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Photo book Story Albums, My specialty

When I started my career in Administration 20 years ago in Toledo, Ohio, many of my coworkers enjoyed making scrapbooks.  Do you remember scrapbooking parties? Well as a single mom, I did not have the funds or the extra time to participate in said parties. However, I did stumble upon digital scrapbooking fairly early in the game, and they quickly became my gift of choice, as I have ALWAYS loved capturing memories, both for my family, friends, and while traveling.

I gave out so many prints and books from Snapfish, MyPublisher, Mixbook, and Shutterfly, I became a pro at it, and people started to expect photo gifts from me for special occasions.  This led me to upgrade my camera at least once a year, sometimes more.  Fast forward to 2012, when my little sister (I am the oldest :)) was a senior in high school.  I wanted to make sure I had great images for her senior year, including at the graduation commencement and at her “coming out” Cotillion ball.

I purchased my first DSLR camera the day of her ball, and that is how my professional photography career started.  Over the years, I have made over 100 of these types of story books. I prefer hard cover books, and 8×11 seems to be my favorite sized book, except for wedding books, I love the 10×10 album.  I have searched high and low for other companies that I can customize as much as Shutterfly, but I have not found one yet!

Having said that, I offer this type of book with almost every photography package.  Photo books help tell the story of the clients life at that time, and the books are fun, easy to transport, and affordable.  Traditional photo albums run hundreds to thousands of dollars more than the books that I offer, without the creativity added to the way the images are placed on a page.  Take a look at my latest senior book of Adrianna that I just ordered:

Click here to view this Abyrdseyephoto photo book larger

By the way, Shutterfly recently featured one of my senior photos on their February blog, take a look!

Happy Holidays Toledo! Holiday Portraits Photography

Hello! This year has been filled with wonder, joy, and unexpected loss. Makes me even more greatful to spend the holiday in Toledo, Ohio with my children. We even got the chance to take holiday portraits at Wildwood Metropark during Christmas season! Taking pictures during a level 3 snow storm was interesting, but they images turned out pretty well.

 

 

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

Castle Farms Wedding, Destination Photography in Michigan

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

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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!

Who Are You?

Hi, are you a people person? Do you have anything hapening in your life coming up that brought you to my blog today?Who are you and how did you get here?Why am I asking so many questions?  Inquiring minds want to know. Shelby Studio Pics 2015-11-16 031

 

I would love to get to know my neighbors! Ive contemplated making flyers and putting them in my neighbors mailboxes for 2 years.  But I never did! I also have always put off blogging, thinking “no one reads my blog anyway.” Toledo Ohio is a little behind the times with networking, social media presence, and supporting our own.  Nonetheless my supporters have really stood behind my new venture of entreprenuership, and I am happy to call Toledo my current home.

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When I saw these set of questions on another person’s blog, I thought, what a Great idea!

So tell me, who are you?  I will pick a random poster to offer a free 20 minute session to in my studio.  Its quick, and easy. Just leave a comment in the reply section below.

 

Take just a moment to leave a comment now!

Tell us:

  1. Your name + whereabouts you’re located
  2. What kind of business are you in – or what are you working on?  (What brings you here?)
  3. What do you wish clients / your audience knew about you – and why do you have a hard time telling them?  (This helps me help you, my friends.)

After you finish answering the 3 questions below, please take a look at my portfolio, under the menu tab.  Leave a comment there also if you see something that interests you. I love feedback! Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

 

Destination Wedding in Maryland | Jamel & Adrienne Mac

In July I shot my 2nd destination wedding on a rainy day at Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt Maryland. It was a fabulous place. Lucky me, it was a family members wedding so my sister drove with me, & my oldest daughter came along as my 2nd shooter. Angela is getting really good as a 2nd shooter, as some of the reception and groomsmen shots show. Take a look at the collage I made for Jamel and Adrienne of their surprise proposal, and their engagement session, shot by Jsasuphotography.

The young bride and groom pulled off the wedding perfectly, despite the rain.  It was interesting shooting at a venue where several weddings were taking place at the same time! Shooting most of the wedding without sunlight gave our shots a moody feel, that I love, as it created a different experience for me.  The hall accommodated the wedding party very nicely, and I would recommend using them if you are near the Greenbelt Maryland area.  The coolest part of their wedding? They bought their own Snapchat filter! (Learn how to do that, here.)

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Bride and her Father
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Groomsmen GQ
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Fun times
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Wedding Party
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Bride and Bridesmaids
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Groomsmen in Formation
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Brides Dress and Bridesmaids
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Officiant and Groom waiting for her to arrive

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Groomsmen getting Ready
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The couple had their own Snapchat filter!

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Traditional dance

This post will be a 2 parter, pictures of my adventures in Washington DC with my sister & daughter, and pictures from the wedding.

Reception Maryland Wedding

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Bride & Groom 1st Dance
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Martins, Maryland Wedding
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Maryland DC Bride
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Grooms Details
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Abyrdseyephoto Engagement Collage Poster
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1st Kiss Wedding Ceremony Maryland DC

Maryland Wedding Guests

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Maryland Bride Getting Ready

I am really thankful the Macauley family chose me to be their wedding photographer! I enjoy providing quality, creative and professional images for everyone.  I also had the opportunity to visit Maryland during the week, which helped me to determine that maybe I dont want to move to Maryland!