Like many people, my love of photography was about photographing things and places long before it was about photographing people. If you were to go back through the many folders on my computer, under each year, you would find a folder titled "Scenery." Every year, I created that folder to hold the photos I took JUST for me, the pictures from the days where I just got up, picked up my camera and my car keys, and didn't come back for hours. Once you got tired of looking through folders on my computer, you could go through my old photo albums and find pictures from as far back as middle school where I did the same thing (minus the car keys).
As a teen and college student, photography was a way to express myself. As a young adult working 60-80 hours a week in the real world, it was a hobby for my days off and an inexpensive way to decorate my walls. And when I went through my divorce in 2010, going for a walk with my camera was a way to escape my head. Trust me, there's nothing like laying perfectly still, belly down, in the sand waiting out a nervous bird to clear your head of the noise of every day life. Now, as a 33 year old mom, step-mom, wife, and wahm/photographer, being able to "run away" for a couple of hours to commune with nature and take some pictures is a much needed reminder of what got me into this business in the first place.
So why am I telling you this? I want you to understand how much I love photography as an art. While uploading Halloween snapshots into my 2014 folder, I realized there was no "Scenery" folder.
It had been over a year since I'd gone out and shot just-for-me.
I teared up.
Don't judge me.
2014 was a busy year, it began with me super pregnant, then I became a new mom, and then it was just the day-to-day life of motherhood, and I have NO regrets about it! But, when my husband asked me last week what I wanted to do for my birthday, I didn't hesitate with my request.
I asked him if I could go down to the beach for a few hours around sunset and take pictures - alone. God love that man, he didn't take that the wrong way. He said of course, cleaned out his truck (he'd need my car for the 3 kids), and at 3pm the next day, sent me on my way.
It. Was. Glorious.
One of my best "finding beauty" days ever. And now there's a "Scenery" folder in 2015!
And, for nostalgia's sake, here's a few from "finding beauty" days past.
2014 was a year of changes - both in my personal life and for my business. I revamped my website, added Newborn photography to my portfolio (and instantly fell in LOVE), and developed a “Watch me Grow” Milestone package for Pensacola area parent’s to document baby’s 1st year! While I still LOVE weddings and being a Pensacola wedding photographer, I made the decision to limit the number of weddings I’ll take each year and moved the focus of my business more in the direction of Family Portrait photography. Oh yeah, and I had a baby!
So, what am I looking forward to in 2015?
For my business, I am going to make a huge push to get my Senior Ambassador Program off the ground this spring. I think the Class of 2016 in Escambia county, Santa Rosa county, and Baldwin county will be a great group to launch my awesome Senior Portrait program.
As well as marketing towards high school seniors, I’ll also be booking more Newborn and Family Portrait sessions! I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to try my hand at “Birth Story” photography before year's end. And, because I do love Wedding photography, I will still be booking weddings, just on a more limited basis.
Also, the end of 2014 brought a change to how our customers receive their digital & print images. From now on, unless otherwise agreed upon, all digital images from Portrait sessions will be delivered via digital download and brides & grooms will receive their images on a USB. Print & canvas orders will be placed directly through me and not through a 3rd party site. This both allows me to offer you the same, quality products at a lower cost AND enables me to personally make sure your portraits are perfectly, sized, scaled, and colored before they're sent to be printed.
For my personal life, I can’t wait to see my son take his first steps and celebrate his first birthday! And I’m hoping that 2015 allows me to do a little traveling again. As much as I love portrait photography, landscape and nature photography is in my soul.
A peak back at 2014...
Thank you to everyone who trusted me to capture their precious moments this past year, and a special thank you to the four new mothers who trusted me to hone my newborn photography craft on their new bundle of joy!
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, mom-bun rocking, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.
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