Amy Horn

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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 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‚Äôs 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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mary // newborn session // cincinnati ohio baby photographer

Take a moment and welcome the newest member to the AHP Baby Collection, Mary! This little wonder arrived in Cincinnati Ohio right before Christmas! I was so blessed to be able to capture this momma’s pregnancy in maternity photos and then meet little Mary, who was the best present her parents could receive so close to the holidays.

I took time off from my day job during the holiday season and was able to easily fit in a session with this sweetie. Here’s a little sneak peek of the great time I had during our session.

noah // newborn session // lawrenceburg indiana photographer

I loved meeting this beautiful family to capture noah’s first photos as well as some of this beautiful family from Lawrenceburg, Indiana! It is so great to meet people from the southeastern Indiana region who love photography as much as I do!

For information on newborn photography and enrolling in the Baby Collection program, please e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

Enjoy!

the wonderful grandparents came along also!

and can’t forget big brother!

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!

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!

Baby Devon

I traveled down from my home, near Lawrenceburg, Indiana to meet with Crystal, Zach and little baby Devon near Madison, Indiana for our baby and family portrait session.

Sweet baby Devon was such a wonderful little model. With a little grin showing through from his dreams, he was my personal photographer’s dream! I hope you enjoy some of my favorite images from the session as much as I do.

I can’t wait to see Devon for his six months photos this fall.

For inquiries on Milestone Packages or baby portraits, feel free to email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com. You can always interact with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amyhornphotography

Enjoy!