God bless Twitter. About six weeks before my most recent trip to France, I Tweeted at Sophie to ask, if I came to Paris, would she be up for shooting again? Within three minutes I had an affirmative response, and within 10 minutes of that, we were on Skype excitedly planning our next shoot. She […]

Throughout the past few years, one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is how to get my images as close to perfect as possible in-camera. It used to take me weeks to edit a wedding, which was due in part to my poor understanding of editing, but also to how much work each image […]

  • Abbey - Girl!!!! I used to cringe when I uploaded my images into lightroom and see those awful blue tones. Kelvin has been a lifesaver for me. I refuse to shoot in auto anymore!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn Phipps - super super helpful abby! can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Kyla - I’m so glad you posted this…..just what I needed! You’re the best!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Ahhhh! THANK YOU so much for this much easier “simplified” method of using Kelvin! Super stoked to try it out now! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Dennis Bullock - Great tip Abby! Have have some playing to do!ReplyCancel

Ahh, nothing like waking up to a cold and rainy Monday back in Virginia. Honestly, I actually love these sorts of mornings- I’m sitting on the couch with Lily curled up next to me, I started my morning off with the best breakfast ever (see below) and some scripture reading, and the writing mood is […]

  • Jean - Beautiful photo. Banana bread English Muffins! Sounds like something I need to try!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - gorgeous!! It sounds like you had an awesome time exploring Europe!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Sounds like an awesome Ireland trip. And the creepy remark at least makes for a great story, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - Can’t wait for the rest of this session. Your Italy session was stunning, but there is something about it being Paris… and her black tutu… and… yeah, please post the rest soon. :-)ReplyCancel

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to the 2011 version of myself and give myself a mentoring session. Like, “here are all the difficulties you’re going to encounter, but don’t lose heart! Just give it some time, and before you know it, you’ll be so much farther along than you’d ever dreamed.” I was […]

  • Christine - Beautifully said Abby! <3ReplyCancel

  • Stephen - I have an addition to the list; 7. You’ll never be as good as Abby!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leandra Brown - Thanks so much for this! I really needed it and it’s very encouraging!ReplyCancel

  • Shalese - This is good for the soul. :) I’m always reminding myself that I have to struggle through this sometimes very discouraging, difficult season to get where I’m dreaming of getting. Not only does this fire me up to keep going, it makes me even MORE excited to work you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Ziegler - even though I am not a photographer I SO needed to read this today. Thank you!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Mary Neumann - I soooo needed this today, Abby!!! Love that quote from Ira, so great!! I constantly battle with a vision of what I want to be and feeling I am not quite there. Your words encourage me to preserve and continue to follow the desires that God has given me! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Alicia Lacey - Love this, Abby! You always write from the heart and it shows :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Swann - I needed to hear this this morning!! Thanks for sharing sweet friend!! Xoxo!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - YESSS!!! So true!! It’s been fun watching you really develop your style this past year and a half- all those growing pains paid off girl!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Forsberg - Abby! Thank you for this. I’m still trying to start out, and as a teen, it’s so easy to be discouraged as I look to others and their accomplishments. Thank you for your authenticity and sincere heart. :) I’ve been following you for a few years, and it’s awesome to watch your journey unfold.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Thank you so much for this!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Hamilton - Thanks for taking the time to write this Abby! It’s so easy to feel discouraged and this is a great reminder that all the hard work and occasional frustration and heartache will be worth it!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Messick - Beautiful post, Abby! And soooo true … Every one of them!ReplyCancel

  • Jamison Gale - Awesome article. Thanks for being so vulnerable, because we have all been there. And it’s such a great perspective that you should be proud of your business if it makes ANY profit in the first few years, so good to be reminded of that – thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • paulina - love this, abby! thank you. <3ReplyCancel

  • Kate Ann - I love this post ! Exactly what I needed to hear! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Jones - Thank you so much, I am just starting out and it was such a gift to read this—you are a great inspiration :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - How wonderful that you can give others the benefit of your experience. I am so proud of you.ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - This is sooo true!ReplyCancel

  • Terri Baskin - So true! This was beautifully written Abby!ReplyCancel

  • LORIN FAIRWEATHER - Thanks for the Monday pick-me-up, Abby! Awesome encouragement all around :)ReplyCancel

  • -S - Yes! This post hit the nail on the head. Thank you for your words—they are indeed inspiring and makes me sit back and relax and know that all the late nights of planning, brainstorming branding and marketing, all the research, discouragement, prayers, and even tears will all be worth it. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - That quote! Literally just warmed my heart and gave me the extra boost I’ve been searching for. Thank you so much for writing this.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Shaughnessy - Oh goodness. #1…sums up EXACTLY how I’m feeling in much better words. Thank you for posting such encouraging words Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Bradshaw - This is such a fantastic post. Thanks, Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Mitchell - Abby,

    Thank you so much for posting this. I know you posted it a while ago, but I was just going through your blog after looking at your gorgeous Europe pictures and came upon it. It is so encouraging to hear from other photographers that it doesn’t happen with a snap of your fingers. Thank you for the encouraging post and I love your images!!!ReplyCancel

  • Seven more things nobody tells you when you start out » Modern International Wedding Photographer - […] year, I wrote a post about six things I wished I’d known when I started out and it was one of my most-read posts all year, so […]ReplyCancel

  • Tatyana - I so needed this! Thank you for being so candid and vulnerable, and letting us all know we’re not alone :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Rose - This post will always be relevant (especially number one) because today I so, so needed this. So grateful for you and your generous advice!!ReplyCancel

While planning out my Europe trip over the past few months, I knew I wanted all of my shooting to be personally fulfilling. And since my two favorite forms of personal work are ballerina photography and travel photography, what better way to be fulfilled as an photographer than by capturing a dancer in Italy? I […]

  • Tiffany Heidenthal - These are incredible! Love the colors and she is just so soft and graceful looking. I can see why you’ve fallen in love with shooting dancers.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Gah! These are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla F - So so so lovely Abby! What a gorgeous location and ballerina!!! Love the softness of the entire shoot! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - Gorgeous! It looks like you two were the only one walking around the town!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Finally, I beat your Granny to say AWESOME!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - These are gorgeous photos. I love them all. Can’t wait to see more of your travels.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Neumann - Ahhhhh-mazing!!! Took my breath away, Abby!!! I am just so in love with your style and love how you seek out to grow and develop yourself through your passions!! So inspiring!!! xoxo!!ReplyCancel

  • malika luthra - I get so excited every time you post another session with a ballerina — the soul and passion you have for capturing their delicate grace and quiet romance is simply stunning! :)ReplyCancel

  • Becca - This. This is why I love following your work. Because you are inspired by beauty beyond just producing wedding after wedding. It’s refreshing to see what inspires professionals other than the wedding industry! And could this shoot BE anymore dreamy??ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H. - Ahhh! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Zoe - Abby, these are amazing!! Your ballerina series is just incredible, so proud of you!!ReplyCancel