Preserving Memories | Franklin Portrait Photographer

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

  1. Mark your calendar every couple months to go back through the past months images.
  2. Star, favorite or copy and past your favorite images to an “order” folder.
  3. Use an online printing site such as who will give you high quality images for a great price. The turn over is quick and much better than a drugstore print lab. They actually have a great sale doing on right now. 25% off Prints
  4. Once your images arrive, frame a few and store the rest. I store mine in archive photo boxes.



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.

Digital Photo Preservation  |   How to Store Digital Photos

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.



Sawyer | Franklin and Nashville Newborn Photographer

 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.

Sarabeth Turner - July 28, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Such a sweet little bundle of joy. I love the pictures; they capture the sweetness of a newborn.

Jessica Cottle - July 28, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Amazing pictures & such a sweet baby! Love them all!

Jennifer Boles - July 28, 2015 - 2:06 pm

These are beautiful photos of precious Sawyer!

Teal - July 28, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Such a precious baby! Love the photos!

Leigh - July 28, 2015 - 2:14 pm

How sweet! These are wonderful pictures.

Bethany Vooys - July 28, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Such a sweet baby belonging to such a sweet family!

lori davis howard - July 28, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Precous photos, precious baby!

Stephanie - July 28, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Beautiful photos!!!!

Cunthia - July 28, 2015 - 3:38 pm


Patti Huddleston - July 28, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Sawyer is adorable,the pictures are awesome!

RSC - July 28, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Sawyer’s pixs are precious! The photographer did so well. My favorite pix is the close-up of Sawyer’s eyelashes.

Kristen - July 28, 2015 - 7:49 pm

You’ve captured the innocence of such a precious little one perfectly. They’re beautiful photographs.

Brie - July 28, 2015 - 8:29 pm

Beautiful family!!! Love these pictures!

Sabbatical | Mind Body and Soul Healing

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.



Megan | Nashville Spring Hill Maternity Photographer

Megan is one of those naturally beautiful women inside and out. So I was thrilled when she contacted me asking her to photograph Baby #2 later this summer! Then I got the honor to photograph her maternity images. We did stylized studio and outdoors sessions and I love how each one truly captured the connection between her and her first little girl as well as the beauty of the growing new life inside her. Enjoy and stay tuned for the arrival of Baby Girl #2 later this summer. Included in this blog post are fine art images as well that I now include with my full maternity sessions.



As a thank you Megan will receive a special gift when her blog post receives 25+ comments so give her some love! 


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.

Angela - June 22, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Well I think someone stole the show with her own little shots. But hey, all pics are really good.

Jones Family | Arrington Family Photographer

I was scheduled to photograph mom and daughter months ago but with freezing temps then a rainy spring it just wasn’t in the cards but for good reason because now the mom and daughter session turned into a session to show two families merging into one with the upcoming marriage of mom and dad. This session evolved into a mix of child, family and engagement sessions. I love how the images turned out and I am so blessed to have been able to capture this special time in each of their lives. Enjoy!






As a thank you this family will receive a special gift when their blog post receives 25+ comments so leave them so love! 



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