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Last night as Matt and I headed to Harris Teeter to pick up a movie (I had a huge impulse desire to watch I Am Number Four) I was having one of my “giggling-madly-and-skipping-like-a-kid-hopped-up-on-candy” moods. He kept laughing at me asking what I was so excited about, and I think it all stemmed from the fact that there were pumpkins for sale out front at Harris Teeter and smelled like firewood outside. I’m just EXCITED that it’s finally and officially FALL!!!

As always, some lessons learned/things that transpired over the past week:

  • I tried the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte again to see if it’d be better the second time around? It wasn’t. This was 48 hours after I’d had a similarly disappointing experience with the Salted Caramel Latte. I think I’ll have to just admit that Starbucks’ “fall favorites” list and I… well, I don’t think we’ll ever be friends. Guess I’ll just have to hold out for my Caramel Brûlée latte and peppermint hot chocolate this winter.
  • Pumpkin lattes may be gross, but guess what’s not? PUMPKIN BAGELS! I tried one at Einstein Bagels yesterday and it blew my mind. It was like eating pumpkin pie… but in bagel form. And less sweet, so it wasn’t overwhelming. So so so delicious!
  • They played Gangham Style at Tyler & Vicky’s wedding this weekend, which, in and of itself, is pretty awesome. Making it infinitely more amazing? The fact that there were at least nine people over the age of 50 that knew the corresponding dance.
  • Speaking of awesome people over the age of 50, shout out to my dad! We did our 20-mile long run on Friday morning and he ran it better than I did. I am so excited to run our second marathon together in five weeks from yesterday! (Can you tell I’m counting down?) I don’t think I’d be able to train for an undertaking this big if I didn’t have my dad to run with.
  • And then speaking of running, it’s infinitely more enjoyable (or conversely, less unenjoyable) to run outside when it’s not 147 degrees with a million % humidity. So if you were thinking about starting to run, this is the BEST time of year for it!
  • Back to my new fall obsession: I have never in my life been so excited about the change of a season, but this year it’s all I can think about. Pumpkins, corn mazes, air so crisp it can clear your sinuses, apple cider, sweaters, leggings, the smell of burning firewood, AHHHHHHH! I’m especially looking forward to all of the crunchy leaves that will soon cover the ground for me to step on.

Here’s one last preview from Tyler and Vicky’s wedding before their post on Thursday!

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Happy Monday!

Sarah B. - September 26, 2012 - 8:49 am

Abby, I also LOVE LOVE LOVE fall! And am so excited it’s here!! I also DO NOT like the salted caramel anything at starbucks or likewise, ice! Though, I do like the pumpkin spice latte.. sorry. BUT, I can see why you don’t … it kind of has a strong unusually flavor. I REALLY liked it at Panera… so maybe it’s better there? Who knows! But enjoy fall!! I am super excited it’s here too! :D

Ashley - September 25, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Fall also makes me giddy! I especially love how much the weather is acting like fall – especially compared to last year. And I’ve also never been a huge fan of the Starbucks fall flavors. BUT, I was happy when a barrista told me that you could get the peppermint hot chocolate year round since they always have peppermint flavored syrup.

Vanessa - September 25, 2012 - 7:26 am

I love how giddy you are about fall!! Me too!! :) annnnnd I’m pretty sure you have just motivated me to FINALLY try running. Fall does seem like te best time to start! Woohoo wish me luck! :) ps. Can’t wait to see more from the wedding- the preview is presh!

Amelia Renee - September 24, 2012 - 3:04 pm

OOOOH! I’ve got a secret for you! Try a “Pumpkin CHAI Latte” (it’s not on the board…fun fun!)…sooo much better than a spice latte. of course, that could be me, I’m still adjusting to the little bits of coffee I consume here & there. ;) and you might have inspired me to start running, we’ll see! haha.

Jean - September 24, 2012 - 11:41 am

I think the reason we are liking fall so much this year is because we had such a long summer. I do love the Autumn colors ang most anything pumpkin. I also look forward to family gatherings in the fall. I love the picture you posted. Beautiful!

Christine - September 24, 2012 - 9:26 am

I love crunchy leaves too!! Congrats on your marathon training. Have you tried the PSL with soy?? I am a SPL fan but the soy blew my mind. Maybe give it one more try? :)

Lena - September 24, 2012 - 9:06 am

Can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it is to hear about someone else who didn’t like the Pumpkin Spice Latte! I thought I was the only one in the world who didn’t :)

Karen - September 24, 2012 - 9:02 am

Ok next time you are at Starbucks PLEASE try the “Caramel Apple Spice” it is available year round but it is definitely more “fall in a cup” than the others, and it is SO delicious.

A Pinterest project, come to life!

YOU GUYS! I finally MADE something I found on Pinterest!

For those of you not aware, I’m home décor-challenged. Actually, that goes for anything design/fashion-related. So whenever I see posts on Katelyn James’ blog detailing her home decorating adventures, I hang onto every word for dear life, hoping to pick up some tips. It hasn’t worked very well though because every time I set foot in Home Goods, Target or Pier 1, I’m immediately overwhelmed by all of the choices. So for the most part, our apartment has remained minimally decorate for the past year and a half. But then my friend Rebekah shared how she decorated for fall this past week, and I got the craftin’ bug. I LOVE creating, painting, gluing, glittering, folding, etc, so I figured I could probably make something manageable to decorate at least a LITTLE. So I hopped on Pinterest, found a DIY tutorial for a super simple wreath (of course, now that I need it again, I can’t find it to link to…), and VOILA! Check it out!

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It cost me less than $20 and took less than an hour! Here’s what you need (I found all of this in a 7 minute trip to AC Moore):

  • A Styrofoam wreath form (the DIY tutorial I saw used a wreath made of grapevine- I just picked up the first thing I could find)
  • Three bags of Spanish moss
  • Various fall-themed baubles- I chose pumpkins and added a couple of fall-colored leaves (all artificial, obviously)
  • Hot glue. Lots of it. I think I went through 6-7 sticks?
  • 2-3 feet of wide, sturdy ribbon (I chose a grosgrain)

1. Start by pulling out handfulls of moss- the whole package comes in a clump, so just pull off a handful at a time. Slather on some hot glue in a zig-zag pattern and apply a blob of moss. Be generous with the moss- you want it to thoroughly cover the wreath form so none of the white shows through. Also be generous with the hot glue! If you find yourself missing spots, you can simply go back and “patch” the spot with a few pinches of more moss. I also found the crumbly remains at the bottom of the bag were helpful for patching. And don’t forget to cover the sides of the wreath to (there’s not need to cover the back).

2. Choose how you want to arrange your fall-themed baubles, then apply a LOT of hot glue to the bottom of each bauble and slap ‘em on.

3. Tie a ribbon loop around the top and hang it up! And done. Now your door will look spectacular!

And guess what? I found the DIY tutorial I was looking for! Check it out here.

Happy Friday!! Go drink some apple cider or something!

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Jean - September 21, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Ooooh! Great job. Looks great!

Annamarie - September 21, 2012 - 3:08 pm

Oh this is cute!! It looks so good on your door! I love making wreaths…Such a fun project that’s simple but makes a big impact!

Blythe - September 21, 2012 - 3:01 pm

So fun!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Rebekah Hoyt - September 21, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Thanks for the shout-out! This is so adorable!!

Brittany Claud - September 21, 2012 - 9:16 am

It’s adorable Abby…I LOVE it! I really, really like the spanish moss! Makes me want to start decorating for fall too :)

Love Everlasting- Phil & Megan’s Frederick, Maryland wedding

Their story began, as many do, by chance. A friend of Megan’s had taken her to the restaurant where Phil worked, and at first? She wasn’t interested at all. It took another encounter for her notice him (in a good way), so she took out an insurance policy to make sure she saw him again- she stole his hat. And by and by, they came to regard each other as more than just a casual romance, so when Phil left with the US Marine Corps for a tour of Iraq, he knew Megan would be waiting for him when he came home. And so she was.

And so there we all were, a few years later on a Saturday in September, watching Phil wait for Megan one more time. And when she entered the room on the arm of her father, there was hardly a dry eye to be found as everyone watched Phil melt at the sight of his bride. Bliss, sheer bliss.

Phil & Megan, thank you. Thank you a thousand times over for being as crazy-in-love, as fun, as welcoming as you both are. I’ve treasured the chance to get to know you both over the past year and half, and photographing your wedding was nothing short of an honor. I’m blessed to have you both as my clients and my friends! I hope Mexico was better than you ever imagined!

We began in Frederick, Maryland…

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Badgley Mischkas, a Justin Alexander dress and a stunning bride? HEAVEN.

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Megan and Phil opted to save their portraits for after the ceremony, but Megan did ask if we could budget in time to do a first look with her Dad. I loved this!

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Phil & Megan, thanks for having an awesome bridal party. Everyone was so much fun!

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After shooting Phil & Megan’s e-session in DC last year, I knew their wedding day portraits were going to be a treat. I love how they aren’t afraid to become completely absorbed in the moment!

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I had to grab a few more bridal portraits of Megan while we had the chance- girl, you look AMAZING.

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Recognize this? It’s a guest sign-in album! I always get SO excited to see these in action!

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Venue: Holly Hills Country Club
Dress: Justin Alexander
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff
Deejay: Black Tie Deejays
Second shooter: Susan Lines

Happy Thursday!

Greg and Rosa Harris - September 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

Perfect day for the perfect couple. There are many more to come!! All our Love……

Rochon Moore Bumgardner - September 25, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Beautiful couple and beautiful wedding.

We wish the best to you today and always.

The Bumgardner Family.

Diane Layden - September 24, 2012 - 9:44 am

Awesome photos of Megan & Phil Guernsey

C. Jones - September 23, 2012 - 11:07 pm

Wonderful, beautiful photos of Megan & Phil!!! Memories made for a lifetime! Best of Luck!

Clair - September 23, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Great pictures, nice job! Looking forward to seeing all the proofs, Clair

Cathy and Bob Lamason - September 23, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Very nice pictures, very nice technique.. .

Carol Reed - September 22, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Megan, you are a beatiful bride. May God richly bless you and Phil. I met your Mom when she was in her twenty’s. She interviewed for a job with me. She became my assistant and friend. We haven’t seen each other since you were a baby, but we keep in touch at least once a year. Tell her I wish her and Rick my best.


Ms. Carol

Ann - September 22, 2012 - 8:43 pm

I have looked through the photos about 6 or 7 times since they were posted on Thursday and still cannot make up my mind which is my favorite! I love them all! Abby….so appreciate you capturing the spirit and “moments” of Megan and Phil’s day. Thank you!

Jacquelyn Soley - September 21, 2012 - 8:16 pm

These pictures are absolutely amazing! You are a very talented photographer and have given everyone great memories of Megan and Phil’s wedding!

Anne Wiseman - September 21, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful wedding. Love you both, Megan and Phil. Anne

Jess - September 21, 2012 - 11:04 am

Such a beautiful bride and handsome groom. I wish you Megan and Phil the best of luck on your journey together!

Zack Brannon - September 21, 2012 - 9:31 am

Nice photography. Congrats on the wedding. May the two of you have a long and wonderful life together.

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord
Joshua 24:15

Lisa Cat - September 21, 2012 - 8:22 am

Congratulations Megan and Phil! The photos are amazing and it looks like a match made in heaven!

Hulda - September 21, 2012 - 1:24 am

I am so proud of you both! Wow, the pictures are stunning!!
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Lori - September 21, 2012 - 1:21 am

Awesome Pictures!!! Abby you did them justice!

Aunt Carla - September 21, 2012 - 1:17 am

Such beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple.
You are both so in love it is amazing!
Love, Aunt Carla

Mary - September 20, 2012 - 11:51 pm

Very beautiful. Wish we could have stayed longer. Love you both!

Tara Kidwell - September 20, 2012 - 11:35 pm

Congratulations Megan & Phil. Megan you are absolutely stunning. I wish you both the best of luck.

Sonia Miller - September 20, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Just Beautiful! Well captured! What Memories!

Wendy {Weswen Design} - September 20, 2012 - 8:03 pm

You go girl! These are great!

Eileen Johnson - September 20, 2012 - 7:46 pm

Beautiful wedding, beautiful newlyweds, beautiful photos!

Kim Usowski - September 20, 2012 - 7:46 pm

I can’t even find the words…. just beautiful beautiful beautiful. Perfect. Just what I imagined for you Megan, and more…

Clarisse Coble - September 20, 2012 - 7:28 pm

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I just love that Megan did a first look with her dad :) that even made me shed a tear! What a gorgeous, so head over heels in love couple! Megan, you looked so elegant! Straight out of a magazine. STUNNING!

Donna Gayler - September 20, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Wonderful photography! Abby, you have made it a sure thing for Philip and Megan to have a beautiful memory of their Special Day! I really enjoyed perusing these pictures to remind me of the fun and meaning I had at their wedding.

Jeff Roldan - September 20, 2012 - 6:48 pm

“GREAT”..Now I”m cryin all over again…Fantastic pictures, memories for a lifetime…The day was just as I always wanted it to be for my Lil Girl..Thank You ABBY

Katie Jackson - September 20, 2012 - 5:47 pm

Love the cake topper and LOVE LOVE LOVE the last picture of the sparklers. Magical.

Kristine King - September 20, 2012 - 4:57 pm

These are spectacular pictures of a beautiful wedding. I know that Phil and Megan (and the rest of us) will always treasure the memories they have preserved.

Phil Guernsey - September 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Abby you did an amazing job!!! Thank you so much for making our wedding photos as amazing as the wedding itself was! It has been so great working with you and we could not have asked for better pictures to capture the memories forever!!!!!!!

Ray, Michelle, & Kayla Kovaleski - September 20, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Beautiful photos, Abby! They truly captured the beauty of that day. It was just an awesome wedding, and Megan and Phil made a beautiful couple!

Megan Guernsey - September 20, 2012 - 2:13 pm

I feel like I haven’t gotten any work at all done today, I can’t stop looking at these! Abby, thank you SO much again for everything. These are amazing & we will cherish them forever!

Jennifer Kolb - September 20, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Congrats! The pictures are beautiful.

Jean LaPenta - September 20, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Beautiful couple,beautiful wedding, beautiful photography

Tracy Kovaleski - September 20, 2012 - 1:25 pm

The pictures just made me cry all over again, to see my beautiful daughter and new son-in-law being so happy. It was such a great wedding and you did a wonderful job with taking such a wide array of photos. Can’t wait to see the rest and get a Parent Album.

Rich Kovaleski - September 20, 2012 - 12:53 pm

WOW!!!! Abby, Thank you for the wonderful job you did capturing Megan and Phil’s wedding day. I am looking forward to seeing the entire package.

Kari Jeanne - September 20, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Amazing job! The last sparkler photo on the right is my favourite – I love the emotion and feeling that you captured, it sums up their whole day!!!

Jessie Klase - September 20, 2012 - 12:14 pm

What an amazing job!!! Beautiful! You captured the spirit of this couple and the joy of all in attendance as they shared that special day.

Brian Kelly - September 20, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Great pictures! Congrats to the bride and groom!

Brian Kelly- coworker of the bride’s mom, Tracy Kovaleski

Krisin Deskin - September 20, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Beautiful pictures!

Lorene Guernsey - September 20, 2012 - 11:53 am

Wonderful “first look” with Megan and her dad. I just noticed that Jeff was holding the embroidered handkerchief that Philip and Megan gave the dads at the rehersal dinner. Nice touch, great photos!

ashley barnett - September 20, 2012 - 10:56 am

She kinda resembles Ashley Judd!! Aka, she’s beautiful! :)

Rebekah Hoyt - September 20, 2012 - 9:57 am

Gorgeous gorgeous!! I absolutely adore that picture of her dad hugging her – that is SO BEAUTIFUL! Those details shots during the getting ready are superb! Love the window light! Their cake toppers are adorable and I always LOVE your sparkler shots! How do you always get them to kiss?! Amazing!!

Lorene Guernsey - September 20, 2012 - 9:42 am

Outstanding! Philip and Megan’s wedding was so special, and Abby captured it beautifully. Thank you!

Jean - September 20, 2012 - 9:30 am

Beautiful pictures. What a wonderful treasure for this couple to have to remember their wedding day. Great job, Abby!

Susan - September 20, 2012 - 9:07 am

I. LOVE. THESE. I think my favorite might be the one of her hugging her dad! And ALL of the portraits. I think you did an AMAZING job capturing the mood for the day. You really can feel what a happy bride she was and a proud groom. Great job Abby!

Lessons Learned: Don’t forget about the groom!

This is something I’ve been grappling with over the past year or so, so bear with me :). I think we’ve all observed that wedding blogs these days put an obvious focus on the bride over the groom- how much time is spent poring over a bride’s details? how many styled shoots have we seen with a bride + wedding details, but no groom in sight? how many posts have we seen on picking the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, the perfect shade of lipstick? And it seems almost natural that this happens, seeing as how much more effort usually goes into planning the bride’s attire, accessories and details than the groom’s. But because a wedding day is about a union, a commitment to love for better or for worse, because a wedding day is about two people becoming one, and because my WHY for my business is to allow my couples to feel redeemed through intimate, organic portraiture, it’s become increasingly apparent to me that my method of posing and the motivation behind it needed to change.

In taking a look back through some of my older sessions, I’m constantly reminded of how “bride-centric” the majority of the images are; photos focused on the bride with the groom in the background, photos with the bride front and center and the groom gazing off into the distance, etc. etc. These sort of photos are fine, in and of themselves, but when it’s all an entire e-session is comprised of? I think it can start to come across as me telling my grooms that they don’t matter as much as their bride, which is clearly NOT true.

I was missing the point. I was failing to capture the excitement, the sheer joy taking place between a bride and groom, and was instead focusing only on the bride- the bride’s beauty, the bride’s dress, the bride’s accessories. And while it may be natural to photograph the bride more because, simply put, she has more “things” to photograph, I find myself cringing when I look through my old work and struggle to find images that also focus on the groom. It was as though I was really just photographing a bride with a groom in attendance as her prop. And how ridiculous does that sound? But that’s how I did it for the longest time, both in my wedding images and during my engagement sessions.

During the June WTAW that I attended, Justin & Mary talked quite extensively on aligning your shooting style to fit with your WHY . And it really stuck with me- I started to question how I was posing my clients, and whether or not it really fit into my vision for my business at all. I was taking my cues from other photographers and the poses I saw on their websites, which is sometimes fine to begin with, but if I’m taking what someone else has done and simply copy + pasting without tailoring it to my vision and my couples? Well, no wonder I wasn’t achieving intimate, organic portraiture. I was achieving stagnant, contrived images.

One of my biggest sources of inspiration in the way I WANT to pose my couples comes from how my husband loves and adores me- his love is redeeming, authentic, and completely organic. So if this is something I want reflected in my images, doesn’t it make sense to photograph my brides and grooms together, in poses that evoke emotion and positively ooze with adoration? I still love the occasional image that intentionally draws your eye to one person in particular, but I’m finding more and more that my favorite images are one that place just as much of an emphasis on the groom as they do the bride.

It’s required a bit of change, this shift in posing mentality. It’s changed the way I think, the way I position myself in relation to my couples, even the way I interact with my brides and grooms. I have a long way to go before I feel like I’ve mastered it, but even just realizing there was a NEED for change has been an enormous step for me. One of the things I love MOST about Justin & Mary is that they’re a team, and their relationship is so clearly reflected in their images- their portraits are always balanced, brides and grooms as a pair. Two parts of one whole, each as important as the other. We all love photos of a beautiful bride, but what I love even more is a bride who’s made exponentially more beautiful because of the way she’s loving and being loved by her groom.

Happy Wednesday!

JeanKovaleski - September 20, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Beautiful ,the couple,the wedding,the photography

Raja Puri - September 20, 2012 - 1:40 pm

This is a beautiful picture of you two! Congratulations and may God bless you with all the happiness in the world!

Rici - September 20, 2012 - 4:46 am

You write true words! Thank you for reminding me to think about my approach and style and my WHY! Thank you!!! Your selected images of union above are really beautiful! ~ Saluti.

Karen Field - September 19, 2012 - 10:55 pm

I love the way you took us through your thought process on this. I think your perspective is totally going to change the way you think about how to pose your couples. Grooms don’t seem as concerned about being in the photos as much as the bride is concerned about them, at least that’s what I’ve picked up. They’ve all been told, “it’s all about Her Day and you just show up on time with the ring.” It’s about time that this was evened up. And not just for the wedding day. There are brides who are all about the Day being about them and that is not a good precedent for marriage. For a marriage to succeed it takes each of them to work hard at loving each other and sticking up for each other. “Begin as you plan to go on,” is a phrase I’ve often heard used, though too little in recent years. I applaud you for being willing to grow and share about how you are growing and why. You set a good example for all of us in that way. If you want to have tea sometime and kick around ideas or just use me as a sounding board, you know I’m here. Mom

Annetta - September 19, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Thanks for the reminder, Abby. I will keep this in mind when I shoot a wedding in two weeks.

molly - September 19, 2012 - 10:52 am

PREACH! girl! that is why i was so adamant about having a second shooter so i could get those shots of my groom <3

Karin - September 19, 2012 - 10:14 am

It’s about a complete package! And I love seeing more shots like the ones above. It captures the whole love story. :) Great job Abby!

Lauren @ Every Last Detail - September 19, 2012 - 10:10 am

Yes yes yes love this! The best images, in my opinion, are always the ones that have the bride AND groom together… there’s something so pure and beautiful about it! :)

Rebekah Hoyt - September 19, 2012 - 10:01 am

You are SO right, and this is something I really need to be reminded, too! One of my favorite images from my wedding day is a shot of Matt by himself! It sits in a little frame right next to my computer and I look at it every day. The groom is just as much a part of the story as the bride!

Abby Johnson - September 19, 2012 - 9:58 am

I love this post. :) I think the bride’s glow comes from knowing she’ll spend the rest of her life being loved by her groom. It’s so awesome that you want to capture that in your photos!

Shauna - September 19, 2012 - 9:55 am

I’ve felt this way for a long time too. I always tell my couples, it not just about one person, it’s about the two of you. I look forward to watching your work evolve :)

Wendy {Weswen Design} - September 19, 2012 - 9:44 am

Great post. And yes, I feel the same way when perusing all the wedding blogs. The images above are so lovely because you get a sense of the joy and excitement between the TWO people…. loving the B&W especially with it being somewhat out of focus. They just look like they are having a blast!

Alli C - September 19, 2012 - 9:33 am

Love this post. It’s always “her big day” rather than “their big day.” And you are right, the pictures above are beautiful but they are even more so because of the love you can feel from the couple.

Bits and bobs on film

Ever since discovering that my Contax did, indeed, come with a shoulder strap, I’ve been making much more of an effort to involve at least a couple of rolls of film in my e-sessions and weddings. It’s taking training- sometimes I get so caught up in whatever I’m shooting that I forget to switch cameras, and other times I’m just too plain scared to break out the Contax for fear of looking like a fool. Something that HAS helped, though, is having my second shooter on hand to simply hold whichever camera I’m not shooting with, making switching back and forth much less of a hassle. I’m slowly training myself to intentionally pick up my film camera, because every time I go the “easy” route and leave the Contax out, I end up regretting it.

I was really, really encouraged with this latest batch of scans because I can see my images moving closer to what I imagine them being- my settings are more accurate, resulting in more desirable shots straight out of camera, instead of having to fiddle around in PhotoShop. Seeing that change definitely pushes me to want to get out and shoot MORE! Who knows? Maybe I’ll shoot my first all-film engagement session this fall!:)

A few from Gary & Clarisse’s wedding

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A few from Jay & Meagan’s e-session

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And a few from Brad & Lauren’s e-session

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I lied. This one is my absolute favorite.

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Whaddya think? Is it getting close to time to try out an all-film session? I think it might be:)

Happy Tuesday!

Megan Guernsey - September 19, 2012 - 10:30 am

LOVE the film shots! can’t wait to see ours :)

Brittany Claud - September 19, 2012 - 12:06 am

Abby! I love seeing your film work…it really inspires me to shoot with film again. I haven’t shot film since college and would love to get back into it some day and shoot color too!! And…you are totally ready to do an ALL film session!!

ashley link - September 18, 2012 - 7:21 pm

i feel like jose villa would be proud! these are phenomenal! keep going, girl! :)

molly - September 18, 2012 - 4:43 pm

wow these film images are gorgeous. you are really so talented, abby! (also, i’m going to be honest and say that when i first saw the title of this post i thought it said bits & boobs and i was like WHOA, ABBY. WHAT?! and then i felt stupid)

Amelia Renee - September 18, 2012 - 1:33 pm

oh goodness. that’s it. I’ve got to get myself a film camera! such quality! wonderful job, abby!

Rici - September 18, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Oh Abby!! These are sooooooo stunning and beautiful and great and just awwww! I love them! I think you can totally rock an all on roll session!!!

~ Saluti.

jamie - September 18, 2012 - 11:27 am

Yes, it is time for an all film session!! These images are beautiful…love that you set your mind to learn something new and go after it.

Tara Peddicord - September 18, 2012 - 10:55 am

seriously. beautiful work! and I second everyone else’s comments so far, as well!

Spring - September 18, 2012 - 10:16 am

I think when I finally make it to your neck of the woods we should do a sunrise all film shoot :)

tina - September 18, 2012 - 9:57 am

oh my gosh abby, these photos are gorgeous! i cant believe its all FILM! yes yes yes – do an all film session for sure. you’ve got it down and they all look great :)

Anna K. - September 18, 2012 - 9:18 am

I am in love with these! So gorgeous!

Brittani - September 18, 2012 - 9:12 am

ABBY!! These are GORGEOUS!! Oh my gosh, those two e-sessions looked incredible and your film work is just stunning. Watch out Jose Villa!

Krista A. Jones - September 18, 2012 - 9:12 am

These are so stunning Abby! You’re so talented!

I have the same trouble shooting both film and digital at weddings but my husband loves film and is starting to help me capture both! Having a second with film makes such a big difference! We just got a Contax last week and we’re so excited about it – especially after seeing your images!

Kirstie Frydenlund - September 18, 2012 - 9:09 am

You need to 100% film 100% of the time!!

Brent - Live View Studios - September 18, 2012 - 9:09 am

Great work! Are you still using Richards?