Amy Schilling Photography Blog

March 30, 2009

this is pretty

What a pretty field of clover and wild flowers! The photography isn't great, but the flowers are nice.

Oops. That's not a field, that's my backyard. Deran, if you're reading this tonight--I do NOT think this is pretty! I only wish I could've caught poor Harper running through the mess, her ears flapping in the breeze. Oh wait--maybe I did. I think I see a little spot of fawn by that large weed to the right...

March 29, 2009


I think every person has them. I'm not sure I'd like to meet the person devoid of feelings. Being pregnant tends to make me slightly more emotional than my normal self...only slightly. I tear up easily at talk shows, television shows, books, and even really great commercials. Please don't mistake me for a girl who spends all her days sobbing. I don't.

This weekend has been a little up and down. Down because we got some sad news on Friday and so my thoughts have been straying to that family and situation. Up because yesterday Deran and I spent some time watching two of our favorite cousins being three and very cute. I also purchased some new reads at a library book sale. And lastly, today was my sister-in-law M's birthday and she turned 25! My lovely aunt also had a birthday today and she happened to be visiting my parents this weekend so I got to spend some time with her.

I'm just full of feelings. What I want most to feel tonight is the baby move. It's a different kind of feeling. I'm 19 weeks and I'm still not sure I've felt anything. I've done my fair share of googling and I know it's completely normal, I may have even felt the movements and dismissed them as something else entirely. I have so many feelings/aches/rumblings in the abdominal area, it's hard to be certain!

Well, I think I've rambled long enough. Last week's sessions for my cute family members have been rescheduled for this week so I'll be posting pictures of little people soon. I need to snap some photos of our backyard! I think we're going to pay someone to take care of it. Harper has begun to disappear when I let her out but tonight Deran said he thinks it's pretty. I think it's pretty awful!

March 24, 2009


I've been spending a lot of time with high school seniors over the last two months and I can't believe it's been almost NINE years since I graduated. I don't feel old at all, and at 27 I know I'm not really "old." Still, time flies. I've enjoyed photographing this age group because they're just getting started and it's really such a great time in life.

I met up with S and her mom at a lovely park and we were blessed with such a nice day! It had been foggy all week so I was worried about our early morning session, but the sky was clear and the weather was fantastic!

S is also lovely and was so cooperative, she even sat on the wet grass! Thanks for meeting me so early on your last day of spring break. It was so nice to meet you and your sweet mom, F. I'll be seeing you gals again for the family session later this spring!

March 23, 2009

busy busy busy

We had a great weekend with friends and I didn't even bring my camera! Deran grabbed his but seemed to leave it at the house whenever we were out. We ate crawfish two nights in a row and it was so delicious! I definitely miss the yummy food in Louisiana but if we still lived there Deran might have to roll me out the door!

Between being off on Friday and traveling all weekend, getting to work at 7:00 this morning has left me very tired this afternoon. The puglets stayed the weekend with my parents and apparently being away from home makes them very tired on a Monday too. Neither budged this morning when I got ready and then left for work.

I'll be doing a couple of sessions this week for family members and hopefully picking out a couple of new locations. I don't have any pictures to share today but I'll be posting a senior session tomorrow and some cute kiddos later this week!

March 20, 2009


I've had two fantastic sessions this week and I feel really blessed to have such amazing clients. We're headed out of town this weekend, but I wanted to post a preview for C and her mom.

We met at quite possibly the BUSIEST location yesterday afternoon. Spring break was going full blast and we had to make our way through the crowds. I'm so glad we did because I really love her images.

C is a talented artist and even made one of the necklaces she's wearing. She comes by it naturally, her mom is also a talented artist and teaches dance. I mentioned I took tap my senior year of college, just for fun, and she said she teaches a beginning women's class. Hello Internet, I think I'm about to become a tap dancer!

March 14, 2009

rain, rain, go away

The weather here is not very pleasant. It's been a drizzly mess for the last two days and it looks like another rainy day is forecast for tomorrow.

Today's session has been rescheduled for next week so new people pictures will have to wait. I did finally update the banners on my site this morning. If you get a chance, go take a look!

Not much else going on in the Schilling household this weekend. Harper is a very sick puppy, so if you feel so inclined, please send some well wishes and prayers her way. We spent three and a half hours at the vet yesterday and came away with two antibiotics. Oscar is very well and is currently looking for a comfy place to nap in the office. Deran and I have been working on our respective computers all the live long day.

Enjoy your weekend!

March 13, 2009


Last night, with Deran's help, my website received some updates! There are new pictures in Babies, Couples, Families, Portraits, and Kids. Of course, now I just need to get those Christmas banners off the homepage...

March 11, 2009

it's a baby

So we weren't able to find out the gender of Baby Schilling today. Surprisingly, I wasn't at all disappointed. The doctor got a vibe after seeing one image, but could never see it again clearly enough to make a definite announcement.

The baby is still doing great. It's moving good and has loooong legs. Because of the way things are arranged in there the doctor said I probably won't feel the baby until around 18 or 18 1/2 weeks. She said it's kind of like hitting a wall through a mattress so not to be alarmed if it takes a little longer to feel. It was comforting news since I've already been all, "Why haven't I felt anything?!" I stray to the dramatic side sometimes...

She was pleased with my health and the baby's so I couldn't have asked for a better visit. I'm always so anxious before an appointment and it's such a relief when it's done! Hip and leg pains, excellent! Abdominal tenderness, it's all stretchin' baby! Pregnancy=Awesome.

Really, I truly have experienced such a pleasant pregnancy so far. I complain a little when I'm flipping through the night because one side hurts and then the other, but I chalk it all up to growing pains and I can't wait to actually hold the tiny person growing inside.

March 10, 2009

classic pugs

I was browsing the photos on our NAS and came across some old pug photos, circa 2007. Please see the post below as to why I would be doing this. These photos were all taken with Deran's old point and shoot. The quality is not great, but I love them anyway.
In the above photo we had only had Harper for about three months. They were playing with their basset cousin, Molly. I could've easily snapped this same image earlier today. Two years later, Harper still grabs Oscar's face and is always biting, pulling, etc. He still looks back at us with that same sad expression, but at least he fights back these days.

The next photo is another image of Harper playing with Molly. Molly no longer belongs to Uncle D & Aunt M so there are no more playdates. And is it just me, or does Harper look super cute in green?

Lastly, a shot of the two being sweet and on one of the rare days our bed was made and the room was clean. Good grief, I'm glad she's grown into those ears! I never realized they stuck out quite so far. No matter, she was still named the prettiest pug at their vet's office. I mean, it's not officially posted or anything, but it came straight from the vet's mouth...prettiest pug they see.


It's what I'm doing. I have a million things to get done this week and yet I'm on the computer, blogging and browsing.

We hope to find out the gender of Baby Schilling tomorrow at our appointment and tonight we're going to the rodeo. Fun things on the horizon but a very unmotivated Amy sitting at home right now.

Ah well.

March 8, 2009

it's march

I'm not sure why it just hit me, but I realized that my header is stuck on February. March is just waiting to be shown but I'm not on my computer at the moment.

I have much to do for a baby shower this afternoon so updates will come later!

March 6, 2009


I think that sums up the past few days.

I took some mediocre pictures of my puglets. I think they're cute because of my subjects. Oscar stayed on the couch most of the day.

You can see how excited Oscar was to have his photo taken. Please don't come to my house expecting to receive back support when seated on the sofa.

Harper was nothing if not helpful. She even got the coat hanger herself, just waiting for me to start working on the laundry.
And good grief! That treadmill was just moved to the living room and yes, that dust does mean it hasn't been used in a while. It's starting to get some use...and I don't just mean from Harper!

Would you look at all those pug toys?! I don't know if we'll have room for the baby's things. I'll end with another picture of Harper Bea. She so rarely tilts her head like a pug but I caught her just before I let her out. Apparently she did not understand all the crazy things coming out of my mouth.

I love my pugs, it's true. I do have real sessions scheduled this week so people pictures will come soon!

March 2, 2009

28 minutes

Our church is participating in an audio series by these guys. It's a 40 day plan for listening to the New Testament, and it's only 28 minutes a day. And I know everyone is always rushing around, but really, anybody can find 28 minutes!

There's a link on the site where you can download the audio. Our church was generous enough to give us discs, and Deran and I listened to the first 7 chapters of Matthew last night. I encourage everyone to check it out and maybe it's just me, but I think Jesus sounds a little bit like this guy.

So 28 minutes is all it takes each day, you can do it, you've got the time!

March 1, 2009

we're having a baby

It's not really new news, I've blogged plenty about Baby Schilling already. It's just that sometimes the reality of how much our life is about to change slaps us in the face as if to remind us, "Hey! Your life doesn't just belong to you anymore! It's not all about you!"

Deran and I are so excited and amazed at the changes in my body and the fact that there's a baby moving around in there. And did you read that Internet?! There's a whole person growing inside me!
It's enough to freak a girl out, at least I think so.

Mostly I just think about how exciting parenthood will be and how I can't wait to meet the baby. Occasionally, I remember that we'll be responsible for helping shape the life of another human being. It's a pretty incredible and daunting feeling, but one I look forward to completely.
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