Maryland Photographer: Family Portraits

There are so many reasons my family needed a photo session. So, in November, we packed up a suitcase filled with color palette options--we did red, brown, cream, and turquoise-- and took a day in New Jersey. My mom turned 50 this year, and has had a rough couple of years--but this year it will turn around, and I wanted a way to show her that her life is as full, vibrant and beautiful as she is. We did our shoot by the marsh in South Jersey. It was a beautiful scene, but by the time we got everyone dressed and there, it was 1pm and the light was as harsh as the shadows. It was a TOUGH job, but with a family this beautiful, we can overcome light I guess! Now, my sister has Christmas photos for her family, a reminder for herself that she could be America's next Top Model, my mom has 50th birthday photos, and all of her kids in one place at one time... if only for one day.
Baltimore Maryland Family Portrait Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby


Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer: Visions of Sugarplums

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold

I am REALLY behind in...everything actually, but especially keeping up my blog. I personally have no Christmas photos of the family, or even plans to take one, but mini shoots were a success and while everyone naps today, I am in editing mode. Thank you to all the families who came out looking amazing and braving the cold weather with me to make our first shot at mini sessions a success. I shall plan to do it again in time for Mother's Day. I am thinking--Savage Mill for a location in April? Anway, here is my pretty puppy lying in the light of Christmas. On to edits!

Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer: Late Bird Special!!!

Amanda Arnold Holiday Photos

Amanda Arnold Holiday Photos

Amanda Arnold Holiday Photos

Amanda Arnold Holiday Photos

Amanda Arnold Holiday Photos

Life is busy...very busy. For those of you who are busy like me and haven't had the time to get your holiday photos taken, you are in luck. I am going to give mini shoots a whirl. The only way I can make it work is to schedule one or two dates with one outdoor location and schedule sessions within 20 minute time slots. The cost for the 20-minute mini-session is 40 dollars for up to 2 people and 5 dollars for each additional person. You will receive an online gallery showcasing 10-12 images from your shoot including one custom 4"x8" holiday card design. Card packages with envelopes will be available:

20 cards: $25
50 cards: $45
100 cards: $60

You will be able to order professional prints easily through your online gallery link including my favorite luster finish and stretched canvases. Print prices start at just $2.50:

4x6: $2.50
5x7: $6.00
8x10: $10.50

This is a very small sample of the prints available. You can easily make gorgeous holiday gifts of framed prints for UNDER $15.

The date? SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th
Time? I will start booking in succession until I fill the day. If you are the first to respond, I will mark you as such and give you the sweet light time slot at 3:30 if you desire and the entire day fills.

If this is popular--we'll do it again on the 6th. Any date after that will be way too tight to turn around in time for the holidays.

The place? Mother's Garden, Downs Park in Pasadena, MD


Yes, you read right, I am giving you custom outdoor portraits, designing your cards, AND making it easy for you to give gorgeous, low-priced gifts...for $40. Happy Holidays Busy People!

Don't wait a second longer to get your photos taken for the holidays. Call (443)623-2524 or email me to book today! Click on any photo to go to my website. You can use the contact form there. Tell all your peeps too! If this works, I can offer it more often!

Maryland Photographer: Old Ellicott City

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I arrived a little early for a shoot I had in Ellicott City a few weeks back. I took a little walk and got a couple images. Guy getting a tattoo. Musketeer bubble blower. And a railroad in charcoal.

Maryland Photographer: It Flies By

Baltimore Maryland Child Portrait Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Child Portrait Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Child Portrait Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

I am trying really hard not to make this about me--but looking back makes me see how far I have come with my photographs and my style. Lisa, thanks for letting me watch as your family has grown...and grown up. Cherish every moment. It Flies By. Check back for more from their most recent shoot soon!

The Spirit of It Flies By

It Flies By

It Flies By is not just a business for me--in fact it is probably 99% passion and the business part just happened upon me..in this way.

My son. My first son changed ever so slightly every single day and while I was so happy to see him grow and change, with every milestone I held these tiny inner vigils to say goodbye to the smaller, less advanced version of him that I held months, days, sometimes just moments before. And I couldn't let these moments fly by without being honored in some way. And so I thought. It Flies By. It does. And I bought a web domain to document his life called itfliesby.com. And it was mine. It was unused, but I owned real estate on the web and that was step one.

Then, my love for photography started to grow. I felt that the photos I was taking were a lasting gift that I could pass to my children, my family, and anyone who could appreciate the world as I saw it. I also felt that photography as a passion awakened a tie to my grandmother who was very influential in my life and was the person who documented my own life through photos.

I am a believer in delayed gratification, hard work and reward. I told Nate that I would like a new camera (DSLR) when I had nursed Remy for one year. When he was just 10mths, Nate surprised me with a used Canon Rebel he had purchased for me. And with step three in place, I was ready to begin my life document of my son and my family--It Flies By.

But what happened was that I wanted to be able to provide others with the same feeling--as though they had properly captured what it was about their own children today that made them--them. I wanted to share what I had--my eye, my art, my ability to tell a story in one frame--I wanted to not only tell my story and the story of my family, but I wanted to tell a new story of the world and people as they are and how I'd like them to be in the world of photography.

99% passion. People and Pictures.

Welcome to the first in a series called It Flies By. Customers are happy--and returning--so I can tell their story too. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer: Rock Band

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3:22 and feeling a sense of humor while the Murphys are uploading!!! This is the rock band version of the Murphys. Lots of contrast + look like you don't care = cool...right?

Maryland Photographer: The Fall Rush

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Fall is a very busy portrait season. I am a teensy bit behind on uploading and packaging, but as you can see, it's almost 2 am, and I hope to wrap up lingering work tonight/this morning to have a clean slate for Sunday's shoots. The boys have a birthday party in the morning--so maybe we'll hit up Starbucks first! I love busy though. I love the calls that rush in just like crisp fall air, each gust bringing us closer to the bare trees of winter as leaves twist, wind, and fall to mingle with one another in crunchy goodness under booted feet. Everyone wants the color of fall and the planners are thinking holiday photos, gifts, and cards. Get in! It's not too late--we'll find a time, and at the very least--kids playing in fallen leaves is always cute too! And if you haven't taken time to lie under a tree like I did to get the photo above, you are missing out!

Patuxent Youth Ballet Nutcracker Photos

Amanda Arnold Photographer

Patuxent Youth Ballet is teaming up with Amanda Arnold of It Flies By Photography to bring you professional,candid photos of the Nutcraker Ballet dress rehearsal and performance on 11/13 and 11/14.

Amanda is an award-winning Baltimore photographerwho specializes in photojournalistic and lifestyle portraits of families and children. She is sure to capture the spirit of the stage and the anticipation behind it! Prints will be available for order 11/27 via password protected website. Photos of subjects under 18 will not be used in portfolio, advertisements, or other media without signed parental consent. For more information contact Amanda at www.itfliesby.com.

I am getting excited about the photo journalism side of capturing the wonder and holiday spirit as children prepare and perform in this year's Nutcracker. Prints will be available for order by 11/27 and delivered in time for holiday gifts!

Trick or Treat in New Jersey

In the first pair of photos, Remy is giving his Auntie the "I love you" sign for saving him from Mr Potato Head, outfitting him in Thomas, and giving him spooky caboose train loot! Rory was a bat, who was not blind, but preferred echo location. Kyleigh was a Barbie Musketeer. Shaymus was Grover. Billy was a broken teenager. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold

Maryland Photographer: Handmade Halloween

I love Halloween. I am not the creepy, dark, Halloween type. What I love exactly are kids in costumes and pumpkin carving. I took my little brother trick or treating when he was tiny and now I look forward to outfitting my own kids in cute costumes--pretty much all year round. So far, they have racked up costumes of: Mexican Jumping Bean, Will Farrel Elf, Dragon and Store bought Monkey. Though I probably thought of at least 20 more things I'd love to see them be. This year, Shaymus is really into Grover. When I searched for Grover costumes there was only an ADULT version??? Wierd. The photo is hilarious! There was also an old school one on Ebay--but it was the plastic tunic and plastic mask kind that I don't think he'd be willing to wear at this young age. At this point in the story is where I decide to take on sewing the costume myself. I have no sewing machine, no pattern or idea how to use them, and clearly I am equally clueless on yardage because I could easily make 6 more Grovers with the remaining blue crushed velvet I have. After I finished Grover, which Shay loved (as you can see by his break-dancing Grover in the second photo) I thought--I should make Remy a costume too. He is bigger--which meant more time, but mostly just bigger stitches! As you notice, Remy's is still on the hanger--he won't even think about wearing it! I love the pouch in the back for his spare parts. If you too have a moment where you are hand-stitching costumes late into the night while watching old episodes of Mad Men--Cherish it.
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Maryland Family Photographer: Murphy's Law

Maryland Family Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By

These are the Murphy's, a beautiful family with four girls, and a mom with an eye for a color palette. Fittingly, this is Murphy's Law: Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that states: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
It is used as either a purely sarcastic musing that things always go wrong, or, less frequently, a reflection of the mathematical law that dictates that, given infinite time, all possible occurrences will eventually take place.


I think this means that if you continue to take photos on land that is more than clearly marked Private Property No Trespassing--the police WILL come. Little more than an hour into shooting, and we said goodbye to what must be the best outdoor studio I could dream of. Which, will soon be demolished. Condos will soon take its place. I am happy to have had the chance to showcase this beautiful space one last time.

Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Family Photographer: My Fam

Baltimore Maryland Lifestyle Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Lifestyle Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Lifestyle Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Lifestyle Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Baltimore Maryland Lifestyle Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

I fell in love with Nate's grandparents' Rhode Island property last time we were there. It is a lifestyle photographer's (my) dream. There are outbuildings and texture with many gardens and rustic details. I feel like you could do a one man play there and have at least five scenes. So, when Nate expressed he'd like Shay to have a family party--we decided we'd do it RI style and include a family photo session. I was a little sad cause for my NJ family and friends I knew it was a stretch, but we are getting together in Nov for a shoot anyway, and really when you have family spread across 3 states, the opportunities for all-family events are the extremes--weddings, funerals, births--but not really birthdays.

Last time we did a photo shoot with the family, we wore white shirts and jeans. It is easy. It is classic. And those are the two things that will always be going on for that option. Everyone has it. Everyone gets it. But, everyone expects it too, and I don't like expected. I like fresh and interesting with simple composition.

In comes new approach to dressing large groups for photographs. Palettes of neutrals and pop colors. Neutrals are colors like: Grey, black, white, cream, navy, brown. Pop colors are vivid and exciting: red, royal blue, pink, lime green, orange, turquois, etc.. When I sent the invitation for Shay's party, I included a sample palette for the guests with swatches. I think this was the best way I could think of to get people on board without adding personal shopper to my title.

I think the results are good! I am happy with the shoot. Not a uniform, but a complimentary look. We could have used more pop. I did bring extra sweaters in case some forgot or were way off, but they were brown--cause I have lots of brown things. Next time, I will try to bring extra accessories in the pop colors.

Leave a comment. Is it too difficult? Do you like the results? How can I better implement it?

Maryland Baby Photographer: Great-Gramps Hat

Yea, blog followers--I am playing catch up! I have so much more--I'll keep them coming this week! Last week, Shay was on a kick with this hat his Great-Gramps wore in our yard a couple Springs ago. I have since taken the string off so he can play with it safely, but he was really hamming it up this day. I can't believe my second baby is riding the rocking horse I bought at the flea market when I was pregnant with Remy.....Cherish every moment. It Flies By.
Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold
Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold
Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold

Maryland Photographer: Me Times Three

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I don't get to post many photos that really reflect me. I think the last time was my birthday pictures from Patterson Park. We took the family up to Rhode Island this weekend and had an hour or so to hang out and have fun. The backdrops are Nate's elementary school, a middle school, and a skatepark at a high school. Yes, we have lots of fun together. We work alot, so when work is not an option... we play. Mad ups! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Portrait Photographer: 25 Alive

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A quarter of a century is a big deal, and more people should be celebrating it. If you or someone you know is turning 25, think about giving them the gift of a one-hour, on-location photoshoot. Think big, fancy, rustic, glamorous, whatever you have become comfortable with in your 25 years. Happy Birthday Jessie! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Caught Blue Handed

Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By

I noticed today that the only time my boys aren't fighting is when they are working together to get into trouble. Cans, q-tips, flour, in our house we call it thrashing. They love to get into things together, and that is about all. Here, they decided it was time for crafts. They did this in the time it took me to switch a load of laundry to the dryer.

Calendar Baby

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My photo of Shaymus will be featured in the month of March in the RDA 2010 calendar. Again, RDA is a cloth diaper advocacy group that spreads the message of the benefits cloth diapering has on babies, parents, and the planet. Buy your copy today to support this group. You can also visit their site to get more information about cloth diapering.

http://www.cafepress.com/rdassociation

On this site in 2009 Photos Happened.

Maryland Fmaily Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Maryland Fmaily Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Maryland Fmaily Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Maryland Fmaily Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Maryland Fmaily Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
Maryland Fmaily Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby
I had a photo shoot last Monday. The sky was overcast, so I brought the sun with me! 20 long stems of sunflowers added color and fun to this extended family shoot. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer: Cool

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Maryland Photographer: Happy Birthday Baby

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Happy First Birthday, Shaymus Nathan Arnold! Love, Mama

Maryland Baby Photographer: RDA Contest Finalist

I used cloth diapers starting when Shaymus was 3 days old. We started with simple white Chinese Prefolds with Snappi fasteners and a cover. When he was large enough, we switched over to a borrowed stash of Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers. We used those exclusively through his 7th month. It was an empowering experience. This may seem strong to describe a diapering experience, and if it just pertained to that, it would be. But, the fact is, I want to be a mother of nursed, cloth-diapered babies. And I have never let being a working mother get in the way of what I want out of child rearing. And, lets face it--cloth diapering used to just be called diapering. This is not a new concept. Though I can attest... the diapers are VERY new in design and functionality.

I subscribed to a blog of a local cloth diaper supplier and advocate. The blog/shop is Soft and Cozy Baby and it is owned and managed by Bayla--a mother--a working, nursing, cloth diapering, babywearing mother like me. If you are expecting, or have alittle one, her site is a great resource for learning about cloth diapers and diapering. Bayla announced a photo contest run by the RDA (Real Diaper Association) in the begninning of the month.

http://www.softandcozybaby.com/info.html

http://softandcozybaby.blogspot.com/

The RDA is a cloth dipaering advocacy group. They announced a photo contest in August. The winners will receive prizes and the selected photos will appear in a 2010 RDA Cloth Diaper calendar featuring real cloth diapered babies. I submitted a photo of Shay when he was just a few weeks old. The focus is his feet, but you can see his prefold/cover peeking out of the leg holes of his onesie...and clearly, he has that big puffy cloth diaper butt. To see my submission, you can click on the link below, or visit my website. There were 175 submissions total, and mine is 1 of 12 chosen to be featured in the calendar! That is all I know as of yet.... believe me... you will know if I win the grand, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes! After seeing the submissions, I started to doubt, and wished I had set up a shot specifically for this contest. I doubted the understated appearance of the diaper. I doubted that Shay had clothes on. I doubted pretty much all of the things that made me choose it in the first place. This is a real diaper, on a real baby. Simple. Back to basics. Clean.

http://s135.photobucket.com/albums/q159/jladewski/-RDA%20photos/?action=view&current=shay.jpg

If you are a creative--a designer, a photographer, an artist, a parent with a great eye... enter contests once in a while. It helps keep you inspired and builds credibility in a field that people consider subjective and is flooded with DIY creatives. I have created a new label for "contests". This will be good incentive to enter more. And a place to record those I have entered and won in the past.

It Flies By.

Maryland Photographer: L is for...Little Boy

I take a lot of photos. Everyday, I see something that strikes me in a way that tells my heart and my brain to take notice and appreciate it for that extra bit of time it takes me to grab my camera and frame it. And usually, I know it is a great photo. This photo didn't hit me until I saw it large and on my screen. I couldnt take my eyes off of the details. L is for the little boy taking over Spiderman on a cracked sidewalk. L is for the little boy who still wears velcro shoes. L is for the little boy with bug bites up to his knees. L is for the little boy whose weapon is a stray weed from his yard. This photo screams to me my baby is a little boy, and at the same time really captures innocence, where bug bites are pain, heroes are fictional, and weapons dont even mark the skin. A little boy. A cherished little boy. It flies by.

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Maryland Baby Photographer: Keeping my Word

As promised, here are more from Michael's shoot last Wednesday. He really was wonderful. If you haven't been to my site portfolio in a while--check it out. Michael reminds me of Dillon who is featured in my portfolio, who I photographed at 10 weeks old in this same basket!....over a year ago! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold
Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold
Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold
Baltimore Maryland photographer Amanda Arnold