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    Hi, my name is Amy. I am a wife to my hard working husband, mommy to three beautiful kids, and I am an artist. I am a pretty simple person, and I am working hard to share God's beauty through photography and art. Thanks for visiting my blog. Here you will find lots of images, and my own daily musings about life. :)

What is “The Wild Child”?

Hey friends!!!  You may he seen that I am making some changes with my business… I want this blog post to be completely honest so here goes!!

My business Cyphers Photography & Design was started almost 7 years ago!  It has evolved, just like I have, and has come to be something that I love but also struggled with.  Being a mom, and running a business, even if I say it’s part time, has run me ragged.  I’ve always wanted to just work for a photographer, or partner with one.  I had an offer even in the last year to do just that! And it didn’t feel right… it was just going to be too hard to juggle my kids and working for someone full time.  I don’t want to regret not being here for my kids, and I want to be the one that raises them, so that requires sacrifice sometimes… lots of times actually.  This winter has been tough! Even as I type that we are fighting yet another sickness.  August has a severe ear infection… I had a freak out moment yesterday when I noticed blood dripping from it.  (Don’t worry!  He is fine, we were at the ENT today and they got us some high power ear drops) Anyway, it’s been a tough winter… and it is hard to stay caught up with sick kids and sick me.  We have been taking turns for the last 3 months I think.  I’ve been lonely, sometimes and 7 years of working alone has been getting to me.  I love creative environments where colleagues can bounce ideas off each other and those ideas grow and thrive.  It’s where I came from as a graphic designer in KC, and I miss that so much. I miss grown ups.  Self employment, and being a stay at home mom, are both things that I pour my heart into, and both of these worlds can get lonely… even with a toddler glued on my hip all day.

So… where’s the rainbow? :)Because you know there always is one right??  After months of praying and even debating on if I wanted to keep my business going, I made a new friend.  My friends name is Kim Bear.  Sometimes it is funny how God works… I mean, I was feeling like someone had died and mourning my business, and He sends Kim.  We met and talked at length about photography and how much we loved shooting. Since she wasn’t from Holton and had just moved here I felt comfortable talking to her about my business struggles, and asked her advice too.  After lots of talking one day I just said we should work together! I think we both started laughing because we knew that together we could do some great things.  We talked about this idea of photographing what we loved and inviting others to join us instead of shooting everything, and shooting what everyone else was shooting.  We talked about how we could make this a unique experience, offering video, and two shooters from two perspectives, unique props, and lots of imagination.  We are both inspired by our children, and decided to start there… by creating stories they love and we love with images as artwork.  Something else we both enjoy is teaching camera classes, and we talked about making that a part of our business plan because photography is something we want to share with others.

So here I am… If you see me smiling, it’s because I am excited about what “The Wild Chid Photography” is doing… and it’s because I don’t have to work alone all the time. What about Cyphers Photography??? Well, I still have jobs to finish, and lots of baby planners.  I wouldn’t leave anyone hanging.  You aren’t going to miss Cyphers Photography… because what I am offering with Kim is going to be so much better.  You just wait!:)  My blog is staying put…there are lots of memories and stories here.  It’s been my journey, and I can’t just get rid of it.  I will eventually change the look, and it will be about my family more then it already is.  I will include crafts, iPhoneography, and whatever else I may find interesting and beneficial.  I would love to be like the Pioneer Woman and share tons of awesome recipes, but I am sure you already know how to cook a frozen pizza, open a bag of salad, and boil noodles for Mac n’ Cheese.   Maybe I will put my mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe on here sometime… it is amazing, and it is something I am great at making.

You should check out the new blog Kim and I put together!  It isn’t “done” but you can get an idea of what we are doing there.  Oh, and you have to check out “Little Red”.  I will post the video here for you too, but go look at the images Kim and I put together!  We still have openings if you have a Little Red. The Wild Child is going to be awesome.  If you are use to my prices, the new price list isn’t much different, except we are offering more fine art products, and even video.

It feels great to share what’s been going on in my heart.  I love each of my clients and I can’t wait to keep shooting you with even more resources then before.


Wild Child presents {Little Red} from Wild Child on Vimeo.

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Feed My Starving Children – A service opportunity

The generous will themselves be
blessed, for they share their food
with the poor. ~Proverbs 22:9

One of my best friends Kristy and her husband Jeff along with a group of their close friends are working on a really awesome project to benefit starving children.

I think here, where we live, we really have no idea what “starving” is… can you imagine going all day with out food and having no idea when your next meal would be? That is reality for some people.  I can’t imagine not having enough resources to feed my own children and it makes me really sad to think that we throw away as much food as we do sometimes. I have picky eaters and sometimes, I am ashamed to say, we waist more then we actually consume sometimes.

Fact: Each day almost 16,000 children die starvation-related deaths. We aren’t helpless… Jeff sent me an email with some practical ways you can actually help.

(Jeff’s e-mail)

A few friends of mine and I decided to do something about it. We’ve signed up to bring an exciting opportunity to KC-metro area called the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Basically, over a two-hour period, you and group of close friends (or strangers) pack meals in assembly line fashion to be shared with those most affected by starvation throughout the world. The “MannaPacks” include rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins, and are specially formulated to help a starving child move from the brink of death to thriving in a matter of months. What’s great, these MannaPacks only cost 22-cents to create! You see, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) ships the raw product to a MobilePack location, we (my friends and I, for instance) organize the site and recruit the man power to package the meals. It’s really a simple, fun, high-energy way to serve those most needy across the world.

Here’s what we could use:

1) Volunteers to help do the work — sign up individually or as a group. Shifts are 2 hours long and you must be at least 5 years old.

2) Donations — we’re pledging to pack 100,000 meals in April at 22-cents each (that’s $22,000). Any spare change around your house, car, couch cushions or anything is helpful. Think of it this way – $5 (23 children get fed), $33 (5 children get fed for a month), $80 (1 child fed for a whole year), $400 (family of 5 gets fed for a year), $1485 (25 school children get fed for a year)…

3) Prayers — this is serious business — FMSC gets more requests for food than they can package. So if we don’t pack, children don’t get fed. Your prayers go a long way because GOD CAN DO ANYTHING!!

Personally, we had the opportunity to pack on two different occasions. Both times we left wanting to pack more. It’s a good experience to empty yourself of the cares pressing on you in this world and to focus on others.

To find out more about the Lee’s Summit Mobile Pack coming in April, to watch a video about the MobilePack process and learn more about Feed My Starving Children, to sign up to donate or pack, please visit the link I’ve provided:

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you!

Jeff & Kristy Nevinski

We are definitely praying for this event, and hopefully at least some of my family can volunteer to help for a couple hours too. It doesn’t seem like enough… but if everyone prays, supports, helps think of all the kids that will be able to eat! Pretty amazing.

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snow session

Snow and kids in red.. I love this combination!  It is so beautiful, like a cardinal in the winter snow.  You just want to look at it for hours.

I always have fun photographing the Taylor kids, and I can’t wait for their viewing session to show them the rest of the images… I had such a hard time choosing just a few for my blog.


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March 11, 2013 - 9:57 AM

AnneRubash - Amy, thank you for stopping by my blog! We are so very proud and grateful to have our little guy, Ivan! I’ve followed you since I found your blog years ago when C was tiny and it’s been a lot of fun to watch you grow as a photographer and a mom. Life has changed and you have only gotten more talented! And of course, I claim Miriah as a close friend and LOVE their family photos from a few years ago!

A short Story… by: Pierson Cyphers age 4 1/2

(The following story was told to me word for word by Pierson.  I just wrote it down for him)

The Tree House

By Pierson Cyphers

Once upon a time, there was a storm.  The kids were outside but they didn’t know it was raining because the storm was so short.  The mommy was under the tree house, and I was jumping into the swimming pool past the tree.  Charlotte was in the tree house dancing.  A squirrel was stuck on top of the tree, then “P for Pierson” was on the house.  The squirrel was stuck so I jumped up and put him in his hole where he was safe.  It started to rain a little bit, so some trees started growing on the roof.  We were a little bit happy because we could do everything we wanted. Then Jacob came over and wanted to play with me so I had a birthday party and Bridget and Madison came too.  Them mommy blew a kiss and Charlotte was still dancing for like 40 years! Then my mommy was hugging and kissing me again.

The End

If you like Pierson’s story, leave him a comment please. :)  He loves it when I read him what other people think of his pictures I take, so this will be even more special.  He is very proud of this picture and I think did a great job drawing it, and making a story about it.  Charlotte helped him with the house, but other then that it was all his big ideas.

In case you are wondering, he has a bit of a black eye caused by Auggie’s foot… I didn’t edit it out because I like it. :)


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March 6, 2013 - 5:44 PM

Louise Malcolm - Hands down best drawing and story I ever heard :)

March 6, 2013 - 5:49 PM

Carmen McDowell - Pierson – I LOVE your story. So creative and imaginative. Keep drawing and ‘writing’… I think you are going to be as talented as your momma and as smart as your daddy!! (and I don’t mean you aren’t smart Amy)

March 6, 2013 - 5:53 PM

Kristi - What an amazing story, Pierson. “P for Pierson” is definitely the hero! I hope your birthday cake didn’t get rained on. Thank you for sharing. xx

March 6, 2013 - 6:01 PM

Heather Braum - Pierson, that was an awesome story. I loved the parts about the squirrel and the birthday party. But the best part? Your drawing!!! :) Keep telling stories to your mommy and drawing and hopefully she’ll keep sharing them!

March 6, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Erin - Great story! My favorite part was Charlotte dancing for 40 years!! Good job Pierson!

March 6, 2013 - 8:11 PM

Grandma E. - Awesome story, Pierson! I love it! Maybe Grandpa can build you a tree house one day… I really like your squirrel.

March 6, 2013 - 9:08 PM

Cathy Marten - Great job Pierson! Your art work is awesome. Can’t believe you’re only 4 1/2 years old! I have taught writing for years, and you already tell a better story than a lot of my students, and they are a lot older than you. Keep telling those stories and keep your imagination alive!!

March 7, 2013 - 7:32 AM

cathy rice - Holy Moly I like your story even more than the Captain Underpants books! Your picture showed every detail wonderfully. You are now my favorite author/illustrator. Can’t wait for your next work.

The Airport

Bryson was gone on business last week, and I thought it would be fun to pick him up with the kids… he didn’t need a ride, but we thought it would be fun anyway.  Pierson has been talking a lot about airplanes and I thought that he might enjoy watching a few take off or land.  We haven’t actually been on an airplane with the kids yet, but now they sure want to!! We parked in the economy parking… even though we didn’t need to so I could take them on the shuttle.  The driver said “I sure hope you are taking these kids somewhere warm!!”….I didn’t tell her that i had parked in economy parking for the free entertainment of the shuttle ride.  It was so funny to watch them… you would have thought we were on a Disney World ride the way they squealed as the shuttle rounded corners and bounced.  Soooo funny!!  They were mesmerized by the planes out the window at the airport.  We saw Bryson’s plane land and we got to meet him as he stepped off the plane.  You would have thought he was a war hero that had been gone for months the way the kids hugged and kissed him.  What a fun day, and what a relief to have my husband home!

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