The average bride is engaged 9-14 months. This could go one of two ways. You could book me as your photographer, have me shoot your engagement session and then not see or hear from me again until your wedding day. OR (spoiler alert: this is the way I do things) you could hire me as your wedding photographer, hang out with me at your engagement session and hear from me all throughout your engagement season and feel like besties come wedding day. Needless to say, I am not just here to be another vendor. I am here to walk with you through this season of life, encourage you through the stressful times, hear from you when you buy your dress, walk you through the wedding day timeline, and cheer you on as you and your soon-to-be hubby walk into this beautiful thing called marriage!

Weddings start at $3,200
Engagements start at $400
Seniors starts at $350

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the process

01

Let's be Friends

I firmly believe in the connection between a bride and her photographer. I am not only there to take gorgeous wedding day photos, but to support you, guide you and encourage you throughout the entire process. Abby Bates Photography brides want joy-filled photos along with a personal relationship with me. They are looking for more than just photos, they are looking for an experience. 

the process

02

Save your date

Yay! We met for coffee, talked for hours about your vision for your big day and now you want to book! I'll send you a contract electronically for you to sign along with information on how to put down your deposit. Now that you are officially an AB Bride, it's time to get to the fun stuff...

the process

03

Engagement Session

After you book, we'll schedule your engagement session. Shy in front of the camera? Groom not looking forward to it? Don't you worry! I will teach you guys everything and make it so much fun! I guarantee you will be pros by the first 20 minutes! After your session, I'll send you an online gallery of all of your photos for you to share however you'd like!

the process

04

Timeline Creation

Once we are two months away from your big day, we will begin drafting your personal day-of timeline. I pride myself in creating timelines that give you a stress-free and relaxing day while allowing ample amount of time to capture every bit of it. We can make slight adjustments over the next couple months and have it finalized and sent to all vendors the week before the wedding!

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Your Wedding Day

It's here! All your hard work and planning is complete and it is time for you to relax, enjoy and let us get to work! I believe in telling the full story of the day. Starting with hair and makeup and ending with a sparkler send off. My favorite time is Bride & Groom portraits. I set aside a solid 45-60 minutes of just portrait time for you guys. I send you a sneak peak of your gorgeous day the night-OF the wedding, because I know you want to post it! 

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The final Product

After your wedding day is over, you will receive an online gallery of all of your wedding day photos, hundreds and hundreds of them. I suggest getting in your comfy clothes and sitting down with a glass of wine the night that their gallery goes live and enjoy reliving your wedding day through your images!

MY PHILOSOPHY

I remember what it was like planning a wedding. The flowers, the food, the music, the guests list, the photographers. So many options and so much to get done. I believe you shouldn't have to do this alone. I am here not only to give you beautiful photographs, but to help you along the way. 

As your photographer, I want to give you an experience and not just a product. I am here to serve you in whatever capacity you need. I want to know when you buy your wedding dress and when you decide on a color scheme. 

Photography is more than beautiful light, it's about memories and experience. 

MY PHILOSOPHY

My couples aren't models. They are real people. They are people that don't frequently step in front of the camera. I never expect my couples to know what to do or how to pose. Posing doesn't come naturally and I completely understand that.

That is why during your engagement session with me, I will teach you exactly how to pose. I know that beautiful and authentic moments will come when you're positioned in a place of comfort and confidence. 

I am so excited to direct and encourage you during your engagement session! I can guarantee you will leave feeling like pros!!   

MY PHILOSOPHY

You've just spent the last four years working hard for that degree. Now, it's time to celebrate! Whether you opt for an individual session or you grab all your closest gals, your senior session is sure to be a blast.

We will walk down memory lane together hitting the top spots on University of Alabama's campus. Denny Chimes, the President's Mansion and Bryant Denny Stadium are the perfect backdrops for your session.

I aim to deliver classic, clean and fun portraits that your mom will love printing and you won't be able to keep from posting!!

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KIND WORDS

"We had Abby travel to our destination wedding in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida because we had seen her work and fallen in love with her style. Little did we know that we would fall in love her as a person too! The most important day of our lives just would not have been the same without her. My husband and I have never felt so comfortable in front of the camera, she knew exactly how to get “the shot” for every little detail of our wedding. Most amazing photographer in the WORLD!"

-caroline and brad

KIND WORDS

"Abby Bates Photography is one of the greatest memories of my wedding day! Her personality was such a fun addition to my day, and her photography is a lovely, artistic gift that I will cherish forever."

- ellie and max

KIND WORDS

"I can't say enough just how much joy Abby brought to our wedding day! My husband and I couldn't stop smiling, even when we weren't taking pictures! Abby is also extremely professional and knowledgeable, which helped the day go off without a hitch. Not to mention, her work is some of the best in the industry. My friends and family can't stop talking about our pictures! Thank you, Abby, for making the best day of our lives even better!"

- anna and rhoades

Heirloom Wedding Albums

Wedding albums are a way to tangibly remember your wedding day. In a world where everything is digital, on a screen or in the cloud, there is something so special about being able to flip through an album. To be able to see your wedding day printed on high quality, hand-crafted spreads is something you just can't experience through a screen. Wedding albums are meant to be passed down for generations to come. Please be sure to ask me about the options you have to create your very own album.