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January Self-Portrait: It’s Study Time

Oh hey… remember the self-portrait project? No? Refresh yourself on how this works here.

So, January was an interesting month. But ultimately here we are at the beginning of February and it has led to the epitome of procrastination. I am literally a couple days away from leaving for Thailand and up until a few days ago had nothing other than a plane flight there booked. I rationalized this decision because (a) I was uncertain about the trip for a while due to the questionable political circumstances in Thailand, and (b) I like a little flexibility and spontaneity in my vacations. But this? This is insane. So here I am, last week, [yes, still January for those of you keeping track] getting serious about this situation.

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For more information and a full explanation about the self-portrait project, please see this post.

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Unrelated, those of you who actually clicked on over to my blog (rather than reading this in a reader or mobile device) may have noticed some serious changes going on. I vaguely mentioned on Facebook a couple weeks ago about some major transitions that are about to occur to my business. There are several, actually. Among them, a new all-in-one blog-site in the works. I am so excited.

Unfortunately, because of this transition I am going to be pulling down the “website” version of my online identity (currently hosted at www.swoonoverit.com), thus meaning I’ll need to update this blog to become something of a blog-site to last me the next few months until the real deal is ready. By the beginning of March both swoonoverit.com and swoonovertheblog.com should link here. So, please bear with me during the construction phase — I assure you the end result will be worth it.

april - You are too cute. :) I can’t wait to see the new changes!March 6, 2014 – 9:38 AM

Vanessa - Yay! I know it will be nothing less than amazing!March 6, 2014 – 3:10 PM

Philadelphia Maternity Photography: A City Hall Baby Bump

When Ann and Frank contacted me we were brainstorming unique location ideas for a maternity session. You see, in the wintertime, unless you get lucky and get snow, a lot of typically gorgeous locations look — ummmmm — a little bleak. Since they are likely leaving the city in a few months we knew we ideally wanted something with a Philadelphia feel. Ann mentioned that they also love interesting architecture and, BINGO! I knew Philadelphia’s iconic City Hall would be the perfect spot for some dramatic, interesting, and definitely architecturally-feeling images.

So, last weekend we met up in the big beautiful building and voila. Many, many kudos to them in braving the weather. It was about 25 degrees and we were in the shade. That’s dedication. Be impressed.

Enjoy the images! xo.

Also, how about some BABY CONVERSES — hand-knitted by his mom. Seriously, could they be any cuter!?

 

Tina - Gorgeous session! So beautiful:)January 28, 2014 – 11:50 AM

Aunt Ams & Uncle John - OMG, gorgeous, beautiful, spectacular, unbelievable….you both look so happy…love you allJanuary 28, 2014 – 8:46 PM

MOM - Gorgeous pictures! Absolutely gorgeous! Love the one with the three feet…LOL! Cant decide which one is my favor they are all so good! Great Job!

Love ya, all three!
MOMJanuary 29, 2014 – 8:10 PM

Philadelphia Newborn Photography: Baby Maya’s Lifestyle Session

Sweet little 4-week-old Maya was born in mid-December, which means she came into this world just before the insanity of the holidays. So, when her parents contacted me over Christmas for some newborn images, I knew Maya would be a little bit older by the time we were able to get her session in. (For the record, in the world of newborn photography, anything over two weeks is considered “older” — just in case you’re scratching your head about that statement.)

Lucky for us, Maya is still tiny and precious as ever. Of course, as 4-week-old newborns are apt to do she was pretty anti-sleep, but she had no problem hamming it up for the camera wide awake, so no complaints here. Then again, who could ever complain about getting to spend an afternoon with this gorgeous face? Thank you, Mira and Ron, for letting me capture such a special time in your lives. Maya is positively perfect.

Enjoy! xo.

 

Doesn’t she look like she’s laughing here (below on the right)? Love that face!

Mukesh - Cute pictures mayAJanuary 24, 2014 – 11:35 AM

Featured: Bridesmaids Brunch on Heart Love Weddings

A few months ago my talented designer friend Carly of Carly is Inspired asked me if I was willing to shoot some goodies she had been working on. She set up a mock bridesmaids lunch with the theme brunch and bows,  including handmade details like an elaborate bow garland, hand-painted champagne flutes, and coordinating food items even. When I arrived at her house to shoot it, I was in disbelief she had done all that work herself. The most exciting part? Carly arranged the launch of her lovely new Etsy shop to coincide with the feature of the shoot. How fun is that!?

Anyway, go check out the post for the full feature on heart.love.weddings. and all the beautiful details. Thank you, Alexandra, for the feature! xo.

See full post here.

Carly Totten - Oh my gosh! I cannot believe I didn’t see this post. You are seriously the sweetest. We need to work together again!!! Miss you, friend!April 13, 2014 – 1:22 AM

Philadelphia Engagement Photography: Kim & Geoff’s Old City Session

 

I met Kim about four years ago. In fact, she might have been one of the first people I met when I moved to Philadelphia, which is pretty awesome! Even more awesome? Kim told me at their engagement session that she knew soon after meeting me that I would be the one to eventually shoot her wedding. Seriously, does it get more flattering than that?! And lo and behold, here we are four years later — and I cannot wait to shoot their wedding next January at the Stotesbury Mansion (love that place!).

Kim and Geoff, being totally crazy, decided to sneak in their engagement session just a couple days before they moved out of the country. So there we were, on one of the last days of 2013, freezing our behinds off in the name of some fun engagement pictures. But, these two couldn’t have been better sports about it… which is good I guess since they’ll be getting married in about the same weather next year. Anyway, here are just a few favorites from our afternoon together. Enjoy! xo.

 

Mary Anne Wood - Fantastic photos Amanda. From just these few pics I can tell you’ve captured what we love about Kim and Geoff. Can’t wait to see the rest!
“A proud momma”January 22, 2014 – 10:32 PM

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