abby bates photography

abby bates photography

A photographer's role on your wedding day is an important one. It could be argued that your wedding day photographer will be the most important vendor you hire. Your marriage and your images are all you will have left after that day comes and goes. Which is why I know this investment is a significant one. I also know that the connection between you and I is equally as important. 

On your beautiful wedding day, I will arrive as you and your girls get hair and makeup done. I'll be with you throughout the entire rest of the day. Usually I am the last one you see as I stick my head in the exit car for one final shot. This is why I believe you and I should be more than just a simple transaction. 

I want to walk alongside you through your engagement season. Be there for you and cheer you on as you enter into this beautiful thing called marriage. 

an alabama based photographer

abby bates

James actually bought me my first camera for my 21st birthday. I started shooting UA graduation sessions and quickly fell in love with photography and decided to create a business. I shot my first wedding in 2017 and loved every second. Since then, I have shot over 100 weddings and have been full time for nearly 6 years.

I married my best friend on November 18, 2017. it was the most perfect day. James is my rock. He's my biggest encourager and truly my greatest friend. We love to travel. We even spent 6 months living out of a self made van and traveled all over the country. Our golden doodle, Coast has been our number one sidekick since 2016. We're adding a sweet baby to the family this September and couldn't be more excited. We love surprises, so we're waiting until birth to find out the gender of baby bates.



You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.


My photography business is so much more than just a way to provide for my family, an enjoyment and a job to me. It's truly a gift from the Lord. When I first graduated from college and started my 9-5 I prayed that the Lord would open a more purposeful door. And gosh did He! He has been so gracious to me in giving me Abby Bates Photography. I give Him all of the glory. 

My hope in being a part of your wedding day or your senior session is not only to provide you with photographical memories, but also to show you the love of Jesus. The beautiful story of the gospel. That while we are all so undeserving of forgiveness, love and mercy, God sent his only son to die on a cross for us. He calls us His children and He welcomes us into His family. It's a beautiful thing to celebrate. 

I am here for you not only to photograph these moments, but also to pray for whatever season of life you are entering into.