It’s normal to feel uneasy right now…

Well even if it has been 7 months since the last blog, its not been as long as the time before ūü§∑ūüŹľ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ

Today is my 3rd day back in the studio with my kids in school. I have thought about this blog since Tuesday morning when I dropped them off but really didn’t know how to put it all into words. There is so much uncertainty/confusion/fear right now as a parent.

This should feel “normal” going into the studio after dropping off my kids to school but it doesn’t. I normally feel a little sad on a normal 1st day of school from missing them after being with them all summer, seeing how grown up they are walking into school and hoping they will be safe from danger. This is a different type of sad. Its fear and sadness all rolled up into a big ball of worry. What if they will contract the virus and get sick. Possibly have it and not know it and pass it on to others. What science isn’t sure of is if they will have life long repercussions from the virus.

Everyone has their own opinions and reasons to send them or not send them and there is truly not a plan that will be perfect for each family, it would just be nice if our county provided parents with sufficient options for our kids this school year. A lot of true colors have really shown from people since March 13th 2020.

While 2020 had a lot of challenges and fearful moments, it had some great ones. We tried to make the best of it getting many things accomplished with our extra time at home and soak up the extra time with our kids. Like Reg always says “we only have a few summers left with them before they move out to college.”

Thanks for reading my ramblings, this blog wasn’t that planned out, just wanted to get my worries on paper and tell you that it’s okay to not know how to feel right now.

Give yourself some grace… and along with that grace, follow the guidelines, stay home, wear a mask OVER your nose, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and stay socially distant!

Spring School Pictures

Did you miss out on your child’s spring picture day at school? ¬†Or are you like me and our school pictures are floating around somewhere not being delivered?

Either way you can schedule a school portrait session at my studio and we can grab those memories of this age & grade before they grow up more over the summer.

I can do a springy colored backdrop or traditional school photos like seen here below and I offer reasonably priced print packages as well as digital images.

Contact me today to get scheduled!  agreerphotography@yahoo.com

 

Changes Due to COVID-19

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is staying well and still social distancing and wearing masks.  I know it is hard, but we all need to do our part so we can continue to move forward and not take steps back.

I am excited to be back to work and see all of my clients and meet new ones as well. ¬†I have been open for one week and have learned what changes work and won’t work for the studio. ¬†As hard as some of these rules may be for some, it’s truly what’s best for the health of each client. ¬†Studio Cleanliness has always been a priority, I am just taking things a bit further…

  1. I am washing my hands/using sanitizer at the beginning of each session but now I am asking that each client do so as well.
  2. If any outside props are brought in, they will need to be sanitized before use.
  3. Immediate Family (people who live in your household), are the only ones allowed in the studio during your session.
  4. If you have been sick, with a fever, cough, and shortness of breath within 9 days of your session, I ask that you please reschedule.
  5. If you have contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, I ask that you reschedule your session to 14 days after the known exposure.
  6. Fabrics, Props, basically anything standing still in the studio will be cleaned between sessions.
  7. A time slot will be held between each session to allow for cleaning time and there will only be a couple spots available per day.
  8. I ask all clients to show up at their scheduled time.  

Thank you for a successful first week back.  I appreciate each one of you and thank you for supporting my business.

There are only a couple spots remaining for May, and June is beginning to book up.¬†¬†I can’t wait to capture memories for you!

2020 Seniors Cap & Gown Mini’s

Class of 2020, you are really going to have some stories to tell your children and grandchildren someday. ¬†Maybe keep an online journal about everything that’s happening to pass along to them.

I wish each and everyone of you the absolute best in life! ¬†I have loved getting to know my seniors and their families this year. ¬†Ya’ll have been wonderful.

Just because your school year was cut short and there may not be an actual graduation ceremony, does not mean you should miss out on all the extra things we do in May to honor you.

I will be offering my Cap & Gown Mini Sessions now through June 15th. ¬†These will be taken inside the studio and if you’d like we can do a couple outdoor ones as well. ¬†If you bring a nonperishable food or toiletry donation to the be given to the Ripley or ¬†Ravenswood Blessing Box, I will give you a FREE 8×10 or 24 Wallets!

Contact me asap to get scheduled as appointment times are very limited!  agreerphotography@yahoo.com or text 304-638-5275

Here are some highlights from Wyatt’s studio session the other evening.

Turning 17 During Quarantine…

When you haven’t worked in 6 weeks because of COVID19 restrictions and your fur baby turns 17 what else is there to do but have a birthday photo session for your cat!

I have had this cat longer than I have been with my husband.  He & I have been through so much together.  He holds onto my secrets, puts his paw on my hand when I cry, sleeps touching me with a paw all night, lets me hold him like an infant in my arms while he sleeps, runs to me when I come home, loves sharing whip cream and loves trying to escape outside to explore the yard.  He loves my kids like they are his own, tolerated all their shenanigans when they were tiny, would be the first to their nursery room door when they would cry as infants.  He truly is THE Best Cat Ever!!

We thought we were losing him 6 years ago when a vet misdiagnosed him telling us his rapid weight loss, 26 down to 5, was due to cancer and we should just keep him comfortable. ¬†Then one day we ended up on Dr Wellings schedule and she said “Why hasn’t anyone ever checked this cats thyroid?” ¬†Come to find out, he did not have cancer ¬†at all. ¬†His thyroid was ¬†working about 4 times too fast. ¬†So after trying and failing on some thyroid meds she referred us to MedVet in Columbus for radiation treatments. ¬†After that he has been healthy other than the arthritis in his hips from the muscle lost during the misdiagnosis. ¬†I am SO Thankful for that day we ended up on Dr Wellings schedule, she truly saved his life!!

Happy 17th Birthday Cheeto!!!  I hope you get to nap all day in the sun while tricking each of us into feeding you even though another of us already has!

Olivia ~ 9 Days New

On Monday I talked about incorporating things important to seniors in their sessions,  that also applies to newborn sessions.  I have had parents bring in special blankets made for baby, a memento of someone passed away, sports memorabilia or items highlighting their careers.

For Miss Olivias session we got to incorporate both Saras & Jonathans careers.  This was a super fun session and they were wonderful to work with, both were very at ease as first time parents.

Olivia was a dream baby for her photos and slept almost the entire time, rarely making a peep!

Here are some of my favorites from her session!

Did you know the best time to schedule your newborn session is when you are still pregnant?  That way you have a better availability of time slots for scheduling.  I  pencil you in around your due date then we adjust the session day according to when you deliver.  Contact me today to get penciled in for your newborn session.  agreerphotography@yahoo.com

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Sparkle & Shine!!!

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 agreerphotography@yahoo.com!

 

Fresh 48 Special Pricing!!

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 agreerphotography@yahoo.com 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!!

 

Guys! Still need a Gift? Couples Mini Sessions!

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 agreerphotography@yahoo.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‚Äôs 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‚Äôd 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

Vintorini Fresh 48

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 ‚Äúperfect picture‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúperfect picture‚ÄĚ 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