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.

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/dortch

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/knight

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 😉

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/hibbler

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 😉

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senter

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.

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/knight

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 🙂

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/ransonlifestyle17

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/clark

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 😉

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/hibbler

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/senter

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/corrigan

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!

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/corrigan

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!





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!


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*
And this little guy, he is just the best!
Baby hands!!!
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!
And then on the way home Rachel suggested this little road, it is amazing!!! Tucked away just blocks from downtown!
Little guy couldn’t hang and need a nap! 🙂
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 Life: Hibbler Family

Prepare yourself for a long blog post…  As much as I try to keep blog posts concise in words and images


with this post!  2016-03-10_0001Angie and Derrick are great friends I have known for some time now.  They homeschool and are also ‘rehabing’ their beautiful older home in Milan.  As their kiddos are getting older they decided some pictures of what a ‘typical’ school day is would be treasured so they can look back one day and ‘remember when’… 2016-03-10_0002They have been working on their kitchen the last year and I can honestly say it is MY happy place so I sure hope they are pleased with it!  And I may just permanently take up residence at their island with some coffee, it is so peaceful! 2016-03-10_0003 2016-03-10_0004We started the session with some ideas written down of what their day typically looked like so if the shoot didn’t progress ‘naturally’ we would have some ideas to fall back on… but we didn’t need any of them.  2016-03-10_0005Love this ‘escape the ordinary’ note pad 🙂 2016-03-10_0006Honestly, this kitchen! *drool*2016-03-10_0007This is where I stop talking because the images just speak louder than words ever could…2016-03-10_0008 2016-03-10_0009 2016-03-10_0010 2016-03-10_0011 2016-03-10_0012 2016-03-10_0013 2016-03-10_0014 2016-03-10_0015I may have a small obsession with little person feet ❤ 2016-03-10_0016 2016-03-10_0017She invited me to her tea party 🙂 2016-03-10_0018 2016-03-10_0019This is an example of a ‘natural’ posed picture.  I helped coach Anna who reluctantly agreed but this series is priceless! 2016-03-10_0020Next was a family project ❤ love this working together! 2016-03-10_0021 2016-03-10_0022So many hands together! ❤ 2016-03-10_0023Matching Painted Toes. 2016-03-10_0024 2016-03-10_0025Mama and Baby snuggles. 2016-03-10_0026 2016-03-10_0027 2016-03-10_0028 2016-03-10_0029 2016-03-10_0030 2016-03-10_0031The light streaming in their home is just gorgeous! 2016-03-10_0032Pitter Patter. 2016-03-10_0033 2016-03-10_0034More feet. 2016-03-10_0035 2016-03-10_0036 2016-03-10_0037Don’t you just want to cozy up and read by this window?2016-03-10_0038Sister smooshes. 2016-03-10_0039A daddy and his girls. 2016-03-10_0040May our kiddos never be too big for hugs ❤ 2016-03-10_0042  2016-03-10_0044This next series is to.die.for.2016-03-10_0045 2016-03-10_0046Those eyes ❤2016-03-10_0047This couple has been married for 15 years! (yes they were married when they were 5!) 2016-03-10_0048 2016-03-10_0049Some sister time. 2016-03-10_0050And of course brother time! 2016-03-10_0051And while I didn’t stay until the kiddos went to bed we took some pictures of one Derrick and Angie’s favorite things to do when they’re not busy working, parenting, teaching, cleaning or #adulting 😉 2016-03-10_0052 2016-03-10_0053#familytime2016-03-10_0054 2016-03-10_0055 2016-03-10_00562016-03-10_0057And this series needs to be hung in giant billboard size.  My heart just melts! 2016-03-10_0058 2016-03-10_0059 2016-03-10_0060 2016-03-10_0061 2016-03-10_00622016-03-10_0063 2016-03-10_0064 2016-03-10_0065The affection!!! I die! 2016-03-10_0066 2016-03-10_0067 2016-03-10_0068 2016-03-10_0069 2016-03-10_0070 2016-03-10_0071 2016-03-10_0073 2016-03-10_0074 2016-03-10_0075

Those of you who have read the whole blog, thank you! ❤ and Angie and Derrick and kiddos, thank you for letting me hang out with you all day!! Honestly, these are my favorite sessions!  Looking to book a few more before wedding season kicks in! Contact me for ‘off season’ reduced rates!

run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂

Purely Life: Andersons

Growing up I was always super close to my cousins.  Both of my parents came from tight knit families and numerous kids which resulted in a lot of cousins 🙂  When I was elementary school aged one of my cousin’s family moved to Texas.  It was quite weird going from seeing them frequently to once a year but we always made up for lost time when we saw each other!  Our families would travel together (Grand Canyon/Rockies/Utah baby!) and they would drive the long trek north most every Christmas.  I had the grand pleasure of photographing two cousins’ weddings (in the same weekend!) when Lalo was about 10 months old in Texas and when baby Rowe was born Autumn came north for Christmas and stayed with a us a few days so I could love on the nugget!!  So when Rowe’s first birthday party was looming I was dying to go south to celebrate! Thankfully fates and generous people collided and Lalo, Eowyn and I were able to fly south with Grandma (or Gi-Gi as Lalo calls her!) to enjoy time with everyone.  It was absolutely amazing and I can only hope that someday it can be repeated!

All that to say I got to spend time with some of my fave people but I also got to do something I love.  Capturing people loving on each other *in their element*.  There was some posing but mostly it was just life.  Raw, unfiltered life.  Just typing that gives me goosebumps.  It was amazing and I cannot wait to do it again!  I am booking more lifestyle sessions now!  So get at me and book one because I just can’t get enough!

View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasLalo helping to make the many batches of delicious cupcakes! (notice him white knuckling the beater to lick any second…) View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasRowe wearing robots… could it BE any cuter? and those ROLLS! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texassweet little blue eyed friendsView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasA mama with her friends and her babe with his friends ❤ View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasThose toes. View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasThe after math of yogurt… View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasAnd aftermath of bath ❤ View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasThis is one of my all time faves. View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasbaby escapee View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas‘Christmas card pictures’ View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasMany people  wonder if you book a lifestyle session if there will be any posed pictures and the answer is yes! We will do some posed pictures for Holiday Cards or grandma (or your wall too!!) but we will mainly focus on capturing what a day in your life is.  The messy floors (or clean if you’re more awesome than me!)  the goopy hugs, the daddy’s coming home from work and the puppies and babes rolling around together.  Life.  Because that’s what you will think back on and wonder if you remember correctly, not 2015’s Christmas card photo sess.  View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasThose smiles! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasEvery little boy needs to eat some dirt 🙂 ❤ View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texasAnd play with his pup! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/texas

Thank you so much for welcoming me (and my crew!) into your home and your lives!  I am so thankful that I got to be there for Rowe’s first birthday and to love on your nugget!  I cannot wait to take his picture and hug him again!! (and you too 😉 )

And just an FYI if you do book me for a lifestyle session you don’t have to house me and feed me 😉 that is just a family perk 🙂


run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

8/52 February Lighting Challenge

So Part of the 52 challenge is the monthly ‘Lighting Challenge’ where I try out a new lighting technique.

A few months ago I was approached to capture some images for a friend’s album she is prepping to release.  Both her and her husband are super talented and creative so we stuck our brains together and took the afternoon in Detroit at the Russell Industrial Center and had some fun!  These are a few of my favorites!  I can’t reveal all of them as of yet as they need to keep them for their campaign but I am stoked to be a part of such an awesome project with amazing people!  THANK YOU! 🙂  2015-02-24_0001 2015-02-24_0002 2015-02-24_0003 2015-02-24_0004