Amy Lima Photos: Blog https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Amy Lima Photos amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) Thu, 29 Jul 2021 13:21:00 GMT Thu, 29 Jul 2021 13:21:00 GMT https://www.amylimaphotos.com/img/s/v-12/u188166743-o799290637-50.jpg Amy Lima Photos: Blog https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog 80 120 2021 New England Wedding https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/7/2021-new-england-wedding A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to travel to Massachusetts to photograph a wedding and visit family and friends. Being there for this wedding was very special to me for several reasons. 

First, I have known the bride since she was in elementary school, she is the best friend of my cousin. I knew her all through her childhood and also photographed her proms and took her senior photos.  It meant a lot to me to be there for her BIG day!

Next, my two cousins were in the wedding party. It was fun to be there with them while they celebrated with their lifelong friends and took part in the wedding. I knew most of the wedding party as well. They all looked gorgeous and genuinely enjoyed themselves so much!

Another wonderful thing about photographing back in Massachusetts is that I got to partner up with my sister-in-law Jen (Jennifer Lima Photography) again! When I lived in MA, we used to shoot weddings together all the time. We stepped right back into our roles like a day never passed and had so much fun working together again! I loved being back in action with my partner in crime!

Another reason that this wedding was so special to me was watching family and friends come together to celebrate in person. We all know how many weddings, trips, and events have been canceled since 2020 and it was heartwarming to see everyone celebrating, hugging, dancing, and just loving being together again.  

Finally, I was able to take this opportunity to visit family and friends. After not being able to travel for over a year...it's been so great to be able to see my New England peeps again!  This is something I will never take for granted. The wedding was a great reason to sneak in another trip up North! 

The day was FILLED with laughter, enjoyment, and love. Take a look at a few of my favorite moments. 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/7/2021-new-england-wedding Thu, 29 Jul 2021 13:20:47 GMT
My Turn! 2021 Headshots https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/7/my-turn-headshots-2021 It had been a while since I had updated my professional photos. Last week I finally took the opportunity to get in front of the camera instead of behind it! It was interesting being on the other side.  Instead of the things I usually think about when I do a photo session, I had to think about what to wear, how to wear my hair, location, posing. It was fun but a little nerve wracking as well. 

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Lia of Kodachrome Photo Co.  She made me feel very comfortable, involved me in the decisions, and I think the photos came out great! We spent a pretty afternoon in Uptown Greenville. I love taking people there for sessions, therefore I thought it would be the perfect spot. 

Here are a couple of my favorites. :) 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/7/my-turn-headshots-2021 Fri, 02 Jul 2021 12:31:20 GMT
2021 Father's Day https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/6/2021-fathers-day It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father ~ Barack Obama

This year I won't see my dad on Father's Day, but I'll see him next week so we can celebrate together then! I'm so grateful that we are able to travel and get together with family and friends again. My Dad has always been there for me. He is one of the hardest working people I know, he puts his family and career on the top of his list. But he also makes time for fun! He loves golfing, swimming, and spending time with family. I miss my parents tons and I can't thank them enough for guiding me to the place I am today. They are wonderful role models. So on this Father's Day, I say THANK YOU Dad. Enjoy your day, I'm sure you'll spend it golfing and poolside. :)

This photo was taken 3 days after I was born. My mom wrote on the back of it "Your daddy didn't hesitate holding right on to you. And you snuggled right into his arms."

Happy Father's Day!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/6/2021-fathers-day Sun, 20 Jun 2021 13:02:08 GMT
2021 Mother's Day https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/5/2021-mothers-day I've missed my family so much over this past year.  I'm so thrilled that this year I get to spend Mother's Day weekend in Massachusetts!! As I was thinking about Mother's Day this year, I decided to look at some old photos. I found this one of my mom and me, taken 3 days after I was born and she became a mom for the first time. She wrote on the back, "Jan. 4, 1976 Truesdale Hospital, Fall River  You were the most beautiful infant in the nursery! And we were the proudest parents!" I am grateful for my mom everyday, and I especially want her to know today, on Mother's Day, how lucky I am to have her in my life. All I can say is THANK YOU and that is not even enough.

In addition to my mom, I have great female role models in my life. Aunts, cousins, in laws, friends, colleagues, and more! Mothers are the strongest women I'll ever meet and I hope they all know how amazing that they are. It truly does take a village and none of us would be where we are today without amazing moms...our own and others who come into our lives in big and small ways.  

I hope all the moms out there enjoy their special day. Happy Mother's Day! 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/5/2021-mothers-day Sun, 09 May 2021 12:59:29 GMT
Avery & Emily Get Engaged! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/4/avery-emily-get-engaged Spring has sprung and I am loving my outdoor sessions! Last week I had a wonderful time taking Avery and Emily's engagement photos. They went to ECU and live near Uptown, so we decided Town Common would be the perfect location. It was a beautiful day and the park was crowded, but we managed to work around it all. It was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the Spring weather! There are so many great spots around the park...the river, the bridge, brick wall, trees, flowers.  One of my favorite things about shooting at Town Common is all the trees! There is such a variety and so many pretty ones to use. 

Enjoy a peek at their session and contact me to book yours today. This time of year is perfect!!

amylimaphotos@gmail.com

508-269-6434

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/4/avery-emily-get-engaged Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:34:11 GMT
Daffodils 2021 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/3/daffodils-2021 For me, one of the first signs of Spring is when the daffodils start popping up. There's a gem of a spot down the street from me with the cutest daffodil field. Although I've taken photos there several times before, last week I decided to go take a walk around, soak up the Spring weather, and take some new photos.

I'll be looking for some new spots to take photos this Spring, if you have a favorite, please share it with me!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/3/daffodils-2021 Sat, 13 Mar 2021 18:59:12 GMT
International Women's Day 2021 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/3/international-womens-day-2021 I shop, drink, and eat local and small as much as possible. The quality is usually better anyway, and as a small business owner I understand the importance of supporting each other. In honor of International Women's Day, I put together a list of some of my favorite woman-owned small businesses. Right now is a great time of year to shop for Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduations, birthdays, etc. 

Please take the time to check out some of these amazing businesses and follow them on social media!

The Painted Peacock - Paint your own pottery studio. Create your own home decor or gifts or shop their retail line.

Salt Beauty & Wellness - Best spa in Greenville. Treat yourself to some pampering, shop their gift area, or purchase gift cards.

Everley - Shop green, toxin free beauty, fashion, and home products. In honor of this day, everything at Everley is 25% OFF with code WOMENSDAY25

Flower & Folk - The best smelling handmade candles, soaps, and accessories. 

Trades of Hope - Jewelry and accessories that make great gifts or dress up your Spring look.

Loop by Loop Studios - Rug hooking kits and gifts available. I have a lot of items from Loop by Loop and have bought gifts too!

Peachie Dolls Clothing - On line consignment shop. It's a great spot to pick some Spring wear for your little ones.

Simple & Sentimental - Customized gifts, make it personal this year!

Longest Time Design - Personalized stationery - perfect for a gift, yourself, or your 2021 wedding.

Jennifer Lima Photography - New England peeps - get your family photos done here! 

Amy Lima Photos - Of course you can shop with yours truly! Book your 2021 photo session today. I also have prints and gift certificates available. 

Firefly Wine - My favorite spot to find unique wines! Shop for gifts or your hosting needs. The staff is super helpful.

Crunchi - Clean beauty skincare and make-up. I love this stuff! Ryann is very helpful if you need help or suggestions.

New England Crochet - Handmade crochet apparel and accessories

Define You - Health & Wellness Coaching

Devoted Mental Wellness - Counseling for Children, Parents, and Women

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/3/international-womens-day-2021 Mon, 08 Mar 2021 18:18:45 GMT
Graduation Photos 2021 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/3/graduation-photos-2021 It's that time of year already! Time to book your on-location graduation photos. I enjoy capturing this important life event! It's such a special time celebrating an important accomplishment.  

I'm offering a session special during the month of April for all college graduates:

$90

30 minutes

20-25 digital images with printing rights

Referral gift - refer a friend and receive a complimentary 8x10 print of your choice from your session

Contact me today to book! call or text: 508-269-6434  email: amylimaphotos@gmail.com

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/3/graduation-photos-2021 Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:02:18 GMT
Amy Lima Photos on Instagram https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/2/amy-lima-photos-on-instagram  Are you following Amy Lima Photos on Instagram? 

I love IG because it's neat and clean and mostly photos. It's fun to look at without all the "noise".  Of course I post photos of my sessions and travel. But I also enjoy posting quotes, fun things, and some personal pics so you can get to know me better. 

Amy Lima Photos: https://www.instagram.com/amylimaphotos/
My personal IG: https://www.instagram.com/mrslima07/

Follow me and I'll follow you back!  

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/2/amy-lima-photos-on-instagram Fri, 12 Feb 2021 19:53:49 GMT
Helping Teachers 2021 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/2/helping-teachers-2021 Back in December I announced that I will be donating $10 of every session and event fee to Donors Choose. Donors Choose is a website that supports teachers' needs and purchases supplies for their classrooms. I will donate to a teacher in Pitt County whenever possible. If not, then I will donate to a teacher in New England, my home.  I absolutely love working as a photographer and nanny here in NC. However, I do reflect fondly on my teaching years and miss it at times. I cannot even imagine what teachers are going through right now and I often wonder how I would be handling it if I were still teaching. While teachers do receive lots of support in different ways on a daily basis, there is a huge lack of support for teachers in our country, both monetarily and professionally. For ages, teachers have been giving their own time and money to their students and classrooms.  Now that teachers have had to shift their teaching methods to support virtual learning, their needs have increased. Although I wish I could give much more, I am hoping that what I can give to them will help. If you are looking for a way to help educators, check out Donors Choose.  I'm looking forward to my 2021 photo sessions and thank everyone for helping me give to a cause I love!

Check me out! Second year of teaching, 4th grade. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2021/2/helping-teachers-2021 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 18:44:01 GMT
Why 2020 Did Not Suck https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/12/why-2020-did-not-suck For the last few months I've heard a lot of how awful 2020 is, 2020 sucks, *%@k 2020, "because 2020", and so on. While yes, I agree this year has not been the best, today I want to take a moment to reflect on the positive things in my life this year.

We've all had difficult times in our lives before and we made it through, we will make it through this as well. Be kind, be patient, continue to support family, friends, and businesses. We are all in this together. 

My bright spots of 2020

  • My husband and I took a trip to Asheville Super Bowl weekend. It was our last trip before the quarantine started.  We went to see the Lumineers!
  • I worked out more and found an amazing virtual gym  - Camp Gladiator
  • I walked outside - A LOT
  • Spent quality time together and bonded with my husband
  • Found new ways to keep in touch with family and friends - video chats, long phone calls, and lots of texts
  • Kind deeds - I saw so much kindness on the news, in my neighborhood, in my community
  • Cooked and baked a lot - Both old and new recipes
  • Slowed down
  • Listened to more music
  • Education - I did lots of webinars, on-line workshops, reading
  • Worked on some new business ideas
  • Read lots of books
  • Cleaned and organized
  • Let go of some things that did not matter
  • Listened to new podcasts and audiobooks
  • Watched some great shows and movies
  • Enjoyed lots of outdoor time 
  • Went to the beach
  • Supported local businesses - lots of take out, beer to go, and shopping on line
  • I am grateful to have both of my jobs - photographer and nanny to the best 2 boys 

Look back at your 2020 and try to find the bright spots. Then, let go of 2020 and write a list of goals and wishes for 2021. 

Happy New Year!! Wishing you all a safe, healthy, happy 2021! Let's look forward to a year of hope, love, and happiness.

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/12/why-2020-did-not-suck Thu, 31 Dec 2020 14:23:57 GMT
Celebrating 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/12/celebrate-2020 What event from 2020 do you celebrate or appreciate? Tell me about something exciting that happened in your life this year!

I am celebrating the growth of my photography business. I look forward to what awaits Amy Lima Photos in 2021! My heart is happy and I am grateful that I was able to keep my business running and my nanny job during an uncertain year. 

I set some 2021 goals for my business, so I thought I'd share them with you!

Donate to Donors Choose and support some amazing teachers

Connect with fellow creatives - This was difficult to do during 2020 so I'm hoping I get to start networking again this year.

Continue learning - I am a lifelong learner and I am constantly reading, watching videos, attending online workshops, etc. I plan to continue this and explore some new resources. 

Let's connect! I'd love to hear about your celebrations and upcoming goals!

Please keep me in mind for your 2021 photography needs.  I cannot wait to photograph your beautiful faces.

Text or call - 508-269-6434

email - amylimaphotos@gmail.com

Leave a little sparkle everywhere you go!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/12/celebrate-2020 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 18:49:50 GMT
Giving Back 2021 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/12/giving-back-2021 Over the years I have supported various local causes through my business.  Whether it's Toys for Tots during the holidays or donating to a charity of  choice when someone books a session, I love being involved in our community. I have been wanting to focus on one particular cause for a while now, and I'm excited to announce that I have decided on a focus for 2021!  EDUCATION!!!

For each session booked, I will donate $10 to a teacher via Donors Choose.  I will aim to help teachers in Pitt County, NC whenever possible. If not, I will choose a teacher from my hometown area in New England.  As a former teacher, education is close to my heart and extremely important to me. I used Donors Choose myself as a teacher and was able to gain funding for lots of fun projects and necessary materials for my classroom. 


It brings me joy to be able to support education even though I am no longer in the classroom. I know how much it will mean to the teachers and students to receive donations. If you are looking for somewhere to give back, Donors Choose is a wonderful organization. Check it out here

I look forward to working together with my clients to give back to teachers and students in the upcoming year! 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/12/giving-back-2021 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:49:59 GMT
Small Business Saturday 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/11/small-business-saturday-2020 As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm all about eating, drinking, and shopping locally. During the quarantine, supporting our local businesses was important to my husband and me. This included lots of take out, beers to go from the breweries, and shopping on line. We wanted to show our support for our community and do our part to help make sure our favorite businesses survived this crazy time.  Now that the holidays are here, it's the perfect time show continued support. 

The 2020 holiday season is the most important time of all for us to support small on line and local businesses.  

Small Business Saturday started as a campaign launched by American Express on Nov. 27, 2010, to help small businesses gain exposure and to inspire consumers to shop within their own communities during the holiday season. The day became official in 2011 when Washington State mayors, governors, senators and President Obama shared their support for Small Business Saturday. 

I'm excited to share my Small Business Saturday 2020 special with you!  The special will run from Saturday 11/28 through Christmas Eve 12/24.  

SESSION BUNDLE SALE! - Purchase 3 on location photography sessions and receive 50% off.  Normally $600, the session bundle is only $300.  The sessions may be used at any time, there is no expiration date. You may gift them to someone else.

What a great chance to receive a discount on photo sessions for you and your family or to give as a gift!

Payment accepted: cash, credit card, Venmo  

Contact me to purchase: amylimaphotos@gmail.com or call/text 508-269-6434

Happy Holidays and Cheers to 2021!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/11/small-business-saturday-2020 Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:13:53 GMT
Abrams-Martin Wedding 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/11/abrams-martin-wedding-2020 During this unsettled year, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to capture a wonderful couple's wedding day. Like many brides and grooms, Kelly and Ryan's wedding plans didn't go quite as expected. They had to reschedule, relocate, and adjust all of their plans. Unfortunately, not all of their family members were able to attend. However, they were so positive and made the absolute best of it. It was so heart warming to see that although it looked a lot different than how they imagined, they didn't let it get them down and were able to enjoy their special day. There was so much happiness and love in the room, and that is exactly what we all need right now. I had an absolute blast working with them and all of the guests! Everyone was so kind and friendly and I could tell they all truly enjoyed and appreciated being part of the big day. 

Some of your 2020 and 2021 events may be small and intimate, but you still want to capture your special moments. I'm available for small events, weddings, and parties. (Following safety guidelines of course) I enjoy seeing all the unique ways that people are celebrating these days, and I'd love to be the one to provide memories for you. 

Contact me for more information and pricing.

amylimaphotos@gmail.com 

call or text 508-269-6434

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/11/abrams-martin-wedding-2020 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:16:21 GMT
Shop Small 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/11/shop-small-2020 All year long I enjoy eating and shopping locally and supporting small on line businesses. I especially like to shop small during the holiday season. I think this year more than ever it's important to support small businesses.  In addition to supporting them, you can find better quality and unique items. Win-win!  I've put together a list of some of my favorite small businesses. Shop in person or on line! Whether you need gifts, stocking stuffers, or home and fashion items for yourself to dress up this holiday season, shopping small is the way to go!

The Painted Peacock - Paint your own pottery studio. Create your own holiday decor or gifts or shop their retail line.

Salt Beauty & Wellness - Best spa in Greenville. Treat yourself to some holiday pampering, shop their gift area, or purchase gift cards.

Everley - Shop green, toxin free beauty, fashion, and home products. I'm loving the holiday gift boxes!

Flower & Folk - The best smelling handmade candles, soaps, and accessories. 

Trades of Hope - Jewelry and accessories that make great gifts or dress up your holiday look.

Loop by Loop Studios - Rug hooking kits and gifts available. I love the Christmas ornaments! 

Local Oak Brewing Co - Stop in for a post shopping beer or purchase gifts. They have beer to go, gift cards, and apparel.

Peachie Dolls Clothing - On line consignment shop. It's a great spot to pick some holiday wear for your little ones.

Simple & Sentimental - Customized gifts, make it personal this year!

Longest Time Design - Personalized stationery - perfect for a gift, yourself, or your 2021 wedding.

Jennifer Lima Photography - New England peeps - get your holiday and family photos done here!

Ocean State Pepper Co - Spices, rubs, and sauces all locally sourced. I can't live without them! Great addition to your pantry and of course makes a great gift. 

Amy Lima Photos - Of course you can shop with yours truly! Book your 2020 photo session today. I also have prints and gift certificates available. 

Firefly Wine - My favorite spot to find unique wines! Shop for gifts or your hosting needs. The staff is super helpful.

Crunchi - Clean beauty skincare and make-up. I love this stuff! Ryann is very helpful if you need help or suggestions.

Happy Holidays! Share your favorite small business with me! And stay tuned for my Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/11/shop-small-2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:58:17 GMT
Letter to Santa Holiday Mini Sessions https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/10/letter-to-santa-holiday-mini-sessions I've been busy preparing for this year's holiday mini sessions and I'm excited!  For the first time I'll be offering Mailbox Minis!  This year is all about thinking outside of the box. Your child will bring his/her letter for Santa to the session. I will photograph them "mailing" the letter, along with a few poses. After the session you will receive via email, the edited, digital images and your child will receive a response letter from Santa in the mail.  The photos will be perfect for this year's holiday cards and/or gifts. Turnaround is quick, so you'll have plenty of time to create your cards and gifts. In addition to taking care of your holiday photo needs, it's a fun activity for your children!

Mailbox Minis

November 21, 22, 28 & 29

Winterville, NC

3-4 edited images - sent to you via email or dropbox within 3 days of your session

15 minute session

Siblings and pets welcome

$40

These will fill up fast! The first 3 people to book will receive a free photo Christmas ornament. 

Contact me to book yours! amylimaphotos@gmail.com     508-269-6434

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/10/letter-to-santa-holiday-mini-sessions Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:51:15 GMT
Holiday Card Ideas https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/10/holiday-card-ideas Need some ideas for your 2020 holiday cards? I've got you covered!

Now booking holiday full or mini sessions, call or email me.

508-269-6434     amylimaphotos@gmail.com

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated on upcoming events.

Holiday Card Ideas

  • Christmas tree lot 
  • Everyone dressed in flannels
  • Staged activity such as baking cookies, decorating the tree, opening gifts
  • Cityscape
  • Brick walls
  • Reading Christmas books
  • Include your pets
  • Everyone wearing cozy sweaters
  • Out for a walk
  • Everyone dressed in black with silver or gold accents
  • Show off your new engagement or wedding ring
  • Drinking coffee or cocoa from holiday mugs
  • Chalkboard or letter board signs
  • Baby announcement
  • Kids wearing matching holiday outfits or pajamas

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/10/holiday-card-ideas Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:38:57 GMT
6 Reasons to Book Your Fall 2020 Photo Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/10/6-reasons-to-book-your-fall-2020-photo-session I'm so excited to be back behind my camera! I love this time of year, which is filled with sessions for creating holiday gifts and cards or updating family photos. There are so many reasons why October and November are the BEST time for your portrait session. Here are my top 6 reasons to book now!

  1. Memories - Although 2020 may not have turned out the way you had hoped, it's no reason not to document this time for your family.
  2. The lighting!!! - It's absolutely gorgeous and perfect during this time of year.
  3. Holiday shopping - There are SO many items you can create using your family's or child's photos. From a simple framed print to coffee mugs to phone cases. (psssst....grandparents love this stuff!)
  4. The weather - Finally!! It's not super hot and humid out and everyone will look amazing for your outdoor session.
  5. Location - Your choice! Not sure where to go? I have a list of ideas!
  6. Get dressed up! - I don't know about you, but I spent quarantine in my sweats and the summer in my swim suit. Cool air and photos is the best excuse for you and your family to get dolled up!

I have weekday and weekend availability in October and November. Contact me to book yours!

508-269-6434

amylimaphotos@gmail.com

Mention this blog post and book before Nov. 1, 2020 and you'll receive a free 8x10 print.

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/10/6-reasons-to-book-your-fall-2020-photo-session Sun, 11 Oct 2020 21:11:35 GMT
Back to School 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/8/back-to-school-2020 Around this time of year, I'm usually thinking and writing about either going back to school or summer winding down. While both have been on my mind, things certainly do look differently this year. Summer has not been the same and the upcoming Fall won't be either. I truly do feel for all the parents, teachers, and students out there. I know how difficult this change has been. We are all in this together and I know everyone's main goal is for students of all ages to have a healthy, successful school year. Students WILL progress, learn, and succeed. We have confidence in them.  

One thing I always did as a teacher was to write a "New School Year Resolution List". Kind of like setting goals in January, September is the perfect time to set goals for yourself. Although things are not the way we expected or wanted them to be right now, it is important to focus on the positive and take the opportunity to set some goals for yourself. Even though I am no longer teaching, I still keep up the tradition of writing down goals every September 1st.  

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's back to school photos!  Happy New School Year!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/8/back-to-school-2020 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:19:24 GMT
Clean Health & Beauty https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/7/clean-health-beauty

 

Seven years ago after gaining too much weight in a short period of time, I realized my diet needed a serious overhaul. With the assistance of my sister in law, my husband and I both started following a Paleo diet. We saw amazing results, along with many non-scale victories. Over the years we adopted a clean eating lifestyle and have done several Whole30s - 30 days of new, healthy habits.  Of course we don't eat clean 100% of the time, it's all about balance. But I do think our overall health, both physical and mental, has benefited from making changes in our eating habits and what we are putting into and onto our bodies. 

Last Fall, inspired by a friend, I decided that since I've cleaned up my diet and educated myself about clean eating, it was time to look into cleaning up my health and beauty routine.  I started off using Crunchi facial soap and moisturizers. After I fell in love with those products, I decided to gradually work on trying out new clean, toxin free products and free myself of harmful chemicals. I experimented with different make up, lotions, sunscreens, deodorants, shampoo, and more. It's been fun educating myself and trying out new products. Shop Crunchi here

Recently, another friend excitedly told me all about her new business venture. She shared her on line shop with me, Everley. They sell clean, green, toxin free health/beauty/fashion items, while giving back to the community. 

When I first started transitioning to toxin free products, it was very confusing. There is so much on the market, how would I know which ones would be best and which ones actually work? The best thing about Everley, is that all the products are researched and tried out for you. Everley showcases products that are used and loved by the founder and her employees and friends. All the guesswork is taken out!   Products are purchased from companies who give back in some way, so when you purchase from Everley you are helping support some wonderful causes. 

Visit Everley here!

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/7/clean-health-beauty Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:10:07 GMT
Father's Day 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/6/fathers-day-2020 “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Unknown

Father's Day was first celebrated on June 18, 1910 in the state of Washington. Father's Day was founded at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father was a Civil War veteran and a single parent who raised six children. The day honoring fathers became an official holiday in 1972 when Woodrow Wilson was President. 

father (n) - 1. a person who gives endless love and encouragement

                  2. also someone who gives good advice, kills spiders, and is good at bad jokes

How will you celebrate Father's Day with your dad or children's dad this year? My dad is up in Massachusetts and we won't be together. We will send gifts and plan a family video chat. I hope he gets to spend the day golfing his heart out!

 

 

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Mother's Day 2020 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/5/mothers-day-2020  mother - (n) a person who loves unconditionally; the maker and keeper of precious memories; a person much loved and greatly admired

Just like birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and weddings, Mother's Day will be celebrated in creative ways this year. I know so many amazing moms in my life and I hope they all get to celebrate and feel special on May 10, 2020.  I had a trip planned to visit my family at the beginning of April and we had to postpone it. I am missing my mom more than ever right now! We will most likely celebrate our moms with family video chats and mailed gifts this year. I am grateful for this technology and I'm happy that I've been able to stay in touch with family and friends. While I am missing all the special people in my life, I am counting my blessings and I have so much to be thankful for in my life right now. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful moms out there. Let me know how your Mother's Day 2020 went. I would love to hear your stories!

Be well. Be safe. Be kind. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/5/mothers-day-2020 Fri, 01 May 2020 16:09:57 GMT
Some of My Favorite Locations https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/4/some-of-my-favorite-locations One of the things I've enjoyed about living in a new state is exploring all of the new places to photograph. I've found lots of beautiful spots to capture landscape images, as well as places for on location photo sessions.  It's hard to pick favorites, but here are a few. I chose one for each season. Where is your favorite place to take pictures?

Summer - the beach of course!

Fall - city and downtown areas

Winter - Christmas tree farms/stands

Spring - arboretums and gardens

BeachOuter Banks

Outer Banks, NC

 

Greenville, NC

 

Greenville, NC

 

Raleigh, NC

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College Seniors https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/4/college-seniors Normally I'd be booking and shooting senior photo sessions right now. My heart goes out to college seniors. This blog post should have been sharing my April specials for ECU students. I remember my senior year of college and have nothing but fond, fun memories of the months of April and May. All the parties, outdoor activities with friends, preparing for the "real world", and senior week which consisted of so many exciting activities. Senior week meant a dance, a booze cruise in Boston, seeing our favorite bands at the dive bars for the final times, wrapping up education practicum with my best friends. It was such a bittersweet but memorable time in my life. I'm sorry for those who are unable to have this memorable experience. 

This is not permanent. It will end. We will get back to our everyday lives. When we do, I'll be here. Ready to create memories for you. 

Seniors - it's never  too late to have those photos taken to document this important milestone in your life. Reach out if you'd like to set something up once we are able to be out and about again. 

Stay safe friends. 

amylimaphotos@gmail.com  

Call or text (508)269-6434

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/4/college-seniors Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:28:50 GMT
Why I Love On-Location Photography https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/3/why-i-do-on-location-photography Sometimes I wish I worked in a studio so I could shoot in any weather and decorate for different occasions. However, every so often I have to remind myself why on-location sessions are special to me and my photography style. 

  • Outdoor lighting is pretty and natural
  • There are many beautiful locations around Eastern North Carolina
  • I love the variety I get when visiting different spots and homes
  • Families, especially children, are very comfortable in their own homes or outdoors in a fun setting
  • Children love running around and playing outside so I can get more natural, candid shots
  • I enjoy deciding with clients where to shoot our session. I have my go-to list of ideas and I love it when people introduce me to new locations. 
  • I can still decorate and use props 
  • Outdoor backgrounds are timeless

Location Ideas:

  • the beach
  • a park
  • arboretum
  • downtown area
  • In your home, backyard, front door, porch
  • barn
  • farm
  • tree farm
  • nursery

Look for a future post with some of my favorite Eastern NC spots!  Share your favorite photo shoot settings with me!

Now booking sessions for Spring 2020! Contact me today! (508) 269-6434 or amylimaphotos@gmail.com

 

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What does Valentine's Day mean for you? https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2020/2/what-does-valentines-day-mean-for-you Over the years Valentine's Day has meant different things to me.

Of course as a child, it meant crafts at school, choosing and filling out those little cards to give to classmates and teachers, and lots of conversation hearts.  

Throughout our childhood my parents always had candy and a little gift waiting for us when we woke up on Valentine's Day. One year they came out with SweetTart Hearts and I became obsessed! I'm pretty sure my mom bought them for me straight through college. 

When I was in college, my cousin Paige was born on Valentine's Day, so then it became a day to attend her birthday party!

As I got older I kind of lost interest in the "holiday" and it became either a reminder of being single, a high pressure situation if you weren't, and then I started to feel like it was overdone and over commercialized. What used to be a simple, fun day to show others you care turned into a Pinterest contest.

When I was teaching 4th grade I enjoyed bringing in cards and treats for my students and doing some of the same crafts I did as a child. (think doilies!!) They would pass out cards to each other and we'd watch "Be My Valentine Charlie Brown". One year I decided to make crayon hearts for my class. Of course I saw the project on Pinterest. The idea was to take old crayons, melt them down, pour them into silicone heart pans, then chill them and they will harden into crayons. Well, let's just say our house smelled for days, it took WAY longer than I thought, and I ended up relocating the project to my parents' house so my mom could help me finish it. The kids loved them and they came out pretty cool looking. But I did get a lesson in my crafting skills.  Never again, haha!

I still record and watch "Be My Valentine Charlie Brown".  And I enjoy celebrating with the little ones in my life. I take the boys I nanny for out for a treat. I always send a Valentine gift to my niece in MA. However, my husband and I don't buy each other anything. We'd rather spend the money on doing something fun and spending time together. 

This year I will attend a Galentine's Day event on February 13th. I am going to a flower arranging class with some friends and fellow local creatives. I'm looking forward to trying something different!

So, how about you? How will you spend February 14, 2020?  How do you feel about Valentine's Day? I'd love to hear your thoughts, memories, or celebrations! 

Cell phone photo of the crayon hearts!

 

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Time is a Non Renewable Resource https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/12/time-is-a-non-renewable-resource Time is something you can't ever get back. If I spend $100, I can make another $100 working. If I eat at a restaurant, I can go there next month and enjoy a great meal again. When I buy groceries for the week's meals, I am buying them again next week for our meals. When clothes don't fit my body or style any more, I give them away and buy new ones. Once an hour, day, month, year is spent...it's not something you can get back or get more of.

Looking back on 2019, I'm grateful for all the TIME I spent doing things that are important to me. (in no particular order!)

~ Vacations and getaways exploring places with my husband, family, and/or friends

~ Trips back to Massachusetts to visit family and friends

~ Spending time with visitors we enjoy hosting here in North Carolina

~ Quality time with my husband 

~ Working out - Boot camp, walking, 5Ks, golfing, bike riding

~ Socializing with friends new and old. 4 years later, I still enjoy meeting people in our new home

~ Volunteering and giving back to the community

~ Networking and collaborating with fellow creatives

~ Earning money doing things I truly enjoy

~  And I could go on! 

In 2020 I want to spend even more of my time doing all the things I love and less of my time doing the things I don't.

Cheers! Happy New Year!

Wherever you are, be all there  - TS Eliot

Happiness, not in another place, but this place... Not for another hour, but this hour. - Walt Whitman

 

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Fashionista Turns One https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/12/fashionista-turns-one When Mom booked their session and told me she was going to create a Kate Spade inspired theme, I could not wait to see what she had planned! I absolutely love this set up.  Andi had lots of fun playing with her props and we were able to get some smiles out of this busy little girl too.  Happy Birthday Andi! And watch out Mom and Dad...you have a little fashionista on your hands. 

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Happy December! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/12/2019-goal-setting How are you doing with your current goals? I love goals and work on setting them for the year, month, and week. I like to write them down, review them often, and revise when needed. Goals can be set in every area of your life. Whether it's business, health, strength, weight, marriage, friendships, finances, travel....the possibilities are endless.

Recently, as I reviewed the calendar for the remainder of 2019, I started to freak out a little. I got down on myself for not reaching some of the goals I had set in January. Then I realized that I need to snap myself out of that mindframe, and quickly! If I don't accomplish a goal by December 31, 2019 does that mean it will never happen? Of course not! It just means I need to reflect on my progress so far, reassess, make some tweaks, and continue to go after that end result. I am not going to give up, I will continue to work toward those objectives for the rest of this wonderful year. This can be a busy time for people and the simple thing to do would be to just toss that focus aside and regroup in January. But don't give up! We have 31 days to continue to work on ourselves.

It's time to start thinking about what my resolutions and purpose of 2020 will be. Stay tuned for what I am aiming for in the upcoming year.

Share some of your goals, strategies, and wishes with me!

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2109 Bunco for Breast Cancer https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/11/2109-bunco-for-breast-cancer When I moved to NC from Massachusetts in 2015, I was looking for a way to get involved in our community, while making friends.  I searched around for a while and came across Greenville Women's League. I attended one of their meetings and it seemed like a good fit for me, so I joined. I am so happy that I found this great organization! I've been able to participate in so many meaningful activities and have met some GREAT people. One of my favorite GWL events is Bunco for Breast Cancer. My mom, grandma, and mother-in-law have all had breast cancer, so it is a cause close to my heart. 

 2019 was my 4th year volunteering for the event. From decorations to rounding up donations, we plan and prepare for Bunco all year long. The community support we receive each year is amazing. We get the most generous sponsorships and raffle items donated by local businesses and families. The event would not be possible without the kindness of others. The third Thursday in October  is something I know many of our community members and survivors look forward to every year.  Everyone had a blast this year, hope you can join in on the fun next year!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/11/2109-bunco-for-breast-cancer Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:47:16 GMT
Matthews Family Photo Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/10/matthews-family-photo-session I had so much fun at this session! Of course we got some posed photos, but the candids are the best. These kids are the sweetest and I truly enjoyed capturing their carefree happiness. 

It's the most perfect time of the year to schedule your family photos.  Whether you need holiday cards, holiday gifts, updated photos, or it's a special occasion, I've got you covered! I still have some dates and times available in November, contact me to book. I also have gift certificates available. 

(508) 269-6434 or amylimaphotos@gmail.com

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Cotton Fields https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/10/cotton-fields Since moving down to North Carolina from Massachusetts, I've always been fascinated by the farming and local crops in our area. I love seeing the different things that are planted each season and enjoy figuring out what the plants are and watching their progress throughout the season.  Farming is an industry that many of us take for granted. It's nice to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us and the hard work that goes into it.

One of my favorite crops to watch is cotton. The plants are so pretty! The harvesting process is pretty neat too and I get such an urge to jump out of my car to touch the big rolls of cotton!  This year there is a cotton field right at the end of the road to my neighborhood. Every time I drove in or out, I kept thinking to myself "I need to photograph that."  I wanted to wait until they had popped open a little. One day my friend asked me if I had any pictures of the cotton fields. I told her I had been wanting to take some! She inspired me to wait for some pretty lighting right before sunset, grab my camera, and walk down to the field. While I was shooting I was being attacked by about a billion gnats, which was very distracting while I tried to figure out angles and settings! Haha! But I appreciate the motivation to get out there and I'm pretty happy with the way they came out. I hope you enjoy them too!

 

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LAYERS Fashion Show https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/9/layers-fashion-show Layers of Dignity is a Raleigh, NC based non-profit run by two sisters who are both nurses. When working in the hospital they realized a great need. Sexual assault victims normally have to turn over their clothing to police as evidence. Hospitals would send them home in disposable, paper clothing.  Layers of Dignity provides tote bags to sexual assault survivors within emergency departments of hospitals and women’s advocacy centers. This means instead of leaving in paper clothing, sexual assault survivors will take those steps in brand-new clothes, with a next-step guide, and a handwritten note from a fellow survivor. This is something many of us, including myself,  had probably never thought about before. When my friend Katie asked me to attend and photograph her fashion show benefitting Layers of Dignity, I was honored to help out.  I met Katie a little over a year ago. We've worked on styled shoots together and she is a supportive fellow creative that I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with and know.  

The LAYERS Fashion Show was on August 31 at Burning Coal Theater in Raleigh.  No detail was missed. The lobby looked gorgeous! There was a flower wall that made a wonderful smelling, pretty entrance and then at the end of the night guests could pluck flowers from the wall to take with them. The event was catered with adorable snacks and desserts, along with a signature cocktail and champagne. Local vendors were invited to share, display, and sell their goods.  Every seat had a little token of appreciation on it and the VIP seats had a fantastic swag bag filled with local goodies.  MC Matt White is a hilarious comedian and he did a great job engaging and entertaining the audience, as well as announcing the designers and models. Everything was perfect! 

Vendors:

Aimee Cuthrell Fine Art

Layers of Dignity

Carroll’s Kitchen

Noonday Collective

Style and Shine

Florist:

Flowers on Broad Street

Food and Champagne:

Sponsored by Highgrove Estates

I started off the day behind the scenes taking photos of hair and make-up being done. I was able to watch and photograph some fabulous hair and make-up artists!

Make-up: Ryann Owens of Bridal and Braids

Hair: Ravon's Talents 

        Adina from Metro Mane

Everyone enjoyed watching the models, checking out the outfits, and meeting the designers. You could feel the love in the room as Katie explained her story about honoring a friend and how she chose Layers of Dignity as the beneficiary of the event.  Katie was able to pair her passion for fashion and art along with her want for giving back to a cause that means so much to her. 

Designers: 

Sew Fancy

Kitty and Rhodes

Aliyah Designs

RIP Designs

Sade Sews

Boutiques:

Scout and Molly’s 

Cousin Couture

 


 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/9/layers-fashion-show Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:16:28 GMT
Scusset Beach, Cape Cod https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/scusset-beach-cape-cod Scusset Beach is in Sandwich, MA, which is a part of Cape Cod. It was nice to go there, because it was at the beginning of the Cape, so it wasn't too far from home. There was usually no traffic (usually!!). The coastline is beautiful and the water is often clear and calm. It's nice for children to swim in so I would often go with my friends who have kids or kids in my family. My state beach pass was valid at Scusset Beach as well.

My niece Mackenzie had her first beach day ever at Scusset! My mom was babysitting her and we decided to head down for the day. She was less than a year old. She really loved watching the people and we brought her in the water. About a year later, we went with her again and my dad joined us this time. Typically there is plenty of parking, however this time when we arrived the parking lot was full. We did not want to turn around and make the drive back home, especially with a toddler in the car. Nearby we found a nice shady spot overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. We decided to eat our lunch there and then check back later to see if we could get parking. It worked out perfectly. We ate lunch, Mackenzie loved watching the boats go by, and there was a great breeze. After a while we packed our stuff up into the car and headed back to the beach where there was now parking available. Mackenzie had a blast, she must take after her aunt. She loved playing in the sand, people watching, and swimming in the water. We could barely get her out of the water to take breaks.

I've enjoyed days at Scusset with my mom, aunt Alison, and cousin Paige too. We like to sit where it's not too crowded. My aunt always cracks me up when she sets up multiple blankets and towels around our chairs so our space isn't invaded. We talk, go for walks, and go swimming. Scusset is a the perfect beach for swimming.

Scusset is also one of my favorite beaches to photograph. I've taken some really great photos at Scusset Beach and they have now become some of my bestsellers. I love that I am able to share my love of the beach and photography with others. It is a wonderful feeling to know that people decorate their homes with my photos. The first time I ever went there, I brought my camera with me and was so glad I did. Before I even got onto the beach, I saw multiple sights to capture. Outside of the snack bar they have picnic tables and in the center of each one was a beach bucket serving as a flowerpot full of planted summer flowers. To this day this print still remains one of the most popular. I just love the bright colors up against the earthy tones of the beach grass and sand. Another popular print and also a favorite of mine, is of the walkway leading onto the beach. I actually have two different versions of this photograph, the new walkway and the old walkway. I took pictures of the original walkway the first day I visited. It was a hit with everyone and I loved it as well. A couple of years later we arrived for our first visit of the season to find that they had redone the walkway. So of course on my next trip down there, I had to take my camera with me and get photos of the new scene. I also enjoy photographing the water at Scusset beach. The surf is typically very calm, but I have been there on days when there were big waves and the water was rough. I also find that the tide changes the scene dramatically. Because things vary so much it gives me so much opportunity to capture all different kinds of shots of the same place. I can get high tide, low tide, sandbars, rough surf, high waves, different colors, and the overall feel of the surf is just never quite the same each time. You're never sure what to expect, but one thing that remains is that it is always beautiful. The landscaping there is also very pretty. I find a variety of different hues of blues, greens, tans, and browns in the pictures I take there. It can really create some pretty contrast. Scusset will always be my favorite Cape Cod beach. I am hoping I can visit there again soon, of course with my camera in tow.

 

 

 

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Westport MA - Horseneck Beach: Part 2 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/westport-ma---horseneck-beach-part-2 During my summers while teaching, I tried to get to the beach as much as possible. If it was a sunny day, I was either at the beach or at my parents' house enjoying their pool. Each summer I would buy a Massachusetts State Park Pass to use at the beaches, mostly Horseneck. I would go to the beach with either a group of teacher friends, my cousin Paige, my mom, my aunt Alison, or some combination of them all.

People often ask me what I do all day long at the beach. First of all, I need to have a good beach read with me at all times. I read many books all summer long. I also enjoy reading magazines. Usually Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, or some sort of cooking magazine. I love going for walks on the beach. It's a great way to fit in some extra exercise. Horseneck is pretty long so it's a perfect place to walk. I could either go to the right and walk over to the next 2 beaches, a private beach and a town beach. Or I could walk to the left and there's a camping area and lots of pretty rocks. I like looking for rocks and especially sea glass. I use the rocks and glass to decorate my home. I have collected sea glass, along with my mom, for years. It fascinates me that every piece has a story behind it and the colors and textures are beautiful. One day I went for a walk with my mom and my cousin Paige. We were looking for sea glass all along the way. We walked down to the camping area and didn't find any. On the way back my mom spotted the most beautiful blue piece of sea glass. Paige and I had walked right past it and did not even see it. It was huge, the biggest piece I've ever seen. I was so happy for my mom that she had discovered this gem. I actually ended up borrowing and taking it back to Horseneck one day for a “photo shoot”. It was just so pretty and I knew it would photograph well. I have a print of it framed in my bedroom. My mom has a print as well, and of course she still has the gorgeous blue piece of sea glass.

Beach chat is also a big part of the day. It's great to catch up and talk about everything and anything. Some of my favorite conversations ever have taken place on the beach. Some the funniest and some of the most serious. There's just something about the beach that makes it the perfect place to talk. Along with these chats, we also lunch and snack.

Chair #11 was the meetup spot during these days. I have photographed many of the lifeguard chairs here. I have a large one of chair #11 framed in my home. There's just something about a lifeguard chair that I love. I have one black and white photo of the chairs all stacked up to be stored for the winter after the season ended. I also have some taken during the prettiest of beach days. And I have taken some during sunset. These are some of my most popular prints, as well as my favorites.

I love going to beach at night. Sometimes my mom and I and sometimes some other family members would spend the day at the beach and then the rest of the family would meet us there at dinner time. We would play corn hole, go for walks, take pictures, and relax & chat. Everyone would bring dishes to share. Sometimes we would have a theme, like Italian or all types of salads. Of course beer and wine go very well with dinner on the beach. I have taken some great sunset and other beach shots during these family dinners.

I recall one day we planned a girls' night at Horseneck. My mom and I spent the day there and then my aunts, cousins, and grandmother met us there. My grandmother was in her late 80s at the time and I am still so impressed that she was able to join us. She walked from the car through the sand to our spot near chair #11. It gets breezy in the evening on the shore and she would get cold easily anyway, so she'd be all bundled up in the middle of July, but who cares? She was there to spend time with her family and we loved having her there.

Those evenings always flew by. It felt like as soon as we carried everything from the car and set it all up it was time to pack it in and trek back to the car. But it was worth it, we had a blast.

Throughout my life I always played sports, gone to the gym, exercised, and ate healthy. As I got a little older I found it a little tougher to stay in shape and I was splurging a little too often. I was going to the gym at the time, but felt that I really needed a boost. I found Doug Bramwell and he changed my life. Doug is a personal trainer and nutritionist. He set me up with an eating plan and weekly check ins and also got me to sign up for boot camp on the beach at Horseneck. The classes were at 6:00 a.m. The first time I went I was so nervous. What am I doing? I hate getting up early. I won't be able to keep up with everyone. Yikes!! Well, I loved it. Everyone was so nice, Doug is funny and motivating and kept our workouts interesting. The beach I had spent so much time relaxing and lounging around on was now my “gym”. We went running on the beach, did tons of crazy circuit exercises, had races, and most memorable, ran in the dunes. Those dunes were so extremely hard but I was so proud of myself every time I conquered them. The first day of boot camp I couldn't run from one telephone pole to another. By the fall I was running up to 8 miles. I even wore my bathing suit under my gym clothes some days and went into the water to swim and cool off after our sessions were over. I shed the pounds and had a blast doing it. I am truly grateful for those super early mornings spent at one of my favorite places while accomplishing my fitness goals. 

I've mentioned many photos I have taken at Horseneck, but one in particular is very special to me. I love taking pictures of walkways leading into beaches. First, because they are beautiful. But secondly because of what they represent. It's the anticipation of a beach day ahead. It's not knowing what you'll see once you get up and over the dunes. High tide or low tide? Depending on the time of day and the tide, what colors will the water be? Are the waves big or small today? Is it crowded? I had not been on Facebook very long, it was still pretty new to me and my friends, when I decided to post some of my Horseneck Beach photos. I posted a black and white one I had taken of the walkway leading in. Many people loved it and one of my dear friends asked me if she could have a copy of it to frame and hang in her bathroom. Of course I said yes! And this got me thinking, hey I could really do this. With some help from my artsy, talented brother and his wife, I set up an Etsy shop selling my landscape prints and then created my first website. One thing led to another and my little business was born! I started selling prints at fairs and shows. Then I began taking pictures of family and friends, which led to more family portrait sessions. That walkway print will always be special to my heart and I take nothing for granted as I continue to grow and build my little business.

I have moved to North Carolina and my summers are no longer spent on Horseneck Beach, but I treasure the fond memories I have, enjoy looking at the numerous photos I have taken there, and it will always be a place to visit when I'm up in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/westport-ma---horseneck-beach-part-2 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 01:59:49 GMT
Nag's Head, NC https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/nags-head-nc This beautiful family hadn't all been together in over a year, so when they asked if I could come to the Outer Banks for a family session, I was more than happy to make the trip.  It was hotter than hot, and everyone did such a great job! We did the session at their vacation home and out on the beach. I was so pleased to be able to capture these special memories.  That is exactly what makes this "job" so fun and rewarding. 
Nag's Head is just such a gorgeous spot! I had never been there and I look forward to going back so I can do some more exploring. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/nags-head-nc Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:24:15 GMT
Sweet Newborn Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/sweet-newborn-session This family is A-dorable! I had the good fortune to be able to photograph their Christmas/birth announcement, maternity, and finally newborn arrival sessions! Big sister and big brother did so great. You can tell they are beyond proud of their new roles and they were engaged the entire time. They took direction easily and were happy to be a big part of the session.  Mom and Dad are just over the moon over their new little one, I am so happy for them.  It fills my heart to be able to provide these experiences for families while creating memories to last a lifetime. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/sweet-newborn-session Sun, 21 Jul 2019 19:45:07 GMT
Westport MA - Horseneck Beach: Part 1 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/westport-ma---horseneck-beach-part-1 Horseneck Beach, Westport, MA

 

Westport, MA is a seaside town in Southeastern Massachusetts. Horseneck Beach is a state owned beach located on the Atlantic Ocean. My beach memories of days and evenings spent here are endless.

As a child I spent memorable fun beach days with my family here. We didn't venture here too often when I was young, but when we did I loved it. Most of those days were spent with my immediate family, mom, dad, and two brothers. Some days were spent with cousins, aunts, and my uncle. The surf is typically pretty rough here, so we needed parental supervision. We would swim and play in the sand for hours on end. Our moms would usually pack sandwiches and tons of snacks. No beach day is complete unless you snack your way through the day. Just be mindful of the pesky seagulls. They are quite bold and have been known to grab food right out of our hands. Some days our parents would bring cookout food and we would stay for dinner and cook on the grill. We would pack sweatshirts and stay for the evening eating and enjoying the sunset. I would be quite wiped out after a beach day like this. There is nothing like the beachy feel at the end of a long day. Warm skin, salty skin and hair, the scent of sunscreen, and the lazy, relaxed feeling. When we got home we would get into the shower with our bathing suits on to rinse off. Then we'd peel off our suits and about half my weight in sand and seaweed would spill out. After a nice cool shower, time for bed. The chilly sheets against my warm skin was soothing. The best nights of sleep were after a long day spent on the beach in the sun and surf. They still are.

 

Once I got older I stopped going to Horseneck with my family and started to go with my friends instead. All summer long we went as much as humanly possible. Every day off was spent here with various groups of friends and man, it was serious business. We would take turns driving and paying for the entry fee and gas. Packing up took much longer than the days of going to the neighborhood beach with Gramp. I would pack my cooler of lunch and waters. My beach bag contained tanning oil, SPF 2 or 4, beach towel, sheet, and a radio or walkman. We had our “spot” on the beach. We sat there every single time, next to lifeguard chair #7 and this way other friends could meet up with us or know where we were. Our day pretty much went like this: Set up, spray body with oil, tan face up, go for a walk, tan face down, go for a walk, repeat. In between that we'd eat and talk to friends. Going for a walk was a big part of the beach day with friends. At Horseneck there is a tar boardwalk along the top of the beach. We'd walk along here to go to the bathroom or snack bar. Overall, I ate pretty healthy, but I couldn't resist getting fries or clam cakes from the snack bar once in a while. It was also a social walk. As we walked, we saw lots of people we knew. We'd stop, chat, talk about where we were sitting so we could meet up, and of course discuss any night time plans we all had. We didn't do too much swimming in those days. Most of the day was spent tanning and chatting. Occasionally we'd go in if the water was really clear and warm. Sometimes we'd just put our feet in to cool off. Our beach day usually ended when one or all of us had to head to sports practice (field hockey for me). We'd show up to sessions sandy, sticky, and tan. Sometimes I wish I could send some SPF 30 back to my 1990's self, but oh well.

 

During college my beach days at Horseneck were pretty similar to high school. Some notable changes were that my friend circle grew smaller and my SPF increased a little, SPF 8. After about 6-8 hours on the beach, we'd head home. We all went to our own houses to take a nap and get ready for a night out. I would again have that post-beach feel that I loved oh so much. I'd go in my room and put a blanket over my bed or on the floor so I wouldn't get my room sandy. I would blast the AC and watch Oprah or some other day time show and take a nap. After my nap I'd shower the beach day off and get ready for a night out, usually with the same friends I went to the beach with. We'd talk on the phone and plan out who was driving, where we were going, and what to wear. Of course we had to choose outfits that best complimented our tans. Most nights we went to Providence to go dancing. Perfect day with friends: beach all day and dance all night.

 

After college there was a little break from Horseneck as I spent many summers in Rhode Island. But of course when I moved back to Massachusetts, Horseneck became one of my beaches of choice again. I have countless memories of days and evenings spent on Horseneck with family or friends. I started teaching elementary school and had the summers off and spent several days per week on the beach. I also spent lots of early, early mornings at Horseneck attending beach boot camp. As a photographer, many photos were taken here as well. It has changed a lot, but it will hold a special place in my heart and mind. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/7/westport-ma---horseneck-beach-part-1 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:21:26 GMT
Beach Memories - Swansea, MA https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/6/beach-memories---swansea-ma Swansea Town Beach – The Bluffs, Swansea, MA

Bottom of Wyola Road

 

Swansea, MA is a little riverside town in southeastern Massachusetts. I grew up in Berkley, MA. Berkley is a small town about 15 miles north of Swansea. During the summers I spent a lot of time in Swansea at my grandparents' yellow Cape style house along with my mom, my two younger brothers, six cousins, and aunts and uncles. Several times a week my brothers and I would fight over seats in the car then pile in to head to my grandparents' house. “Do you want to take the high road or the low road?” my mom would ask us. We would choose the highway or back roads, and we were off. Early in the morning we'd arrive at the little yellow house and run inside to say hi then out to the backyard to play. Most of the time it was a game of whiffle ball, football, or kickball. The boy cousins tried to not allow us girls to play but we muscled our way in every time. I can walk into that tree filled yard with the pine needle carpet and tell you where each base and home plate was located. I can feel the sap I'd always get on my fingers or legs. It was my home away from home.

There was a little private beach at the bottom of their road, which we loved. During our visits, inevitably one of us would end up asking Gramp to take us down to the beach. My grandfather would take all 9 of us together by himself and we drove him crazy but he loved it.  This was usually after a fight ensued or someone was cheating at the game or got hurt. And sure enough he never said no. It'd take a few minutes for us all to change into our bathing suits and get our towels and we'd meet out on the front lawn. Back then it was no muss no fuss, all you did was throw on your bathing suit and grab a towel. It didn't even matter what kind of towel, bath towel, beach towel...who cares? And 99% of the time we were barefoot, no flip flops or sandals needed. Quite a difference from the beach bag I pack these days! Once we were all out front we'd all start walking, some of us running. Wyola Road is a hill and there is a Stop sign and an intersection at the bottom. My grandfather would try to keep up, shouting “Stop at the Stop sign!” Like we didn't know this, he yelled it ten times every time we went.

Once we all gathered at the infamous Stop sign, we'd trek across the road together and down a dirt road to the beach. It was a small neighborhood beach but to me it seemed like the best place on earth. The water was pretty calm and flat most of the time. In the distance were tiny houses and you could see the city of Fall River across the way. We'd all run across the hot sand and into the water. We'd swim, dig, and play together. My grandfather would have 25 heart attacks as he tried to keep track of all 9 of us and make sure we weren't swimming out too far. He loved swimming and would come in the water with us. He taught us how to dig for perriwinkles, crabs, and clams in the sand. We'd fill buckets of them and sometimes bring them home with us. Why we needed to take them home is still a mystery to me. I just know in my heart he loved every minute of these beach days.

Once we tired out or he got tired of watching us all, not sure which, we'd collect our towels and head back up to the house. We were starving by now and sometimes we would stop at Harry's, the seafood shack, on our way back up the hill. The smell of fresh, fried New England seafood is one of the best scents in the world. We'd get some fish and chips and clamcakes and one of us usually talked him into letting us get cans of soda. We'd climb the hill home and we'd all share the food with our moms and grandmother. Other times when we got back our moms or grandmother would have lunch waiting for us, sandwiches or english muffin pizzas. Back to games in the backyard or on to hide and seek or something of the sort. Many times we end up staying for dinner too. After dinner we'd get ready to head out and my grandmother would always say “You're leaving already?” We would pile back into the car and my grandfather would make a big fuss about telling us to get going and not come back. He'd push the car and say “Get out of here!” and we would crack up every time. We could spend ten-twelve hours at the house and it was never enough for them, that's love.

Swansea is also where I learned how to swim. About a 3 minute drive from my grandparents' house is Swansea Town Beach or as it was known “The Bluffs”. I loved the neighborhood beach most, but I also enjoyed going there. The way the land bends, you can actually see the neighborhood beach from the town beach. It was a bigger beach, but pretty much the same shoreline and same water. The moms and aunts usually accompanied us on these trips and occasionally our uncle.

We took swim lessons here. I first heard the word dog paddle at these lessons. Our moms would sit and chat on the beach and we'd hop in the water while the lifeguards divvied us up into groups. I recall being one of the Devil Dogs, I loved my group's name! After the lesson we'd eat lunch on the beach. Sandy sandwiches and chips for all. We'd then spend the afternoon playing in the sand, collecting rocks and shells, and swimming. Oh and of course eavesdropping on our moms' conversations. No beach day is complete without beach chat. At the end of the day we'd pack our sandy selves along with our beach treasures into the car and head back to the little yellow house.

Both of my grandparents have passed away and my brother and his wife now live in that little yellow Cape, however it is no longer yellow. I am fond of the memories I have in that home and treasure all the happy times we had there. The neighborhood beach became overgrown and is no longer taken care of. My brother recently heard of a possibility of a revival of the beach. I truly hope so and this way my brother and his wife can create new memories there. I occasionally visit Swansea Town Beach and a few years ago I went there with my Canon to capture a couple of shots. Thank you Swansea and my family for my first of many beach memories.

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/6/beach-memories---swansea-ma Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:44:07 GMT
Maternity Session in the Park https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/5/maternity-session-in-the-park I enjoy maternity sessions for soooo many reasons.  It's a time to celebrate and document this exciting time and show off that bump.  Moms should absolutely take the time to get all dressed up and treat themselves to a photo session.  I usually suggest Mom plan her outfit first, then dress the family in colors that compliment hers. I like neutral tones with a pop of color.

I love the excitement and anticipation of what's soon to come. It's so sweet watching couples and families filled with joy over the anticipation of their growing family.  

This little family has gone through a lot to get where they are today and I am beyond happy for them! I took their Christmas photos, which they used to announce their pregnancy with the ultrasound picture in the photos. We recently did their maternity session in the park. AND I cannot wait to do their newborn session in their home once the little guy arrives!

I just love sharing these special times with families, I truly am lucky to do what I do. 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/5/maternity-session-in-the-park Thu, 23 May 2019 12:09:17 GMT
Arboretum Fashion Shoot https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/5/arboretum-fashion-shoot Once again I had the opportunity to collaborate with some talented creatives! I was able spend the afternoon working with friends and I met some new friends.  I love being able to inspire each other, share ideas, and carry out the model's vision.

We met at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC for a fashion shoot. If you're in the area you must visit! It's absolutely beautiful. There is such a variety of gardens, flowers, and trees. It was really like visiting 8 different places. Each area is so unique.  

Fashion Stoppe is hosting a charity fashion show in Raleigh this summer and I'm lucky enough to help out on this journey along with her and many other artists.  Save the Date and come check it out!

LAYERS

First Annual Fashion Show by Fashion Stoppe 

8-31-19

Benefitting Layers of Dignity 

Burning Coal Theater Company 

Raleigh, NC

Models:

Fashion Stoppe (Katie) https://www.instagram.com/fashionstoppe/

Bridal and Braids (Ryann) https://www.instagram.com/bridalandbraids/

Alicia https://www.instagram.com/neptunovah/

Artwork:

Aimee https://www.instagram.com/aimeecuthrell/

Photography:

Amy Lima Photos https://www.instagram.com/amylimaphotos/

Duelux Photography https://www.instagram.com/dueluxphotography/

Hair & Make-up: 

Bridal & Braids https://www.instagram.com/bridalandbraids/

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/5/arboretum-fashion-shoot Fri, 17 May 2019 14:17:07 GMT
Mother's Day 2019 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/5/mothers-day-2019 What are you doing to celebrate Mother's Day this year?  Sadly, I won't get to spend the day with my mom, but I'll be photographing newborns at the hospital. Spending my day taking photos of Moms and their new babies is very special. So if I can't be with my mom on Mother's Day, I think it's the next best thing!

Although many people say Mother's Day has become too commercialized, it's neat to take a look at the origin of the holiday. It was first proposed by poet Julia Ward Howe after the Civil War. Her idea was to recognize peace and protest war, while supporting mourning mothers. She organized events in Boston to honor mothers.  It didn't really catch on as a holiday. Later, Ann Jarvis, who had no children, campaigned for the holiday. She worked hard to provide resources for poor mothers. It became a holiday declared by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.  It is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. 

Enjoy some of the beautiful photos I've captured of moms over the last year. Including a selfie of me and my wonderful, caring, amazing, strong, fun Mom. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and moms-to-be out there! You all rock! And especially to my own mom, family, and friends who are moms....I love you!

 

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East Carolina University https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/4/east-carolina-university The East Carolina University campus is beautiful. From the trees and flowers to different landmarks such as the cupola, fountain, and of course the pirate, there are so many great spots to take photos. Senior portraits are special to photograph. It is such a major accomplishment for students and I truly enjoy capturing this milestone for them. Last week the Spring weather had arrived and it was a gorgeous day for a senior photo session.
Of course, I always love having pets join our photo sessions. Enjoy!

I look forward to photographing more ECU students. Contact me to set up your session:

amylimaphotos@gmail.com

(508) 269-6434

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) east carolina university eastern NC ECU Greenville greenville nc senior photo session senior photos senior portraits https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/4/east-carolina-university Mon, 15 Apr 2019 21:12:26 GMT
2019 Greenville Women's League 5K https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/4/2019-greenville-womens-league-5k Run for a Reason

Inspired by my parents and grandparents, I have always had a passion for giving back to my community. I am so fortunate that I'm able to use my photography to do good deeds. Whether it's donating my time to take photos or contributing proceeds from my sessions, it's always an honor. 

I'm a member of the Greenville Women's League and I get to participate in a variety of wonderful events all year long. Last week we hosted a 5K benefitting juvenile diabetes research. One of the best things about this event is that run clubs from our local elementary schools participate. It's a lot of fun to see schools, students, parents, families, and local runners come together as a community to support an important cause. An amazing 14 year old patient who was recently diagnosed with diabetes presented an inspiring speech sharing his story with everyone. It was a beautiful morning filled with music, photos, food, and running. The race consisted of a 5K run and a 1 mile fun run/walk. I was so proud of everyone!

 

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Spring Fashion Shoot https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/4/spring-fashion-shoot You probably know by now, I love getting together with my creative peers to work on projects together. On a beautiful Saturday in March I spent the afternoon with Katie and Ryann for an outdoor Spring photo session. We chose Uptown Greenville for the shoot and we took some park pictures on the bridge at Town Commons, as well as some street photography in the middle of Uptown.  Katie chose a pretty, soft Spring look and also incorporated some fun, Irish green just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  Ryan did a great job bringing Katie's vision to life and her hair and make-up complimented her style for the day perfectly.  I'm looking forward to more creative fun with these beautiful ladies and also working with them on an upcoming fashion show in Raleigh. I will keep you posted with more on that, stay tuned! 

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Model: Katie Hammond https://www.instagram.com/fashionstoppe/

Hair & Make-up: Ryann Owens  https://www.instagram.com/bridalandbraids/

Photography: Yours Truly https://www.instagram.com/amylimaphotos/

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/4/spring-fashion-shoot Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:48:46 GMT
Spring Photo Sessions! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/3/spring-photo-sessions I love outdoor sessions so much, and I'm excited for the 2019 Spring and Summer season!  I did a session this week, it was a gorgeous day...70 and sunny. This handsome guy was a blast to work with. He was so cute, polite, playful, and loved having his photo taken. And how adorable is his outfit and hat?!  

Now booking for Spring 2019

  • Update family photos
  • Create gifts for Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any upcoming occasion
  • Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and lighting at this time of year
  • Freshen up your decor for 2019 with some new artwork for your home

amylimaphotos@gmail.com  (508) 269 6434  Email, text, or call for more information and to book your session.

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Self Care is not Selfish https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/2/self-care-is-not-selfish Self care is not selfish. I read this in an article recently and it struck me. It's not selfish to take great care of yourself. Life is about balance. 
I am all about self care, I believe it helps you in many different ways. 

  • If you aren't healthy, both mentally and physically, you can't fully be there for your loved ones - children, spouse, extended family, friends, colleagues, pets..  I'm sure you've heard the expression "You can't pour from an empty glass."  
  • Having a healthy body and mind helps you stay focused on your goals
  • It gives you energy to accomplish your tasks for the day
  • You will have more confidence 
  • Your overall happiness depends on it

I practice self care and sometimes it's in a small way and sometimes it's in a big way.

  • Getaways with my husband
  • Working out at Fit Body Boot Camp as many days as possible per week
  • Clean eating
  • Going for a massage or pedicure
  • Reading at night before I go to sleep
  • Wine nights with my husband and our friends
  • Girls' nights out

What have you done for YOU lately? If the answer is nothing, let's change that. Choose one small thing to do for yourself this week.  

I'd love to hear what you routinely do to take care of you!

 

 

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Hello 2019! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/1/hello-2019 Happy New Year everyone!  January 1st not only marks the first day of the year, it is also my birthday. So I have double reason to reflect on the past year and look forward to the upcoming one. 

This year, while I have many goals and ambitions, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my accomplishments and successes of 2018. It was an exciting year, both personally and professionally. 

Some reasons to celebrate:

  • Vacations with my husband
  • Strengthening and growth of friendships
  • Collaborating with some awesome fellow creatives
  • New family photography clients
  • Mini session event with my local elementary school
  • Photographed some local businesses for their websites
  • Visitors who came to see us in NC
  • Boot camp, races, eating clean
  • Working on new business ideas and ventures with creative peers
  • Learning about photography through practice, webinars, podcasts, articles.....and on and on!
  • Photographed out in the community, including a 5K and a military homecoming
  • The opportunity to add to my landscape portfolio taking photographs on vacation and in new places
  • Met lots of wonderful people
  • Photographing newborns at the hospital

Now it's time to get all my little birdies in a row and look forward to all that 2019 has to offer! It's off to a pretty great start!

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Holiday Mini Sessions https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/1/holiday-mini-sessions Now that the holidays are over and all the gifts and cards have been sent, I wanted to share some photos from my 2018 Holiday Mini Sessions. I had so much fun doing them this year! I met some great people and had fun with the most adorable kids.  Most families used their photos for holiday cards and print gifts for grandparents and family.  It was also a great opportunity to update family portraits. Some even included pets, which I loved!  I'm sure the cards and gifts were thoroughly enjoyed. I love that I am able to help families capture their memories for all kinds of occasions. Looking forward to many more in 2019!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2019/1/holiday-mini-sessions Mon, 07 Jan 2019 21:52:46 GMT
Let Me Thank YOU https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/12/let-me-thank-you 2018 has been such a wonderful year for me and my photography adventures. I'll reflect more on the year in an upcoming post, but for now I'd like to take the time to thank everyone who has given me their support.  The compliments, session and event bookings, referrals, and comments and likes on social media mean so much to me. I'm thankful for people taking the time to read my blogs and posts, fellow creatives who support me and each other, and collaborating with the community to give back. You all make me feel so happy and proud. I love doing what I do and I love that I can share that with all of you. You really don't know how much it means to me. Don't forget to follow my social media pages and keep up with my latest photography projects. THANK YOU!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/12/let-me-thank-you Tue, 04 Dec 2018 22:09:31 GMT
Thanksgiving Recipe Traditions https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/11/thanksgiving-recipe-traditions Does your family have a dish they cannot live without for Thanksgiving?  For me there are two dishes I look forward to most every Thanksgiving.  Clean eating is out the window and I'm indulging in these all time faves. 

It is a tradition in my family to do the food prep the Wednesday before Thanksgiving day. I LOVE this day.  I always had the day off from school as a student and as a teacher and over the last few years I've been lucky enough to carry on the tradition. This has taken place at a few different places. For years, as long as I can remember, my parents hosted Thanksgiving. So helping them with preparations was something we always did and my extended family would come over and join in, we made a whole day and evening out of it.  Later on my aunt and uncle hosted so we just moved the prep party over to their house! And now my husband and I have hosted in our new home in North Carolina for the last few years.  We have carried on the tradition of doing all the preparations together on Wednesday. This year will be our 4th. I am so beyond fortunate that some of my family makes the trip down to celebrate this holiday with us. 

The first must-have is my family's apple pie. We use the recipe from Better Homes & Gardens, no super secret recipe here! But it comes out amazing every year! One year I accidentally peeled way too many apples. My aunt and I said "What the heck?", and threw them all in. Well, now we put too many apples every year! It is piled so high and just comes out beautiful and delicious. Another little twist is that we put a teeny, tiny bit of almond extract in the apple mixture. Just a touch goes a long way to add a little something extra special. 

My second must-have is my Grandmother's Portuguese stuffing. She passed away and her handwritten stuffing recipe is something I treasure.
Over the years she always made it, then my brother took over the task, and now that I've been hosting I make it. I have my Grandmother's recipe and you really have to follow it to a tee. Over the years we have made some minor mistakes, like too much bread, not enough water, and so on. And trust me when I tell you that you can taste the difference! I think I have perfected my version over the last couple of years and I'm totally looking forward to a huge heap of it on my plate this year! 

What MUST be on your Thanksgiving table? I need to know!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/11/thanksgiving-recipe-traditions Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:23:48 GMT
Shine Like the Whole Universe is Yours https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/11/shine-like-the-whole-universe-is-yours I just love collaborating with other creatives to work on various projects together. In August I did a flower crown photo shoot with Fashion Stoppe and Bridal & Braids. We had so, so much fun, we decided to plan another fashion shoot together. This time while we did include a couple of flower crowns, we decided to have some fun with GLITTER!  

We found some perfect spots Uptown Greenville, NC and got to work. Our model is gorgeous and so is the lighting. Stay tuned for some more creative adventures from us and for now, enjoy these super fun photos!

"She's Bright Like Glitter and Bubbly Like Champagne"

Hair & Make-up: Ryann - Bridal & Braids

https://www.facebook.com/bridalandbraids/

Model: Katie - Fashion Stoppe

https://fashionstoppe.com

Wool Flowers for Crowns: Hayley - Loop by Loop Studio

https://www.loopbyloopstudio.com

Photography: Yours Truly - Amy Lima Photos

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/11/shine-like-the-whole-universe-is-yours Mon, 05 Nov 2018 22:02:18 GMT
Celebration https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/10/celebration How do you celebrate important days in your life? My husband and I have a tradition where we celebrate important days with each other with experiences. Instead of flowers, gifts, or any material items, we like to plan something to do together. Over the years some of those things have included Red Sox games, comedy shows, concerts, beach getaways, New England trips up north....to name some of them!

For our wedding anniversary in September, we always plan a getaway.  This year we decided to head to Asheville, NC for a long weekend. Ever since we moved down to North Carolina everyone has told us how much we would love it there. They were right! We fell in love with Asheville.  We stayed in an awesome apartment downtown and we had so much fun exploring all that Asheville has to offer.  Main highlights included restaurants, breweries, live local music, and taking in the sights. The mountain view from Cappella on 9 was a favorite spot for me.  It's such a cool spot and the sunset was amazing. There is so much to do there that we couldn't fit it all in over 4 days, we will be back for sure! Do you have any favorite spots in Asheville? Let me know!

I love this tradition that my husband and I started. It's so great to take a break from everyday life and spend special time together.  I look forward to many, many more birthday, anniversary, and holiday adventures!


Capella on 9Anniversary Sunset over the Mountains

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/10/celebration Wed, 03 Oct 2018 21:07:45 GMT
Book Your Fall Photo Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/9/book-your-fall-photo-session Why is Fall the best time to book a photo session?

* You will need gifts for grandparents for the holidays.  A calendar, magnet, or framed print of your baby, children, or family make the BEST gifts!

* Your family portraits need updating. When was the last time you took family photos? Most photographers run specials at this time of year, so it's the perfect time to book a session and get those updated photos you've been meaning to have done. 

* Holiday Cards! We all know how much everyone loves receiving a photo card of your family, children, and/or pets in the mail during the holiday season. Personally, I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures and love getting photo cards in the mail. 

* Photo ornaments make a great keepsake.  An inexpensive home decor item that everyone will enjoy on the tree year after year. They also make great gifts!

* The weather and lighting are amazing. The autumn days are beautiful for taking photos. The cooler air is comfortable for everyone and the lighting is gorgeous. Even if you decide to have your photos taken inside, the natural light coming in at this time of year will give you great results. 

 I have partnered up with W.H. Robinson Elementary School for a photography fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the school. I am offering a very special rate for this event. Update your photos and help out with a great cause!

Contact me to book your spot!  508-269-6434 or amylimaphotos@gmail.com

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/9/book-your-fall-photo-session Wed, 26 Sep 2018 01:16:58 GMT
The Latest Flower Crown Fun! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/9/the-latest-flower-crown-fun Whether your style is traditional, dainty, edgy, or you love seasonal looks, a flower crown is a timeless accessory that works for all ages.  Add some elegance and fun to your latest look with a colorful flower crown.  Although the styles of them change, flower crowns never seem to go out of style. Take your look to the next level and plan a photo shoot or night out with your friends wearing a fun flower crown! It's a great way to bond with your girls and stand out in a crowd. Wonderful idea for a special occasion or just a fun time together, day or night.  

Recently I partnered up with 2 friends for an exciting afternoon on a flower crown adventure.  We used a variety of crowns, make up looks, and outfits to create some great styles. We enjoyed experimenting and had lots of laughs! I felt so inspired after working with these 2 beautiful ladies for the day.  We worked well together and I can't wait to plan some more projects. Stay tuned!  

Enjoy and let us know if you'd like to schedule your own flower crown photo shoot or event! 

Model: Katie of Fashion Stoppe - https://fashionstoppe.com

Hair & Make-up: Bridal and Braids - https://bridalandbraids.wixsite.com/bridalandbraids

Photography: Yours truly, Amy Lima Photos

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) bride crown diy eastern floral flower greenville halo nc party photography https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/9/the-latest-flower-crown-fun Sat, 08 Sep 2018 16:47:19 GMT
Fun in the Garden and on the Farm https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/8/fun-in-the-garden-and-on-the-farm While I've lived here in Winterville, NC for three years now, I'm still discovering new spots to photograph.  I recently fell in love with taking photos at a local farm, Strawberries on 903. The property is so pretty and I love the buildings and animals. Now I discovered a new place for sessions, Plant and See Nursery.  There are so many hidden gems inside this nursery, which is more than just a place to buy flowers and plants.

When looking for a place for this soon-to-be 7 year old to take her birthday photos, both of these outdoor local locations seemed perfect and they did not disappoint. The infectious giggles of this cutie kept me laughing the whole time.  It truly was a joy to watch her explore and interact with nature. We got a nice variety of posed and candid shots.  

Now booking Fall sessions, contact me today. 508-269-6434 or amylimaphotos@gmail.com

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) eastern nc family photography flower crown greenville greenville nc photographer photography winterville nc https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/8/fun-in-the-garden-and-on-the-farm Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:21:10 GMT
Shop Local https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/8/shop-local Strawberries on 903 is a farm in my town that I love to visit. During the early Spring they have loads of strawberries, you can pick your own or buy quarts of them. I visit several times a week during this time to stock up on nature's candy. Throughout the Spring and Summer they have much more than just strawberries. There is a wide variety of plants, flowers, produce, and farm fresh eggs. There are lots of animals on the property, they are fun to see! They also have a little ice cream stand, which I have not visited but I hear it's great. It's also the perfect place to take photos and the owners are kind enough to allow photographers to use the farm for photo sessions. One of my favorite things to do when I visit during the Summer is to pick my own zinnias.  They are in season throughout the summertime and they seem to thrive in their environment. I just love this bright, vibrant flower and enjoy decorating my porch with them during the summer.  I had been meaning to get some photos of the zinnias and I finally did on a recent trip to the farm. Enjoy! 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/8/shop-local Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:23:22 GMT
What does August mean to you? https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/8/what-does-august-mean-to-you August has always brought upon mixed feelings for me. The optimistic side of me always says, "We have a whole month left of summer!". The realistic side knows that summer is winding down. August has symbolized summer wrap up and getting ready for school, both as a student and a teacher.  When the beginning of August rolls around I know it's time to kick it into gear and finish up everything on my summer bucket list that I've yet to do. 

Now that I'm no longer teaching and I'm living in North Carolina, I get to enjoy the summer season a little longer. Summer doesn't have such an abrupt ending and the Fall weather down here is amazing. I know I still have lots more fun in store...Hello Fall beach and pool days! 

To me, August used to mean school shopping, classroom preparation, bucket list check offs, and sometimes tears. Now it means there's more outdoor fun ahead, football season is coming, it's time to prepare for photography mini-sessions, and I can enjoy the buzz of back to school happening around me. How about you? What does August mean to you?

PS Don't forget to book your Fall family photography session, it will be here before you know it!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/8/what-does-august-mean-to-you Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:49:34 GMT
Sunflowers! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/7/sunflowers I am 100% a summer girl at heart and one of things I love about this carefree season is fresh flowers! I have always lived in a place where fresh, local flowers are available to pick and purchase. 

Even though they symbolize late summer, I love sunflowers.  We had them in our backyard growing up. My mom planted them and I recall taking our first day of school pictures in front of sunflowers that were bigger than us.  I also planted a sunflower garden in our backyard. It was more work than I had expected it to be but it was worth it! I started the seedlings inside the house in Dixie cups and when they were strong enough, I transplanted them to a garden outside that I had created. It was work to keep up with watering them, but it was fun. I had planted different colors and types and everyone enjoyed them!

When I was living in Massachusetts, one of my August summer traditions was to buy farm fresh sunflowers. I would stop at a farm stand on my way home from the beach.  I loved decorating our home with them and they would last a long time. I got to enjoy them as summer wound down and I got ready to return to my classroom. 

Since moving to North Carolina, I've enjoyed lots of local produce and flowers at different times of the year. Here, sunflowers bloom in July and visiting one of the local sunflowers fields has been on my list of things to do. Recently, my mom was visiting from Massachusetts and we decided to take a short trip to a nearby farm with sunflower fields. Raised in a Barn Farm is located in Chocowinity, NC. It's a quaint little spot with produce for sale, animals to look at, and enormous sunflower fields. We enjoyed walking around, taking photos, picking sunflowers to take home, and chatting with the owners. If you live in Eastern NC, I definitely recommend checking it out. 

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day. :)

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) chocowinity eastern NC give back Greenville NC photography raised in a barn farm summer sunflowers https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/7/sunflowers Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:52:51 GMT
Garden Fun! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/6/garden-fun I shot a family photo session in the most magical place last week! If you haven't been to the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington, NC, add it to your list of places to visit. It is just stunning.  

I went to visit my dear friend over Memorial Day weekend and we made plans to take their family photos. When she told me she had the perfect spot picked out, I couldn't wait to see it. It was amazing!  From Zen garden, to flower gardens with adirondack chairs, to a full size playhouse, to the koi pond, the photo ops were endless.   It truly is somewhere you need to see to believe, describing it does it no justice. 

The park is so well tended to. Admission is free. It's a great place for adults, kids, pets.  There is just a calm, peaceful feeling that washes over you when you enter the gardens.  There were people there taking photos, walking dogs, painting, walking around...but it felt like we were the only ones there. 

This strong, beautiful, single Mom had a blast running around (in heels!) with her two adorable kiddos. You can see the happiness and carefree feelings on their faces. I love, love capturing these true, sweet moments during sessions. Of course you have your planned, posed photos but the ones that always come out the BEST are the spontaneous shots. 

 I'm always looking for new places to shoot and this will stay on the list for sure!

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/6/garden-fun Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:55:34 GMT
Flower Crown Brunch & Bar https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/5/flower-crown-brunch-bar A few weeks ago I got together with some friends for a flower crown brunch and bar. My friend hosted the party in her home. We had a super fun afternoon eating, enjoying cocktails, creating our flower crowns, and taking photos...along with lots of laughs! I had never made a flower crown before, but I love floral displays and I had a fabulous time!

You had the option of making the crown out of fresh or artificial flowers, I chose artificial.  I'm not yet sure where I'll wear it again, but I'll find a way! I found it very relaxing to work on the crown and got to go home with a pretty creation. The weather was gorgeous and the lighting was perfect for taking some really great photos. 

Brunch Menu:

Fruit salad, strawberries

Mini quiches

Cinnamon rolls, pastry, mini muffins

The most amazing thumbprint cookies.

Grapefruit mimosas

Sparkling wine

Flower Bar:

Greenery from the backyard

Fresh - daisies and roses

Artificial - variety of mainly pinks, blues, greens, and whites

Hair and Make-up - Bridal and Braids

Calligraphy & Invitation Design - Longest Time Design

Photography - Amy Lima Photos

Menu and Floral Design - Entire Team

Be on the lookout for more flower crown adventures! 

 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) diy flower crown eastern nc eastern nc bride eastern nc photography floral flower crown flower crown party flower halo greenville nc greenville nc flower crown nc bride https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/5/flower-crown-brunch-bar Sat, 19 May 2018 16:57:13 GMT
Mother's Day Surprise! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/5/mothers-day-surprise Last week I was asked by my friend to help out with a super secret Mother's Day surprise. Of course I said yes! I was honored and excited for this opportunity. As a photographer you just never know what adventures will come your way. I have photographed the most touching, heartwarming, surprising, funny, weird, and loving moments. When I found out I was going to take part in a military family reunion I just knew I had to do it. Something in my heart said no matter what, I must do this good deed. 

Here's the story. A second grader and his little brother had not seen their mom in a year. She is a nurse in the US Air Force and had been deployed to Afghanistan.  Mom made arrangements with the school, W.H. Robinson in Winterville, NC, and teacher to surprise her adorable little boys during a class Mother's Day celebration.  How perfect to reunite with her children for Mother's Day weekend.  Friday afternoon the second graders hosted a Mother's Day party where the students got up in front of the class and their moms and read a poem about their mothers.  Watching that alone was adorable! Lastly, having no idea what was about to happen, the son of the soldier read his poem and when he finished, Mom walked in the back door of the classroom. The look on his face was absolutely priceless! He was in utter shock, then immediately burst into tears and embraced his mom tightly.  His little brother soon joined him and the three of them held each other and laughed and cried.  The boys kept looking at their Mom like "I cannot believe you're here", followed by lots of smiles and tears.  Of course there was not a dry eye in the room!

Lots of media were present so there was some time for interviews and photos. Then the family proceeded to the hallway where the school had gathered to cheer on Mom and thank her for her service. It was so amazing to see the school community come together in support of this sweet family.  

I have cried taking photos many times...a groom watching his bride walk down the aisle, a mom and her baby, an engagement taking place, parent dances at a wedding...but nothing quite like this. I am grateful for this experience and will hold it in my heart forever. I had a hard time selecting photos to share, but here are some favorites from the day. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) eastern nc give back greenville greenville nc nc photography winterville nc https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/5/mothers-day-surprise Tue, 15 May 2018 11:34:15 GMT
Mother's Day https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/5/mothers-day Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national celebration in May 1914.  Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!

I loved my childhood and grew up with fun, loving parents. My mom is the most selfless, caring, giving, strong, generous, kind, fun, loving person I will ever know. Besides my own mom, I have been surrounded by powerful, loving, kind women throughout my life. This includes grandmothers, aunts, cousins, friends of my mom, teachers, and mother and sisters in law. As an adult I am fortunate to know and spend time with the most amazing ladies. Many of them are moms and I admire what they do every day throughout the year. 

I've been lucky enough to photograph some of the most beautiful women and mothers. Here are some of my favorites.  Of course I had to include a selfie taken with my own beautiful, amazing mom!

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/5/mothers-day Fri, 11 May 2018 00:40:51 GMT
Follow Amy Lima Photos on Instagram! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/3/follow-amy-lima-photos-on-instagram I enjoy Instagram because it's full of one of my favorite things - photographs! While I like checking Facebook, it is full of a lot of clutter. I enjoy scrolling through Instagram and looking at photos only. For years I've had an account and posted both business and personal photos on the same account. A few months ago I finally created an account for my business. Here I can post my business photography and updates. It is also a great way for me to follow my friends on my account and follow businesses I like and want to connect with on Instagram.  

Head on over to my Instagram page and take a look! I'd love for you to follow my photography adventures.  https://www.instagram.com/amylimaphotos/

Here are a few of my IG posts:

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/3/follow-amy-lima-photos-on-instagram Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:21:23 GMT
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/3/everyone-is-irish-on-st-patricks-day In New England we say "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day." It's a huge deal in the area.  There are parades, parties, restaurant specials, and of course all of the great food items you can find in the market. I have many fond memories of the holiday and continue to make new ones wherever I am. 

Growing up, my parents always celebrated St. Patrick's Day with us. We would have a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner and my mom would put green food coloring in our milk.  I would only eat the corned beef and some raw carrots, but these days I eat the whole dinner. It was a fun celebration in our house.  One year I won “Leprechaun of the Day” at school. I think I was in third grade. I wore green corduroys, a green turtleneck, a green sweater, and green socks. I also had green pom pom hair ties in my pigtails! I remember how excited I was to go home and tell my family! I also couldn't wait to tell my grandfather. My maternal grandfather is mainly Irish and St. Patrick's Day was always such a big deal to him. He would dress from head to toe in his Irish gear and take the grandkids and whoever else he could wrangle up to the local St. Patrick's Day parades. Of course he'd enjoy a corned beef sandwich and beer afterwards.  He was our family leprechaun. This is one of the many fond memories of my grandfather that I hold in my heart.  

Of course college St. Patrick's Day celebrations included dressing in crazy green outfits and drinking green beer. In my twenties my friends and I frequented an Irish bar, St. James Pub. We spent time together there year round, but St. Patrick's Day was always extra fun. We'd wait in line forever to get in, but we knew we'd see all of our friends and have a great time so it was worth it.  After college, I lived in Newport, RI...where St. Patty's is a HUGE deal.  They have an awesome parade and people come in from all over to attend. It was an all day affair. My friends would sleep over the night before and we'd head out by 9 am.  We'd kick it off at O'Brien's pub, then watch the parade, see some of our favorite bands play, and go wherever the day would take us. It's one of those things that you really have to experience to understand what it was like. Such a blast!

Another fun St. Pat's memory I have is the St. Pat's 5K in Providence, RI. I ran it twice with my brother Adam. It was a fun course. Of course it always ended up freezing out on race day, but we always had a blast together.  I love that we were able to run the race together and we would go out and celebrate after.  

When I started dating my husband, I wanted to continue the corned beef dinner tradition, so we'd make corned beef sandwiches. We had a special menu: corned beef on rye with mustard, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese. We had Cape Cod potato chips and a pickle on the side and served it with cold beer. Not your traditional corned beef dinner, but it was a tradition for us.   We always did this a few weeks prior and then we'd have actual corned beef dinner with my family on St. Patrick's Day. Also, one of our good friends hosted a huge St. Patty's party. It was so great to see our friends, catch up with everyone, and spend time together....along with lots of shenanigans. We have some of the best memories of these parties! 

Decorating for St. Patrick's Day is another fun tradition. My mom always decorated at our house growing up. It's a sign that Spring is coming! I usually decorate with tulips, daffodils, and some pops of green. This shamrock is from my grandparents.  It's made out of horseshoes. It was one of my favorite decorations at their house when I was growing up and since my grandmother passed it on to me it has been a special Spring decoration in all my apartments and houses.

Now that we're in NC, I miss the family dinners and time with our friends, but we still celebrate down here. We don't make the sandwiches anymore, but we do have the traditional corned beef dinner every year.  My parents came to visit last week so we had an early corned beef dinner with them. It was fun to continue the tradition with them! I'm looking forward to celebrating with friends this year. The holiday isn't as big of a deal down here in North Carolina as it is up in New England, but it's still a great time!  

Whether you're Irish or not, Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/3/everyone-is-irish-on-st-patricks-day Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:59:37 GMT
Be Present https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/2/be-present When you are out having fun with friends, family, or significant others, are you truly living in the moment and enjoying your time? Or is a big piece of that time with loved ones spent on your phone? Now, don't get me wrong, I loooove taking photos when I'm out and I do enjoy social media. I think we are lucky to have a device we can carry with us wherever we go that takes fantastic photos. I live far away from my family and friends so social media and texting is a great way for us to stay in touch. However, I do believe there needs to be balance when using our devices for photos, posting, and looking at others' posts while spending time with people. 

When I'm out having fun, at some point I usually snap a few photos or selfies then put my phone away and enjoy the rest of my time. I can wait until I get home to see how many "likes" and comments my photos have. I would rather spend my time talking and laughing with my husband, family, friends...whoever I'm with and really be present and not miss any moments.  Watching the game or concert I spent money on because I really wanted to be there to see my favorite team or band is more important to me.

I wrote a post about this a few years ago. I was at a Boston Red Sox game and as I looked around all I saw were phones. People taking pictures, videos, selfies, looking at social media. I even saw a woman playing games on her phone. Is anyone watching the game? Are you here to see a great baseball game or post your photos then pick up your phone every 2 minutes to see who looked at them? It makes me wonder what is more important to some people, that you are actually at a Sox game enjoying yourself with your loved ones or that you need the world to know that you are?

Document those memories, but also remember to BE where you are. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2018/2/be-present Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Philanthropy Project https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/10/philanthropy-project I am a member of a local creatives group and I was super excited to hear we are participating in one of my favorite things together - a philanthropy project!!!!  I am partnering up with some local entrepreneurs and creatives to collect toys for patients in our local hospital. Who wants to help me help others this holiday season?  I will be donating a toy to this cause for every full or mini photo session booked from now until December 31st.  If you aren't booking a photo session, you are invited to help out! Anyone is welcome to give. If you are looking for a meaningful way to give back this holiday season, please consider our project. Donations are accepted until November 27th. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) eastern nc give back greenville greenville nc nc photography rising tide society winterville nc https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/10/philanthropy-project Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:42:41 GMT
Why Fall is the Perfect Time for a Photo Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/9/why-fall-is-the-perfect-time-for-a-photo-session Why is Fall the best time to book a photo session?

* You will need gifts for grandparents for the holidays.  Ask any grandparent. A calendar, magnet, or framed print of your baby, children, or family make the BEST gifts!

* Your family portraits need updating. When was the last time you took family photos? Most photographers run specials at this time of year, so it's the perfect time to book a session and get those updated photos you've been meaning to have done. 

* Holiday Cards! We all know how much everyone loves receiving a photo card of your family, children, and/or pets in the mail during the holidays. Personally, I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures and love getting those photo cards in the mail. 

* Photo ornaments make a great keepsake for you or to give as a gift. They are an inexpensive home decor item that everyone will enjoy looking at on the tree year after year. 

* The weather and lighting are amazing. The autumn days are beautiful for taking photos. The cool crisp air is comfortable for everyone and the lighting is gorgeous. Even if you decide to have your photos taken inside, the natural light coming in at this time of year will give you great results. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/9/why-fall-is-the-perfect-time-for-a-photo-session Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:55:31 GMT
Happy New School Year! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/8/happy-new-school-year Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you...I am 100% a summer girl. I love summer and everything about it. I can never get enough of the beach, baseball, outdoor eating, fresh local foods, parties, and all the fun with family and friends. So although this girl is summer obsessed, I have always loved, loved, loved back to school time. Growing up I loved going school shopping for new clothes, lunch boxes, and book bags. I laugh now when I think about all the Fall clothes we bought in August that we wouldn't be able to wear at least a few weeks. My family had a fun tradition where we would go shopping with my mom and grandmother and buy pretty much everything all in one day. We ended the day with a trip to Newport Creamery and when we got back to my grandparents' house we'd show off all our new digs to my grandfather. The excitement of the first day of school brings great memories for me. I enjoyed waiting for the bus with my brothers and neighbors. I can still feel the thrill of waiting to see who my teacher would be. There were no postcards in the mail or meet the teacher nights over the summer, you waited until you got to school on the first day to find out who your teacher and classmates would be.  I loved checking out my fresh, new classroom and catching up with friends, whether I hadn't seen them since June or just saw them the previous day. It was a feeling of hope and adventure for the new year ahead. 

In high school the new school year brought a lot of the same traditions, such as shopping and looking forward to seeing friends. But it also brought new adventures such as Fall sports, which we would start practicing for in the summer, and new schedules that you got to choose yourself. The buzz of meeting new teachers and friends was always a thrill for me.

College brought a whole new flood of back to school feelings. I was nervous, excited, and motivated. I commuted from home so I didn't have the added anxiety of moving away to school, but it was definitely a big change. I loved every minute of college and over the years I made lots of great friends and memories. Many of those memorable times took place in the Fall and the frenzy of a new year ahead. 

As an elementary school teacher, my outlook on the new school year did not change much. I looked upon the new school year as a time to regroup, get back to a routine, create an inviting classroom for my students, and of course go shopping! Even though I treasured my leisurely summers and beach time, by the time it was winding down I was ready to go back to school. Every August I would start having first day of school anxiety dreams. I was the most nervous for a new school year as an adult teacher than I ever was as a child or student. Each year I would write out "New School Year Goals". Kind of in the same way we set New Year's resolutions in January.  I would read them many times before school started and plan out how I would achieve each one as a teacher and for my students. I would revisit this often throughout the year and tweak and adjust as needed, but I never forgot about those goals that I set. It is a tradition I truly valued. Although I would joke that I was going to be missing my beach days, I was always truly happy to meet my new class and start a new year. I made sure my classroom was perfect and ready for my eager students and as I had done a million times before, picked out my perfect first day of school outfit. Each year began as a flurry of fun and hard work. 

At the moment I am not teaching but I still hold the start of a school year close to my heart. I truly enjoy hearing from my teacher friends as they prepare for their new year. The emotion of this can be difficult, I do miss it but I also love what I'm doing now so it's all good. I'm excited for my family and my friends' kids who are getting ready to start school and I LOVE seeing all their first day of school and back to school photos. It's super fun to see the college in the town we live in buzzing back to life. New beginnings are all around us and it's refreshing and fun to be around. 

Lastly, my absolute favorite thing about a new school year is photographs! My family has all of our first day of school photos and I can pretty much envision every single one without even looking at them. I can't wait to see everyone's back to school photos, keep em coming! Happy New School Year everybody! 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/8/happy-new-school-year Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:41:21 GMT
Cuddly Newborn Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/7/cuddly-newborn-session I truly enjoyed photographing this little cutie. He was super sleepy at the beginning and I captured some great shots of him in mom's arms. Mom was hoping he'd stay sleepy for the posed photos but he had other plans! He ended up bright eyed and awake for the second half of the session. It's sometimes challenging to include awake shots in a newborn session, so I think we were lucky to catch him with those beautiful, bright blue eyes wide open and alert. We were even able to include his proud big brother! Enjoy this cute bundle. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/7/cuddly-newborn-session Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:12:08 GMT
Cat Sibling Love https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/5/cat-sibling-love One year ago two adorable little kittens showed up at our back door mewing like crazy! My husband and I already had two cats and we think they must have known which house in the neighborhood belonged to the cat lovers. Although I wasn't quite ready to adopt a third cat, we decided to keep one and our friends took the other one. When we introduced our two cats to their new little brother they were not impressed. Fast forward a year later and our oldest cat Ramsay and the little guy Fielder are the best of friends! Here are a few shots I caught of them grooming each other and snuggling together the other day. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/5/cat-sibling-love Tue, 30 May 2017 21:36:32 GMT
Mommy & Me Mini Session Event https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/4/mommy-me-mini-session-event A photography mini session is a special, once in a while, abbreviated version of a photo shoot. It's a great opportunity for you to sample a new photographer or update your family photos without spending a lot of time. Most mini sessions revolve around a unique theme. I'm excited to announce that this mini session is for MOMS! In order to celebrate Mother's Day and the superheroes that you really are, I am offering a special 20 minute outdoor session with you and your little ones. Mother's day is a great time for moms to treat themselves or for husbands to give the moms in their lives the special gift of creating memories. Check out my special pricing and gift for this event and contact me today to book your spot!  

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) Greenville Greenville NC NC Winterville NC eastern NC give back mini session mother's day photography https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/4/mommy-me-mini-session-event Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:55:22 GMT
Pets love photo sessions too! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/3/pets-love-photo-sessions-too Whenever someone asks me if it's ok to bring their dog to a photo session, my answer is always YES! I always have fun including them in the pictures. Sometimes they aren't so cooperative, but we can usually at least get them in a few. Pets are family members and a big part of our lives. My husband and I have 3 adorable cats and I photograph them all the time. I also frame some of their photos in our home. Next time you book a photo session for your kids or family, don't hesitate to include your furry family members too. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/3/pets-love-photo-sessions-too Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:05:09 GMT
Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Spring Photo Session Now https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/3/top-5-reasons-to-book-your-spring-photo-session-now It's the second day of Spring and here in Winterville, NC, spring has sprung! I wrote a post in the Fall about why Fall is a great time to book a portrait session. Well, Spring is another perfect time to have your children or family photos taken. 

Why is Spring a great time to book a photo session?

* You will need gifts for upcoming holidays and events.  Lots of gift giving happens during the Spring season ~ Easter, mother's day, father's day, graduations, and other end of school year happenings.  A canvas, framed print, or magnet make the BEST gifts!

* Your family portraits need updating. When was the last time you took family photos? Most photographers run specials at this time of year, so it's the perfect time to book a session and get those updated photos you've been meaning to have done. Spring colors are so pretty and fun, it's a great time to use pops of bright colors. 

* Wall art makes a great keepsake. After you have your session done, do not let your photos sit in a gallery while you keep meaning to have something made. Spruce up your home decor with a beautiful canvas or framed print for your home. Many people love to decorate their kids' rooms with wall art. 

* The weather and greenery are amazing. The springtime days are beautiful for taking photos. The warm air is comfortable for everyone before the heat of summer heads to town. Of course the flowers are in bloom and the trees are full of leaves, need I say more? A park or your backyard are ideal spots. 

* The lighting is oh so pretty.  It stays lighter longer, which makes it easier to book your session. Any time of day is great, but I really love the hour before sunset at this time of year. Most any outdoor spot will do. People usually think of the summer for water pictures, but springtime is really pretty at the beach or by a river. I highly encourage outdoor photo sessions during the Spring, you will not regret it!

Don't forget, $10 of all session fees are donated to a local charity.  It's always a good time to give back!

 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) Greenville NC NC Winterville NC eastern NC family photos give back photography portrait session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/3/top-5-reasons-to-book-your-spring-photo-session-now Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:05:25 GMT
Spring Has Sprung! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/3/spring-has-sprung  When I lived in Massachusetts there was a daffodil field that I would go visit each year with my mom and aunt, usually in April. Sometimes other family members would join us. It was one of the first signs that spring was really on its way! I love the way you can see winter leaving and spring arriving. Sometimes the daffodils will peak through dead leaves, usually there are pine needles or pinecones nearby, often they "hug" each other because it is still chilly out, and you can always see their "faces" looking toward the sun. The bright yellow up against the winter world is refreshing. 

We would make a day out of it and go see the daffodils, go for a walk on the trails nearby, stop by the beach and take in the view and salty air, then go for lunch at one of our favorite seafood spots. Of course I would take tons of photos. 

I miss this tradition, but I was happy to stumble upon this little gem just up the road from my house. We are having unusually warm weather here in North Carolina and I am loving it! All around us flowers have been in bloom a little early. So the other day, on a beautiful 80 degree afternoon, I grabbed my Canon and headed over to this sweet spot. The daffodils were planted and are maintained by a local family, the Ellis Family. The bulbs date back to 1932.  There were lots of people enjoying them and taking photos when I went to visit. I love that the family keeps up the tradition for our community and I was glad I was able to take some new daffodil photos in my new home. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) NC Winterville daffodils eastern NC photography spring https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/3/spring-has-sprung Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:50:32 GMT
LOVE ~ Where do you see love around you today? https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/2/love-where-do-you-see-love-around-you-today Happy Valentine's Day! As a photographer I am lucky enough to witness love all around me. I love sharing in the moments that people...families, kids, couples, friends, pets....will treasure for years to come. When we think of Valentine's Day most of us think of couples sharing a romantic day together. But love is a part of our everyday lives in so many other ways.

A little brother looking up to his older sister. A proud older brother adoring his small siblings.  Expectant parents who are in love with their child before they even meet him or her. The over the moon love grandparents have for their grandchildren. The ridiculous love that we have for our pets.  My cats are even in love with each other! The never-ending love that we have for our parents. Families who love each other in all their craziness. Couples spending time together doing the things they love. A husband or wife doing something special for their spouse just because. Friends who unconditionally love each other through all the years of laughter and tears. Reuniting with an old friend and picking up where you left off, and then some. Co-workers that make workdays so much more than going to a job.  Gym members that add laughs and fun to make your workout more than just minutes of torture. Strangers doing random acts of kindness. People we haven't even met...sports figures, heroes, musicians, celebrities. Actually some aren't real! Book, TV, and movie characters hold places in our hearts. We also love things and places.  

Love is all around us. Where do you see love around you today? Everyday?

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/2/love-where-do-you-see-love-around-you-today Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:33:35 GMT
Give back with Amy Lima Photos https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/1/give-back-with-amy-lima-photos  All of my life I have been passionate about giving back to the world and helping others. I grew up learning about helping people from my parents and grandparents. Throughout the years I participated in various things with my family and school. I would walk for different causes, participate in community activities in our town, donate money, assemble and deliver meals to families in need in our town, and on and on. I have learned that helping someone doesn't need to be a huge gesture. It can be something as small as giving someone a hug or making them a card. Or it can be as big as buying a family Christmas presents or running a race or donating money.

As a 4th grade teacher I strived to instill this value in my students. I would read them books about helping others and giving back. I taught them that a small act can go a long way and really make someone's day and make a difference in their life. My close friend and colleague was also very passionate about charity and helping others. Together we taught an after school class that combined doing art projects and activities with giving back to our community. We also planned lessons together to teach to our classes. We would teach kindness lessons with our students throughout the year. They would do things like make gifts for younger students and deliver them to their classroom, read with a younger class, collect items to donate to a local charity, and the list just goes on. Each year during the holiday season we would do a huge drive for items to put together gift bags for Meals on Wheels recipients. This activity in particular touched my heart. It amazed me to see the students come in the classroom each morning during the collection time with armloads of items. They were so proud to help out. We worked hard to make sure everything was student-led. We were there to guide them, they were in charge. Another big event we held was an annual book drive. Our 4th graders would collect gently used books from the entire school and hold a book sale during reading week. They would donate all the proceeds to a local charity. Again, they did it all on their own. They had to ask the principal for permission, decide on a charity to sponsor, make and hang up posters, send home flyers, organize the books, run the sale each day, clean up, count the money. Those are just a couple of examples. I truly hope I was able to inspire those young little minds and hearts.

I have since left the classroom but still enjoy working with kids and remain passionate about helping out. I am part of a women's group and volunteer in the community. I take part in races and other charity events around the community. I decided it was time to combine my joy of helping others with my love for photography.

During the month of December I ran a special promotion. For every photo session booked, I donated $10 to the client's favorite charity. I got such a positive response that after giving it some thought I decided to do it year round. Beginning in January, 2017 $10 of each photo session or event will be donated to a local charity. Since working with children is something dear to me, I chose local organizations that help children and their families. When you book a session or event, choose which organization you would like me to make a donation. Or you can choose a cause that is important to you. Let's give back together!

 

 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) eastern NC give back Greenville help others NC photography https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/1/give-back-with-amy-lima-photos Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:06:25 GMT
Happy New Year! 2017 https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/1/happy-new-year-2017 Happy New Year! I was lucky enough to spend my New Year holiday and birthday on Hilton Head Island, SC with my husband. I love it there so much and absolutely enjoyed every minute of our vacation.  I have a photography "bucket list" and one of the items on the list was to photograph a beach at sunrise. We were staying in a condo on the beach so it was the most perfect opportunity for me to finally experiment with sunrise photos. On New Year's Eve about 15 minutes before the actual sunrise, I headed down to the beach, just me and my Canon. It was pretty quiet, but there were some people down there setting up blankets to enjoy their coffees at sunrise, some dog walkers, and some runners. It was peaceful and it was neat to see everyone welcoming the day in their own way. As I listened to the waves lapping the shore, I took in the different colors of the sky and water. The colors changed, it seemed, every few seconds. It was really cool to snap away and no two photos looked the same, the coloring changed that fast. I particularly enjoyed seeing the different reflections on the water, both out in the distance and along the shoreline. I am so grateful for the photo opportunity and really think it was the best place for it. I loved all the pictures, here are a few of my favorites. 

I checked some things off my "list" in 2016, so I need to add some new ones. Looking forward to 2017, stay tuned for more of my photo adventures! Cheers to 2017!

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) SC beach hilton head island sunrise https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2017/1/happy-new-year-2017 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:47:23 GMT
Top 5 Reasons Fall is the Perfect Time to Book a Photo Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/10/top-5-reasons-now-is-the-perfect-time-to-book-a-session Why is Fall the best time to book a photo session?

* You will need gifts for grandparents for the holidays.  Ask any grandparent. A calendar, magnet, or framed print of your baby, children, or family make the BEST gifts!

* Your family portraits need updating. When was the last time you took family photos? Most photographers run specials at this time of year, so it's the perfect time to book a session and get those updated photos you've been meaning to have done. 

* Holiday Cards! We all know how much everyone loves receiving a photo card of your family, children, and/or pets in the mail during the holidays. Personally, I look forward to seeing everyone's pictures and love getting those photo cards in the mail. 

* Photo ornaments make a great keepsake for you or to give as a gift. They are an inexpensive home decor item that everyone will enjoy looking at on the tree year after year. 

* The weather and lighting are amazing. The autumn days are beautiful for taking photos. The cool crisp air is comfortable for everyone and the lighting is gorgeous. Even if you decide to have your photos taken inside, the natural light coming in at this time of year will give you great results. 

 

 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/10/top-5-reasons-now-is-the-perfect-time-to-book-a-session Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:25:32 GMT
Uptown https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/8/a-year-later My husband and I moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina a year ago this week. We miss our family and friends a lot, but we are loving life down here. Aside from exploring lots of new restaurants, local sights, beaches, destination spots, and making new friends...moving to a new state also gave me the opportunity to go on lots of new photography adventures. One of those adventures was practically in our backyard. Uptown Greenville, NC has lots of great restaurants, bars, events, shopping, and is home to our local college ECU. We visit Uptown often and I had been wanting to go there with my camera to capture some of the local scenery. I finally had a chance to do so and I enjoyed an afternoon of walking around and taking various pictures. I also came upon some spots that will be perfect for portrait sessions. Hope you enjoy a little peek at where we now call home. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) Greenville NC Uptown photography scenery https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/8/a-year-later Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:14:40 GMT
Greenville, NC https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/7/greenville-nc After almost a year here, Winterville, NC is feeling like home. One of my challenges has been trying to get to know some great spots to take portraits.  When I was in MA/RI I had my "go to" list of places that I gave to people when they booked a session and wanted ideas. I am slowly but surely building that list down here. I found one great spot in Greenville, Green Springs Park.  I did 2 sessions there this week and it worked out great. Looking forward to many more sessions and mini session events there. Take a look!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) Greenville NC families family photography photos portraits sessions https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/7/greenville-nc Sat, 16 Jul 2016 18:04:13 GMT
North Carolina Beach Trip https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/4/north-carolina-beach-trip ​My husband and I moved to Eastern North Carolina not too long ago and of course I am so excited that I have a whole new area of beaches to explore. On a recent 85 degree day I packed up my camera and headed over to Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. I discovered that the area is called the Crystal Coast and I see why. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous and the water is crystal clear. It is a very different coastline compared to New England. The weather was perfect and I was able to capture tons of great shots! I love exploring our new home and have other beaches on my list to check out, but I definitely plan to return. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2016/4/north-carolina-beach-trip Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:50:43 GMT
Christmas Morning Photo Tips https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-morning-photo-tips Christmas morning is lots of fun and we all want to capture those special moments. Make your holiday pictures a snap with these reminders. 

  1. Charge, charge, charge! Whether you're using your phone, iPad, digital camera, or DSLR…don't forget to charge it up ahead of time. 
  2. Also don't forget the memory card. You want to make sure it's in the camera and there's lots of space free. I usually put it in the camera the night before I use it , clear old photos, and snap a couple of practice shots to make sure the card is working okay. They can act up sometimes!
  3. Open the curtains and shades. You want to let in as much natural light as you can. 
  4. And speaking of lights, turn on the tree lights and any other lit decor when you wake up. 
  5. Take a couple of shots of the room before all the ripping and tearing begins. I have lots of photos from my childhood of the living room before we opened the gifts and those are just as fun to look at. Get the stockings too. :)
  6. If you can, try to get a couple of the kids in front of the tree in their pi's before they open the gifts, it'll be much easier than trying to round them up after they open them and they are playing. 
  7. Last, but in my opinion most importantly, live in the moment! We all love candid shots but do you want to experience the look on your child's face behind a device? Capture the memories but also be present and enjoy this special time with your family.  Wait til later or tomorrow to post to your social media. 

Happy Holidays to All!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2015/12/christmas-morning-photo-tips Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:46:27 GMT
2014 Holidays https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2015/1/2014-holidays I love taking photos and one thing I love more than that is looking at photos. I had so much fun capturing family memories for the holidays this year, and I LOVED receiving holiday cards in the mail and seeing how people used my photos. I am so fortunate that I am able to share my love for photography with everyone and I look forward to all the photo ventures of 2015! Take a look at some family fun of the 2014 holiday season!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2015/1/2014-holidays Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:29:15 GMT
JOY https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/7/joy There are many things that I adore about photography, but I have to say one of the best things about it is the joy I get to see at every shoot. It is an honor to share and capture these special moments in people's lives. Many times they bring tears to my eyes.  Hopeful grads, seniors, babies, parents, families, couples, bridal parties, brides, grooms….all on wonderful journeys! I am surrounded by pure happiness. It is an amazing feeling to get an inside look at all of these important milestones. Here is a sampling of some of these joyous moments!

The look on a groom's face as he sees his bride coming down the aisle.

Seniors on their way to the prom

Nurses as proud as can be on their pinning day after all their hard work and dedication ~ their new career path begins!

Parents walking their daughter down the aisle

Tears of joy during a wedding ceremony

 Having fun together during a photo session

A bride in anticipation on her special day

Smile!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/7/joy Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:39:33 GMT
Senior Pictures at the Beach https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/5/senior-pictures-at-the-beach I've spent countless days on the beach with this pretty girl over the last 18 years. So of course it was the perfect setting for her senior pictures. It was a little difficult to decide where to shoot, since we have so many great beaches in the area. We decided on Horseneck Beach in Westport, as it has sentimental value. The weather was amazing and we had a lot of fun. The photos truly capture her inner and outer beauty. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/5/senior-pictures-at-the-beach Thu, 08 May 2014 22:13:21 GMT
ONE! https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/3/one So this little peanut is turing one soon! She always keeps herself busy during our sessions and this one was no different. She loved playing with the streamers, her outfit, the balloons, and when she finally realized what it was ~ the cake! She didn't quite smash it, she's a dainty cake wrecker :) All decked out in pink, she is ready for her special day! 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/3/one Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:07:46 GMT
Valentine's Day Wedding https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/3/valentines-day-wedding  

How did you spend your Valentine's Day this year? Well, I had the most fun shooting this Valentine's Day wedding with a wintery, rustic theme. The couple met on Valentine's Day so they decided to have their special day on the same date. The ceremony and reception took place at the Waypoint in downtown New Bedford, MA.  I love the cobblestone streets and architecture of the area. It was a perfect spot to capture some great moments. How pretty are those red shoes?! Take a look!

Her shoe was stuck in the gap!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/3/valentines-day-wedding Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:16:02 GMT
Tub Time https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/1/tub-time I have been photographing this 9-month-old since she was only a few weeks old. She will be turning one soon! I enjoyed another fun session with the little cutie this week. The lighting was perfect and she had lots of fun...she was on the move so it was a bit challenging. But I think we ended up with some pretty cute shots! Here are a few of my favorites...

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2014/1/tub-time Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:09:41 GMT
Holiday Sessions https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/12/holiday-sessions Each time I send a gallery off to a client I feel nervous. I want everyone to love their photos! I had so much fun taking family pictures for holiday cards and gifts this year. I would like to thank everyone who trusted me to capture their family's holiday memories. It is a great pleasure! I look forward to many more exciting sessions to come in 2014. Take a look at some of this year's holiday fun!

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/12/holiday-sessions Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:28:58 GMT
Fall Session at Westport Town Farm https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/11/fall-session-at-westport-town-farm Westport Town Farm is a hidden little gem on Drift Road. Thanks to the suggestion by my awesome sister-in-law, Jen Lima, it has turned out to be one of the most perfect settings for outdoor photo sessions. It seems like lately when I send people a list of suggested places, this is the winner. It has everything you could ask for, water, trees, stone walls, rustic feel, lots of earthy colors. Also, it is a great place for kids to run around, have fun, and be themselves. This leads to lots of great candid shots as well, which I love!  I had two fun sessions there this past weekend. How adorable are these kids?

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/11/fall-session-at-westport-town-farm Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:00:45 GMT
Girly Girl Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/10/girly-girl-session You may have seen this cutie before, we have a standing monthly photo date! For her six month session her mom decided to do a cute girly theme. Her creative mommy finds lots of great ideas on Pinterest and she sends them to me. So we decided to give a couple of things a try. The little diva loved, loved, loved playing with the pearls and the mirror! The stuffed animal shot was a little tough to capture, she kept grabbing the animals...but we ended up pulling it off! 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/10/girly-girl-session Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:59:43 GMT
Columbus Day Weekend Wedding https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/10/columbus-day-weekend-wedding From start to finish Andrea and Andrew's wedding was so much fun to photograph! Jen was at the bride's house and I started off at the groom's house. I got lots of great shots of the guys getting ready and even a sneak peak of mom and groom practicing their dance. From there I followed the trolley carrying the wedding party to the church. The catholic ceremony was beautiful and we captured some great moments. Then it was off to the Rhode Island State House for portraits. What a gorgeous backdrop for photos! I would definitely love to shoot at that location again. The reception was at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence. I had never been there before and I loved it. Everyone who works there is so friendly and helpful. The guests had a blast and it was a perfect celebration for the bride and groom. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/10/columbus-day-weekend-wedding Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:02:31 GMT
Nantucket https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/10/nantucket Nantucket is one of the most beautiful places in New England, especially in the "off season". I had the great fortune of getting married there this Fall. The weekend was amazing! On the property of our resort was the most stunning beach. We were captivated by the vastness and it was so peaceful and quiet. I am such a summer girl, but I enjoy the beach just as much in the Fall and Winter. 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/10/nantucket Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:56:36 GMT
Fall Session https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/9/fall-session What a beautiful Fall day for a perfect family session at Westport Town Farm. The weather was great, sunlight was perfect, the kids were the best models, they came armed with props, and even the dog got in on the fun! I had so much fun shooting and even more fun going through and editing the photos of this beautiful family. 

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/9/fall-session Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:25:26 GMT
Loving the Outdoors https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/9/loving-the-outdoors I just love doing sessions outside, and here is another great example of why! Fall is a perfect time of year to book an outdoor session. This sweet girl had a lot of fun and didn't mind being changed into different outfits. Thank you to her mom and grandma for being my assistants :)

Quilt ~ made by great-grandmother

Chair ~ belonged to auntie, purchased by great-grandparents

Sox/Pats shirts ~ for her Grandpa and Dad!

 

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amylimaphotos@gmail.com (Amy Lima Photos) https://www.amylimaphotos.com/blog/2013/9/loving-the-outdoors Fri, 13 Sep 2013 02:31:47 GMT