This has been a week of snow storms, fevers and a little bit of sunshine.  As a dessert creature I am trying to enjoy the beauty of winter but often it takes a bit of coercion.  One method that was worked really well recently is this little man petitioning snuggles to get warm.   2015-02-08_0002We still find him in our bed many (most… ok ALL) nights but he starts off in his room.  When he asks me to lay down with him to snuggle him I can’t help but say yes.  Some night in the future he won’t need me anymore to get warm but for now I will enjoy our snuggles.  And these toes.  I suppose they aren’t baby toes any more.  But they’ll always be baby toes in my heart 🙂   2015-02-08_0001


2/52 Baby Dimples.

Lalo turned four this week.  Most days I can’t believe how fast it went.  Some days can’t seem to go fast enough. He has grown to be a remarkable, caring, creative and funny little guy.  One of his birthday presents is to ride the Silver Train (Amtrak) to Dearborn and Gramps will pick us up and take us to Lalo’s Museum (The Henry Ford).  We couldn’t go ON his birthday, so I drove him up to see the train at the station on his actual birthday and then we grabbed some hot cocoa (since it was -20 with windchill…)


This picture speaks volumes to me.  Probably many mamas can relate. These little hands would reach for my face when he was just a babe, would grab for my hair, my nose and my lips.  Eventually he would crawl to me and reach up to have me hold him, in time he would toddle towards me and grab my hand for steadiness.  Now he is confident in his balance but will still reach for me when he needs reassurance or when I tell him we are crossing a parking lot.  When I reach for him he still more often than not he will place his growing hands in mine.  Soon this will change and he will tell me he doesn’t need to hold my hand and this mama isn’t ready.  I need to get ready for soon he will not be holding a hot cocoa and a super pup but a strong black coffee (just like his mama) and a brief case.

This picture of him warming his hands I can still see his precious baby dimples.

They are less pronounced but still there.

Someday soon they will be completely gone but forever etched in my heart.  My prayer is my sweet boy continues to use his hands for comforting, creativity and connection.  I pray for this sweet boy that I can be the Mama he not only needs but deserves.

Happy Birthday my sweet Eduardo.  For while you grow all I can do is smile and hope you know just how much I love you.  AP6_6349-3

Planning, wrapping up and catching up!

So 2014 is coming to a close, when did that happen!!!???!!  This whole year went by in a giant whirlwind and I am so incredibly grateful!  We had a lot of ups and downs this year but looking back now I cannot even write how blessed we were!  I have a ridiculous amount of catching up to do with the blog to show every event, family and senior I was able to capture so you can look forward to that in the coming year!

As many of you have heard 2015 will be another year of change for us as we prepare for the addition of our Éowyn Olivia this Spring!!!

I am still working and will be accepting weddings for the year but will only be shooting 15, so that means I will not be able to accept every one that comes my way.  I will be focusing on more local weddings (with the exception of my September Holland wedding… YEA!!) and smaller events.  So if you know of any brides looking for a SE MI photographer send them my way, please! 🙂

The last year I have been slowly changing my family sessions from posed portraits to more of a lifestyle feel.  I will continue to do that as well as some new opportunities 🙂 so if you are a regular family client get EXCITED!

Senior portraits are still one of my favorite types of sessions because they are SO different from student to student and allow for some awesome creative expression!  I am hoping to add to these sessions for the 2015 season (2016 class) and will be looking for some help!  So if you are a past AMP Purely Senior or know of someone who may be interested I will be looking come May/June for some additional help, so keep that in mind too 🙂

Another exciting thing I am pumped to start in the new year is a monthly challenge!  With the new babe on the way I want to have a schedule set up for artistic exploration!  I will be focusing on off camera lighting as well as artificial lighting because that is one way I am excited to grow my business in the next year 🙂 If you want to join me please feel free!  And if you see me, feel free to hold me accountable 😉

So as I just sent out my last wedding for year be on the look out for me to catch up on blogging my last 8 weddings from the year as well as my ump-teen portrait sessions!  2015 sure is looking EXCITING! I cannot wait! 🙂

And since a photographer’s blog isn’t complete without PICTURES! I leave you with some pictures of my loves! (minus starbuck who has been firmly planted next to my belly protecting the baby… silly pup!)


This is what happens when a photographer’s child puts up ornaments and you tell him ‘no, look at the tree but keep your eyes wide so I can catch the sparkle in them” …. he looks like a deer in the headlights…. goofball!

2014-12-15_0002His first trip to see Santa 🙂 2014-12-15_0003But seriously… those EYES! 🙂  Love my brown eyed boy! 2014-12-15_0004Had to include the brown eyed pup too 🙂 2014-12-15_0005These three are such goof balls and lights in my life! 🙂 ❤

What’s Up Wednesday: Growth

Last year I was lucky to have a friend who allowed me to use her daughter as my muse for a spring themed portrait session!

This year I wanted to do another portrait session with her current ballet outfit and it proved to be a bit trickier so we went with a whimsical fairy tale theme.  A big huge thanks to Kat Foley Photo for the use of her studio!!

2014-05-12_0019My goal was to capture the beauty and innocence of a little girls imagination, her fairy tale if you will.  Lexi was more than a willing subject and while I haven’t yet finished editing the images,  I couldn’t wait to show you a few!!!

2014-05-12_0021 2014-05-12_0020This is by far my favorite image and it took a bit of work to get everything just so, but I am thankful I took the time and Lexi was patient with me!

2014-05-12_0018Thank you Amy (and Phil!!) for allowing me to borrow Lexi again!! ❤


run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂

What’s Up Wednesday: Swimming

Anyone who knows our family knows we LOVE swimming!  To say love is pretty much an understatement.

Lalo was born in January but from the time the pool in our neighborhood opened in May of 2011 until the time it closed it is safe to say we spent every.single.day.there…

When we stumbled upon Ann Arbor’s Goldfish Swim School we were ecstatic to find an atmosphere that loved water as much as we did!

Lalo began lessons there last year when he had just turned two and he loved it.  We were in lessons that included one parent in the water with each child for the entirety of the class.  He learned many vital skills that aided in swimming as well as water safety and just over all comfort in water.  Since Lalo has been a water baby since birth he was able to coast through these classes with ease and enjoyment.

This year, however, since he turned 3  he was enrolled in the ‘big boy classes’ where he is with a few students a teacher and no parents in the water.  As a mom,  I was terrified.  While the Goldfish staff are spectacular, I have never let Lalo be in a pool without me close by, ever.  So the first class when I dropped him off in the pool, I snapped a quick picture with my iphone and hurried back to the parents area behind the glass praying for a good class.

2014-02-04_0001( Wonky Iphone picture! )

Lalo was totally fine and continued to wave at me throughout the class.  I sat there and stared at my baby who was learning to do things independently of me; it was both a proud mama moment and a sad mama moment.  Inevitably my baby boy would grow up and it was taking place right before my eyes.

Lalo struggled in the first class.  Learning to sit still and listen to instruction all while learning harder swimming skills but ultimately he succeeded.  He has an excellent teacher with the patience of a saint.  With every new step there are growing pains and he took them in stride.  After a second class I knew I had to bring my ‘real’ camera to capture some of these moments.  I’m not saying Lalo will be the next Michael Phelps… but he certainly was rocking my world of three  year old swimmers and I wanted to make sure that we never forget these moments!  So this past week I brought my camera and to my astonishment Lalo managed to take the next step in swimming right as I was snapping pictures!

On January 30 Lalo swam over 5 feet independently!!!!! He still has a long way to go to be ‘independent’ in the water.  But he is sure on his way!  He is strong, determined and overwhelmingly spirited!  So as you scroll through the images I hope you will allow me to boast with some mama pride for my boy!

If you are looking for a great place to learn to swim that invokes a healthy respect for the water while taking strides to aid students in independence in the water, Goldfish is the place to do it!

2014-02-03_0001Lalo has never liked goggles, but is learning to keep them on…. sometimes 🙂 2014-02-03_0002I think his favorite part is getting to jump off the wall and make big splashes!

2014-02-03_0003He is such an amazing kid, I am so lucky to be his mama!

2014-02-03_0004 2014-02-03_0005Beaming with pride after he received his first ribbon!

2014-02-03_0006 Check it out!!! ‘I Swam Independently’ Ribbon! 2014-02-03_0007Thanks for stopping in and checking in on what’s going on in our corner of cyberspace!! Come back and check what’s up next Wednesday!

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

What’s Up Wednesday: Baby Ben Herman

This Wednesday I am going to introduce you to one of my dear friends from high school and her wee babe!  Monica and Dan welcomed their little Benjamin into the world December 29!  He was born perfectly and pretty swiftly too! I had hoped to meet him much sooner but inclement weather kept me away until this past week!  He is so alert and was pretty happy for our visit though like most newborns, has his own agenda 😉 🙂 2014-01-27_0001

Everyone was doing very well and both Monica and Dan fell very naturally into their new parenting roles 🙂 2014-01-27_0002

Dan was at work when Lalo and I first arrived but returned home shortly after.  You could tell he missed his Ben! 2014-01-27_0003 2014-01-27_0004 2014-01-27_0005 2014-01-27_0006So excited that I finally got to meet the little guy and even more happy that I was able to snap some awesome pictures!! 🙂  Lalo cannot wait to play cars with Ben and to see his train that is in his back yard again! 😉 🙂

What’s up Wednesday!

Welcome to my first post of Whats up Wednesday!!! I will be trying to regularly post some fun things that I have been up to in my life (other than photography!!)

This post is mostly dedicated to Lalo as it was just recently his birthday!  I also feature our fur babies! 🙂

I cannot believe how awesome his bed head is, it has always been amazing 🙂 2014-01-20_0022 2014-01-20_0023 2014-01-20_0024We had some pretty awfully cold days recently and so we had to improvise and make a play ground indoors!! Lalo loved his new fort and regularly recreates it!

2014-01-20_0025Lalo got some amazing presents for his birthday.  I think he enjoyed his stampers the most but I am thoroughly enjoying the duplo lego rv! 😉

2014-01-20_0026These last few pictures are my absolute favorite.  Rarely does Lalo pose for me but he was in rare form (superman form to be exact!) and allowed me to not only take the pictures but was willing to try different poses! hah! 🙂 

2014-01-20_0027I asked him to give me strong face, his angry face and his super hero face!  Can you guess which one is which! I also told him to give me his cute face, that one is my favorite 🙂