Purely Life Sessions Winter Special

Welcome 2018!!!! I know for some welcoming this new year was a much look forward to event as 2017 may not have been the best… as for our family 2017 was pretty great.

We became a family of 5, we traveled, we camped and we made some great new friends!  As our family has grown (both in number and in age… how is our first born almost SEVEN!?) I have been scaling back on the number of gigs I take so that I can attempt to master this work/life balance.  (if anyone has that on lock… give me a call, I have some questions! 😉 ) (Our photos courtesy of Ester Cobe Photography)

 

As I re-enter the work force again this year I am going to be taking less weddings (probably only 6-10 weddings verses 12-16 I used to!) and try to focus more on portrait sessions and corporate work.  This gives our family a lot more flexibility to travel and spend time together as a whole (plus its not super fun for Rico to be home solo parenting every weekend in the summer!)

To kick off this transition I am running a Purely Life session deal for January, February and March.  I will be booking select dates for these sessions for the steal of $750 per session.  This particular special will come with digital rights which is an average investment of $2550 (so that is a 70% savings!)

For this blog post I wanted to address some of the FAQ I get regarding these sessions… if you have one that isn’t here ask me!!

What is a Purely Life session?

A purely life session is essentially where I come ‘live life’ with you for a small portion of a day.

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How do you know what we will do?

I will send a questionnaire to you that will help you plan out different portion of your shoot.  I promise we won’t just sit and look at each other 😉

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These shoots look fun, what if our life isn’t that fun?

Everyone’s life is fun!  I will help to prompt you into the different activities we emailed about and since it is your life it IS fun… and it will look fun, promise.  Remember, one of my super powers is making people look awesome 😉

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What about our mess?

Well I shoot around mess… but also its your mess.  So its part of your story.  When we had our family photographed we stuffed a lot of things we didn’t want photographed in my office and laundry room.  Like laundry is a huge part of our life but I didn’t want it photographed… other people LOVE having their baby play in the laundry while they fold it… super cute photos!  I put all of my mail and bills in my office on the desk, no one needed to see that 😉 But it is a personal decision.  Some people live spotlessly, others have stuff.  It’s my personal opinion that stuff makes it look real.  🙂  If you’re not sure about it leave it and we can talk about it when I get there.  The point of these sessions is to enjoy love… not feel stressed.  So please, do NOT hire a house cleaner before I come or scrub the floors, or paint… or anything else like that unless of course that is part of your normal, every-day-activites.

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Will we be bored?

Absolutely not.  In fact most people find that the session flies by.

How long does it take?

Since it isn’t a typical ‘posed’ session at a park I recommend people block off 2-3 hours.  Most sessions last about 2… some last less and some a little more.  So just plan on 2-3 hours.

What happens when/if my kids meltdown?

That’s part of life too… it is overwhelming having someone following you with a camera.  When kids start to show meltdown-tendencies I take a few steps back and give you space… if you’re cool with it, I may take a few snap shots of the crying because thats part of life too… If you’re not thats fine too!  Usually when the kids start to melt down we take a break and get a snack 🙂

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Can we have multiple outfits?

Yes! I promise I won’t take pictures of you changing!  :p

Can we have some posed pictures?

Absolutely!  I will do a mixture of photojournalistic documentation as well as have you sit in a great spot with great light for a few fun posed photos.  I also try to make a special effort to take some photos of just parents.  Probably the last time you had solo portraits was your wedding (I’m guessing…!) So since we are in your space you have some safe places to send the kiddos… so lets send them there with an activity for a few minutes and nab a few pictures of just you!  Time to update your profile picture any 😉

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Can we go outside around our property?

Yes!  These sessions are generally limited to one location but if it is within walking distance we can go outside or around your neighborhood.  Where ever your life is lived, lets go capture it!

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Do you have more questions?? Ask them, I would be happy to answer them!

Here are a few more of my faves (ok… a lot of my favorites!)  These sessions are my favorite to photograph because I feel like they are such treasured time capsules of reality.  Hope you agree!! ❤  To book head to my website and give me a shout out!

 

 

 

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Lifestyle Session with The Senters

This time a week ago I was just entering active labor so after a week of absolute pure baby bliss I’m going to slowly start blogging again ❤

I first met Nathan earlier this year when he contacted me about doing some small business work for KIN Movement, a new gym he co-founded.  After getting to know both him and his business partner Jessie I asked them if I could host my LOVE YO BODY shoot at their gym  Their philosophy embodied everything I was looking to capture, a small boutique gym that is centered around community as well as embracing your body as a whole; strengthening it both physiologically and psychologically through a holistic approach, if you’re in the area I highly recommend you check them out!

For as much as I loved Nathan’s gym though, his family was amazing.  From the moment I walked through the front door the warmth and love and character permeated the air.  It was absolute perfection.  As we enter these winter months I am open to booking some more lifestyle sessions so as you glance through these images dream about what your session might look like!! ❤ View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senterView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senter

Let me know when you want to book your lifestyle session! ❤  Thank you Senter Family for allowing me to spend such a lovely Sunday morning with you!!

run often, smile more!

Amanda

Throwback Christmas Tree Family

As we wait for baby I have made a list of sessions and weddings I have yet to blog and the list is quite extensive so be prepped as I enjoy my maternity leave to be blasted with the awesome-ness I have worked on the last year (and a half…! or more…)  We are getting ready to decorate our home for Christmas today and so this seemed like a fun thing to decorate my blog with too 😉 For all of you who wish for Christmas decor to come out post Thanksgiving just refer back in a few weeks! :p  In general we decorate November 1 but waiting on baby has pushed us back a bit.  When do you decorate?

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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 Family: Corrigan

Before I leave on vacation I had to leave you guys with this session!! I had such a blast photographing Rachel and Geoff and their little man but looking through their images I am falling in love with them all over again! 2016-08-04_00022016-08-04_0003
I mean check out this nursery!!!!!!!! *Swoon*
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And this little guy, he is just the best!
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Baby hands!!!
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We left their beautiful home for a few portraits at a local park just down the block!! This little guy is so lucky to have such a fun neighborhood park just down the street!
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And then on the way home Rachel suggested this little road, it is amazing!!! Tucked away just blocks from downtown!
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Little guy couldn’t hang and need a nap! 🙂
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He has a sailboat mobile!!!! Ahh!!2016-08-04_00202016-08-04_0021
Again, this nursery!!!!!!! ❤ 2016-08-04_0022
His nap gave us a little aline time to take some Mom and Dad pictures 🙂 2016-08-04_00232016-08-04_00242016-08-04_0025
This is my fave.2016-08-04_00262016-08-04_00272016-08-04_0028
Both inside and outside this little house is just dripping with charm!  What a magical place to grow up!2016-08-04_00292016-08-04_00302016-08-04_0031
Big guy wanting to stand!! Slow down baby! 2016-08-04_00322016-08-04_00332016-08-04_0034
A mama’s arms is always a babes favorite place to be ❤ 2016-08-04_00352016-08-04_00362016-08-04_00372016-08-04_00382016-08-04_00392016-08-04_0040

Thank you guys so much for allowing me to witness and capture a small snippet of your beautiful life!!! ❤

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

Purely Family: Estrada Family

 

So it isn’t very often I blog out of order, because Type-A people like things to go in chronological order…. BUT when you have light like this and you are hopelessly behind on blogging… you can’t help yourself but post it RIGHT. NOW.  🙂   2015-08-18_0001If  you’ve been following me for awhile you might think this family looks a little familiar and that is because in 2012 I took Jessica and Henry’s engagement pictures when Manny was just a wee tyke!! Look at how big he is now!! He starts kindergarten in a few weeks! 2015-08-18_0002 2015-08-18_0003We had a great time and lots of fun and who doesn’t love jumping on Mom and Dad! 2015-08-18_0004And the light… the light was just beyond perfect.  2015-08-18_0005Who doesn’t love snuggle time in the grass ❤  2015-08-18_0007we even were able to get a few with just Jessica and Henry 🙂 2015-08-18_0008 2015-08-18_0009Look at this stud muffin!  He is too perfect! 2015-08-18_0010Thank you guys for hanging out (And bearing with the heat!!!)  It was a fun night and it was great to see you guys again!!! ❤ Hopefully see you soon!!!

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

12/52 Welcome Éowyn Olivia

2015-04-07_0007So I missed last week’s and this week’s 52 post because we were a little bit busy… HAVING A BABY!

She came fast and furious March 30 and we are so grateful despite the fact we were a bit surprised 🙂

We are home and adjusting well and Lalo is doing great being an awesome big brother!!! 🙂 2015-04-07_0002 2015-04-07_0003Lalo loving his new easter undies 🙂 2015-04-07_0004 2015-04-07_0005We have the best light in our house 🙂 2015-04-07_0006