I'm an ambitious girl, sometimes to a fault. Always have been. I love, love, LOVE trying (with the full intent of mastering) new things. Among the attempts I've made, here are some of theRead More
WHAT a vacation. Honestly. The sights, smells, sounds... the entire experience, actually... left me speechless. If you've been there, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you haven't... you MUST go!!!
I've got so much to share about the trip and am planning to do a full blog post later this week, but right now there are a few important dates I want you to know about!
Lifestyle Mini Openings for this Saturday
This Saturday I have two Lifestyle Mini Sessions open, one at 6 and one at 6:30. These are some of the last opportunities this summer to try out one of these beautiful sessions, and sometimes last-minute is easier than fussing about it for months. Click here if you want to book one - I would LOVE to see you!!!
Headshot Special Event this Wednesday
This Wednesday is the day to come visit if you need an updated headshot. We're doing quick, 15 minute sessions for $100... not a bad deal for a HUGE improvement of your online presence! <3 I kind of forgot to announce this earlier (just a quick mention on Facebook), so we've still got some openings if you want to take advantage of the opportunity! Click here to grab one!
Fall mini sessions opening on thursday!!!
Mark those calendars! On Thursday morning we'll be opening up the first round of fall mini sessions. I'll send out an email to announce when they're open for booking. Fall is, obviously, a very popular time for pictures, so if you plan to schedule a session this fall be sure to keep an eye out for that email!
We'll be opening the following dates: September 8th, September 15th, October 6th, and October 27th. :)
And I can't leave you without one more picture. Stunning, stunning, stunning!!! I miss those pine trees and skyscraping peaks already...
When this mama reached out to me in an email, she shared that their family was expecting their fifth and final baby... and the one thing she knew was that she wanted to document this beautiful, special season of their family's life.
I really loved that. As a parent, there are seasons in life when you know, deep down, that the moments & feelings of your family should be captured just as they are, here and now, and without delay. As a mom, I've done it myself... I've booked sessions on a whim, only to be deeply grateful years later that I followed my gut.
Saturday was a beautiful, beautiful day. ☀️ And this was a beautiful, beautiful family. ❤️ Without a doubt, we captured the essence of who they are as a family of six, almost seven, on a warm summer evening, 2018. The giggles, the love, the play, the joy... this family's "now" is safely chronicled for all time and for each one to cherish for always.
What does your gut say about this summer? If it's whispering "go for it," shoot me an email. I'll be right here waiting for ya. ❤️
It took about two hours and forty-three minutes for my kids to get bored this summer. And as ALL parents know, bored is just another name for "having a cranky rotten attitude insinuating that a parent is not doing all he or she can to provide the thrilling, moment-by-moment adventure children are fully entitled to each and every day between early June and late August."
Yup. Guilty as charged. I am not the magic bubbling family fountainhead of fun and inspiration.
This summer, though, we're trying something different. I'm not gonna lie - it's been amazing so far. It's called "KIDS SCHEDULE THEIR OWN FUN. ALSO CHORES". I found this idea on the blog "Thirty Handmade Days" - she even has a downloadable copy you can edit yourself. Perfection.
I tweaked it a bit for my kids and added a blank schedule to the page. Every evening they have to plan out the next day, making sure to include everything on the list. And then I have to approve it because I am a dictator. As you can see, they were thrilled with this idea. 😂😂😂
To help, the kids and I sat down and made a list of indoor and outdoor activities. That way, they aren't allowed to just schedule time to "play outside"... they have to be specific. Examples: "Ride my bike to the park", "Play with water balloons", or "Make shaving cream paint".
We came up with a bazillion fun ideas TOGETHER. See what I did there? They cannot complain about the activities because THEY CHOSE THEM.
Screen time comes AFTER all the other things have been finished. BOOM BABY.
Here's the craziest thing... they were less than thrilled when I introduced the idea, but now they love it. There have even been a few days that they skipped screens altogether because they ran out of time doing other fun, real-summer-activity-type things. As I type this, my kids are outside doing this (spying on them through the front window... lol):
Here's the list the kids and I came up with in case it's helpful to any other desperate summer parents out there... feel free to download it by clicking here or on the list below:
If an activity has a star by it, that means the link to the instructions for that activity can be found here. Special shout-out to a blog called "The Craft Train" where a decent number of these crafts are featured - it's an amazing resource!
Make hot rocks
Create a tissue paper picture
Create a fuseball game
Make cupcake liner flowers
Make a thumbprint dandelion picture
Make a yarn letter
Create craft stick butterfiles
Make giant dice
Learn to finger knit
Make a finger knit snake
Make clothespin bees
Make a paper towel garland
Make braided yarn dolls
Play with chalk
Parting words: Being stocked up with materials has been KEY. Once we had all the activities listed out, we made a list of the things we'd need and headed straight for Dollar Tree. $44, the kids have what they need for a whole summer of fun activities... water balloons, craft paper, yarn, a bug catcher, pool noodles, marbles, crayons, craft sticks, string, clothespins... and I'm not running back and forth to the store to make it all happen.
Good luck my friends!!!
Goodness, where do I even start?!?
I think I'll start with this: I've talked quite a bit over the past few years (often on FB and Instagram) about my kiddos' school, Vine Academy in Hinsdale. We've been a part of the school for three years now and Jonathan and I are still shaking our heads at how incredible it's been for each of our three kids. There's a LOT more I could say about it (customized education, incredible focus on essential character traits, a spotlight on executive functioning skills...) but no one has time to read a novel today...
I've had the privilege of becoming more and more involved in the school's inner-workings the past two years, and it's re-awakened the passion for education that I put aside 12 years ago when Annie came along. The chapter of owning and running Amy Tripple Photography began soon after, and (apart from family) it's been the most important part of my life for a VERY long time.
Can you guess where this is leading???
Deep breath. Here it is: I recently accepted a full-time administrative position at Vine Academy as the Head of Marketing, and I am SO excited. Also, nervous. But mostly excited 😄. It's the first time in twelve years that I've had a passion that's rivaled how I feel about photography. The idea of using my marketing, photography, and people skills to help this school reach more children makes my heart skip a beat.
The most important thing I want you guys to know is this: I am NOT stopping photography!!! Honestly, I don't think it's possible that I ever could... But I will be scaling it back to make room for this new adventure, which is one of the main reasons I'm reaching out...
I thought it might be easiest to throw out some FAQ's that I've already gotten as I've talked with people about this...
FAQ's About This BIG Change
Are you quitting photography?
NO!!! Never. 😉 But I will be scaling back. What this means on a practical level is that I'll be shooting more in the summer, less in the fall, winter, and spring. Also, I'll be keeping my shooting schedule to Saturdays between mid-August and early June.
Is this why you're offering mini sessions?
It's been a big part of that decision for sure! Mini sessions allow me to see more of the clients I love and capture the connection that's so important to me, and they're all I'll be offering this fall. It also brings my prices down to an affordable range for many who wouldn't have been able to swing it before. It cuts down my travel time, which means I can be more efficient on Saturdays in the fall. They're a win-win on so many levels!
How do I make sure I get a session???
I am SO glad you asked!!! 😉 There won't be as many sessions available this fall, so we're hoping that some of our clients will consider booking a session this summer instead. Summer is an amazing time for a session, and pictures taken in the summer bring a burst of joy and sunshine to everyone on your holiday card list when it's time to put that card together.
We plan to open up our (much more limited) fall schedule this August, but right now there are still summer mini sessions open if you'd like grab one while they're available...
Are you burnt out? Is that why you're taking a new position?
Not at all. Over the years, my passion for photography has done nothing but grow; I adore capturing emotions and teaching others about the art of photography. That's why it's been both surprising and exciting to realize that I have another passion that's grown to parallel photography!
Will you be keeping your studio?
Yes! My Hinsdale studio is by far my favorite yet, and I'll definitely be keeping it for indoor sessions, classes, etc... which leads to...
Will you still be teaching classes and doing one-on-ones?
Yes again! Sharing the gift of photography is such an important part of my business, and it fits well into the middle of the days on Saturdays when I'm not shooting due to the sun being too high in the sky (for my liking, lol!).
What about bunny sessions???
Never fear my loves. Those will be happening too. ❤️🐰❤️ Not quite as many, though, so you'll want to keep a close eye out if you want to grab one this spring!
If you have any other questions for me, or want to book a full session this summer instead of a mini, please reach out!
I'd love to chat!
Getting family pictures taken once a year is, for most of us, a high priority. As it should be. 😍
If you're anything like me, though, the thought of scheduling those pictures can seem a little overwhelming. There's SO much to think about!!! Vacation schedules, summer break dates, kids' nap schedules, what you'll wear... OMG the decisions!!! ALL THE THINGS!!!
Most of the times when I start to think about scheduling a session for our family, I tend to freeze and move onto something I have more control over, like loading the dishwasher or petting my dogs or staring out the window at that squirrel on the back fence. Like, how does he even run so fast without falling off? HOW??? If it were me running on that fence could I do it? Would the neighbors notice? Important things to consider.
Here's the thing. If you know you want to schedule a photo session sometime in the next few months, all you have to do is hit "reply."
It's called getting the ball rolling, and it's all you have to do.
Literally... you can write "Amy, we want to do a photo session..." and I will take it from there.
That's it. That's all you gotta do guys.
Step 1: Copy this - Amy, we want to do a photo session.
Step 2: Open an email, address it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3: Hit "paste".
Step 4: Hit "send".
I'm just here to help... and, you know, capture the essence your sweet babies' through photography so you can hold onto their preciousness forever. 😉 Hope to see you SOON loves!!!
What's that? You want to see some pictures? Ok then... here are a few sure to brighten your day. Let's go with a black-and-white dad theme today, shall we? These were all taken within the past 2 weeks during Lifestyle Mini Sessions. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'... 😍😍😍
Here's a post that's been in my head for years. I think it's so fun to know a bit more about what's going on behind the scenes of other people's businesses... so here's a bit about what's going on behind the scenes of mine. Enjoy! (Note - all of the images in this blog were taken during this past week's lifestyle mini sessions... yay!)
7 Things great Photographers Do...
If being an amazing family photographer was a pie, I think it may surprise a lot of people just how small the slice of knowing how a camera works would actually be. Basic photography knowledge is just the price of admission. There's so much more to it than that!
These are the things the best photographers do to create the images that stop people in their tracks:
Great photographers engage.
When we see an image that demonstrates strong emotion, it's nearly always because the photographer has facilitated it in some way. I like to consider myself a silent player in every picture. My job is to draw out an emotion so strong that you are immediately participating in it as everything else falls away. The best photographers are people-people. They know how to form a strong connection with every subject in front of his or her camera. People don't engage with cameras; they engage with photographers.
Great photographers look for the story.
If you've come to any of my classes, you've heard me talk about this. Every photo tells a story. The moment a skilled photographer arrives on the scene, he or she begins to look for the story. What emotions are present? How do these subjects relate to one another? Why are the subjects moving/behaving/talking/connecting the way they are? The best photographers aren't passive bystanders... they're detectives on a mission.
Great photographers are a little bit bossy. Nice, but bossy.
If you were to take your car to the shop for repairs, you'd want the mechanic to take the lead, no? I'd definitely be having second thoughts if my mechanic started asking how I thought my car should be fixed. Great photographers clearly direct their subjects. They're comfortable calling the shots because they're secure in their knowledge of photography... whether it's how to turn your head, when it's time to walk to another spot, whom to look at, what to say... all of it! A photographer who directs his or her subjects puts them at ease, because they can trust in his or her knowledge and experience. Relaxed subjects = better pictures. Simple as that.
Great photographers practice wholeheartedness.
As dreamy as it may sound (and it often is!), photography is not an easy line of work. It's highly rewarding, but as artists we have a LOT of emotional skin in the game. We photographers not only put their work out for all to see (see the definition of vulnerable here, lol); we also have to put a price on it. Some will value the art, some won't. It can be difficult for an artist to separate people's valuation of her work from their valuation of her self... if not properly managed, this can lead a photographer toward defensiveness at best, bitterness at worst. Staying "soft" is one of the biggest challenges in this profession; the very best photographers understand and accept that exposing their hearts through their photography means they are opening themselves up to emotional hurt... but they choose to be wholehearted anyway, choosing to focus on and be grateful for the opportunities they have to create and share their passion with the world.
Great photographers find inspiration in their subjects.
Another session. Another family. Another day in the life of a portrait photographer. It can be easy to fall into a rut of monotony, but that road leads to the desolate land of boredom and burnout. The best photographers intentionally and actively choose to see each subject as unique and beautiful; they look for the miraculous in the midst of the ordinary. The best photographers allow their hearts to swell with inspiration as their subjects dance, embrace, smile, connect, laugh... even cry... and they choose to fully engage in each and every session.
Great photographers won't "arrive."
I'm convinced that the moment I decide that my photography has reached perfection is the moment that marks the beginning of the end of my craft. It's like that with anything, of course, but especially with art. Art is not linear... it's a wide open field of exploration, experimentation and inspiration that can take you in any direction. There's no "arriving" with photography because there are ALWAYS more directions in which to grow! New lenses, new perspectives, new compositions, new subjects, new locations, new lighting techniques... the list is endless and one lifetime is nowhere close to enough to know and master it all.
Great photographers love photography.
I mean... they REALLY love photography. They love it as much as they love air, food, water... even wine, hahaha. They go through life viewing the world through an imaginary rectangle, because life is a story and they are the storytellers. I often find myself in tears as I sort through the images from sessions, my heart threatening to burst into a thousand pieces at each precious interaction. Bet you didn't know that. I believe that the best photographers will always choose to open up their hearts and fall in love with their craft, again and again... because it's through this lens of love that truly incredible images emerge. ❤️
And those, my friends, are the seven things that the very best photographers will always do...
Here's a smattering of the kinds of pictures that are taken during a Lifestyle Mini Session.
I can't stop talking about these sessions because they catch life happening. And life is beautiful.
There are still a few openings through the end of June, and our July & August schedule was just released. We expect these to go quickly this fall, so getting your session knocked out during the summer wouldn't be a bad idea... just sayin'. ;)
Click below to see what's available.
Hope to see you soon my friends! <3
Did I catch your attention there? Hope so, because there is something I just discovered that is SO brilliant that I would be a straight-up criminal not to share it with you.
But first, a quick back-story: I don't usually get up when my alarm goes off. Never have. That's the back-story.
K. Let's fast-forward to last week when my daughter heard Jonathan and I trying to problem-solve (yet again) our lack of willpower when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning. She told us that she'd heard of an alarm clock that shreds money. Yes... it shreds money. Or at least it threatens to, because actually shredding money is illegal, who knew?
It's like this: you put a dollar bill (or a larger one!) in it, set your alarm, and it activates 2 minutes later to shred whatever's sitting in its teeth. 😂 Brilliant.
- I slide the dollar (or higher) bill into the shredder before I go to bed.
- My alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m. the next morning
- The shredder turns on at 5:02 a.m.
I keep the shredder downstairs, so my morning now consists of me FLYING out of bed to pull the money out of the shredder before it turns on. Hahaha. It's awesome.
K. Thought you should know about that. Now... do you want to see the CUTEST 2 year old??? She was amazing... enjoy!!!
PS... Every picture I posted from this session would qualify as a "lifestyle" image... If you're ready to book a Lifestyle Mini yourself, or learn more about them, click here!!!
So... in this blog post, I shared the maternity pictures of our amazing studio manager, Melissa. I also shared that we'd be downsizing left as we were planning to put a little more focus into the educational side of our business.
Welp. That didn't last long.
Turns out, Melissa is totally essential and worth her weight in gold. We knew it, of course, but we know it even more now, hahaha! She was so gracious to come back to us part-time and get going on emails, after we realized (yet again) that neither email nor timely communication lie in my arsenal of strengths. LOL
In the meantime, she went and had that baby. He is, without a doubt, the SWEETEST and CUTEST baby in the whole wide world. I am in love with him. You will be too. Take a peek:
And... I was privileged enough to get to visit these guys at the hospital during those first few precious days. I took this one and loved it enough to submit it to the NAPCP International Image Competition (National Association of Professional Child Photographers) and it placed!!! Because why wouldn't a baby with that kind of hair not place in an image competition??? Hehe.
So... feel free to wish her and her husband, Brad, congratulations on their GORGEOUS baby boy! And we can all rest a bit easier now that you'll be getting responses to your emails again. 😂
Also, this. Heaven help me. I will never get anything done at her house ever again...