What’s Up Wednesday

So today’s what’s up Wednesday is unique in that there isn’t much to post!  Upon coming home from vacation it has been a whirlwind of laundry, cleaning, catching up and tackling email inboxes!

I am thankful because in the midst of all of that Spring seems to have finally sprung and so I was motivated to finally being some of the Spring Cleaning tasks I had set for myself this year!  (HOORAY!) I also have been *loving* working out 2-3 times a week with RydeOn and on the heels of my successful race of the Martian Half it has been nice to have some awesome cross training (not to mention it has made me realize just how important cross training is [read: spinning has KICKED my booty!])


Now after having a week off of vacation, a week of some minor computer maintenance (shout out to the amazing techs at the Learning Center of Ann Arbor!! if you have a mac and have questions, seriously, check them out!)  I am seemingly back on track to world domination… or at least productivity!

Since I haven’t finished editing all of the photos from our Smoky Mountain adventure I figured I would share a few winners I stumbled across from backing up my iphone 🙂  Be warned, cuteness of Lalo is about to follow!!! #iphoneography

2014-04-30_0001check out his cuteness!!!! I can’t believe how big he is!2014-04-30_0002My son, the non-sleeper. (though I admit, I love taking pictures of him sleeping… I am sure some day he may think this is creepy but I like to think of it as excellent blackmail material 😉 )2014-04-30_0003Rico wrote me this letter one morning after a particularly hard night.  I woke up to it…. and I spit my coffee out I was laughing so hard!! I am so lucky to have you babe! 2014-04-30_0004I really do love this little guy so much I could squish him!! All.the.time. 2014-04-30_0005being goofy!2014-04-30_0006more sleeping pictures and some sunday morning snuggles! 2014-04-30_0011 A little bummed because I have pictures of him every year on this grasshopper in the park.  Turns out my organization of client’s photos is waaaaaay more efficient than my personal photo organization…. Someday I will find those pictures.  But at least I know I have them.  Somewhere.  But here are two of them 🙂 2014-04-30_0010Some more Papa fun!

2014-04-30_0012These are from one of my favorite shoots with my little man.  I will always love this set!


Throwback Thursday: Jacqui Tonks Senior 14

So this week I wanted to feature one of my favorite sessions from my Senior season last year!

Jacqui approached me wanting to make the trek out to the Hidden Lake Gardens out in Tipton, MI and I was so excited because I love shooting in new locations and this one happened to be FANTASTIC!

2014-04-15_0005Jacqui is such a natural beauty!! We had such a blast hiking around and finding awesome locations! 2014-04-15_0006We happened to have a cool(er) day so it was really a beautiful time! 2014-04-15_0007 2014-04-15_0008And after we finished her family treated me to a picnic lunch!!!! I am one spoiled photog!!!!  I love my clients!!

Make sure to check out my Senior Page because 2015 it’s time to start thinking about getting your session scheduled!!!

What’s Up Wednesday: Easter Eggies!


So we are just getting back from the Smoky Mountains early this morning so instead of figuring I would stay up late and process all of my Great Smoky Mountains pictures I figured I would share our Easter Egg dying!! Please excuse the iphone pictures, didn’t want to get food coloring on the good camera! 🙂

Meg found this *awesome* recipe on pintrest that allows you color easter eggs with EDIBLE egg coloring!!! You mix some cool whip and food coloring and viola! A yummy, toddler friendly Easter craft!

2014-04-15_0002Eli supervised as Soph and Lalo rolled their eggies! 2014-04-15_0003The finish product was pretty cool, you have to let them ‘chill’ to absorb the color but both kids really got a kick out of it! 2014-04-15_0004


Hope you all had a fantastic Easter and make sure to pin that recipe so next year you too can use edible egg dye! 🙂


until next week!  Run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂

Throwback Thursday: CAMPING :)

So as I am sure many of you can guess from my logo, I LOVE CAMPING!

Well today happens to be my birthday and I am fortunate to be headed down to Tennessee to camp with my boys and my parents at the first campground my family took my first childhood popup camper too! The Great Smoky Mountains Jellystone!  Now we generally tent camp but my parents have been super generous to rent us a cabin for the week!! (So while we may be cheating a bit, we are SO looking forward to it!)

So in celebration of my birthday and camping!! Here are some pictures from a few of Lalo’s camping trips!

2014-04-14_0004He was such a happy camper!! He even cut two teeth while we were camping and we didn’t know it! 2014-04-14_0005 2014-04-14_0006He saw his first Lake Michigan sunset with us 🙂 2014-04-15_0001

Here is a trip we took just last year to the Saline XC Camp!! Per normal, it was the hottest week of the year!  But we managed and had a blast with the girls! 2014-04-15_0014We were pretty sweaty and stinky but we laughed so much it didn’t matter! 2014-04-15_0015Can’t wait to share some of our pictures from this trip in the coming weeks!!


Until next week!

Run often, smile more! (And go outside and get camping!!)

Amanda 🙂

Whats Up Wedesday: Rollerskates!

Happy Wednesday!

This week I am happy to say that my son has *finally* received roller skates…. you see he has only been talking about them for about 6 months.

2014-04-14_0001He has been wanting skates since basically the first snow fall and all of you know, it has been a looooooooong winter.  So we went and got him a pair once it finally warmed up enough to be outside regularly! 2014-04-14_0002

He has been having a blast!!! Our arms a bit sore 😉 but it is worth it to see the joy on his face!! If any of you have any tips on teaching a toddler how to rollerskate, we would be forever indebted to you! 2014-04-14_0003Until next week!  Run often (or I suppose SKATE), smile more!

Amanda 🙂

Throwback Thursday: Zimmerman Family

This week’s Throwback Thursday features the Zimmerman Family!

2014-04-10_0001Such a fun bunch!!! The Gordon Family referred them to me shortly after their portraits and then we discovered we go to the same church, 242 in Ann Arbor! 2014-04-10_0002

The Zimmermans live on this amazing plot of land in Ypsi township with some awesome scenery!!!! They even agreed to let me possibly host some mini sessions on their property soon!!! I am hoping to plan some sessions in the near future! 2014-04-10_0003

We had fun warming up from the crisp fall weather with some fun window painting!! How fun is THAT! 2014-04-10_00042014-04-10_0007I had a bit of trouble coaxing a smile out of this guy (not usually a problem for me!!) but his big brown eyes sure looked adorable- smile or not!  2014-04-10_00052014-04-10_0006Thank you guys for inviting me to capture your guy’s amazing family!! Cannot wait to work with you again so soon!


Until next week,

Run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂



What’s Up Wednesday: Henry Ford Museum

So anyone that knows us knows we have spent (some)  time at the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village in the last three years of Lalo’s life! It is always fun for me to take Lalo there because I grew up going there with my grandparents and have so many memories there so it is fun to see Lalo making his own memories! 🙂


This last time we went we took our friends Meg, Sophie and Eli and we had a blast!  Lalo was the perfect tour guide from his favorite Steam Engines to the cars and lastly the doll houses!  The museum was a hit and we can’t wait to start exploring the village next week! Hope you enjoy our trip summary!

2014-03-24_0036 2014-03-24_0011 2014-03-24_0010 2014-03-24_0009 2014-03-24_0008 2014-03-24_0007 2014-03-24_0006 2014-03-24_0005 2014-03-24_0004And in the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve realized many of my blog posts could potentially give off the impression that I live a Normal Rockwell picturesque life…. and while I do feel very blessed we have our ups and downs 🙂  SO while we had a wonderful trip and it appears like all of our children were rainbows, unicorns and lollipops in the photos above, it was still a trip with two toddlers and a baby 🙂  So below you will find an non-glamorized real life representation of mommy-hood… the result of our epic meltdown right as we were trying to leave the museum in front of the throngs of middle schoolers who were gathering to return to their schools from the field trip.   Sophie had a bit of a spill accidentally and since Eli was comfy in the stroller I offered her our stroller since Lalo rarely rides in it…. and chaos ensued.  SO it ended with a crying, temper tantrum throwing Lalo being strapped to our stroller, Eli innocently enjoying the show and Meg carrying the toddler out in the Ergo.  Oh mommy-hood.  #arewedoingitright

photoIf there is one thing I am for certain, I am so thankful I have an awesome friend to battle the ups and downs with 🙂


until next week!

run often, smile more!