What’s in a name?

I get the question a lot: Why is your business named Mady Joe Photography. Here is the explanation and little bit about my journey with photography!

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites when you have children. But I do. My son is my favorite for certain reasons and my daughter is my favorite for others. I love that they are so different. My son is quick, smart, and mischievous.  My daughter is polite, sweet, and loving. My son loves construction, trains, big trucks, and Miss April {his teacher}. My daughter loves all the big trucks and trains because her  big brother does, but she loves teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh, Abby {our dog} and sharing bites of her food.

I wanted to do a post like this for my son’s birthday, but in between sessions, homecomings, my husband changing jobs, packing, moving, and unpacking,  I was lucky to pull his party together! And it’s kind of fitting that I do this for my daughter as she was the true catalyst for me putting a little faith in myself and starting on the journey into photography. For a solid year after she was born,  I tried and tried to get the same pictures I had seen photographers use on their websites, and a picture that my son was NOT blurry, using a Nikon point and click. I kept saying with every trip {really, every time I used our camera} to a local portrait studio that I could do their job and get the pictures I wanted of my children, but in other environments than a studio. I just wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on a nice SLR if I wasn’t going to be good at it. Then I just decided that I had saved us enough money nursing my daughter for a whole year versus the money we spend on formula with our son and I deserved to try something I thought I would love. Lucky for me, my husband agreed {or he was just tired of listening to the constant debate of buying a SLR and which one I wanted and why}. So off we went to Colonial Photo and Hobby and came home with my new camera body and new lens. I WISH I had the pictures from the first night on this computer, but I think they are on a CD in a box somewhere…..

So, as my daughter turns 2 I keep being bombarded with memories. When I found out I was pregnant, how I cried in fear and my husband grinned;….. when we found out we were having a girl and my husband cried;….. when my labor was stopped at 31 weeks, the day before our son turned 2;……all the doctors appointments and hospital trips;….to the second I saw her and all the caution I held for 38 weeks trying not to love her too much because my pregnancy was so tough I didn’t know how it would end, came crashing down as I held her;…..the first time our son saw his new sister and gave her the teddy bear he made her {obviously she loved it as now she loves all teddy bears!} and all the moments in between then and now. Our son I wanted desperately and our daughter terrified me because I didn’t want to experience a loss again and I wasn’t sure I would know what to do with 2 children, but does anyone really know 100% what to do with any child?

So, why Mady Joe Photography? Mady is my daughter and Joseph is my son’s middle name. Joseph was also my grandfathers name, the man that always had the SLR and took all the pictures. He’s the one that let me play with his camera and tried to tell me not to turn my head looking through the viewfinder {too bad I still do it!}. I have his Pentax film SLR in my closet. I’ve thought of using it, I hoped to find some lost film with pictures on it, but my grandfather was not the one to forget something, so there wasn’t any long lost film. Maybe one day I will use it, but for now I like just being able to look at it or hold it and know that he was the last one to use it.

To remember Madelyn at almost 2 I wanted just some pictures of her making all her funny faces, she thought lunch was funny today, so here are some I loved!

 

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Welcome Home Hero!

I love when people contact me to capture an important time in their lives. I love it even more when it is a military family trusting me to capture a homecoming. Especially when it is as special as this one. You may have seen this family on Channel 4 the morning after the homecoming so you may be familiar with their story, but for those of you who are not, here is a little background for you.

P was gone for a year and came home briefly after the twins were born. So, he hasn’t seen his twins since they were 6 days old and his older son since that visit. Can you imagine how hard it must have been for that whole family? I cannot, and through all of our emails A was always sure to tell me how she appreciated me doing this for her family. There isn’t any way for me to ever fully tell this family, and all the other military families out there, how much I appreciate them! Thanks for everything that you do!

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You can check out the USO and the Jacksonville USO office for ways you can support our troops or make a donation!


New Products!

I am so excited that I got my order from Loktah! I love these CD holders, I think they are so different and fun. They have so many to choose from that I could not make up my mind! Check them out! Awesome packaging for your CD for your next session : )

This is a 10×10 metal print with a float mount on the back so you do not need a frame to hang it up, it comes all ready to go! You can hang it on the wall or put it on an easel like this. Perfect for someone’s office!

These are 8×12 metal prints with a float mount!

Mini brag books are perfect to show off pictures to family and friends! They fit in your pocket or purse and are magnetic, so they will stick to your filing cabinet or fridge!


Cyber Monday!

Check out these Cyber Monday Deals!

 

Deal #1 Current and Past Clients

I’m making space for 2011! Purchase all the images from your session for only $300! You will have full copyrights to print and share as you like. Great chance for holiday gifts for parents and grandparents! This deal ends December 4, 2010!

 

Deal #2 New Clients!

Book a session for January, February, or March 2011 for only $250 and get a FREE 10×10 custom designed metal storyboard {$100 value}. Session must be booked with a $50 deposit by December 4, 2010.

 

Deal #3

Book a wedding before December 12, 2010 and receive a FREE engagement session or one extra hour of wedding coverage {$400 value}! Deposit and contract required. Wedding must be booked by December 12, 2010.

Deal #4

Book an 8 hour wedding package and receive The Wedding Assistant‘s Day of Package to make your day stress free! {$600 value!} Contract and Deposit required. Wedding must be booked by December 12, 2010.


Whirlwind.

There are not any other words to describe the last few months in our lives, not that I am complaining. But the past 6 months have been a complete whirlwind! On top of my husbands job, sessions, homecomings, weddings {guest and photographer!}, children’s birthday parties, children being sick. etc…… we’ve moved, twice, and I hope to not have to pack up our house for a very, very long time!

We’ve settled in St. Augustine in the World Golf Village area. And we love it! It’s nice to drive to the library and be able to roll down the window and smell the ocean.

But that’s enough about why I am so behind in blogging recent sessions! Here are a few from a family session in Orlando. I am so glad we were able to use this location, it almost didn’t happen between UCF‘s homecoming {we were originally planning to meet on campus!} and the fall festival where we were meeting! The best part about this session was meeting the family of Miss R before the wedding next year : )


Soon to be Mr & Mrs {Sneak Peak}

I had a very lovely suprise last week when my lovely bride emailed to say she would be visiting St. Augustine with her fiance, who I did not have the pleasure of meeting when I met Miss R.

I woke them up early Saturday morning so we could get some sunrise pictures at the beach before heading downtown to explore.

Enjoy your sneak peak!


New Website {MadyJoePhotography.com}

My site is finally up and running! Super excited about it. Still some more things to add and pages that were just modified so it will be a little while until they are working 100%, but it’s there and I can play with it whenever I want! Check it out….

MadyJoePhotography.com