Archive for 'Children & families'

February 8, 2014

Hello world!  Wow, have I got some updates for you.  I just looked at my blog and I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since LAST SEPTEMBER!  My goodness!

If there are any remaining readers out there – or I suppose random people stumbling across this blog – I’ve got a few things to share.  I should first explain why this blog has gone so far to the wayside.  Many of you knew that I started this business in 2008 (yikes! it’s been almost 6 years!) because it was a fun release & money-making tactic to work my way through medical school.  All of my fabulous clients have not only helped me pay tuition on a phenomenal investment, but have given me a creative outlet to occupy my weekends – and everyone who knows me knows I can’t sit still for a minute… I needed something else to occupy my weekends.  I finished school in 2012, and stayed in Columbus for a residency position… I am now a second year resident, or doctor-in-training.  I picked a specialty where I can basically look at photos to diagnose disease, and it’s fabulous.  I’ll be the first to say that my visual nature, and my love of the camera, definitely influenced my ultimate career choice.  But when they talk about doctors working too much, they aren’t lying.  I am “limited” to being physically present at the hospital for 80 hours a week, and although I picked a specialty where I fortunately only average around 70 hours a week at the hospital, that doesn’t include the hours I spend at home reading & writing (research papers, that is).  The whole doctor thing easily takes up 90-100 hours most weeks.  My husband is an angel to be so supportive of my crazy lifestyle.  I know it’s not easy on him either!

Yes, with all of this, I am still taking photos.  I have met so many fabulous families & children all over Columbus during the last five+ years.  I can’t give all that up cold turkey!  But, needless to say, it makes things more complicated.  Between client photos, my day job, and this blog… well, you can imagine which of the three of these has moved to the back burner.  I am exclusively taking photos on weekends, limiting it to ONLY newborn, child, & family sessions, and I am trying to keep it to a single photo session each week, tops. I’ve slowly started streamlining things, and I’ve moved to exclusively doing digital files, and by direct transfer, no less, because it saves me a good hour or two on the processing and packaging.  I want to be around for you all for the long term, and because of that, I have to make these changes, for sanity’s sake.  I know that I haven’t been able to take photos for each of you that’s emailed and requested my services, and I know that I’ve pushed clients away who wanted me to have an endlessly free schedule for them, and I’m so sorry for this.  I can’t take Bat Mitzvah photos, or wedding photos, or senior photos, or other things that aren’t my photography passion.  And I definitely can’t take photos for you in three days, with multiple discounts because I’m too expensive.  You’d be surprised at the requests I get! But for those of you who I’ve really clicked with, who ask for photos because you love my laid-back, trying-to-make-your-kids-laugh kind of style, and not because my prices are as cheap as they come for the product, I am thrilled that you still let me take photos of your families. I want to be there for your kids’ photos for years to come.

So, summary of the changes, for all of those who I put to sleep with that rambling:

1.) I am only taking newborn, child, & family photos.  If you’re related to me, I might consider jumping outside of this circle, but otherwise, I promise I will say no to you if you ask me for event photography or high school senior photos. (This isn’t a new change, but I still feel like I should lead with this.  I get calls for other types of sessions weekly.)

2.) I need advance notice.  I can’t take photos for your Christmas card in the end of November with three days notice.  If you’re thinking about scheduling a summer session, I promise not to laugh if you email me the previous fall!  Although, in all reality, I may be able to make it work with just a month or two’s notice.

3.) I am only offering digital files.  And I will be getting these to you by a direct transfer method, with actual discs being a distant last resort. I can offer you the highest quality lab recommendations around Columbus and around the country, and can help you find canvas printing, or anything else… but the actual ordering is going to be on you.  I need to cut out the print site because the extra work required is just enough to make me get an hour less sleep at night every once in a while.  And I can really get cranky with less sleep!

4.) Accordingly, I am adjusting the pricing schedule to reflect #3.  All child & family sessions will be $250+ tax and include all high res, edited digital files.  All newborn sessions (which take more time for both the session and the editing) will be $300+ tax, and as always, payable by check, cash, or credit card at the time of the session.  If you complain about the price in your first email to me, I will likely tell you that I am too busy to take on new clients and will refer you to some of my favorite photographers in Columbus (who, ironically enough, all charge more than this!).  But sometimes, even if you sound wonderful, I might have to turn away new clients.  If you know someone that I already take photos for, perhaps saying that they referred you will make this less likely. I digress.

5.) To replace the first year package, which I absolutely adore, I will be changing from a 5-for-1 pricing schedule to a buy four in 18 months, get one free.  That is, if you buy four sessions during your pregnancy and baby’s first year (up to an 18 month span of time), the fifth session will be on me.   I hope hope hope that many of you new parents still take me up on this offer — I loooove watching newborns grow up (it may be my favorite part of this job).  And the larger span of time for the session purchases will hopefully satisfy those of you who wish to spread the sessions over longer time periods… for example, doing maternity, newborn, six, and twelve months, and then using the freebie at 18 months.  Or for the next time you’re preggo!  For my current first year families, or those of you who still have your fifth first year session pending, no worries — absolutely nothing will change for you.  This is just a change going forward.  For all new sessions that will be scheduled.

6.) I have to emphasize how much I love taking photos.  I don’t do this for the money.  I do this because all of you are incredible subjects, and even on your child’s worst days, you make my job entertaining.  I am so lucky to have you all as clients!  (To show my appreciation, and to encourage my regulars to keep getting photos taken, you may see something in the mail from me in the next month or so.  Just saying!)

And because I can’t post anything without photos, check out this fabulous-ness that I got to be part of in the last few weeks.  I already heart this baby girl!

 

 

xoxo Amy

September 28, 2013

I spent some time with this sweet two year old & her parents a couple weeks ago at Franklin Park.  These photos compromise, well, less than thirty minutes of time, in just one of her three adorable outfits, but I’m obsessed with this little gray romper & the girly details.  So I absolutely had to get around to posting a few.  Seriously!

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Such an adorable family! And mom is expecting baby #2 later this fall.  Can’t wait to meet little sis!

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When Mom laid down on the bridge for a photo, look who else wanted to follow suit:

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But, as all of my clients know, photos aren’t always all grins & giggles.  We tried taking kitty away, and look what we got:

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Okay, we won’t take kitty away after all:

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So so precious.  It was so much fun spending time with the three (almost four!) of you in the park, K&C. Thanks again for letting me take these!

xoxoxo Amy

 

September 6, 2013

…is Carmen San Diego?

Oh, how I loved Carmen as a child.  We had an old-school computer game that I remember specifically, where I took crazy clues that no 7 year old should really focus on (like spelunking might mean Carmen was in the Appalachians somewhere) and tried to track this lady down.  Carmen, we had some good times.  But I digress.  I was thinking about Carmen because I have been MIA this summer and I thought I should throw up one big blog to show you where in the world I have actually been.  I’ve taken a lot of photos of awesome families around Columbus, true, but I’ve also been in New York and in the state of Washington doing a little gallivanting of my own.  So here’s a brief tour of several of the highlights.

First, a gorgeous set of twins that arrived in Columbus in early summer, after a much-too-long bedrest for their champion mama:

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Love when I can get sweet little newborn smiles!

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They make so many cute twin outfits… but I love the Baby A & Baby B onesies that their funny uncle bought them.  🙂catch-up-blog-5 catch-up-blog-6

Such sweet little twinnies.  Mom is in such love with her new little son & daughter!  (Dad and big brother are, too, of course, but I love these next couple photos with Mom.)

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I also got to visit with these three ASP all-stars.  I have been photographing little Miss J since she was a mere newborn, & now she’s got a little brother who’s set to arrive any day.  I can’t wait to meet the little guy!

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I loved watching Miss J run around the Park of Roses fountain:

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I have also gotten to see sweet Mister L as he’s growing so quickly this summer.  He’s getting huge!  But here he is way back when… three months old in June:

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So many adorable expressions!

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I just love the hot dog shirt.  Good outfit pick, Mom & Dad!

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I also helped throw an awesome surprise party for my kid brother & sister-in-law, who both turned 25 earlier this year.  I tried my hand at icing piping, which went pretty well (although the cupcakes themselves weren’t my doing):

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Happy birthday you two!  Then, in June, we also ran the Color Palooza downtown.  We had such a fun time:

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In July, the hubby & I drove up to Lake Ontario to meet some family there to fish for a few days.  We have a freezer full of the tastiest salmon & steelhead & lake trout to boot:

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My hubby (above) had the time of his life! 🙂

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I got to visit Dawes this summer for the first time, too, with the gorgeous M family:

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I love love loved the sunflowers:

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I spent some time at Highbanks this summer with a few families, and here is one of the most good looking families… 🙂

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Mr. E celebrated his first birthday this summer… my was it fun seeing him grow up this last year!

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Mom used the “Thank You” photos for birthday thank you notes — such an adorable idea.  I also met the B fam at Highbanks in the last month or so.  Seriously, these two boys (well, all four family members, really) are the most fun you’ll ever have:

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Above, the line keeps running through my head: “if you’re stinky & you know it clap your hands!”

And below, big brother B insisted on taking “family hug” photos.  Seriously, what a sweet little boy:

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The little guy slept for us half way through the session…

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But we woke him back up to play after his twenty minute power nap, and fortunately, he cooperated:

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During one of our trips out of town, we dropped off our gorgeous puppy dogs at Lou Ann’s house in Plain City, where she runs Pleasant Valley Doodles and always has the most adoooooooorable puppies.  Our little Indy came from one of Lou Ann’s litters (the best litter of all time, I might say, since our Coco was the mama!), so I am pretty biased in saying so.   But looooooook, how can you not love these little guys?

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And, one more fun highlight from the summer… I celebrated a birthday and had my first birthday cake in years, compliments of my awesome sis-in-law.  Seriously, we overlook birthday cakes as adults, but what a fun thing for a room full of grown ups to have a birthday cake and a cheesy birthday song.  And it was so so tasty!

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Ah, what a wonderful summer it has been.  Thank you to all those who have shared it with me & helped make it so freaking incredible!

(If only summer weren’t almost over!)

xoxoxo Amy

 

September 2, 2013

I just adore these four.  I went to med school with Dad, and started taking photos for the four of them when Miss M was about 7 months old.  Now, she’s huuuuuge, and even little brother is heading around the bend toward his second birthday.  There’s this whole cancer thing, too, which will hopefully soon become a thing of the past… Mom is a (bad-a**-cancer) fighter and a trooper and I’m so glad she is starting to feel better & up to some belated photos for little Mr. Y’s 18 month mark.

Seriously, you guys, so much fun to see you & spend a couple hours in the park with you.  Your kids are a delight and you parents are pretty cool too 🙂 and I am lucky to know all four of you!

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Despite getting several adorable photos of Mr. Y at the beginning of the session, he quickly decided he wasn’t going to be happy without his snacks container…

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…and then, the only thing that kept him from putting food in his own face was putting food in Mom, Dad, & M’s faces… too cute!

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I love love love his giant laugh!

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I think I have a few photos of Miss M holding Dad’s Canon — she loves this thing.  A photographer in training!

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So so sweet.  Thanks again, guys, and thanks for your patience in me getting up this blog entry!  Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

xoxoxo Amy

 

September 1, 2013

Hellooooooooo blog!

I know I have had quite a long hiatus, but wait no longer… the summer has been crazy busy and I am the first to admit that I put this sweet little blog on the back burner.  No excuses, though — I will try to catch up this month & posting a few photos of this little lady is a good start.

Miss M was an angel at her session — she slept and slept and slept.  Seriously, I need all babies to behave like this pretty girl did.  🙂

Mom & Dad, it’s always a pleasure.  I can’t wait to see your sweet daughter grow!

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I arrived at the B family house right before big brother went down for a nap… he cooperated with us for a little while, but I love love love this series of faces:

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Isn’t he just adorable?

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Such a good looking family!  By then, we’d gotten Miss M down for a solid nap and we managed to get some cute sleepy photos of the pretty girl..

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Isn’t she adorable?  Secret on this next one… my talented mother made the cute beaded clip that we put on the headband.  I love the way the colors mesh with the purple blanket to make it such a cool pop of color.  You can find my mom’s blog here, but a tutorial she wrote on how to make these clips can be found here (I even took a photo with this clip in my hair for her to use!).

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And I know I’m a day late for the season opener, but these next two are for all you Buckeye fans.  O-H!

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These photos were so much fun to take.  And sweet M made it easy as pie!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

xoxoxo Amy