Decisions, decisions and photo gallery (tons of pics)

I’ve been struggling a bit lately with what I want for the future of my photography business and whether or not I should raise my prices.

An online friend of mine who I got to know via a photography forum (she is also just starting her photography business, she has the same camera as me, and she’s also pretty crunchy and into AP – it’s cool how much we ended up having in common) thinks I definitely should raise my prices. She’s also encouraging me to get my name “out there” now, before the baby comes, so that I can build up my clientele and have people waiting for me whenever I decide to go back to work after baby.

I agree that it would be nice to be better compensated for my time (goodness knows I put a lot of time into proofing sessions and making photos look their best), but I also would feel bad because all of my current clients are friends – primarily getting by on one income. Which is why I really should branch out and find people who can afford me, but then I would feel like I’m turning my back on my friends. Arg.

It’s a tough call. Obviously it would be nicer to charge more, and work less than to keep my prices where they are and have to work more to make the same amount of money. Anyway, I’ve got some things to think about, that’s for sure.

If you feel like sharing your opinion on the matter, I’d be happy to have it. :)

And now for the pictures…

I’ve been promising to share some of my favorite pictures from client sessions over the past several months for a while now, and here they are. I had a hard time narrowing it down, so you get to see a LOT. ;) (Can ya tell I like to focus on pregnant women and newborns??)

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Returning to normalcy – whatever that means

Just a quick note to say we’re alive and well. Ava’s party went perfectly on Sunday, thanks LARGELY to the help of my parents and sister. We wouldn’t have pulled it off without them. Everyone seemed to have a great time. :)

Here’s one of my favorite pics from the party. I may get around to posting some more eventually. ;)

My parents started their long drive back to MI yesterday and my sister left for the airport this morning. So Ava and I are working on getting back into our groove now.

We met with our prospective midwife this morning and the appointment/interview went really well. I’ll write more later.

Thanks to you all for the birthday wishes for Ava and the congratulatory wishes on baby boy. :) Hope you are all doing well!

How I nearly ended up with two ultrasounds today (oh yeah, and what we’re having too!)

Our anatomy ultrasound was scheduled today for 12:30 p.m. Jody and I went in first while the tech took all the measurements (baby is right on track for 19 weeks), then my parents and sister (who are visiting from MI) and Ava came in at the end and got to see baby too! :) Baby looked healthy and everything checked out just fine.

After the ultrasound, we all planned to go to lunch. On the way there (we were in two cars) – my sis and Jody were in one, and me, my parents and Ava were in the other – my dad’s car got rear-ended. There were three cars involved, one hit the middle car, who then hit our car. We are all fine, other than maybe a bit sore, and Ava was a bit scared by the ordeal. I decided to call my dr’s office to let them know in case they wanted me to come in. They said they’d rather I come in so they could check the heart tones than have me worry all weekend, so back to the office Jody, Ava and I went.

The baby checked out just fine (we listened to the heartbeat, but didn’t have another ultrasound) and has been moving around ever since. I saw Dr. C (Dr. T is my usual dr.) and she said if there’s a good time to get into a fender bender while pregnant, now is it because there’s still so much fluid around the baby that it’s very well protected. And the placenta still does not have enough weight behind it to worry about placental abruption (which was something that I was worried about). So that was all good news and a relief. :)

And now for the news you are really here for….

The u/s tech couldn’t tell the sex the first time she looked because baby’s cord was between the legs. So we asked her to check again later and it looks like….

It’s a BOY! :) Yes, we saw a little penis and scrotum. We got to see the little guy yawn twice too – that was pretty sweet. :)

We haven’t settled on a name yet, but when we do, we plan to keep it secret until he’s born (just like we did with Ava).

Oh, and here’s his profile pic:

Thanks for reading if you got through all of that. :)

Amy, Jody, Ava and baby boy :)

Happy 2nd birthday (tomorrow) Ava!!

It was two years ago today I found out that Ava’s birth was not going to go at all like we had planned or expected. Yet despite the unexpected turn of events (all dealing with complications on my part), Ava was born into this world at 12:06 a.m. June 22, 2004, the picture of health and grace. We couldn’t have been happier!

(One of these days I will get around to posting her birth story. I have it all typed up, just would need to give it the once over and probably shorten it a bit (because it’s quite lengthy).)

Mommy sees Ava for the first time after Daddy “catches” her – June 22, 2004:

A content nursing Ava (look at all that hair!) – June 24, 2004:

What a difference a year makes! Playing out in the yard on her 1st birthday – June 22, 2005:

And here she is, almost 2! Ava playing out front in a puddle – June 20, 2006:


Happy 2nd birthday my sweet, amazing, wonderful girl. I love you more than you will ever know.

Sharing Ava’s Father’s Day gift

This is what Ava gave Jody for Father’s Day this year. I took the pictures for the first one last year, but only printed them on our crappy printer and never had it done nicely. So I had them both printed as 10 x 20 storyboards, mounted on styrene. They look quite nice if I do say so myself. ;) My goal is to do a new one every Father’s Day for at least a few more years. And next year, there will be two munchkins for the pics. Fun! :)

We didn’t do anything spectacular to celebrate Father’s Day, though I made breakfast and dinner (we went out to lunch) and did the dishes (something Jody usually does) all day long. Oh yes, we also went to the “big” mall (Jody’s idea) and walked around for a bit, which was a good way to get out of the heat. I told Jody that he and Ava should have their pictures taken in one of those photo booth things (it cost $3), so they did that (which is good because – bad Amy – I didn’t take any pics of them with my camera – doh!). The pics are pretty cute. It was nice just to spend some family time together.

This week is going to be crazy I’m sure with my family getting into town Wednesday, Ava’s actual birthday on Thursday, our ultrasound on Friday, then Ava’s birthday party on Sunday! Busy, busy!