One of AGP’s First Clients, Mr Brody…

Let me introduce you to one of my Very First Clients!  Mr Brody!!!

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So much has changed since that photo of the tiny little boy in his Daddy’s fire suit pocket!  He has grown & I have grown my skills along with him.  I still can’t believe he fit in there! That is still one of my top 10 favorite pictures I have taken!

I have known Brody’s awesome momma Cassie for almost 7 years.  When we relocated here, we knew no one but our realtor, neighbor & my husbands nurse Monica @ his office.  I can’t remember how it all played out exactly but one day we needed a sitter and Monica suggested Cassie.   I do not know what we would’ve done so many times without Monica, Cassie & Lyndsay (Cass’s Sis who also sits for us).   They have babysat our kids, house sat,  and even cat sat.  All 3 of them are such blessings to us!  My kids loved Cassie coming over because she played whatever they wanted the whole time and she always styled Alee’s crazy hair so cute!   My kids were even in her wedding.  Well sort of, Trey was in it as the “Ring Security” and Alee was supposed to be a flower girl but literally fell on her face in the parking lot 2 hours before the ceremony and didn’t make it down the isle.  But that is a memory to maybe blog another day!  Cassie’s husband Matt has taken time out of his day to show my son around the Fire Station at the AirGuard Base & came to his school to present Fire Safety last fall.  They are a blessing and the family we needed here at just the right time!

I have photographed Brody for 14 months!  I still can’t believe that baby is 14 months! When I found out Cassie was pregnant I knew that she would be such a wonderful mommy because she was so amazing with my babies.  I never had to worry when she was with them. Facebook photoCassie and I have had so much fun this past year with Brody’s photo sessions!  We have dressed him up in so many crazy ways that I am sure will provide lots of laughs and memories when he gets older!

I feel honored to have captured Brody’s First Year of Life!  He is such a sweetheart!!  Thank you Matt & Cassie for letting me capture all of these memories of your sweet boy!  You all are amazing parents and friends!

Tatum Olivia is 6 Months!!!


As a photographer each session is special and unique to me so I have been struggling on which to blog about first.  I knew I needed to incorporate sessions into my blog soon but which one to start with and then it just hit me… “I need to blog on Wednesday,  I just shot Tatum’s 6 Month Session Saturday, She is 6 Months ON Wednesday”

So I introduce you to my sweet client Tatum!  And her family!

One day last August I received a Facebook message from Stefani stating she had been referred to me from a friend of hers and she wanted to book me for the birth of her little girl in October!  I was so excited, both because I LOVE when I get new clients from client referrals, and I love shooting Births and Fresh 48 Sessions!!!    We scheduled a consult to go over details and most important, meet in person!  I felt like I had known them forever, Stefani knew exactly what she wanted that day from their time with me.  As a mother of 2, I totally got it and knew that I could capture Tatum’s first minutes & hours of life for her so she could cherish them always.

We knew Stefani was going in for a scheduled C-Section and more than likely I would not be allowed in the Operating room but we tried up until the min they wheeled her away to convince someone to let me in!  It didn’t work, but she did have a sweet nurse who let me wait right by the elevator so I could start clicking away when Todd would bring his new daughter back to the nursery to get prepared to meet her new family.

While they took Stefani down to get prepped the nurse showed Todd and I to what would be her hospital room to put their things away and she would come get us when they were ready.  We waited for what seemed like days!!!   Poor Todd, this was his first child so he was  of course a little anxious, after about 45 minutes of awkward silence/small talk (I had only chatted with him 5 min or so before the big day; ladies you know you are in charge of all this lol so I had only really dealt with Stefani)  he says so serious “You don’t think they started without me, do you?”  Just a few minutes later it was game time!  And then just a short time later here he comes off the elevator with the biggest proudest smile on his face pushing his sweet baby girl!  Tatum 54

While Stefani was in recovery I captured the first bottle, bath, weighing, foot prints, etc so she could see her new daughters first moments!   The family that was excitedly awaiting the arrival from the waiting room was allowed back a short time after and that was when some of my favorite moments of the day really began!  Jake meeting his new baby sister!!!

You see, I have a son and a daughter just like Stefani.  My son is 4 years and 2 Months older than my daughter.  When we had our ultrasound to determine her sex he pouted in a a corner that he wanted a brother not a sister and the told the tech she needed to look again.  lol that’s all history!  My son LOVES his sister more than anything!  They have such a precious relationship and I am so glad they have each other.

Jake was the PROUDEST and Happiest little boy ever when he got to see his sister!!  I always try hold all of my emotions during shoots but sometimes moments tug at my heart strings,  & I did shed a couple tears because I knew in that moment Jake was going to be so good to Tatum just like my Trey is to Alee.

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That is Jake & Tatum’s Pa giving his thumbs up to Todd after seeing his new granddaughter, but seriously look at that Smile and Sparkle on Big Brother Jake’s face!!!!  Preciousness!!!

Not only did I get to capture all of these memories for Stefani and Todd, but I have captured these sweet kids at Tatum’s Newborn, Easter, & 6 Month Sessions.  Here are some of my favorite shots from that day and Tatum’s 1st 6 Months of life!

Happy 6 Months Tatum!!

Stefani & Todd, thank you for letting me capture these precious moments for your family!

You can view all of the photos from Tatum’s Sessions on my website under Feature Photos.

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Have a Great Day!



Life Advice…Date Your Spouse


So this blog is 95% not photography related and No, we weren’t at the beach this weekend but we had a wonderful weekend and I feel the need to blog about it. And give some unsolicited advice.

Like many married couples with busy schedules and with children with busy schedules you put your relationship on the back burner to get everything else done with your career’s and with your children. My husband has a very demanding profession and his job requires long hours both at the office and away from the office. He is working 90% of his waking hours no matter where he is, because he is dedicated and well, when you are the only physician in a small town practice you have to. His dedication to his patients and his profession amaze me! I am a “Mom-preneuer” my job is to chase my dreams into full time photography while keeping the kids and pets alive, the house clean, cook dinner, do laundry, run errands, and give as much time as I can to my children’s school. Many nights he is so exhausted that he goes to bed when the kids go to bed, I end up staying up to edit photos, return messages to clients and make sure backpacks are ready for the dash out the door to school the next morning. You get the idea… everything else tends to come before our marriage.

I was out with my sister in laws and daughter Black Friday Shopping in November and I was telling them how I just would love to have a night away with him. I missed him, yes I see him everyday but I just missed him, I missed us. Asking Reg, yes he likes time with me but he also misses our kids too, and I totally get that, however I am with them all of the time they are not in school and he isn’t. So he likes to go places as a family when given the chance. And that’s okay, we make wonderful family memories that we will all cherish forever. My sister in laws got us a couple nights at our favorite hotel and passes to COSI for Christmas so we could either turn into a night away with the kids or just us and take the kids a separate time.

Fast forward a month or so after the gift, my husband decides to sign up for a local CME conference 35 min from our home so he can still go, get his CME hours but commute each day and be home with us in the evenings. I get the idea to ask my Sister In Law to come down and watch the kids the last day of the conference and I will get a hotel room, and go surprise him for the evening. Take him to dinner, walk around downtown, just be together.

So this past weekend was it. My fear was he would leave early since it was a Saturday and I would pass him heading North on the highway while I was Southbound, so through the week I kept saying “well the kids and I will come meet you when you are done and we can all go do something after. That worked. Saturday morning came and I had booked myself full of photo sessions for the morning so in between shooting some precious babies, I was packing and making sure everything was ready to go. Finished my sessions and my sister & brother in law arrived about 15 min later. The kids were so surprised. They had no idea anything was going on either because you know they are kids, and kids tell almost everything they know.

To say my kids love their aunt and uncle is an understatement, the sun rises and sets with them in my kids eyes. My Sister in Law never hesitates to get down in the floor and roll around with them, let Alee paint her nails crazy colors, create fake food out of play dough for hours, etc. She is just the best and loves her niece and nephew unconditionally. My Brother in Law will talk with, well really just listen, if you have ever talked with Trey you know it’s hard to get a word in sometimes, about anything and everything Star Wars. The majority of their time this weekend was spent playing, watching or talking about Star Wars. Trey just thinks his Uncle Chris is the coolest. We couldn’t be more blessed to have them as our kids aunt and uncle!

I edited a few quick sneak peeks for my clients, ate 1/2 a salad super fast and then attempted the fun job of packing my husband for overnight. Remember, he doesn’t know. Those of you that really know him, know he is a particular guy. We played the game of “what of Reg’s am I forgetting?” before I left.

The weather the past few days has just been gorgeous! Sunny and Hot, not normal April weather, so the drive to Charleston was beautiful. I pulled into the hotel to check in and Reg had texted me about 5 min prior to see what we were all doing so I responded asking him if he was on a break and he was so I asked him to meet me in the lobby and told him what all was going on. He seemed happy. He went back to the meeting and I checked in, took my stuff upstairs, parked my car, then went and found his and moved it to the right lot.

After his conference was over we walked across the street to the mall and ate at one of the seafood restaurants there. It was just so nice to sit and have a drink and chat about things going on and not have to worry about making sure the kids were happy and content. The food was okay, not sure what type of review I would give that place. Then we walked around the mall and bought some goodies for the kids and back down the street to the hotel. Asleep by 9:15 and not having to worry about waking up at 6am! A dream! Although, as any mom can tell you, it’s hard to sleep at night because you are always waiting for a kid to wake up needing you.

Sunday morning we packed up and went to a little breakfast place, First Watch, a few streets over from the hotel. We got there at just the right time because as we left the line was out the door. The coffee was great and breakfast was delicious! We will most definitely go back. After that we went to the “Gucci Kroger” on Cor G to grab some groceries that our location does not carry and then home.

While I was sad to see our 20 hours together come to and end, I was really happy to see my kids and hear about their day. They had a wonderful time, both shed a few tears at bedtime last night because they missed their aunt and uncle. My sister in law and I decided that we are going to start doing this every other month. It is just good for all of us.

Reg is not only my husband but is truly my best friend! He has seen me at my worst, at my best, never hesitates to tell me his opinion when he knows I am in the wrong or the right, he works his ass off for us, and he encourages and enables me to follow my dreams! He is never in front of me, he is always right by my side! We needed this past weekend to slow down and reconnect, thank you Larae and Chris for keeping our kiddos so we could have that time.

PSA; Date Your Spouse!!!


Photo Credit to Tabi Donohew from our Beach Vaca a couple years ago. Greer113


AGP Travels to Charleston SC

Remember in my very first blog about being the country girl longing for city life sometimes… I am so excited to announce that in August I can offer sessions for a few days in Charleston, South Carolina!!! Ahhhh!!!!! Can you tell I am exited?!?! I apologize now for the over use of exclamation points in this blog!!!! This will just be a dream trip!

Have you ever been to Charleston SC before? If you have you can surely understand my love for the gorgeous and historic city. If you haven’t imagine…the sound of horse drawn carriage rides down the brick streets, the sweet buttery smell of warm fresh pecan pralines from River Street Sweets, and bright and pastel colored historic homes along the streets. It’s just so wonderful and I am thrilled that I get to attend an amazing photography retreat there!

Ashton Kelley Photography is offering a “Charmed” Photography Retreat the 3rd Weekend in August. Ashton is bringing in many different creatives to help us grow our photography business, models for styled shoots and even our own personal chef to prepare our meals for us!! She puts her whole heart and soul into her retreats/workshops so you are sure to have a wonderful time and learn so much to help your business. If you are interested in attending, please follow the link on Ashton’s website to register!

I love having the opportunity to travel and shoot sessions in other cities so I am planning on arriving in Charleston a day early and possibly extending my trip an extra day to accommodate anyone that would like a session. I am so excited to already have a beautiful, recently engaged couple lined up for a session! What better place for engagement photos than Charleston SC?!?! Sessions will be limited, please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.

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Here We Go… My First Blog!

So here I am “blogging” … Ashton are you proud?

I do not know why I am so nervous about all of this! Maybe because sometimes I am the type of person who just has trouble finding the right words, I tend ramble, or maybe because I am afraid I will share Too Much on here. Either way, here I am completing my Photography assignment/reccomendation from this past weekends #akpretreat! Start a Blog! I have some topics and will slowly start with them and will feature sessions on here as well. So please follow my blog and bear with me as I am just starting this chapter of small business life.

My first blog is a little about me and my why…

I am a small town WV Girl in her 30’s who occasionally likes to dream of being a city girl. I always end up going back to those WV small town roots whether it be physically or mentally. Sometimes I just like the idea of being able to walk out my door, meander down a small city block to a cute little coffee shop and working there all morning drinking a latte and people watching in between photo edits. Reality, I am sitting in my husbands recliner, watching my cat sleep on the floor and staring out my big window filled living room at the gorgeous trees and flowers coming back to life after what seemed like such a long winter. I am truly a simple person and it makes my husband laugh but often refer to myself as “Plain Jane.” I love a great pair of comfy yoga pants, flip flops, naps and a great cup of coffee.

I have an amazing husband who is by my side cheering me on and encouraging me through every step of this crazy small business journey I am on and he is truly my best friend. Together we have two wonderful children and two fur-children too.

I began my journey into the photography world like many women do with the love of taking beautiful pictures of their children. I started out with a little Kodak point and shoot, then upgraded to a Canon Rebel, now I shoot with a Markiii! I used to put my camera on Auto and go! “Oh I have a big fancy camera so it will take pictures for me” Boy was I wrong about that! Manual all the way baby! When my husband surprised me with my Markiii I knew I had to learn how to use it correctly and for what all it was made for. No Auto, only manual, how it was meant to be used! How in the world would I do that?!?! A local photographer had a Bootcamp class that I signed up for. Her work is amazing and I knew I could learn tons from her but the timing was just wrong. We were buying a home and selling our current one so there was no time to figure out this fancy camera and follow along the learning schedule with her. Then I heard of some photography workshops coming to WV in the spring by a WV born but Baltimore based Wedding Photographer, Ashton Kelley. I missed out on getting in the first one because it sold out lighting fast! Then I was so very lucky she opened up a 2nd date. Little did I know until Ashton told me the story 4 days ago, my sweet husband was emailing her to get me in to one of her classes because I was so bummed it sold out.

The rest is history as they say… but not really in this case I don’t think. It was only the beginning. Thanks to 5 Ashton Kelley Photography Workshops full of inspiring empowering mentors, 1:1’s with mentors & MANY wonderful amazing Amanda Greer Photography clients, I am getting ready to celebrate my 1 Year Anniversary as a Small Business Owner!!!!