I am beyond honored and humbled to be accepted as a Click Pro for Clickin Moms. I have admired and learned from many Click Pros when I joined Clickin Moms four years ago. I have taken countless workshops and breakouts through the Click Photo School taught by talented Click Pros. These women have pushed and supported me to continue to develop my photography. They have helped me become the artist I am today. I am forever grateful and humbled to be a part of this group of amazing women photographers. If you would like to check out Clickin Moms, go to www.clickinmoms.com/click/
Click Pro is "a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists. Our members work spans all photographic specialties, including newborn & maternity, children & families, weddings, seniors, fine art, still life, documentary and more. Membership to Click Pro is application-based, and invitation is extended on the basis of an applicant’s portfolio evaluation".
I found the process of applying to ClickPro to be almost spiritual. It was not easy, there were times when I doubted my ability, when I poured over my photography, when I was critiqued and had to look deep for strength to go on. However, I am glad I was not accepted a year ago, because I needed to explore and find out who I am as an artist. I still feel like I am in the early stages of this process and look forward to where this continued exploration will take me.
I am incredible thankful for my family who have allowed me to practice on them when they didn’t want to. And who have put up with me on my computer taking classes, working on sessions, or patiently waiting on me when I’d say “just a few more minutes, the light isn’t quite right”. I am also extremely grateful for my clients, who have entrusted me with their photos and allowed me the opportunity to grow as an artist. Also thankful for my Click Pro Prep Group who helped me through the process. And last but not least thankful to God for giving me the gifts that allow me to do what I love.
I joined Clickin Moms looking for a class that would help distract me from the growth of benign vascular tumors in my brain. I was overwhelmed with all the what ifs this disease created in my mind and needed to find something positive to focus on. Clickin Moms helped me focus on something positive. Even though I could not control the growth of tumors, I could control my growth as an artist. Clickin Moms changed my life for the better. I am so glad I joined 4 years ago. I find there are moments in life when you know you are on the right path, when the angels seem to be shining down on you. The week before I was accepted to ClickPro I found out a few more new tumors have grown deep in my brain. However, this time I am more at peace, knowing I can focus on the positive with new Click Pro opportunities. As long as my brain is working, I will be creating.
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Year in Review
2018 was a great year for Amy Meng Photography. I continued to develop my voice as an artist and discovered my three words to describe my style as simple, timeless, and soulful. I took many online photography classes. I enjoyed offering more studio sessions. I was selected as a Qualified Newborn Photographer in the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International https://apnpi.com, and in the top 10% in the Shoot and Share Contest http://www.amymengphotography.com/blog/2018-shoot-and-share-photo-contest-video. I completed 42 sessions including 11 newborn, 8 family, 2 senior, 2 maternity, 9 headshots, 9 milestone sessions, and 1 graduation/engagement. I photographed a few events and lots of family and macro work. I even photographed my teenage son once this year (see photo below). Thank you all who entrusted me with your photos this year!
For 2019, my sessions have changed to offer a variety of options at different price points depending on your needs. If you are interested in viewing my availability, buying a gift certificate, or booking a session, please go to https://amymengphotography.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php. In 2019, I will also be offering a limited number of outdoor portraits. If you want to receive an email when these outdoor sessions become available, please email me at email@example.com and type Opt In. Please email me if you have any questions.
Here's to creating and capturing memories in 2019!
Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Are you making it your goal in 2019 to be more creative, social, learn something new, or just get outside? In 2019, I have decided to lead Photo Walks. I have been listening to Brene Brown who says, “Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgment, sorrow, shame.” To be wholehearted people, we must allow ourselves to create. Everyone has the ability to create. Photography has healed me in several ways. I want to share my passion for this art form with you and create a safe place for us to be vulnerable and use our creativity. On these walks, I will not be teaching photography. If you want to learn more about photography, I suggest taking a class with Scott Bean http://www.ufmprograms.org/ShowSchedule.awp?&Search=INSTRUCTOR&Target=U0NPVFRCRUFOMjEx&Title=Courses%20Taught%20by%20Scott%20Bean, checking out Creative Live https://www.creativelive.com, or ClickinMoms https://www.clickinmoms.com/cmu/. I will, however, be available to answer any questions you might have about photography. I plan to bring my kids with me on these walks and get them in the action too. You do not need to own a DSLR camera to attend the walk. It is all about supporting each other and your creative journey. I will be sharing the dates for the Photo Walk on Facebook and on my blog. If you are interested, make sure you are following me on Facebook so you do not miss out. https://www.facebook.com/amymengphotography/
Join us as we gather for the first MHK Photo Walk. We will meet 12/30/18 at 6pm-7pm at the fireplace at Blue Earth Plaza. Bring whatever camera you want to bring, iPhone to DSLR. Children are welcome. Our goal is to capture what we see in a creative way. You are welcome to join the Facebook Group MHK Photo at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mhkphoto/and share what you created.
Are you looking for a unique gift this Christmas? I have partnered with an online photo gallery to offer fine art products printed by a professional print lab made in the USA. And I am giving all the proceeds from my Art Gallery from now until December 25, 2018 to the National Military Family Association.
I am offering a variety of products, from prints, cards, to calendars. A few years ago, I created cards from some of my photos. I love having this stash of unique cards ready whenever I need a birthday, thank you, or thinking of you note to send. No more running to the store last minute. I decided to share my photos with you. To view the gallery, go to picti.net/gbWCY?
Photography has been a great healer to me. I am so thankful for all I have been given, I would like to give back. Military families face many challenges from repeat deployments and moves. This is why I chose the National Military Family Association. If you would like to learn more about this organization, please go to www.militaryfamily.org
On Veteran's Day, I get sentimental about our family's time in the military. In 1997, my husband signed up with the Army. He was awarded 3 years' pay for his medical school in exchange for service to his country. This took us to Washington DC for his Pediatric Residency Program at Walter Reed and Naval Bethesda hospitals. Then he was stationed at Fort Riley where he worked as a pediatrician for 10 years, as an active duty soldier then a civilian employee. I am extremely proud of his work to take care of military families and all of their unique challenges.
In 2005, Louis deployed to Iraq with the 10th CSH in Baghdad. Before he left, we were preparing for a 16 month deployment. Our son Daniel was 2 at the time. We had pages of things to do before he left; house projects that couldn't wait, items to purchase for his deployment, military training, etc; but for me the one thing I really wanted to do was to get a family photo before he left. I wanted photos to put around the house so Daniel would not forget his daddy, I wanted a photo of our family to capture that moment in time, and I wanted a family photo, to be quite honest, in case he didn't come back. I wanted to know I had a photo of us before he left us. I'm not sure why I didn't look around more for photographers; maybe the time constraint, maybe I wanted a good deal, I don't know. But I called a studio in the Mall in Topeka. We'd taken Daniel's photos there once before to get a milestone portrait, and it was fine for a quick photo.. My anxiety level was high, because this portrait meant a lot to me. We showed up, were quickly posed, and given our portraits. They did their job, but failed to get to know us, to know how much these pictures meant to us, to take the time to make sure we received portraits that showed our love for each other or posed us in a flattering way. These portraits made me so sad and I did not share them with anyone.
When I started my photography business, I told myself that I would try to not make anyone feel the way I felt about our portrait experience before Louis deployed. I would take the time to get to know who I'm photographing, their story, and what they need from their photos. I know how anxiety-provoking getting your picture taken can be, and I try my hardest not to waste anyone's time with bad photos. I spend a great amount of time and money to ensure my equipment is professional quality and in good working order, and I devote hours of eduction to ensure I know my craft well. I ask every client to fill out a survey before their session to help me to prepare for the their session to meet their needs. I am overjoyed when someone tells me all about their family. I create a personalized photo shot list for each client based on their needs. I pray before each session that these photos will be a blessing to my clients. I try to listen to them during the session, and I pray and send good vibes to my clients when I am editing their session. I only schedule about one session a week, so that I have time to truly be there for my clients. If you become my client, you get a part of my heart and soul in your photos. My hope is that every client feels their soul uplifted and their story portrayed in their photographs.
I know how important photographs are to military families. They want to capture the moments they are together. They deal with deployments and worries that their children will forget what mom or dad look like; or they want to capture their child to send photos to a deployed spouse. They know the value of capturing love and family. Military families sacrifice so much for our country. As a small token of gratitude for those serving in the military, I give 10% off to military families, just put in the code THANKYOU10 when booking at amymengphotography.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php
Thank you to all who have entrusted me to capture your family! It is my hope and prayer that you have been blessed by your photos...that your soul was uplifted and your story portrayed. Thank You!