Monthly Quote | March 2013

Its time again for the monthly quote and for March the quote is
Take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey“. – Kristi Bartlett.

If you missed January or February make sure you catch up and follow the links!

March Quote Challenge | Amy Lorraine Photography
Please check out my friend Brad’s translation by clicking HERE!

Necklace Holder | Amy Lorraine Photography

I spent what seemed like forever trying to find a jewelry holder for all my necklaces. Problem was they either were too expensive, didn’t have enough pegs to hold them or they wouldn’t have worked with my necklaces being so long.Necklace Holder out of a Tie/Belt Rack | Amy Lorraine Photography

Then I found this men’s tie/belt rack! It is perfect! I just screwed it into the wall and voila! No more tangled piled up necklaces and they don’t get lost anymore! For less than $8 it’s PERFECT!Necklace Holder out of a Tie/Belt Rack | Amy Lorraine Photography

Copyright VS Print Release | Amy Lorraine Photography

I wanted to write this Wisdom Wednesday post to help clarify the difference between Copyright and having a Print Release. I’ve seen “professional” photographers who offer all images from the session on CD with full copyright for $50 or less. Clearly they aren’t professionals because they wouldn’t be making enough money to actually consider it their profession and they would know you don’t just sell away your copyright, especially not for $50 or less.

Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. The photographer can edit, crop, sell, post, print, etc that image to their liking. If there are people or private property in the picture, it gets a little tricky. You don’t need permission to take anyone’s photograph, so you don’t need a model release form before hand. You don’t need a model release to post images on your blog, in a gallery, or even sell them. Most publishing companies or stock photo companies will not accept images unless you have a model release. I require them all for my portrait sessions, to cover myself in the event of legal problems and just to be considerate of peoples wishes. I understand some parent’s don’t want their childs photograph with their name on the internet. I’m always up for negotiating those requirements. It seems to be the industry standard to get a model release or property release for posting or selling those images. If a photographer sells copyright to a client, then the photographer is not allowed to use that photograph or publish it again without consent from the client. I know a photographer who sold the copyrights to her images from a wedding, she was compensated very well for her images but she can’t share those images on her blog, website, or even to her friends without permission from the client who purchased it.

Now for Print Release, most professional photographers will offer a print release with cd/usb of the images. They still should be anywhere from a couple hundred to over a thousand for all the images and the print release. This will entitle the purchaser to make prints of the images they have purchased however many times stipulated in their agreement. Some photographers will even sell limited print releases to advertising companies. Some print releases will only allow you to print with a certain printing company. So their images don’t get destroyed by Walmart or CVS printing labs. Mine do not include that requirement but I suggest using for higher quality and better looking images. Print release does not give you copyright. It does not give you the right to edit, alter, sell or even enter into a contest with those images. Please understand that just because you’re in the photograph, does NOT mean you have the copyrights to that image.

Please respect the artist taking your portraits. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot use the images for feel free to ask. I would like to say, I’m not a lawyer, so I can not say with 100% certainty that this is 100% true. This has, however, been my understand from my college classes and from other professionals in the industry. Please talk to a lawyer if you have any questions. The internet is full of great resources but it can also be full of fiction.

Topic Tuesday: Nurseries | Amy Lorraine Photography

I don’t have any children yet but that hasn’t stopped me from planning my my non-existent children’s nursery. Here are a few of my favorites!

First one I have to start off with is the Toy Story inspired! If you don’t know… I LOVE TOY STORY. It is my favorite movie and anything Toy Story related makes my heart smile.

colorful-disney-and-toy-story-inspired-nurseryCheck out the post for all the details on how they did the nursery HERE!

The next one is from Lay Baby Lay. I love the fact its not over the top girly girl room! The colors are fantastic!

Lary-baby-layClick here for the post and more information!

This is such a cute room for a little boy. I love the dark rich colors and the adorable sailboats throughout!

elliots-nursery-2 elliots-nursery-4Click here for the original post and more awesome photographs!

The last one for this post is a gender neutral gray & white nursery. For those who don’t want to know the sex of the baby before he or she is born, gray is a great color choice. This is with an accent of a pale blue but it can be easily changed to yellow!

grey-and-whiteClick here  for more information & more photos!

Sunday Funday | St Patty’s Day Card Free Download

2013-03-10_0001St Patrick’s Day it next week! I hope you find your pot of gold and have your green beer ready for some Irish Fun! I made this card for the Sunday Funday Freebie.

Click here to download!

Five On Friday | Amy Lorraine Photography


I got my nails done again. I think I’m addicted! I just love the polished look and my real nails are just so thin and I can never get them to grow long and strong. And who doesn’t love a manicure? I’m amazed at the designs they can do on tiny little nails!


Have you seen She’s The Man? It is one of my favorite movies and there is a line where Amanda Bynes is pretending to be a boy, talking to Channing Tatum, teaching him how to talk to girls. “Do you like cheese?” “Why yes, my favorites Gouda!” Anytime I see it in the grocery store I always think of it! photo3

Since I managed not to take photos of actual people or anything during/after the party heres the carrot cupcake tower for the March Birthday Celebrations! They were delicious!


Id like to thank Netflix on its collection of Disney movies! I’ve already watched Pocahontas, The Rescuers Down Under and The Great Mouse Detective. I can never say no to a good Disney movie.


I LOVE ELLEN! So I did order Ellen’s sweatpants and underwear. SO COMFORTABLE!

DIY No Slip Hangers | Amy Lorraine Photography

I have all these plastic hangers and off the shoulder shirts do NOT mix. Since I hang up all my shirts I needed a solution to the everlasting problem of the shirts falling off the hangers.IMG_4934

Take your regular hanger and your hot glue gun. Run a zig zap pattern on the top of each side. Once dry hang up shirt.IMG_4942



Why are Digital Files so expensive? | Amy Lorraine Photography

Depending on the type of photographer you go to for your portraits you will find varying prices to get “all the images on a CD”. I wanted to write this post to help you understand why they are so expensive valuable!

First things first, I do offer digital files in my collections and a la carte as I know some photographers do not. I offer the files because I know I would want them from my portrait sessions and I understand in such a digital age everyone wants the files. I also offer web sized images for sharing online and I now offer custom apps that hold the images from your session so you can share on your iPhone, iPad and iTouch! However, as an artist I want you to have your own works of art. I want you to smile every time you look at your images on the wall or in your album.

Now getting to the money part.. They really aren’t that expensive. It just seems expensive because you’re getting them all together. If you bought a 4×6 print of each file if would be more expensive than buying the digital files from me. And when you purchase the files you’re purchasing the rights to print these images whenever, wherever (although I don’t recommend just anywhere) and as many times you want for a lifetime.

And now to the problem with only getting the files.. Who knows what technology will advance to in the years to come.. that CD or USB might not be able to work on computers. Apple is already getting rid of CD drives on their computers, and that is part of the reason I use custom USB flash drives instead of CDs. If you get your prints from a professional photographer who gets their images printed from a professional photography lab, you will be getting the archival quality images. Those images will last you a lifetime.

“But theres another photographer who does the whole session and gives me the disc for X amount. Can you just do that?”

No, I can’t. Everyone runs their business differently. I choose to run my business as a boutique photography on location business. I want to spoil my clients from start to finish creating a luxury experience custom to their needs and wants, while giving them photographs they will cherish for a lifetime. My prices have been carefully figured out for my business. If you want that shoot and burn photographer or you want to stop in a chain photo studio, go to them! I’m sure they’d love your business. Everyone has their own style, preference and price range so find out what is best for you!

Hope this gives a better understanding but if you have any other questions feel free to comment or message me!