Pennsylvania Kiddos... ;)

It's been six years since I've captured this gorgeous little family, and the sister was just a bump in her mama's tummy at the time!

Another trip to Chicago for these guys meant that I was given the treat of having them in front of my lens. Everyone was 100% amazing. Hadn't expected any less... ;)

Little note btw... these pictures are representative of the images that are given in our Lifestyle Mini sessions. We still have a few left if you want to grab one!



Lifestyle Mini Sessions... What, When & Why

Do you know how long it's been since we've offered mini sessions around here???

A LONG, LONG time.

And now... it's time to bring them back!!!

So here's the deal: each passing year, I understand what inspires and drives my joy in photography a bit more. Having just passed the 10 year mark in this business, I've been taking a good, hard look at what I want to do, where I want to go, how I want to grow and evolve... all of it. And here's what I've come up with:

It's all about connection.

 Photos by the fabulous  Twig and Olive Photography

Photos by the fabulous Twig and Olive Photography

When our family gets our pictures taken, the only ones we ever put up on our walls are the ones that show connection. Even our Christmas cards are relational pictures. No looking-at-the-camera-smiling pictures, like, ever.  Connection pictures are also what I live and breathe to capture through my photography.

Now here's something you may not know: looking-at-the-camera-smiling pictures, especially of groups (siblings & families), happen to take a VERY long time to edit compared to candid shots. Who knew, right??? We charge what we charge for our standard sessions because of the editing time that goes into creating a gallery with those images.

So... for those like us who are happy and willing to forego these looking-at-the-camera group shots, we've created a very special kind of session: lifestyle minis. I'm in love with the idea of them, and SO curious to see who else might be in love with the idea as well! My heart tells me it may be quite a few of you... <3

We can bring the price WAY down for these sessions because the editing time will be much lower for me and we'll be grouping them back-to-back, cutting down on travel time, too.

So that's the WHY.

Now for the WHEN:

We'll be having these mini sessions on the mornings and early evenings of May 5th, May 19th, June 2nd, and June 16th. There are 8 sessions available on each of these days. We're opening up the sessions at 10:00 a.m. CST this Wednesday, March 28th. 

We're using this opportunity to build up our subscriber list a bit, though, because it's always a great idea to have access to your clients for things like this! :)

Those on our mailing list will be getting a special invitation to book a session one day early:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27th

So if you're interested, be sure you're on the list, watch for that email, and join me for a lifestyle mini session this spring! You can sign up right here:

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Wondering what kind of pictures / editing are we talking about? Take a look:


So what do you think???

I think this could be the start of something VERY special... 

Open NOW - The Shoot-Along 10 Week Course!

This is a mountain I will stand on:

There is no better give you can give your children than beautiful images of their childhood.
Period, the end.

Registration for our next Shoot Along 10 week course

If you want to learn how to use that DSLR, what are you waiting for?
I mean... your kids aren't hitting pause on the whole growing-up thing, right?

Here's me talking about it:


Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies!

It's been extra adorable at the studio these past few weeks because: bunnies.

There's something so incredible about watching the joy on kids' faces when they get to sit down next to one of these floppy, gentle creatures. They way they reach out and touch the soft fur, the smiles that explode on their faces, the grins from parents, the curiosity of the bunnies... it's all a bit magical...

I Am Three.

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Ok, so I’ve been reading the most amazing book written by a woman named Louise Hay way back in the 80’s… published in 1984. So, like, 34 years ago. But whatever… it’s amazing.

It’s amazing because it’s brought an idea to a level that I can finally grasp… something I’ve been trying to internalize for so long: how to better love myself.

Surely she says it better than I will here, but let me tell you what I’ve recently come to understand:

I am three years old.

It’s that whole inner child thing, I know, I know. But hear me out:

Aren’t we basically the same person throughout our life? I mean, we gain more experience and our brains and bodies mature, but the essence of who we are remains the same. When you were little… like 3-year-old-little… it’s likely that you were 1) adorable, 2) unashamed, and 3) really liked yourself. You knew how to ask for what you wanted. You knew when you needed rest and you knew when you needed to eat and you knew when you needed a snuggle. That’s how little kids are. I know this because they’re in front of my camera ALL. THE. TIME. and this is how they act. 100% THEMSELVES.

So follow me here. That amazing, adorable, unashamed 3 year old is still in there, you guys. She’s the same. You’re still her. Granted, with more experiences, but YOU’RE THE SAME PERSON.

It kind of blew my mind.

This week, I’ve been loving the little 3 year old Amy that’s still me. I’ve been WAY more gentle with myself (I mean… who yells at a 3 year old???) and have been so much more aware of the way other treat me. I’ve been a bit protective of myself, actually… protective of that sweet little girl who needs more encouragement and less criticism in her life.

And this may sound crazy, but I’ve been seeing other people as their 3 year old selves too. It’s been a game-changer.

So I’m leaving you with this: We’re all 3 years old inside, you guys. Love the hell out of that kiddo because she’s amazing and adorable and deserves a beautiful, happy life.