Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Friday Deals!!

Hello lovelies!

It's almost here.  That crazy, hectic time of year....BLACK FRIDAY!

A. Williams Photography will be joining in on the fun and offering special deals for this upcoming Black Friday!

You don't even have to leave your home, or for that matter, your bed!! You can do all your shopping right from the comfort of wherever you want to be! Photos are priceless. Give the gift that keeps on giving, lasting memories of your loved ones.

On November 23, 2012 for one day only, I will be offering 30% off all prints and print packages, 25% off any session, and on top of that, any session that is booked on Black Friday will get a FREE 8x10 print from your session.

Email me at ad.williams312@yahoo.com to place your order, or book your session.

Don't miss these great opportunities! LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!

**Print discounts apply to past sessions, or those already booked
**Your order must be placed between 12:01am - 11:49pm on 11/23/12


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ALL BOY

So, I know I haven't been blogging very much lately. Actually none at all, like, since February! (Well minus my last post about my current diet) Geeze! Promising to get back into the groove of blogging! Things are still updated on the website, however.

Anyway, back to what this post is about, it's about boys! I Heart Faces has changed up their challenges a bit, however, they are pretty much the same concept.  This week's is All Boy, in honor of Father's Day, coming up! At first, I thought of entering in a photo of a cute little boy I had taken a photo of recently. He was all squirmy faced (if that even make sense). But then I got to thinking, if this challenge is in honor of Father's Day, I wanted to enter a picture honoring my father.

Below is a picture of my step-dad and myself.  We were waiting in the lobby of the Alabama Theatre before my cousin's graduation, a couple of weeks ago. I said, "hey look up", and snapped!! In an instant, I captured a photo I will forever cherish.  It's such an insanely simple photo, however it says so much to me.

My step-dad has been so since I was 2 years old. He has stood by my side through all the toddler and little miss priss years. He disciplined me, but then explained why, when I messed up in my teenage years.  He taught me valuable lessons in my young adult years (still happening!). He walked me down the isle as a bride, and gave me away to man he now calls his son-in-law. I remember at times not understanding why he would make such decisions, but knew how wise and Godly he was, and always put my faith in him. Turns out, I'm glad I did. He has never, not once, steered me wrong. He has never, not once, put himself before me.  My entire life I've felt kindred to him. He has helped me pick out my outfits, shoes, and even wedding dress. If he liked it, I liked it. Never mind you, Momma. (JK!!) ;) He {tried} to teach me to check my oil and change my tire, although I'll never take much to those sorts of things. Why, just the other day he came and changed my busted tire for me, on his off day. You see, I could go on and on about all of the memories I have of him, but no one will ever understand, just how much this man means to me. The sacrifices he's made and the unconditional love he gives, are unmeasurable. I am, forever grateful.





This photo was entered into I Heart Faces Photo Challenge.

Friday, June 1, 2012

7 Day Cleanse

So, today I started a 7 day, cleanse/detox diet.  It should be interesting, to say the least. 

I have seen a few variations of this diet floating around on the internet. However, I was skeptical because it didn't seem like I would be getting to enough to eat! I really wanted to know why certain foods were allowed on certain days, and what it was doing for me. I did a bit of research and found two sources most helpful.  The first is where I got most of this information, explaining the diet thoroughly.  The second source has a really awesome graphic chart to help you visualize, you can find it and print it off here. That website also has Q&As about the diet.

The first website allows you to eat the "Wonder Soup" each day.  The second website only allows the soup on the last day. I am choosing to follow the first website (recommended by the second site).  The "Wonder Soup" (recipe listed below) is to help fill you up, carving your appetite.  I can already tell you I'm going to want that soup, as I've been sitting here munching on nothing but fruit for the past 3 hours.




I am not a doctor, I have not discussed this diet with a doctor. I found all of my information from the following two sources.

My 7 Day Diet

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"Wonder Soup"

This is a vegetable soup rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals and can be consumed in unlimited quantities throughout the 7 day period
64 oz water (add more if needed)
6 large onions
2 green peppers
3 whole tomatoes
1 cabbage
1bunch of celery - add herbs and seasonings as desired




You must consume 8 glasses of water a day, no alcohol, sodas, coffee, or engery drinks.



DAY ONE
FRUITS
Eat all the fruits you want, except bananas.

The first day starts with fruit because it is a natural way to normalize the body and prepare
it for the upcoming days of the diet.

Fruits have multiple benefits–they are fat free and are low in calories compared to other foods most of us normally eat. Fruits also flush out the system thereby enhancing the detox process.

You can eat a variety of fruit. Melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe are especially good to eat since they are filling. You can also have the "Wonder Soup".
 
 
 
 
DAY TWO
VEGETABLES
Either stir-fry or salads. Start the day with one baked or boiled potato to make up for loss of energy from Day One. Up to one teaspoon of olive oil can be used as salad dressing today.

This day starts off with a baked potato since all you have had the previous day is fruit which is easily digested. The potato ensures you have the energy for the day as well as energy to continue to remain on the diet. The vegetables you will eat today are for fiber as well as nutrition. Vegetables have a moderate quantity of carbohydrates–but more importantly, they are rich in minerals and vitamins. The fiber activates your system for the detox process.

Eat as many vegetables as you can today. You can also have the "wonder soup". Because of the variety of flavors and textures that vegetables offer, this day should not be difficult. Vegetables can be steamed or lightly stir-fried. (See more info on website)
 
 
 
 
DAY THREE
FRUITS & VEGETABLESEat as much as you want, no bananas and no potatoes

Day 3 is an effective way of combining days 2 and 3 and getting the benefits of both days. Your body chemistry is changing because you are not getting any refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, excessive sodium and artificial flavor enhancers and additives. Your body is getting completely natural nutrition–which will optimize the weight loss process.

Start the day with fruit. Not only is fruit a great way to start your day even when you are off the diet, it is a great way to get some natural sugar into your body for energy for Day 3. Eat any fruits of your choice except bananas. For lunch, have a mixed salad with a balsamic and oil dressing (using no more than on teaspoon olive oil). Alternatively, you can have the vegetable stir-fry(from Day 2). Don’t forget to eat the "wonder soup" whenever you want.

 
 
 

DAY FOUR
BANANAS & MILK
You can eat up to 9 bananas and 3 glasses of skim milk to resetore potassium levels.

Day 4 is meant to make up for the reduced levels of calcium (from milk), potassium (from bananas) and carbohydrates and fiber (from bananas). Although you are allowed to have 8 bananas today, you might not have the craving to eat all the bananas.

Remember, in addition to bananas and milk, you can also have "Wonder Soup" today. Start your day off with 2 bananas and a glass of milk. For lunch, have a bowl or two of the soup. Have a banana as your desert for lunch and dinner.
 
 


DAY 5
PROTEIN & TOMATOES
You can have a piece of meat/fish either grilled or baked for lunch and dinner with tomatoes. Today you are making up for all of the protein in your system. The meat will give you protein and if you eat fish, you will get Omega 3 Fatty acids which do wonders for health. The tomatoes give you fiber and minerals. They also aid in flushing out the system.

Start your day with Wonder Soup or slices of tomatoes with salt and pepper. For lunch and dinner you can grill or bake the meat/fish/tofu. You can have this with the "wonder soup". Try to eat cold water fish such as Salmon or Tuna–both of these are excellent sources of protein and contain the high levels of Omega 3 Fatty acids beneficial to the body. Omega 34 Fatty acids are one of the few compounds that the human body does not produce on its own hence it is essential to get it from an external source. Remember to eat 6-8 fresh tomatoes today.
 
 


DAY 6
PROTEIN & VEGETABLES
Same as Day 5 except, add more vegetables either in salad or stir-fry form. Eat as many vegetables instead of restricting yourself to tomatoes.

You can eat your meat/fish/salmon with vegetables and "Wonder Soup". By now, your body si well under way with the weight loss and you will notice a difference in the way you feel and how your clothes fit today.
 
 
 

DAY 7
FRUITS, VEGETABLES, & JUICES
Today, you can eat fruits, vegetables and vegetables juices. Brown rice is optional but not recommended if you want to see weight loss.

In order to make sure you end on a high note achieving your target of weight loss coupled with a full body detox, you must follow this last day carefully. Start your day with an assortment of fruit. You can also snack on fruit throughout the day. For lunch you can eat a salad. You can also have unlimited quantities of vegetable juices–green juice with spinach, kale, watercress and ginger or carrot juice with wheatgrass. The juices do wonders for detox as well as provide high quality concentrated nutrition. For dinner, you can either eat fruits or a salad with "Wonder Soup".

CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! Not only should you have dropped a few lbs, but you should feel accomplished, rejuvenated and great!
 
 
 
I am not a doctor, I have not discussed this diet with a doctor. I found all of my information from the following two sources.  
My 7 Day Diet

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We'll see how the days go, and hopefully by Day 7 I will have lost around 10lbs (my goal)! I'll let you know!!

xoxo - Amanda Consume an assortment of fruits, vegetables and vegetable juices. Half a cup of brown rice is optional–but not recommended. You are now on your last day of the diet. You might feel a little weak this morning because your body has not consumed too much carbohydrate in the last two days.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge { Hugs & Kisses }

This is probably one of my favorite photos I have taken. I love every single thing about this photo and this precious family!
This photo was entered into I Heart Faces Photo Contest-www.iheartfaces.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Heart Faces Challenge, By The Book

This week's photo challenge is "By The Book".  This picture is from my sister in law, Heather's maternity session. The session was just this past Sunday, and this is the only photo I've been able to edit so far! LOVE it!!!! She looks, um, excited....!
This photo was entered in I Heart Faces photo challenge!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Heart Faces Challenge, Best Face Photo

My lord this was a hard thing for me to do.  I have so, so many photos that I love, that I took this year.  This year was life changing for in respect to photography.  I decided to take my hobby to the next level, and start a business.  I have been digging deep and trying to learn the ends and outs and truly understand my equipment, my tools and resources. I've been on the path to finding and creating my style. I feel like I am getting close.  Again, it was EXTREMELY hard for me to pick one photo that I thought was my best. So, I hope you like the one I chose....I chose this one, because I love what has been captured here. A proud Mommy and Daddy, whose family is growing. And this sweet little boy, who is so intrigued by what's going on with Mom and Dad! I just love everything about this photo.


This photo was entered into I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

Monday, January 9, 2012

Heather, 33 & 35 weeks

Here we are again! Another update on my beautiful sister in law! I saw her for Christmas, then again a week later for New Years, then again two weeks later for her baby shower! Annnnnd I'll be seeing her again next weekend for another baby shower, then again the next for her Maternity Session, and yet again for her last shower!! I have soo enjoyed seeing her this much! We used to spend a. lot. of time together. She is one of my very, best friends. It's awesome to have your sister in law be one of your closest friends. We use to live just a few minutes away, but Heather has recently moved about an hour away, so I don't get to see her as much. While I miss her dearly, I am so happy for her! She has a wonderful man in her life who absolutely loves her, and she is having a baby girl in just five short weeks!!!! It's so surreal to think there is going to be a tiny, little life joining this family. She is going to be oh, so loved. I cannot, cannot wait to meet and get to know this precious girl!!

The first photo was Christmas night. My father in law always has a fire outside every Christmas, so I thought it was fitting that she stand there. :) I just quickly took it with my little powershot camera so that I could mark this moment. Next year at this time, there will be a little stinker crawling around!!

The rest are from Heather's shower, themed "Baby it's Cold Outside". The shower was at our friend Hannah's house. This was the first time I had been to her house, and I was blown away!! I had heard that it was incredible, and boy was it!! I shared just a few below. I hope you enjoy them all!! -xoxo

Christmas at Pop's, 33 weeks

My Christmas gift to Heather, to remind her of baby Olive always :) 
-Get it? Ah-love-You





"Baby it's Cold Outside" shower at Hannah's house, 35 weeks
Heather and Chance, the happy parents to be!
That's me, with Heather, 35 weeks! :) 
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