New headshots- who dis? 👩🏻🎨 LOVING the new photographs @davidabelweddings took for me last week! This was my second time being in front of his camera and this guy is SO good. Last time, we traded photos in Paris 😍. This time we kept it to Richmond, but I'm no less in love with the results! 💁🏻♀️ Styled by @thebrazenmae, photograph by @davidabelweddings, film by @fast.foto
Deleting Instagram is good for the soul. • Not like, forever! But recently, I've gotten into the habit of deleting the app in the evenings, definitely on weekends, and during the workday IF I find myself checking the app compulsively. You know you do it! Like reaching it for it whenever you're bored or are looking to distract yourself from hard work? • Instagram has been an INCREDIBLE tool for growth for me over the last few years! I'm so grateful for how much inspiration I've found and continue to find through it, and for how much visibility the platform's given me for my work! • But it can also breed SO much discontent in me. Not because the app itself is malicious, but because there's something deep in me that looks to an APP for validation of my worth, something the app was never designed to do! So anytime I catch myself in the midst of the bored scroll, or checking back every few minutes for likes/comments or DMs, I delete it from my phone. I upload it again next time I need to publish something new, and repeat the process all over. • If you're not quite ready for the post-delete-reupload cycle, try this: TURN OFF push notifications. It cuts down on the number of times per day you're interrupted by your phone, and helps keep focus on the things that matter more- doing good work, spending time with family, or bingeing Parks & Rec. For the 3rd time. • Alright, the 4th. 😅 Be honest- would you ever delete the app for a full weekend?
I stepped out of the church and snuck back across the street for the last few minutes before their ceremony- Mary was in her bridal suite with her parents and sister, just having touched up her makeup. I knew we'd be cutting it close, but that window light was calling her name. With only a couple minutes to spare before she left her suite at the Hay and walked across 16th St. to the church, we captured this. She's the very picture of DC elegance, and proof that sometimes, the best moments and MY best photographs happen during the in-betweens! ❤️ With @amiedeckerbeauty @christinmua @hjplannersdc @pninatornai, film developed and scanned by @fast.foto • #contax645 #filmisnotdead #fastfoto #ishootfilm #filmphotographer #fineartfilm #theanalogclub
It's #internationalwomensday, and THE perfect opportunity to celebrate a few of the ladies who are especially dear to me! For years I'd push away female friends, saying I'm not the type of person who has a lot of friends who are girls (Beca from #pitchperfect much?). I think we can ALL thank high school for that- can I get an amen? But these women have shown up time and time again, even when I've been tempted to push them away, to show me that real friendship can be a place of joy, encouragement, growth & silliness! • @katherinebignon- my partner in crime for all things French, grace-filled mama to her sweet kiddos, & the most likely person to say the other day and actually be referencing an event that happened 2 months ago. Also, the most talented person I've ever met when it comes to sewing beautiful gowns and robes. She shows up over and over, even I am endlessly grateful. • @ashlynscarter- one of my favorite people to trade ballet memes and voice texts with. A fellow member of the Sass Squad who is infinitely generous with her friendship and wisdom. We share a mutual love of gin cocktails, and I adore her for it. • @sd.brenn for our weekend girls' trips (which restore my soul, friend!), for visiting 2 different quilt shops with me + not telling my mom, and for always lending a listening ear + soft place to land. Also, for helping me make it through high school without losing my mind. • @sarahcbradshaw for deep-seated encouragement, for pointing me to Jesus always, for her steadfast nature, and for her willingness to tell me both when I'm wrong and when she sees growth in me. For allowing me to be the first-ish one she called to inform me she was, finally, reading Harry Potter! • @flosteffens- for keeping it real, always, and for dropping everything when someone has true need. She pursues real, grace-filled friendships and was one of the first to convince me that my friends do, indeed, ACTUALLY want to hang out with me. • From @thesignatureatelier, aprons by @oatmeallace, film dev + scanned by @thefindlab
I wish I could go back to this version of myself and whisper in her ear you will make it through this as a whole person. • This was 2016. We'd been trying to start our family for almost a year, and I was grappling with the failure month after month- infertility is one of the hardest, most painful things I’ve ever walked through. Bitterness was slowly wending its way into my soul as time passed. • It went on for another two years after this, adding in six rounds of fertility treatments and one trip to the emergency room. So many tightly-held plans of mine ripped from my hands, discarded like litter along the highway. For a long time there I was angry at God- resentful that everyone else around me seemed to be getting the one dream we couldn't reach. • But here we are, almost four years into our infertility story, and I’m seeing why the answer was No for so long. Because THIS was where we were being led. To a place of hopeful anticipation, of peace and compassion. To a place of not my will, but Yours. • Adoption was never God's plan B for us- it was simply the plan. And that these years of imperfect waiting? I’m finally able to be grateful for what they've taught me. • This doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hurt sometimes. • But what it DOES mean is that hurt, grief, and unfulfilled longing are no longer the dominant colors being used to paint my story! • Now the colors I see most frequently are ones of grace; the grace of having my flaws exposed, growing me into a kinder, more compassionate person; the grace of seeing God’s hand working in the in-between moments, not just in the big stuff; the grace of feeling whole again, even though my situation never changed. • Dear, sweet, grieving Abby of 2016, I know it’s hard. But if you can let go of control just a little, you WILL find rest in God's promise that in all things- the good, ugly, joyful and painful- he works for the good of those who love him. •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @davidabelweddings #imperfectishuman @imperfectbosses
Since 2013, I've had the honor of being included in @washingtonianweddings list of top DC photographers. Much to my surprise when I opened up the Winter/Spring 2019 edition, though, was that I was voted *Rising Star!* It meant so much to have that title awarded to me by my fellow DC vendors, and such a reminder that if I ever need a reminder of all the incredible growth over the last nine years, to look back on where I began! 💕
Because when you're British and getting married in the US, where else besides Washington National Cathedral, and what else besides a morning suit and top hat? • With @smevents @yellowdoorweds @carolinecastigliano #abbygraceweddings #istillshootfilm #fuji400h #35mmfilm
One day, I'm going to publish a book of JUST Parisian café chairs, even if it's just for me. Goodness knows, I probably already have enough photographs to fill one up by now. #abbygraceineurope #thefindlab