Hello and welcome to the Abbie Payge Photography blog! I am a lifestyle portrait photographer located in the Madison, Wisconsin area. I love fashion and design, and I truly believe it can make the photograph. You will often find me thumbing through fashion and decor magazines for fun new ideas.

I specialize in children's portraiture and my style has been described as modern, rich, and soulful. My greatest joy is capturing all the unique personalities and making connections with my
                                      subjects. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will enjoy my blog and visit often!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Abbie Payge the beginning...

Ok! I am officially announcing the start up of the Abbie Payge Photography blog. There have been a few posts, but I am still trying to figure out this blog thing...so if anyone knows how I can center the titles and dates in my posts please shoot me an email.

I will give you a little background of how Abbie Payge started. My love of photography first began when my first daughter, Maddi, was born 12 years ago. I bought a $100 Samsung 35mm camera. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but I was a single mother and to me it was expensive. Since photographs are very valuable to me, I had to document my little Maddi growing up and besides I never even dreamed of perusing photography as a career because after all mama had to pay the bills.

After the birth of my second daughter, Eastyn, in 2005 it was time to upgrade our camera. My husband, Dave, took me out shopping for a new camera. I was looking at the smallest, compact digital camera I could find, since I wanted it to fit in my back pocket. Dave on the other hand wanted a big honkin’ digital SLR camera. He kept saying, “The pictures will be so much better!” I don’t know how he did it, but he won the battle and we purchased the Canon Rebel XT (Dave, if you are reading this, I not saying you were right, but I am thankful!) It all started from there, I read the manual over and over again, joined some online photography groups, and read anything I could get my hands on, and here I am. I am nowhere near the photographer that I want to be, but for now I am having so much fun! My 2008 New Year’s resolution is to attend a few workshops and soak up as much information as I can. I will be taking three workshops, one in April in Flint, MI, which happens to be The Brianna Graham Workshop, and another in June, The Secret Workshop. Just after the Brianna Graham workshop, I will be taking a 60 day online course, The Creative Light Workshop. Well, that’s enough for now. Enjoy the blog!!!!


Anonymous said...

Very nice. I know how hard that was to say....you know...the "your right" thing.


Anonymous said...

Wow!! Gena, these photos are awesome. We definitely need to set up a time to talk about graduation pics. Dionne

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