Archive for the ‘Families’ Category

As a photographer, I am granted a unique perspective on your family.  And you know what?  You are beautiful.  Right now, you may be living in a world of diaper changes, sticky peanut butter hands, and crying fits over milk being poured into the “wrong cup”…  But you give me something special; something I will always value and appreciate.  You allow me to see everything that fills your heart to the brim.  The moments that are actually plentiful, but sometimes unfairly overshadowed by the difficult moments in parenthood.  I get to look through my lens and see love, literally frozen in time.  And I smile as I scroll through.  I smile and feel very grateful that you’ve allowed me to see something so special and intimate.






Hi.  I’m human.  I go on vacation and stuff like everyone else and I like to take pics of my kids.  I also like to post pics of my kids because well, I’m pretty dang proud of those two monkeys and I like to show them off 😉  You know what I don’t like doing?  Lugging 10,000 lbs of expensive gear with me on vacation.  Last year, I decided to travel with nothing but my iPhone camera.  This year, I packed 2 rolls of film and my 20mm and decided that was that!  So, here is our trip to Palm Springs on FILM.  These are the first rolls I’ve shot in about 15 years and I forgot how much I adore it.  You know what’s great about film?  I shoot, ship it off, then I’m blessed with 72 images in PRINT.  No processing or editing and I’m blessed with a stacks of prints from our vacation <3  Proof that we were there: something I can slip into a frame and enjoy year round.  I’m a lover of digital files and still firmly believe in their value.  However, this is absolutely why I always provide reference prints of each digital file.  Not only so you have reference as to the quality of color and processing of each file on your disc, but so you have a tangible product.  Something you can rotate through desk frames and hold in your hands.  There’s just something about holding a print that I find so satisfying…

For the camera nerds: Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400H, Nikkor 20mm 2.8











This post is part of a large circle of talented photographers, all posting something real and personal: a look into their lives.  So, please click on to the next photographer at the end of this post…

There are very few things that I regret in this life, but I’m about to write about one of those.  I knew this would come up eventually.  My oldest daughter sat in my lap as I edited wedding photos.  She grabbed my mouse hand to stop me and asked, “mama, can you finally show me pictures of you when you married daddy?”  Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to do.  Obviously explain to her that sadly, I, Amber Anderson, photographer of weddings, do not have wedding photos.  I don’t.  We don’t.  There’s no album.  There are no framed prints.  We have nothing.  We have a couple snapshots that family shared with us and I’m so incredibly grateful for those.  Reasons.  Excuses.  I could write pages as to why we do not have wedding photos, but I’d end up weepy and popping in The Notebook and my poor husband would likely hide in the garage the rest of the night (can’t blame the dude), so I’ll skim over that part.  Cross my heart, I’m not just saying this so readers out there drop everything and call me to photograph their wedding.  I do not have wedding photos and it is something that haunts me 10 years into my marriage.  This is partly why I believe that regardless of how I feel about how I look, I WILL have family photos of my family done every year.  10 years from now, I would regret not having those.  I would.  I know me and I feel like I know the future me pretty well already.  I’d regret it (and likely resort to wine and The Notebook, yet again…)

Today, a wide-eyed, beautiful girl in my lap made me realize that my dress did no one any good packed away in a closet.  Today, we unpacked it.  Today, two little girls gently caressed the lace and wrapped themselves in tulle.  They danced and twirled and admired themselves in the mirror.  Today, my sweet baby girls gave me photos of my wedding dress that make this mama’s heart swell.

Now please, click on and make the full circle and read about the life story of: Jen Reif Photography

I smiled as I shot these.  I smiled even bigger when I uploaded these for editing.  We spent only about 40 minutes together, but in our short time, I learned that Princess Jasmine was a fav.  I learned that even with flights, long days spent traveling, messed up schedules, time zone changes and being up past bedtime, those girls adore their mama and daddy and these photos show that the sentiment is obviously mutual <3  Thank you to this beautiful family for spending one of your evenings with me while visiting from Alaska!

I easily could’ve posted their entire session here, but for those of you on slow connections, I’ll spare you:


If you don’t know what this project is about, CLICK HERE to find out!  Otherwise, keep reading, enjoy the images and remember to click the link at the end of the post to continue to the next blog!  It’s a big ol’ circle of awesomeness.

Think back to when you were a little kid.  Really little.  Do you remember how you felt when you got a fancy new outfit for a big event?  Do you remember spinning around and around until you were so dizzy the entire room spun circles once you stopped; all because that new skirt was so perfectly twirly?  I was always a shoe girl.  The memories are fading a bit, but I still remember the ride to the shoe store as a little kid.  I was always on my best behavior because there was NO way I was going to risk the possibility of leaving that store without a new pair of fancy dress shoes.  I loved the smell of the shoe store: new leather and cardboard.  I would suffer the pinching and scraping of an ill-fitting pair if they were beautiful.  I’d smile and nod and tell my mom they were just perfect.  Today, I let my little girls try on the dress clothes they’ll be wearing to an event this weekend.  Their eyes lit up.  There were smiles.  There was much twirling.  There was tap dancing across the floor in brand new Mary Janes.  I wish I still got excited over something so small.  Like dandelions.  Weeds.  Pests.  Things that need to be pulled and destroyed.  To my girls though, they may as well be roses.  They pick them by the handful and when they wilt and bend over the side of the Mason jar, they pick me more.  They love the sunny yellow petals and are so proud when they bring new a new bunch.  Today, I looked at one very closely.  You know what?  Those dang weeds are actually beautiful when you look at the little details that are so easily overlooked.

Now, please keep clicking through our circle and visit Jen Reif Photography!  She’s pretty amazing.