Throwback to my First Birth/Fresh 48…

Well in the internet world it’s “Throwback Thursday” so I am throwing it back to my first birth/fresh 48 session with The Murray Family. ¬†Actually in this case it would be a “Fresh 8 hours.” ūüėĀ The Murray’s have been clients of mine since we welcomed Miss Tatum Olivia into the world that fall day. ¬†We went into this day hoping and praying for me to be allowed into the OR with them but the nurse that day was not having it at all, and believe me it was not without begging!!! ¬†So I waited right by the elevator door so I could capture that first moment when her Daddy brought her to the nursery. ¬†I will never ever forget the nervousness of Todd waiting to go down to the OR & the giant smile of pride and excitement Big Brother Jake had when he first saw his baby sister!

Look through these highlights from the day and then take a moment to read Stefani’s thoughts on her session below…

“I have two children that are 6 years apart in age. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I often thought about the delivery of my son six years before, and the one thing that always stuck out in my mind was how I wished I didn‚Äôt have to worry about taking pictures that day, or making sure someone was taking pictures while I was in the recovery room from my C-section, or that I don‚Äôt really have any pictures of the first moments I met Jake after returning from the recovery room.
We knew I would be having another C-section with our daughter, so I talked with my husband and we decided to have the day documented in a way that it caused no stress to us, and we could focus on bringing our daughter in the world.
 
I had seen a couple of my friends post pictures they had taken with Amanda, and they were all so cute. I knew she was a momma herself, so I had faith that she would understand where we were coming from with our requests. We met up with her one day and we learned that not only was she a parent herself, but also has a history as nurse, so she was 100% comfortable being in the operating room with us, if the doctor would allow it! I left that day feeling so excited and relieved knowing our documented memories of that day were in good hands.
 
We communicated several times leading up to Tatum‚Äôs birth, and discussed what would happen if I went into labor before my scheduled operation date. Thankfully that didn‚Äôt happen! Amanda arrived at the hospital shortly after we were taken into our prep room, met our families, and started snapping. We already knew that my doctor wouldn‚Äôt allow her in the operating room, but she tried until the time they wheeled me off to convince them! She sat with my husband while they waited for the nurses to bring him to the O.R. ‚Äď and reassured him that they didn‚Äôt forget about him when it was taking a while for nurse to retrieve him. She was waiting by the elevator when my husband came off with our daughter. Every moment that I missed (our family in the waiting room, Tatum‚Äôs first bath, holding her daddy‚Äôs finger for the first time, my son‚Äôs adoration, as well as our family‚Äôs‚Äô – ALL of it) was caught on camera, thanks to her.
 
What I appreciated the most about this experience was when I was brought back to our hospital room. I had a less than desirable first stage of recovery with Tatum, and I was a mess. She helped calm me down and when they finally had me settled and Tatum was brought to our room, my husband and I were able to just relax and absorb the entire moment without having to stop to capture it. That is something I will always be thankful for. The same continued as we brought in my son to spend time alone with us, and then the rest of our family. The entire experience was so beautiful – and we now have those memories forever.
 
Of course, our families took some pictures of the day as well, and sure, that could have been enough. But when she sent me the picture file of our delivery day, I cried so many tears of joy because that was exactly what I wanted. Hiring Amanda for this day is a decision I will never regret ‚Äď what we received from her is priceless!” ~ Stefani¬†
Are you ready to get your Birth or Fresh 48 scheduled yet?????

A Few Business Changes…

I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy in all this crazy cold weather. ¬†With my Valentine Mini’s coming up this weekend I wanted to send out a blog about some changes you will see in my business this year.

I am so thankful for each and everyone one of you who have entrusted me to capture these memories for you since starting my business.  So many of you are repeat clients and many have to come to me through referrals.  I could not be where I am without you.

  1. Retainer Fees ~ This will be sent via email invoicing at the time of booking, they are non-refundable but applied to the package/s you purchase at your session. ¬†I have tried to avoid this ¬†but unfortunately, I have had several last minute cancelations and no shows this past year. ¬†I am doing this to make sure the clients that want the sessions, are the ones booking and many times the ones who no show or cancel right before are the ones who I have worked in last minute or I am opening up the studio early or late for. ¬†Some of my sessions like Santa & Family Mini’s are limited so this is only fair.
  2. Contracts ~ These will be put in to place to not only protect myself & my business but to protect you as my client. ¬†I have avoided doing this, with the exception of weddings, because I truly felt like I didn’t need it. ¬†All my clients were nice to work with, told me if they didn’t want images shared, never made copies of their prints, etc. ¬†However in the last 4 months I have had some situations arise where after the session couples have split up and one doesn’t want the other one to have the images but yet the other one paid the sitting fee, or while scrolling social media I see large prints or Christmas cards made from copies of prints when the client did not purchase the digital images with printing rights. ¬†Contracts will soon be delivered digitally but for a brief period it may be done in person until I can get my new office management software in place.

I hope you all can understand why I am having to implement these two policies.  98% of the photographers I know have done this forever but I put it off as long as I could but now is the time.  Please email me at agreerphotography@yahoo.com with any questions you have and subscribe to my blog to stay up to date on the life and happenings at AGP.

 

Belly to Baby

Did you know that I offer many different packaging options for my Mommas to Be?  At AGP you can choose from some different packaging options that give you some savings by securing sessions for the first year of your new little blessings life.

The bundles are Belly to Baby and Baby to Birthday. ¬†Belly to Baby includes the following sessions… ¬†Maternity, Newborn, Sitter (6-7’ish months) & First Birthday. ¬†Baby to Birthday includes… Newborn, Sitter, & First Birthday. ¬† In both bundles the Newborn can be switched for a Fresh 48 Hospital Session or a Fresh 48 can be added on for 25% off.

The Williams Family was one of late ’17 to late ’18 Belly to Baby clients. ¬†We shot their Belly and Sitter Session at her brothers beautiful farm, Newborn was in the studio and for Wyatt’s First Birthday I went to their own family farm to capture him with his dog Cowboy and playing in the rocks.

I asked Brittany for some feedback on her Belly to Baby Package… ¬†“Honestly I wouldn’t change a thing! It took the stress out of worrying about scheduling and paying for pictures after having baby considering they were furthest from my mind. Lol. And I think the price was reasonable ! What I loved the most was convenience and of course the outcome which was amazing ! And the next time around lord willing I’d love to do the fresh 48 because I didn’t know how much work a newborn session was. Plus add into that recovery from a c section. I think it would’ve been easier at the hospital.”

I will be blogging about Fresh 48’s and more Newborn specials so stay tuned!!! ¬†Fresh 48’s are on Sale through February!!!

Here are some highlights from our sessions together…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love is in the Air ~ Valentine Mini’s

I am smitten with my Valentine backdrop this year! ¬†It’s just too cute with the pretty blue sky and red heart balloons! ¬† Sweet Miss Lilah came in the studio to model the set for you. ¬†I have an adorable little red chair, heart shaped glasses for each kiddo to keep after their session and a cute “love” balloon that you don’t see pictured because it was a little big for this sweet girl to hold.

Valentine Mini’s will be January 25th and 26th. ¬†Sessions are 10-15 minutes & have packages ranging from $30-$75. ¬†I’m also offering sweet Valentines to hand out to your friends in class or mail to family.

Booking is going on now!  $25 non-refundable retainer to book that is deducted from your package purchase.  Please email agreerphotography@yahoo.com to schedule.

Peyton Class of 2019

Last Sunday I met with Peyton and her mom at Rollins Lake in Evans for her senior portrait session.  She chose that location after viewing some other sessions that I have captured there.  Peytons session had been rescheduled twice due to rain and bad weather so we were happy to have such beautiful blue skies and 50 degree temps in January.

Peyton has a great trendy sense of style and loves a good bargain!  A girl after my own heart!  I love a good deal! We talked with each outfit change about the deals she got on them!

Here are some of my favorites from her session!

To view all of Peytons portraits click here.  Good Luck at Marshall in the Fall!  Go HERD!!

I only have a couple more spots left for 2019 Seniors!  Schedule them asap!

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My Last of 2018 & First of 2019 Newborn

My last newborn of 2018 was also my first newborn of 2019!! ¬†Why both you ask… Because he is a Griesacker brother and Griesacker brothers do not care for photo sessions at all! ¬†Christopher preferred to be held by his momma over having his photo taken so it took 2 sessions.

The Griesacker Family has been a client of mine for a while. ¬†Three years today actually! ¬†Thank you Facebook time hop for reminding of middle brother Dallas’s newborn shot on this day.

No matter the challenge these sweet boys throw at me each session I love it! ¬†We have had family sessions where I shave run and chased them outside, studio sessions where I have just captured lifestyle type photos of them playing with toys and Santa sessions where the only photo we could get is of Dallas standing at the door and Joseph on the floor both ready to leave. ¬†I tend to overshoot their sessions to catch that one shot that will make their momma cry because she thinks we aren’t getting anything.

Tiny little Christopher gave me some tough faces to show his disgust with taking photos but then gave a couple sweet faces for his momma to cherish too.

Enjoy some highlights below and click here Christopher Newborn to view his full session.

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Where have I been?!?!!?

Okay so here I am, hanging my head down in embarrassment that it has been one year AND four months since my last blog!!!!

Where on earth have I been you ask…

Well a not long after that last blog my son started middle school, my mamaw was diagnosed with dementia, and I went in to the busy fall season with a lot of extra life stressors so I kept thinking in the back of my mind I would get back to blogging another day.  I just needed to keep my head above water and keep my business running.  Well day turned into month and now into a YEAR +!!!  My son has come to love middle school, my mamaw is stable and my business is thriving!

I want to try my best to keep up with a blog in 2019 on hopefully a semi-regular basis.   I will bring to you some sessions I have shot since my last blog, stories of life with a teenager & pre-teen, and so on.

2019 for Amanda Greer Photography is going to bring some new changes, session themes, and some fun sales!  I am excited to take on 2019 and make this the best year for my family and my clients!

What would you like to see on my blog?  What would you like to see offered at the AGP studio in 2019?  Comment below or send me a note at agreerphotography@yahoo.com

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