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I heart my family

A couple weeks ago my sister (of Tammy Smith Photography) came to Kodiak to be mentored in photography. We had the best time! It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a week (even with sick kiddos). I’m so proud of her! She’s very talented and is going to do amazing things with her photography business! She’s also hosting A Day with Amy Photography Workshop in Palmer, Alaska next month that I’m really looking forward to. Teaching is one of my favorite things to do. I love to share what I’ve learned with others, and to see their work afterwards is so rewarding!

While Tammy was here she was took our family pictures. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to do an outdoor session for six months now, but weather and schedules never cooperated. (That’s Alaskan winters for you.) I decided to go ahead with an indoor session, but I wanted it to be different. My oldest son thought I was absolutely crazy when I suggested pictures in the master bedroom (on our bed no less!), but they were so much fun and I LOVE them!!

We started earlier in the day getting some test shots before we brought the whole family up. Miss B served as a model (she’s happiest when she has my iPhone). She really wasn’t feeling well this day and was pretty grumpy about the whole thing.

undefined undefined Can you tell from her eyes that she is not feeling well? Poor baby! undefined Then Tammy worked on getting some candid shots of us together.  I’m so happy to have pictures of us!

Any mom knows how hard it is to get a picture with themselves in it!  We tend to be behind the camera rather than in front.

I’ll treasure these moments always. undefined undefined We decided to read a book while Tammy set up her camera.

She wasn’t buying it at first… undefined But it wasn’t long before the Mouse and his cookie caught her attention.
undefined undefined Trying to get a smile… undefined A little bit later we brought every one up.  I love these behind the scenes pictures!  It was a hoot watching everyone getting set up. undefined I wanted a feet picture.  We all thought it was hilarious… except Miss B. undefined undefined The next few are my absolute favorites.

I love this one of our family.  So casual and candid.  No one is looking at the camera.  It’s just us, being us.

I ordered a 20×30 canvas for our living room wall.  It turned out great.  If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and see it! undefined Miss B and her daddy. *Sigh*

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This silhouette is second runner up for my all time favorite.  I love everything about it!

It was SO cold and windy.  Daddy and Miss B waited in the truck while we set up the shot.  Then they ran out for the picture.

I ordered a 20×30 stand-out of this one.  I think I love it more than the canvas.

Perhaps I just love having pictures of the whole family. (Thanks again Tammy!)

*I’m a little partial to silhouettes these days. I’m making plans for a silhouette party!

There will be time for 4 or 5 families to have a mini session and get  silhouettes of their family done!

More details to come, but let me know if you might be interested.


Poor Miss B.  There are days she doesn’t love having a photographer for a mother.

As soon as we finished the silhouette, I saw this shot and HAD to get it.

She was done with pictures, but she looked so adorable in her little dress from Skippy Doodle.

March 22, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Becca - These are just absolutely beautiful. I love to see the love in your family, Amy. The way you look at each other just shows how much your family means to each individual member. You are truly blessed!
(And, in addition to having the same pillows, I used to have the same case for my iPhone… only with a pink background… Kate Spade? ;))

March 22, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Amy Earle | Simply b Photos - Thanks Becca!! Your comment made my day!! And you obviously have incredible taste! ;) Yes! My iPhone case is Kate Spade. Jake got it for me for Christmas and I LOVE it! Love the pillows too!!

March 22, 2011 - 7:45 pm

Erin F - They all look great!

March 23, 2011 - 12:35 am

Beth - Those are just beautiful. The love you all have for one another just emanates through the photos. I had to giggle b/c in the pictures you took of us last summer you can tell that Gabriel doesn’t feel well either. I even wrote that in the photo book I made.

March 23, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Lynn - Amy, I LOVE pictures of your family. I agree with Becca, the love is so obvious.

March 24, 2011 - 9:43 am

Audrey Litfin - These are absolutely beautiful Amy. The candid shot w/ no one really looking at the camera is perfection, your sister did AMAZING!! I don’t think anyone could look at these and NOT smile! Beautiful indoor light.

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