Amanda J Alvares: Blog http://amanda-j.com/blog en-us (C) Amanda J Alvares aalvaresphoto@gmail.com (Amanda J Alvares) Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:47:00 GMT Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:47:00 GMT http://amanda-j.com/img/s1/v46/u770358454-o735483281-50.jpg Amanda J Alvares: Blog http://amanda-j.com/blog 90 120 Family Mini Sessions November 2017 - Reserve Your Spot Now! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/8/family-mini-sessions-november-2017---reserve-your-spot-now Spots are limited and the retainer fee to hold your spot is non-refundable!! 
Location and appointment time will be disclosed closer to the date.
Session Fee Covers Up To A Family of 4!
{Additional family members are $10 each with a maximum of 6 allowed}

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Booking Weddings Again 2017 & 2018! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/7/booking-weddings I am happy to announce that I am NOW booking weddings for the rest of 2017 & 2018!
Let's chat about your special day, Message Me!  :)


Wedding Moments
Wedding Collections  



 

 

 

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You ask for it and it's back! Zombie Mini Sessions Are Here! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/7/ZOMBIEMINI **  ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN BOOKED, THANK YOU! **
If you missed your opportunity to become one of the undead please send me a message and we can set up a zombie session just for you on another date!

CLICK HERE FOR LAST YEAR'S UNDEAD HOARD!



 

 



 

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Kendall's First Birthday Session! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/4/kendallsbirthday Happy first birthday Kendall, you little doll, you!  <3
{ We took mommy's maternity photos in the same spot that we did Kendall's First Birthday photos! }

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Maternity Leave As Of April 1st http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/4/maternity-leave-as-of-april-1st I'm excited to announce that my maternity leave starts TODAY (April 1st) which means no more sessions for awhile! You may still see posts on my page from past jobs, but trust me - I am not going to be shooting, I will be focusing on my little family and learning to be a mommy to two! As my customers know, my goal is to finish all of my open jobs BEFORE my daughter arrives so don't fret! For prospective clients, if your session can wait until the summer please feel free to contact me in late May/June to schedule for July and later. If you have an urgent session please feel free to contact me and will try to connect you with some other photographers in our area that are available.

Best Wishes To You & Yours!

Photo Credit: Brandy Tillett

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Meet The Tilletts http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/3/tilletts You guys hear me say this every spring, but seriously I LOVE shooting at Knights Ferry! 
Here's some beautiful images of my friends, the Tillett family, at Knights Ferry - enjoy!

 

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Danielle's 31st Cake Smash! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/2/daniellecake As everyone knows, I don't feel like cake smashes are just for the kiddos!  As we grow older, we still need to have fun!! 

 

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Debra's Smashing 65th Birthday! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2017/1/debra After surviving breast cancer Debra decided that she wanted to celebrate her 65th birthday with a FUN photo session including a cake smash! As you can imagine, I was more the excited to partake - I don't believe cake smashes are reserved for any specific age, laughter is healthy at ANY point in one's life! ;)  Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Fall Portraits With The Underwoods <3 http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/12/underwood Gorgeous light, wonderful smiles, and beautiful hearts - these shots just beam happiness!
Enjoy!

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Karly & Her Kitty http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/12/karly Karly contacted me wanting to capture some sweet, but sassy moments with her old little kitty, Ms. Misty.  Here are some of her favorite captures from our time together in a mix of color & Black and white, I just couldn't choose! :)

 

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Newton Family Fall Session http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/11/newton Please enjoy a little mix of fall & Giants gear with a family near and dear to my heart, the Newtons!
If only mother nature could look like this all year around, I would be in heaven! ;)

The youngest, Scarlett, has Angelman's Syndrome - please take a moment to read about this condition and how you help these precious angels!
https://www.angelman.org/
 

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Zombies, Zombies EVERYWHERE! ** Enter If You Dare! ** http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/10/zombies2016 Here's some of my favorites from my zombie mini sessions!  Warning, there's A LOT!!!!

Make-up By Mackena Dean <3
No the eyes are not contacts ;)


 

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Sophie's 1 Year Old Session With a Smash Cake Too! http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/9/sophie1 { Miss Sophie Turns One! }

 

 

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My First Underwater Adventure http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/8/my-first-underwater-adventure Very rarely do I get to shoot for "myself" so I decided to push the envelope and test myself a little by doing an underwater session with one of my favorite models.  I only had a little $150 underwater point and shoot refurbished camera to use, nothing fancy.  Here is what I ended up with...

{ You Do Not Know How Deeply I Suffer }

 

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Ivy & River Maternity Session { Stephanie + Christian } http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/8/chavez Stephanie & Christian are expecting their first little baby and it's a boy!  They were so fun to photograph and just went into it with the mindset to just enjoy themselves which is TOTALLY the way to go! During our consult before our session together Stephanie told me that she had picked me out for her maternity pictures BEFORE she had even gotten pregnant - I was BEYOND flattered!  Hopefully these images are what she was hoping for AND more.  Enjoy! :)

 


 

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A Woodsy Engagement { Julia + Garrett } http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/8/brown { Julia + Garrett }
 

Tying the Knot August 20, 2016


 

 

 

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An Adorable Country Engagement! { Awndrea & Gerardo } http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/8/awndreagerry { Awndrea + Gerardo }

This adorable couple first laid eyes on each other during a normal day at their church. 
Awndrea admits that it was love at first sight for her, once she seen Gerry - she knew he was "the one".
Gerardo is a shy kind of guy, but luckily for him Awndrea isn't and once she knew he was available - she was all about
expressing her interest in a playful manner.  After one date at Apple Bee's in February 2015 it was pretty much sealed, these two were smitten.

With Awndrea's father's blessing, Gerardo asked Awndrea to marry him by having her read 1 Corinthians 13 from their bible and getting down on one knee in front of their loved ones at the very place they had their first date.  Isn't that romantic?!?
After several tears, she didn't hesitate to say yes and the rest is history!
May they have a beautiful future together filled with love and blessings from God ;)

 


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** Come Join My Zombie Hoard! ** http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/7/zombiemini Oh yes my friends, it's almost that time of year again! Pumpkin lattes, haunted houses, and creatures of the night! Halloween is just around the corner and if you know me, you know that I am a fool for all of those things! ;) September 17th I am having my ONCE a year Halloween Mini Sessions except this year it's ALL Zombies! Sorry, no cute stuff up in here - just things that make you check in your closet before you turn off the lights at night! LOL!

Interested in becoming part of the undead? Well, check out my flyers and images below for details and contact me ASAP to reserve your spot - they will go fast!

{ Note: You will NOT be required to wear crazy contacts, all of the contacts and blood on the teeth are done by me during the editing process ;) }

Oh! ... And if you haven't been following me since last year, well here's a link to my zombie images from 2015 to help you make the leap ;)

http://amanda-j.com/blog/2015/9/zombie

 

 

Here's some before and after photos so you can see how much images change once I get them on the computer ;)
... It's all in the eyes <3



Glamour zombies are welcome too! :)
{ Image:  Circa 2009 - My first Zombie shoot }

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Moments In The Sunflowers { Jewlya + Doug } http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/7/jud { Jewlya + Doug }
Ahhh yes... young love <3


 

 

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Weddings At Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose http://amanda-j.com/blog/2016/7/cinnabar I was lucky enough to be invited to be one of the two photographers assigned to photograph some stylized wedding images at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club and it was such a beautiful day!  My focus was to be on Allison & Nicole, a real couple planning their wedding soon!  Because of this, you will see mostly images of them ;)  All of the ladies' hair and make-up were done by the wonderful Love and Artistry, Professional Hair & Makeup Design and all of the stunning dresses were provided by Trudy's Brides & Special Occasions!  The floral arrangements were creatively made by Citti's Florist. Be sure to check Cinnabar Hills Golf Club out if you are in the market for a wedding venue and any of the other amazing vendors I listed! ;) Here are some of the club's favorite images, you may see them on their website and in print sometime soon! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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