Since I am far behind in sharing photos on my blog, I will be adding in photos from the shoots I missed as well as the shoots I have taken on in the coming weeks. Here is an engagement shoot taken in my new favorite location which Nate found for me while driving the boys around. It is so close to home, and so full of opportunity for shooting in a variety of backgrounds. I love the variety of styles here.
I don't know what you did with your extra hour today, but this lady went the extra mile and made a blog post after a nice shoot in Centennial Park this afternoon! YES! For those of you have been wondering why Amanda Arnold and It Flies By had dropped of the Blogger radar, I have two words that I hope can excuse my lack of attention to faithful readers and possibly even admirers??...FIRST TRIMESTER! That's right!!! The Arnold family will welcome a brand new baby in May. Thank you for your patience while I spent the last several months in the joys of continuous nausea and fatigue. I hope to play a little catch up to fill in the gaps of my online journal with weddings and portraits gone by as we spend the cold wintery months anxiously awaiting the arrival of New Baby!
Enough about me! The happy family above braved the biting cold breeze today for a family portrait. With a sweet front man in hunter orange and a thumb sucker with the eyes of Cindy Lou Who, my heart was warmed enough to have shot for hours! Thank for coming out!
Cherish Every Moment. It Flies By.
Lisa is a very great firend of mine. She and her family have graced the pages of my blog since day one. If you have followed since then, you have seen her babies (little blonde girls)grow alongside my own, and similarly celebrate occasions both small as well as momentous with photos. In the coming weeks, Lisa will have her third child: her first son. Three babies in four years is a tough tough job, and there is no one out there who will think Lisa is crazy for the thought that this may be her last baby belly. So, we left work early today to make a lasting image for her to have forever...cause I bet she wont have stretch marks to remind her either (not that I am salty). So, here we go into the woods and down a hillside path, into a revine, over a fence, across the rocks, to where we settled by a fallen tree. I'm carrying about 10 lbs of photo equipment. She's carrying about 5 lbs of baby boy. Mud, muck, and muggy weren't captured by the camera, nor were the work shoes sitting on the rocky riverside. The pictures came out just as I had hoped. She is a goddess.
I love this one. It shows Stephanie's cute personality.
This was It Flies By's very first wedding. Nate and I shot it together on his birthday at Pittsburgh's National Aviary. I am thankful for a lot of things. I am thankful for Stephanie and Jasper's trust in my work and my professional eye. Nate and I had scouted out the area in the hours before the ceremony choosing the best places to take pictures. We overlooked some areas that may have seemed the most scenic like a delicate bridge over water, and favored a nook in an iron fance, and a walking bridge over railroad tracks. I am thankful for the chance to witness two wonderful people come together and share with me the moments they have chosen to share with their closest family and friends. I hope this is my first wedding of many more to come. And for Stephanie and Jasper the first day of many more to come. Thank you!
I took the photo above of Remy at Loudon Park National Cemetery on Frederick Rd. on Memorial Day. I like that Remy's downward cast profile mimicks that of the POW/MIA silhouette on the flag that is seen in the background over the wall. After a compliment on the photo from a photographer friend, I decided to enter it in Baltimore Brew's Memorial Day Photo Contest. They were soliciting for photos of "Baltimore kicking off summer". I have those: wading in kiddie pools, ice cream man, Shay watering adolescent sunflowers. But, I still decided that this is what I wanted to enter. Well, today my photo is running on Baltimore Brew's top story in the second runner up position and I couldnt be happier! Thank you Baltimore Brew! See the sory here:
I'm glad they picked the photo. Each day gives me an opportunity to teach my kids something. This is pretty deep of a topic, but here is a look at it in 3 yr old perspective.
Memorial Day starts the season of white...so rock if you've got it!
It is nice to take your hat off.
Flags are really cool.
"No, Mama, That is WAY TOO MANY for counting."
Then, we went home to the kiddie pool!
I was surprised at first to see these young women dressed for prom. They looked like MOVIE STARS. Every thing was perfect. Makeup was professionally applied and the gowns were absolutely amazing. They all looked like young hollywood, and would have photographed nicely on any camera. My prom was 10 years ago... My sister and my mom bobby pinned my hair in the kitchen. My date's mom bedazzled the butterflies on my dress for added flair. And we borrowed my sister's Eclipse for a stylish ride. I am sure I will get a few commnets on this one...
This is Travis. He is a senior at Broadneck High School in Annapolis. I work with his mother, and I am sure she is at the point where she may look at these photos and think, where did the time go? I am sure she did her best to cherish every moment, but they all pass quickly. And before you know it, it is time to capture them for that last time that we have any say in the matter! :) Oh--and any photographer who claims photojournalism and doesnt have a photo of a senior on a cellphone is a poser---literally.
Abby and Ben inspire me to keep going. They are my vision realized. The photos above are of Abby when she was about 7 mths old. She is a cherub--I love it! A year later, she sits on her tricycle with a skinned knee. Her milky skin, Gerber baby lips, and eyes rounded like her cheeks are a little older now. She is beautiful, and my living document of It Flies By. Her brother, Ben, adores photo time. He knows I come to hang out for a little bit, and he may kiss his sister a little more than normal, but for the most part--picture time is like any other--he catches moths, and goes to check the mail, picks a flower, and rides his scooter. I have built a relationship with them. They trust me and look forward to the whole process. And it keeps me doing what I do, shoot by shoot, making records of lives as they are.
Amanda Arnold is a designer and professional photographer specializing in lifestyle portraits and event photography across Maryland. Her work is inspired by the composition found in everyday. Amanda is available for portraits, weddings, and events, and will travel. All images copyright Amanda Arnold. All ideas patented by a truly creative spirit - do not copy.
There is no such thing as balance in my house. I have been up late nights updating my blog and working in the days and taking photos on the weekends. My sink was heaped with dishes this morning. As I took my rings off to get started on them, I noticed a couple things. The first thing I noticed is the Palmolive bottle needs to be updated. The bottle is an hourglass shape of a woman, and the label shows delicate hands with painted fingernails holding a shining glass. Advertising people of the world--I am more likely to buy dish liquid that show man hands doing the dirty work. My second thought, as I took my rings off, was to do a wedding-like close-up shot of the rings hanging on dirty dish related items.