Why a mouseketeer? Well when Tori found out she was expecting she wanted to incorporate her love of Disney in her announcement but the littlest Mouse Ears Hat was sold out online so we ended up with this.
Which was still an adorable way to announce but not what momma wanted. She kept checking back for the hat because we still had ideas. It never became available so I was going to the happiest place on earth in February and she hadn’t announced his name yet so I offered to pick up the hats for the boys while I was there. Can I just say how much I love and am honored to know my clients secrets!! Pregnancies, Genders, Names… it’s exciting!
Thankfully Mister Brody decided to make his arrival a week early to beat the COVID shutdown! He was my last newborn before I had to temporialy close.
Brody is just as precious as his two big brothers are. Bryson and Breckin are always such a joy to photograph and seeing them with their latest partner in crime was wonderful. You truly have no idea how hard we worked to get the photo of the 3 of them together, Breckin was not having pictures at all that day so this was ONE image out of close to 200 snapped. I would do it again in a heartbeat though because look at those little faces!!
How are you really handling this? Like seriously, are you being honest with yourself and your feelings right now and in the past weeks? Or are you burying your head in the sand?
I have my good days where I feel on top of it. Like the laundry is all caught up, kids aren’t fighting over school work or with each other, my sense of dread that my husband will contract COVID that day is not as high as most days, dinner is prepped, I organized another section of the house, positives thoughts fill my head that my business will bounce back from this, etc.
Then I have my bad days. The days when I truly do not give a crap the laundry is an overflowing mountain, that the kids aren’t reading as much AR as I have them scheduled to do, I don’t make my bed or even have a plan for dinner. I just want to sit and wallow in my own self pity because the world is an even scarier place right now, my business that I have sacrificed so much to grow the last 5 years is now sitting idle, and that very day, may just be the day that my husband contracts COVID at work.
I have subscribed for a while to the blog, Finding Joy and she gets really real sometimes in her messages and many days that’s what exactly what I needed to hear. She recently wrote a blog titled Lessons from Isolation and it was as if I had it told her my thoughts and she blogged them. Please click the link and read for yourselves too, I bet her words will speak to many of you. Also sign up to follow her blog, she writes so many that are very relatable, especially to moms and wives.
My biggest take aways from that days blog was in needed reminders of things I knew deep down but never wanted to give myself the grace to feel or deal with.
Give yourself and others Grace. It’s okay if we have bad days where we are wearing the same leggings as yesterday and dinner is a frozen meal from the deep freezer. It’s okay if you want to sit and binge your favorite tv show and eat from your secret chocolate stash after everyone goes to bed. It’s okay if the click list person isn’t the peppiest when you pick up your order, they may be have been yelled at by a previous customer or are worried about their own health. Just offer a smile and tell them to have a nice day and stay safe. It’s okay if your friends don’t return texts quickly, maybe they just do not feel like chatting that day.
What is really important in life. Truly I think this topic will end up being a whole blog in itself at some point, but it’s shown, not just me, but everyone in the house, that we truly have everything we need right here under our own roof. From food, be thankful for what you have in the pantry and eat it even if it is a weird meal idea. This has been the best time to eat all those random foods you have in the back of the pantry. Clothes, be thankful you have comfy warm comfy clothes to lounge around in. Love, be thankful that you have a warm loving safe home to be in because too many are not that fortunate.
Hold on to that Hope, that tomorrow and each day to come, will get better. This one is so hard for me. I know we still have not had the worst of this horrible virus, but each morning when I’m watching the birds and squirrels out my home office window (I have hit old lady status and love watch them almost every morning), and notice how much my peony is growing and coming back to life after being eaten into the dirt by deer last fall, hope is a word that comes to mind. That there is a smidgen of hope that things will get better and we can come back out of this “COIVD19 dirt”, stand tall and feel safe in the outside world again.
Find something to be thankful for each day. Even if it’s something little like your coffee tastes great today or your kids put their laundry away without you asking them.
What are you thankful for today?
Cover photo captured by Autumn Branscome Photography in Princeton WV
I had about 2 weeks of Easter studio sessions before non essential businesses in WV were forced to close our doors. Do not worry, I will still be offering these for at least one month when I am allowed to reopen so you will not miss out on getting your little ones portrait captured in their Easter outfit they wore into your living room that day lol.
If you would like to be added to my scheduling list please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and see all my sweet littles!
Stay Home and Practice Social Distancing so I (& many others) can get back to work ASAP!!!
Well Hello! Yes I am still around and I am shocked when I logged in here and saw that it really had only been a year since I last blogged! Seriously thought it was longer than that. If you can say something about my blog style, I am consistent with being inconsistent in blogging. I mean I have always been told “blog for business” “if you don’t blog you won’t reach your customers” well obviously I have not been blogging and still thankfully have a steady business. Or should say HAD a steady business until March 24th when the governor shut us down for being “non-essential.”
While truly I am loving this time at home. I have cleaned out closets, the garage, and sold things we no longer needed, I think we all need our busy lifestyles back. My daughter misses her friends, school and gymnastics. My son is missing his last 1/2 of 8th grade, he is most sad about his last season of track. I miss watching my kids compete, I absolutely love watching them challenge themselves and seeing the pride in their smiles when they do better than they anticipate. I miss my husband having a “normal” work week. I miss photography. I miss my all my AGP babies and little ones! More on what we all miss later on another blog. Yes I plan to do more blogging since I am caught up on editing for the first time in what seems like forever.
Can I go back to early March? Pretty Please? Can I go back to that facial room at His & Hers with Stephanie discussing all this Corona Virus stuff and telling her “Hey I am not going to worry until Reg worries because he literally never worries about anything unless its a stopped skyliner at Disney or an airplane ride.” So we go on, she’s doing all her magic stuff to my face to hopefully make me look younger and well rested and we are talking about her upcoming Disney girls trip. She shares a love for Disney just like I do, perhaps hers is possibly bigger. She is an “Epcot Mom” and I am a “Magic Kingdom Mom.” Don’t know what those are, look them up lol. We were saying “Oh Disney NEVER closes, ever for hurricanes, you’ll be fine to go, just wash your hands.” She finishes her magic, my face feels soft like a baby butt and I go back to the studio.
Disclaimer: Her facial room is a lot more relaxing looking than this, this was just the only photo of it on hand right now since she is closed down also. Book one with her, try it for yourself! #beautybybatton (Stephanie Batton @ His & Hers Day Spa)
Welp 3 hours after saying “I won’t worry til he worries” all hell broke loose!! He calls, saying call your Dad tell him to stay home, the kids need out of school and it needs closed, you can’t take the girls out of the hotel this weekend for Alee’s birthday trip, it’s going to get bad quickly and no one is prepared. Talk about panicking, again my husband again never worries, so I was like “oh Crap here we go!” For petes sake, I was at lunch a week prior with my bff and we were laughing at Corona memes and now we are buckling down and feeling the need to buy a toilet paper!
Text Stephanie like “ummm ya remember what I said this morning, now it’s time to worry.” Call parents and tell them to stay home. Go to the school ask about how absences will work if there is an impending pandemic coming and they don’t close. Figure out how to pull off a great birthday weekend for your 10 year old since you shouldn’t be in public. Stay calm on the outside because you can’t pass your fears onto your kids, but on the inside you are crumbling because of all of these unknowns.
Do you remember the time when you realized all of this was a lot more serious than you initially were thinking?
Cover photo is of my view each morning. Don’t diss “ohhh she has a Christmas tree up!” Listen, my big momma 12 foot is gone and packed away, this is a little pencil tree that only has my antique ornaments on it and it makes me smile.
Throwing a pic of Disney from February in here because I love it and miss is so much! See ya real soon!
It’s time to experience the joy and fun of childhood with a glitter mini session!! These sessions are so much fun!! Kids love them because they are unscripted, not really a posed session, just dancing and tossing glitter around!!!
These are only offered for a limited time!!! Book your session now for March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd!! Packages range from $40 to $110. There is a $40 retainer due at the time of booking with your contract to secure your spot and that is then deducted off of the package you choose that day.
Due to the nature of glitter, these are recommended for ages 3 and up unless you think your under 3 year old can follow directions to not get it in their eye or eat it lol
To schedule please email email@example.com!
I mentioned in last weeks Fresh 48 blog there would be a special coming your way on Monday!
Are you ready for it?!?!?!? (anyone singing Taylor Swift in their head after that? no, just me lol, I was in my car with my almost 9 year old for 6 hours this weekend, so there was lots of Taylor)
Through March 31st, based on availability, I will be offering Fresh 48 sessions in Charleston and Parkersburg for $150!!! And in Huntington for $185!!!! These sessions are normally $310!! This includes the digital downloads with a print release.
I am gifting you these savings because I absolutely adore these sessions so much and would love to add many many more to my portfolio!!! If I were to have another baby I would totally do this, along with a birth and newborn session! I wish so much that this was the “thing to do” when my babies were born.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get scheduled so you do not miss out on these memories with your precious little one! Share this with all the expecting mommas you know!
Make sure you sign up to follow my blog to stay up to date on the life and happenings at AGP!!! Lots of exciting things coming for my clients in 2019!!
Happy Valentines Day!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day. The day doesn’t have to be celebrated with a spouse, bg/gf, etc. You can celebrate the day just by offering a smile to someone, paying it forward, or spreading kindness.
Do you still need a gift for your sweetheart??? I love flowers, candy and yummy food as much as the next girl, but ya know what I am treasuring most lately? Pictures I have with my husband from our fall session! While we snap quick pics here and there occasionally, having professional portraits is so important. Not just for decor in our home, but someday our kids are going to appreciate having photos of their parents together.
Guys! Get your girls a couples mini photo session!! Girls schedule it and tell him you have your gift taken care of!
I am offering couples mini sessions on Saturday February 23rd from 3-5 in the afternoon. The investment is $95 with a $35 retainer due at the time of booking and the remaining $60 due at the session. Your session will include a 15 minute outdoor session and the downloadable edited images with a print release. To schedule please text/call 304-638-5275 or email email@example.com.
Here are some of my favorites from my session last Novemeber with Cameron and Callie! Scroll below to hear from Callie about their session.
“My boyfriend and I were temporarily living in West Virginia and I wanted to get pictures taken so we could send out Christmas cards. My sister had previously used Amanda to take my niece’s pictures and a few of or whole family and they turned out so beautiful and my niece looked so angelic. So we went ahead with Amanda for our couples pictures. We’d never had professional pictures together before, and Amanda made us feel super comfortable. On top of that, she did a great job capturing our relationship. We love to laugh and have fun with each other and that really came out in all the pictures. She gave us some general direction which helped, but also knew how to get us to just be ourselves and snapped the perfect shots without us even noticing. Even though it was freezing outside and we worked fast, we ended up with so many great pictures…too many pictures to decide on, so we ended up with all of them from our session.” – Callie
Highlighting my love for Fresh 48s again with a throwback to the Vintorini Family! They are so fun and so genuinely sweet & kind! I adore them!!! Sarah is so down to earth, real, & honest about motherhood! She is open and honest about all of the everyday trials and tribulations moms go through. I love chatting with her!
I have included some of my favorites from her session below, as well as Sarah’s own words on her Fresh 48 experience with me! They also ended up booking a Baby to Birthday package too!
Watch my blog on Monday for a big sale on my Fresh 48’s!!!
“I likely would not have considered scheduling a Fresh 48 Session if it were not for the gentle nudging from my dear friend. I had no interest in a maternity session so my friend kept asking me to consider a Fresh 48 instead. I have to admit, the thought of professional pictures right after giving birth did not initially appeal to me, but after looking at the numerous samples my friend kept sending me, I slowly became interested. I was about to give birth to my second baby, my 10-year-old daughter was about to become a first-time big sister and our family would be welcoming the first grandson. We were all completely overjoyed and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to capture those first moments. Even though the session was not at the top of my priority list initially, it ended up being such a blessing. It may sound silly, but knowing that I had the session scheduled made the entire birth experience so much more relaxed for me. As a mom, I always have this nagging stress of trying to capture the “perfect picture” so I often feel distracted. Knowing that Amanda would be at the hospital soon allowed me to really live in the moment and leave the “perfect picture” stress for her. I cannot help but get tears when I look back on those precious pictures. It was a defining moment in our family and we have beautiful, genuine and raw pictures capturing it all.” ~ Sarah
All things Valentine this week!! Do you love or hate Valentines day? I don’t hate it, but it’s not my favorite either. I love the traditions we have on Valentines day, like Red Lobster take out and getting our kids their special candy they love.
Miss Bella entered and won her very first pageant a couple weeks ago!! She is the 2019 Jr Miss Sweetheart!! Bella and her mom came in for a headshot session after her morning win to capture the memory of the day and to grab some professional headshots for upcoming pageant entries.
Here are some of my favorites from her session…
Feedback from Bella’s mom on their session with me… “When I found out I needed to have pageant headshots taken, I didn’t hesitate to contact Amanda Greer photography. Amanda has taken pictures of my daughters in the past, and they have always turned out amazing. Amanda sent me some examples of other headshots she has taken, and I knew I had to have her take the ones for my daughter. I already had high expectations for our session walking in, but WOW, did she blow those expectations out of the water!!! Amanda immediately made my daughter feel relaxed with her personality and worked WITH my daughter instead of trying to make her do poses that she was uncomfortable with. The session was fun and a wonderful experience! The photographs turned out better than I could have ever imagined. My daughter looks absolutely amazing in EVERY SINGLE ONE! I could not have imagined that she would look that stunning!!! I could not have asked for a better experience or better results than I had with Amanda Greer Photography!!! I would recommend using her business time and time again and to everyone I know. My daughter now has headshots that I am proud to submit for her pageants!”
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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.” 😁 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’t 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’t 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’s birth, and discussed what would happen if I went into labor before my scheduled operation date. Thankfully that didn’t 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’t 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. – and reassured him that they didn’t 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’s first bath, holding her daddy’s finger for the first time, my son’s adoration, as well as our family’s’ – 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 – what we received from her is priceless!” ~ Stefani
Are you ready to get your Birth or Fresh 48 scheduled yet?????