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I am still in pajamas, letting the ac blast, listening to the kids play in the other room as I cross a few things off my to do list and start to mentally prepare for the next few weeks. I have mixed feelings about summer ending. I will miss the late nights, sleeping in and lack of schedule. I will also welcome back the routine that keeps us all running smooth around here.
If you ask the girls how their summer was, they will tell you it was awesome. We took a trip to see Paul graduate from college, celebrated lots of birthdays, flew to Colorado for our own family pictures (BEST experience ever!) and finished it out with the best family reunion in Bear Lake, Utah we could have ever imagined. Our family of 15 piled into a 5,000 sq foot house and spent a week with extended family from all over the US. We got to see our cousins, aunts and uncles. We played games outside, late night poker games, rented boats (the kids got to fly across the lake on inter tubes for the first time ever. Pretty sure that was the highlight of their week!) and had coffee (and wine!) on the deck overlooking the gorgeous scenery. We don't get to visit often, but as soon as we are together again it is like no time has passed. The kids became best friends with cousins they have never even met, and the end of the week came way too fast. We came home with a few new freckles and a lot of great memories.
Since a blog post isn't complete without pretty pictures, here are just some of my favorites from our summer.
This beach session made me happy. It doesn't really need a lot of words, so I will just leave you with these pictures.
I photographed my last family of the year tonight. I walked away with a little sense of completion, like the last check off the list at the end of the year for me. Really, it seems kind of silly since it isn't like I am taking time off or anything is changing, but the end of the year seems to mark an end to something. A good time to look back and reflect. A time to look forward and set new goals.
I started to pull pictures for this blog post, and as I went through them all I felt an overwhelming since of gratitude. It is so special to be able to watch your children grow, to feel like I am a part of memories that are going to be passed down for years. The love I have for you all is crazy. I know how lucky I am to do this job and I appreciate you all more than you know!
There are a lot of pictures in this post, but I just couldn't narrow it down any more. I hope you enjoy looking back over the last year of Amy Salessi Photography sessions! Thank YOU and Happy New Year!
Bob & I have wanted to visit New York for years now. The right time for such a big trip didn't seem to come along until this year. One of my favorite photographers advertised mini sessions for fall photos in Manhattan, and I was lucky enough to get one. So we did something we never do and took a week out of what is typically the busiest time of year for us to slow down and enjoy some family time.
Except slowing down isn't really what happens in the city. A lesson learned the first time we ventured underground for a quick ride on the subway.
We needed to take it all in, to do as much as we could in the short time that we had there. We packed a ton into the week and easily could have filled up another if we were able to.
New Yorkers are good people. The man that went out of his way to make sure we knew how to get from Midtown to the Financial District on the subway, the lady walking next to us on the street that upon seeing the lost look in our eyes and hearing our kids whine for food the first night we were there, stopped and pointed out a good restaurant down the street, and the gentleman that stopped to turn around and apologize for running into Hannah in the hustle and bustle of the 5 o'clock crowd downtown. Not only were we in a city that wasn't familiar to us, but we had three kids in tow. We were greeted with kind hellos and understanding smiles, and for that we were grateful.
Ok, so there were a few that hated me and my camera but documenting my girl's excitement trumped the embarrassment.
Did I mention how beautiful this city is?
Hannah's favorite view at the end of the day was from Dad's arms.
Central Park in the fall. Officially checked off my Bucket List.
Oh, New York. You have my heart.
I photographed this sweet couple in January. Just 4 days later, their beautiful twin girls arrived! Vibiana and Vivienne were born at just 31 weeks and spent some time in the NICU. We finally got a session in of them at nearly 5 months old. What little miracles they are! It is amazing how they have thrived - you would never guess they were born so early. I enjoyed every minute with this family and wanted to share some pictures from their maternity session as well as the "newborn" session. We ordered a great big album of all of their pictures- what a treasure that will be for them.
If you have followed me for awhile, you will recognize these faces! The Copeland's are the family behind The Cake Mamas, and I have had the privilege of working with them several times over the last few years. In fact, if you haven't been in there, go check out their cakes & cupcakes (the Banana Cream Pie is ahmaaazing) and you will get to see some of my pictures decorating their store, too!
Janelle & Eddie just celebrated their 10 year anniversary, and they wanted a photo shoot. Not just a regular anniversary session, though. They wanted pictures they never got when they were married and they wanted their daughters, Jasmyn, Kaylah and Jordan, to be included. Eddie & Janelle are two of the most passionate, hard working people I know. Their life is busy and full, but their love is definitely the center of it all. As we were talking about just this and their vision for the shoot, we decided the inspiration would be how in the middle of the chaos of life, their love stands still. What better place to photograph this then smack in the middle of Sunset Blvd in Hollywood at rush hour on a Friday night? It was ambitious of us, and I was crazy nervous that we wouldn't be able to pull it off. We stopped traffic a few times (thank you Nikki for having my back!), pushed through crowded streets and ended up with some amazing shots.
Thank you for trusting my vision, Janelle & Eddie. I am so happy to give you pictures you waited 10 years to have! Can't wait to photograph the next 10!
I love looking back at all my client sessions from the year and seeing just what I have accomplished. We photographers are hard on ourselves. We critique our own work harder than anyone, we constantly compare ourselves to what we see on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram. We never feel like we are going to be as good as that one photographer that we just love.
Photographers out there reading this, I challenge you to look back on YOUR year. It really is an eye opener. Just look at what we can do in ONE year! Feel good about it. Be proud!
My own accomplishments include 63 full sessions, 85 mini sessions, 2 births, 3 hospital sessions, 1 vow renewal and a really amazing wedding.
But we all know the numbers mean nothing. What I am most proud of is how I stretched myself this year. Left my comfort zone and took on sessions that were a challenge, creatively. When I look back on my year I want to see change and I want to see something different at every session. I want to see color. Emotion. Love. I want my photographs to move you like they move me.
I love what I do, but more than that I love what I am GOING to do. I love that the possibilities are endless! I love the sessions I have already planned in my head for this year.
Thank you for being a part of my journey. I say it every year, but seriously I am SO grateful for YOU making it possible for me to do this.
So...take a look back with me at the year, and let's start planning how to fill up the canvas for next year.
I knew the first time I walked in the Chuy's new home that it was made for a lifestyle session. Not only does Frances have an eye for decorating but the light in the backyard is just killer at sunset.
Thankfully, Frances & Erwin agreed to let me change up our yearly holiday portrait session, and we started planning this months in advance. I am so happy with how much we were able to squeeze in to just a two hour shoot- a pajama party, baking cookies (and Parker stealing them!), portraits in their formal living room, & decorating a little tree in their backyard. The kids were all so excited and really had fun, which is the secret to getting good pictures. And I think we got a lot of good ones!
If you have an idea for your own family please don't hesitate to share it! I love doing in home sessions like these!
So...a few (or a lot) of sneak peeks. Be prepared to get in the Christmas spirit!
This sweetie turned 2, and we had a blast at her session! Those curls just kill me! What a beauty. Thank you Suzy!!
This session was a dream. Seriously, a DREAM. When Jolyn & Rich mentioned they had the perfect spot to shoot at (their parent's house!) I jumped at the chance to try somewhere new. It was amazing. I loved everything about this spot, and we hiked and explored their land for two hours. Landon & Chloe go to school with the girls, so it was relaxed and fun, and they were such good little models! I love it when my clients let go and trust my vision, and I really got to be creative and have fun with this session. Thank you Jolyn & Rich!