I love that I have so many return clients. It’s such an honor to watch them grow as a family. Kelli and her family have allowed me to capture their lives over the past three years . We had such fun with Kelli’s many sessions this time around – she even braved the snow in January for the lady in red shot! Third times a charm! Enjoy and stay tuned to meet Charlotte Grace and hear her birth story.
As a thank you Kelli will receive a special gift when her blog post receives 25+ comments.
Amanda is an award winning and published maternity photographer located in historic downtown Franklin, TN just twenty minutes south of Nashville. She is a premier Nashville Newborn Photographer that captures the beauty of new life in a casual fine art fashion
I, like most of you, grew up in an age of film, point and shoot, waiting a week for your images to develop and actual tangible pictures you could hold in your hand. Memories to be framed and to be past down from generation to generation.We also experienced the end of this era. (However recently film is making a comeback!)
With the arrival of digital and the ease of getting images within seconds of downloading them people are no longer printing images. (instant gratification – hard to deny.) Will your grandkids stumble on your digital collection hidden among folders on in an obsolete computer or a box of actual photographs containing pics of youthful you and their parent as a kid?? If you loose some of those images then those are memories lost forever -for some it is hard to remember things you don’t remember without a reminder. Did you know computer crashes are more occurring than home fires?
It’s important to take time to print off images that hold special meaning or a memory you want to relive years from now. Don’t loose them to a computer crash or obsolete technology. From your child’s first Halloween costume, hands of a grandparent, a first day of kindergarten, catching fireflies on a summer evening…these are memories you want to hold onto. Digital is fine to capture these there is something special about holding the image in your hands and reliving the moment – being in the moment of experienced the beauty of life. The personal connection a paper image can create.
How to Preserve Your Memories Through Photographic Prints
While talking about preserving your memories it’s also important to note your computer could crash anytime as mentioned above. You need to have your images backed up digitally as well. Here are a couple of great articles discussing the very topic.
The intangibility of digital imagery, as well as technology constantly changing, negatively affects photo preservation and retrieving. Technology is constantly becoming obsolete among software or storage devices. Ten years ago one could back up to DVD but now many computers don’t even come with a DVD drive. Believe it or not the DVD is becoming obsolete. Now that data needs to be converted over to USB’s, dropbox storage, etc. Howe long with this technology last? In one hundred years do you really think these technologies will exist outside an antique store? I’m sure no one thought film would become antique.
I hope this has enlightened everyone and gets everyone to start the journey of printing images and saving them for generations to come.
Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
– Don Herold
As a thank you Sawyer’s mom will receive a special gift when his blog post receives 25+ comments.
Amanda is an award winning and published baby photographer located in historic downtown Franklin, TN just twenty minutes south of Nashville. She is a premier Nashville Newborn Photographer that captures the beauty of new life in a casual fine art fashion.
This is a difficult blog post to write. So much that I have been writing it for three weeks now. I add, edit, delete, add, edit, delete….I guess I need to just post it and get on with it.
I recently made the decision to take time away from Amanda McNeal Photography. This has been a decision I have struggled with for months now. It doesn’t come easy to say I’m taking a indefinite break from Amanda McNeal Photography and when people ask what I do I’m still not sure what to respond with. I guess that will come. I have nurtured my business from day 1 and loved every minute of being a business owner to my passion. I love my work. LOVE IT! Yet there are two things I love more – myself and my family.
This sabbatical will give me the much needed time to figure out the direction I want to take AMP. It will also allow me the time I need to heal my mind, body and soul. Two years ago I lost my father to cancer and that along with other major life changes in that time period have taken a toll on me in many ways. My mind and body have told me in some loud ways that they need attention. After discussions with my husband and my doctors this break is a much needed one for me to take time to heal myself – physically and mentally. Running Amanda McNeal Photography is hard. There’s constant marketing, editing, photographing for income (sort of takes the fun out of it at times) and a lot of added stress that just isn’t conducive to my medical plan. Don’t get me wrong – I love to gogogogogo and come up with new ideas for AMP but it’s time for me to take a break.
I also want to embrace this time in my girls’ lives. They are such amazing little ladies and I don’t want to regret working so much during this time. I started this journey with them being my muses. I’ve missed that. In the last few weeks I have photographed them more than I have in the past year. It has felt wonderful and they have loved every minute of it.
I will still be finishing up all of my booked clients, upcoming newborns and special sessions. I will be doing sets of mini sessions in the winter: Santa Mini Sessions at the studio in December and Christmas Tree Minis in November. I will not be doing fall minis. I will also be doing personal creative sessions for me which will require model calls. As a creative person you still have to a need for a creative outlet. I have been discovering new ways to let that creativity blossom but photography is still my favorite.
So how long will I be taking a break? I don’t know. As of now – indefinitely. After six months I along with my doctors will look at where I am and go from there. I will still be posting here and there on Facebook and blogging (a must so I don’t fall off the internet searches) but focusing mainly on myself during this time. I hope to return reenergized and ready to take AMP to the next level. However I know that I can not do that until I take care of me.