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Amy Lorraine is a Blogger, Photographer and DIY Enthusiast who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

 

1.  I have the cutest therapy dog ever. I don

2. Y’all the new Essential Oil kit has launched and I’m so pumped for everyone whose already jumped in and grabbed theirs. This is the time to join if you haven’t already!

Essential Oils | Five on Friday | June 19th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

3.  Thriving will happen. I have such big dreams. It’s only a matter of time now and I can’t wait for you all to join this journey!

Thrive | Five on Friday | June 19th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

4. If you haven’t read Half The Sky, you need to. Everyone needs to read it. And you should watch the documentary on Netflix too!

Half The Sky | Must Read | Five on Friday | June 19th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

5. So much has been happening in the world that is just down right heartbreaking. Please remember that kindness matters. It always matters.

Kindness Matters. | Five on Friday | June 19th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

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1. Use The Camera!

This one might seem like a no brainer but use the camera instead of using the app. Whether it’s in Instagram or any other app, they tend to lower the quality of the photo you take. So make sure you’re just using the camera app and then uploading to your social media!

2. Crop!

Don’t be afraid of the crop. I prefer to crop instead of zoom to keep the best quality. Remove the distractions so you can focus on your subject!

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3. Find The Light!

Every photographer knows that light is so important when taking great photos! Natural light is better so make sure you’re taking advantage of this when you can. Near an open window is best when inside and don’t be afraid to make your subjects move until you’ve found it!

4. Edit!

My favorite editing app is PicTapGo where I can edit, crop and load/save my images all in one place! You can save your favorite style of filters for future use or just even a simple brighten up. You can crop the image, or even add a border to the images so you don’t have to crop into a square for Instagram!

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5. Save and Delete!

I am the first to admit I am a photo hoarder, and I have such a hard getting rid of them from my phone. But it tends to run slower and clog up my memory so I started to use the dropbox app to upload images. You can have your images automatically load when you plug your phone into your computer or you can upload straight through the app. Then  you can delete while knowing they’re stored safely!

6. Burst Mode!

Did you know you can hold the camera button down to take continuous photos and then pick your favorites?! It’s great for action shots or photos of ones who won’t stay still! That is how I got this photo of me and Bruce!

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7. Focus!

If you didn’t know this already try it out! When using the camera tap on the subject you want in focus. This allows the camera to adjust, pull focus and even properly expose the image for your subject!

8. Add A Lens!

Sometimes it’s fun to play around with new lenses, even if its on a phone and not a DSLR. I have these and they’re fun to pop on and play with! I love the fish eye the most but the macro and wide angle filters are awesome too!

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9. Look Birdy!

If you have kids or pets who won’t look at the camera you need the Look Birdy app! It imitates bird noises to get their attention to look towards the camera! It works great with short attention spans to get them to turn around! 😉

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 10. Timers and Remotes!

Did you know you have a self timer on your camera? And did you know you can use your headphones as a remote control?  The self timer on your phone allows for 3 or 10 seconds and if you plug in your headphones and click on the volume up/down buttons it will take photos! Get ready for better selfies 😉

Do you have any other tips or tricks for using your phone? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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Sunday Style | What To Wear | Beach

Daydreaming about going to the beach this summer. Please take me away. And in this cute outfit.

Maxi Dress | Hat | Shoes

Nails | TowelMakeup

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1. If you saw the out takes you’d be laughing at how long it took me to get this photo. But this face and makes the millions of out takes worth it. Bruce brings me so much joy. I love this face.

Corgi Puppy | Five on Friday | June 12th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

2. This book deserves a full post and I will get there with the after.. but if you’re even the tiniest bit disorganized, cluttered or just enjoy cleaning stop what you’re doing, buy it, read it, soak it in and you can thank me later. It’s awesome.. and life changing.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Five on Friday | June 12th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

3. Leah Remillet is one of my favorite humans. She is super genuine, down to earth, hilarious and intelligent. I’ve learned so much from her for so long now and I don’t know where I’d be without her! (Thanks for sharing your mambas!)

Leah Remillet | The Thriving Photographer | Five on Friday | June 12th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

4. Stuffed Peppers from Minimalist Baker were delish! I could eat these once a week, maybe even once a day.. And they’re vegan 😉

Minimalist Baker Stuffed Peppers | Five on Friday | June 12th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

5. I am in love with this quote. So true. So where are my fellow mermaids?

Quote | Five on Friday | June 12th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date! And if you want the latest and greatest from Bruce, you can follow him too! 😉

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Last week I shared the model images of Allie & Kaitlyn and this week I’m sharing my experience at the Thrive Retreat in San Diego, California with my vlog!

This retreat was so much fun! I have known Leah, Brittany, and few other girls for about two years via the internet and it was nice to finally hug them in person! Cali was so much colder than I hoped (60’s, cloudy, windy and bit of rain) but there were a few nice patches and it was beautiful so the coldness didn’t ruin it at all!

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We had classes, photoshoots, and head shots along with so much fun and a lot of feasting. Lots of lightbulb moments, ideas and reassurance for when it’s okay to say no and go with your gut.

Thrive Retreat | San Diego, California Vlog | www.amylorraine.com

Special shout out to Reaj Roberts for taking a bunch of photos of us, including this one! I actually met Reaj for the first time at the Advance workshop in Oklahoma! It was so good to see her again! <3

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Leah brought an awesome portable photobooth. I think I may need to invest into one just for me.. and Bruce of course! 😉

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We had the fun model sessions in Balboa Park. I always love watching other photographers do what they do. It’s awesome how you can have the same model, set up and pose, but you walk away with totally different images.  Thrive Retreat | San Diego, California Vlog | www.amylorraine.comAfter the retreat part was over I had planned to stay two more nights, and Tiffanie was staying one more night so we got to hang out a bit more. Since traffic was backed up Brittany decided to hang out with us too. We ended up going to Mission Beach, watched the sunset and ate some awesome Mexican food. It was so nice not having to say goodbye and jet off back home right away.

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I spent Monday recovering, packing and editing. Then I flew back home Tuesday and as sad as I was to leave, I was happy to come home, get BRUCE, and get started working on my business so much more! I can’t wait to visit California again and see what else there is! Here’s to making this life one where we’re all thriving!:)

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Reaj Roberts -

Amy that vlog is so awesome! You did such a great job of capturing the weekend’s events! Super job and thanks for the shout out!!! It was great to see you again!

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So awesome! I wish I would have captured it better now. You did a great job getting video.

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That video is amazing! Oh my gosh so many amazing memories and you captured such amazing details! And I was CRYING I was laughing so hard when all of sudden we are doing ballet on the rail. Such an amazing weekend and I’m so so happy that I finally MET you in real life! HUGE HUG! Miss you!

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1. So since I’ve decided to go vegan I knew it would be wise to get some cookbooks! Can’t wait to try out these healthy recipes. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments!

Five on Friday | June 5th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

2.  Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it. Which are you gonna be?

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3. I went to the North Beach Farmer’s Market this past Friday and the view is okay.. I guess. 😉

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4. I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying and I can not recommend it enough. You should stop what you’re doing and get it now. Like now. For real.

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5. I really try to get work done. I promise I do. But then there is this face in front of me wanting to play and how do I resist?

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For those of you who don’t know already, I’ve decided to go vegan. I’ve been vegetarian for over a year now and after watching some food documentaries on Netflix I knew it was time to go full force. Now some people swear they can’t go without meat, dairy or eggs.. but I’ve never really needed or missed them. The only issue I run into is desserts. So many are filled with dairy and eggs and I’m just not that experienced with vegan baking. And while I did buy a few cookbooks, I went over to Etsy and looked up vegan bakery shops! I found Conscious Cake and decided to order the 4 pack sampler! Conscious Cakes | Vegan & Gluten Free Dessert | www.amylorraine.com

I got the Peanut Butter Cup, seasonal flavor Raspberry Lemonade, Cookies & Cream and Carrot Cake! Each cake comes in a mason jar so you can heat up, a separate packed of vegan icing and wooden forks!

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The first one I was dying to try was the Cookies & Cream flavor because Oreos are life. I know Oreos actually are vegan but sometimes you gotta mix it up and I loved it! I popped the jar into the oven for about 5 minutes and poured a little icing with each bite. Nomz y’all.
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Each day I tried a new flavor and while I didn’t enjoy the Carrot Cake.. It probably because it was the only one I didn’t want to wait for the oven to heat for and popped it into the microwave. I highly recommend them for anyone who needs dairy/gluten free cakes!  Just make sure you take the time to put them in the oven and it’s worth it. On my next order I think I’ll have to get the Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies & Cream again and try out the Red Velvet and Irish Car Bomb!

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If you don’t follow my instagram then you probably didn’t know that this Southern Maryland Senior Photographer made a trip out to San Diego, California a few weeks ago. The vlog for the entire trip will be up next week but I just had to share the senior models Allie and Kaitlyn.
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I first got to photograph Allie and the girl nailed it from the start! I mean hello gorgeous!Allie & Kaitlyn | Southern Maryland Senior Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

The light + the look = LOVE

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Balboa Park was such an amazing location. But when you have models this good, you don’t even care about the location!Allie & Kaitlyn | Southern Maryland Senior Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

And seriously, this makes me wish I could rock a hat like this!Allie & Kaitlyn | Southern Maryland Senior Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

Then I got a little time to photograph Kaitlyn. And she was just as fabulous as Allie!

Allie & Kaitlyn | Southern Maryland Senior Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

Her legs are to die for but that smile. And her laugh was completely contagious! I’m still wondering what Allie said to her to make her laugh so hard! 😉Allie & Kaitlyn | Southern Maryland Senior Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

Thank you girls for being the best models! You made my job so easy!Allie & Kaitlyn | Southern Maryland Senior Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

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Amy these are absolutely gorgoues! Love them all!

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1. He’s home!!!!!! Bruce is in the house.Five on Friday | May 22nd, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer

2. This smoothie is my new favorite. It has blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, yogurt and cranberry juice!

Five on Friday | May 22nd, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer

3. Thrive is a way of life and I and so excited to see where my business will grow this year! Seniors, get ready!

Five on Friday | May 22nd, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer

4. Mission Beach, California did me in. I saw the Pacific Ocean and watched the sunset for the first time. Rozelle was a lovely surfer from London who took a quick minute to pose for us!

Five on Friday | May 22nd, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer

5. I’ve made a conscious choice to let go of negative relationships and only surround myself with positive people. This group has been added to my list of badasses and I miss them already. Thanks for everything ladies, and thanks to Leah Remillét for bringing us all together.

Five on Friday | May 22nd, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date! And if you want the latest and greatest from Bruce, you can follow him too! 😉

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.