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

Today is a very extra special Monday: it’s the 100th Monday Mash-Uppost! Who woulda thunk that a series started out of sheer desperation to fill my blogging calendar would turn out to have such longevity? Well, hooray all the same :). I’m writing this post from Doolin, Ireland, sitting on my bed at a quaint […]

  • Jean - Beautiful photo. I cannot wait to see the rest. Sounds like your trip has been wonderful. Love you.ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - Reading this makes me remember my trip to Ireland two years ago…the countryside is so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Gerres - I’m loving your updates! If your film is anything like your Instagram updates (and I know it is!), it’s going to be incredible! And I’d love to see a “What I Wore In Europe” blog post since you’re doing such a good job blending in!ReplyCancel

  • Shalese - I’m certain Ireland is amazing all on its own, but the way you write about it makes it sound EXTRA amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Carter - Gorgeous picture! Your trip sounds fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Regan Carter - My husband and I spent a week in Ireland last May and it was INCREDIBLE. We still miss it every day!! You’re so right about the people! They are the nicest people on the planet. They’ll bend over backwards to help or get to know you – it’s such a change from living here in the States! And omg, the live music in the pubs every night. Every town and city we visited had an amazing music scene! We still watch our iPhone videos and long to relive it all over again! Enjoy every second over there!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rici - Oh I love your travel news! And yay for the M.Mash-ups! SO good. I certainly check in for them!! 😉
    I´m very sorry to hear about your films disappearing. Man!
    But I´m suuuuuuper happy someone is finally on my espresso side of the world! YAY!!
    Happy travelling! ENjoy Irland!
    Saluti from Germany!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace - My goodness! Look at that backdrop!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Wow! The shot above is awesome! I can’t wait to see what you bring back! How was the film lost? Your B & B hostess sounds lovely! Give her your Mom’s greetings and thanks for keeping you so nicely. I saw Matt Saturday briefly and he misses you. Awwww, sweet! Can’t wait until we get to catch up! MomReplyCancel

The first time I’d heard of studio management software, I was barely in my first year of business. The thought of adding another monthly expense was unbearable to me, and besides, I was doing “just fine” with my current process of receiving contracts and checks in the mail. Who needed to complicate things further by […]

  • Kathryn Grace - Sounds like a great program! But I’m really commenting on the BALLERINA SESSION IN PARIS. Could that be more perfect?!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Your ballerina photos are beautiful! It has been such a pleasure for me to watch you grow as a photographer. I knew you would do great things, but you have more than exceeded those expectations. I love you!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Tre manifiqueReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Heidenthal - Does Pixifi do anything beyond payment and contacts? I think I’m where you were at the start where I’m like ANOTHER MONTHLY expense!? Also I wonder if it is made by the same people who do Pixieset? Cuz I love them and that would be a selling point! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Jolly - Hey Abby! I am actually in the “setup” stages of Pixifi right now so your post came at a great time! It has been a bit of a struggle for me and I even used Ashley Fisher’s post to get started, but I am excited about the possibilities! Thanks for this post and YAAAAYYY on this gorgeous ballerina shoot in freaking Paris! That’s amazing and I can’t wait to see more!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri Baskin - I’ve been debating using a system like this but if something happens to me and I can’t cover a wedding, how would my back up photographers get the clients’ information if I am unable to give it to them? Do you have a system with Matt already in place? I love the ballerinas…keep them coming!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - Girl!! You are doing so well! I’ve met another photographer who goes to my church who has commented on your blog before. Her name is Rebecca or Rebekka Joy Peterson. I recognized her from Seth and the fact that she is a Jane Austen fan. When you get back, I’ll have you both over for tea! I think she would really love to know about some of your contacts. She’s pretty excited to meet you! I miss you and hope this trip is all that you desire it to be. MomReplyCancel

  • 2014: Best [and Worst] Practices » Modern International Wedding Photographer - […] 4. Pixifi/Paypal- Prior to Pixifi, I’d been collecting paper contracts, and paper checks for payment. This meant there was often a several weeks-long delay in verbally confirming a booking, and actually BOOKING it when I received the contract and payment. Now with everything online, the process is faster, smoother, more secure, and I can access my client information/booking calendar from anywhere in the world that has internet :). (read more HERE) […]ReplyCancel

Gooood morning from Italy! I’ve been here for just over 36 hours and already, I’m in love. My sweet friend Sarah (remember her Kansas City wedding?) is a OST excellent tour guide, and we spent most of yesterday wandering the streets of Vicenza, getting lost for the sake of seeing life happen in this little […]

  • Rici - Benvenuto in ITALIA!!!! OMG how great is it that you are THERE?!?!? Oh I love this country sooooo much! Make sure to soak it in to its fullest and not be too distracted by the things which don´t work seamlessly. Oh Vicenza! Che bello! Will you visit a Palladio Villa?
    Happiest of times to you!

  • Dad - So glad you are enjoying Italy, Gives a whole new idea to the word “OLD” doesn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful photos! Have a wonderful time! Love you!ReplyCancel