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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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!


Cutest kid contest winner {sneak peak}

I had my session today with the winner of my cutest kid contest held on Facebook. I adore this family, I was lucky enough to be able to photograph Daddy’s homecoming through my first Operation Love Reunited session. And it was the first time he met this adorable guy! Doesn’t that just make you thankful even more for what military families endure for everyone in our country?

I was so excited to be able to see Mr. R again and see how much he has grown and changed since our first meeting. Lucky for me, I had the best babysitting deal EVER and we had a great location and session because of it!

Here are a few sneak peaks for you! Can’t wait to watch this family grow and change through my lens, they make the sessions so easy and enjoyable!



Class of 2011{sneak peak} Miss F

Oh, the class of 2011….. It honestly makes me feel a little old that this graduating class will be leaving high school 10 years after I did! And to top it off, my husband has his 10 year reunion next weekend (let’s just say he’s feeling a little old too!).  But that could be an entirely different blog post!

My sister introduced me to Miss F and she is officially my senior rep for the class of 2011 at Fleming Island High School! And she is adorable, lovely, and easy going. It was great to spend sometime with her yesterday exploring some different locations around Orange Park . We didn’t make it to the fields by Cecil Field, but maybe one day. But we did use a spot I’ve been eyeing since we moved here, and it was a fantastic spot to use!

Thanks Miss F for a fun afternoon. Enjoy your sneak peak!