Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Birthday, J!

Some of my favorite sessions are when I can hide behind the scenes and snap all the candid shots my little heart desires.  Birthday parties are the best!!  So it is a win-win for the family and me!  The family isn't burdened about toting around a camera and feeling guilty for missing a 'Kodak moment' and I can do what I do best...work the camera!

Sky Zone has done a wonderful job with parties for the young 'uns.  Their staff interacts with the kids during jump time and does a stellar job with serving pizza and cake.  Seems like an easy job??  Try keeping the attention of a dozen or more elementary aged kids and gracefully serve cake and punch!

Considering hiring a photographer for a party?  Hit me up!






 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

And Brother Makes Five!

Big Sis and Bigger Sis would like to announce the arrival of their new brother!  With two sisters, this lil dude has already learned to sleep through the excitement of a house full of lil ones...don't take my word for it, just take a peek at the last image!  Cool as a cucumber, out like a light when it came to his newborn session!  






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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Where did 2015 and 2016 go?!

As you can tell I have seriously neglected my blog...

Like, for real...

Totally forgot...

Too busy...

Priorities...

Such as accompanying my husband to Boston for a work trip LAST SEPTEMBER.  He worked, we sight-seed!  Actually, since we homeschool it was one LOOOOOOOOONG field trip and worth it.  I long to return and hit some of the sites we didn't the first time around.  Then go back when the kids are older and start to learn about American history.  

But, we made do with ... 

 Hunting for treasures at Boston Harbor Islands's Spectacle Island.

 And earning our Junior Ranger badges.  Don't know what that is?  Check it out at the National Parks Service!  We also visited the New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science and became very familiar with the bus and subway routes.  Unlimited weekly ticket and my kids were young enough to ride for free!

 Then we swung by the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA on the looooong way back home.  It sure has changed since I was a pre-teen! 

 And back home to pick apples before pumpkin season started...

But you'd probably rather see my review of 2015 for work, right?  Here a few highlights from last year... You'll notice babies and infants are the majority of my work.  With homeschooling, attempting to keep somewhat of a photography client base and keeping a home, I have realized that baby packages and seasonal mini sessions are what keep me afloat these days.










Thanks for stopping by!  Let's hope it doesn't take me another 21 months to make my next post!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Playing Catch Up

Well these days it seems I'm always playing catch up!  I appreciate all my fans' and followers' patience the past few months as I took time to focus and tend to my family.  My husband is branching off and starting his own business and any of you who might be entrepreneurs know how much time and dedication it takes.  Between fulfilling my commitment to scheduled sessions, editing, running my own part time business, taking care of a home along with two young children, testing the waters of homeschooling and emotionally supporting my husband through his journey I had little time for the 'fluff' stuff in my life (aka: blogging, window shopping, pinterest, personal hygiene...haha  ok making sure you were paying attention). 

How I did it?  Gee, I have no idea.  But by the grace of God I only averaged one personal melt down a month over the last three months, the house stayed manage-ably clean, meals were still cooked (ok, so maybe I took more short cuts than usual), clean clothes were in drawers and I did not fall behind on editing.  Yes, massive amounts of caffeine were consumed and many hours of sleep were given up.  We also didn't miss a day of homeschool (we only do 3 days a week...so please don't think of me as super-mom).  What doesn't break you, only makes you stronger.  I clung to my Bible and quiet time like the kids grasp their special blankie to soothe tears and drift off to sleep.  That's how I did it.  I would not want to do it again, but I would do it over again if need be. 

Since that is all behind us I can now focus on my last two baby sessions for this year, finish a tad more Christmas shopping and enjoy the Christmas spirit that seems to permeate every inch of our home, retail stores, radio waves and hearts...oh, and update this blog.  ;) 

Next up, mini sessions from August!  I almost remember this day like it was last week...earlier in the day I had 5 kiddos romping through my house.  Two 4-year olds, two 2-year olds and an 11 month old.  Nothing particularly bad happened, but it just makes for a busy morning.  Glancing back at my calendar I had a laundry list of short edits, a print order to submit and some bills to pay during my kids' quiet time.  I remember being absolutely depleted of energy heading to this session. Little did I know the odds would ever be in my favor as I clicked my 50mm into place and took my crouched position to get at kid-level.  First up was our God-son.  What a hoot!  For real, this just-turned-five-year-old posed on the corner of the gazebo and said, 'Hey Miss Amanda, can we take some candid pictures,' and proceed to glance over his shoulder and gaze and the pond.  In shock I just sat there, almost confused until he jolted me back to reality with his follow up comment while not moving his head but straining to look me at out of the corner of his brilliant blue eyes, 'You know, you take pictures of me when I'm not looking at the camera.'  I barely caught the slightest smuggest grin trying to escape that precious face.  This kid's got it!




And these two ladies!  Oh wow, I remember their session from last year (or the year before....my, time flies!)  How easy and natural they are in front of the camera!  They are both in dance and you can tell it blankets their way of living.  From the way they walk and interact every little move is fluid and grace-filled.  So naturally they can strike a pose without my instruction and flash that red-carpet smile!  Oh my day was made!!






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Friday, October 10, 2014

Talon Winery Summer 2014

We are surely already into fall and I'm just getting around to posting these images from JULY.  Oh my!  We've been a lil busy making memories...





And I somehow manage time to squeeze a few more cuties into my schedule...enjoy!












Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Welcome Baby S!

Welp, lil Miss S is coming up on her 3month session so it must be time to catch up on blog posts!  First up is her mama's (and big sisters with daddy) maternity session.  Such a lively gaggle of girls this young man has and they are all very photogenic!  Pssst scroll on down to see her images from her newborn sesh.







Nothing brings the family together than mama and daddy's bed...at least in our house!  Simple, fresh and REAL.  Miss S was quite the cooperative subject.  Though she was awake for her entire shoot she was quite content to just look around and attempt to find a finger to suck on.  Darn those swaddling cloths!  ;)  I hope you enjoy!  Don't forget to stop Amanda Mitchell Photography on Facebook and 'like' my page to keep up with upcoming sessions and teasers from all my sessions!