Monday, August 29, 2011

Friend Referral Contest

Once again we're having a friend referral contest on Facebook.  What's up for grabs?

One free session with Foxtree that includes 10 edited images on CD with full rights to print.
**Excludes weddings and sessions already scheduled**
**Past winners of a Foxtree Photography friend referral contest can not win**

Sessions are for Southern IN, the Louisville, KY area and Southeast Missouri


What do you need to do to enter?

1. Tag Foxtree in your status asking friends to come "like" the page.  You tag by placing an @ sign before typing Foxtree's name (Foxtreephotography Amber Middleton).  When our name turns blue you've successfully tagged us.

2. Have your friends write on our wall telling us who sent them so we know who to give credit for.

The person who sends the most friends will win the photo session and images

**Contest ends September 5th, 2011 at noon Eastern time**

Monday, August 22, 2011

Enrique & Vasty (engagement)

I met with Enrique and Vasthy this past Saturday afternoon.  You may recognize them from a maternity session I did with them last year.  It was such a pleasure to meet with them and get to know them better.  They're a fun, sweet couple totally in love :)  The shoot took place in downtown Louisville.  To view the entire album on Facebook cut and paste the link below into your address bar.

princess & the pea

For those of you that know me you're aware that I'm not a sleeper and I'm always thinking, dreaming and sketching my ideas so I don't miss a single detail.  The idea for this shoot came in the form of the words only then I ran with it.  When I get ideas, especially for concept shoots I usually have a person in mind.  I see them and their personality in that session.  This session was meant for one special little girl.  I ran the idea by her Mom who was thrilled to have her little girl be a model for Foxtree.  In the future you'll see the rundown of the props in a detailed propology post but for now I'll just show the goods.  The day started out as a perfect overcast day which had me very excited.  I set up the teepee, bed, "mattresses" and the stool with the pea details on top.  We place little Miss Princess Pea and the sun decides it loves my set up and wants to light up that whole area.  I love the sun during sessions but not so much the bright noon day sun.  I love the warm glow of the evening sun especially for sessions like this.  It didn't work out but overall I'm still pleased with the concept session.  Thank you so much to Audrey's Mommy for being so trusting and just going with the flow :)  I know you read the blog so I'll throw in my true feelings for you to find.  You're an awesome lady inside and out!  I had a great time with you and your girls.  Ok onto the pictures!  If you'd like to view the full Facebook album, (that I think might still grow some) cut and paste the following link into your address bar.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.237854986253976.57489.100000884290765&l=e7b260e881&type=1


Here are a few of my favorites.







Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Propology: Senior session on a budget

The very beginning of this month I had a Senior session with Victoria.  It was well planned out but their creative juices joining with mine took it even further than I had originally imagined.  This just may be one of my favorite sessions.
Photography is way more than camera, lenses, creativity, a computer and editing software.  Way more.  That's actually the reason I decided I'd start making propology posts.  Unless you're a photographer I don't know if you truly understand how much time and money goes into making a photo session what it is.  For quite some time now I've had these visions of vintage prop heaven.  Everything is so perfectly clear.  The problem you might ask?  I don't have the props.  I can't find them.  If I find them they're whoa expensive!  One afternoon I was sitting at my friend/sister in law's house when one of the kids brought out a vintage typewriter.  When I get a great idea, get super excited or see something I love that is either 1. clothes, 2. props, 3. the perfect picture I let out this little shriek.  Not seeing what I was excited about she looked a little scared until I explained.  Let's face it I get distracted too easy so what I'm shrieking about is often unknown.  I have 100 different things floating around my mind and have little ADD moments where I hop from one to the other.  I often interrupt myself.  Seriously lol!  Getting back on track.  I explained that was one of the vintage items I had been looking for but couldn't find.  She agreed to let me use it when the time came.  Now the job was finding and planning the other props that would accompany this little treasure.  In addition to finding the other props, an important piece is, who I will use the prop with.  You can't just throw any ole prop with someone.  It might completely clash with who they are or their interests.  I could see the prop with Victoria but just in case, ran my ideas by her to see what she thought of my vision.  She loved it so it was a go.  Below is my vision born into a picture.


List of props

1. Journals - $0 personal journals at my house

2. Quilt- $0 When my Great Grampa passed away the family started the daunting task of going through the personal effects of both my Grampa and what he had put away following the passing of his wife, my Great Gramma.  What we found were mounds and mounds of quilts my Gramma had made.  Gramma passed away when I was 5 so I don't have a lot of memories.  The one that stands out the most is watching her hand quilt during our visits.  I was given this quilt that Gramma made.

3. Suitcase- $3 I've spent many months searching flea markets and the local Goodwills for a certain kind of suitcase.  I finally found one that I liked enough to get.

4. Wire basket- $8 To be honest I don't remember exactly how much I bought this basket for but I know it was under $10.  I purchased it many months back, during one of those super sales at Hobby Lobby where they put a variety of their products in a clearance section marked 60-80% off.

5. Vintage typewriter- $0 Read above story

Grand total spent on props for this session: $11


I'm super pleased with the props I had for this session and that red number.  It's not easy to pull off a propped out session on such a small budget.  This prop on a budget thing has become an addiction.  Stay tuned for future propology posts.  If all goes as planned there will be an amazing, propped out session this Sat.  Trust me, you do not want to miss the pictures or post that will follow.  Need a teaser?  It's entitled "The Big Bear Hunt".  :)

Take care,
Amber



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jude

My family has been requesting new pictures of Jude so I started working on ideas for a mini session with him.  After much bribing with Reeses mini cups he agreed to leave the hat on and take pictures for Mommy.  Of course think he's just adorable and have to show him off :)  To view the full album on Facebook, which is slowly growing as I edit, cut and paste the below link into your address bar.  I have to edit other's shoots first so his will grow over time.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.233760853330056.56844.100000884290765&l=85aa7434cb&type=1







V is for Vivian (newborn)

Little Vivian's family got in contact with me after viewing photos of a mutual friend's (Adrienne of Adrienne & Co. here in Jeffersonville) daughter.  I met with them in Greenville this past Saturday.  At 18 days old Vivian was just outside of that perfect newborn photography age of 1-10 days old but once she got comfortable it was easy sailing.  She's such a cutie and it was a great pleasure to meet her family.  They have a family session at the beginning of September so this isn't the last you'll be seeing of them.  Below is the link to the full facebook album.  Cut and paste it into your address bar.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.233671926672282.56834.100000884290765&l=6d62d619af&type=1
 











Cole (3yo)

I met with Cole and his Mommy last Thursday.  The heat was a little much for them so we pushed the shoot time back by an hour.  Cole isn't much of a photography fan and several times I got a hand on his face with the cutest little "stop" ever, haha!  I'm still editing my favorites so the facebook album I'm about to give the link for will be growing so check back.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

James

You read in a post or two before about Victoria's session.  Along with Victoria came her Mom, Gramma and Brother.  I couldn't quite leave him out as he was so incredibly helpful so of course I got a few snaps of this handsome lad.  To view the entire album cut and paste the following link into your address bar.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.231948190177989.56582.100000884290765&l=8860bebdcf&type=1


Onto my favorites!!




He was actually catching a fish as I took this next one. 



I think I just heard a collective swoon from a lot of young girls out there!  Watch out!!

Oh and James, cappo or not your rendition of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah was preeetty good!  You really should sing more.

Until next time,
Amber


Victoria (senior)

You may remember the friend referral contest we had a while back.  Miss Victoria was the winner.  For being the winner she received a session with me that included 10 edited images.  We finally nailed down a time that would work for us both.  I'm known for sending out inspiration emails.  Victoria totally got what I saw and ran with it.  It's so refreshing to experience that!  Another refreshing experience was this family!  They love and look after one another in the biggest way possible.  Victoria and her brother are well rounded and respectful.  Unfortunately now days that's not a common occurrence in kids their age.  I remember when Victoria was a toddler and when her brother was born.  With 16 years in between that left a lot of catching up to do.  I enjoyed my time both creatively and the chats.  You'll hear more about Victoria's shoot and the awesome props in an upcoming propology post.  To view the entire album on Facebook (you really must!) cut and paste the following link into your address bar and enter away.  

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.231455890227219.56503.100000884290765&l=cedb072f63&type=1

Here are a few of my favorites.  It was so hard to pick just a few!




The vibe we were going into the shoot with was a vintage/hippy theme.  I'd say we pulled it off pretty well wouldn't you?  Throughout the shoot it felt like some sort of time warp ending in the 1940's with a young lady waiting on her man, coming back from war.  Can we say The Notebook anyone?!  There were talks of a second session in the fall.  I'm crossing as many fingers as I can!

Until next time,
Amber


Carolina (bridal session)

Wow I fell off the blogging band wagon!  I meet with Carolina the last week of July after having to postpone an earlier appointment due to excessive heat.  Boy am I ready for Fall and Winter!  You may remember I did shot Carolina and Sheldon's March wedding.  Leading up to the shoot I had a perfect picture of several different places we would use.  The first, an old wood siding house, a personal favorite of mine got bulldozed.  The second and third places were mowed.  Bummer!  The day of the shoot I set out not exactly sure what I was going to do as all my great ideas would no longer be the same.  I went ahead and used one of the locations then gingerly crossed a no trespassing area for my favorite of the session!  They were totally unexpected and made up for the sadness of not being able to use the places I had originally planned to you.  Despite the heat fun was had and thank goodness we narrowly missed an attack of some big hornets that liked my SUV a little too much.  Yikes!
To view the entire album on Facebook cut and paste the following link into your address bar.  Don't have a facebook?  It's ok, the link will work for outside folks that don't have a facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.229103537129121.56127.100000884290765&l=0320f40f21&type=1


my favorite!