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Mr. February

This year I did personalized gifts for all my family members – what a hit! These cute 4×6 custom designed calendars are now available and great gift ideas. You can have them designed with your engagement photos, wedding photos, high school senior photos… the ideas are endless.

Each month is printed as a 4×6 and can be displayed in a traditional frame, an acryllic frame. We have ours in a magnetic frame on our fridge!

Contact us at the studio for more information!

Whoa baby!!!

Life with baby Emmarie has been a bit rough these first few weeks. We battled a case of thrush, constant crying for 3.5+hours a day and acid reflux. We think we finally have the pretty little thing figured out – it makes me feel so good to know that a little bit of medicine can really ease the pain that she was feeling in her belly.

So now with a sleeping baby and a well-behaved 3.5 year old I am able to finally update my blog!

I am so excited to start my shooting season with Crystal and Greg’s May 1st wedding tomorrow. The reception will host over 400 guests – the largest event I’ve ever been to!

Earlier this week I became an accomplished speaker with the Professional Photographers of Michigan. I presented a boudoir program and hands-on demonstration to a group of 50. I had a great time speaking and think I may have found a new niche for me! I’ll blog more about the event with more details and photos over on the boudoir blog at www.unveiledportraits.com

And, just a reminder to become a ‘fan’ or ‘like’ both Ardent Photography and Unveiled Portraits on Facebook… I will soon release the dates and availability for High School Seniors as well as specials and a BIG announcement!

Happy Friday!

Drew 3.5yrs Emmarie 7 weeks – snapshot with a mommy-cam

The Collection – our TV debut!

This week was wedding week at TMJ4 and NBC26 on the Morning Blend. Members of the Collection were interviewed to present ideas and tips on choosing the right photographer for your wedding.

I was fortunate to participate on Tuesday’s show… where we talked mainly about the importance of hiring a professional wedding photographer and how the Collection benefits brides planning weddings in Wisconsin. I was really nervous being on live tv! I don’t know what came over me… but all-in-all it was a terrific experience.

Visit the Morning Blend website to view clips from the show…
January 5, 2010
January 8, 2010

If you are on a Mac you’ll need to download the latest Windows Media Player

That’s me! The cute 8 months pregnant girl on the right…

2009 :: A look back

I’m sooo excited for this new year… before the clock strikes 12:00 I want to recap the wonderful adventures of 2009…

An Ardent Photography Photobooth

2009 was a terrific year for Ardent Photography… I started out the year shooting a wedding with Rachel of www.mergeweddings.com in Key West Florida. I flew to the island in a ridiculously small 8-seater airplane – in the co-pilot seat! I knew from that moment it was going to be a fantastic year!

In March I returned for my second straight year at the WPPI conference in Las Vegas, NV. I had a blast rooming with Molly Michel of m three studio and participating in classes and shootouts all week long. I bought my first “real” purse and necklace at Tiffany’s… thank Molly for introducing me to nice things.

That Easter Andy and I took off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for some along adult time. It was so very relaxing to have nothing to do besides sit and soak up the sun.

Shortly after our trip to Mexico I was hired to shoot my first destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. I brought along friend and photographer Miranda ZyndaKneeland of Reminisce Photography to be my second shooter. It was a true honor and privilege to photograph Robin and Justin’s wedding in Punta Cana.

My busy wedding schedule only allowed me to take a limited number of High School Seniors. This year I shot 10 sessions and had a blast photographing seniors from Xavier, Appleton East, North and West as well as a senior from Winneconne High Schools.

The summer’s weddings brought lots of joyful moments in couples lives – and I loved shooting at many new locations. I especially loved shooting for Tracy and Tim in Pembine at the Four Season Resort and in Door County for Kirsten and Andrew at the family’s private residence. Thank you to all of my wedding couples for making 2009 such a fantastic season!!!

The most joyful news of the summer had to be finding out I was pregnant with our second child – a GIRL!!! Drew will finally be a big brother – our due date is March 1, 2010. He wants to name her “Cook”… it’s actually quite cute, we are calling her that for now… but we do have several cute girl names on our list!

In other business 2009 news… Unveiled Portraits – my boutique boudoir photography venture has been such a dream come true. I’ve shot more than 75 boudoir sessions total and in the month of October I raised $900 for my first ever Boudoir for Breast Cancer fund raiser with the help of matching funds from Invitation Consultants.

I was also featured in Wisconsin Bride Magazine as an expert in boudoir photography. I am beyond excited to continue photographing boudoir session in 2010 and continue to make Unveiled Portraits the best boudoir photography studio in the state of Wisconsin. Thank you to all of my wonderful ladies!!! Here’s to a new year of loving your sexy-self just the way you are!!!

This year was also a great year for my family. We took our very first family vacation in December to Disney World. Seeing Disney through the eyes of a 3 year old was definitely magical.

Drew had the most fun on the Triceratops ride at Animal Kingdom and getting his face painted up like a dragon. For Andy and I, our favorite part of the trip was getting selected to see the fireworks show as VIP’s at Epcot. We were the only people in the entire park that got to sit alongside the people who designed the show and just yards away from where the fireworks are shot off.

To help make way for lil‘ sister “Cook” Drew said goodbye to his toddler bed and hello to a big boy bed. He is doing great in the bed and hasn’t fallen out yet… He also was bumped up in his swimming class at Swimtastic Swim School. He can swim all independently for 3 feet, he is also jumping into the pool and swims to the side – all by himself!

Andy caught the biggest fish at my brother Nic’s bachelor party in Pickerel Lake, WI – the thing was a HUGE 42″ and very very tasty 😉 He has also been very busy playing in his softball and pool leagues. We are very fortunate his company has been so successful this year and are looking forward to what the future holds. We are both so lucky to have careers we love and a family that we adore!

Have a very happy and prosperous 2010!!!!

xoxo Amy

How cool is this?

I just found out that I’ve been selected for the Bride’s Choice Award 2009 through WeddingWire! WeddingWire.com is a great place for online wedding planning… you can see lots of information on local vendors… make sure to check it out!

If you are a past bride of Ardent Photography or of Unveiled Portraits please take a minute or two to leave a review on www.weddingwire.com! It’s easy and fast… thanks so much!

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Exciting news for Ardent Photography!

I am excited to announce that I am an Associate Photographer with m three studio in Milwaukee!
(photo by Spottswood Photography)

I am so excited that Molly and I have come together in this business venture! Molly and I clicked the first time we met (no photography pun intended) and our photographic styles and backgrounds are incredibly similar. Since our first shoot out together in in the Spring of 2008 we have not only shot weddings together and traveled together but we have relied on each other in many aspects of our lives and our businesses.

What does all of this mean for you? Well, I’ve already booked a limited number of weddings for 2010 for Ardent Photography. But because I want to keep up with a higher level of shooting and not the high level of administration work (that goes along with all of those weddings) I will be shooting the remainder of my open 2010 dates with weddings through m three studio. Molly will be handling all of the communication with clients, the editing of your images (so you get that signature m three studio look), albums and prints, and I will be the one shooting your engagement session and wedding day.

At this time we have booked several weddings for 2010 under m three studio…

Important note: Ardent Photography will continue to book it’s own weddings for 2011 and the future. I am currently accepting 2011 inquiries for Ardent Photography.

See an example of my work with that m three studio touch…

See Molly’s blog for more if you would like to book us for your 2010 wedding!

Edited to add:
I am not closing Ardent Photography. I am not selling or merging Ardent Photography. I am still accepting wedding clients and still shooting weddings and boudoir.

For 2010 I decided to lower my work load a bit by not taking on 28+ weddings. My personal wedding goal for 2010 was to shoot 10 weddings. I felt like this is a great number to service my clients with exceptional quality and service. I’ve now booked my goal for 2010.

Since I will be spending the summer of 2010 shooting those 10 weddings and caring for and loving my new little baby girl (and 3 year old son…) I decided more time would be needed. This means less time during the week in meetings and less time editing lots and lots of images. This way I can still do what I love, which is shooting. I’ve decided to partner with m three studio for 2010 wedding season as an associate shooter in addition to the 10 weddings for Ardent Photogaraphy. This means I’m taking on a select number of weddings with m three studio… which I’m super excited about because I get to do all the creative fun stuff – shooting weddings!

I am currently accepting 2011 wedding inquiries and plan to accept up to 20 weddings commissions – so if you are newly engaged contact me soon! These open dates will go quickly!

I am excited to continue to shoot boutique boudoir sessions as Unveiled Portraits by Ardent Photography. Because this venture has been soooo successful for me I also want to keep a few open weekends during the summer months to host sessions.

Business has never been so great! I love all my clients and am excited to shoot their weddings and boudoir sessions in 2010.

License to Cruise…

Erica and Eric’s wedding party stopped for drinks at Anduzzi’s before their wedding reception on Friday night. College Ave. was just revving up for it’s annual “License to Cruise” car show the night before the famous Octoberfest.

There was a staff photographer from the Post Crescent taking shots… he saw me setting up the wedding party and took a few shots. I am actually surprised the image was published in the paper… I wish I could have sent them the kick butt shot I took!


Amy Gaerthofner of Ardent Photography photographs a wedding party in front of a vintage Chevy Impala along College Avenue in downtown Appleton during License to Cruise on Friday, September 25, 2009. Post-Crescent photo by Kirk Wagner Kirk Wagner

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New… slideshows

Trying out a slideshow featuring photos from Naomi and Ryan’s wedding day! Enjoy!

We’re expecting…

Our second baby! I’m excited to make this exciting news public! I am currently 15 weeks, and I am due on March 3, 2010, which happens to also be my husband’s birth date. So far I’m doing great and have not been feeling any morning sickness.

We are really excited to be using a midwife again. If any of you are prego or thinking of becoming prego soon you should look into alternatives to OBGYN’s. Our experience with a midwife is a bit more personal and they less likely to use drugs or any interventions. Another thing I am excited about is using my Hypnobirthing Techniques for a drug free delivery. Now I know what to expect and I know I can do it again.

Enough of the baby talk… what does this mean to you? Well, fortunately I don’t have any weddings booked for 2010 until May. I am still booking weddings but I am taking a new approach… I will be able to share this exciting news very soon.

I am excited to continue to offer Unveiled Portraits on a monthly basis and up to 20 Senior sessions.

I hope to post a photo of me and my baby bump soon. Thank you all for your well wishes!

What a great email!

I got this email from a fellow photographer this morning:

“I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how beautiful your images are. I love the fact you were able to follow your heart and express your creativity through your photography. Your website is very beautiful also. My dream it to be able someday to work with a photographer that has the eye and the passion you do. I share your deep appreciation for seeing the beauty in all people and bringing it to life through your lens. What a gift.

R. Corrigan”

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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