Rockers downtown // Red Bluff child and family photographer

So while I was browsing Zulily, it's like a daily thing for me lol, I came across these rocker shirts.  I had been wanting to shoot some more urban style images and I decided these would be perfect for this shoot I was styling.  I had been chatting with these kids' mom for a bit about a session so I shot her a message with a link the the clothes.  She loved them!  We decided that they would be a perfect fit for the look we were going for.  Mom picked up a couple other pieces to compliment the main idea of the session and we ran with it.  I drove around town searching for the "right" location.  I had shot on Main street in Red Bluff a few weeks before and new that was not the look I wanted for this.  Then I came across this gem.  I love love love skull and crossbones, always have.  The area was low traffic, which I always consider when working with kids, and the streets were nice and wide and had some other cool buildings in the area if we decided to go walking.  Sold.  Now the day came for the session, it was storming and on the verge of raining, insert my pouty whine here.  We had been waiting for this day for like months, and neither of us wanted to gamble that the weather would get better anytime before spring.  We decided just to roll with it.  A little dark and gloomy and windy may set the tone, and I think it ended up working out awesome.  Siblings can be challenging to shoot, but these kids were troopers, giggling and did not mind getting all cuddled up, maybe it was cuz it was cold?  Anyway we took all these images within one block on on side of the street.  You don't need to big open field or park somewhere to take photos, just a small patch of somewhere pretty.

As always please leave me some love in the form of like/comment/share! <3 Amy

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My middle child // Red Bluff Family and Child Photographer

As promised, a few from this session, and an idea for you photographers wanting a little project!  Firstly lay eyes on that adorable giggle.  Intoxicating, right?  I love photographing Nina, my middle child, because she is full of surprises every time!  My friend Cassie of C. Wolverton Photography ordered this awesome flower crown from the Floranthropist in Redding, Ca this last week.  She took photos of her daughter which you can see on her Facebook page here and then asked if I would like to try it out also.  How fun, right?  We met up on a freeway exit half way between Red Bluff and Anderson for the exchange, at that point last week the storm was rolling in.  We stood there and talked about some other shoot ideas and as we watched the storm clouds it started to sprinkle.  The sun was still peeking through a bit and it was getting low in the sky, my heart was giddy!  So I raced home and asked Nina if she would throw on the sweater I was wearing for 4 shots/poses for me.  Any momtog knows you have to limit or bribe per shot with our kids lol.  I wanted a blanket, relaxed, fall type feel to contrast the formalness (is that a word!?) of the flower crown.  I honestly don't remember what we were talking about at this moment, I wish I did!

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So now to the project idea.  After I photographed Nina in the crown I passed it on to my good friend Jeny Crews to try out!  The best part is seeing how different everyone's images are using THE SAME PROP!  Just like when we host shootouts (you can join our Facebook group here) everyone's images are so different taking THE SAME SHOT!  I learn every time.  I love community over competition.  My plan is to order another crown during January and pass it through as many photographers as I can to see all the different takes on the same prop.  If you want to get in on the fun just come join our Facebook group.  Or if you want to start you own that would be awesome too, tag me on social media so I can see!  I want to share a few more portraits of Nina from the same shoot.  We shot for about 10 minutes total, I took about 30 images and these are my favorites.  

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As always feel free to leave some love at the bottom in the form of likes or comments, questions ok too!  <3 Amy

As always feel free to leave some love at the bottom in the form of likes or comments, questions ok too! 

<3 Amy

Family Session in Red Bluff // Red Bluff, Ca child and family photographer

There is its folks!  The coveted "everyone looking at the camera" photo!  Total WIN for mom, dad, AND the photographer!  But what comes next (besides ordering christmas cards)?  What can you follow this up with?  I am pretty good with posing multiple family members together, or poses within family members.  What I've been working on is the natural interaction, and capturing it beautifully.  This takes just as much work!  Learning prompts, ways to keep parents relaxed, even when kids are being wild.  Let me tell you this.  I LOVE WILD.  Have you seen photos of my middle daughter Nina?  She is the definition of wild, in fact the next blog post will probably be all about her!  So seeing other kids being free spirited makes my heart sing.  I love playing games, I feel like I am socially better with the kids than with the adults to be honest.  So we get the perfect family photo during your session, but we also get fun poses that make memories.  Below are a few other examples of "poses" I have families do during sessions.  We tell stories, we take breaks, we make the most of our hour or so together.  This family let me in on some little inside jokes they had that had me laughing just as much as they were.  If you check out my Facebook page you can see a few more little stories about our adventures also.  My favorite moments from this session were when mom and dad were snuggling in and loving on their babies, those moments are the best to witness.  Have questions about my posing?  Leave me some questions or comments below! <3 Amy  

There is its folks!  The coveted "everyone looking at the camera" photo!  Total WIN for mom, dad, AND the photographer!  But what comes next (besides ordering christmas cards)?  What can you follow this up with?  I am pretty good with posing multiple family members together, or poses within family members.  What I've been working on is the natural interaction, and capturing it beautifully.  This takes just as much work!  Learning prompts, ways to keep parents relaxed, even when kids are being wild.  Let me tell you this.  I LOVE WILD.  Have you seen photos of my middle daughter Nina?  She is the definition of wild, in fact the next blog post will probably be all about her!  So seeing other kids being free spirited makes my heart sing.  I love playing games, I feel like I am socially better with the kids than with the adults to be honest.  So we get the perfect family photo during your session, but we also get fun poses that make memories.  Below are a few other examples of "poses" I have families do during sessions.  We tell stories, we take breaks, we make the most of our hour or so together.  This family let me in on some little inside jokes they had that had me laughing just as much as they were.  If you check out my Facebook page you can see a few more little stories about our adventures also.  My favorite moments from this session were when mom and dad were snuggling in and loving on their babies, those moments are the best to witness.  Have questions about my posing?  Leave me some questions or comments below!

<3 Amy

 

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Before and After Featured Photo // Red Bluff Portrait Photographer

I've been thinking a lot about sharing some editing tips and tricks.  I also was thinking about hosting an editing webinar or in person edit workshop after the first of the year.  This may drop on Black Friday? hint, hint.  What I love about photographing children in their imagination, but also their willingness to be in front of the camera.  There is no self consciousness, no self doubt, kids amaze me.  I love when a child is laughing, playing, being natural, but nothing beats that strong eye contact portrait.  When you can feel a child staring into your soul and baring theirs.  When you can look at a photo and instantly see the universe.  It is one thing to take a portrait and another to be able to edit it and show others how you feel when you took the photo.  I want to help YOU get there!  I've chosen a photo of my oldest daughter (I have THREE!) to share with you.  One image is SOOC, meaning straight out of camera, one is with my adjustments in ACR, adobe camera raw, and the last is the final image.  Now I may be considered lazy, I don't know, but I shoot with my white balance in auto and fix it later.  I don't feel like it makes that big of a difference to fix it in post processing and it doesn't take that much time.  Even when I shoot using Kelvin I end up adjusting it some so I figure I'll spend less time on the shoot and more time in the digital dark room if you will.  I do all my editing by hand, I do not use presets, I do not use Lightroom at all actually, and I do not use any actions, except those I have created myself.  A few things you do need to get right in camera is your exposure and your light.  Make sure and check those catchlights in your subjects eyes!!  This is what shows we are alive!!  I've edited this to have a really great fall feel to it, if you have questions, let me know.  Please leave me a little love in the comment section also.

<3 Amy

 

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Family Photo Session // Red Bluff, CA child and family photographer

First a little about me.  Family, it's what drives me.  My husband and our three daughters truly are my life.  I've actually tortured them through three, YES THREE family sessions this year.  But I have a good excuse, humor me.  I love a lifestyle feel to family images, but I also love the everyone looking and smiling images also!  I ended up booking a maternity session in San Francisco (we made a weekend out of it!), then I did not want the stress of doing my own newborn's photos so I hired Dani D Photography for those and had her sneak a good family in-studio shot and some of all three girls (you can see those here), and then I knew I also wanted some lifestyle family images in my home, I just love that style so much!  So I'm justified, right?  All of that aside, I know how hard it is to get dads, and moms, in front of the camera, so I am currently offering family petite and full sessions for the month of November!  Some families get images taken every year, some every few years, some have NEVER had professional photos done, and THAT IS OK!  I do want to help the whole family feel comfortable in front of the camera, we get those perfectly posed photos that you want to give out to family, but we also goof off, we take breaks, I let kids take photos with my camera (with my help) sometimes too.  I help style the photo session wardrobe, I guide you through the whole process, I want family photos to be easy.  Here are a few from my most recent family session in Red Bluff, my hometown.  Leave me some love with what you think!  Want to book?  Click over to my client questionnaire and send me an email. <3 Amy 

First a little about me.  Family, it's what drives me.  My husband and our three daughters truly are my life.  I've actually tortured them through three, YES THREE family sessions this year.  But I have a good excuse, humor me.  I love a lifestyle feel to family images, but I also love the everyone looking and smiling images also!  I ended up booking a maternity session in San Francisco (we made a weekend out of it!), then I did not want the stress of doing my own newborn's photos so I hired Dani D Photography for those and had her sneak a good family in-studio shot and some of all three girls (you can see those here), and then I knew I also wanted some lifestyle family images in my home, I just love that style so much!  So I'm justified, right?  All of that aside, I know how hard it is to get dads, and moms, in front of the camera, so I am currently offering family petite and full sessions for the month of November!  Some families get images taken every year, some every few years, some have NEVER had professional photos done, and THAT IS OK!  I do want to help the whole family feel comfortable in front of the camera, we get those perfectly posed photos that you want to give out to family, but we also goof off, we take breaks, I let kids take photos with my camera (with my help) sometimes too.  I help style the photo session wardrobe, I guide you through the whole process, I want family photos to be easy.  Here are a few from my most recent family session in Red Bluff, my hometown.  Leave me some love with what you think!  Want to book?  Click over to my client questionnaire and send me an email.

<3 Amy 

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Family clothing inspiration for fall photo shoots // Red Bluff, CA Child and Family Photographer

So generally I photograph children in stylized type sessions, but fall and spring time are prime for family photos!  I know we all have the rush for family photos for our Christmas cards, we find the photographer, get the date set and then BOOM, we realize we have to find outfits for the whole family!!  Now, I know some of us mommies LOVE to shop and have no problem with that part!  But what about finding things that coordinate for everyone?  Mom, Dad, teens, kids, babies, and finding things that everyone won't complain about wearing....I've got a few tips for you.  My suggestion is to dress just a little fancier than you would normally.  I like a little whimsy, something bigger than your everyday, but I still want my clients to feel comfortable during our session.  I normally suggest two or three colors, making sure the tones are similar and blend in neutrals between all the family members.  A great place to start is to pick the person in your family that just gets you all laughing, the person that loves attention and maybe put that person in a pattern, or if your youngest loves dresses, put her in a fancy dress and then coordinate from there.  I've begun heavily stylizing all of my sessions.  I let clients text or message me while shopping and help pick out what colors photograph best.  Now,  what to avoid!  Busy patterns are distracting and take away from the moments captured in the photos.  Florescent colors are a big no no, they leave funky color casts on skin and tend to go too bright when photographed.  All white, believe it or not it is HARD to get white to look perfectly white!  Who wants some funky looking white?  No one.  Avoid all wearing the same thing, sorry to say it folks but the matching t-shirt and jeans trend is OUT!  Here are a few snippets from recent sessions for some inspiration!  Always keep it classy, try to look for timeless pieces so you can leave the images hung in your home for years to come. As always feel free to leave a comment or a question below! 

<3 Amy

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Chico California Workshop // Red Bluff Fine Art Children's Photographer

Chico, California Petite Child Model Workshop October 22nd

So I love teaching, I actually wanted to be a teacher when I was a child, but when I got out of high school I already had a decent paying job so I opted out of continuing my education.  I have since picked up teaching in the photography world.  Specifically, teaching photographers how to work with children, we all know how unpredictable kids can be!  New environment, new people, new clothes, maybe no nap....  I see the struggle, I have been there, and I want to help!  This is my second round of my "Petite Workshop"  I call it that because it's all about kids and it is also just one afternoon (petite!).  We pack in all about posing, interacting, using different types of light, how to get your imaged in focus, all those important details.  This workshop was hosted at Chico State.  The leaves had just started changing, the air was a little cooler, and the architecture just screams to be photographed!  We started around 3pm and shot until the sun was just beginning to set.  The moms and I styled the session, I wanted a little more of an urban vibe to the clothing, and luckily most of the kids had pieces in their closet already!  If you're interested in having your child be cast for a workshop or want to commission me for a session for your child please just head to the contact page on my site and send me an email.  I cover location, styling, and I love working with children!  Portraits are really where I see my work shine.  Check out a little sneak peek below of some of the images I captured while teaching.  I would love for you to leave a comment about what you think, or what you would like to see covered at the next workshop!

<3 Amy

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