 31, 2012 - 9:45 am

You do amazing things with just a plain open field!! And seriously, I want this girls hair!

Emilia Jane - July 31, 2012 - 9:32 am

Beautiful!!!

Rebekah Hoyt - July 31, 2012 - 9:04 am

WOW Abby! Your film work is just stunning. It is really interesting to see the differences in the two labs! Gorgeous shoot, girl! Her hair is AMAZING!

Anna K. - July 31, 2012 - 9:03 am

Abby these are GORGEOUS!

Katie - July 31, 2012 - 9:02 am

Yup… your favorite is mine too! She is gorgeous and you did a great job as usual! ;)

desiree - July 31, 2012 - 9:00 am

These shots are amazing! I love how soft & ethereal she looks!

Hollie - July 31, 2012 - 8:57 am

YAY!!! I won! :) Beautiful session, as always!

Kathy - July 31, 2012 - 8:49 am

I am obsessed with redheads. She’s SO beautiful!! :D Amazingly beautiful session!

caitlin elizabeth - July 31, 2012 - 8:48 am

i. love. her. hair.