December Newborn Session Recaps

I am so behind on blogging, but it's for a good reason, I promise! My team is in the final stages of designing my brand new website, and since my blog will basically have to start over when it launches, I've been dragging my feet on posting.

But seriously, the images from December are just too good not to share!

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It was another month of transition and growth here at AWP. We introduced Leigh to the team, who will be assisting me during newborn sessions so that parents can totally relax and enjoy the session.

Guys - Leigh is a TOTAL baby whisperer and the perfect fit to the studio! I'm so thrilled to be able to offer this benefit to my clients, and since Leigh is trained to keep her hands and eyes on baby at all times, I can focus more of my brain on the technicalities of the job.


First up was baby Margot! I photographed Steph and Lane's maternity session back in September, and before we knew it, Margot was here. Originally due in November, she took her sweet time and decided to become a December baby! Worth the wait, wouldn't you say?

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Gahhhh, dads and babies totally melt my heart.

Next, baby Eleanor came to visit me! Her daddy owns a race car, so naturally we had to incorporate that. The studio is stocked to the brim with everything we need to style a newborn session, but I love it when parents bring little personal touches to the session. It forces me to think outside the box and get creative - check out the end result!

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Next were my first set of twins, Taylor and Timothy. They are identical twin boys, and needless to say, I *might* have been nervous about mixing them up. But as luck would have it, there ended up being a pretty easy way to tell these sweet dudes apart - Timothy has two thumbs on one of his hands! What a beautiful feature to be blessed to capture. I will never forget this little guy!

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Last but not least, we got to meet baby Isabel. She is the first child for two very good friends of mine, and there's nothing like getting to see your friends become parents. Welcome to the dark side, suckers! (Kidding, kind of.) Isabel is absolutely perfect and the family images from this session are *everything* to me. Baby was wide awake and totally enamored with the camera. I may have found myself a new model!

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Choosing a Newborn Photographer

Today I'm revisiting a subject that's near and dear to my heart: choosing a newborn photographer.

PARENTS. Did you know that the photography industry is 100% unregulated? That literally anyone can buy a camera and open shop? You'll have to do some research when searching for a newborn photographer because unfortunately, the burden is on you to determine who's qualified to photograph your baby.

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I'm not knocking the newbie. Everyone's gotta start somewhere and I haven't been in this industry long, either. But I have invested thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours into my education and safety training. Not just because I want to create incredible portraits, but also because the thought of something happening to a baby during a session literally keeps me awake at night.

Just days after giving birth, riding that hormone roller coaster, you're going to hand your baby to the person you've chosen to create your baby's first portraits.

What do you know about them? Do you trust her? Is she someone you'll want to be around just a few days postpartum?

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How about her portfolio? Does she create images that you'd be proud to display on your walls and in your family photo albums, to be admired for generations? Will she help you create those beautiful works of art, or are you on your own to figure out what to do with your images?

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How will your client experience be? Does the photographer work with an assistant, or will you be expected to lend a hand during the session? Does she have a collection of props and backdrops for you to utilize? Does she have reviews and references from past clients? Is communication clear and helpful?

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I hope these questions give you something to think about as you search for that perfect person to create these portraits for you. And you know what? Maybe that person isn't me, and that is 100% okay!

There are 76 babies born each week in the southern Maryland area alone, and I'm able to photograph just one baby per week - at the most. Not everyone will be my client, but if there is anything I can do to help you in your search, even if it means connecting you with another trusted newborn photographer - I am here to help you.

My biggest priority is the safety and comfort of these tiny humans. If you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Best of 2017 Bloopers

Well folks, the end of the year is nearly upon us. It's time to reflect on our accomplishments, our triumphs, our finest moments of 2017.

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But that would be boring.

Instead, today I present to you some of my favorite outtakes from the past year. I've been holding on to some of these for months, and I hope you'll enjoy a good laugh!

I asked them to show me what fifty years of marriage looked like. This is what happened next:

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Being a princess isn't all sunshine and butterflies. It is TOUGH WORK. Just ask Maddy:

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I asked which sister was older. Still not totally clear on the correct answer.

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There's always that one kid in every family.

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Amelia repeatedly ran to me to show off her brother's ultrasound. Toddlers REALLY love being told to sit still.

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What's an engagement session without a casual game of catch?

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I should probably get used to seeing these eyes roll in my direction.

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That's a wrap! Looking forward to more silliness in 2018!

Balance.

I'm not a huge fan of resolutions. But one recent trend that I can get on board with is a word of the year. Basically, the idea is that you choose a word that you want to shape or define your actions and thoughts for the coming year.

The word I've chosen for 2018? You guessed it: balance.

In recent months, "balance" has come to mean so many different things to me. It's the ability to juggle all of my myriad responsibilities so that each gets my best self. It's physical balance - returning to exercise and activities that bring me joy and keep my body working at its best. It's financial balance - our budgeting goals and priorities shift, and we need to continue balance those wants and needs. And of course, mental balance - managing my anxiety and ensuring that I'm nurturing my soul and mind.

This brings me to some big changes planned for Amanda Wose Photography in 2018.

First, all consultations shall occur by phone or Skype, with galleries delivered via online gallery as opposed to in-person meetings. I'll be honest - this is not my preferred business method. I take great pride in printing your images and being by your side when you see the images for the first time. But as the studio gets busier, my time is becoming scarce, and this is the best way to make it work for now.  Studio appointments will be available upon request to design wall art galleries and albums.

Second, just five portrait commissions will be accepted per month. This ensures that each client receives the high level of service and imagery you've come to expect from AWP, while allowing me sufficient time for my family and other priorities. Head here to view 2018 collections and pricing.

I am fully booked for December and January, with just one appointment remaining for February. If you're expecting a spring baby or dreaming of a springtime portrait session, now is the time to book in. I fully expect a 3-6 month wait list for portrait sessions in 2018.

Thank you for your continued support! I look forward to creating beautiful portraits together in the coming year!

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Baby Martin {Southern Maryland Newborn Photographer}

I am SO BEHIND on blogging lately! It's outta control, guys. But I'm here and THRILLED to share some of my favorite images from baby Martin's newborn session a few weeks ago!

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Jaxson is absolutely the sweetest little peanut. He slept for just about his entire session - in fact, he was sleeping so deeply, even Dad was able to sneak in a little catnap! I love it when a parent falls asleep during their baby's session. That tells me they're totally comfortable and finally getting some much-needed rest!

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Family portraits have become such an important part of my newborn session workflow. Mom, I know you may not be feeling your best in those early days, but you have me to pose you perfectly and guide you towards the perfect styling for your session. These images will be treasured for a lifetime - I promise!

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Michele, motherhood looks fantastic on you. Thank you for trusting me to photograph your sweet boy!

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Two Big Announcements!

Hi all! What a week it's been. Last weekend, I photographed six wonderful families as part of my fall mini session series. The weather was incredible, and a great time was had by all. I'm already looking forward to next year!

Which brings me to my first announcement - as of January 2018, AWP will specialize in newborn, children's, and wedding photography, and will no longer offer family portrait sessions. I feel called to specialize and look forward to bringing a unique service to southern Maryland unlike anything that's currently offered in our area. I lovingly refer to my genres as "love and marriage", "bump and baby", and "styled child", terms you'll find throughout my website and portfolio.

If you are dreaming of a styled maternity portrait and newborn session where all you have to do is show up with baby - I'm your girl. If you're looking for a princess session for your daughter or timeless, beautiful wedding coverage - let's chat.

Please know, I love my family clients. Dearly. I've developed friendships with so many of you, and I want to assure you that I am still here to create beautiful family portraits for you. Working with you brings me so much joy, but the problem is, family portrait sessions often have to take place on weekends, and it's cutting into my own family time more than I'd like.

Here is my solution, aka announcement #2: AWP will host two days of limited edition family sessions in 2018!

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Spring and fall are the most popular times for family portraits anyway, and I'm able to offer the sessions at an incredible value since we'll be photographing them all on the same day, marathon style. The retainer fee for either date is $250 and is applied in full to the print or digital collection of your choice. With collections beginning at just $450, this is an absolute steal!

As the name implies, these limited edition sessions are just that: limited. I've opened registration for five appointments on each day, and I expect they will book quickly. To book yours today, visit the shop!

Details for the AWP Children's Holiday Series

It may be Halloween, but I've got Christmas on the brain! Plans for the AWP children's holiday series are in full swing and appointments are booking quickly, so I wanted to pass along the details as this is NOT your average mini session event!

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WHEN: Sunday, November 26th by appointment only
WHERE: at the AWP studio in Lusby, Maryland
WHAT: 20-minute styled portrait session, props and yummy homemade treats provided
WHO: geared towards kids ages 2-10. Sibling sets of three or fewer can share one session, but four or more should book back-to-back appointments.
WHY: to raise money for St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

That's right, I'm donating 100% of the $100 session fee to St. Jude's, because there's nothing I'm more thankful for than the health of my two girls. Join me in supporting these families so that all they have to worry about is helping their child get well.

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You'll receive the session and a beautiful 2018 calendar print as my personal thank-you for donating. Additional products and gifts will be available for purchase after the session if desired.

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The set I've designed is simple and classic, with minimal props, so that all of the focus is on your child enjoying the magic of the holiday season. Because of its simplicity, outfits from Christmas jammies to festive party gowns will look beautiful!

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Click the button below to reserve your child's session today and to donate to an incredible cause!

Fall Session Recap

Well, as to be expected, I challenged myself to blog each day in the month of September - and then TOTALLY fell off the bandwagon. But it was for a good reason, I promise! The past several weeks have brought family and newborn portrait sessions, two new wedding clients for 2018, educational workshops, and tons of exciting developments behind the scenes.

September kicked off with a day of princess sessions for some very lucky little girls. I sourced some ahhh-mazing couture gowns just for the occasion, and the looks of joy on their faces as they twirled around was simply unforgettable.

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A few days later, I had the pleasure of photographing the Dent family's first portrait session - EVER! That's right, this family of four had never been in front of a professional photographer before, and I'm absolutely thrilled that they chose me for the honor. They chose the image on the far left to enlarge to a stunning 30x40" wall portrait for their kitchen. It's gorgeous, and I love knowing that it's bringing joy every single day.

I love it when old friends contact me to photograph their big milestones, so I was thrilled to create these maternity portraits for my friend Stephanie. Steph and I were sorority sisters in college, and now she and her husband are expecting their first child - a baby girl! I can't wait to meet her in November.

Sweet baby Gwynn was my model for some new projects and techniques. I photographed her twice - once before upgrading to a state-of-the-art lighting system and attending Kelly Brown's newborn workshop, and again after. I can see my work progressing towards what I want it to be with each baby I photograph, but these two elements have totally taken what I'm able to create for clients to the next level.

Next, I got to meet the Reese family for their family portrait session. Of course it was about 90 degrees on the day of this "fall" session, but we worked quickly and got the images we needed without anyone breaking a sweat! Alisha was referred to me by another client, which is one of my faaaavorite ways to meet new families. It totally warms my soul when clients love my work and trust me enough to share my name with their own family and friends.

What an incredible month! The fall portrait session is in full swing, and I can't wait to share all the amazing things going on in October. Until next time!

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The Kelly Brown Workshop Recap

September was an absolutely incredible month for me and AWP. The studio got a beautiful makeover, I booked two more weddings for next year, and I got to serve some absolutely wonderful new clients. To cap it off, I was fortunate enough to attend a small, in-person workshop with one of the greatest newborn photographers in the world, Kelly Brown.

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Up until now I've received all of my training and education from online workshops and courses, which are fantastic, but nothing compares to a full day learning in-person from the best of the best. And trust me - it was a FULL day! Two sweet little models came to visit us in the morning so that we could work extensively on posing, lighting, and of course, safety.

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After lunch, we dove right into business. We discussed how to determine what products to offer our clients, how to prepare clients for the session, and everything that goes into operating a successful boutique portrait studio. I loved this portion of the day because it's so important to me to run my studio in a way that ensures I'm still here to serve you next year - and the year after that - and the decade after that.

The best part was being able to collaborate with the other newborn photographers attending the workshop. Photography can be an isolating field, but we all worked together to help one another. It was so refreshing to see community win out over competition, and Kelly urged us to do some research to determine exactly how many babies were born in our area each year.

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I did my homework, and it turns out that 4,247 babies are born in southern Maryland each year. At the very most, I could photograph 50 of those babies in a year - that's just barely 1%! I couldn't possibly photograph every family in southern Maryland, so my goal is simply to ensure that I love and serve my clients the very best way that I can.

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All in all, this day was hands down the greatest investment I've ever made in myself and my business. I'm bursting with excitement about all that I've learned, and my passion for the newborn genre is at an all-time high. This is what I'm called to do, and I'm honored to share this gift with so many wonderful families.

Please note: all images shown in this blog post were created during Kelly Brown's workshop with her guidance. Visit the portfolio to view images created solely by me.

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Know Your Why.

It's hard to put the power of newborn photography into words, but I'm going to try. My births and post-partum experiences were difficult, physically and mentally, and sadly, I don't have many happy memories of the early days with my daughters.

Before they were born, newborn photography seemed like a frivolous expense. "What do I need a photographer for?" I wondered, "I'll just take pictures myself!"

And then real life happened. Fifty-plus hours of labor with Caroline, ending in an unscheduled c-section and preeclampsia complications. It was days before I could even stand unassisted, let alone muster the strength to take a photo of her. To stand over her to take a photo in the state I was in would've been flat out dangerous.

We opted for a scheduled c-section with Ellie, and things seemed to go a little better at first. Unfortunately, the day we came home from the hospital, I developed a case of pneumonia so severe that I nearly needed to be rehospitalized. Cue the post-partum anxiety spiral all over again.

I deeply regret not investing in newborn portraits of my girls. Not just to remember how tiny and cute they were - because they grow FAST! - but also as a reminder of the beauty of those days, even if my own memory has failed me. A newborn child is truly God's artwork here on Earth, even if my imperfect being cannot see it through the fog.

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It's such an honor and source of healing for me to serve families in this way. If you or someone you know would like to book in, please email me directly at hello@amandawosephotography.com. I can't wait to work with you.

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"How do you want to be photographed?"

How do you want to be photographed? I begin all consultations with this simple question. Because it's not about me, it's about you.

Let me show you your greatest possible self. The beautiful soul that your family and friends adore. You are enough, you are worth it, you are valuable.

Great portraits are a side effect of genuine human connection. And so I ask again: how do you want to be photographed?

Debbie knew exactly how she wanted to be photographed. She and Kyle were celebrating 26 years of marriage, and it'd probably been about that long since they'd been photographed together. As she sat in the stylist's chair, Debbie scrolled through my website (which was awesome!), showing me images she liked best.

This experience was all about them. Together, we created images that perfectly capture Debbie and Kyle, and made them into portraits that will be here long after we're gone.

We added to their legacy. We preserved their best selves.

How do you want to be photographed? Let's create something beautiful together.

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Just opened: additional fall mini session appointments!

Ahhh, I can't believe it! My first fall mini session event has completely sold out - and it's still almost two months away! To ensure I'm able to serve as many families as possible, I've opened up a handful of additional sessions on Friday, November 3rd. Visit the shop section for more details and to book right from the website, before they sell out again! Once these are sold out, I cannot take any additional sessions to ensure delivery in time for holiday cards and gifting.

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Planning for Your Newborn Session

Newborn photography is my absolute favorite genre. I love being one of the first people to snuggle baby, providing a cozy, inviting place for parents to rest, and creating stunning images that will be adored for a lifetime.

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You may not realize it, but a LOT of planning, preparation, education, and training has gone into your baby's session, long before he or she is even born! Below you'll find a few tips to ensure success at your newborn session.

1. Relax.
Babies can literally smell fear and anxiety, especially from their mama. I have created a warm, calming studio to allow my parents to fully relax while they're here, and I educate every client as to exactly what they can expect throughout the session. Ultimately though, the smoothest sessions tend to happen when mama is totally relaxed and comfortable. I encourage you to think of the session as a nice 2-3 hour break - feel free to curl up on the couch with a book, catch up on social media, or even take a little catnap. Baby is in excellent hands, and I'll let you know if I need you!

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2. Manage expectations.
Just like adults, babies are all different too. While I do utilize the same basic workflow for almost every baby, every session is unique, just like baby. Not every baby will be able to do every pose. Newborn portrait sessions take 2-4 hours, and most of that time is spent soothing and feeding baby. We move at their pace and never, ever force something that they just don't want to do. Rest assured, we will get beautiful images no matter what!

3. Keep it simple.
I know the little tutus and baby-size team jerseys are cute, but leave them at home for the newborn portrait session. I create classic, timeless portraits of your baby, and many store-bought props may look outdated before your little one even gets to kindergarten. I have a huge, ever-growing selection of premium fabrics, props, wraps, and backdrops in an array of colors and textures that will stand the test of time. Neutrals always photograph beautifully!

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4. Prepare for some tears!
Parents, I'm warning you now! I present each client with a printed reveal, meaning you will be able to see and hold each portrait in your gallery when you view it for the first time. In this digital age, this experience is often incredibly emotional and powerful. I'll have tissues on hand and will most likely be tearing up right along with you! Creating artwork for my clients is truly one of my greatest blessings, and it's an honor to serve you in this way. You'll even be able to purchase your favorite portraits and take them home with you that day.

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Why I Create a Timeline for Every Wedding

You've heard it a million times - your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. The months (or years!) of planning and preparation will be over before you know it, and the next day, all you'll have is your groom and your photographs.

It's my job to make sure the latter are pretty freaking great, and if there's one thing that has more impact than ANY other factor, it's the timeline. I can work with crazy weather, your Uncle Bob who insists in shooting over my shoulder, even poor lighting or a small venue. But a wedding day timeline can make or break any celebration, which is why I start drafting yours before you've even signed a contract. Why?

First, to manage expectations. If a bride tells me that detail shots and getting ready photos are really important to her and that she's dying to have a first look, then I can tell her point blank: I will need to arrive at least three hours prior to the ceremony to create those images. I am always looking out for my bride, and it wouldn't be right to hear what's important to her and then agree to just show up an hour before the ceremony starts. I can't document moments that I literally wasn't present for, and having control over the timeline ensures that I give my clients what they want.

Second, to establish trust and rapport with the bride. I was a wedding coordinator for a few years during college, and I LIVE for event planning and logistics. Believe it or not, I'm likely thinking about your wedding just as much as you are! From researching your venue, continuing my education, and coordinating with other vendors, I want to you to know that your wedding is important to me. I love emailing back and forth with my brides in the weeks and months leading up to the event, adjusting little details and sneaking in Facetime chats to weigh in on decor choices. All of this culminates in creating genuine friendships with my clients, which makes my job a breeze on the wedding day!

And finally, because I'm a little bit selfish. Listen, I can create beautiful images just about anywhere, anytime. But you likely fell in love with a certain aesthetic in my portfolio, and I know to create those dreamy portraits that are totally centered on the couple, I need to be able to steal you away just before sunset on your wedding day. For the majority of the wedding day I am a fly on the wall: perhaps giving gentle posing direction, but generally documenting moments as they unfold. The sunset portrait session is my chance to steal you and your new spouse away for just a few moments and create some ahhh-mazing portraits of you. It doesn't take long to make magic, but I assure you, building this selfish little block into your timeline promises authentic, stunning portraits of you and your husband.

There you have it! Want to start planning your wedding today? Let's meet for coffee or a glass of wine and start dreaming. Limited 2018 dates are still available.

Product Review: Folio Box

Nearly every client asks which of my products is my personal favorite - hands down, it's the folio box. Why? The folio box is versatile, stunningly gorgeous, and most importantly, archival.

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Each box measures 11x14 and includes an assortment of 8x10 portraits, matted to 11x14. This is the PERFECT size to either frame and create a wall gallery, gift the images to loved ones, or even display one at a time on an easel, while keeping the other images tucked away safely.

The moment you hold a folio box in your hands, you'll be able to fully appreciate the beauty. The folio box is handcrafted by skilled artisans, right here in the USA - in fact, each box takes over six hours to create. From the supple linen cover to the black lining and satin ribbon within, each detail screams quality.

Last but not least, the folio box is truly the best way to protect your images and ensure that they are enjoyed well beyond your own lifetime. The mat and lustre coating on each portrait protects them from fingerprints, and the box itself ensures that they are safe from harm while not in use. Imagine your grandchild finding this box in your attic one day and the joy the images within will bring.

I love this product so much that I've based all of my collections around it. Want to come see one for yourself? Let's set up a complimentary consultation!

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Time is NOT a Renewable Resource.

If there's one thing I've learned while juggling a full-time career, growing a business, and raising a family, it's how to make every single second count. Just yesterday, I loaded the dishwasher while simultaneously paying a bill online and playing hide and seek with my kid (count to ten reallllllllly slowly).

In today's world with endless apps and distractions, it can be easy to let a whole day slip by without really having much to show for it. The truth is, though, time is not a renewable resource. Once a day is over, it's gone for good. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to maximize your efficiency.

1. Have big-picture goals.
I evaluate my goals and set new ones every six months or so. Mine are typically related to fitness, finance, or my business, but I often have personal goals as well. The key is that they are actionable, measurable, and achievable with a little hard work. Dream big, get excited, and write down your goals somewhere that you can look at them every single day. My three big-picture goals for the remainder of 2017 are to lose ten pounds, book one new client per week, and to save $2000 for an upcoming home improvement project.

2. Create daily goals.
Begin each day by writing a quick list of your goals just for that day. These tasks should tie-in to your big-picture goals. For example, my goals for today are to eat one zero-carb meal, follow-up with two potential client inquiries and submit paperwork to sponsor Leprechaun Lilly again this fall, and to draft a personal budget for the month of September. These are small, discrete tasks that when built upon every single day, will help me achieve those big goals. I write these tasks on a notepad next to my computer so that I know exactly what I need to do when I have a few minutes to spare.

3. Schedule your tasks.
I'm juggling so much that I've found it difficult to schedule my entire day successfully, so instead, I give myself time limits for individual tasks throughout the day. For example, I allotted myself thirty minutes to write this blog post - at the end of that time, I will either roll with what I have so far, or I'll save and continue writing later. The key is to not allow any one task to dominate your entire day.

4. Outsource all the things.
I value my time above all else, including money. I can always make more money, but I cannot make more time. Therefore, I outsource everything I can as my budget allows, and it's been a HUGE gamechanger for our family. This doesn't always have to mean hiring help or spending money - perhaps it means trading services with a friend or colleague. As long as the trade is equal and satisfies all parties, I'm a huge advocate of swapping services. It takes a village, right?

Well, my thirty minutes are up! What time management practices work best for you? I'd love to hear about them!

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How to Dress for Fall Portraits

I absolutely love this time of year. The temperature begins to dip, football season has begun, and all of sudden pumpkin is in everything. It's also the best time of year for family portraits! You may be overwhelmed with options and trying to style a whole family can be difficult, so I've compiled a few steps to help.

1. Choose a color palette.
The beautiful fall foliage lends itself to warm, vibrant tones. Consider navy, charcoal grey, and cream as neutral bases, and add in burgundy, mustard, rust, plum, and/or sage for pops of color. Steer clear of stark black, white, or red.

2. Dress Mom first.
I always find something for myself first, then build the rest of the family's outfits around my own. Why? Because if mom is happy and comfortable, everyone will be! Look for long flowing dresses, preferably in a solid color and textured fabric such as lace. Colored denim is a great way to add some interest to the look, but stay away from short dresses unless you're wearing leggings underneath as it may limit your posing options.

3. Embrace print.
Especially for the kids! Think plaid shirts for the boys and fall florals for the girls. As long as everyone is in the same color palette, it will look beautifully cohesive without being matchy-matchy.

4. Keep it simple for Dad.
Once you've figured out Mom and kids, Dad should be easy. There's nothing better for him than a perfectly fitted pair of dark-wash denim. Pair with a collared shirt or sweater in a shade from your color palette, and he's good to go! Just be sure to veto any t-shirts or sneakers.

5. Accessorize!
This is where it gets really fun and totally unique to you! Cooler weather means you can layer, and layering is an excellent way to get some variety in your images without a full wardrobe change. Consider vests for the guys, or cardigans for the girls. Add a statement necklace for Mom or even floral crowns for the girls. Bring props such as pumpkins, a bushel basket full of apples, or a beautiful blanket for even more options!

AWP fall mini sessions are November 4th and booking quickly. Click the button below to reserve yours today!

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Kelsey & Travis | Annapolis Engagement Session

They say that if you don't like the weather in Maryland just wait ten minutes, and that's exactly how Kelsey and Travis's engagement session went. We met at the historic London Town & Garden on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Then it began to rain, but the sun was still shining. Then, the skies opened and a torrential downpour fell. Finally, the sun peeked back out - and through it all, we had a blast!

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These two are so fun and laid back, and if we could handle a crazy engagement session with this much grace and laughter, I know they'll be able to handle anything Mother Nature dishes out on their wedding day.

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Travis is from Pennsylvania, and Kelsey is from southern Maryland. The two met while teaching, and the rest is history! They've put roots down near Annapolis, and are planning a July 2018 wedding in Kelsey's hometown. I love event planning almost as much as I love my camera, and it's been an honor to be part of their celebration.

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When your bride looks unfazed at the pouring rain and suggests going outside for a game of catch, you know you've hit the jackpot! As the official, completely unbiased scorekeeper, Maryland definitely won by eight million points.

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Travis's one request throughout their preparations has been that they get married near the water - we are in southern Maryland, after all! He suggested we head down to the dock as the rain cleared out, and the results were ahhhh-mazing. The dip is their signature move, so I'm sure we'll see it on their wedding day too!

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How to Choose a Newborn Photographer

Congratulations, you're about to have a baby! You're probably Googling at all hours of the day: looking for the best car seat, the fastest route to the hospital, researching where your pediatrician went to med school juuuust to make sure it's legit.

I beg of you: give the same amount of care to choosing a newborn photographer. There are many investments that make sense to choose based on price alone. This is not one of them. The moment you hand your week-old newborn to your photographer, watching that person handle what you hold most dear in this world, you'll understand why.  Your baby's comfort and well-being are in that person's hands. Choose wisely.

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But what should you look for? To add to the confusion, there are no standard certification processes or requirements to meet within the newborn photography industry - anyone can start a business at any time, with no training or education. So, it's up to the client to carefully evaluate your candidates.

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Below are a few things to look for prior to hiring your newborn photographer:
1. How many newborns have they photographed? A photographer could be in business for decades and never photograph a newborn, whereas a newer photographer may choose to specialize and has already served dozens of newborn clients. Look for the latter.
2. Do they specialize in newborn photography?
3. What qualifications do they have to work with newborns? There are many avenues to receive newborn photography education, such as in-person workshops, mentoring, and online training.
4. Are they up to date on vaccinations, such as the flu shot and TDAP?
5. Do they have a studio?
6. Do they have props, backdrops, and outfits for you to utilize? A good newborn photographer knows what sort of fabrics and outfits will photograph best and typically supplies these for their clients.
7. Do they work with an assistant/ask the parent to help during the session? Many poses require a second set of hands and should NOT be attempted by one person alone.
8. Does the photographer's newborn portfolio match what you are searching for? Look for timeless images which feature calm, content, and comfortable babies. Baby should be the primary focus of the images.
9. Are you able to speak with or meet the photographer before the session? A good newborn photographer must be gentle, caring, and endlessly patient. They should be someone you'll want to spend as long as three hours with in the days after you give birth, comfortable with breastfeeding, and a source of calm and understanding to the myriad issues you may be dealing with.

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Want me to be your newborn photographer? Let's chat! I can't wait to work with you and meet your little one.

Southern Maryland Fresh 48 Sessions

The hushed excitement pulsing through the recovery room. Three (yes, THREE!) big sisters, eagerly waiting to meet the newest baby girl. The sweet swell of mama's freshly postpartum belly, cradling a newborn that's been earthside for just a few hours.

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Fresh 48 sessions are magical. Documentary and unposed, taking place in the hospital within 48 hours of baby's birth, Fresh 48 sessions are a natural complement to a styled maternity or posed newborn portrait session.

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The Berry family just welcomed their fourth baby girl! Dad beamed with pride - owning his title as a confirmed girl dad - and the girls took turns meeting baby Stevie.

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My favorite aspect of Fresh 48 sessions are the quiet, candid moments I'm able to capture. The hours and days right after birth soon become hazy in mama's memory, and it is truly an honor to be able to immortalize them beautifully.

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Thank you for trusting me to capture these, Berry family! See you again for baby girl #5? HA! ;-)

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