Since starting out a few years ago, I have photographed Delaney and Marissa. I have a few babies that I’ve gotten the chance to see get bigger, but with Delaney it feels extra special. Soon, she’ll be gaining a baby brother and I can’t wait to meet him as well.
We did a mini-session last week because we will be seeing them again at the end of July when the new baby arrives. I love this age because Delaney’s personality is really shining through and it’s hard not to love the silly ones as much, if not more, than the more serious ones. I really love some of these shots and I can’t wait until next month!
It’s a nice time right now, as I build my business and brand, because I get the opportunity to do a variety of work for clients I don’t know and people I do know. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to photograph a wedding for my fiance’s cousin. She wanted to do a first look, which was cool because I’ve second shot one before, but this was a chance for me to kind of practice one on my own. There’s almost more pressure, it feels like, when family is involved than someone I’ve never met before (especially because I can tend to be a little self-conscious), but in the end, I had a lot of fun doing it and think I got some really great images out of it.
The first look portion was done at the Holden Public Library. There was a little park off to the side of the parking lot, with a little brick house and it was the perfect secluded spot for the first look to take place. There was also this amazing flower bush close by that gave that garden feel to some of the more posed portraits. Lots of the other photos took place on the back side of the library and on the grass between the library and the church where they got married.
Carolyn’s sister also got married last year and is expecting her first child in the next month or so, so I got a chance to take a few quick maternity shots with her and her husband.
At the end, we took a giant picture with their whole family and I think it worked out pretty well. I’m glad I got to share in this experience with them and it kind of breaks the ice with the family with everything I do.
I’ve always been into concert and music photography, but have had trouble getting myself into it. Living in this area, there aren’t a ton of opportunities to build up your portfolio in that area. I would have to go to Boston or somewhere where there are at least small clubs and local bands. I have never put enough time and energy into it, but was asked recently by the Flair Band to photograph their debut at the Bull Run. I had a great weekend and got to play around with my camera in the dark room. It was a lot of fun and their openers, Kelley Lynn and Hollywood, both nights were great.
I’d love to do more shows like this, maybe in more of a club atmosphere. It’s just at this point about getting myself there (which is hard because of time and money). All in all, I had a lot of fun and think I got some great shots. The last one posted is probably one of my favorites of the weekend.
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to photograph the lovely Taylor family! Their family is spread out all over the place, so it was a special occasion that they all happened to be visiting at the same time. I got the chance to capture this family all as one on what seemed like a very eventful weekend.
I love the colors in all these photos. It was such a nice spot in Sterling. So many great houses around and the Taylors had that great bright yellow bush in their yard. The family was in such a groove from the weekend that it didn’t take very long at all. Glad to get to be part of this time for their family.
One of the families from the mini-session decided to have a full session for their family and for their 6 month old baby! The weather again was great, though a little cold, so we had to get creative and have the session inside. This gave me the chance to try out my indoor setup with a backdrop! Though I’d much rather use more natural backgrounds, it was a fun opportunity to use a more studio-style setup. Afterwards, we went outside for a few minutes to grab a few family photos.
Since it was early in the morning, both girls were pretty wide awake and ready for photos. It was a lot of fun and this family ended up with some great shots. I just love the baby’s eyes in some of these [especially the black and whites].
I had a blast doing hosting a mini-session day in Clinton! We really lucked out with the weather that day and had a pretty good turn out. I’m hoping to do a few more days like this later on in the year, it seems like it works well for people. Here are some images from the different families that day!
The Wachusett Dam was the best place for it, too. There was still some snow around at the time [hard to believe now, which is also hard to believe I’m saying, after the winter we had]. The dam was beautiful and, even though the bridge was closed, it provided enough backgrounds for us to still have some great sessions.
For more of these images and to keep an eye on the next time we hold a mini-session day, check out our Facebook page!
Just trying to think of more ways to get the word out about my Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions taking place Saturday April 18th from 10am-4pm at the Clinton Dam. You can try me out for half an hour and $50 ($40 if you refer a friend, too) and you get a free 8×10 just for showing up. Some people have signed up, but I still have plenty of spots open. I’m excited with the warm weather today that it will actually be nice by then. The snow seems to mostly be gone, but just in case things seem like they’ll be bad, anyone who signs up will be notified by April 8th if the weather looks bad and will be given the opportunity to cancel. I picked the 18th because it gives me plenty of time to edit everyones photos, share them with clients, and have anything be ordered in time for Mother’s Day. If you’re in the area, check out my Facebook page and website for samples of my work, or if you’re ready to book a time slot, go ahead and just email me (Amanda@MandaLuisa.com)! See flyer below for more details!
Such a busy week last week! I had an engagement session, newborn session, and special event all over a 5 day period and I feel accomplished to have successfully completed it all. Now I’m in the process of editing and sharing and the first one up is Bridget & Matt’s Springfield engagement session. I’m super happy about how this one came out. This couple’s wedding is going to be all vintage and special. The ring is passed down from one generation to the next and I thought that was a really great tradition. We lucked out with somewhat warm weather this day and amazing buildings to photograph around. I’m very much looking forward to their wedding in August and I’m glad I got to know them better. Enjoy!
I’ve been experimenting with painting on watercolor cards. I made some of these bird themed ones. I was working on a few others with these, but these are the only ones I’ve finished so far.
I hope to keep going further with these. I also got a new brush and have been trying out a few things. I really liked the first card especially. I hope to get to a point where I can make a bunch of these. They’ve been a lot of fun so far.
Through December and January, I was commissioned to design promotional material for a local band, Lost Artifacts. It’s the first big illustration project I’ve done in awhile and it was a lot of fun. It has inspired me to want to create more and taught me that this is an area I would love to be in. The band wanted to exemplify the idea of “lost artifacts” starting with a shipwreck and eventually moving to an attic scene. I usually create art through watercolor and ink, but decided to work digitally, as it seemed to fit the needs of the band more. I work much slower digitally, but was able to dedicate much of my time to it. It took VERY long, but I think it came out great. I’m really proud of what went into this project and I really hope it leads to more jobs like this. It was so much fun.