Amy Horn

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mckenna // 1 year session // bedford kentucky photographer // sneak peek

I can’t believe how much little McKenna has grown since her six months session last fall. I met this family outside of their hometown of Bedford, Kentucky for this session. We tried to incorporate simple, natural props as well as some vintage ones for McKenna’s one year session.

For booking into the Baby Collection, please email amyjohorn@gmail.com

Here’s a little peek of this adorable little lady’s session!

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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. People’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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lawrenceburg indiana baby photographer // six months photo session

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!

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! 🙂

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

I fell so much in love with all of the pictures from McKenna’s six months photo session in Bedford, Ky. These photos are wonderful in the fact that they are taken at the family’s home, the grandparents’ home as well as McKenna’s great uncle’s cabin (overlooking a beautiful pond). She was full of laughter and smiles through outfit and scenery changes and had a blast in the baby tub! I was fortunate enough to photograph little McKenna for her three month photos (here) and will be seeing her in November for her 9 months photos.

Here are a few of my favorites from her session. For information on the Baby Collection program, please visit here on my site. For pricing and booking for the Baby Collection, please email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com.

Enjoy!

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dryden family session // madison indiana family portrait photographer

I can’t express how great it was to meet the beautiful Dryden family. Parents John and Sarah are so in love with one another and their three amazing children. I could have stayed with them all day! We met in Madison, Indiana at their home, which I will say had THE most amazing lighting and backdrop for a family session. Between their Americana style home and hand-made plank swing (made by Jack himself!) I was in photographer’s heaven.

For information on booking a family session, please email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

October is almost full for the holiday portrait rush, so please send your inquiries in today!

Here are my favorites from the day. Enjoy!

This one has a “Secret Garden” feel to it. I just love it!

I laugh every time I see this photo!

taylor and vanessa // child portrait photography // madison, indiana

It was a hot day when I met Vanessa and Taylor in Madison, Indiana. Their grandmother contacted me months ago when she knew the girls would be visiting her from out of town. She wanted to plan a “model day” where the girls would get to pose and have fun for the afternoon with me. Taylor, who is very outgoing, explained when we met how she wanted to be a model and be on the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” one day. She said she watches the show for inspiration. (Did I mention this beautiful young lady is only nine?) Vanessa couldn’t have been more opposite. This shy little girl smiled coyly at me when we met at clung to her grandma. I was fortunate that Vanessa warmed up when she saw how much fun her big sister was having in front of the camera!

Here are some of my favorites from the session! Enjoy!

For rates and booking, please email amyjohorn@gmail.com

edwards family session // madison indiana family photographer

Hannah and I planned this family photography session months in advance and little did we know that a heat wave was about to hit the Ohio River Valley in July. I arrived at the family’s farmhouse in Milton, Kentucky (across the river from Madison, Indiana) for their family portrait session just in time for the sun’s heat to waver and give us a small break from the blistering summer temperatures.

When I arrived at the home, I met Hannah, John and their three beautiful children being themselves at their home. The children played peek-a-boo with me through the windows. It was their first family photography session, ever. Boy was I nervous!

After spending just a few minutes with the family, it was apparent they had a deep love and connection with one another. This spiritual family is also in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia. Keep up with their journey here

Please enjoy some of my favorites from the session!

davis family (sneak peek!)

The best part about the weather breaking for the season? Well, it is certainly not all the rain we’ve been having! But the rain has helped the beautiful flowers come into bloom and the grass be extra green. Although we had to rearrange this shoot last minute to miss the rain, my session with Alicia and her beautiful family went off without a hitch! The weather was perfect, the family was up for anything and these awesome children had the best smiles for me! Between playing dress up and racing monster trucks, this was a fun-filled session!

We met at the Historic Lanier Mansion in Madison, Indiana for this Saturday evening shoot. Although the river had flooded the back lawn of the mansion and high school prom go-ers in eccentric dresses were abound, there were still plenty of great nooks in the gardens as backdrops.

I loved working with these guys and hope to again in the future!

For rates and session booking, please email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

Check out all of my favorites from my sessions at facebook.com/ahornphotography

Here are a few of my favorites from the session:

He LOVES monster trucks! 🙂

I have so many favorites of her! She loves to play dress up and put her tinkerbell outfit on for our session.

spring has sprung!

I love that spring is finally here! One of my favorite parts of spring is being able to have photo sessions outdoors again. The grass turns green, the flowers bloom and the kids LOVE running around.

Here are a few of my favorites from an impromptu session at a birthday party for these three children in Bedford, Ky. My cousin throws a party celebrating all three birthdays at once. I didn’t have any photos of little Ryland yet, so I took the opportunity to rally the kiddos. I’m hoping to have the same success at this year’s party (which happens to be tomorrow!)

If you are wanting memorable family photos, I will travel within two hours of Dillsboro, Indiana for family photography sessions. For booking and rates, please email at amyjohorn@gmail.com

Check me out at www.facebook.com/ahornphotography for more photos and complete interaction.

schafer family favorites

Here are a few of my favorites from my Sunday afternoon session with the Schafer family. The session was at the Schafer home in Canaan, outside of Madison, Indiana. It was the first time in several years that this entire clan came together in the same place! It was great to watch them all smile at one other and enjoy one another’s company.

Email for booking information amyjohorn@gmail.com and see all of my favorites on the Imagine Photography page www.facebook.com/ahornphotography

baby sofie previews

I wanted to post a few of my favorites from my session with the adorable Sofie. I had a great morning with Sofie and her mother, Sara, dressing up (and down) for this shoot.

You can email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com or check out my photography facebook page at www.facebook.com/ahornphotography for all of my favorites!

Here are a few of my favorites

baby sofie preview and free infant session update:

Can I just say how much I loved working with sweet Sofie and her mother Sara? This little darling was so adorable and happy during our entire session! I’ve posted a few preview photos from last Saturday’s session.

Update on the models: Congratulations to Mr and Mrs. Jennings on the arrival of Braysen yesterday! I can’t wait to meet the new bundle of joy next saturday for our session.

There is only one slot left for the free photo session: one year old girl. If you or someone you know want their little girl to model for me, email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

Thanks for all the participants in this promotion! If you want information on child/infant photography and rates, email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com and keep checking the imagine photography page at facebook.com/ahornphotography for gallery updates.

Enjoy!

who had the best christmas card this year?

How many times do you get a Christmas card in the mail and it’s off-center, over-exposed, the dog is licking the baby and junior has his eyes closed? Okay. Maybe that is an exaggeration, but you get the drift. Now, think of the cards you’ve gotten over the past year that made you stop and smile. Or better yet, say, “That’s a great picture!”

Family photos are not just a great way to share cheer during the holiday, they are something to be treasured. My heart literally breaks when people share with me that they haven’t had family portraits since a child was a baby (or before others were born!).

I believe everyone has a right to great photos to share, display and cherish. Family photo sessions are particularly popular in the fall and book fast with the upcoming Christmas card rush. Take advantage of the fall foliage or even the spring blooms by booking early. Photos can be an intimate family photo, extended relatives or even with pets!

As always, you can interact with me on www.facebook.com/ahornphotography or e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

childhood photography is a must

Although it is pretty common for many mothers/father to own a digital camera (either in person or on a phone), there is still a need for fine photography of a child. Mom or Dad can be in charge of the day-to-day candid capturing, but there’s something magical that happens when I photograph children. I have a tradition of photographing a nephew of mine each year on or near his birthday. Then I make a photobook of the session. The two-year photos he painted pictures for his mother and grandmother and I captured it. The canvases made great Christmas gifts and Cody had a lot of fun doing it! I’ll post more from the paint session later.

I wish more parents, aunts, grandparents, etc. would adopt this tradition. Although Cody is only two, our family had a wonderful time looking at this year’s album compared to last years. This is a great tradition to start early – or anytime. My biggest regret is that I didn’t do a newborn session with him to start off the collection! If you’re interested in a session, don’t hesitate to e-mail. Photobooks can be included in a package, if you’re interested.

As always, you can interact with me on www.facebook.com/ahornphotography or e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

babies, babies everywhere!

I know at least three pregnant women at all times. I’m not kidding. I love nothing more than when a mother approaches me to document special memories of her baby. What many people don’t realize is that the best time to photograph an infant is within the first 14 days after being born. So plan ahead!

Infant sessions are an intimate experience. E-mail for infant rates and see about packages for infant photography, three, six, nine month and one year sessions for one price!

As always, you can interact with me on www.facebook.com/ahornphotography or e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

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