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WELCOME!  Please let me try to answer a few questions as you search around our site!  If you need to know anything other than what we have on our main page, or below, please email me by clicking on the contact link above or alana (at) abjphoto (dot) com.

ABJ Photography specializes in pet + family photography.  In the age of digital overload, I want to give you beautiful, high-quality photography you can immediately display in your home – never to be hidden in a box or computer!  I offer affordable photography in and around the Atlanta area.  If you would like to including your dog in your photo session, family Christmas card photo, or you just want custom and professional photography hanging in your home – you are in the right place!  Don’t worry if you do not have pets, or if you are looking for a HS Senior Photography, I have several sessions in my portfolio for you to view as well!

What is “Lifestyle” Photography?

I consider myself a Lifestyle Photographer for a few reasons: I shoot in as much natural light as possible, and I like to shoot in real life settings.  Life unscripted!  This means on location, or at your home…typically outside.  It is important to us to try to create a little time capsule with your images and I believe the best memories also come attached to an emotion.  When we can incorporate your favorite locations, people you love, and things you use in your everyday, they help us tell your story.

What are your fees?

Any type of portrait session starts at $250 and includes: an on-location session with one hour coverage, photographers time and talent, post processing of images (including basic retouching), 35 to 50 high resolution images on a cd for printing, photo release with rights to images for printing.

*please inquire for additional details and pricing regarding family and pet photography sessions

Weddings  start at $2,200.  Please contact me for more details.  Click on CONNECT above to book your session today!


How do I know ABJ Photography is the right photographer for me?

ABJ Photography clients value portraits and photography as an important part of their home.  Our clients want to have lifestyle portraits taken to showcase on the walls of their homes, and in books to revisit throughout life.  ABJ Photography clients love to be outside, love to laugh, love pets, and to spend time with family and friends!

Where should we have our family portrait or pet portrait session?

I come to you!  We can have your photo session on location: parks, the city, or at your home.  We can talk though some ideas together and come up with a location that best tells your story.  For sessions with dogs and kids it is often most comfortable for them if we select a familiar space. We can incorporate their world into the photographs.  For sessions with pets it is also important to be in a space that they are comfortable off-leash and can show off their personality.

What is the best time of day for portrait sessions?

I love to shoot when there is the best light outside, and that is typically one or two hours before sunset.  This time may vary depending on the season.  Spring and Summer sessions mean around 6:30pm, or Fall and Winter sessions mean more like 5pm.  Morning sessions are available.

Do you take studio portraits?

We do not. So sorry!  However, we can create great environments for a traditional portrait.  We just feel like the session needs to be a combination of traditional and lifestyle images.

What if I do not have a pet?  Will you still do our portraits?

Yes!  We do both mixed and individual sessions…with or without pets.  We just LOVE to include them when we can!  If you are including your dog in your wedding day, family Christmas card photo, or you just want custom and professional photography hanging in your home- you are in the right place!  But, if you do not have a pet, but really connect with our images, I would love to hear from you too!

What should we wear to our portrait session?

This is a very good question!  I suggest coordinating outfits over selecting outfits that all match.  This is also an opportunity to look your best- check the ABJ Photography Pinterest page for more ideas!

What should I (that’s you) expect during our session?

Each photo session will be around one hour depending on the option you choose (weddings of course will be longer).  But no worries, this is a relaxed time-frame and I strive to stay as long as needed for great photos!  We predetermine where to meet and many of the details, but each session is also wide open for inspiration!  We cover a series of poses, but really strive for honest creativity in simple and familiar settings.  I am always looking for moments in-between moments.  Expect to laugh, and a comfortable atmosphere.  We realize that not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera, but we know that you are comfortable with the ones you love and we draw on that during our time together!  My goal is to make YOU feel good and feel confident, and to just have fun!

Can I include my dog in our family portrait?

Absolutely!  We specialize in pet + family photo sessions!  During our session time I will make sure to include family, pet, and combined portraits.  My goal is to create images that will bring a smile to you each time your view them…dogs included!

How do we order prints?

Prints may be ordered on your own with your cd of images.  We do offer print ordering, please inquire for more details.

Are you available to travel?

We are available to travel!  However, we do charge travel for sessions outside of the North Atlanta area.  We will not charge for the time, only federal mileage or rooming fees.  This rate is currently $.55 per mile.  Weddings more than two hours outside of Atlanta, additional overnight fees will apply.

Do you offer any discounts?

We do offer a 10% discount on all session fees to those who serve in the military.  Thank you for your service to our country!

We also support the Atlanta Lab Rescue.  If you are a dog lover, and would like to have your sessions benefit ALR, please let us know!  All proceeds of your family photo session, with your pet, will go to Atlanta Lab Rescue.  These sessions will help them save dogs, provide much needed procedures to lost and neglected pets, and get labs into their FOREVER homes!

How do we get started planning our portrait session?

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our site!  Please email me direct with any additional questions or to book your session:  alana@abjphoto.com or select CONNECT at the top of our site.