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Q & A

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 I can cover a variety of portrait needs, and 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 me 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, photographer’s time and talent, post processing of images (including basic retouching), 30 high resolution images in an online gallery for download and sharing, photo release with rights to images for printing on request.

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

Weddings  start at $250 per hour.  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 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.  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.

Big Move!

I wanted to share with you all what we have been working on the past few weeks! No, it is not wedding photography, although we cannot wait for our next wedding…but moving! We bought our FIRST HOME and have been working our tails off. I took a few snap shots the other morning and put them together in a photo collage for you to see! I tried to NOT take pictures of all the boxes and piles, but of some of the neat details that I found that morning.

We will be back in action in a few weekends for a hometown wedding (for me)! I cannot wait… so please stay posted for that wedding and other images to come!

Julie P - Moving is always such a grand experience! The joy of decorating, starting new, excitement.. have fun! Great photo collage!

Wedding accessory – DIY

I have been wanting to start up a weekly DIY post for wedding day ideas, to both add style, an element of GREEN living, and some how-to’s for doing it on the cheap. There are so many sites out there with amazing ideas these days, why not help spread the information around! I have been finding these lovely hair accessories at some fun stores, and could not wait to share the DIY info I found with you all. I hope that these wedding DIY post can inspire someone, and if they do we would love to hear how it worked out!

I absolutely love these feather and flower headbands… like these found at Anthropologie:
I caught a bit of the Martha Stewart Show a few weeks back and they were making some of these lovely hair pieces! I wanted to share the link with you all because it is such an easy, inexpensive way to add some style to your wedding party, or own wedding day attire! If you are SUPER crafty, why not make them as bridesmaids gifts, and have the ladies wear them with their bridesmaids dresses. OR how about buy a couple bottles of wine, some crafting materials, and hang out after the rehearsal and have each bridesmaid craft their own for the day?!?!

Here is the link to the Martha Stewart site for instructions and a video on how to DIY your own headbands! Click HERE for that crafty goodness!

Alana - I actually made a headband similar a couple weeks ago! I will post images soon!

Blake & Katie are married!- Durham Wedding Photographer

A few months ago over facebook my friend Katie and I started reconnecting. She was newly engaged, and I was so excited to hear the story! Our lives had gone in different directions…hers lead to Colorado, and then Texas. And, mine was Asheville, NC and then down to Atlanta. But, it was so special to be able to hear Katie tell me about a man named Blake, that I had also known about all those years ago! I remember sitting on my bed for at least an hour getting the whole story, and realizing what wonderful timing for these two to be reconnected and getting married.

Blake and Katie dated back in college, so it is so sweet to see how the Lord has worked things out in their personal lives, and how that makes their bond now even stronger. One of my favorite parts of the service was an Ebenezer that they had their family and friends build near the altar to represent each significant place they have been over the past few years, and to signify coming together. I know that meant a lot to those attending the service to hear more of their love story! They titled the weekend, “A great day in May!” It sure was!

Thank you Blake and Katie for having us at your wedding! For being good friends, and such a relaxed and amazing couple! We were honored to spend Memorial Weekend at the wedding of a soldier and his bride!!!
I absolutely love the next few with Katie and her dad! It is always so sweet the way a dad’s face will light up the first time he sees his daughter dressed for her wedding day. And, the way they steal a few last glances of their daughters just before they go down the isle.

I love all the expressions in this picture. The crowd was gathering to pray for the couple, and Blake stole one last look at those gathering around them.

Something Katie and I talked about in our first phone call was the entire wedding party walking over to the reception just a block away. We had fun taking our time over there, and grabbing some creative shots.


whitney - Love the photos! especially the brick wall and the street photo. wonderful job!

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Julie P - Although all weddings are special, a military wedding always tugs at my heart!

Miguel Pola - super fun shots! Love them!

Dominic Stanley - Love the military weddings! Great images captured here!

Katie - great expressions. you really captured the essence of this couple

Memorial Day Weekend

It was a true honor getting to photograph the wedding of a soldier this weekend. Blake served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We solute all the soldiers who have lived and died for our country!!!
These were just a few images from the wedding. We will have a full slide show up by the end of the week!!!

Julie P - Great details!