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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