Welp, the end of my 2013 wedding season is here. I photographed my last wedding this past weekend in Puerto Rico (talk about going out with a bang!), I’ve finished up engagement sessions, and I’m excited to start resting and recharging. The off-season is officially upon me! One of my favorite kind of posts that […]

  • Janelle C - I love each of your expressions! I even chuckled a bit on the preach image!!!! LOL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Urška Majer - Love these & love all your dresses that you wear for shooting! That one with the dog made me laugh 😀 All the things we have to do while shooting a wedding that have nothing to do with photography, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - These are great. Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Zoe - Ummm hello perf “I’m shooting the tropics and look how cute I am” turquoise dress:)!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - I LOVE this post! Definitely some really fun behind-the-scenes captures :)ReplyCancel

  • NotAbby'sBrother - Woo hoo! I made it onto Abby’s blog!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Next year Abby’s father helps her shoot an octogenarian wedding! In Switzerland!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I love that Noreen made an appearance!! So funny, Abby! :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Guernsey - Haha I love this post! It’s so you and so real. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah H - You are beautiful! And funny :) And fun!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - This was a good start to my Friday and gave me a good chuckle :) However, aggressive dancing/taking out a guest takes the cake.ReplyCancel

  • Mia Bjerring - This is hilarious! I love these kinds of posts too! Your dresses are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rancourt - LOVE everything about this! I love AGP because of you and it’s nice to see you in action, it’s what makes AGP so WONDERFUL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Brooks - Loved these! It’s always nice to see what goes on behind the scenes.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Duffy - I love these! Especially your preaching face :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goodwin - ahahaha, how fun! I’m kinda fond of Abby, the dog walker myselfReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - I suppose I should use this name of NOTABBY’SMOM for my moniker! Abby, awesome post! It is really fun to get to see you in action, not just picture it in my head. And thanks for adding that photo of your handsome second shooter! NOTABBY’SMOM is very pleased with this post! And DAD, what is this about an octogenarian’s wedding in Switzerland next year? You friends of Abby are so much fun to read as I read your comments over time!ReplyCancel

Heads up, this is not a post on “how to take amazing photos of yourself with your iPhone that doesn’t involve shooting your reflection in the mirror.” Just wanted to clarify that before we move on :). One of the bummers of being a professional photographer is that when you’re on vacation/traveling in a beautiful […]

  • Urška Majer - These are wonderful :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - Seriously, Abby!?! these are INCREDIBLE! I can’t believe these were taken with a remote on a tripod- but then again, knowing your amazing talent- I guess I’m not that surprised :) Love all of these- so so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandria Hinders - Seriously, how cute are you two!?! Love this post :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea Anderson - I would love to have a shutter release to practice some pretty self-portraits! These are beautiful and I’m so jealous you went the the Caribbean :) My favorite picture is the second to last one… it’s beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Tina Tabibi - Gorgeous pics!ReplyCancel

  • Tessa - You are stunning. And the hair tie thing is something I would totally do! And I love your shirt.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Swann - Oh girl!! Those are so cute!! Love them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna K. - Your photos are beautiful and I am right there with you about a husband that doesn’t like having his photo taken! I’m ordering one of these remotes right now, thank for the advice!!! Xoxo!ReplyCancel

  • Evian Granitz - Love. Love. LOVE.ReplyCancel

  • Daytona - LOVE! i’ve been looking for timer recommendations forever and these pictures are such a lovely proof that this one works!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Fantastic suggestions on how photographers can capture photos of themselves on their camera!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha J. Blevins - This is a great post! I’ve always wondered how to best do this 😀ReplyCancel

  • kaitlin - WHAT AN AWESOME POST….REALLY ENJOYED IT…CONSIDERING MY NEAR 50 HEART ATTACKS I HAD THIS YEAR HANDING OVER MY MARK 3 TO STRANGERS JUST SO I COULD BE IN AT LEAST 50 PHOTOS DURING THE YEAR 2013! AWESOME…AND YOUR KINDA GORG!ReplyCancel

  • Brandilynn Aines - Ahh I love this!!! When I shot with Nikon I use to have one and I loved it!!! But the. I made the switch and haven’t bought one yet!! This post is so right though when you have a hubby who doesn’t like pictures taken the timer is a fail! But having the remote is super awesome!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - We were JUST talking about how we need a new remote to take selfies! We used to take a bunch doing the timer and run method but grew tired of it over time, just like you said! Haha 😀 I’m astounded you got all of these with a tripod and a remote – they’re fantastic! Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Love these! Seriously impressed with your self-portrait skills.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Wells - These are awesome, Abby! Such good tips and we will definitely be trying this out on vacation…or I guess whenever I can convince hubby to participate! :)ReplyCancel

  • rebekah j. - i was just thinking about getting one of these! i almost always travel alone and never have the guts to ask strangers to take pictures of me, so i end up never having pictures of myself of where i’ve been….and the 2 second delay is a bit of genius.

    also, you’re lovely, and the last two are my favorites. so sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Jen McLeod - I love the one with you laughing! We’ll be in Charleston for Christmas so having a remote would be super! BTW, did you go snorkeling in Vieques? They have some of the best on the other side of the mountain!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Starin - Great tips — need to grab a tripod and a remote for our next adventures away! Thanks, Abby.ReplyCancel

  • Brea - Such fun tips! I only have iPhone selfies of me and Steve from our most recent trip because I didn’t even want to deal with bringing my mk iii. I do have some selfies like this from our trip to punta cana last year, but I’ve lost the trigger since then! I’d love to win your fun giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Heidenthal - I need to get a remote stat! Glad I’m not the only photographer who forces their anti-photo husband to pose with me in front of a tripod 😉ReplyCancel

  • Bekah Martindale - Oh my goodness these photos are fabulous! The two second delay is very smart! I would LOVE a Nikon remote to try this out:)ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Lacey - ABBY! This is so awesome, I was coming here to comment regardless but then I saw the giveaway so double awesome! I am guilty of run-check-run-check which DOES annoy the hubby. Also those look perfect, I would’ve never guess they were selfies!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa W. - Beautiful pictures!! And I totally just bought a fancy Canon, my first SLR, so I would love a remote!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Sandoval - I know exactly what you’re talking about. Set the timer, run, pose, come back, phew….A remote shutter release would be great! Love the photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - This is great! My MIL asked me over thanksgiving if I would take our family pics – and be in them. I wasn’t prepared so I ran to best buy (on Black Friday) and grabbed a cheapie remote. It turned out to only work from about two feet away so I ended up doing the press and dash. We had a lot of fun (mainly laughing at me jumping down from a truck where the camera was and running through a cotton field) and we eventually ended up with a couple of cute pics! Thanks again for the post!ReplyCancel

  • Blythe K - LOOOOVE THIS!!! I have been doing the run back and forth thing for way too long. Thankfully Joe doesn’t get TOOOO frustrated but I’d never get him to sit through more than 1 good photo :) You two look awesome!! What a GREAT post!! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - I love these! Perfect self portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Edwina - Love-love-love! Great advice!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - As I am reading your post, I was thinking “wow, I really need to get a remote for my honeymoon next June to Hawaii – this is the perfect way to get pictures of the two of us!” This would be awesome! I am really impressed at your self portrait posing skills – even with a remote, I will really need to practice those! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • Abbey Knouff - Those pictures are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Murashige - We’re planning our Europe trip for next year and I’ve been in the same pickle… wondering how to take some good selfies without worrying about a stranger stealing our expensive equipment! Great advice!ReplyCancel

  • Kristie McCallum - lovely! this is much better than trying to run into the shot and half the time catching my backside – bleh – haha :)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - I love this. I love photography and love pictures of my husband and I together when we travel, so we usually end up with a ton of awkwardly positioned photos as I attempt to get both us and the scenery in a photo. The result is, well, awkward. Thanks for the great post!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Carter - That last photo is particularly stunning. You are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie S B - Always love your posts, Abby. And this remote would be fab!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mia Bjerring - Oh Abby, these photos are amazing!! I can definitely understand why you are obsessing over them! You and Matt make such a handsome and gorgeous couple! And thank you so much for those awesome tips! I think I need to dust off my remote and find my tripod and use some of the advice you gave here! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Amy McKeon - This is an ingenious post! So helpful. I have a best friend of 13 years and we have maybe 3 photos together because one of us is always taking it (me especially) and a group of four of us who have tried chronicling our adventures together and only have front facing camera stacked selfies to show for our efforts! A remote would help so much!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - What a great idea! Now no more individual pictures!ReplyCancel

  • desiree - These images are gorgeous! How nice to have some beautiful shots of the two of you. I really need to invest in a remote for that same reason – my hubby & I are planning a trip to Hawaii next year and I would love to have the opportunity to take some images without just using a Gorillapod & my point & shoot camera :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Have you been in my internet search history? I was just looking last night for this exact advice because I need to get some Christmas cards together and the only photos I have of the 2 of us together are from the front facing camera on my phone. Perfect timing!ReplyCancel

  • Dad - Dang that’s a lot of comments!ReplyCancel

  • Ali - Love these! I need a remote now.. Thanks for the reminder how important it is to capture sweet moments together!ReplyCancel

  • Allie - Danggg girl! I can’t believe those photos were taken with a tripod and remote! You’re so gorge and you and Matt are just so cute and and and :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Beautiful photos of you two. Pawpaw just bought a remote shutter release so he will be discussing this with you, I’m sure. Love you.ReplyCancel

  • Brittani Croft - Abby these are beautiful! Thanks for sharing…Dustin and I are ALWAYS talking about how we have no pictures together when we go places so the iPhone pics have to suffice…but that sucks. I need a tripod anyways so I think this will give me the push I needed :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Abby, Abby, Abby…I’m soooo happy you both had this opportunity to take these beautiful shots (even after the worst commute to the island ever!). You are 100% gorgeous and the two of you are completely and utterly adorable. Much love to you both. And we cannot WAIT to see what else you shot while on that beautiful island. XoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Caili - You totally caught yourselves in a moment! Stunning. I love these so much.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Love! So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Dozier - I love these!!! I And I love this post. It’s totally one of those things that you just sigh and grumble about but accept as reality. It doesn’t have to be! I’m no pro but I was totally nervous about handing my Nikon over to strangers on our last vacation. I definitely need to invest in these!

    And the HAIR TIE! Ha I ALWAYS do that. Loved the advise pretty lady :)ReplyCancel

  • Janelle C - I would have never guessed that you had a trigger! It looks like someone was following you on this beautiful island! I would love a remote shutter release for my canon one day!ReplyCancel

  • Abbey - Absolutely beautiful Abby! I will definitely put these tips to use when my hubby and I try a self portrait next time. Don’t you just love those caribbeans colors??ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - You and Matt take the most amazing self portraits!! I LOVE this post! I don’t have a trigger (and would love one) and I’ve always done a 20-second self timer and then RAN into position. It never felt relaxed because I was always panting from being out-of-breath!ReplyCancel

  • Annamarie - Ohhh Abby, you are BEAUTIFUL! I love these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Gerres - These are gorgeous! So much better than my last attempt at using a shutter release. :( I guess I need more practice before our next vacation.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Thanks for these tips! I’m excited to try them out for myself, although I’m currently in the cheapie remote category. Perhaps an upgrade based on your suggestion is in order!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Field - First of all, I was stunned by how many comments I had to scroll through! You obviously hit upon a need in the photography community and friends, as well! I’m quite partial to that next to last photo of you and Matt. Maybe it’s time to update the family photo frame with new shots, starting with this one of you and Matt!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Brooks - I love this post. Such great tips on selfies! I also love the colors in the photos even on a glum day. :)ReplyCancel

  • Getaway | Chelsea Batey Photography - […] inspired by Abby‘s recent post, I totally set up to do some selfies while we were in such a gorgeous location! […]ReplyCancel

  • Getaway » Chelsea Anderson Photography - […] inspired by Abby‘s recent post, I totally set up to do some selfies while we were in such a gorgeous location! […]ReplyCancel

  • Five Dates that require little to no planning! » Modern International Wedding Photographer - […] It’s super easy as long as you have a tripod, and I even posted a tutorial that you can find HERE which will make it a lot […]ReplyCancel

  • Having Strangers take DSLR Family Pictures on Vacation | Tips » Alicia Lacey Photography Blog - […] Abby Grace has already created an awesome post on DSLR “selfies”, so check it out here.Just for fun, here are a couple images we had taken by others on vacation… These I included […]ReplyCancel

  • Vacation "Selfies" | Alicia Lacey Photography | Washington, DC Wedding Photographer - […] Truth be told, it still might end up being a cruddy picture. If all this fails, try getting a wireless remote and taking your own images! Fellow photographer Abby Grace has already created an awesome post on DSLR “selfies”, so check it out here. […]ReplyCancel

Helloooo, awesome blog readers! Today is one my favorite days of the year, my birthday! Is it just me, or do birthdays seem pass in a sort of out-of-body-experience kind of way? Like the whole day ends up feeling like a dream? I always get really excited when Matt starts to ask me what I […]

  • Mia Bjerring - Happy Birthday, Abby!! I hope you have the most wonderful day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Oh, the frame looks SO beautiful!! I’m so so happy that you have it hanging on your wall for your birthday. I hope you have the most amazing day!! Happy Birthday, sweet friend!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Lauren Swann - Happy Birthday, Abby!! What a fun gift!! I do the same thing when it comes to my birthday gifts haha!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Yeah, Matt! It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see you, my beautiful granddaughter!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Happy Birthday Abby!!! :) Hope it’s wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Caili - Happy birthday, sweet friend! Enjoy your relaxing day. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Adams - I love where you draw inspiration, Abby! Love this painting, and how sweet of Matt! Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope its all kinds of beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Monday Mash-Up » Modern International Wedding Photographer - […] pieces, and I could have stayed in that room all day. It made me all the more thankful for my own ballerina painting that’s currently hanging above my desk […]ReplyCancel

Please excuse the extreme lateness of this post- I’m blogging from the air as we fly back from Puerto Rico! Today’s been Crazy. Actually, the past five days have been crazy. From the extreme stress of delayed flights and wondering if we were going to make it to PR in time for the wedding weekend, […]

  • Rebekah Hoyt - Oh, so gorgeous! You and Matt are in for a wintery TREAT when you get home! It’s beautiful here! I hope your travels go safely and smoothly and you don’t have any more delays! Can’t wait to see you! (plus, it’s your BIRTHDAY WEEK!)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Wade - Oh MAN you are good girl. And this is just the first one I’ve seen. I can’t even wait to see more. I am SO bummed to have missed this amazing event but I know you took great care of Tracy and Jeff and will have amazing pictures. XO!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Hope your trip home is better than the trip there. Beautiful photo, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goodwin - The Caribbean is my 2nd home! So glad you got to enjoy its wonder & wild horses :) I cannot wait to see this post! Oh, I make a mean rum punchReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth V - When we were on our cruise and stopped at Grand Turk, there was a stray dog that came along with us for one of our beach walks… it was the friendliest thing, and we decided he was the best local tour guide that we had the entire trip! It was a blast.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Tabibi - Absolutely stunning! Safe travels home. We are traveling tonight. It was great to meet you. Can’t wait to see more photos from Trace and Jeff’s Vieques wedd adventure!ReplyCancel

It was a smile that never left his face, from the first time he laid eyes on her that morning to the last song that night. Joyful at the prospect of marrying one another, grateful to have all of their favorite people in one place, John & Emily were the epitome of bliss on their […]

  • Michael and Carina - What a lovely wedding! Great job, Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa Crider - Beautiful and very classy…nicely done Abby! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - Absolutely gorgeous photos and I *love* their “bottle service” idea for everyone finding their seats!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Zoe - These are so lovely!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Hoyt - This wedding is so elegant! I love love her dress. I have really been loving your getting ready shots especially lately, Abby! All of these pictures are so gorgeous. Beautiful job, as always!ReplyCancel

  • ashley barnett - Lovely lovely stuff Abby!ReplyCancel

  • Jean - These are absolutely beautiful, Abby! I love the color scheme, the venue, the beautiful couple! Wow, you really brought out the beauty in this shoot. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - I’m always intrigued by how brides choose to wear their hair. Thanks for including one that highlighted Emily’s up-do so well.ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Farmer - Stunning. Just stunning. Love the pashminas & cider at the ceremony – and those mini bottles were such a great idea!ReplyCancel