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luke // newborn session // sneak peek // bright indiana newborn photographer

I am very excited to welcome baby Luke into my Baby Collection program. I met this adorable little family outside of Lawrenceburg Indiana for this in-home newborn session.

Mom and Dad kept his gender under wraps until his early debut in March… (wha??) and they pulled it off seamlessly (go you two!)

It was so great to meet up with this family and meet big brother Kyle and work with adorable baby Luke. A big congratulations to this family on a healthy, sweet baby boy.

Here are a few peeks into what I’m looking at tonight on my computer! Love, love love those little lips!

For more information on the Baby Collection, shoot me over an email at amyjohorn@gmail.com and let’s chat! : )

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march self portrait // dillsboro indiana photographer

March was a tough month. I’d lie if I said it was easy. My entire year, so far, has been an uphill struggle. I have said several times that I was ready to start 2012 over. Or just start it at a particular date. “As of (insert date here) I am staring 2012. All terrible things that were supposed to happen this year have happened and now it’s time for unicorns and rainbows.” It sounds whiny of me — and it is.

You see, March taught me that the best things in life aren’t things. (Deep down, I already knew this. I have just reinstated it into my daily life now… It’s even my desktop image on my computer.)

March 2nd – I was with my family when a dozens of tornadoes wrecked through the midwest. My husband was in Washington D.C. for work and I had taken the day off of work to spend quality time with my mom. It was everyone’s normal Friday until Mother Nature decided to change everyone’s good day. This day changed the way I viewed the rest of March. I didn’t care about my “things” any longer. What I had. What I wanted. I only cared aboutย  one thing: giving myself to those in need. I had time and an able body to give and I did. I didn’t physically help every day. I was really only able to give a few days of my time out in the field. But I made an effort. Spread the word. Collected donations. Gave donations. A HUGE thank you to all who donated! Met an amazing family who lost it all, yet were able to keep their joy.

So here’s March me. Dirty. Straight from the fields. Satisfied.

 

grace // nine months session // lawrenceburg indiana baby photographer

I can’t believe little grace is already nine months old. EVEN more, I can’t believe the little miss is WALKING (yes, walking) I knew Denise and Zak were in for fun when I came to the six months session and she was crawling and walking while pushing things. This kid is amazing.

With a beautiful little smile and happy attitude, we spent her nine months session outside (thank you unseasonably warm March!) and reflected on what a beautiful little toddler she is becoming.

Here’s a little peek of our session! Can’t wait to share more.

 

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february self portrait // dillsboro indiana photographer

I know, I know. I’m SUPER late with this post. In my defense, I had it ready on time. The end of February was very hectic for me and then the tornadoes hit and I got very consumed with volunteering…. then I kind of forgot about it… then sessions started picking up… Well, you get the drift.

Back to February. I attended my first yoga class in January and by February I was finding ways to incorporate it into my every day life. Whether it was physically doing yoga poses or working towards finding my center, I used the short little month of February to help find out who I was becoming and who I actually wanted to become. I think that spending the time on myself during the month of February helped me be prepared to give all of myself after the tornadoes hit at the beginning of March.

I am learning to accept myself, despite my flaws, inconsistencies and other faults. I am embracing the good in my life and acknowledging the bad, but not giving it power. I am living for what is happening today and not what has happened (yet still keeping that in mind) or what will happen (but keeping this in mind too…).

I am embracing new friends and appreciating old ones.

Here is February me.

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gavin newborn session // cincinnati ohio baby photographer

I was very surprised when little Gavin decided to make his debut 3 weeks earlier than expected (his parents moreso than me!). I was very excited to meet him for our newborn session at the family’s home in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a sound little sleeper for our entire newborn photography session and posed so well.

It is very exciting that little Gavin is in my Baby Collection program, which means I will be able to capture his first year milestones! A big congratulations to Molly and Tyler on the arrival of this sweet, sweet boy.

Here’s a little peek at his baby session. Enjoy!

 

How cute is this hat made by my talented friend Robin??

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holton indiana tornado aftermath // heartfelt thanks // southeastern indiana photographer

 

I want to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out and helped the tornado victims in Holton, Chelsea, Henryville, Moscow or Piner, among other places impacted. You all are angels and heroes in my book. It was such a surprise and blessing to be able to give information and help others donate time and goods for those in need.

I want to give a big thanks to Versailles Baptist Church and Dabney Baptist Church as well as a family who brought food for myself and other volunteers to eat during the cleanup efforts. You are all amazing.

The cleanup and rebuilding efforts are just beginning. I plan to head back out to Holton this weekend after my photo shoot and help again.

If you are wanting to head out and donate your time to help the victims, but are unsure where to start, call the local sheriff dispatch in the area and they will be able to direct you to where you can go. The Red Cross is set up in all of these towns and is serving as donation centers.

Before you head out, make sure you are wearing boots, as there are nails, glass and debris. Also, pack leather work gloves and dress appropriate for the weather. Pack water and a snack to hold you over so you don’t have to leave to eat.

Always ask the homeowner’s permission to help and ask them what they would like you to do. Remember, everything you are doing is preventing the homeowner from having to do it later down the road. They have enough to deal with right now.

Other supplies that may be helpful: metal rake, snow shovel (great for cleanup in houses), wheel barrel, totes, garbage bags and a flat tip shovel.

Good luck! Keep me posted on your good deeds and I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening around here!

PS – Check out this story by the Batesville newspaper. The reporter contacted me Monday. http://batesvilleheraldtribune.com/local/x606740467/Holton-damage-extensive-services-being-restored

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I couldn’t work hard enough, fast enough or long enough today. I feel like I just ate three elephants. That’s what I kept telling myself today. Remember that saying? “Anyone can eat an elephant. Just take it one bite at a time.” That’s what I thought every shovel full of debris that I loaded into a wheel barrel. I woke up this morning and had such a desire to just go and help. Anyone, really. I knew I didn’t want to use my time helping documenting what was going on. There’s enough of that. I didn’t even pack my camera with me, actually. The few snaps I took, I captured on my iPhone after I was finished working for the day.

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how will my photo crop? // madison indiana engagement photographer

I put together this little guide (featuring the beautiful Danica and handsome Andrew from our amazing engagement session in Madison, Indiana) for my clients who are choosing what size images to print. I always love when clients print images from their family session to display in the home or engagement session to display at guest book tables or entrances to receptions.

These are also great to keep in mind when printing out details shots from newborn photography sessions or looking to see how backgrounds will crop on portraits with nature backgrounds.

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wall art inspiration // southeastern indiana photographer

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As a photographer, I love nothing more than to walk into a home and see family photos on display. Even more of a compliment is when I see pictures I’ve taken turned into art on their walls. Many times, it’s difficult to think of where to start with turning a blank wall into a showcase of your family.

Each week I’ll be posting a few images I’ve found on the world wide web here for you to gain inspiration from. Click the image to trace to the root image of the photo, as these are not my images.

Happy Monday for all of you readers. Hope these images help inspire you to create and display beautiful works of photography!

This would be excellent to display a first year overview from the Baby Collection program or even your favorites from one session:

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what a great way to incorporate pictures from the newborn session into the nursery. I really love the one large image with supporting smaller ones around it.

 

 

harsin family // madison indiana family photographer

When I talk to families about choosing a location for their family photography sessions, I can’t help but use this session from Madison, Indiana as an example. Amanda put thought into the family’s wardrobe and knew she wanted the main location near an old tobacco barn on the family’s property. When Amanda and I first started planning her family session, she explained to me how important she felt it was for children to be photographed at their home and wanted to have her children’s portraits taken in their own element. I loved focusing on natural family interaction as well as capturing child portraits and the parents as a couple to create a diverse as well as coordinating photo session to be displayed on a gallery wall.

Here are my favorites from this family session! For booking and availability, please email amyjohorn@gmail.com

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what to wear // indiana family photographer //

What do I wear?

When I planned the self-timer session with my husband (missed it, see my favorites ) I had a meltdown with this question. And moreover, what does my husband wear? How do we coordinate without being too matchy?

I went bonkers over this and I TOTALLY feel all you who ask me the same before your sessions. I do get asked this question quite often prior to the sessions – especially family sessions. While there is no clear answer, I’ve cooked up a few tips and examples as a resource for my current and future clients. Let’s face it, we are all past the 1990s fad of all blue jeans and all black or white T-shirts. (You and I both know you are all so much more savvy than that!) Family photos of today have the ability to represent your personalities as well as showcase a coordinated color scheme.

Now that I say this, there’s no need to run out and buy new outfits for everyone, but a little thought can be fun and make a HUGE difference in your portraits.

1.) Start with one person first, (Mom, this is a great time to put yourself first!) and base your choices around that outfit. If you’re unsure about which color should be a base color, think about the area in your home that you’re going to display the images and choose one that will coordinate seamlessly.

2.) Keep it simple. Always gravitate towards solid colors or simple patterns. Really bold patterns can distract from what’s really important…your family! It’s great to mix solids and simple patterns for a diverse look in the group posing.

3.) Add texture! And by texture, I mean layers (you’ll see this in a photo example below) Put a sweater over a button down shirt, add light jackets, layered tees with denim, knitted scarves and hats, tutus…and the list keeps going! Texture not only adds an element of interest to a photograph but it makes for easy clothing changes.

4.) Avoid shirts with words, animals, logos and anything else that might be distracting and date a photograph. A little trendy is ok…just don’t over-do it. Peopleโ€™s eyes will go right to the logo and miss the art that is created. Think about this with jewelry also (can I get a high five for slap bracelets and neon anything?!)

5.) Avoid solid white or black clothing. (From my point of view: It’s tricky to photograph, not very interesting.)

6.) If I’m photographing more than one child, trust me when I say they do not need to match. It’s great to let their unique personalities come through. Just stick to a couple of basic colors or choose outfits with coordinating (READ: not matching) elements. I have a GREAT example of this from last fall. These little girls are adorable!

7.) Shoes… oh yeah, what about those? Some of the shots will show your feet, so be aware of what you put on them! Leave those old cruddy sneakers at home. For children, PLEASE no cartoon character or light up sneakers! (I’m for real here!) If it’s warmer weather or summer, just go for sandals or an open style shoe. They are relatively inexpensive and are easily removed for my favorite: bare feet! If it’s winter, add some cute and stylish boots…both for the kids and the adults!

After all of this, if you still aren’t quite sure what to wear, send me an e-mail at amyjohorn@gmail.com or lets plan to meet a little early for our session to weigh our options. Parents please read: Pack extra clothing. Again, pack extra clothing. Extra clothing is always a good idea with children in case of a slip, fall, spit up, spill, tear, rip… or anything else kids are capable of! : )

Enjoy these photos and I give huge KUDOS to these fashion-forward clients! I’m working on a “what to wear” for your engagement photos next! Stay tuned and much love to you all.

Here’s a great way to choose a ‘cool’ color scheme and make it work with patterns and mixing colors. I love the purples and gray tones in this! The clothing on the kids are simple and the parents look great too!
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Ok.. this is from an amazing engagement session, but I thought Danica and Andrew did a FABULOUS job coordinating outfits!
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This is from one of my favorite family sessions to date. Great wardrobe and a killer location. Amanda did an excellent job coordinate (read: NOT MATCHING) her entire family. Aren’t these kids the cutest ever?
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I talked about the family looking so great, here they are all together. Check out how the patterns and colors work so great together.
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I mentioned these little cuties above and here they are. Aren’t their outfits divine?? Huge kudos to fashionista Kirstie!
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valentine’s day // couple’s photographer // dillsboro indiana

Happy Valentine’s Day, loves. I hope that you have felt love or loved today just as you would any other day. I wanted to take a moment to post some personal photos for your viewing pleasure. My husband and I took these on our farm in Indiana last fall with a tripod and a timer. After this session, I decided to invest in a remote for the timer. There was a lot of running back and forth for these! I’m sure that’s what made my husband even more natural because he was pretty humored at the effort I was making to get some new photos of us.

We have never had our photos professionally taken and after a fall of engagement sessions and weddings, I was ITCHING for some images of the two of us! I had also just purchased my Canon 5D Mark II and thought this was the perfect opportunity to test it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Valentine’s Day to my dear husband, Jimmy, who is working in Washington D.C. this week. I’ll see you next week, darling.

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january self portrait // belated // lawrenceburg indiana photographer

At the beginning of the year, I decided to embark on a small year-long project. I knew there was no way I could do picture-a-day, 52 week challenge or even the 26 week challenge. Nope. I knew I would only disappoint myself and my audience. Instead, I decided to post a monthly self portrait.

If you’re a photographer (professional or just the one who always carries around the camera) then you know the ratio of photos of you to photos of other people is a little skewed. Taking on the advice of a few other photographers, I decided to do a self portrait each month and post them here.

At first I thought this idea was a little egotistical. Then I realized that it was a great way for me to reflect on my month and sum it up with one image. It was a great challenge.

Though a little late, here’s my January 2012 self portrait. It was such a mild winter here in Indiana that I actually LIKED when we had our one bad day of ice and stranded weather. For 24 solid hours I was stuck at my house. No internet. No TV. No husband. It forced me to pick up my camera and see the world through the lens for pleasure (something I hadn’t done for a while.
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And here’s my favorite image from the day:

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amanda & scott married // madison indiana fall wedding photographer

I had the amazing honor of photographing Amanda and Scott’s beautiful and simple fall wedding in Madison Indiana. I knew after photographing their engagement session () that these two were going to make my job a breeze.

Amanda filled her wedding with DIY touches and the entire event felt so personal. The couple wed downtown historic Madison and had their reception at an adorable venue on the hilltop.

Here is the wedding story i put together for the couple to have their images at hand. Their album will be arriving shortly!

I am still booking for 2012 and have approximately four wedding slots left. For date and price inquiries, email amyjohorn@gmail.com

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new goals for the new year // lawrenceburg indiana photographer

I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year. I took a week off of the photography business and my full time job to spend with my husband during the holidays. It was a wonderful time to visit with my family. Jimmy and I also started working on our latest house remodel project. Our living room officially is ready for drywall now. I’ll post some photos once we get the fireplace in and the drywall up.

I haven’t officially made any new years resolutions and I’m still forming my personal and business goals for the year. I am in the process of establishing Amy Horn Photography, LLC and working with my designer on a new, improved web site. This will be an exciting year for AHP and I am so thrilled to be able to share it all with you.

To kick off the new year, I thought I’d post some photos I snapped of my family this year.

I even convinced my husband to let me set up a tripod and set the timer on my camera for some photos of us around our property!

allison grace // newborn session // madison indiana photographer

I had this little girl in Madison, Indiana for her newborn photography session at just five days new. She was so tiny and sleepy that I was able to get a few really neat composite shots too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the first composite image I did while she was awake. I combined two images to create this one. I had her dad holding on to her in two different areas and used a tripod to keep my camera in the same location. With dad holding her the entire time, little Allison was never in any danger.

This was a really fun composite image. This final image consists of four images. One of just the guitar and three of Allison being held on the guitar by her dad and grandma. Dad is a musician, so this end product ended up being pretty special to him.

Mommy and Daddy are also black belt martial artists, by the way.

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Hope everyone had a restful and filling Thanksgiving holiday. It was wonderful to see my friends and family, squeeze in a few short sessions and top it off with a long weekend with my husband.

Here’s a quick peek from my session with Kailee, the winner of my Facebook Fan Appreciation session giveaway. She is such a doll and has the most beautiful brown eyes!

whitney and caleb // mr. and mrs. // portrait photographer madison indiana

I met with Whitney and Caleb on their one year wedding anniversary for a short session. So often, newlyweds don’t have any other photographs of themselves outside of the white dress and black tux shots from their wedding day.

This couple is truly fun to be around and are two of the happiest people I’ve ever met.

Here’s some of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!

email amyjohorn@gmail.com for booking and availability.

amanda and scott // peek // madison indiana wedding photographer

Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately! I’ve been so busy with preparing for a craft show (I also make jewelry), working on home remodels and trying to catch up on sessions before the holiday season is in too full of a swing.

I had the honor of photographing my dear friends Amanda and Scott on their beautiful wedding day. I wanted to post a few for you to see.

Can they be any cuter together? I love them and their love story.

holly jolly christmas // custom designed christmas cards by amy horn photography

I just wrapped up my Christmas mini-session day as well as my custom 2011 Christmas card designs. If you participated in the promotion, you will find the different designs below.

However, if you didn’t participate in the promotional day but are interested in custom cards to send to loved ones this year, I am offering these Christmas cards to any Amy Horn Photography client! These designs can be mixed or matched for front and back cards – or just have printing on the front if you prefer. If a design doesn’t have more than one option, then the “front” or “back of the card is designed to be a solid image of your choosing.

The purple circle and code is for ordering the design. It will not appear on the card.

If you are interested in ordering cards and did not participate in the promotion, please email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com for more information.

Thanks!

mckenley // 6 months session // baby photographer madison indiana

Had to post a quick image from little McKenley’s six month session. This girl steals my heart! I love her laugh ๐Ÿ˜€

cody // three years old // child portrait photographer lawrenceburg indiana

I hope everyone has has a beautiful fall weekend. I’ve been super busy with my first mini-session day in Madison, Indiana! Then a family session, meetings (love giving amazing photo art products to clients!) and my nephew Cody’s third birthday pictures.

I can’t believe my little guy is three! Happy Birthday Cody! Auntie Amy loves you so much!

And how cool is this trike? Sixty years old and still working great! ๐Ÿ™‚

erin & rich // lawrenceburg indiana engagement photography

I met Erin for the first time at our beautiful local library to talk about her wedding, her ideas on photography and having me as her photographer. Her eyes sparkled when she spoke of her wedding plans and most of all, her fiance Rich. She wanted fall engagement pictures so we waiting until the hills of southeastern Indiana turned bright with color and met at her family’s home in Moores Hill, Indiana (which is just outside of Lawrenceburg). We started there and made our way within a few miles of the home, including a creek where Rich and Erin went fishing! I love the images from this day and wanted to share a few that I’m working on!

Congratulations Erin and Rich! I can’t wait to capture your beautiful wedding day in Madison, Indiana next summer!

johnny // madison indiana senior photography // senior pictures

You may remember Johnny from earlier this summer as he was my student representative for Madison Consolidated High School in Madison, Indiana. Graduating with the class of 2012, Johnny has a huge interest in biology, forensics and martial arts (he is a blackbelt, after all). Here are two images from our recent session in downtown Madison, Indiana.

For information on senior pictures, or to become a representative for Amy Horn Photography, please email amyjohorn@gmail.com

I’ll post more as I work through this awesome session! ๐Ÿ™‚ You rock, Johnny!