Amy Horn

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landon // six months session // madison indiana baby photographer

I had such a fun time in the Madison, Indiana area for little Landon’s six months photography session. I am very excited to welcome his family into my first year program and am looking forward to his one year session this fall. During our session, Landon had us all giggling with that gummy grin of his. His mom and I worked together to coordinate a few of the themes for his session. She had an owl hat made and I asked my mom to make him a little nest! (Is there anything that woman can’t do?)

Here is a little sneak peek of a few of many favorites from his session. Enjoy!

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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 about  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.

 

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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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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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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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! 🙂

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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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!

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 😀

danica and andrew // madison indiana engagement photographer // sneak peek

Here are two sweet images from my engagement photography session with Danica and Andrew in Madison, Indiana. I am so thrilled to be their wedding photographer next fall in southeastern Indiana!

For wedding photography prices and booking information, please email amyjohorn@gmail.com

baby mckenley – 2 months {madison, indiana baby photographer}

I met little McKenley when she was just two months young and full of energy! She was alert and and interactive throughout our entire session! With her loving parents doting over her, McKenley’s love and happiness for her little life is evident throughout each image.

Although I live near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, I traveled to my hometown of Milton, Kentucky for this baby portrait session.

I can’t wait to have this little girl back in front of my lens in a few months!

For booking and baby milestone package rates, please email me at amyjohorn@gmail.com

Enjoy!