We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Biberstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was little, I took pictures of just random things such as flowers, sunsets, my pets, etc. with my point and shoot camera. During high school, I took a photojournalism class and that is when I learned more about photography. My mom got me a DSLR camera so I could practice outside of school. After my photojournalism class, I decided to join yearbook. Yearbook made me realize I have a talent for photography and that I wanted to continue to pursue it. This is when I invested my time in going to the school events to capture those memories. After graduating high school, I took a break from photography because it was a new transition and college was stressful. However in 2020, I went back to photography and started taking portraits of my closest friends since that is when the pandemic hit. I decided to upgrade my camera so I bought my own camera and lens. Then I attended a photography workshop to build my portfolio and that is when it hit me, let’s do this consistently. I loved capturing the beauty of individuals and making them feel confident. I liked the creative aspect of photography and being unique.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One of my favorite parts of photography is being able to capture beautiful moments and milestones such as graduating or getting married or even bringing a creative thought to life! The list goes on! My goal in each session is to encourage my client to feel confident in their own skin and embrace it! It is so important to be confident in yourself because God created you in His image.
I am proud of how far I have come in my photography. I remember taking pictures of my sister and thinking they were the best pictures I have ever taken. A year later, I still amaze myself. Each session has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and grow my business. It’s only been a year and I have so much to learn and accomplish. I am most excited about learning and crossing off things on my photography bucket list such as host my own styled shoot, shoot in Las Vegas or Nashville, shoot for a western brand, etc. There are so many things I can’t wait to accomplish!
The most challenging thing about my photography journey is comparison. Throughout my journey, I have found myself comparing my work to other photographers. In social media, you get caught up in the likes and followers. I kept wondering why only a few would like my posts or why my followers kept unfollowing me. Then I would remind myself why I started doing photography in the first place. It is my clients that make it worth it because they chose me for their photographer because they love MY work! It is also very important to surround yourself with those who believe and support you!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In North Dallas, there are many things to do while in the area. I would probably start at the Star in Frisco because there are a variety of restaurants and shops to stop by. The Star also has the Ford Center which is the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility with a turf field in the front that is an amazing photo-op! After that, I would probably take my friend to the Truck Yard in The Colony because it is such a fun environment to just hang out. They bring in different food trucks and live music every weekend! I would take my friends to Electric Cowboy in Lewisville or Red River in Dallas. Both of those places are fun to go out and country dance! Those are just a few places to go to in the North Dallas area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t have gotten back into photography without my friends and family. The one who encouraged me to get back was my best friend, Abby Connor. She has always been supportive in my photography and anything I put my mind to. When I feel discouraged or down about it, she always is there to remind me that I am good enough and I am talented. However, my clients are the ones that deserve all the credit and recognition because I wouldn’t be where I am today. They gave me a chance to take their pictures whether it’s just for fun or a significant moment of the life and I am so thankful for the opportunities.
One photo was hosted by Wildly Styled Shoots. One photo was hosted by West Moon photography and modeled by Chloe Mikalya.