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Apr 16, 2014

Jacob + Maddie

I photographed Jacob and Maddie both separately last year, but with graduation looming, their moms wanted a few photos of the cousins together for their open house invitations. We met up at Deming Park in Terre Haute for a quick little session. Jacob and Maddie are both awesome and I know they're going to have a great time (and learn a lot, of course!) when they both start at ISU this fall.

high school seniors in a park in Terre Haute

high school senior cousins

Mar 20, 2014

Megen + Peter {Terre Haute wedding photographer}

Megen and Peter are, as far I could see, absolutely perfect for each other, and they had an awesomely simple ceremony and reception last week at White Chapel and O'Shaughnessy Hall. From a ceremony at their alma mater, to flowers grown by Peter's mom, and the rings they made themselves, everything about the day was so perfect for them.

I met up with Megen and her mom and friends at Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday morning. I got there just in time for Megen's first experience with an eyelash curler. Megen was the most chill and calm bride I think I've ever seen. 

photo of a bride and her friends preparing for her wedding in a hotel room


That handkerchief? It was handmade by Peter's aunt with their names and wedding date around the side. The dress? It was her mom's (with a few alterations and changes - like removing the 80's puffy sleeves).



Over in Peter's suite, he and his brothers were busy trying to remember exactly how to tie a tie.



photo of a bride's bouquet with a handmade handkerchief

Megen and Peter chose to have a first look and I'm so glad they did. It was a sweet time for them to have alone and it got some nerves out of the way before the ceremony and got more photos out of the way too so they could get to their reception quicker- they wanted to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family.

photos of a bride and groom during their first look at White Chapel at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN

photo of a bride and groom outside White Chapel in Terre Haute, IN

photos of a bride outside White Chapel in Terre Haute, IN


photo of a bride and groom outside White Chapel at RHIT in Terre Haute, IN


Remember when I said they made their own rings? I didn't just mean they designed them, they actually made them. She even had a Dremel in her hotel room for a final buffing.

photo of a handmade wedding ring


Megen was so relaxed about the wedding, she even told the bridesmaids to pick out their own dresses. The only thing she specified was the color. So, they both went shopping on their own and still showed up with the same dress anyway.

photo of a wedding party outside White Chapel in Terre Haute





It was a short and sweet ceremony for them at the beautiful White Chapel.



photos of a wedding ceremony at White Chapel on the campus of RHIT

photo of a couple holding hands during wedding ceremony

photo of a wedding ceremony at White Chapel in Terre Haute



close-up photo of groom's ring



photo of a bride and groom at White Chapel



Their reception was at O'Shaughnessy Hall at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. This is definitely one of the prettiest locations for receptions in Terre Haute. I've shot there before, but only in the evening. It was nice to have some nice natural light through the huge windows.

photos of reception details

photos of bride and groom entering wedding reception at O'Shaughnessy Hall

wedding reception in Terre Haute, IN

photos of cake cutting at wedding reception at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in West Terre Haute, IN


Megen and Peter's first dance was adorably entertaining.

photo of bride and groom's first dance at O'Shaughnessy Ballroom




The parent dances always make me tear up a bit.

photos of bride dancing with her father at O'Shaughnessy Hall

So, I'm not much of a crier...but I think I might cry happy tears if I ever got a photo like this of me and my husband dancing with our daughter and her husband in the background. Of course, I have a good 12 years or so at LEAST...but I can't help thinking of those things at weddings!

And did I mention she was wearing her mom's dress?? LOVE that!


We left the reception for just a few minutes to take a few more photos. St. Mary's has such a pretty campus, with so many beautiful places for photos but we just stuck with one location so they wouldn't lose too much time with their guests.

photo of bride and groom sitting on steps at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

photo of bride and groom in Terre Haute, IN

photo of bride and groom dancing at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana

photo of bride and groom's hands with wedding rings

If you're looking for a wedding photographer in the Wabash Valley area, please click here to contact me, click here for more information, or email me at amy@amyfoltz.net.

Jay + Melissa + JJ {Terre Haute baby photographer}

I had such a great time with this little family on Sunday! I photographed Jay and Melissa's wedding back in 2012 so it was cool to see them again and catch up a little. Their baby JJ is just as sweet as can be. We did a Short and Sweet session at their home for JJ's 3-month photos.









Mar 13, 2014

Why I Give Digital Files and What it Means for You {Terre Haute photographer}

I'm sure you've heard of the Mommy Wars, right? You know, stay-at-home moms vs. working moms, breast feeding moms vs. bottle feeding moms, homeschooling moms vs. public school moms vs. private school moms.

Well, that's nothing compared to the Photographer Wars. RAW shooters vs. jpeg shooters (that's a file format for those that don't know), natural light photographers vs. studio photographers, part time MWAC (mom with a camera) vs. seasoned pros, and one of the biggest arguments: whether or not to give clients digital files.

When I first started out in business (back in 2007), the thing to do was to sell prints. That was just how most people did it and honestly I didn't even give it a lot of thought. That's just what I did.  And it went ok, for a while. Then I started thinking about what I would want if I were hiring a photographer, and I know that I would definitely want the files. I also really wanted to be more straightforward in my pricing. I'd rather be upfront about what my time and talent is worth instead of selling prints and products and hoping to make more then. I'm big on simplicity.

So, for the past few years, I have included the edited, high resolution digital files with all sessions and weddings. What does this mean for you? It means you never have to order any prints or products from me so you know what your investment will be upfront (I do offer albums, but you're certainly welcome to make your own if you'd like). It means you can order any size of prints, because I give you the full size files, saved at 100% quality (some photographers only give files large enough to print a 5x7 or 8x10). It means you don't have to pick a photo you know the grandparents will love over one that you love - you get them all! It means you never have to worry about a print getting ruined or lost - you can always print another. It means you can make multiple copies of the files and store them in different places - if your house burns down or your computer bites the dust, you'll still have your files and can reprint your photos (in fact, please do this for ALL your photos - you never know what will happen!). And it also means that there won't be any rush for you to choose which photos to print - you can do it all whenever you want to.



Once you get your DVD from me (usually a week or two after your session or wedding), please make copies, or save to an external hard drive, or use an online backup service. Then get busy ordering prints. I recommend using unitprints, mpix, or your local camera store. Please don't use a home printer or WalMart, Walgreens, or any other discount store. The prices are not much higher at the labs I recommend but the quality is much, much better. MPix also offers cards and other unique products that are fun ways to use your images.

If you're not sure where to start with decorating with your photos, check out this blog post, or this pinterest board.



I highly recommend albums, especially for weddings and lifestyle sessions. You can order a custom-designed one from me, or you can make one yourself. If you like design or scrapbooking, try out Blurb, Adoramapix, or Artisan State. I use and love all three. I love having all the photos in one place, and seeing them all come together to tell a story. And if you're short on wall space or just don't like lots of photos on your wall, they're a great option to display your photos - just set the album out on a shelf or your coffee table and look through it whenever you want.



I also know that (almost) everyone loves sharing their photos online. I LOVE to see clients sharing their photos on Facebook and Instagram. I only ask that you don't use filters on Instagram, and that you tag me in the photo (Amy Foltz Photography on Facebook or amy_f_photo on Instagram, or amyfoltzphoto on Twitter). If you have a blog, feel free to share your photos there as well, just please include a link to my blog.

If having a fun, low-stress photo session and having the ready-to-print files included is something you'd be interested in, you can click here to contact me, or email me at amy@amyfoltz.net, or click the tabs at the top of this page for more information.

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Mar 12, 2014

Brent + Ashlee + RJ + Hayden {Terre Haute family photographer}

I met Ashlee last year when she contacted me about headshots for her website (she's also a fabulously talented photographer at Heart and Key Photography in Terre Haute) and we've been friends ever since. We've been planning this session for quite a while, but it was rescheduled a few times due to Brent's work schedule. So...6 months later, we finally got it done!

We met at Fowler Park for this session and we were lucky that it was warm(ish) that day. It's been a long, cold winter here in Indiana!

Fowler Park is one of my very favorite places for sessions. There are so many different little spots, and thanks to the shade provided by the cabins I can shoot there pretty much any time of day (although I definitely still prefer morning and evening!).




Ashlee requested a few photos of her and Brent alone, so I was happy to oblige. This one is my absolute favorite. When Brent leaned in and kissed her forehead like that, I said, "oh, perfect!!!," and he said, "she is, isn't she?" Super sweet.




If you're looking for a family photographer in the Terre Haute area, click here to contact me, or email me at amy@amyfoltz.net, or click on the tabs at the top of the page for more information.