sweet little O

Sweet little one, in a perfect world, we’d be neighbors.  You’d be a regular addition to the noise and joy in our home.  Someone would be waiting to play peekaboo with you nearly every moment you could want.  And I would have weekly coffee dates with your mom and she’d teach me how to cook.

I hate the miles that separate us from you (and your amazing parents).  But I’m grateful for these moments and all the memories I’ll treasure forever of a weekend spent with you.  We’re already counting down the days until we see you this summer.  But prepare yourself little lady – all three cousins will be there.  Three times the peekaboo and three times the noise…


coming back

Hi, my name is Amy.

I realize the introduction might seem silly, but it’s necessary.  Because somewhere along the line I stopped showing up here with my whole self.  I’ve been scared.  Scared because I didn’t have it all together.  (Translation: my life felt like broken pieces laid out on the floor.)  Scared of what people think.  Scared of not being enough.  Scared because things were hard and my faith was gone.  Add to that a lack of time and an extreme gift for putting off transformational tasks and you have the presence of pictures with the absence of my real self.  (Though the pictures did have my heart)

But I’m going to start sharing my real self again.  It’s going to be imperfect and though that’s hard for me, a recovering perfectionist to handle, it’s time.  So I hope you’ll join me here in this space.

In the meantime – here’s what we did during our “snow” day…


the carolines

Their music was the soundtrack of my trip from Indianapolis to Chicago.  The harmonies, the intricate rhythms of the banjo – all of it captivated me.  There is this incredible complexity presented with such ease that you get lost in the beauty of what to the ear sounds so very effortless and gorgeous.

These ladies (The Carolines) are pretty incredible.  And they make incredible music.

Though I’m late to sharing it all, here are a few images from our time together in the great city of Cincinnati…


create good sessions

Let’s come together and create good.  And beauty.  And laughter.

On Saturday, November 29 I’m opening up 4 short story (mini) sessions at Little Mulberry Park to make Christmas a little brighter for some families.

These are 25 minute sessions in length and will include the digital media.  These session fees are going DIRECTLY to the families.

One family is facing huge medical bills after their son has been in and out of the hospital throughout the year.  (Love sending cards?  Go check out the beautiful ones this family is making HERE)

Another family just welcomed their second child through adoption and we’re going to help them pay the adoption fees.  (You can also contribute to their adoption process HERE.)

Finally, there are many families that will be attending the Holiday House through the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.  It is “a week-long on-site event that provides parents with the opportunity to do all of their holiday shopping free of charge. This event will help to ensure that all of our ACS parents and children have a Merry Christmas.”  Let’s make it extra merry…

Here are the times available:
2:15 pm
2:45 pm
3:15 pm
4 pm

The minimum suggested donation for each session is $150.  If you can give more, please do so.  (These sessions are normally $375)  If you aren’t able – then enjoy this session at this extra special discount and love that it’s about creating good – for your family and for another family.
Email me at amy@amy-paulson.com for more information.  (Please include your number so I can get to know your story and answer any questions you may have!)

I cannot wait to tell your story.  And be a part of creating good together.

lindsey & kurt: engaged

Lindsey and Kurt – YOU TWO.  (Yes – I must use caps and I’m shouting)  I love you to the moon and back.  I’m pretty sure that the two of you make me laugh harder than anyone ever.  (Except for Ted.)   I am so glad that God kept bringing you two back to one another and that in 8 months – the two of you will start your life as husband and wife.  Thank you for the memories – the stories – and the JOY.  Because that’s the word I think of whenever I think of you two – JOY.  You two bring it everywhere you go and it’s highly contagious.  Thank you for being you.  For seeing the best in people and bringing out their best.  For loving people with all that you have.  For pouring out your lives to help others see just how capable and wonderful they are.  (And Lindsey – the way you care for your students will forever and always humble me.  Listening to your stories was such a gift.)  And for the dance moves.  Most DEFINITELY for the dance moves.

So…bottom line.  I love you.  For an infinite number of reasons.  And I couldn’t not be more excited for July!!!!

You guys rock.

Lindsey…let’s just pause and take a moment to talk about how GORGEOUS you are.  Lady – you are beautiful inside and out.

This series is the making of the next photo.  And yes – I loved them all.

Kurt – this picture is for you.  It’s a way of saying thank you for some of my favorite wedding reception pictures EVER that are usually thanks to YOU.


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