Purely Maternity: Ransons

I don’t often shoot maternity sessions but after working this session I am *in LOVE*.

This session was perfection.  From the amazing couple (inside and out!) to the setting to the light.  Everything, everything was perfection.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! ❤ (I mean is it totally creepy if I wanted to hang their pictures on my wall?!) 2016-08-20_00102016-08-20_0011I mean, just stop!! This mama is gorgeous! 2016-08-20_00122016-08-20_00132016-08-20_0014You can just hear her laugh here! 2016-08-20_00152016-08-20_00162016-08-20_00172016-08-20_0018This session was so magical we had horses photobombing! 2016-08-20_0019I love love love this one! 2016-08-20_00202016-08-20_00212016-08-20_0022GAH! I just love this!!! ❤ ❤ 2016-08-20_00232016-08-20_0024The light was just beautiful!! I could not have asked for more romantic light! 2016-08-20_00252016-08-20_00262016-08-20_00272016-08-20_00282016-08-20_00292016-08-20_00302016-08-20_00312016-08-20_00322016-08-20_00332016-08-20_0034thank you guys!!!! I cannot wait to meet your precious baby girl!!!!

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂


Purely Love: Kara and Michael

I cannot believe it is almost June!  This winter seemed to drag by but finally summer is here which means *Wedding Season*! YAY!  I am so excited to kick off this year’s wedding season with an amazing wedding!!

I photographed Kara and Michael last year and this was just the magic we made for their engagement session! I cannot WAIT to see what fabulous things we create on their wedding day!!! ❤ Cannot wait you guys! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamike

Purely Love: Kyle and Sarah

I am super excited to be playing Blog catch up finally especially because I get to work with these two again THIS Saturday!   2015-07-27_0012 2015-07-27_0013I got to meet Kyle and Sarah through Ellen and Dan’s wedding from 2013!  I love working with client referrals but getting to work with their families again is a wonderful added bonus!  2015-07-27_0014 2015-07-27_0015 2015-07-27_0016We had a perfect summer morning walking around the Arb! 2015-07-27_0017 2015-07-27_0018 2015-07-27_0019 2015-07-27_0020 2015-07-27_0021 2015-07-27_0022 2015-07-27_0023 2015-07-27_0024 2015-07-27_0025Thanks for hanging out with me and I can’t wait to work with you in just a few days!!!

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

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.  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 😉 ) 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.  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.  We really enjoyed recreating this fun shot from one of their past vacations.  2015-03-23_0004But this image in front of the fireplace  doesn’t lend itself to anything artistic.  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.  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.  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.  🙂

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

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.  Moving the subject closer to the window, further away or simply placing the light source in a different location! 🙂  It’s worth a shot! 🙂 😉 (pun intended! haha!


run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

Gender Reveal!



I got to hang out with an AWESOME couple last weekend as we secretly plotted their awesome gender reveal!  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!  I was really excited when Holly proposed a balloon reveal and just LOVE how it turned out! 🙂 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!) 🙂


2015-03-20_0002 2015-03-20_0003I love working with couples to capture their love and relationship and this was SO much fun!  Their love was just glowing!  You can tell just how excited they are to be expanding their beautiful family! 🙂 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!!   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!!!! 🙂

run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂


So I got to hangout at an *awesome* studio in Detroit this past weekend and work with some pretty incredible people!  One of the sessions I will be sharing with you guys later (get excited!!) but I wanted to use a few of these images from this session for my 52 Project.  When I initially thought about the 52 project I wanted to only choose ONE image.  I am finding that I am having a terribly difficult time choosing only one…. BUT choosing less than 5 is a significant improvement from my 20-30 normal blog posts 😉  Progress is progress! 🙂

2015-02-02_0001So meet the fabulous Miranda and her hubby Adam! Miranda is a super fab photographer over at Inner Circle Photography.  We met about 4 years ago and we are basically the same soul in two separate bodies!  LOVE HER!  2015-02-02_0002As photographers we often hate being behind the camera… but when Miranda took our PERFECT family pictures I knew eventually I would have to return the favor and coax her and her love in front of the camera 🙂  2015-02-02_0003So we may have tricked Adam (a little bit…) but he agreed and I am super excited with the images we got! 🙂  2015-02-02_0004These are just a FEW of my faves (and that pose above is totally Miranda’s brain child… and I love it and will be using it often 😉 ) Thanks you guys for being awesome AND letting my take pictures of you ❤

Anni and Rafael August 9, 2014 Cottonwood Barn

This wedding was so awesome on so many different levels it is hard to choose where to start!!  2015-01-06_0002Probably the most interesting place to start is Anni and Rafael were actually married in Brazil in an intimate ceremony back in 2013 so when they came to Michigan to celebrate with Anni’s family and friends they had been married nearly a year!  2015-01-06_0003So because they were already married the whole day was one big party with a no stress mentality!!  (Though I am sure a big part of that was Ana and her fantastic Two Foot Creative Team !!!) 2015-01-06_0004 2015-01-06_0005While the day was low stress it was still full of emotion!! Since Anni and Rafael live in Brazil Anni’s Michigan family were quick to surround them with their love and support.  2015-01-06_0006Anni and Rafael didn’t have your ‘typical’ wedding party but Kaela, Anni’s best childhood friend received some special recognition as Kaela and Anni’s mom did the majority of the wedding planning since Anni couldn’t be stateside!  2015-01-06_0007While they were already officially married they still wanted to celebrate their love in front of Anni’s close family and friends so a small ceremony was performed in her parent’s living room by Anni’s teacher she had from kindergarten through high school! 2015-01-06_0008 2015-01-06_0009As a photographer I always rejoice when I get a couple who loves having their picture taken but it isn’t every day that I get a couple who have just recently been through their own wedding day!!!  They were both so relaxed in front of the camera and it really showed.  Anni really wanted the Michigan Wedding celebration images to reflect a classic Michigan look and feel relaxed as their Brazilian images were more formal, I feel like we nailed it! 🙂 2015-01-06_0010 2015-01-06_0011 2015-01-06_0012 2015-01-06_0013 2015-01-06_0014It was so hard to choose favorite images from their bridal portrait session because their love is contagious in EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.! 2015-01-06_0015 2015-01-06_0016 2015-01-06_0017Before we headed over to the barn for the reception we made a quick stop at Anni’s childhood play house 🙂 2015-01-06_0018The reception was at the gorgeous Cottonwood Barn which was just a stones throw from Anni’s parent’s home.  This property is to DIE for!  2015-01-06_0019Between the beautiful renovations on the property to every detail Ana and her team created this event was second to none!  2015-01-06_0020 2015-01-06_0021 2015-01-06_0022Every detail from the table settings to the food was magnificent!  And to keep things grooving Anni’s long time friend put together an individually hand picked band to perform for dancing!  2015-01-06_0023 2015-01-06_0024 2015-01-06_0025 2015-01-06_0026 2015-01-06_0027But while the reception was fabulous, in typical Latino fashion the party couldn’t end there!!!! Many guests met up for the after party at the amazing Melange Restaurant downtown Ann Arbor! 2015-01-06_0028From a smashed potato bar to some hoppin’ club music the after party left no one wanting!  2015-01-06_0029

This will definitely be included as one of my all time favorite events!!! Thank you guys so much for choosing me to document your Michigan Celebration!!!! I could not have been more honored!!!!


Event Planning: Two Foot Creative

Hair and Make Up: Brown & Deline

Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Heidi

Videography: Fifth and Main Productions

Catering: Melange Bistro and Arbor Farms Market

Desserts: Zingermans Bakehouse

Venue: Private Residence and Cottonwood Barn

Transportation: Golden Limo