Always Give Yourself Time to Reflect....

If you follow my Facebook page, you would've saw a post about a personal blog I wrote that got deleted when my wifi went out a couple of months ago. I thought to myself that maybe it's because it was too personal or too cliche or it was just something I needed to write for myself. While all that might be true, I still felt this sense that I needed to share with my followers what's been on my mind the last couple of months. 

This past summer, I've had time to do a lot of reflecting: on myself, family and friends, and my future. Just a couple of months ago, I thought I had everything figured out. I was in a committed relationship, I had just landed my dream job, I was happy with my health, and I was about to embark on a three week trip of a lifetime. Well, all of a sudden, life changed, things got bumpy & plans were destroyed. 

Even though I was upset and felt like things were falling apart, I still felt optimistic. Since breaking up with my long term boyfriend, I've found time to love myself again. I didn't realize how much I needed that and in doing so, I have been a much happier, spontaneous, more loving person to be around. I have realized that you can't fully love someone until you truly love yourself. I have also realized that when one door closes, 17 more of them open. This past summer, I have found new friendships that I will treasure for a lifetime. You realize that some people you thought would stick by you for years to come, suddenly pick others over you, and while it stinks, you have to come to terms with it. Moving to San Antonio has probably been the best thing that has happened to me in the last 6 months. I am so happy to find a new city, new friends, new locations to shoot, and a new love for myself. I've always been one to be independent so moving to a new city by myself is probably going to be a piece of cake...right? 

Even though I'm sad that I have had to put Abbie Mae Photography on the back burner while I got started at my new job, I'm still so excited for things to come in the upcoming years. This isn't because I don't love photography, it's what I think I have to do for a little while. When I started Abbie Mae Photography, I never knew what to expect. I never thought I'd take on 24 sessions in a month or shoot 5+ weddings by myself the first year. Coming into this industry, I was unknowledgeable, yet inspired to do something I never thought I'd be capable of. Starting this kind of adventure when you are 19 years old is quite of a whirlwind. You never know what to expect, what kind of people you are going to meet, and what type of sessions you are going to inquire. But honestly, that's the fun of it. I was never one to be artistic, I could never draw, or write pretty cursive, I never played an instrument, and at the age 15, my mom told me I wasn't allowed to sing "Happy Birthday" anymore because I'd break people's eardrums. But I think that's the thing I love about photography and this industry. I have grown so much not only as a photographer, but as a person as well.

These past couple of months have been the most rewarding and I am so thankful. I am thankful for the time I've spent with family laughing over stupid jokes, making new friendships I will forever be grateful for, and taking time to reflect and find out my worth. Life is short, so live it how you want it. That brownie that has 400 calories isn't going to matter; the double text you sent to a boy, he probably won't care; did you run today? No, alright, well tomorrow you can run twice as much; But did you remember to love yourself? Did you love the people who care about you? Did you appreciate the people that are there for you day in and day out? That's what matters. Be happy, because at the end of the day, you are living this life for you, not anyone else. 

Thank you so much for listening and constantly supporting me and Abbie Mae Photography. You will never know how much I appreciate each and everyone of you. 

Abbie Mae Photography Rebrand

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Hump Day morning! I know my rebrand has been out for a couple of weeks now, but I wanted to share a little more about why I decided to do it! When I first started Abbie Mae Photography, it came quite out of the blue.  I was literally sitting on my bed with my two best friends editing a beach session from earlier that day.  I looked at them and said, I think this is what I wanna do, and it became Abbie Mae Photography, right then and there.  I knew the talent I had was special and I wanted to put it to good use.  There was not much thought process behind the whole business aspect in the beginning, so when I contacted Lauren Carns (she's amazing, by the way) to do my rebrand, I knew there was going to be lots of thought going into it. 

When I first decided on what aspect I wanted to go towards in my rebrand, I was nervous and very anxious to say the least.  I knew I wanted to keep the same uniqueness towards my brand, but put a more personal spin on it.  I wanted my logo to look handwritten, so it'd be unique to AMP and not anyone else's photography business.  I knew I wanted to incorporate an arrow decal, because arrows have been such a big impact on my life in the last four years.  In my instagram, I shared why I loved the arrow so much, and its because of this quote. "An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.  So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great." I think that everyone can really take this quote to heart and use it as motivation in their everyday life.  When I rebranded, I knew that I wanted it to be directed more towards couples.  I love working with all types of clients, but I knew that I specifically wanted to work with engaged couples and weddings. To say I'm obsessed with love is an understatement, so it only makes sense to capture it as well.  That is my goal as Abbie Mae Photography steps out into the world with its new face. 

This rebrand is so much more me.  The colors, the brand elements, my new business cards; so much more me and that's what all I wanted.  We are currently working on launching my new website so stay tuned for that.  I hope you are enjoying my new rebrand!! Take a peak at what its all about.  And for the newly engaged, make sure to shoot me an email to start talking wedding plans!! Thanks again for stopping by! xo

Spring Break in Punta Cana

Hello everyone!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.  I never do personal posts, which I don't know is a good or a bad thing, so I'm going to start a new trend of doing a personal post once a month.  Hope y'all are okay with that! So here's my first one!

As most of you saw on my instagram, I had the most amazing opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic for Spring Break.  My best friends and I ventured down to Punta Cana in March for a week of relaxing, tanning, and bonding.  This was our last spring break together, for who knows how long, and we wanted to make the most of it.  We stayed at the Barcelo Punta Cana resort, which was all inclusive, and if I add, it is definitely the way to go.  Most of our time there we spent tanning at the amazing pool, sipping on cocktails, dancing til' the sunrise in our hotel rooms, and learning way too much about each other.  Bonding with these girls is what made this trip the best and I wouldn't replace it for anything!  I have always been blessed with the opportunities to travel to many different places, like England, Spain, Russia, Mexico, and Croatia!  After going on a trip with a bunch of twenty-something year old girls, I realized many different things that I did not notice when traveling before. So here's where the educational part comes in.  These couple things are my advice to do before traveling to a foreign country. 

1. Do your research on everything (hotel, rental cars, airports, excursions, etc.)

2. Bring a good amount of medicine! You never know what kinds of illness you make acquire.

3. Make sure to notify your credit card company that you are going abroad and have enough cash in your bag for an emergency. 

4. Check if the power outlets are different from the ones in the US.  

5. Pack an extra pair of clothing in your carry-on. 

6.  Bring snacks.  

7. Get any vaccinations that are necessary to go into that specific country

8. Double check with your phone carrier your rates for international roaming.

Any other tips? Feel free to comment to let me and anyone else reading this know.  

Also, here is the link to our video that we made from the trip! Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!