Jacksonville Family Photographer {Sneak Peak!} St Augustine Photographer

I admit, I have been a big blogging slacker lately. So, now I am playing catch up! I had a lot of fun with this family. They introduced me to a location I didn’t even know existed; those are always the best!

It was so nice to see an extended family that really seems like a family unit and seemed to have a great relationship! Mrs H said how lucky they are that their sons found such wonderful women and that they have great families. And it’s true!

Here are a few pictures from their session and soon they will have the gallery password to check out ALLLL the pictures from their session. They have a lot of great ones!

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Specials! {Saint Augustine | Jacksonville | Orlando Photographer | Mady Joe Photography}

 

 

I know it’s only September, but I always offer specials at the end of the year and since this year the end of the year will be a little hectic with a new baby, I thought I would get a head start!

My prices will NOT be increasing in 2012, but the things included in the sessions will be. As of January 1, 2012, a mini session will still be 30 minutes for up to two people and will include 5 images of your choice on a DVD with a print release. As of January 1, 2012, a full session will be one hour with up to five people and will include 12 images of your choice on a DVD with a print release. You are welcome to add additional people to your session; each additional person is $25 plus sales tax.

If you book your 2012 session before December 1, 2011 you will be able to take advantage of this years session prices and the things included. A $100 retainer/deposit is due. The sessions will take place after February 1, 2012 and anytime before September 1, 2012!


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!


{class of 2013}

 

Last weekend was beyond chaotic for our family. Traveling back and forth to Orlando, packing the last of our house, our son visiting his grandparents…..we had a lot going on at the last minute. So, this session was a very welcomed break from all the stress. And it was fun! It was nice to be able to completely forget about everything else and just get to know Mr C and his mom a little bit. They are so nice, easy to talk with, and really made my job easy. I can’t wait to get to know them better over the next few years.

 


Sweet Moments {Op:Love Homecoming}

I cannot even imagine the jobs that the men and woman in the military take on and the strength, courage, devotion, and LOVE it must take for the military member to leave their family and friends for months. AND the strength, courage, devotion, and LOVE the family and friends must have to stay behind not knowing what will happen in the coming months. I was lucky to meet this {client and friend} lovely lady a few months ago for a mid-deployment session and got to photograph the USS Taylor Homecoming through Op:Love. You should check out Operation Love Reunited if you’re not familiar with the services provided to military families.

Thanks, C and J for letting me photograph this for you. So glad you’re home!



Teresa and Jason Part 2 {Jacksonville Wedding Photographer}

I have been so busy with sessions, children’s birthday parties, finding a house…..you know life in general! I realized I had not posted part 2 of the pictures from Teresa and Jason’s wedding. Luckily for me, the editing and CD are done and the CD is on the way to the lovely couple, so it’s just blogging I’m behind on. So, here is part 2. Congrats again! Hope you had a great, relaxing honeymoon!