Hi there! I'm Abby.
I'm a traveling photographer and writer, and I'm most passionate about connecting people with the outdoors.
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design and Environmental Science. Everyone asked me how I was going to combine the two things that seemed so different at the time. I’ve come to think they’re not all so different after all. Visual communication is a powerful and important tool in the outdoor industry not only to share information, but to inspire adventure and ultimately cultivate stewardship and conservation of natural resources.
A photo can be someone’s first introduction to a natural resource, and has the power to convince them to learn more or even visit. Once you visit and experience the outdoors, it's hard not to fall in love. And once you love something, you want to protect it.
I started this blog because I believe in the power of visual communication to move people from awareness of the outdoors all the way to stewardship of natural resources.
I'm from Ohio, but after graduating college, I took an environmental education internship at Cape Henlopen State Parks in Lewes, Delaware. I only intended to stay in Delaware for 13 weeks, but after my internship was over, I was offered a seasonal job in the central office marketing department.
In less than 2 years, I went from internship to Marketing Director for the entire Division, where I still work today.
I think Delaware is a massively underrated state. You can drive the entire length of the state in a little over 2 hours, and there is only one area code for the state, but there is so much to see here.
Delaware has Atlantic Beaches, the Delaware Bayshore, balycypress swamps, inland ponds, salt marsh, rolling hills, and even a natural rock wall. Plus Delaware's state parks were voted America's Best. I might be biased, but our parks are pretty great.
I bet you didn't see that one coming.
I'm a destination wedding photographer, and specialize in outdoor weddings for those who love adventure.
You can find more of my wedding photography work here: abbyshepardphotography.com
Delaware happens to be one of the largest spawning grounds for horseshoe crabs in the WORLD.
Each yearh thousands of horseshoe crabs come to the Delaware Bay beaches to lay their eggs, and it's incredible.
Don't believe me? Check out this blog post.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. RA is an autoimmune disorder where your body attacks itself, and causes your joints to swell and hurt. I went from being a competitive cheerleader to struggling to do simple tasks like open a door or even walk. I've tried many different medications over the years, from pills to injections, and even though RA still affects me everyday, it is mostly under control.
I aim to share my experiences of working, living, and traveling with a chronic illness.