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.

 

 

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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’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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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!

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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! 🙂

laura // portrait session // madison indiana photographer

Laura is such a beautiful woman – inside and out. I was so excited to be able to do a mini-session with her back in chilly January when this San Diego dweller came to visit Indiana. (see our mini-session here) This session, although still a mini, felt much longer (and warmer!) due to not having below freezing wind chills! (or so it seemed…)

I also was able to capture some images of Laura and her adorable son, Nate, during the second half of our session. I’ll post some of those soon. : )

Mini-sessions are a great way to update your headshots, get a great default photo for your social networking, blog or LinkedIn pages. Not to mention, photos from these sessions are typically number one on mom’s (grandparents, siblings, aunts, cousins…) Christmas list! (My mom has been begging me for some recent ones!)

For more information on mini-sessions and booking, please email your inquiry to amyjohorn@gmail.com

Thanks and enjoy!

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

megan’s mini-session

What’s not to love about a sunny Sunday? Well, there’s even more for me to love when I got to spend it outside photographing a mini-session for Megan! Walking through crowded downtown Madison, Indiana.

This graduating art major needed some headshots for her final portfolio. After we captured the obligatory headshots, we ventured around the block for some more artsy, fun ones that really captured her personality.

For more information on mini-sessions or portraits, e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

Visit me on facebook.com/ahornphotography for all of my favorites from the session.

Here are some of my favorites:

beauty meets ugly

Sometimes it’s not just the subject that makes the photo, it’s all of the other elements contrasting with her! This is Laura’s favorite photo from our session together. Maybe it’s her natural body language or maybe it’s her unmistakable beauty paired with the dingy alley surrounding her. Whatever it is, she shines in this photo.

As always, you can interact with me at amyjohorn@gmail.com or facebook.com/ahornphotography.

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laura’s frosty photos

Here are my favorites from Laura’s frosty photoshoot.
As always, you can interact with me at amyjohorn@gmail.com or facebook.com/ahornphotography.

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

don’t rush a good photo

Many times clients begin their search for finding a photographer with great intentions. They look for someone who can match their own style and needs. Then, somehow a great shift happens. The focus changes from finding a perfect match of style to finding a perfect match for the wallet instead. Many photographers, I also do this, charge by an hourly rate. Clients often ask me if I’ll cut my rates in half for a 30-minute session rather than an hour. Depending on the shoot and customers needs, I’ll accommodate.

The purpose of this entry is to warn: Allow time to shoot.

Not only will the photographer feel rushed, but you, as a subject, will also. There is a big difference in a subject from the first frame to the last. I recently photographed a good friend of mine, Laura, who generally doesn’t like her picture taken. She was amazing. In freezing temperatures, we trotted throughout downtown Madison, Indiana to capture a few poses. I’ll post some more from her shoot later, but here is the difference between a first shot and one 30 minutes into the shoot.

In the first photos, a subject wants to recognize the camera exists and do what comes naturally, smile. But if you’re looking for a more photojournalistic style of photography, allow yourself time to adapt to being photographed. The end result is more natural, un-staged photographs.

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

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