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Montana Beauties {Los Angeles Family Photographer}

There’s just something about Montana girls and Montana scenery. . . the glow of the light, the twinkle in the eyes.  I was so happy to have these beautiful sisters in front of my camera again!

I last photographed them 3 years ago, and this is the sweet littlest sister. . .

If that seems a bit familiar, when I saw those purple flowers near the bench at our session I immediately thought of one of my all time favorite photographs, which happens to be of the very same subject, photographed in 2011!

While this time, 3 years later, there was still plenty of sweetness, there was also a bit more spunk and confidence.  Certainly the mark of an upcoming 2nd grader!

Moving on to middle sister, who I feel an instant connection with, as a middle child myself:-)

And finally, big sister, who I think has changed the most in the last 3 years, particularly if you only consider added inches. . . she measured up right next to me at 5’4″ and is just a hair away from surpassing her mother!

It was such a gorgeous evening and I was so happy to spend it with these lovely  ladies!

Kari Hammond - May 18, 2015 - 8:54 am

Hi! I’d like to inquire on your photography services. Will you be in Montana near the end of June? We were looking to get some family photos on either June 29 or 30 outdoors in Big Sky. Just thought I’d see if you’d be around and your pricing structure. Thanks so much! Kari Hammond

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Once a Runner {Los Angeles Family Photographer}

… always a runner!  A few years ago (thanks to Facebook!), I reconnected with one of my high school cross country teammates.  It was fun to discover that nearly 20 years later, she is not only still running, she’s a mom to 5 amazing kiddos!  She and her family have settled in South Carolina, and when my family made our annual trek to the beach outside Charleston, they made the trek to the beach and spent some time in front of my camera.

It was so fun to reconnect!  I  especially loved how they all take after their speedy mama, with smiles on their faces as they race across the sand!  :-)



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Sisterly Love {Los Angeles Family Photographer}

This is the session that almost didn’t happen!  Several months ago, the mom of these sweet girls scheduled this session for the end of June, which was right after I was returning from a family trip back east.  The problem arose when I returned from my trip as scheduled, but my camera didn’t.  It’s a long, sordid story that boils down to my bag of equipment staying on a connecting airplane in Atlanta when I did not.  The good news is that, according to the airline, they think they found my bag and it is on its way back to me as I type.  It’s been quite the 2 weeks without “my baby,” but thankfully a bright spot in that 2 weeks was having these two sweet “babies” in front of a lens (that was so graciously loaned to me by a friend!).

Super sweet sisters on their own, and even better together!

The love was also spread to “girl’s best friend”. . .

I think you can see why they were a “bright spot” for me!

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Familiar Faces {Los Angeles Family Photographer}

I just got back from a big family trip (which I’ll post more on later), and while a good chunk of the trip was “vacation,” I was able to sneak in a little bit of work, too.  And when your “work” looks like this, it really is actually quite fun!

This session was even more fun, because I first met this family about 9 years ago when we were all living in Colorado.  The military scattered us our separate ways back in 2008 and we’ve stayed in touch via Facebook in the mean time.  Of course, a few members of the family were mere twinkles in their parent’s eyes back then, which is why it was even more fun to catch up with them now while I was on the road in Pennsylvania!

We had an amazingly fun time together, which I think is evident by all these smiles. . .

What better way to end a sneak peek than with a little sibling love?!

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The Phone Photography Project 2014 GIVEAWAY!

Would you like to take even more amazing photos with the camera that’s always with you?

Now you can, with our brand-new workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2. Last summer, 32 instructors (including me;-)) brought you the original The Phone Photography Project, and it was a phenomenon! Our Instagram hashtag #bpcphonephotographyproject saw 15,804 posts from all over the world!

This year’s class is every bit as inspiring, but far more instructional. You’ll love the 250+ gorgeous photo examples from our 14 instructors (again, including me;-)) and 6 guest instructors. And you’ll be blown away by the before-and-after video tutorials that demonstrate our instructors’ favorite photo-editing tricks.

Get ready to learn…

  • That your phone camera is capable of much more than you think it is
  • That the right combination of photo-editing apps can take your pics from average to amazing
  • That a basic understanding of photographic principles is important—no matter what camera you’re using

Find more details and register for the class here:  Phone Photography Project 2 !  AND. . . . I have 1 spot in the class to GIVE AWAY!

How do I snag that seat, you ask?

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and I’ll randomly select the winner at 10:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, June 11th.   Entries closed.  Winner selected!  Congratulations Laura!

Want an extra entry?  Head over to Instagram and follow me there.  You can find me under “amyshertzer” and see a glimpse of my life. . . Instagram is my favorite place to share my iPhone pics and you’ll be able to share your images during the class there, too.  Leave a second comment letting me know you found me over there and you’ll have an extra shot at winning!

A little birdie told me that a certain Ms. Erin Cobb might just have a little something to giveaway herself next Tuesday.  Be sure to check out her infamous Ten on Tuesday post on the 10th!

Can’t wait to see you for this FUN and INFORMATIVE summer class! It’s going to be a blast, connecting with great people, picking up some great tips and taking some FABULOUS photos!;-) Go HERE to to sign up now!  (Note:  if you’re selected as a GIVEAWAY winner, you’ll get your registration fee back.)

One last thing. . . if you missed last summer’s Phone Photography Project, you can catch up at your own pace by participating HERE.
See you in class on July 17th!
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Sarah Olko - June 8, 2014 - 9:21 pm

This sounds amazing! I would love to learn how to perfect my phone photos!

Karen McAndrews - June 8, 2014 - 9:38 pm

I would love to attend this class!

Lauren Wolf - June 8, 2014 - 9:43 pm

So excited for this great opportunity! You amaze me with your talent!

Amanda Lambert - June 8, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Would love to learn how to take amazing pictures without needing the fancy camera!

Julie - June 8, 2014 - 10:30 pm

This would be such an awesome class to take!! Pick me!!!

Karena Liberty Gurr - June 8, 2014 - 10:35 pm

This looks like an amazing opportunity to learn new techniques, angles, lighting etc with my phone!!

Jen - June 8, 2014 - 11:05 pm

Would love to be a part of this amazing class!! Thanks for the opportunity, Amy!!

Jen - June 8, 2014 - 11:06 pm

And I’m an Instagram follower too :)

Kendra - June 8, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Would love this free seat! Thanks for the opportunity….

Angie - June 8, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Count me in!

Laura - June 9, 2014 - 7:47 am

I would love to learn how to take amazing pics.

Sonja - June 9, 2014 - 1:49 pm

An online class! This would be my opportunity! What a great summer project, I would love to participate!

Kim - June 10, 2014 - 5:53 am

I loved the first PPP and would be thrilled to win a spot in this one! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Kim - June 10, 2014 - 5:54 am

I follow you on Instagram, too!

Lupita - June 10, 2014 - 4:57 pm

I would LOVE to do this!!!

Stephanie Sunderbruch​​ - June 10, 2014 - 5:12 pm

I NEED this class! We don’t take the big camera out much anymore and I still want awesome pictures.

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