11/52 Window Light: Seen Differently

Any photographer worth their weight in beans will of course tell you their love and passion for natural light.ย  Adding light is definitely a skill that is necessary to call oneself a professional but there is something so lovely and simple about natural light.

Personally I always look to use natural light and window light first when shooting indoors because frankly adding light takes physical effort (i.e. setting up light stands and putting my lights together ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but I also find most of my clients are much more *comfortable* with natural light.

But alas not all natural light is ‘perfect’ for an entire session.ย  For instance this photo is lit very naturally with the windows behind me (in front of Andrea and Chris) so that they are lit evenly with beautifully diffused light.ย  We really enjoyed recreating this fun shot from one of their past vacations.ย  2015-03-23_0004But this image in front of the fireplaceย  doesn’t lend itself to anything artistic.ย  Not a bad photo, not poorly lit… just not super interesting lighting wise and not something I would want to give my clients as a ‘finished’ project.ย  But instead of setting up my light stands yesterday I decided to try to use available light just differently! 2015-03-23_0005So I had Andrea and Chris move to the couch and took these images with windows in front of them at a 45 degree angle to give it a more interesting look and dimension.ย  2015-03-23_0002 2015-03-23_0003And then when I walked around in front of them I was able to capture this image

2015-03-23_0006 A nice bright image with more beautifully diffused light.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also use window light to take some detail shots to give a nice bright look and make diamonds look super sparkly ๐Ÿ™‚ (or baby toes… or toddler smiles… ๐Ÿ™‚ )

2015-03-23_0001So if you are ever feeling like your images are looking lit the same way over and over and over maybe try looking from a different angle.ย  Moving the subject closer to the window, further away or simply placing the light source in a different location! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s worth a shot! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ (pun intended! haha!


run often, smile more!
Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚


Gender Reveal!



I got to hang out with an AWESOME couple last weekend as we secretly plotted their awesome gender reveal!ย  I met Holly through a Wellness Challenge RydeOn hosted and I had a portrait session as a prize for a winner!

Both Holly and Andrew have out of town family and wanted to have a way to share their super exciting news in a fun way across the distance!ย  I was really excited when Holly proposed a balloon reveal and just LOVE how it turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚ 2015-03-20_0001I am pretty sure you can guess what special bundle of joy they will be welcoming this August!!! Lots of PINK will be in store!!! (And their baby girl and Eowyn will be buds!) ๐Ÿ™‚


2015-03-20_0002 2015-03-20_0003I love working with couples to capture their love and relationship and this was SO much fun!ย  Their love was just glowing!ย  You can tell just how excited they are to be expanding their beautiful family! ๐Ÿ™‚ 2015-03-20_0004 2015-03-20_0005Holly and Andrew went to a clinic in Brighton that revealed the gender AND they got this adorable bunny with their daughter’s heartbeat recorded!!ย ย  How awesome is that!!! 2015-03-20_0006 2015-03-20_0007 2015-03-20_0008We were super fortunate that we had fantastic weather and we were able to sneak outside for a few pictures too! (not too many sessions can boast that fact for mid march!)2015-03-20_0009 2015-03-20_0010check out these adorable baby kicks!!!!!!!! 2015-03-20_0011Thank you guys so much for hanging out with me and sharing this super special and exciting time of your lives with me!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

run often, smile more!

Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

10/52 Spring Light

So today’s 52 post is brought to you by SPRING!!!

You guys, it is REALLY here! (For now!)ย  And not only have I been enjoying it thoroughly with Lalo and the pups out walking and soaking up some much missed Vitamin D and fresh air but I have been SO blessed to have shoots planned for these GORGEOUS days!

This past weekend I had a gender reveal shoot (going to hit the blog this week!) AND an engagement session that thankfully we rescheduled due to sickness.ย  You see on the day we were supposed to do Anna and Mike’s session we had this beautifully softly falling snow and a ‘warm’ 32 degrees.ย  On that day I was bummed because for our winter that WAS a nice day!ย  But then, this happened. ย  2015-03-16_0001Seriously.ย  Not only was it a BALMY 55 degrees it was sunny.ย  And the angle of the sun in the spring here in Michigan is To.Die.For.ย  It is like the fall light.ย  But something about this amazing spring light is just so much more rewarding after our hard winter! ย 2015-03-16_0002So while I had an amazing couple! (Which I will do a more indepth blog with more images from this shoot soon!!)ย  I hope you can drool over this beautiful light with me.ย ย  2015-03-16_0004Because I can just not get enough! ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  2015-03-16_0006Soft light, warm air, a great couple… beautiful location!ย  I could have died and went to photographer heaven! 2015-03-16_0007 2015-03-16_0008 Hope you enjoyed this set as much as I did!! I couldn’t choose just one to show off the beautiful light we had yesterday!ย  More beautiful images from this shoot will be coming soon on Anna and Mike’s own blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all have a GREAT day and enjoy this 70 degrees we were promised today! EEK!

run often, smile more!
Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

Purely Senior: Lauren Class of 2015


So it isn’t quite Spring enough yet to be thinking about Graduation… but it will be time for Grad parties SOON! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So I have decided to start throwing some of my 2015 Seniors into the TBT Mix ๐Ÿ™‚ย  2015-03-11_0001Meet Lauren!ย ย  A Senior at Saline High and a of course an AMAZING Saline XC Runner ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I was so thankful when she asked if I would do her portraits!!! 2015-03-11_0002We even got to hang out with her sisters!!!ย  You can tell she is one lucky and loved girl! ๐Ÿ™‚2015-03-11_0003 2015-03-11_0004I always love hanging out with the XC girls because Senior Portraits is so much different than practice ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I am the one sweaty and they get to look all cute ๐Ÿ˜‰ 2015-03-11_0005 2015-03-11_0006 2015-03-11_0007Thank you so much for hanging out with me and I hope you have the best of luck in the years to come!! I know you’ll be AMAZING ๐Ÿ™‚

run often, smile more!
Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚

9/52 Snow and Ice


So I am not a huge fan of winter and this one has been of little exception.ย  However, recently we have had some pretty exceptional weather that has made much of EVERYTHING appear to be like a frozen lake.ย  It was one of those unique situations that despite my feelings towards winter I could appreciate the beauty.ย  2015-03-09_0001My parents graciously agreed to watch Lalo overnight for us to celebrate Rico’s birthday and we decided to go out photo hunting together Saturday morning in some rural areas to capture the snowy ice.ย  The weather was mostly cooperative but we wish we could have gone out earlier or at sunset.ย  But we loved the time spent together and hopefully we can do it again!ย  2015-03-09_0002When we were shooting I was envisioning sharing the images in Black and White but I do love the colors in the photo above too!

Hope you love them and cannot wait to get some more images as SPRING comes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Purely Wedding: Chelsea and Andy

On yet another frigid day I am dreaming of warmer weather (we will get to the 40’s next week!!!!!) So I bring you Chelsea and Andy’s beautiful Shelby TWP backyard wedding from this past September! ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-03-06_0001The details were just stunning!ย  Every place setting had it’s own set of antique china that the guests brought home as their gift!

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/chelseaandandyThey also had exceptionally fun (and nerdy!) details! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I was in love!

2015-03-06_0003The flowers were just beautiful (though I admit I am partial to hydrangeas ๐Ÿ™‚ )

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/chelseaandandy 2015-03-06_0005I always love when grooms get emotional and Andy was just beyond happy to see his bride ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-03-06_0006The wedding was performed by Chelsea’s brother in law which was sweet and very personable!

2015-03-06_0007 2015-03-06_0008After the wedding we headed over to Yates Cider Mill for some portraits.

2015-03-06_0009 2015-03-06_0010 2015-03-06_0011 View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/chelseaandandy View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/chelseaandandy View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/chelseaandandy View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/chelseaandandy 2015-03-06_0016At first we were bummed because we didn’t think the cider mill were open but then we were able to get some donuts! (Andy really wanted this picture and of course I couldn’t wait because it is awesome!) YAY!

2015-03-06_0017At their reception they had a special guest, SPARTY!

2015-03-06_0018The party continued on into the night and we had a perfect Michigan late summer evening!

2015-03-06_0019 2015-03-06_0020 2015-03-06_0021Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a beautiful evening!

2015-03-06_0022Thank you guys so much for allowing me to be a part of your day!!

run often! smile more! ๐Ÿ™‚


8/52 Computer Heros!

So as many of you know a few weeks ago my hard drive died on my computer.ย  While I back things up religiously and it was the ‘off’ season.ย  It was still quite catastrophic experience.ย  But like many things in life, if you have excellent people walking alongside you through a crazy and turbulent time things turn out ok in the end.ย  Thankfully everything turned out peachy keen and thanks to some FANTABULOUS people my computer is back to me in better than working order!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Which brings me to this week’s post…. I wanted to give a very special shout out to the people who made my machine possible, the crew over at the Learning Center Ltd. 2015-03-02_0001I was referred to these guys from a good friend and the only thing I regret was that I had not been referred sooner.ย  Seriously!!ย  Ann Arbor was without an Apple store for so long and I once drove all the way to Troy for a genius bar appointment.ย  Once I met these guys I will never again be visiting a genius bar…!ย 

2015-03-02_0005They are a certified retailer and repair center so if you have a machine or device that is still within warranty or Apple Care they can look at it, diagnose and repair it for you without voiding warranty and under warranty ‘costs’.ย  2015-03-02_0002Their shop is nestled in an office park on State Street after Briarwood Mall but before you hit downtown.ย  It is convenient and best of all has parking!ย  All of their staff is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable!ย  2015-03-02_0003My machine has needed repairs twice and I also upgraded some of my hardware and they have helped me with all of my needs promptly and with big smiles!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  2015-03-02_0004I would highly, highly recommend them to any person needing any Mac work!!! As a small business owner I am very aware of how far great costumer service can take you… and when you have fantastic costumer service and offer quality products the sky is the limit!ย  Thank you guys for taking great care of me always!!!!!ย  I hope I don’t have to see you again soon but if I do I know I’ll be in good hands! ๐Ÿ™‚