The Burns Family | Seattle, WA Family Photographer

The Burns Family

Mama and I go way back… as in way I mean fresh new-grad nurses at our first job. Night shift L&D on a crazy busy unit just north of Seattle. I’m not sure how long we worked together before we became friends…but dang it she’s one of the best. I DO remember house hunting at the same time - turns out we end up buying houses two doors from each other :)

She became a best… the one I called when my water broke with my first baby at midnight… the one I called at 2am to come over and make sure I was “actually” in labor before I went to deliver my second baby… because oh my gosh how embarrassing would that be - a labor nurse that doesn’t know if she’s in labor :p And the one who came in with me and clocked in at 3am to be my nurse until I delivered (because we were short staffed once again). The one who listened to all my babbling when I was concerned my son had austim at only 4-6 months old (he did)… From that, to standing by her side in her wedding, to crying with me my last night there before moving back to South Dakota.

Now she’s a mama herself… and even though I make it back every year or so to visit. I have missed so much. It was so fun to connect again annnnnnnd have the honor of capturing her with her beautiful babies!!! <3 I’m also not sure we could have possibly asked for a more perfect night!

I should also mention… I was terrified to photograph them… like so much pressure, right? Maybe even more so than photographing other photographers. I hate to let people down, ya know? But I had never photographed at this location, didn’t know what to expect for light, had no lens hood (who am I kidding, I never have a lens hood), and no stool… so filtering the strong light & focusing was tough. But regardless, I’m pretty damn excited about this session.

Love you to the moon, Burns family.

xo,

Amber

Megan {Motherhood Session} | Watertown, SD Family Photographer

Megan + Sawyer | Motherhood Session

 
Motherhood is messy.
And challenging.
And crazy
And sleepless
And giving.
And still…

Unbelievably beautiful.
— Rachel Martin
 

Wixo Family | Sioux Falls, SD Family Photographer + Filmmaker

The Wixo Family | Family Film + Photo Session

This lovely mama contacted me a few months back requesting a film + photo session for her family. We booked the session and I sent her the pre-session questionnaire (something I send to all clients who book an in-home film session - it allows me to learn more about them and what is most important to capture). I got the questionnaire back and just smiled so big. Her description of her family alone, what this meant to her, and what she wanted to capture just about brought me to tears. In that moment I again realized that this is exactly why I do what I do. To capture memories in the most meaningful way. To preserve your story, as you are right now. Because all too soon today will become yesterday... and our memories will begin to fade.

In the thick of parenting young children, the days pass by like years and the years by days. But one day we will leave the fog of young motherhood (or fatherhood) and these fleeting moments will be only a distant memory. Love and live in today. Capture today. Document today.

Thank you, Wixo Family, for the honor of capturing your story.

<3

xo, Amber


The Wixo Family

Me & Her | Watertown, SD Family Photographer

A Mommy & Me Film

Just me and her (Part I).


Not our 'typical' everyday, but us nonetheless. Something I hope she can look back on one day,  when I'm long gone...

 

I want her to remember me, remember us.

I want her to know it's ok to dress up in pretty dresses just for fun.

I want her to remember (and see)! how much joy she gave me, and continues to every single day.

I want her  remember how we danced. Every night. Every day.

 

Who wouldn't want this with their child? Their mother?

I would.


The days are long, but the years truly are short. 
My baby girl went to bed tonight for the last time as a one year old! We love her so!!! 

xo, Amber

Abby {Maternity} | Watertown, SD Lifestyle Maternity Photographer

Abby | In-Home Maternity Session

I met this beautiful family almost exactly four years ago as they were welcoming their first child into the world. A week later I had the honor of photographing that sweet little boy's newborn session. 

Over the last four years their family has grown and we've had many sessions together, from newborn to milestones, to family & even a family film. But finally on baby number 3 I was able to talk mama into a maternity session. :) And I have to say, it may be one of my favorites to date!

 

Over the years, I've heard many reason's why some women don't want a maternity session...

I don't feel cute.

I'm huge!

I just feel "yuck".

What will I do with them?

What's the point? We will want new photos in a few weeks when the baby is born.

 

So here's the thing. I've been there myself. Four times. I have felt all. those. things...

I didn't feel cute in the least. I was tired. Uncomfortable. Huge. The actual thought of going through a maternity session was daunting. But I did them. I made myself. And I'm so glad I did. I look back at those images now and they put a big smile on my face. I do not look at them and remember how big or uncomfortable I felt at that time. I remember how amazing it was carrying that baby that I'd longed for for so long. And each one was a reminder of that stage in our life.

My husband and I like to look back and reminisce "remember when it was just the three of us"? (or or four, or five). Remember how different life was and how it changes in an instant?

 

The thing is, every stage of live deserves to be documented -- whether your family is just beginning, continually growing, or complete. They are life changing memories and moments to be looked back on and treasured.

 

So mamas, wherever you are in life right now...however you feel...document now. You will be happy you did.

 

xo, Amber

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And a few weeks later.... <3

Welcome baby William!

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