There is no higher honor for me than to be invited back to continue documenting a family’s growth and story. When this sweet family decided to return to Galveston for vacation (check out a little peek of their 2014 session here), they wanted to update their family portraits with the addition of a new baby, and I was all too happy to oblige.
Despite the joys of vacation, it’s been a rough 12 months. Mom’s father passed away unexpectedly a few months ago, and she wanted to think of a way to honor his memory and legacy during their session. We settled on flying prayer papers, on which each family member wrote their prayers and remembrances. The idea was then to alight and release them, but the coastal winds made that part difficult. Despite the wind, it was a poignant and beautiful moment, with hugs and prayers and tears and laughs. I’m so glad Mom thought to include this special time in her family’s session.
To find out more about documenting your own family’s story, please use my contact form. Enjoy!
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“Kids these days…”
“All they want to do is watch TV and play video games…”
Sound familiar? Today’s generation of youth gets a bad rap. Often described in the media as “entitled”, “lazy”, “selfish”, it’s easy to get the impression that today’s tweens and teens will handily send our world to the brink of destruction. While that may be true for some, I see something else when I look at today’s youth.
I see teens who spend their “flood days” off school not vegging in front of the TV, but ripping out wet drywall and carpets from flooded neighbors’ homes. Who have birthday parties at an animal shelter and ask guests to bring pet food and blankets instead of gifts. Who take music and voice lessons and go on to become worship leaders in their churches during middle and high school. Why don’t we hear THOSE stories?
Enter the “Who I Am” tween/teen photography project
I am starting the “Who I Am” project to tell these stories that deserve to be told, while also giving an all-important shot of self-confidence that kids will receive by having an AMAZING photograph.
Who I’m looking for
I’m looking for models for this photography project, ages 10-15. We will ask the model and parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art. Many of the stories will also be collected in a hardback coffee table book that will be produced in the fall of 2016 and ready for holiday gift giving.
Why “Who I Am”?
Let’s face it…these years are rough. Body changes, acne, mean girls (need I say more?), and increasing academic and athletic pressure are a lot for kids to handle. Do I even need to mention the devastating effects of social media that are experienced by way too many kids? The “Who I Am” project will celebrate those special characteristics that make your child one-of-a-kind, and will tell the story of who she is – not just what she does. Imagine the impact that a single beautiful image can make for your tween or teen’s self-image.
How to participate or nominate a friend
Book your spot now here. You can also send us a message via our contact form if you would like to nominate a friend or family member you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is just $49 plus tax and includes a complimentary artist’s choice gift AND a $49 product credit (total value: $235). Our portrait collections begin at $199. Sessions will be held in Amanda’s northwest Houston studio in June, July and August. This project is limited to 60 participants and we’re only over halfway full, so reserve your spot today!
A magical destination wedding location (where no motorized vehicles are allowed!), friends and family from around the country (including a surprise appearance by grandparents who made the cross-country trip!), a beautiful “vintage glam” wedding theme, and a bride and groom in love. What more could a photographer ask for? (Except maybe a few more days on the idyllic Mackinac Island on Lake Huron, Michigan.)
Thank you so much, Nikki and Alex, for inviting me to document your wedding day.
(Many thanks to my friend Carey Anne Photography for traveling with me and helping me photograph the wedding.)