Welcome to the Abbie Takes Pictures Blog!  We are a fun, creative photography studio established in 2009 that focuses on capturing the true essence of who you are!  We are all about creating an incredible experience for you that is relaxed, memorable and empowering.

Here you'll find some of our latest work, as well as archived posts from many years ago.  Having been full time for over 10 years means we have a lot to share!

The ATP Team consists of Abbie and her staff photographers, who have all trained and learned under Abbie for many years.  While Abbie is the lead photographer, Jen and Heather also shoot weddings for ATP.  We also have Rosemary and Karissa as our second photographers for weddings and our trusty ATP Office Manager, Cara.



Friday, October 20, 2017
Amber + Courtney: Married.

Being a business owner is no joke.  It takes massive amounts of organization, forethought, courage and a ton of patience.  Running Abbie Takes Pictures is the hardest thing I've ever done in my 37 years, but it's also the most rewarding. For almost 8 years, I've been at the helm of this company, wearing all the hats.  Photographer, editor, secretary, President, VP of Operations, assistant, janitor... you name it, I've done it.  As ATP has grown I've slowly allowed myself to ask for help with different tasks.  However, it's never been easy to let someone else be in charge of one of the most important things in my life.  In recent years, my staff has really ...

Abbie's Summer Wedding Tips & Tricks
Monday, June 19, 2017
Amber + Courtney: Married.

Abbie's Summer Bridal Party Tips & Tricks to Beat the Heat! It seems that we've jumped right into the summer season!  Time has flown by and we're already two-thirds of the way through June!  Around this time of year I always have a very serious conversation with each of my summer-season couples about the heat and how to keep afloat with all the sweating that will inevitably occur on their big day.  I'm not one to mince words and I feel like being as open and honest as possible about the craziness that can happen if you're not prepared is the best way to prepare everyone for the heat!You have to remember that everyone in the bridal party will be wearing more layers than ...

8 Years & One Very Long Blog Post...
Friday, May 05, 2017
Amber + Courtney: Married.

Today marks 8 years since I began my journey as a full-time photographer.  On one hand, it feels like yesterday when it all began and on the other hand it feels like I've been doing this my entire life.  This "job" doesn't feel like work.  (I guess that's what happens when you find a career that fills you with so much happiness and joy!)In May of 2009, I was teaching Kindergarten.  Looking back I can see that I was completely miserable.  But as it goes, being human, you never really know how bad it is until that chapter has passed and you look back.  I loved my students and their families, but I hated the politics that came with teaching.  It was easy to ...

Maggie: Senior Pictures: The City Museum & Faust Park
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Amber + Courtney: Married.

Maggie's session was one of my all-time favorite Senior Sessions!!  She is one spunky kiddo and it was so much fun to capture her bright spirit.I've been photographing Maggie's family for many years and have grown quite close with her momma (Hi. Rita!).  It all began when Rita was referred to me for Maggie's older sister's senior pics a few years back.  (Hey, Josie! LOL!)  I knew when Rita called to schedule Mag's session that this one had to be unique and fun... so I pulled out all the stops!We started her session at The City Museum where we ended up on the ferris wheel that's on the roof!  Mags neglected to tell me she is afraid of heights until we got to the ...

Brittany + Sam: St. Louis Wedding: St. Francis Xavier College Church & Patty Long's 9th Street Abbey
Friday, February 17, 2017
Amber + Courtney: Married.

Brittany & Sam were married on a gorgeous fall day.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect, along with the color on the trees and the clear blue sky that day.  Their bridal party was an absolute hoot to work with all day long and we truly had a fantastic time with them!  Another huge bonus to their dream day was that we got to work at two of our absolute favorite venues in our city.  St. Francis Xavier College Church on Saint Louis University's campus is my favorite church to photograph!  The ceiling alone takes my breath away!  We ended the day at Patty Long's 9th Street Abbey, which feels like home to the ATP Staff.  Everyone had an ...