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One of my favorite things about marriage is watching love stories take different shape as the years pass. As newlyweds, you can’t imagine loving your spouse any more than you do on your wedding day. Then on your first anniversary, you’ve learned so much about each other that you wonder how you ever thought your wedding day was the pinnacle of your affection. We’ve yet to come to this next chapter ourselves, but I imagine discovering that you’re going to be parents would be another tone of those checkpoints- seeing your husband with new eyes, knowing that he’ll no longer be only a husband, but a father as well. Looking at yourself and realizing your arms will soon hold onto two, instead of only circling round the waist of your beloved.

Terry & Flo are at that particular checkpoint- anxiously awaiting the arrival of little miss Elsa, yet  cherishing these last few weeks while it’s just them. This is what I love about Anniversary Sessions- celebrating your love, just as it is, right here and right now. Before two become three in just over a month, a pair of soon-to-be-parents took pause to stop and treasure this time together.

Terry, Flo, we are so thankful for your friendship! It was a privilege to photograph this session, and I’m grateful for the time spent with you both. I know you’re going to be the best of parents, and I hope these images serve as a reminder in the sleepless nights to come that “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” [1 Corinthians 13:7-8]

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Anniversary sessions are quickly becoming the highlights of my week. I feel like, at some point, every couples needs to do one, if for no other reason than to have an excuse to get close and cuddle up for a morning. Anniversary shoots are an opportunity to fall in love all over again, to remember how to flirt, to have someone capture your love in a way that reignites that butterfly feeling that can sometimes be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of everyday married life. When Matt & I had our shoot in New York, I remember feeling like I’d never been so in love with my husband as I was in that very moment, and every time I look back at those photographs from J&M, I’m taken back not only to the place we were, but the WAY that I felt when the shutter clicked. Knowing how I feel about our photos means that I get REALLY excited whenever someone emails me to ask about an anniversary session of their own!

Katie contacted me way back in the Spring about a session for herself and her husband Justin, to celebrate their five year anniversary. Katie’s a photographer, so she knows how important it is to mark the milestones in life with photographs. Justin & Katie are also parents of two adorable little boys, so it was that much more of a priority to find the time for this- Matt & I don’t have children yet, but I can only imagine how difficult it must be with two kids to make time for dates, for an evening with just the two of you. It was so much fun to spend the evening with these two, to watch the transformation from those first few minutes of getting acquainted to being in front of the camera, to a familiar, romantic ease in their interactions. It left me with a heart fit to burst and smile I absolutely could not wipe off my face.

Justin & Katie, thank you a jillion times over for the chance to document your love! I know this shoot was a long time coming, and I appreciate your trust and willingness to climb over fences for the perfect shooting location :).

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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to shoot at least one roll of personal work on film every month. Fail. Fail fail fail. Part of it’s been the fact that I keep my Contax in the closet, so I’m not constantly looking at it, and the other part is just plain fear of being disappointed with my work. Both are stupid reasons.

Last month I was looking over the last film post I blogged and realized something: the reason film wasn’t working for me last year was because I was trying to shoot it the way OTHER people shoot it. The creamy pastels of José Villa’s work, the soft, artistic posing of Elizabeth Messina, the romantic feel of my sweet friend Laura Gordon’s images. Every time I raised my Contax to my eye, I’d ask myself “how would José/Elizabeth/etc shoot this frame?” before taking my shot. My film and digital photography were two entirely separate bodies of work and it became REALLY difficult to make them feel cohesive, hence why I stopped shooting film for anything but my personal work. Once I realized that the question I SHOULD have been asking myself is “how would Abby Grace want to shoot this frame?” it changed my approach.

I’m still trying to work out the kinks that naturally accompany a shift in shooting style, but after receiving this first batch of post-epiphany scans, I’m REALLY excited to shoot more of the stuff this year! I’d been contemplating leaving my Contax at home while we’re in Europe but now, I realize that would be a perfectly good waste of an opportunity to be inspired.

Enjoy this hodgepodge of frames from our weekend on BHI!

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Those first few frames were all shot on Fuji 400H, and these next images from William & Meg’s actual e-session are all Portra800. I think I’ve found my new favorite film stock- I’d been shying away from Portra because the 400 is SO yellow when overexposed, but with a little tweaking, the 800 is BEAUTIFUL!! And it fits so well with my digital style! What do you guys think?

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SO DREAMY. These colors! The softness! And Meg, get outta here with all of this gorgeousness.

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Happy, happy Tuesday!

They’re just so sweet. Like homemade-southern-tea-kind-of-sweet. Both have a little hint of southern drawl and the same homegrown charm, and with Brent growing up on a farm and Lena raised riding horses, they fell in step almost at once. They first met at a party where Lena and Brent ended up on the porch outside in the rain- Lena was sharing her woes with Brent on the rain-soaked patio, and Brent, being the gentleman that he is, heavily hinted they should go inside. You know, where it was dry. “Your shoes… they’re getting wet,” he’d remind her every few minutes. It was only a few months later that they both knew this was something extraordinary, a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.

And so it was that Lena found herself standing in the back of a pick-up truck this past August as they surveyed the farmland Brent had just purchased. She heard him ask if she thought this would be a good place to start a home, and as she answered yes and turned around, there he was on one knee. “How about we start right now?”

Brent and Lena, I absolutely adore you together. I love your playful banter and the way you laugh so easily with one another. You absolutely belong together, and I count myself so blessed to have the chance to document your love! So SO excited for your wedding next summer!

We began at Brent’s family farm in Maryland…

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Lena’s puppy Carlos joined us for a few frames!

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Lena, you have some of the most incredible blue eyes I’ve ever seen!

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Yessss:)

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“You know, I still have those shoes,” she reminisced as we walked down the country road toward the barn.

She has this way of using her hands when she talks that draws you in; it’s hard to pinpoint why, but you find yourself hanging on whatever she’s saying. She smiles a lot, especially when she’s talking about Greg, that sort of smile that crinkles your nose. And Greg? He’s one of those joyful souls, the kind of person who isn’t phased by the small stuff. His laugh is this infectious chuckle that makes Jackie smile every time, the kind of laugh that’ll ease any tension. They laugh a lot together, Greg and Jackie; their relationship is one of those rare gems that bolsters those around them. The two of them together breathe life into their surroundings, and it’s so perfectly simple to understand how they ended up together.

After deciding not to pursue things past their first date, Jackie saw Greg at a bar six months later. This time she didn’t hesitate- she marched right up to him, initiated a conversation, and they’ve been together ever since, leaning on each other through it all. So when Jackie ascended the two flights of stairs to their apartment one night with arms of groceries in tow, she was initially a bit miffed that Greg hadn’t come down to help her. Miffed, that is, until she stepped in the apartment to find Greg on one knee with a sparkly ring and a question for her.

Greg & Jackie, thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your love! I had such a good time with you both and I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed so much during an e-session. I am SO EXCITED for your wedding in May!! And a huge thanks to Ashlee Virginia Events for linking us up!

We began in the apartment where Greg asked Jackie to marry him…

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LOVE!!!

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Happy Tuesday!