BEST CHRISTMAS PHOTOS EVER {hahahahaha}

Dec
18

Everyone wants that perfect Christmas photo, right?  You have it all planned out in your head, or maybe it was a spur of the moment idea {those are the ones that tend to bite me in the butt}.  Either way, what usually happens is the exact oposite of all your hopes and dreams! HA! That is where Pinterest can be one big GIGANTIC fail!  You see these photos and you want them. The exact same one. There is just one lilttle problem; you are not them and they are not you. You can’t just recreate a photo and have it be the same. It will usually be a lesser version of the original.

 

So, I guess the take away from this is 2 things.

#1 Find your own style, what you love and tells your story, not some strangers story on Pinterst.

 

#2 Never and I mean NEVER allow the grandchildren to hold up Granny……  it can lead to lots of humor and a sore bum!!!!

 

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I still laugh hilariously at these photos! Thankfully my mom is in amazing shape and so the fall did not hurt her!  I guess these photos mean that my story isn’t perfect. That we make mistakes, but that we know how to laugh and help each other back up!

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I know, not my brightest idea, but I blame it on Pinterest and the mountain air!!!

 

Amanda Star

The Fair is a Wonderful Place to Be, Don’t You Think? {Central Fl, Photographer}

Nov
12

I love the Fair!!!! Our local fair is esspecially awesome and we enjoy going as a family each year! These are sessions that I have been wanting to offer for a while and I am totally excited to offer these fabulous sessions each year. This was a styled session that took a little bit of for thought and planning.

First up, making sure that the fair was cool with me coming with balloons and 3 kids dressed to the nines, no problem. Next, oufits. I had it sketched in my dream journal but getting it out of my journal and into real life can be both exspensive and time consuming. The skirt was actually a women’s dress that I bought at a thrift store and had repurposed for this by the amazing Leana of Ursula’s Handmade Treasures. The black top is actually a bathing suit top. The jacket also came from Leana. The tutu combo was a Brad Shultz original that he used for a photo shoot with Momazine. I chose a soft pink top to go with that ensemble from T.J. Maxx. The little gold bowed shoes are from Joyfolie and the black and gold are repurposed shoes made by the little girls mom. She covered old black shoes with gold glitter and WALLA….. perfect. I made the headbands out of odds and ends that I had laying around and the little guy was a last minute add in and he wore items we already had. Lastly, carnies. This is my third year shooting at the fair and I have learned that it would benefit you greatly to be nice to these guys. They work their tails off, they are exhausted and they are around screaming children ALL DAY LONG. I have found that a smile goes a long way. I also like to tip the ones that allow me to use their ride for any length of time. Some are so awesome that they even hold people back, let me get the shot and then let them through. So, it pays to be nice people.

As much as I love shooting at the fair, lighting can be an issue if you are shooting close to dark. It is a great time to test your mad skills with your camera! It was so much fun and I hope that these inspire you to shoot an amazing session at your next county fair!

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These are more than likely two of my favorite images of these besties!

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There was only one choice for hair and makeup – Once Upon Amanda, she really knows how to ROCK the vintage styles I love.

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This one cracks me up… little divas!

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The blooper image… he is saying, “Mom, I think she is going to throw up!” Poor thing recovered well though!

 

Enjoy the amazing slide show with music by Kathryn Ostenberg and don’t forget to PIN what you love and SHARE what inspires you!

 

Be on the look out for Black Friday Specials! There may be a fair special in the mix!
Amanda Star

Always…. Always…. Be a Mermaid!!!! {Central Fl, Photographer}

Oct
04

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The Never Land Sessions are some of my favorites. Creating one of a kind moments for kids to be themselves in an imaginary world of mermaids, indians & pirates. These wonderful little mermaids were eager to dive in and be a part of a different world. Thanks to Leana of Ursula’s Handmade Treasures, that was easy peasy in these amazing mermaid bathing suit cover/costumes. The girls felt amazing prancing in the sand and listening to Orca’s discuss what is for dinner on their “Shell Phone”! Enjoy these images and join us to visit a whole new world of fun and imagination.

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I love the little details, like mermaid toes and polished piggies!

Amanda Star
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Family Fun {Central Fl. Family Photographer}

Oct
02

Creating family fun and making memories is what it is all about for me and mine! I love to create that same amazing feeling for my clients! Take a moment with your family and create a memory, hold your hubby a little tighter, dance in the moonlight with your kiddo’s! Find something that feels amazing and just DO IT! Check out Momazine.com for more amazing ideas on creating lasting memories with your little’s before they grow up! {which they do, all to fast}

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It was almost completely dark when we finished with our session, I think it made for a gorgeous setting!

 

 

Amanda Star

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