For the Love of Babies: The Joy of Newborn Photography with Amy Haehl

When it comes to photographing babies and toddlers, you can never predict exactly how it’s going to go, depending on each babies’ mood and personality. The key is being able to read the emotions from both momma and baby, adjust based on their needs, and always, try to stay patient and calm above all else. Parents will love just about any picture of their sweet bundle of joy, but a peaceful, low-stress newborn photography session can make the experience truly special.

In today’s episode, Amy Haehl shares her expertise from over a decade of newborn photography experience with us on how to do just that. She shares all her best tips to keep newborn photography sessions running smoothly and why she wishes she’d spent more time on her photography education when she first started out.

Amy also shares how the Covid pandemic made her rethink her pricing structure to better reflect the value of her time and expertise, so she wasn’t killing herself doing tons of sessions while missing out on time with her own family. At the end of the day, Amy just loves newborn photography and her passion for having fun and making each session truly memorable is infectious. I can’t wait for you to hear this amazing conversation!

What’s in this episode:

  • [03:47] Why babies aren’t as fragile as you might think and how to keep your cool when photographing them
  • [07:14] How to get on a toddler’s level to make their photography sessions as smooth as possible
  • [12:08] Why you’ll never regret investing in your photography education, instead of figuring everything out “the hard way”
  • [15:55] What to consider when posing babies during newborn photography
  • [18:37] How valuable newborn photography can be and why you should price accordingly – even if photographing babies doesn’t always feel like a “job”
  • [25:37] How bringing her creative visions to life continues to light up Amy’s soul

If you’re considering branching out into newborn photography, tune in to this joyful episode with Amy Haehl.

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Meet Amy Haehl

Amy Haehl is the owner of Coffee Creek Studio located in Shelbyville, IN. She started her photography business in 2008 and specializes in newborn photography and mentoring. She also worked as an ER nurse for 11 years before devoting herself to her photography business full-time. She loves creating beautiful, timeless portraits for her clients. However, she occasionally likes to be extra creative and create themed portraits. Her work has been published by Good Morning America, TODAY, The Huffington Post, Popsugar, Inside Edition, Daily Mail, The Sun, and more. She’s also been interviewed live on Fox & Friends.

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Transcript

[00:00:00] Amy Haehl Most recently had a really, really amazing session. And it was just a family who have tried for a really long time to have a baby and have literally been to hell and back trying to have a baby. And so to have them come in my studio with this baby that they’ve dreamed of, that they kind of thought would never happen for them, was just amazing. I get chills right now talking about it. But it was just amazing to be a part of that and get to see their love for this baby and get to see the smiles on their face and watch them watch their baby and hear them oohing and eyeing and crying in the background. It’s just so rewarding to be not only there in that moment, but be the person that they chose to photograph their baby in that moment. 

[00:00:44] Lisa DiGeso Welcome to the Art and Soul Show, where we dove into heart opening chats on photography, business, life and that messy in between. I’m your host, Lisa DiGeso, a mom, a photographer and entrepreneur. And I’ll be sharing honest conversations and advice for photographers with insight on mindset, entrepreneurship and creativity. The goal of this podcast is for you to be able to gain insights and strategies that will get you real results. Because, let’s face it, having a photography business can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. This is the place you can go when you need a boost of encouragement, a kick in the pants and inspiration to pick up your camera. This is the Art and Soul Show. 

[00:01:28] Hello, my lovely friends. Welcome back to the show. Today I’m hanging out with Amy Haehl. Amy is the owner of Coffee Creek Studios, located in Shelbyville, Indiana. She started her photography business in 2008 and specializes in newborn photography and mentoring. She also worked as an ER nurse for 11 years before devoting herself to her photography business full time. She loves creating beautiful, timeless portraits for her clients. However, she occasionally likes to be extra creative and create themed portraits too. I am super excited to have a chat with her today. So without further ado, let’s dove in. Welcome, Amy. Hello. So tell us who you are and what you’re passionate about. 

[00:02:09] Amy Haehl I’m Amy Haehl. I am just a small town girl trying to follow her passion and her dreams. And I’ve been very, very fortunate to end up where I am today. You know, I think a long time ago I went into this thinking like a lot of photographers do, oh, this be a fun, fun thing to do on the side and always hoping that it could be a full time job. And here I am today, which is amazing. I focus on mainly newborn photography. That’s kind of always been a passion of mine. Way back when I followed Anne Geddes, she was the person that I just adored and so I got her calendar every year. I hung it up in my house every year and always just kind of idolized her. I thought, Wow, wouldn’t that be cool to have a job like that? And so to be here and be photographing newborns like I always kind of dreamed of doing is pretty surreal. 

[00:02:59] Lisa DiGeso So I love that I was totally an Anne Geddes kid, like, I had her posters all over my room. And it’s funny, like looking back, I was like, Holy Crumb. I had a picture, I was looking through a photo album. I was like, Oh my goodness. My teenage bedroom had, like, images of, like, shirtless dads holding babies. And, like. 

[00:03:19] Amy Haehl Yeah, like. 

[00:03:21] Lisa DiGeso I just really liked babies. My parents must have been horrified or terrified. 

[00:03:26] Amy Haehl Yes, they even supported me. The baby, the calendar every year. 

[00:03:31] Lisa DiGeso Exactly right. I know. They would just get me more and get these things. It’s so. 

[00:03:35] Amy Haehl Funny. Yeah. 

[00:03:37] Lisa DiGeso So many of our listeners are new photographers and they may have some fear working with the newborns. Now, what advice do you have on getting over that fear and working with babies who? 

[00:03:47] Amy Haehl That’s a tough one. When it comes to working with newborns, I like to just remind them that babies aren’t as breakable as you think they would be, which I don’t say that lightly. We still had to be very, very careful with babies and be very safe with them. But as far as handling them appropriately in a safe environment, you’re not going to hurt them in that way. Imposing them, you know, as long as you’re not being forceful and not trying to get them to do things that they would they don’t want to do, you’re not going to hurt a baby. Don’t be scared of them. And, you know, err on the side of parents are going to cherish a photo no matter what it looks like. And you can always work on your craft over time and not be too stressed about that because then the stress carries on to the baby and it just makes everybody a little more stressed. So just remember that babies go through a lot just to get here through birth and delivery and all of those things that can be pretty traumatic for a baby. So just keep that in the back of your mind that a baby laying on a blanket with you in its hands, posing them, kind of takes a little bit of that edge off for me anyway. Yeah, yeah. 

[00:04:50] Lisa DiGeso Love, that’s great advice. Now, how long do you feel that you before you felt confident in your newborn sessions, how long did that take you did you find. 

[00:04:58] Amy Haehl Confident is a big word. I’ve been doing this almost 14 years and there’s still times that I’m like, I’m not confident in what I’m doing here. And it’s a lot of it is just the babies and it’s kind of dependent on each baby. And I will say it took me, gosh, several years to get to a place and probably even having my own children to get to a place where I just felt really comfortable with what I was doing and knowing that what I was doing was right. And at that point, whatever the baby was doing, it was kind of on them versus me. But not to say that I don’t still have those babies that just send me in that downward spiral of I have no idea, what am I? What am I doing? Why am I even doing baby photography? What is this? So confidence is a tough word. Because some babies, no matter how many years you do it, will make you question your competence. 

[00:05:49] Lisa DiGeso I know it’s so true. And sometimes you’ll get like a run of them to you and you’re like, Well, well, I have lost my I lost my touch. I’m no longer a baby whisperer and my career is over. So. 

[00:05:59] Amy Haehl Yes, absolutely. Yes. Now. 

[00:06:03] Lisa DiGeso If memory serves, I think that you started a trend in the industry a few years ago when it came to maybe doing something unique. Was it putting teeth on a baby? 

[00:06:13] Amy Haehl Oh, yes. It’s one of those things that I think well, it was funny. I did not anticipate that going as far as it did. I’m pretty lighthearted and I like to joke around and think it’s funny to break things up every now and then. So I just thought I’d post it to be funny. I never in a million years thought, Yeah, you know, I’d become known as the baby teeth photographer. 

[00:06:40] Lisa DiGeso So our listeners don’t know what I’m talking about. Amy a few years ago ended up using a filter and putting I’m sure you’ve seen the photos. It’s the image of this gorgeous baby with a great big chompers, smile of teeth and yet took off. It went viral for her. And it was just it was hilarious, was so good and crazy. I ended up doing it for a few of my clients and they just think they’re the best photos. 

[00:07:04] Amy Haehl Oh, yes. A still every now and then we’ll get somebody who says, Can you put teeth on my baby? 

[00:07:10] Lisa DiGeso Now, do you have a go to trick to get toddlers to cooperate? 

[00:07:14] Amy Haehl Oh, gosh. When it comes to toddlers, every every toddler is a little bit different. Just like every baby is a little bit different. And what works for one baby may not work for another. What works for one toddler may not work for another. When it comes to working with toddlers, my best trick is just to act silly. I know that sounds silly, but you know, completely goofing around with them and getting on their level and trying to not make it about the photo and not trying to pressure them. Because if you pressure a toddler, it’s just going to work against you. So I try to always just kind of make it more fun, like whether it’s playing peekaboo behind the camera or I’m going to get you take a picture to go like those kind of things versus telling them what to do because just telling them what to do is never going to really work for a toddler. Now, you have to go on their terms. 

[00:08:02] Lisa DiGeso 100%. 

[00:08:03] Amy Haehl Yes. 

[00:08:04] Lisa DiGeso Now, do you supply items for a client closet for your client? 

[00:08:08] Amy Haehl I do. It’s not a huge client closet. I’m slowly adding to it, but for the most part, I have several dresses for moms and sizes, you know, all of the sizes, so that she has plenty of options. And then I do have sibling outfits up to about four boys, up to about size four or five and girls up to I have dresses for them close to size eight and then I have four babies, you know, the newborns and sitters and one year tons, tons of those. So dads are out there on their own. They can bring their own. I know. So I really need to stock up for the dads. But outside of that, we’re pretty well covered. Love it. 

[00:08:50] Lisa DiGeso So what would you say is your favorite pose in your newborn sessions? 

[00:08:54] Amy Haehl My favorite pose, it would probably be. It’s kind of become the pose that I do and I try to do with every session. And I have a lot of mentees that when I’m mentoring, that’s the pose that they want to learn. And it’s the one where baby is on their back, kind of in that Huck Finn pose, but backlit. And that’s probably my all time favorite pose that it’s just, yeah, it’s a little different. It’s backlit, so it’s really pretty lighting. It’s a little tricky to achieve, but when it gets done, when it’s done in the right way, it just focuses on all the baby’s features in a really beautiful way. So that’s probably my most favorite post. Love it. 

[00:09:28] Lisa DiGeso Now what is your go to workflow when a session maybe starts to go sideways? 

[00:09:34] Amy Haehl Oh gosh. So what would you say that is sessions going sideways? Like in what way? 

[00:09:40] Lisa DiGeso Like maybe babies and wanting to sleep or having tummy trouble or just wants to cluster feed. 

[00:09:47] Amy Haehl Okay. In that case, it’s a little tough. So if I always, you know, try my best to get the session to go all the way through and finish it. You know, occasionally I have had a few times in all my years that I’ve had babies that it’s just not working. And I try to get a good sense of how mom is feeling because I don’t want to stress a mom out either. So I’m not afraid to call a call session and reschedule if it’s just not happening because we don’t need to stress out a baby. We don’t need to stress out a mom. That being said, I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve had to reschedule, but I always keep that in the back of my mind, and it’s usually about what I’m about to say. We should reschedule that. A baby finally lets me do what I want to do. 

[00:10:26] Lisa DiGeso Right? You’re just like. 

[00:10:29] Amy Haehl Yes, yes. It’s just being patient is about the only thing you can do in that moment and letting that baby feed and trying to keep a baby awake so that they’re tired and trying to not if a baby is not tired, no matter what you try to do. They’re not going to go to sleep or if they do, they’re going to pop right back up in the minute you try to move them. So in that sense, there’s a lot of ways it can kind of go sideways, but you just have to keep your calm, keep patient and try to, you know, read your families and read your babies and make determinations from there. 

[00:10:59] Lisa DiGeso Yeah, I love that. I think that’s so important. Is the like nail on the head, just making sure that you’re checking in and you’re not stressing out the mom because like I know it takes time for you to set up your studio. I know it takes time to get everything heated for them to be in there. But like the memory that they’re going to have from that session is is just as important as the images and to your reputation, right? 

[00:11:23] Amy Haehl Yes. And you want them to look at those images and have beautiful memories and not remember a stressful time. Mm hmm. 

[00:11:31] Lisa DiGeso Now, how big are your average galleries? 

[00:11:33] Amy Haehl So I do in-person sales, so every gallery is a little bit different, and it kind of is dependent on what each family wants and what works for them. And so I would say the majority of my clients fall somewhere around the middle where they’ll order, you know, 15 to 20 images, sometimes up to 30, sometimes a little more, but usually right around there. And I tend to focus on quality over quantity. So I like to have those images perfected and that’s kind of why I like doing it that way. But yeah, usually some somewhere right around in there. 

[00:12:05] Lisa DiGeso What advice would you give to a new photographer starting out? 

[00:12:08] Amy Haehl There’s a lot of good advice out there. Probably the biggest one would be to invest in your education. And I think I’m pretty big on education because it’s one of those things that I didn’t have when I started. Back when I started, it was just. There wasn’t YouTube. There wasn’t really hardly Internet or smart like it. There just weren’t a lot of resources like there are. Like, I’m trying to think back. I don’t think I even had an iPhone at that time. So yeah, it’s weird to think back to then, but there weren’t educational resources, so I had to learn the hard way and it took me a really long time to get where I am now. And I also spent a lot of money and a lot of time on things that I did not need to waste my time or money on. And so looking back, if given the resources that are there now, that would be a wonderful place to start because then, you know, you’re investing your time and your money and your effort in things that are going to work instead of figuring out the hard way like I did. 

[00:13:03] Lisa DiGeso Oh gosh, all the blankets that I purchased that are not my style, not my color hat. And I’m just like, I wasted so much money. 

[00:13:12] Amy Haehl Yes. Yes, absolutely. And figuring out your you know, what you love is hard, too. Yeah. So, yeah, I have a lot a lot of those things I know. 

[00:13:21] Lisa DiGeso And like I’ve been I’ve been doing this for 12, 13 years now. And like you and like the industry has changed so much. Styles have changed so much to that. I’ve got to go through my stuff and get rid of some stuff. 

[00:13:34] Amy Haehl Oh yeah. I can remember back thinking back to like all the little hats. And I remember it was hard to even set up for a session because I’m like, okay, do they want their baby to be a cow or do they want their baby to be a giraffe? Or do they even like cows or do they like dress like, what are we doing here? So now it’s a whole lot easier. What? Just keep it simple. And if they, you know, request something, we’ll go down that path. Yeah. 

[00:13:57] Lisa DiGeso One thing I’ve actually noticed over the past few years, like there was, there was a time when Pinterest was really, really big and like, every client would come with all these different Pinterest ideas. And I found that over time, that doesn’t really happen anymore. Do you find that, too? 

[00:14:12] Amy Haehl Yeah, I guess. I can’t really think of the last time I had Pinterest photos. A lot of times, you know, I’ll try to ask clients, there are the things you’ve seen that I’ve done that you really enjoy. And so for the most part, I feel like people have kind of gotten away from the Pinterest, which is kind of nice because it’s, you know, kind of the best world, best, worst thing ever. 

[00:14:34] Lisa DiGeso It’s true because, gosh, there is some bad stuff on there for a while. And I was like, oh, man, like, this is not my style. I don’t want to do this. 

[00:14:43] Amy Haehl Right. Yes. And when you first starting out, it’s hard to say like, no, that’s not my style. 

[00:14:48] Lisa DiGeso Right? 

[00:14:48] Amy Haehl Yeah. 

[00:14:50] Lisa DiGeso So what has been your most memorable session and why? 

[00:14:53] Amy Haehl I’ve had a lots of memorable sessions. We’ll go with memorable in a good way. No, I’m just kidding. I would say my most memorable sessions that stick out are the adoptions. Most recently had a really, really amazing session, and it was just a family who have tried for a really long time to have a baby and have literally been to hell and back trying to have a baby. And so to have them come in my studio with this baby that they’ve dreamed of, that they kind of thought would never happen for them, was just amazing. I get chills right now talking about it, but it was just amazing to be a part of that and get to see their love for this baby and get to see the smiles on their face and watch them watch their baby and hear them oohing and awing and crying in the background. It’s just so rewarding to be not only there in that moment, but be the person that they chose to photograph their baby. In that moment. So yeah, that that’s probably those are always the most memorable for me. 

[00:15:48] Lisa DiGeso I love that. Now, what is the biggest posing or lighting mistake you usually see new photographers make? 

[00:15:55] Amy Haehl You know, the lighting mistake that I think is the one that is usually the go to is the up lighting, but it’s not always one of the things that is easy. It’s not one of those things that is easy to see. I think sometimes babies are uplit and you wouldn’t necessarily know it because it’s a very simple trick of their head or movement of their head or body that makes them uplit when you wouldn’t think that it would be. So I would say, in general, posing for your light is one of those things that is kind of overlooked at times. We get so focused on getting those fingers straight and getting that baby where we need them to be. And are there in are they in the right position that sometimes light is an afterthought when really it should be the first thing you, you know, you kind of think about or at least stop and think about it before you take that picture. So I would say, you know, when it comes to posing and lighting, making sure that their face is where you want it to be, in the light in relation to their face is in the right place is good. And then the other thing I notice a lot is babies, the angles. A lot of times a baby’s face should be closer to you in the baby’s body, kind of further away from you. And that’s probably the one that sticks out the most is just the angles and having babies bottom half too close to the photographer. 

[00:17:05] Lisa DiGeso Yeah, I agree. So are there any special touches that you have for your clients that make your sessions unique? 

[00:17:12] Amy Haehl Well, I’ve kind of become the unique session photographer after a few few viral posts, and it wasn’t intentional. So I do get a lot of people that come to me with some interesting requests. But outside of that, I always try to get to know each client and get a feel for what’s important to them and what they love. And if I’m able to create something special and meaningful for them, I will kind of go the extra mile and do that because I enjoy doing it and then I enjoy it too. But I always try to keep little things around, like little snacks that I know that they like, or giving them a little client gift here or there or yeah, just trying to make it a very special, special and memorable experience for them and providing comfort and drinks and food and all of the things that they might not think about when they’re rushing out the door to get here with their newborn. 

[00:18:01] Lisa DiGeso I love that. Now, do you do like in-person sales? You have them come back? 

[00:18:06] Amy Haehl I do, yes. I didn’t always do it that way, but it has been, you know, life changing, business changing. And I wish I would have done it sooner. I said I’d never do it. And here I am saying I wish I would have always done it this way. So, yes, they come you know, they come for a consult, then they have their their session and then they have their ordering appointment, which sometimes, depending on how far away they are, we do that on Zoom. But yeah, they’re separate, separate appointments. 

[00:18:33] Lisa DiGeso What do you wish more photographers knew? 

[00:18:37] Amy Haehl Well, this piggybacks off what we were just talking about a little bit. I wish more photographers knew how to charge their worth. I think it’s very easy in this industry to not be valued, and I think other photographers value other photographers. But I think as this profession and a whole, I don’t feel like it’s the kind of profession that people just look at and think, Oh, you charge what? Okay, that’s great. Here you go. And I think it’s easy as photographers, because we love our job so much and we’re so passionate about it, that it’s easy for us to not charge what we feel like we should or what we should because we enjoy it. And so there is value in your experience and your time and all of those things. And so going down that path of I wish people would realize that their time is valuable and their experience is valuable and it’s not worth sacrificing your life and your family and all of those things to do this job because it is a job even though we love it and, you know, it doesn’t feel like a job. It is. And that’s why we’re doing this, is to provide for our families and all of those things, too. So don’t sell yourself short. 

[00:19:43] Lisa DiGeso What I think is really fascinating in our industry is that like when it comes to wedding photography, like charging thousands of dollars is the norm, like this is what is expected and yes, not even blink eyes link to that and newborn photography which I like. I love my husband but honestly the birth of my son and like. 

[00:20:05] Amy Haehl Oh yeah. 

[00:20:08] Lisa DiGeso Like I would have paid so much money for a newborn photographer at that time because it meant so much to me. But I just find it so fascinating that so many photographers and myself included, like we are charging for 400, 500, under $1,000 for something that takes us probably at minimum per client as opposed photographer over 10 to 12 hours per session. Yes. And it’s just it’s just so interesting. Like, why is this industry so disparate, different and viewed so differently than the wedding industry? I know that you have previously done weddings, too. So did you like did you really notice that, too? 

[00:20:48] Amy Haehl Oh, absolutely. I noticed that in that shooting weddings is what allowed me to retire from nursing and do photography full time, because I was able to charge that and I was able to make really good money on weddings. Problem was, my heart was not in weddings, it was a newborn photography. And so in the process, you know, I took before I switched to in-person sales, I kind of had… COVID honestly pushed me over the ledge because it was difficult. It was difficult for everybody. And I think it forced in a good way, it forced me to evaluate what I was doing. I had to stop for a minute and I actually saw my children and spent time with my children and had this epiphany of what am I doing and why have I been doing this this way for so long? And, you know, at the end of the year, looking at my numbers and thinking, wow, I am killing myself to make that like this doesn’t make sense. And so I knew I was going either going to not be able to continue what I was doing or I’m going to have to make some big changes. And so I’ve been very fortunate that I have amazing clients and they’ve been really receptive to this new pricing structure. And for the first time doing it this way, I’m making good income, I’m paying my bills and saving some and saving for retirement and all the things that we have to do as being, you know, self-employed. You know, we have to cover all those little things that weren’t covered by an employer. And so I’m finally able to do that instead of just scrambling, trying to make ends meet. So it has completely changed my business, being able to charge what I should have been charging all along.  

[00:22:17] Lisa DiGeso I love that. Yeah. I’m in the process right now, just taking a sabbatical from photography and restructuring my business because, you know, like, when we first get started, I had no business owning a business. 

[00:22:29] Amy Haehl No, me either experience. 

[00:22:30] Lisa DiGeso I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. And there really wasn’t any resources on how to do what we were doing. I just was excited. People wanted me to take their photos, so like ten years later I was like, This business really needs an overhaul because I am killing myself and I’m not making the money that I should be making in this business with the talent that I have. And yeah, it was interesting. I really had to like really get real and look at my numbers and go, Wow, I need to stop this. 

[00:22:57] Amy Haehl This is not good. It is not worth it. 

[00:23:00] Lisa DiGeso You know, it’s not a well, my friend, are you ready for the lightning round? 

[00:23:05] Amy Haehl Sure. Let’s do this. 

[00:23:07] Lisa DiGeso Coffee or tea? T What kind. 

[00:23:14] Amy Haehl I love a good like, peach tea or, you know, a flavored tea. I’ve just never been much of a coffee drinker. I want to be a coffee drinker. I love the smell of it. I just. I can’t do it. 

[00:23:26] Lisa DiGeso What’s the last thing you did for yourself as an indulgence? 

[00:23:30] Amy Haehl You know, I went and got my first facial. I’ve never had a facial. I’m almost 40. And, you know, I’m going to do something for me. Let’s let’s try something. And I was like, I’ll go get a facial. And it was really nice. I might have to do it again. 

[00:23:45] Lisa DiGeso Love it. What did you want to be when you grew up as a kid? 

[00:23:49] Amy Haehl I wanted to be a baby nurse, which is kind of funny because it’s kind of like a merge of exactly what I’ve done. I became a nurse and now I photograph babies because I love babies. And so, yeah, that’s what I thought I’d be in. Turns out I just take pictures of babies. I don’t need to be their nurse. 

[00:24:06] Lisa DiGeso What is that song that lifts you up when you’re feeling down? 

[00:24:10] Amy Haehl It’s so hard because I haven’t listened to like, music in so long because I’m a mom of three young kids and I hear is noise and I don’t get to listen to what I want. So it I get a quiet moment, I just keep it quiet. But I would say I’m a Rascal Flatts fan. I’ve been a Rascal Flatts fan my whole life. And anytime I can hear any of their songs, it just kind of takes me back and puts me in my happy place so they can never quit singing, although they don’t do much anymore. But yeah, any of their songs make me happy. 

[00:24:41] Lisa DiGeso What’s for dinner tonight? 

[00:24:43] Amy Haehl Oh, we’re going to do homemade pizza pockets. I like those because then they can pick whatever they want in there. Their own little pizza pocket. 

[00:24:52] Lisa DiGeso Do you have any personal projects going on right now? 

[00:24:55] Amy Haehl I’m getting better about this now that I’m, you know, trying to make some time for my own kids. Everybody says, you know all about your kids have the best pictures. Like, No, actually, they don’t. There’s the worst. I never do their pictures, but I’m trying to fix that. So right now, my girls are, you know, really fun, ages six and seven. I actually my daughter turned eight yesterday, so six and eight now. And we’re going to do I bought a big life sized Barbie Dreamhouse backdrop. And so I’ve got them little dresses and fancy shoes and we’re going to do some Barbie dream house pictures to put in their bedroom, in their playroom that they share. So, yeah, we’re going to do that. 

[00:25:32] Lisa DiGeso Oh, I love that. How fun. What makes your soul light up? 

[00:25:37] Amy Haehl Besides taking pictures, baby, I think, like, being really creative and coming up with. Like having a picture in my mind of what I want something to look like and then actually being able to create it. And once it’s created and I can actually see it on my computer and knowing like that vision came to life, it just makes me so excited. And knowing that I can create that, it’s just, I don’t know. It’s kind of hard, surreal thing to explain because sometimes you have these visions in your head and you think, How is this ever going to work? And so the puzzle pieces come together and it does work. It’s just I don’t know, it’s fulfilling in a different kind of way. Yeah. 

[00:26:19] Lisa DiGeso I totally agree. I love to end my interviews with this last question. And it is what are you curious about or artistically curious about right now? 

[00:26:31] Amy Haehl I am a little curious about video. I know it’s kind of a thing where you do a little bit of everything. And I think as I’ve switched gears into creating more memorable experiences for my clients, I’ve always thought Man Video would be a really cool complement to photography and how could I incorporate that? So it’s one of those things I’ve always kind of been a little curious about, but whether or not I’ll ever be able to execute something like that, I don’t know. 

[00:26:57] Lisa DiGeso You will do it. 

[00:26:59] Amy Haehl We’ll see. I don’t know. Like always come up with ideas and then we’ll see if I ever actually pull them off. 

[00:27:04] Lisa DiGeso But I said, well, Amy, thank you so much for joining me today. 

[00:27:10] Amy Haehl Well, thank you. It’s a lot of fun. 

[00:27:14] Lisa DiGeso All my friends, what a great conversation. Thank you so much for tuning in. I know you probably adored this conversation just as much as I did. And seriously, my beautiful friends, I’m sending you so much of my light and love today and every single day. We will see you next time. 

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