Boston. That’s where it all began. Well, technically it was Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the campus of Harvard. They were both there for graduate degrees in business, and after spending time together in section for various projects and study groups, John found himself wanting to spend a bit more time with Emily. Sans books, preferably just […]

  • Rebekah Carter - Wow, these are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Evian - Love sunrise light, it is so perfect. Great photos Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Swann - Abby!! I’ve been following your work for some time and this is probably one of my favorite sessions ever!! You rocked it!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - YAY! I have been refreshing all morning waiting for the post to load! Abby, we LOVED working with you; after the shoot we just kept talking about how perfect your personality and style were for us and how happy we were that we picked you. And your photos are gorgeous; I can’t wait to see them all and so excited for November!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Hunt - Abby, these are so stunning. Amazing work! Your images get sharper and sharper with every session and wedding. SO genuine.ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Oh my! LOVE this session! Such a great job Abby!ReplyCancel

  • kathy - I love the one sitting on the rocks with the wave crashing behind them. Gorgeous! The whole set is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Gorgeous Abby!!! This makes me want to visit Chicago so badly!ReplyCancel

  • Matoli - sunrise shoots fit your style perfectly, these images are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - So cute! I’m so glad we could meet up too! <3ReplyCancel

  • Karen Allen - Abby! These are truly stunning!! Incredible job girl!ReplyCancel

  • ashley link - LOVE her pretty dress! such a beautiful couple! great job, lady! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful photos, Abby. The colors are beautiful. Great story!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - This session is DEVINE!!! I have been following you for some time and with this session, I can see how far really you come. A friend of mine once told me that you can get a sense of the photographers feelings by what and how he or she captures peoples relationships and when I saw these photos I could totally tell why you are drawn to ballerinas as well as timeless and simple imagery. You truly captured beautiful light, a sweet couple and truly timeless images. Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Hollie - Wow! These are STUNNING!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - These are BEAUTIFUL! Love seeing some familiar sights! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - So stunning! Love the light :)ReplyCancel

The odds were most definitely in his favor that day in probability class. He saw her sitting a few seats away, those bright blue eyes and that curly red hair catching his attention, so he did what any college guy would do: he found her name on the attendance sheet as it was passed to […]

  • Jean - Great photos, Abby! Love the reflection in the water! Beautiful colors.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - LOVE these! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - This is beautiful, Abby! I LOVE that shot on the curved dock with them so perfectly framed under the Key Bridge – amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - We LOVE the pictures Abby! Your work is gorgeous and on top of it we had a blast during the shoot! Thank you!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - These are gorgeous Abby!! :) I LOVE the one with the bridge in the background. And the one with the overhanging tree with them kissing. BEAUTIFUL!!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - What a beautiful couple and location!ReplyCancel

Can we all agree that it’s now officially fall? If September 1st doesn’t mark the beginning of autumn, then surely the day after Labor Day does, right? Yes? Good. So ladies, feel free to start breaking out those boots, scarves and sweaters! Although, I’m not sure how much good it’ll do it- the high today […]

  • Katie - Haha I’m totally with you on not being able to enjoy things outside of their season. For me, I’m trying to abstain from pumpkin/fall things until the weather cools down…I just can’t drink a PSL when it’s hot out lolReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Ahh all of your sneak peeks are gorgeous! I’ve never been to Chicago but I’ve always wanted to go – seeing your sneak peeks makes it look even more amazing than I also previously imagined (who knows why all of us East Coasters were SO misled about Chi-town?!)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Chicago is on my list of cities to visit! :) Hope you had fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - Hey, Chicago’s my neck of the woods! Looking forward to seeing more! Love that shot over the water… the blue of Lake Michigan is so great!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Anticipation. Not, “No, you can’t have that now,” but it will be that much more delightful to you if you also choose to enjoy the build up, the anticipation, of it, and then the pure, unadulterated pleasure of that first Pumpkin Spice Latte! (Is that couple at the beginning of today’s blog from your church? So sweet! MomReplyCancel

Phew! I barely made it through July with my New Year’s Eve-resolution-mandated monthly film- I think I was perhaps trying to recover from the massive bill I received from all of the film I shot in Europe. I shot two rolls during my session with Thad & Rachel and waited six weeks to finally send […]

Have you ever had a vision for something, this amazing elaborate “perfect world” kind of vision, and then whatever it was you were envisioning turns out completely differently? And yet, it still somehow manages to be BETTER than the version you originally cooked up in your imagination? That’s kind of what happened with my first […]

  • Tiffany - I remember at one point during your presentation you said something like “it’s so nice that you guys think I’m stable and have my act together” and we all laughed because YOU feeling self-conscious was just crazy to us. You are humble and that’s a great thing.

    You did a fantastic job and personally, I was thrilled with the number because I felt like I could ask more questions and participate more in a smaller setting. It felt like you were really talking to US and where our business were respectively, not just any old group of photographers. Plus, we hardly had to fight over comfy chairs at all 😉

    You just made me think of the one thing the workshop lacked… we didn’t take a group photo! That is my only suggestion for your future workshops!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Zoe - You’re honesty is SO incredibly refreshing Abby!! It’s a breath of fresh air in a world of internet talk that is mostly filled with false humility… I completely appreciate what you shared today!!! I think you’re FAB and your work is amazingly beautiful! I can’t wait to see where life continues to take you and your business!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandilynn Aines - Abby everything was amazing, you are such an amazing person as well as a photographer and teacher! I am so glad I was able to attend the 1st Abby Grace Workshop and I plan on sharing my experience with many other photographers, you did everything so well and are such a down to earth person who is also a woman of God! I cannot wait for some future workshops that you will host, and even attending some with you! Thank you for all you taught us and for opening up and being real with us! And I second what Tiffany said about a workshop group picture :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - I am SO proud of you, Abby! It’s amazing how the Lord answers our prayers for something in a way that is usually quite different than we expect. I’m thankful that you were willing to share this because you are probably encouraging someone else who has gone through something similar :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Neumann - Abby!! Your humility gets me every time!! You aimed at taking an amazing step forward for you and your business and YOU DID IT!! So excited for you!! I so wanted to be there but had a wedding here the day after and couldn’t swing everything logistically! You were in my thoughts and prayers and I cannot wait to (hopefully!) learn from you at your next workshop soon!! :) Congrats again!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Thomas - You’re awesome Abby. In an industry with photogs pridefully bragging about every little thing, I LOVE your honesty and humbleness! I’ve been through similar circumstances and I know how it is to struggle with finding your worth in God’s truth when there’s so much competitiveness and you do naturally find worth in what we view (or others view) as success, since this is the area of talent He has given us. God has blessed your business in so many ways and you definitely have lots to offer others in your teaching! I’m glad to hear it went so well! Hope we can do another hangout / Q&A sometime soon!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Smith - Abby, your honesty sets you apart from the crowd. I wish I was that honest with myself!! You know photographers are always hardest on themselves but I have no doubt your workshop was an incredible experience for those girls. Thats awesome! And also awesome those beautiful arrangements :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Every new experience teaches us something positive. Glad you had a great workshop and I’m sure the next one will be even better for you and your lucky recipients.ReplyCancel

  • Minh H. - Abby,

    at no time did I laugh at you while reading this extremely honest blog. I found that liberating that you dared to be so brutally honest, and I admire your humility.
    It is so difficult not to get caught up in the popularity contest (just recently, I had a potential client turning me down, because I only had 100 some likes on my facebook page).

    Thanks for being so real :)ReplyCancel

  • ashley barnett - I am going to be honest with you – this might be my favorite post of yours ever. The humility, openness, honesty, and maturity you have shown with this post and experience is what will continue to move your business (both as a photographer and educator) forward. Your ability to laugh at yourself when necessary, and ability to see situations not for what they are lacking, but for what they are giving and teaching you, will take you so much further than sold out workshops ever will. :)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - I love this post! Thank you for being so honest and humble. It’s easy to look at all the “celebrity” photographers and only see how successful and popular they are. So few are actually real and show themselves in the raw. So thank you! I would have loved to come to your workshop. Hopefully I can make one in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Annamarie - ahhh this is awesome abby! So glad the Lord worked it out better than you could’ve dreamed..isn’t it cool how He does that? This is super encouraging! Thanks so much for sharing it! And those flowers are blowing my mind…Dahlias are my favorite!!ReplyCancel

  • First Feature | Maryland Wedding Photographer » Brandilynn Aines Photography | Virginia Wedding Photographer - […] one I’m traveling there with my girl Megan Chase, and then it will be a mini reunion from the Abby Grace Workshop we did back in August(When she host another one I suggest you go to it) & Mrs. Kelsey Dewitt […]ReplyCancel