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More Lovely Faces- Kerith’s Reston Town Center portrait session

I’ve known Kerith since my freshman year at RU- she was in my Introduction to PR class with Dr. Webster. I remember hearing her say one day that she was from SOuth Africa, and I totally had a Karen-from-Mean-Girls moment. It only took a couple of months for me to realize that Kerith was a force to be reckoned with- she knew her stuff, she was super involved at Radford, and she had such a go-getter attitude that I KNEW she was going to do big things. Sure enough, not even two years out of colleg, Kerith is already the Director of Social Media for a fitness chain. This girl knows how to work the social networking world like nobody’s business, which is why I don’t think anyone was surprised when she began her own business as a social media consultant for small businesses, Be Sociable. (Shameless plug- if you’re a small business and you’re finding you need help with promoting your business’ web presence? You NEED to contact Kerith. She rocks.)

Fortunately for me, Kerith recognized the importance of having professional-yet-personable photos of yourself on your business’ website, so she called me up. I ALWAYS love having the chance to photograph friends so I was totally on board, and even more excited when Kerith agreed to a session at dawn )my favorite time) in Reston Town Center (my favorite place). Win win for everyone!

Friends? Meet Kerith :).

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Kerith tried to start off her session by warning me that she doesn’t photograph well. “LIES!!” I bellowed at her when I saw these on the back of my camera.

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Yep, you’re adorable.

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I love these!!

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Outfit details:
Black dress: INC Concepts at Macy*s
Black heels: Jessica Simpson
Skirt suit: White House/Black Market
Jeans: Forever 21
Black scoop-neck top: H&M
Gold heels: Target
Chunky teal necklace: Target

Happy Thursday!

Karen Field - July 28, 2012 - 7:46 pm

I think she’ll have several shots to choose from for her business. That’ll be a hard decision since there were so many to choose from!

Maggie Best - July 27, 2012 - 3:33 pm

These portraits are banging! She’s GORGEOUS!! Can’t wait for my portrait session even more now… if that was possible.

Kathy - July 27, 2012 - 8:29 am

What a lovely set of portraits! Love that red hair! :)

Currie - July 26, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Beautiful Abby!!

Emilia Jane - July 26, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Beautiful!!

Jean - July 26, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Beautiful! You did a great job and she does photograph very well! Love the black dress.

Katie Campbell Mowery - July 26, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Hot! You’re the best, Abby Grace!

Christine - July 26, 2012 - 12:55 pm

These are great and I love her style!!

Shalese - July 26, 2012 - 12:40 pm

I have those heels! Every time I put them on, I walk two steps and fall over! Gorgeous portraits, Abby :)

molly stillman - July 26, 2012 - 11:57 am

her hair is seriously the most fabulous red color ever! she is gorgeous!

More lovely faces- Rob & Alicia’s day-after bridal session on film

You know that feeling when you get an urge to go out and do something… amazing? Inspiring? Creative? I NEEDED that feeling. So I put it out on the interwebs that I was looking for a couple who’d be willing to get back into their wedding attire and traipse around with me for an hour or two to satisfy my need for creativity. I’d seen Alicia’s name before on comments left on my blog, so I was really excited when she and her husband Rob ended up being the couple I chose. As the session drew nearer, it occurred to me that this was the PERFECT opportunity to shoot almost exclusively on my Contax, so I loaded up my bag with several rolls of film and headed out at 4:15 a.m. to meet Rob & Alicia for their sunrise shoot.

It was PERFECT. The location was one I’d discovered while hanging out with Laura during our bridal shoot a few weeks earlier (go check it out- Laura is CRAZY inspiring), so I knew it had potential. The morning didn’t disappoint and the sky was full of that golden, morning glow I love so much! My hands were literally shaking as I loaded my Contax because I was so nervous I was going to mess up my exposures and ruin this absolutely perfect morning with such a lovely couple. But thanks to a) my FIND book, 2) extensive research on exposing Fuji and III) my new light meter (oh, and the grace of God), almost every one of my exposures was accurate! I’m still learning to find my groove when it comes to determining just how much I want to overexpose my film, but with every shoot I get closer to finding that sweet spot.

Enjoy what is most definitely my favorite bridal shoot of all times :).

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Rob & Alicia, thank you SO MUCH for being the perfect muse for me. You have no idea how much you all inspired me that morning and EVERY TIME I look at these images. Thank you thank you thank you!!

Happy Wednesday!

Urška - October 26, 2012 - 9:25 am

Amazing light! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous :)I am a bit more convincted now to wake up early to catch this gorgeous light!

Riette - July 28, 2012 - 1:07 pm

love it!!

Karen Field - July 28, 2012 - 1:28 am

I agree with the comments on the willow trees. If I had to pick one pose that I liked best, I think I’d have to say it is the one where they are sitting on the ground, she’s possibly in his lap, and they are looking into each other’s eyes or about to kiss. Those were so romantic.

Shalese - July 26, 2012 - 1:04 pm

This is beyond beautiful!!!! I’m so inspired to start working with more color film and buy that book! And I’ve been wondering what kind of light meter do you use?

Hilde - July 26, 2012 - 5:09 am

Gorgeus. So peaceful!

marie v - July 25, 2012 - 5:44 pm

These are absolutely beautiful! Wow! And thanks so much for your lovely comment.

molly - July 25, 2012 - 1:29 pm

i’m blown away. these are unbelievable. just stunning.

Alicia - July 25, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Abby, you have NO IDEA how much these mean to us! They are seriously beyond beautiful — I wish I could think of a word to express what I mean! I will most definitely be getting a canvas of one of these as soon as I can pick a favorite :)

Natalie - July 25, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Be still my heart… wow!

Clarisse - July 25, 2012 - 11:48 am

Pure perfection. I love everything about these photos!

desiree - July 25, 2012 - 11:40 am

These are gorgeous Abby!!! I love that tree, and your poses are amazing!!!

Sarah - July 25, 2012 - 11:06 am

Abby- You are so inspiring! Every single one of these pictures is stunning. And I LOVE willow trees. Worked perfectly for this shoot. You make me want to use film!

Jean - July 25, 2012 - 11:03 am

Amazingly beautiful! You are the best!

Stacey - July 25, 2012 - 11:01 am

You rocked this!!! I love that you wanted to push a little further and have a couple join you in order to do so. Everything looks goooorgeous! What fun :-) I really need to do this more, thanks for the inspiration.

Christine - July 25, 2012 - 10:12 am

So many wonderful things about this shoot! The couple – they look like professionals! The film quality. The amazing light. The location and posing! So very well done. OH and the pictures sitting under the tree – breath taking!! I love this post Abby. Love. It.

Rebekah - July 25, 2012 - 10:05 am

These are all so amazing!!! It’s hard to believe that someone so young can be so talented. Woww!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Currie - July 25, 2012 - 9:46 am

Abby these are absolutely amazing!! Great work!!

Emilia Jane - July 25, 2012 - 9:41 am

I don’t know how they’ll choose which one to put HUGE on the wall! They’re all SO GORGEOUS!

Kirstie Frydenlund - July 25, 2012 - 9:36 am

THIS is the reason I just bought my Contax :) Now, if only I knew how to use it…

Serena - July 25, 2012 - 9:34 am

These are STUNNING! Beautiful light and, seriously, what a gorgeous couple! Great work, Abby! <3

Rici - July 25, 2012 - 9:21 am

Sooooo beautiful pictures! I really looove this session! WOW and these two look like supermodels! Amazing! Saluti!!

Kathy - July 25, 2012 - 9:09 am

So SWEET!! I’m obsessed with weeping willows, they make for such stunning backdrops. Gorgeous shoot!! :)

ashley nasca - July 25, 2012 - 9:04 am

OMG by far my favorite couple abby!!! :) you did such a great job capturing the love!!!! unbelievable how well it turned out!!!

Hannah Rancourt - July 25, 2012 - 9:01 am

I am seriously in love with this shoot! That tree makes me SO happy! I have a neighbor with one and I kinda want to climb over their fence and take some photos. LOL! Another wonderful job Abby!!!

caitlin elizabeth - July 25, 2012 - 8:58 am

i. love. these. so. much. !! the light is stunning :) i’m LOVING watching you grow with film!!!

Justin - July 25, 2012 - 8:57 am

Abby these are awesome! You did such a great job capturing the light and color with these! I am jealous, yet inspired to really push myself with some film though! Great stuff!

jamie - July 25, 2012 - 8:44 am

Abby…your research and hard work is seen in how you beautifully captured this sunrise session on film! You did an amazing job with your exposures!!

More lovely (?) faces- my not-so-little-brother, Seth

This post has been a long time coming. I’ve photographed my grandparents, my parents, my brother Ethan and his fiance, my soon-to-be-sister Jessica, but I’d yet to photograph Seth. He’s special to me. Only 15 months younger, I’ve always been fiercely protective of him, yet being the wretched sister I am I’m sure my words were sometimes the ones that stung deepest. And yet Seth’s grown up to be incredibly more mature (most of the time) than I ever would have imagine- this kid is AWESOME. Really one of the coolest people I know. He’s never afraid to call me out when I’m being a jerk, and yet he’s the one who will randomly call me “just to say I love you! And hey, let’s grab lunch soon!”  So while we’ve had our differences (as all siblings do) I know I lucked out.

Seth, you rock. So glad you’re my little brother :).

Ethan (my older brother) and Seth have somewhat recently taken a huge liking to men’s fashion. Ethan actually styled our Harry Potter wedding shoot groom AND the groom from our latest styled shoot (you’ll see that soon!), so his taste in clothing is one I’ve learned to trust. Seth’s picked up on it too and now they both look like a BOSS approximately 25 hours a day. Yes, 25. Seth let me photograph him on the pretext of documenting his fashion, but really? I just wanted to spend the time with him. Moohahaha! And I guess I need to find a different title for any male portrait sessions I do. I doubt Seth takes very kindly to me publicly proclaiming his face as “lovely.”

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Dude! You look so good!

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#1 FAVORITE PHOTO OF SETH EVER. Look at that handsome guy!

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Happy Tuesday!

Karen Field - July 28, 2012 - 1:39 am

Totally, totally love that last photo of Seth. You really caught him well. Your brother did turn out pretty OK, didn’t he? Would you have ever believed that Seth and Ethan (who helped with the Harry Potter Shoot) would have decided they wanted to be fashionable? I totally didn’t see that coming!

teri pozniak // tPoz - July 24, 2012 - 6:53 pm

So FUN!! I wish my brother (same age-difference!) lived closer to me to hang out like this! (He’s stationed in Germany)

caitlin elizabeth - July 24, 2012 - 6:53 pm

SETH STYLED HARRY POTTER?!?!?!!!! amazing. so much win. GAH!!!

Matt - July 24, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Looking good man! I can definitely see your personality in these photos!

Jean - July 24, 2012 - 8:04 am

Great photos of Grandson Seth. I love that last one, too’. Great job, Abby!

Monday Mash-Up

Goooooood morning Vietnam! I always try to tailor that phrase to wherever I currently am, but it’s hard. The location you’re naming must have three syllables, and the emphasis has to fall on the last syllable. So if I were to try to use “Virigina” as the “Good morning ____” I’d just end up sounding ridiculous. Side note- did y’all know that Vietnam is a popular honeymoon destination for a lot of European couples?

As always, lessons learned/things that happened over the weekend:

  • I’ve been to Reston Town Center four times in the past five days. I’m now on a first name basis with the security guard who threatened to call the police if I come there to shoot again without the proper permission.:)
  • I’ve been to Anthropologie and Paper Source almost as many times as above. I think I have an addiction.
  • I for sure have an addiction to Anthro mugs [see below]. But seriously- it was too cute not to buy! And I had a gift card. So it’s totally fair. Right?
  • There’s a gelato place at Town Center that serves chocolate hazelnut gelato- OH MY WORD. It’s like eating a frozen Ferrero Rocher. So freaking good.
  • I finally started training for the Marine Corps Marathon… three weeks later than I was supposed to have started. Whoops! I did the same thing last time and was just fine, so let’s hope I’m just as fortunate this time. We did nine on Saturday and I felt great!
  • I keep buying new stuff for fun giveaways on the blog but then I forget to do the actual contest. Maybe it’s time for one of those soon!
  • This week on the blog is going to be pretty darn sweet. I have one, maybe two film shoots to share! Yessss.

Check out the latest addition to my addiction collection!

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Happy Monday!

sarah b. - July 25, 2012 - 11:00 pm

love love love the mug! super cute!

Karen Field - July 23, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Did you know that there was a Pride and Prejudice “sequel” that takes place in Vietnam? And yes, I’ve read it! Love the mug!

Jean - July 23, 2012 - 9:57 am

Love the mug!

Janelle C - July 23, 2012 - 8:50 am

LOL! At the security guard knowing you by your first name! That cup is the cutest!!!!

caitlin elizabeth - July 23, 2012 - 8:43 am

so pretty :)

Mia Bjerring - July 23, 2012 - 8:43 am

The mug is so cute! And I have no idea that a lot of European couples have their honeymoon in Vietnam! Can’t wait to see the beautiful film shoots! Have a great week!

Stephen - July 23, 2012 - 8:40 am

Ah the bliss of security guards. Photographer does equal terrorist after all :)

Anna K. - July 23, 2012 - 8:40 am

I love the pattern on this coffee cup!

More random snapshots caught on film

When I first started shooting manually, I made myself bring my camera everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. To the grocery store, to my parents’ house, out with friends, church, etc. It forced me to learn to shoot in all different sorts of lighting situations, and it trained me to photograph on the fly. It was one of the best possible things I could have done for myself as a photographer. So naturally, when I began to experiment with color film, I began the same practice all over again. This turned out to be quite a bit more expensive than it was with just my mkii, but it’s been so good for me! Because film + developing is so expensive, you have to be intentional about each and every shutter click. So I can’t shoot as freely as I did with my digital camera, but even the practice of pulling out my light meter and testing for settings is teaching me more than I ever knew about light.

I sent a few rolls from my Contax 645 into Indie Film Lab and I’m really pleased with how they turned out! All of these images are straight out of camera, save one or two dust spots that I clone stamped out.
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These next shots are 35mm Portra400, developed at a local Ritz Camera. Apparently I have a subconscious preoccupation with taking photos of delicious food?

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Happy Friday!

Sophia J - July 31, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Thank thank THANK you for the advice on that “Film is Not Dead Book”. It is definitely encouraging me to try color film for serious now…I only learned and used film in my photo classes back in college.

And yes, I do know your hubby :) Not very well but definitely met him a few times at CRU. Also, you know a lot of my friends as well!!

Happy shooting!

Laura Gordon - July 20, 2012 - 2:50 pm

FREAKING gorgeous! Love these :) Yay for film!!!!

Rebekah Hoyt - July 20, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Ahh! That corn one is so cute! Love that you are getting so good at film!

Abby - July 20, 2012 - 12:20 pm

absolutely beautiful.

Jean - July 20, 2012 - 11:52 am

Great photos, Abby. Cute, cute kid shots!

Sydni Jackson - July 20, 2012 - 11:52 am

I love reading about your adventures in film! My fave shot is the first one of the little girl on the tree stump – so dreamy

Christine - July 20, 2012 - 11:38 am

I love these! There is something about film that makes images that much more special. Great work as always Abby!!

BrotherEthan - July 20, 2012 - 10:40 am

Hey, look my Yellow Pants and bow tie are famous!