High School Seniors! Take advantage of this Special!

Get access to premium discounts on Senior High School Photography packages if you book your consultation before July 1st! Also check out the blog Toledo, OH Senior Portrait Photography, Class of 2016: Don’t Delay your Senior Memories orSenior Portraits to see some of our senior models and inquire about the specials offer to them!  Then check out http://www.instagram.com/abyrdseyephotoseniors to see some of our senior portraits! Our motto is, #deathtoboringseniorpics and we customize your senior portrait experience to showcasing you! What you want to show, we can make it happen.  Schedule a consult here: Get a Quote/Email Us/PricesIMG_6655.jpg

Krystal Barham, LCMHRSB & volunteer Toledo Ohio

Corporate Event Photography, More Than Just Pictures, Toledo Ohio

Yesterday was a great day for the Recovery is Beautiful Festival at the Market on the Green. I was honored to capture the day for the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.  Not only did I get to witness several great services offered in Toledo, OH, I also had the privilege of meeting several nice people in recovery.  The most heartwarming story I heard there was of a homeless man that volunteered to help setup for the event.  The coordinator of the event Krystal Barham told me he worked from the time she got there until it was over with enthusiasm and honor.  It made both of us so happy to bring some purpose to this mans Saturday morning.  Here are a few images:

The facebook page perfectly described the festival, “We have all the usual festival delights of great food, family fun, games, inflatables, music, a theatrical performance from Issue Box Theatre raffles, certified peer supporters, resource fair, toys, a Kids Zone with inflatables, face painting, sparkles the clown, and much more”.  They also had the local radio station 107.3 playing music and offering prizes to people to spin the wheel.  Buckeye Health Plan had a locally operated small business franchise Twine Booth (which totally made me want to buy one for my business) and many youth and community volunteers that served food and gave out information and items to the participants that will be a great help back home, including school supplies, toiletries, and connections to local colleges like Owens Community Colleges TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program.  I proudly observed several teens from the Youth Opportunities Program where my little sister works handing out watermelon, and hot dogs to the participants.

Overall it was a great event! Even though I was sick I was overjoyed to participate in such a thoughful, resourceful event. As a child of parents in recovery I recognized many agencies that helped my mother throughout the years and also saw many local community employees that gave me advice on becoming a foster parent and how to get more involved in leadership in local business.  I learned a lot! Photography opens up so many opportunities for me to give back, pay it forward, and earn a living doing what I love. Capturing smiling faces in the midst of adversity reminds me that I made it, and with the right help, we all can keep working to overcome whatever this world throws at us, even when mental illness and drugs and alcohol addiction creeps in.  Have a great day, I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the article.

Much Love,

Ambershaun Byrd

Toledo, OH Senior Portrait Photography, Class of 2016: Don’t Delay your Senior Memories

Reason #1 to get your senior pictures before January: Convenience.  Senior year is hectic, its pricey, but it should be fun. Senior pictures can be all 3 of those things, but they do not have to be.  aByrdseyephoto Productions offer creative, fun, professional photography experiences for your senior year, whether its just for you, your mom is making you, or if you want to include your significant friend(s) in your shoot! By booking early, you can spread out the payments if needed, while getting one big senior event out of the way.  I usually shoot on Saturday mornings, or Sunday afternoons, but we can also schedule time right after school, sometimes even at school!

Through October, I am offering perks for taking fall senior pictures: a senior tshirt, extra wallets, and 25% off the prints you order!  Book Now for these great incentives on top of great pictures at affordable prices.

Here is an example of some of my favorite photos I have taken this year:

My options may be different from what you are used to from a studio.  All of my packages come with either prints, a photobook, or both.  I wont charge you a small fee to get you in the door, then when you fall in love with the pictures, charge an unexpected fee to get them.  What my packages offer takes the guesswork out of how much it will really cost you.  I have affordable options, with room to add more later, and top of the line packages with everything included up front.

All sessions are held at Your favorite location. If you dont have one in mind, we will choose one together.

I use professional printing companies, and pictures and photo books take a few weeks to come in. Booking early ensures that you will have pictures ready for open house and graduation announcements, wallets to give to your classmates and family over the holidays, and time to order more before graduation if needed.  You can be confident that everything will be creative, fun, & professional, from the session to the final product. If you are interested in a printed product not listed, please indicate so on your contract questionnaire.

Thanks for checking out aByrdseyephoto!

Here is my current list of senior photo prices:

Super Senior Package $350.00
  • 3 hours session
  • up to 2 locations
  • 10 year online access to digital files thru PASS
  • $25 Print Credit toward announcements, large print, etc.
  • 11X14 Print
  • Photobook (8×11)
  • 32 wallets (up to 4 poses)
  • 10 sheet print package
  1. additional time $35+
  2. See A La Cart for Extras and Package Printing
  3. Enlargements get 25% discount!
  4. Extra person(s) $25 up to 3 people


payment plan available (deposit, 30% 3 business days before shoot, 30% at photobook order)

Senior Classic Session $245.00

BEST Value!

•2 hours session

•1-2 location (within time limits)
•10 year online access to digital files thru PASS
•$ 20 Print credit toward announcements, large prints, etc.
•11X14 Print
•Photobook (8×8)
•32 wallets (up to 4 poses)
  1. 2nd location $35+
  2. See A La Cart for Extras and Package Printing $50+ (10sheets)
  3. Enlargements get 20% discount!
  4. Extra person(s) $25 up to 3 people


payment plan available (deposit, 30% 3 business days before shoot, 30% at photobook order)

Senior standard Session $215.00
  • 1.5 hours session
  • 1 location
  • 10 year online access to digital files thru PASS
  • Photobook (8×8)
  • $15 PASS print credit

Perfect if you think you dont need many prints, with room to add on later.

  1. 2nd location $35+
  2. See A La Cart for Extras and Package Printing $50+ (10sheets)
  3. Enlargements get 20% discount!
  4. Extra person(s) $25 up to 3 people

payment plan available (deposit, 30% 3 business days before shoot, 30% at photobook order)

Cap & Gown Package $160.00
  • 1 hour session
  • 1 location
  • Cap & gown + 1 pose only
  • 10 year online access to digital files thru PASS
  • 32 wallets (up to 2 poses)
  1. add 10 sheet package for $65
  2. 25% discount on enlargements
  3. add name on wallets for $6 per pose

payment plan available (50% deposit, balance due day of shoot)

Additional time $35.00
choose this option when time needed exceeds standard time offered. $35 per hour up to 4 hours, $25 per hour 4+ hours.

ex. if standard time is 1.5 hours and you need 3 hours, at $35 to regular price.  If standard time is 2 hours and you need 4 hours, add $50 to the regular price.

Portrait Package $75.00
10 full units

23 Toledo Weddings & Counting!

Hello!

So far as of October of 2016, I have shot 23 weddings as a professional photographer.  Take a look at a brief collection of images I captured, mostly in Toledo, Ohio. I love finding new places that I did not know about prior to photographing weddings and engagements! I also have a new appreciation for downtown Toledo, the Toledo Art Museum, and the Toledo Botanical Gardens.  I frequent all of those now!

ABPhoto Wedding Portfolio via Google

Buck Wedding SS 2016-09-10 807.jpgNext year I hope to shoot in Cancun!  In the past, we have covered Maryland, Castle Farms, Monclova Community Center, weddings at Simply Married Chapel, and several churches in the community, including my own, Indiana Baptist Church. That is 4 states and counting! Its a small feat for some, but I am proud to take my talents on the road.

I also shoot out of town couples in Toledo! Recently I shot a couple from Atlanta GA, originally from Toledo.  That was an awesome experience witnessing how happy both sides of the family were for the couple.

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Wedding Party in Greenbelt, Maryland

Someone asked me where was my favorite wedding so far. I am not sure about the wedding, but the reception list is cool, from the Stranahan, this weekend Im shooting at Maumee Bay State Park, I was a 2nd shooter at a Toledo Club reception  (they used about 10 different rooms in one night), and the Michigan wedding on a farm was pretty neat. We had all 4 seasons in one day in October! I also love the flexibility of Gesu, both inside and outside the venue is beautiful and accomodating.

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Take a look at more on my wedding page above.  And if you are getting married, and happen to find this page, I would love to know what is your favorite place to take pictures for your wedding?  Leave me a comment, and you may just win a free engagement session headshot!

Family Summer Sessions with A.Byrds.Eye.Photo. A Natural, Memorable Experience

This summer I offered a Wednesday special, to give families a chance to get some portrait sessions in during the week.  I loved the locations we chose, along with shooting at the golden hour, I dont get to do that so much in Ohio.  Native Toledoans that see my work tell me they love seeing the different parts of Toledo , and this session with the Quinn Family reminds me of the hashtags #itmatterswhereyoumakeit and our #youwilldobetterintoledo.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is one of my favorite hidden gems in our city, and I believe the Quinn Family session captured some of outside of the museums coolest parts. Take a look:

Here is a link to the whole gallery. If you are in need of family portraits, please consider Abyrdseyephoto. Not in Toledo? We travel outside of the city as well, as a part of our full-service photography experience.

How To Take Better Selfies With Your Smartphone

  1. Look around you. What else will be in the picture with you? Please refrain from bathroom stalls, dirty bedrooms, and objects that may look like they are sticking out of your head (ie. trees, lamp posts, buildings, etc.)
  2. Adjust the aperture setting on your smartphone camera. 1:1 works great. 16:9 probably stretches your head and nose way out of proportion.
    1. Android users beware: that beauty feature makes you look like a cartoon. Fake photoshop does not flatter your face.  turn down the beauty percentage to 10% or lower.  Read this article for more info.
  3. Most people hold the phone out in front of them or to the side. If you have a double chin like me, hold the phone above your head.  It makes everyone look better.  Trust me.
  4. If you take a burst of pictures you will find one you like faster than one at a time.  The first couple your are posing too hard, so by the 3rd one you should be more natural and relaxed looking. Just delete the extras when you are finished.
  5. No matter how good your phone is, the camera on the back of the phone is way better than the front.  If you want a less grainy picture, turn the phone around, or have someone else take the picture.
  6. Selfie sticks only let you take the picture farther away. Its meant for “usies” and to eliminate some of the distortion I talked about in #2. It doesnt necessarily take better photos.
  7. Lastly, do not use a selfie for your LinkedIn profile picture.  Hire a professional.  Whenever you get the chance, update your profile picture.  It makes a difference when people “meet” you via the internet before they meet you in person.  Think of how many jobs you may not have gotten a call for due to your profile pic! If; you need a professional shoot, I know a girl that can get you together, ;).

For posing tips, go here.  Here is an example of a good selfie: https://instagram.com/p/7VThLHFfeu/?taken-by=princess.byrd

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Test my theory and let me know what you think.

Boudoir Photography in Toledo; Capturing the Intimate Side of You

Boudoir photography is hard to explain.  For me, its like glamour photography for everyday women. Your 15 minutes of fame as a model.  A boost of self confidence, that no matter your profession, age, size, or fierceness, you are fabulous, and picture worthy-with the right outfit, posing, and lighting.

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Toledo Boudoir Photography by Abyrdseyephoto

Here is a great definition of boudoir photography, taken from here:

A boudoir client generally meets these criteria:

  • Has never posed for a camera beyond family, school or vacation photos.
  • Has never posed in front of a camera in anything but being fully clothed.
  • Has never posed in front of a camera in intimate apparel.
  • Is generally a bit nervous to utterly frightened of posing in intimate apparel on camera, let alone “looking sexy”.
  • Spends some or no time on their physique because they don’t pose in front of cameras for a living.
  • Are mostly in their late 20’s or older.

So you see this isn’t something that you book with a photographer, just for your birthday.  Its often a life changing event, that many women bring tears with them to the reveal session.  It takes time, and effort on all parties to make it “work”.  Hair, skin, and makeup preparation is essential to the overall look.  Check out this article from 1985: Real Playmates

Most of our boudoir sessions are held in the clients home, or at our studio.  We make sure you are relaxed before we start, and offer suggestions during the pre-consultation to assist with wardrobe choices.  We also have clothing items and props to help create the look you want.   Women book sessions equally for themselves, and for significant others.  Our boudoir albums make great gifts for weddings (grooms), Valentine’s Day, and private birthday gifts.  The session also makes a great gift for oneself! Birthdays, milestone celebrations, or for any reason at all, they make women feel good about themselves.

 

 

 

Dad&Me Project: #BlackLivesMatter

Here are a few recent photos added to my Dad&Me project.  Its been a year since my first shoot, and I have a collection of great shots of fathers with their children.  The shoots are always fun and different.  I love seeing the interactions between the kids and their dads.  I would like to make a book one day.  Today I will give you a sneak peek of why #blacklivesmatter to AByrdseyephoto Productions.  Leave a comment and tell me why #blackmenmatters to you!DanielsFamilyPics2014-82   HarrisonFamilyPortraits 2014-10-12 167GrableDad&Me