april | maternity photography

My beautiful friend April is expecting a new baby girl in just a few weeks. We joked while shooting her maternity photos that they may be my most photographed family. In addition to multiple family sessions and the birth of her daughter Ivy, this is the third maternity session I have photographed for them.

Rosston Maternity — January 2009
Ivy Maternity — February 2012

Meeting new families and photographing their milestones is such a fun part of my job. But being with my friends in the most important times of their life is what makes me the happiest. I’m certain there will be much, much, much more of this photogenic clan in the coming months and years, so stay tuned… :)

Deb Wood Beautiful! They are definitely a “photogenic clan”.June 21, 2013 – 6:54 pm

Ravyn I love these so much! I’ve loved seeing this sweet family grow over the years … I can’t believe baby #3 is already almost here. So great!June 21, 2013 – 5:35 pm

Twilla These are awesome! Pregnancy is beautiful on April. :-)June 21, 2013 – 9:35 am

April Every new session you do for us is my new favorite. Thank you, once again for sharing your gift with us. I can’t wait for you to be with us to document Saylor’s birth. We love you, sweet friend!June 21, 2013 – 9:28 am

heather and brandon | birmingham wedding

I am still struck at how seamlessly it all came together — two families and a multitude of friends from two different parts of the country, uniting for one day to celebrate the marriage of Heather and Brandon. When it was all said and done, I couldn’t wipe the stupid grin off my face. I loved seeing Heather and Brandon so happy and wish them all the best as they start their lives together!

The atmosphere in the bridal suite at Independent Presbyterian Church was nothing but cool, calm and collected this past Saturday when I arrived for Heather and Brandon’s wedding. Heather’s laid back style set the tone for the rest of their perfect day as we breezed through portraits into a beautiful ceremony at the same church Brandon’s parents married years before.

Heather’s dress from Carriage House Weddings in Homewood was stunning. The beaded belt she added at the end was perfection!

With all of the wedding portraits finished, Heather and Brandon were able to relax before the ceremony started. I love those moments that lead up to the start of the wedding ceremony when everyone is gathered around getting out their nervous energy. These are some of my favorite images from the day.

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Heather and Brandon’s wedding reception was held at Park Lane in Mountain Brook, Alabama. It was my first time shooting there and all night I wondered how I’d been missing out on this place. Kathy G and her staff did a phenomenal job. From the layout to the decor, it was THE perfect place for a wedding reception.

Can I please just take a minute to tell you how AWESOME Heather and Brandon’s band was. The guys of Total Assets were so much fun and had the crowd on the dance floor all.night.long. There are a few bands from wedding receptions that stick out in my mind, and this is definitely going to be one of them.

Van i take workout 3 time a week MWF and i take amino acids 2000 i tlbeat before and after 1 tlbeat, is tis good enough to gain a body mass? pls.. help me, gve me some tips.. to gain weight, im on 142 pounds and 5’11December 19, 2015 – 10:20 am

Barbara Goldstein Dear Heather & Brandon, Brandon I am a friend of your Grandma Kay. I am so sorry she did not live to see and share this happy occasion with you and Heather. I know she would have been so proud. Thank you for sharing your happy day with me. Sorry I could not attend. Sincerely, Barbara GoldsteinJune 23, 2013 – 4:17 pm

Deb Wood What a lovely wedding! I love beautiful churches and the photos of the sanctuary are wonderful. The “first look” and couple photos in the first of the blog are stunning, but the last photo of the couple leaving (and the sparklers) is my favorite.June 18, 2013 – 4:03 pm

stefany Dreher Dear Heather & Brandon,
Congratulations on your marriage!
I am a friend of your Aunt Frann Camp’s from Florida. My son is getting married this September. So, Frann and I have been sharing wedding experiences and your wedding looks stunning!
Thank you for letting me take a look at this most joyous day in your lives!
I plan to share your photos with Ben and his fiancé, Jessica.
Best wishes to you on your ‘happily ever after’!
Sincerely, Stefany DreherJune 13, 2013 – 11:43 am

kalee and jonathan | alabama wedding

I’m just going to be honest here and tell you… I had really high expectations for Kalee and Jonathan’s May wedding. From the first time I sat down with them to talk about their plans to their super fun engagement session last fall, I knew it was going to be a great day. I have been taking on little projects here and there during my maternity leave, but I was excited to ease back into a little summer wedding work by photographing their fun and relaxed day. And I have to say, it did not disappoint! Their was so much love in the tiny details that the couple and their families worked SO hard to pull together and in the big smiles plastered on Kalee and Jonathan’s faces. I am so happy for these two and can hardly wait to see what the future has in store!

The wedding was held at the People’s home in Trussville, Alabama. I absolutely LOVE their home as a wedding venue. It gave Kalee and Jonathan’s day such a personal feel, and the property gave us a gorgeous backdrop for all of their wedding photos. Kalee and her friends got ready in the house and we were able to stay on the grounds for every other part of the day.

The expression on Jonathan’s face KILLS me! This is why couples need to have a first look. I love it!

Until a recent move to Kansas City, MO, Kalee was the meteorologist on a local station here in Birmingham (where she and Jonathan met). I don’t think I was the only one who found it fitting that her and Jonathan’s wedding day fell on one of the most beautiful weather days we have had here in some time. It was perfect out, and there was beautiful light everywhere I looked!

Kalee’s one request — a “silly” wedding party photo. The group fell into this pose way too naturally :) It makes me laugh every time I see it.

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The wedding reception was the perfect end to the day. I couldn’t help but include some of my favorite images, including my favorite little party guest at her first wedding!

I can’t remember if I mentioned it before, but Jonathan and my husband Allen are twins cousins. That means I have known Jonathan for almost 12 years and love him and his family like they are my own. It has been so fun getting to know Kalee these last few years, and I seriously could not be happier for them. This is definitely one of my favorite photos from the day!

Anggle We wanted to take a momnet to Thank Everyone, for such an awesome day for Grayson and our family. We are Thankful for all of Lance and Kalee’s friends, you are all so very special. We are grateful for your love, kindness and caring you have shared with them. Your dedicated efforts have helped make their lives much easier. Your love also keeps them strong in faith, hope and love. To all the friends, families, coordinators, vendors, volunteers, visitors, guests and supporters, Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts!Love and Best wishes. God Bless all of you.Granny Janet n Papaw TerryDecember 19, 2015 – 10:03 am

Terry Wilson BEAUTIFUL pictures! LOVED looking @ them! ANOTHER great job, Amanda!June 7, 2013 – 12:47 pm

lauren and reed | maternity photography

This sweet couple is expecting their first child this summer. When Lauren contacted me about photographing their family through the next few months, I was moved. The tone of her initial e-mail held such hope and excitement for meeting their baby boy. In the everyday moments of life, it is easy to forget what a precious and important role we mothers play in bringing our children to the world. Lauren’s beautiful outlook on life and motherhood is such an inspiration and has reminded me over and over what a blessing it is to be but a small part of this time in their lives. We had such a great afternoon together during their maternity photography session, and I am now even more excited to meet their little one!


 

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Marissa Dodgen These are sooooo beautiful! Very clean & crisp!May 24, 2013 – 10:12 am

lauren estes Thanks Amanda, LOVE them! We seriouly had a great time with you and can’t wait to meet our sweet Lawson!!! Only a few more weeks left!!!May 23, 2013 – 3:15 pm

the birth of baby oakley

When Jennifer e-mailed me last fall with the news that she was expecting, my emotions jumped from happy to sad to excited all within a few seconds of each other. I was happy, obviously, because one of my favorite past brides was pregnant with her first baby and was inviting me to be there to capture the delivery. In the same instant I was sad knowing she was due just a few short weeks after my own due date, and I would be smack dab in the middle of my maternity leave. And then as soon as I had the thought, it passed and my sadness turned to excitement realizing that one of the perks of being your own boss is deciding what you can and can’t do during your own leave of absence. If ever there was a time to make an exception, this was it!

And so on the second Saturday in April, just a few weeks before the first anniversary of their wedding, I found myself standing in a hospital room with Jennifer and Kyle as they welcomed their daughter into the world. When I first met Jenn during the planning stages of her wedding, I was struck by how perfectly she fit the role of a bride-to-be. She talked about her plans with such excitement and grace, and I knew she was going to be a beautiful bride. As I watched her spend her first moments with her daughter, I couldn’t help but think back to that time and realize that her perfect role was not that of a bride — it was as a mother.

I could not be happier for Jennifer and Kyle and their families. Jennifer is more than just a former bride to me. She is a friend. And I can’t say how much it means to have been welcomed in and trusted with capturing two of the most important days of her life. Love you girl!

 

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Linda Sexton Amanda sorry for the delayed response to the most precious video in the whole world !! Even though I was there and experiencing the whole thing my memory of that day was not as vivid, it’s as if the video captured all the true feelings & emotions that I was feeling. We are so blessed to have met you. And are so grateful for all the memories you have captured, for our entire family,from the beginning of Jen & Kyle’s engagement, to her Bridal Portraits, to the Wedding and now for this precious video of the beginning of Oakley’s life here with us. God has graced you with not only the talent & gift of being a great photographer but also as a beautiful, gracious, woman and friend!
Many many thanks to you. And I look forward to many more sessions with you, if you’re available, for all the special upcoming events in our family !!
Sincerely and with lots of Love, Jennifer’s Mom, LindaJuly 8, 2013 – 10:28 am

Maggie I love when you post a birth story. Wonderful images of a beautiful family and how sweet that Jennifer started out as a bride. You are the best in the businesses!May 14, 2013 – 1:19 pm

Melissa I can’t help but tear up during these sweet memories of people I don’t even know. Your talent is such a blessing and those images are so precious. Congrats Tom mom and dad!May 14, 2013 – 8:52 am

Jennrob How sweet! What a beautiful family and I too love that one of his hand in her hair. This tugs at my heart thinking of how much they change in just a short period of time. Congrats to them and good job on the pictures!May 14, 2013 – 7:22 am

Julie Their story is much like ours in that Victoria was born 3 weeks after our first anniversary. We’re so happy it turned out that way! Great priceless photos Amanda, as always :) Love the one of his hand in her hair.May 14, 2013 – 4:15 am