I have been getting the question, "Do you photograph weddings?" a lot lately.
The answer is yes, but not all weddings. Your wedding is truly unique, one of a kind, and something that deserves to be photographed and preserved forever. Your wedding photographer is someone who you will work with very closely and be spending most of the day around. You are trusting that photographer with capturing one of the most special days in a lifetime. My goal in photographing any session, including a wedding, is to capture joy and true emotions. I want for you to be able to look back at your images in 20 years and feel that same joy again. Weddings are not one size fits all and it is important to chose a photographer that best fits with your wedding day vision. Because my end goal is always to capture authentic genuine memories and emotions for my clients I have made the decision to only photograph wedding that are smaller and more intimate.
One of the first things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer is what do I want the focus to be in the images? When I photograph a wedding my focus is on the moments between the bride and groom. The little stolen looks and hand holding, the excited smiles, and love. I love seeing all the things that you are just too busy to remember, how the moon shone in the sky that day or how much fun your niece had twirling to the music.
The weddings I photograph have less to do with having the best steak or the biggest cake. And more to do with small powerful connections between people, the love of being where you are, and soaking in the day with a grateful heart.
There is no right or wrong way to celebrate and cherish your day. I personally had a huge wedding with tons of guest and 1 million posed family photos! There are so many talented wedding photographers in the area that if you need all day coverage and multiple shooters I can send you to the right person. However if you are having a more low key intimate day I would love to meet up for coffee and chat.
I have been wanting to write this blog post with location spots for ages and I have been lucky to be so busy this year that it has just gotten away from me over and over again. Bloomington is such a wonderful place as it has both scenic rural locations and a beautiful downtown for urban shots. If you need any help choosing a location for your session take a look at my top 10 favorite spots!
1) Indiana University Campus
With a mix of wooded areas and cool architecture IU Campus offers a wide variety of backgrounds and places to shoot in a short walking distance.
The Bloomington Courthouse square and the surrounding B-line trail provide unique art and murals for colorful and grand images.
3) Private Farm
One of my very favorite locations! 33 acres of farm land with stunning sunrises and sunsets, barns, and lots of open field to play in for a fun session!
4) Sherwood Oaks Park
Open fields, trails, flowers, and a creek. Sherwood Oaks Park has all the beauty you need for a great photo session.
5) Oliver Winery
Always gorgeously landscaped Oliver Winery is a terrific place to shoot a session, and then grab some wine and picnic at the pond. I suggest a morning session before the crowds arrive!
6) Brown County State Park
Everyone loves the impressive views at Brown County State Park. I love the endless trees and lakes. The park is just a short drive east of Bloomington.
7) Clear Creek Trail
The Harris Ford Bridge is an fabulous local location. With the bridge, a creek, and some trails there is plenty to explore.
8) Jordan Hall Greenhouse
What if you want some green but it is the middle of the winter? The Jordan Hall Greenhouse is nice and toasty with lots of green all year long!
9) The Barn on Maryland Ridge
A nice spot a little west of Bloomington is proving to be not only stunning but is ran by some amazing local farmers, Perry and Renee Fowler. A newly build barn, a pumpkin patch in the fall, and lots of space.
10) Your own land or special place
One of my very favorite places to shoot to where ever is most special to you! I always love coming to a location that is significant to you. That may mean a park, trail, coffee shop, or building that holds a special meaning or it may mean your own backyard. Where ever it is I want to be there too!
That is it! There are my top 10 favorite locations to shoot. They are all amazing and whichever one fits you best is where we should be for your photo session. Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, or know of a new awesome place.
At the end of 2015 I made a list of goals for 2016. Some went well, and others not so much.
Lets review my goals, but first I want to tell you about some new news for 2017. I have updated some information on the website www.amandafieldphotography.com I will now require a deposit to secure a session date. To make that and other payments easier you will now receive an invoice and the option to pay online, by check or cash. Please contact me if you have any questions. I am looking forward to an amazing year with all of you!
Goal #1) To write at least one blog post a week.
Ummm, no that did not happen at all. I guess I should try for once a month this year.
Goal #2) To shoot in at least four new locations.
This goal was met a little better. I loved seeing new places and getting to explore lots of new scenes!
Goal #3) To shoot more seniors.
I shot a few more seniors and older children last year and hope to shoot even more this year!
Goal #4) To keep newborn sessions simple.
I was happy to spend the year with so many wonderful new babies. Even better was the goal I made of keeping the sessions more simple and I loved it!
Goal #5) Last but not least I would like to examine my branding and start to advertise.
Ok, I started out strong with this, but am going to continue and work more at it this year!
2016 was a year filled with fun, joy, and adventure. I had such a wonderful time capturing so many of your memories I have to share just a few more of my favorite photos from the year!
This week I am going to feature a local business! Everyone from Bloomington knows that one of the best things here is our Farmers Market! It is such a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. You get up, walk down the B-line trail, grab a freshly roasted coffee and danish, and peruse through dozens of local vendors. At this market you can find the most beautiful produce, eggs, flowers, maple syrup, and honey. One of my favorite vendors is Bryant Farm operated by Kim Bryant, my momma! Her stand is found on the west end right off of the B-line trail during the regular market season May to October. Bryant Farm is located in Ellettsville and every vegetable offered is grown from seed on the farm. This years crop has already started and the little baby sprouts are adorable! New to the farm this year is a high tunnel which will encourage the growth of cold weather produce such as peas and carrots. The Bloomington Farmers Market is a family fun activity where you can pick up locally grown healthy food and enjoy a festive atmosphere. My children love not only helping work on the farm they also have a great time at the Farmers Market each week. I encourage you to experience the Farmers Market and seek out Bryant Farm!
Today the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Eight years ago it was a different story. It was so cold and snowy. I remember this because I watch people plow sidewalks and helicopters land outside of my hospital window as I sat holding my newborn baby boy. I can not even go into all that I have learned in the last eight years of being a parent. I think the most important lesson I have learned is that people are born with a certain personality. Noah is about 90% of me and 10% of his father. He is reserved, often quiet, and hates to be the center of attention. However he loves sports and is very competitive. The best thing we can do as parents is to help our children become the best they can be by encouraging their positive qualities and guiding them through the tough stuff. As the oldest Noah has shown me a lot of first and all of us are learning together. I am proud to be his mom and so excited to see what the years ahead have in store for us!