Rollins College Mini Session {Orlando Photographer | Winter Park Photographer | Mady Joe Photography}

One of my favorite things about seeing clients is catching up on their lives. I’ve been so fortunate to see this couple pretty often over the last few years and I’ve gotten to photograph some of the most exciting moments! From their engagement session, wedding, a session after their wedding……and in January, I’m looking forward to photographing another exciting time for them 🙂

Here are some pictures from their October session in Winter Park!


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!


Almost one! {Orlando Baby Photographer}

Miss A’s session from Orlando a couple of weeks ago. This little lady was the first solo newborn session I did almost a year ago. I can’t wait until her first birthday session! It will be amazing!

 


A day of babies and one big sister {Orlando Photographer}

You know those families that have been a part of your life for a long time and even though you do not get to talk all the time or see them as often, you still feel like you pick up right where you left off from your last meeting/conversation? That is this family for me. My husband has know them for what feels like forever and actually owes Mr P for getting his foot in the door for a job interview that lead us to where we are today. I remember holding their little baby girl, now the big sister with a sweet and sassy little smile, when she was only weeks old shortly after we found out I was pregnant with our daughter. This family was also my first maternity session and now as the twins are getting closer and closer to their first birthday, I cannot WAIT to see the fun we will have with that one!

Here are a few pics from our session last week!

 



Nights of Lights {Historic St Augustine}

 

Have I mentioned how much I love living in St Augustine? There are always so many things to do here, it’s pretty, the beach….. Over the weekend we went to the World Golf Village Festival of Trees and to HistoricSt Augustine for the Nights of Lights! We had never been to either, so it was nice to be able to go and take part in some of the holiday festivities in the area.  We saw the The Loring MemorialLightner Museum, and The Casa Monica all aglow with lights. There was also a regatta of lights we missed, but the kids were too cold so hopefully next year we will see it. If you’re in the area, you should go! My husband and I are planning on going again Thursday night, just the two of us {a REAL date}!

Our son checking out the lights!

I do not remember the name of this shop, but I will find out because I LOVE this and cannot believe someone actually made it. I must get a special treat there because everything looked so fantastic!


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!