ABOUT ABBY RAE
My story started when I picked up my first film camera at the age of 16. It was my a birthday gift from my mother just because she thought I might like it (Okay, going to get a little personal) It was just a year after the loss of my father and taking pictures became something special for me. I loved learning exactly how cameras worked, developing my own film and watching my pictures develop in a real darkroom.
I spent the next 8 years learning everything about the art of photography until one day a friend asked me to photograph his wedding. I was so nervous, but it seemed natural and I quickly fell in love with capturing weddings. To me, there is nothing better than capturing those special moments in between everything else that will be remembered forever.
Now having been shooting weddings for the past 9 years, I have met the most extraordinary people and have learned so much about people, myself and the art of photography. I am so fortunate to get to do something that I love and am thankful for that every day.
Katie has been working as a second shooter with Abby for the past 4 years and is a huge part of Abby Rae Photography.
What is your favorite food?
Basically cheese. I think any other food I would pick would have cheese on it anyways.
What is your favorite movie?
About Time. I could watch it on repeat forever.
What is your favorite place to shop?
Anthropologie is my not so secret obsession. Also Madewell! (conveniently right across the street from each other in Portland)
What is your favorite non-photography activity?
Spending time with family. My sisters are my best friends so we definitely spend a lot of time together.
Do you travel for weddings?
Yup! Anywhere the wind takes me. I love traveling to new spots for weddings!
What happens if you are sick on my wedding day?
Fortunately, this has never happened to me! (Knock on wood) But I also have a list of fellow photographers as back ups just in case. You're covered.
Do you bring back up cameras in case yours fails?
Absolutely. Again, fortunately this has never happened, but always have to be prepared just in case!
What would my photography timeline look like?
It completely depends on how you would like it to be! I work closely with you on your timeline leading up to the day. The main change is determined by your decision to do a first look or not. If you choose to have a first look, we would do a majority if not all of the portraits before the ceremony. If not, about half of the portraits are done after the ceremony. Both work out great!
How quickly will we get our images back?
Depending on the season, I work hard to get your images back to you within 4-6 weeks. As I do all of my own post production, this does take time, but I know that these are long weeks so do my very best.
What would be your advice for us on our wedding day?
Enjoy every moment. The day goes by fast and if you don't make sure to enjoy it - it will be over before you know it! The photography should also be enjoyable, not a long arduous process. I love having fun with the couples and making my part just as memorable.
Do you recommend an engagement session?
Yes, absolutely! That's why I include it in all of my wedding packages. It's a great time to get to know each other and you can get familiar with my candid style.
Do you shoot anything besides weddings?
Of course! I started out before shooting weddings shooting family portraits. I love shooting family portraits, newborns and headshots. I shoot portraits all year round.
Do you have a studio?
I am primarily a natural light photographer so do not have a studio. I do have experience shooting in studios and have spaces I can rent out if this is the look you are going for.
Where do you shoot portrait sessions?
Fortunately for us, Portland has so many places to shoot - its an endless list! If you need any idea of places, I have a list of places I love, but I also love finding new spots. I can also go to your home if that is the place you are most comfortable!