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Whitney & Allen are engaged! vol.1- Atlanta Engagment Session

We had the best afternoon with Whitney and Allen today!
I first met Whitney at a Starbucks a few months ago. Right off the bat I knew that her wedding would be a blast to photograph, and that they were going to be awesome people to get to know! I got to hear about all the fun details that she and her mom had planned already, and a bit about Allen too. We chatted a little about what their engagement session was going to look like, and I hope that the images we got today bring a smile to your face, because they certainly do mine! So much so that I have to do a double blog!!! David was joking around at the end of the session about how I was not going to be able to wait to get these images online. He knows me to well! So, tonight for your viewing pleasure, I present my favorites from David’s point of view! I LOVE the way that he captured these images! They really highlight some of our day. Enjoy! And, check back soon for vol. 2!

Whitney’s eyes are SO beautiful!

Refining our craft

What do we do in our spare time here at ABJ Photography?

Well, we are constantly education ourselves! We are always learning, growing, refining, and trying to make ourselves better for our clients. It does not matter the genre: Internet, blog, Photoshop, marketing, equipment, location design. David and I can be found investing ourselves in anything to better our brand. Why? You may ask…it is simple, we want to do the best we can for our brides and families.

Today I was testing new tools on Photoshop, the program that we use to refine our images. We fully believe that Photoshop does not “make” the image, but the client along with our education,equipment, and experience should make the images. But, Photoshop has so much depth and creative capabilities it would be hard to pass up using the program.

I really like the images below. It is a brushstroke tool, to give the image an almost painted look. Not to mention, my greatest model of all times….Tess, our sweet black lab. She has been on hand to test new equipment and locations since our business opened, and years before. She is one of the great loves of my life! Enjoy!

Wilmington {family photographer}

Almost nine years ago I walked into a room full of freshman to see about becoming a Young Life leader. I knew a few people, enough to feel confident going there alone. But, I did not know a lot of people in that room…kinda intimidating. Luckily, out of that group I gained a wealth of friendships. One of those ladies in the room was Stephanie, and over the next few years we became really close. I cannot believe that nine years have gone by so quickly! She has been married a few years now, and when I heard a year ago {at my wedding} that she was expecting a baby I knew that little one was sure to be blessed with an amazing mom and dad!

We had a chance to reconnect with Stephanie, Andrew, and their new baby Oliver just last weekend. What a sweet little boy! He is so strong, and good looking. It was so fun to lock eyes with him during our session on the beach. It is surreal to think that even something as simple as a windy beach day is so new and so fresh to him. Something he has never really experienced, but will totally be such a part of his sweet life on the coast of North Carolina. We loved every minute of the shoot, and hope that you enjoy the pictures. I am sure that you will be able to feel the love radiating out of each image, as we do!Thank you OT for your inquisitive stare, and beautiful blue eyes. Thank you Stephanie and Andrew for being so amazing, and loving us so well! <><

Baby Hailey

I have been waiting to meet Miss. Hailey for a few months now. As you can see she is FULL of smiles and LOVE! Her mommy and I have been friends since high school, and when she was born I just knew that we had to have a lifestyle session! Miss. Hailey was so easy going, and camera ready. It was awesome watching my best friend, and new mommy, interact with her sweet girl. My best friends mom was there also, we were able to get some great pictures of her interactions with the little Miss as well.

I am SO excited about watching Miss. Hailey grow up! She is so lucky to have such great parents, and a wonderful extended family. Thank you for sharing your bundle of joy with us!

Janene - We had a ball!! So glad you were finally able to meet her. She sure does love the camera. The pictures are amazing, Alana. Can’t wait for the next session in a couple weeks when we come to visit. Happy Easter!! Mwah!

Elizabeth and Frank - Alana,

What a great set of images. You really captured the energy of baby and Mom, she will definitely chersin these images as the years go by!


Today David and I are returning to my home in Wilmington. I cannot remember an Easter without my feet in the sand, watching the day start Easter morning? One time, they were doing work on the beach, and it is dark before the sun comes up, obviously. So, they had on lights from some of the heavy machinery guiding us to the spot on the beach where the service would take place. It was like something out of a sci-fi movie. We got a good laugh as we “followed the light.” Then, there are some memories of being really cold. One year we made front page of the paper. We were sitting right down front, and just so happened to be the only family in focus in the picture…it was special. And then, there is last year, when David came for the first time. Unfortunately, I did not get the message across that is was casual and he wore his precious seersucker suit. THAT, is why I love that man!

I could not edit this image at all. I cannot, it is sacred. Just as it was last year. And, many years before then.