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.



Erin + Ryan = Married: St. Louis Cathedral Basilica & The Caramel Room
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Ali + Ryan: A Road Trip Themed Engagement Session

For an August wedding, the weather wasn't nearly as warm as all the smiles that surrounded this beautiful couple on their special day. Erin and Ryan just couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear all day long and it was heartwarming to see their love unfold. After the most beautiful ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the wedding party headed to our favorite "green" location in Lafayette Square Park for their portrait session where they knocked it out of the park! I loved the way their color palette was so elegant and classic and popped against the backdrop in the park. We also stopped at an urban location to contrast their elegant style against the backdrop of the city where ...

Turner: An ATP Senior Session: Marquette High School Senior Pictures
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Ali + Ryan: A Road Trip Themed Engagement Session

Turner : Senior Pictures : Marquette High School Being able to capture Turner's senior pictures was just the next chapter in my story with the Cook family. I was lucky enough to photograph Turner's two older sisters' senior portraits as well and I was so excited to spend some time with the youngest Mustang in the bunch. Turner played football and baseball for Marquette High School so I knew we had to get some photos of him in his element. He also has a killer smile that I wanted to make sure I showcased in his photos and getting him to smile was almost too easy. Such an incredible young man! I can't wait to see where his bright future is headed! Good luck at Dayton and ...

Emily + Paul: A St. Louis Wedding at St Stephen Protomartyr and Tapawingo Golf Club
Friday, July 20, 2018
Ali + Ryan: A Road Trip Themed Engagement Session

It's no secret that I'm not the best as blogging.  However, I'm working hard at getting caught up over here!!  I can't believe it's been ONE YEAR since Emily and Paul's big day.Being with these guys on their big day was an absolute blast from start to finish. I shot Emily's brother and sister-in-law's weddings and it was great to spend another wedding day with this huge, loving group! We had a perfect summer day and their color pallet of navy and blush was so beautiful to photograph. Plus, look at those smiles...I mean, c'mon! These two are so goofy together and I could not stop laughing! However, my clients always surprise me and I loved how these two brought their "fierce" ...

Friday, October 20, 2017
Ali + Ryan: A Road Trip Themed Engagement Session

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
Ali + Ryan: A Road Trip Themed Engagement Session

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 ...