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P Family at Childress Vineyards - Greensboro Family Photographer

I love getting to play catch up with past clients and this family is certainly one of my favorites. I cannot believe I have known them for a decade - back when we were both single child families. We met up halfway between Charlotte and Greensboro at Childress Vineyards - what a gorgeous location! If you haven’t visited the grounds at Childress, it’s definitely worth the drive and they have an amazing lunch menu.

Fall Family pictures are some of my favorites and we threw in a first Birthday update this time, too. I have to hand it to this mama because they are always so well coordinated with the outfits! Take note!

Here are some of my favorites from their session on a gorgeous September afternoon.

Project 52 - A 2018 Lifestyle Journey

I have always wanted to do a Project 52 or the even more ambitious 365, but life has been so hectic for the past 7 years I just felt overwhelmed at the thought of such an undertaking.  But, as I sat down to think about the things I want to FOCUS (my word of the year) on for 2018, I really want to get back to documenting my family's life day to day.  When my oldest was born and through his toddler years, I had a personal blog and every year I created photo books using those blog posts.  As I was looking back through those books, I realized they stopped when my middle child was 2.  That immediately made me sad!  It was right then I committed to finally completing a Project 52 (and am actually thinking about making it a 365).


I always think things like this are more fun with friends, so I have created a Facebook group to share, inspire, encourage and motivate each other.  When I put out the call for others to join me, I expected a handful to request to join me.  But, the number has already surpassed my expectations and it's not even January 1st!  This group is open to all - cell phone, dslr or point and shoot - I really don't care what you're using.  All I care about is that this group encourages you to find joy in the every day and make sure you have something to look back on later in life.  Personally, my intention is to use my big camera (Canon 5D) on my own family and not just for clients.  I plan to create a yearbook for each of my kids for Christmas every year and I want to make sure I have plenty of memories to fill the pages with. 

If you'd like to join us, hop on over to Facebook and request to join the group - Project 52: A 2018 Journey.  The more the merrier!  All I ask is that the atmosphere stays positive, no critiques unless asked, and encourage the other members to complete their journey. I have created a document of themes for each week of the year - you can use that to inspire you or do your own thing.  I plan to highlight some of the images on my business Facebook page (Audra E Photography) and here on the blog.

I can't wait to see what memories everyone is capturing in the new year!

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Greensboro Family Photographer ~ Boosting Self Confidence in Your Child

Every morning while she eats her breakfast, my toddler stared at the wall in front of her and shouts 'Mama...Dada...Lena...Baby...Dylan.'  At first I thought she was just practicing her new words, but I quickly came to discover that she was telling me that she can see her family in the pictures on the wall.

My son's bedroom floor is sprinkled with half a dozen photo books and scrapbooks that contain all the pictures that tell the story of his parents in college, his Grandparents, his life as a baby and toddler.  He turns the pages of those books almost every single night - I gave up on making him put them back on the bookshelf.  I do not consider myself great at home decor - interior decorating just isn't where my talents lie.  I do, however, make sure that there are pictures of our family hanging in nearly every room of our home.  I know we live in a digital age and everyone wants to share pictures online, but I still firmly stand in the land of the printed image.  And based on the reactions my children have and how much they love to look at old pictures, I'm glad I have stuck with the hassle of printing images.  I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, so it's not big surprise that I am intrigued by learning the effects of different stimuli on the brain.  It's become increasingly interesting to me since I had my children and I am forever trying to make sure they have self confidence and know that they belong in our family.  I stumbled upon a few articles recently that discuss how having pictures of themselves hanging on the walls of the home can help boost a child's self esteem.  Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist from Vancouver, says this about displaying pictures in the home, "“They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves:  ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from. '”  Don't we all just want to feel like we belong to someone or something?  It's human nature.   “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it.  There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image," says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages 5-13.    There are so many other experts who have chimed in on this topic, but I have the proof that what they are saying is true living in my own home.  This is why I continue to encourage and offer print packages with my sessions.  It's tough to build confidence in such a crazy and negative world, but within the walls of our home is where we can have the most impact.  Hanging a picture you love is such an easy way to get your family out the door on a positive note.

My son's bedroom floor is sprinkled with half a dozen photo books and scrapbooks that contain all the pictures that tell the story of his parents in college, his Grandparents, his life as a baby and toddler.  He turns the pages of those books almost every single night - I gave up on making him put them back on the bookshelf.

I do not consider myself great at home decor - interior decorating just isn't where my talents lie.  I do, however, make sure that there are pictures of our family hanging in nearly every room of our home.  I know we live in a digital age and everyone wants to share pictures online, but I still firmly stand in the land of the printed image.  And based on the reactions my children have and how much they love to look at old pictures, I'm glad I have stuck with the hassle of printing images.

I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, so it's not big surprise that I am intrigued by learning the effects of different stimuli on the brain.  It's become increasingly interesting to me since I had my children and I am forever trying to make sure they have self confidence and know that they belong in our family.  I stumbled upon a few articles recently that discuss how having pictures of themselves hanging on the walls of the home can help boost a child's self esteem.

Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist from Vancouver, says this about displaying pictures in the home, "“They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.'”  Don't we all just want to feel like we belong to someone or something?  It's human nature.

 “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image," says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages 5-13.

There are so many other experts who have chimed in on this topic, but I have the proof that what they are saying is true living in my own home.  This is why I continue to encourage and offer print packages with my sessions.  It's tough to build confidence in such a crazy and negative world, but within the walls of our home is where we can have the most impact.  Hanging a picture you love is such an easy way to get your family out the door on a positive note.