Baby S' Birth Story

When this sweet mamma first inquired I could immediately tell she had done her research and knew exactly what to expect and exactly what she wanted. Normally this is a photographer's dream. This time, it was more like heaven. This family quickly became my muse for the next step for my entire business. I've been wanting to find the time to bring this little business of mine to the next level, but finding the time to properly educate myself just wasn't happening. With her trusting in me to bring her dream to life, it gave me a deadline, which this procrastinator needs in her life! ;) 

Photography is my passion, but there are certain things it just can't capture. Things like the sweet tune of our little one's voice, your baby's first cry, the clumsy movements of a toddler who is just growing up all too quickly. Perhaps this lays so heavy on my heart because I myself am in the middle of all of these transitions in life. I feel their growth every second of the day with every ounce of my being. I think a great deal of my postpartum anxiety comes from the fact that I can't SLOW IT DOWN! Films have the ability to capture all of this and it is so powerful. You can't print a film and display it in your home, which is a huge passion of mine. I'll never stop delivering photography because of this, but having the ability to accentuate it with videography is so exciting for me! 

I feel this family needs no introduction. Through the mixture of film and photography you will quickly understand their beauty, love, and strength. 

Why Sheep?

Developing a true brand identity is hard work! It required since soul searching and so much time! I decided to use Nicoleinbold for my branding because I knew she would hold my hand and guide me through the processes with patience and honesty all while pushing me to create the best content possible. After our first consult she put together my brand board and I was blown away with all of the warm, cozy, and relaxing textures and colors. Now that I had some amazing inspiration, it was time for the hard part. Turning those feelings into a reality on my new site through my logo, overall brand, words, and images.

Aimee Durrance Photography lifestyle branding board for maternity, birth, fresh 48, newborn, and family photography in Leesburg, VA Northern Virginia

Why a sheep? If you have ever met me, you know I am a huge proponent for supportive, loving, and judgement free community. We are all healthier and happier if we have our people, our community. When working to develop my brand I wanted that feeling somehow at the forefront of what you see when you come to ADP. The more we chatted the more Nicole led me to animals and specifically sheep. They are herd animals. They need their community, and without it become anxious. And well...they are adorable. We had many late night laughter fits looking at funny sheep pictures and videos!

Once we discovered the concept together it was time to make it come to life... This is where I just feel awful for Nicole. You see, I have the ability to be really indecisive and picky at the same time. It's definitely one of my worst and most frustrating characteristics for me and anyone else involved. Just ask my husband! Nicole hand drew countless ideas. There were probably 25 sheep dancing around on her poster board. I had opinions on all of them, but none were just right and I couldn't tell her why. I'm pretty sure anyone else would have wanted to murder me at this point. But Nicole didn't. She said "Ok, I've got it," took it all home and started water coloring. Yes. By hand. Not on a computer. She's amazing.  After a little more tweaking she created what I didn't even know I was looking for, and I am in heaven! I am beyond thankful for Nicole of Nicoleinbold Identity Branding. Without all of her knowledge and insight ADP would not be where it is today! <3

 

Documenting Our Days | Getting Ready

It's time for a personal post. It's time for a personal moment. Here I am falling in love with photography over and over again every time I have a moment to photograph other families. I've found my passion and I LOVE IT. But then there is my own family. I am falling SO SHORT. I want so badly to document our ever changing lives. My little ones are growing up way too quickly. Lately I've become pretty emotional about it, but I'm still having a hard time picking up my camera and documenting our days. Why? It's for the best reason possible: I like to live in the moment. The camera removes me from my family for that moment. I'm quickly realizing it is a small price to pay to have memories to look back on and scrapbooks to flip through. Around the time I realized this I found a group of women striving to do the same thing. Stop. Pick up the camera. And document our days. I'm so thankful for this group of inspiring photographers! They are keeping me on my toes and holding me accountable.  Our goal is to capture the same time of our day from all around the world, allowing us a tiny glimpse into each other's lives. We've created a blog circle where we each link to one person (you'll see the link at the bottom of the blog post). I hope you take the opportunity to click and follow along as we document our days! This month's theme is "Getting Ready." Well...needless to say it is a hard theme to capture with two kids under two, so bear with me! My goal was to capture those small details I see when we are getting ready that my sweet littles are growing up. Some of the highlights: Ava has found her feet and Ryan is still learning how to pull those pants all the way up! There are plenty of other details I wish I had been able to capture, so I may go back and try again. But for now, I'm going to pat myself on the back for the fact that I actually did it! ;) I'm hopeful you'll find a story here that has a mix of chaos, serenity, and most importantly, love. Eclectic mixture right? Welcome to my world!

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Keep clicking to see Hannah Cross's post on "Getting Ready!"