About Abbey

Hi! I'm Abbey, and I believe in giving you the gift of truthful imagery and an honest account of your wedding day.

I am a documentary wedding and portrait photographer based in the wonderful city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over the last decade, I’ve watched hundreds of precious stories unfold through the lens of my camera—from new engagements and stunning weddings to shoots with new babies, families, and even business ventures.

With a degree in Journalism and Dance from Michigan State University, my work as a photographer today is driven by storytelling, movement, and connection. When I tell your story, it is my goal to record your moments with truth, compassion, and deep attention. Believe me when I say I will care for your unique story as preciously as I care for my own.

We know that special moments in our lives are often fleeting—an engagement, a wedding, the birth of a baby—but photography allows us a remarkable opportunity to remember, record, and bear witness to the magic of the everyday and the extraordinary.

Ever since I was a child pouring over troves of vintage family snapshots, I’ve been mesmerized by the power of photography and how it can connect us to our histories while presenting a clear-eyed portrait of the present.

It is my mission to help record your most cherished moments—the organic joy, celebration, laughter, and vulnerability. And I hope to give you the opportunity to return to these memories in the days, near and far, as a tangible reminder of your love, your life, and your legacy. It would be an honor to capture your story through my lens. I look forward to getting to know you.

Abbey as a child at the beach

I’ve loved the beach for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Grand Haven you tend to take your sunset drives and views for granted. Photographing families and couples on the shores of Lake Michigan has always been my favorite thing to do.

Even the photos that seem like mistakes will have great meaning over the years. These silly photos with my brother bring me endless joy.

I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism and Dance in 2011. I learned a lot about story-telling and making connections these four years.

In 2008 I was lucky enough to go to prom with Jake (my husband) and began what would be the most exciting journey.

After graduation, I moved to Wisconsin for a job in graphic design. I discovered my love of dogs, traveling and learned a lot about independence. My background in graphic design influences my photography greatly in regards to composition, color choices and the way that I see light.

On the snowiest of days in 2014 at Rocky Mountain National Park, Jake got down on one knee and proposed. It was the best day! I love being able to put myself in the shoes of my couples and understand how exciting and magical this time is.

In July of 2015 I married my best friend. He races cars, he changes my tires, he cooks the best fried chicken and he’s a human space heater. Our smiles were so aggressive this day – because it was really one of the most fun days of our lives. Getting married myself completely re-shaped the way I treated wedding photography and I’d love to tell you more about this topic.

This is McCoy. He has the biggest head and the weirdest mannerisms. He enjoys eating rotisserie chicken, peanut butter filled kongs and long walks in the neighborhood.

Abbey with her family

My family means more to me than anything. Things haven’t always been easy – but we’re the strongest group I know. My brother is 29 and has autism. My parents are divorced – but have always taught me that you can still be an incredible parent even if you’re not together. The memories I have with these people are my most cherished.

And here’s me today. I’m constantly trying to figure out and dissect what photos make me feel alive and what drives me to do this job. I’m always re-reading Harry Potter, playing Animal Crossings or watching Parks and Rec re-runs. My favorite thing to do at the end of the day is curl up and read under a heated blanket.

Want to know a little bit more about me?

Investment

From business headshots to full day wedding coverage my hope is that I can give you a plenty of options to find a package that fits your needs and your budget. By filling out the contact form you can gain access to pricing information on headshots, senior portraits, family photos, elopement, destination or local wedding day coverage. The prices listed below are just starting points. I believe that photography should be accessible to many – so please reach out if you’re interested in my pricing tiers for family photos.

Wedding coverage starts at $4000.

Portrait sessions start at $450.

Please inquire for detailed pricing and package information. Please use contact form – or if there is an error in that e-mail abbeymoorephoto@gmail.com. Located in Michigan and available for travel worldwide.

Kind words from happy clients I'm so grateful to have witnessed all of these events.

The best way to know if you should make a purchase is reading reviews. Please feel free to see what any of my past clients have said about my photos or my presence at their wedding, click one of the links below and read away!

Questions?

How far do you travel for sessions?

I am based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, but I am more than willing to travel anywhere and everywhere to meet your photographic needs. I am so passionate about traveling and meeting new people, so there is no limit to where I will go – there are travel fees but we can discuss those when we talk.

How many photos will I get in my package?

Typically you will get around 100 photos per every hour of coverage. Short answer — plenty!

How do I book a date with you?

First of all, thank you! When you book your wedding with me, you will send me a 40% deposit. This deposit holds your spot and is non-refundable. The remaining balance will be paid a month before
the wedding. You will also e-sign a contract as soon as I receive

your verbal agreement.

Do you take posed family photos on a wedding day?

Of course! These are super important. The legacy of your family is very important to me. Check out full galleries by clicking here.

How long until I can see my photos?

It’s so hard to wait and I get it. Your photos will be available 6-8 weeks after your wedding. I personally sort through thousands of photos to choose your collection as well as edit every single one. Once they are complete, I will send you a link to your gallery and send them immediately.

What is your approach to photographing a wedding?

First and foremost, I consider myself a truth teller. My background is in journalism – and so much of that has shaped who I am. The day is such a whirlwind, and my goal is to capture the moments that are fleeting and fast. I never want to alter your wedding day reality, instead I want to appreciate and find beauty in the things that make you unique. The little details, the faces your family members make, the hugs your friends give you. All of these things are so important to me.

It’s also important to me to stay true to the fact that your wedding day is not a photoshoot. It’s a day of celebration and joy – and I want to enhance that – not hinder it. My goal is to capture your day, give you images that provide you with a portal to the past and be there for you as support.

Do you work with a specific shot list or a description of photos that I am looking for?

I find the beauty of wedding photography is in the surprise and the uniqueness of each event. With this in mind, I prefer not to work off of a specific shot list, but instead work together to recognize who is important and to generate a list of family formals as well as other important aspects of the day that need to be photographed.

How do I prepare for working with you?

I just want you to know that it’s completely okay to be yourself. I love authentic humans — and I don’t ever want you to feel like you need to be a certain way to be photographed. I want you to be vulnerable,
let go and know that I’ve completely got you.

Do you deliver black and white images?

Yes! While there is no predicting what exact percentage of your photos will
be in black and white — I can tell you that I use this method of editing for two purposeful reasons.

One — the colors and tones in the photo are distracting to the moment happening or unflattering to a person’s natural skin tone. Example: purple uplighting during a reception or DJ green lasers during a first dance.

And two — if the image can have more impact removing the color allowing you to focus on the subject. Almost always if there is an image delivered to you in black and white – there will be a similar one delivered in color.

If I've selected a package that doesn't include engagement photos, can I still book a session?

Yes! Engagement sessions can be so rewarding for a variety of reasons. Logistically – it’s such an incredible way to get to know me and for me to get to know you. That way — on the wedding day, you’ve already spent time in front of the camera and are familiar with how it feels. Secondly, it’s an incredible way to document a special chapter of your life. From your neighborhood walk to your childhood summer home — my goal is to make engagement sessions intentional and meaningful so that you’ll have images of this time for years to come.

This session is priced at $650 and includes a 1 – 2 hour photoshoot and you’ll receive a gallery of high resolution edited images with the ability to download, order prints and design products. Keep in mind, anything more than one hour from Grand Rapids will be associated with a travel fee.

The package I selected doesn't include an album, can you help me with this?

I truly believe that images are meant to be printed. They are meant to
be held in our hands, hung in our homes and sat on our coffee tables.
My hope is to help you make this a reality by offering a variety of ways to print your images as well as custom design an album for you. Each gallery allows you access to print packs, fine art prints and other goods such as calendars and greeting cards. In addition to this, I offer a fine art album in three different sizes which is perfect for keeping your photos in pristine position for years to come. Reach out to me for more details!

What if I'd like more than 8 hours of photography on my wedding day?

I’m happy to accommodate this — extra time is available at
$500 per hour.

The best part about being in this business for several years has been the opportunities to teach others. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the guiding hands of others before me. I teach one-on-one mentor sessions to newer photographers all of the time – and would love to get to know you! To find out more information – click here.

Empowering women is something I feel incredibly strong about. Please visit the page on Fearless Sessions to learn more about these types of photos.

I’m also a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan. My BFF Bri and I have a Grey’s Anatomy podcast called The On-Call Room. We’ve started the series from the beginning and are rewatching and commenting on each one. Each episode is a little bit of Grey’s and a lot about real life. You can find us on iTunes here!

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