This year has been… unreal. God’s sent far more unexpected blessings sent my way than I can count, and I can’t believe how many sweet, crazy-in-love couples I’ve had the honor of meeting and photographing. 2011 was full of enormous growth for me: booking my own weddings, learning to identify my style (still a work in progress!), launching my website, getting my name out in the industry, meeting amazing wedding professionals, my first national publication, the list goes on.

I started out the year as a bit of a wedding photographer wannabe, and I end the year as a proud professional. 2012 is already shaping up to infinitely more amazing and I can’t wait to see where God takes Matt and I on this crazy journey. To every one of my incredible 2011 couples: I can’t thank you enough for trusting me to document your precious memories.

And to everyone that reads the blog? You make my heart really happy. And to everyone that comments on the blog? You make my heart even happier :).

Pardon the formatting on these first few posts, I was getting used to blogging. Also, pardon some of the terrible photography/over-processed editing. It goes along with the whole “identifying my style” thing.

The year began with Tyler and Megan’s redemption shoot

Washington DC wedding photographer national portrait gallery

Andrew and Beth’s wedding in Blacksburg, Virginia

Blacksburg Virginia Tech wedding photographer

Lisa and Dan’s wedding in Towson, Maryland.

Baltimore wedding photographer

Troy and Megan’s e-session in Washington, DC.

Washington DC engagement photographer

My cousin/bff Megan and her boyfriend William’s portrait session in Bald Head Island, North Carolina.

Bald Head Island North Carolina engagement photographer

Jaran and Maria’s e-session at Union Station in DC.

Washington DC Union Station engagement photographer

Mason and Angela’s e-session in Washington, DC.

Washington DC Capitol engagement photographer

My Granny and Pawpaw’s anniversary shoot. You should really read this one!

Roanoke portrait photographer

Sarah and Chance’s equine portrait session in Clifton, Virginia.

Washington DC equine photographer

Robbie and Juliann’s e-session at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Glen Echo Park Maryland engagement photographer

Tim and Molly’s anniversary shoot in Reston, Virginia.

Reston Virginia portrait photographer

Rob and Sarah’s e-session at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Virginia.

Delaplane Virginia engagement photographer Barrel Oak Winery

Mason and Angela’s wedding in Vienna, Virginia.

Vienna Virginia wedding photographer

Jamie and Abbeigh’s e-session at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Annapolis Maryland Naval Academy engagement photographer

David and Chrissy’s e-session in Georgetown, DC.

Georgetown Washington DC Virginia engagement photographer

The Harry Potter wedding inspiration shoot that made it to Green Wedding Shoes!

Harry Potter wedding inspiration shoot

Second shooting Justin and Brianne’s wedding weekend for Terra Dawn Photography.

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David and Chrissy’s wedding in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Maryland wedding photographer

Phil and Megan’s patriotic e-session in Washington, DC.

Washington DC engagement photographer

Jaran and Maria’s wedding in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Parraize and Andrea’s e-session in Dupont Circle, DC.

Washington DC engagement photographer

My brother Ethan and his fiancée Jessica’s e-session in Reston, Virginia.

Reston Town Center engagement photographer

Zen and Mian’s e-session at the National Harbor in Washington, DC.

National Harbor Washington DC engagement photographer

Parraize and Andrea’s Snowtober wedding in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Upper Marlboro wedding

Chris and Monica’s e-session in Washington, DC.

Washington DC World War II Memorial engagement photographer

Gary and Clarisse’s e-session at the University of Maryland in College Park.

University of Maryland Terps College Park engagement photographer

Shawn and Ashley’s love shoot on a Christmas tree farm in Great Falls, Virginia.

Great Falls Virginia engagement photographer

The Katelyn James Workshop! Ahhh! Such an awesome day!

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Zach and Mallory’s wedding in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Quantico Fredericksburg Virginia wedding photographer

Steve and Emilia’s e-session in Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria Virginia engagement photographer

Barry and Arteida’s e-session in Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria Virginia engagement photographer

Happy Tuesday!

2011- a year in review

December 27, 2011

  1. Clarisse says:

    What a year Abby! I’m excited to see all of the wedding posts in 2012 from all of the couples you did e-sessions for in 2011 🙂

  2. caitlin says:

    those first two shots are AWESOME. and then obviously i had to go back and read about the ‘redemption shoot’ and that whole story is so heartbreaking (70 images?! what!?) and simultaneously inspiring (i think it’s amazing that they still had beautiful images to record their love).

    congratulations on 2011 – can’t wait to see what you do in 2012!!

  3. Jean Hensley says:

    All beautiful pictures. Abby, it’s been amazing to watch you grow over the years, especially these last few years. Love you!

  4. Look how much you’ve grown!!!!! I’m really impressed by all your hard work and dedication. It has really paid off!

  5. Beth Hamilton says:

    I love this post. I became a fan of yours this fall, so it was fun getting a recap of your 2011. It is also very exciting for me because I hope that my 2012 will be similar to your 2011! Seeing your growth and excitement is truly inspirational to me in my newborn (if you could even call it that yet!) business! Thank you Abby!

  6. tim riddick says:

    bravo abbey bravo… your work is really something special.

  7. Vanessa Earll says:

    I love everything you have done this year! Such BEAUTIFUL picture from a wonderful person. I CAN NOT wait to see what is in store for 2012! Happy New Year Abby!!

  8. What a great post, and a great year! Seeing your progression and all the beautiful things you’ve captured this year, it’s no wonder 2012 is going to be booming with business. You deserve it!

  9. Elizabeth Victory says:

    LOVE THIS, Abby!! It is amazing how much God has blessed you with and allowed you to accomplish… This post is really a great summary of your journey! I am so proud of you. Is you scroll down, the photos just get better and better and better 🙂

    Oh, and when I Google “washington dc wedding engagement photographer,” YOU are on the first page!! You probably already know that, but, I was super excited to find that out 🙂

  10. Maria says:

    Wishing all the best in 2012 Abby!

  11. Abby, thanks for sharing a recap of your amazing work. I recently became a fan and enjoy all your posts. I wish you all the best in 2012!

  12. Lisa says:

    SO fun to see how much you’ve done this year. We loved being one of your 2011 couples. Great job, Abby!

  13. Natalie says:

    Abby – Getting to know you this year has been such a blessing! Your work is beautiful and you have so much talent! Can’t wait to see what you continue to achieve in 2012!

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