Amanda J Alvares: Blog en-us (C) Amanda J Alvares (Amanda J Alvares) Mon, 13 Feb 2023 14:27:00 GMT Mon, 13 Feb 2023 14:27:00 GMT Almond Blossom Minis Are Booking!  

I am now booking Almond Blossom mini sessions for February 29th and March 1st!

Be sure to book your spot before they are all snagged up! 




(Amanda J Alvares) Sat, 04 Jan 2020 20:49:14 GMT
Villain & Super Hero Mini Session in March! It's official, I'm now booking Villains & Super Hero Minis!

On Sunday, March 17th my studio in Newman, CA will be turning "super"!


From Batman to First Responders to Darth Vader, all ages are welcome! Supply your own costume(s) & you will have the choice of 3 backgrounds; solid black, red brick, and comic book style. If you select solid black background and want an image over lay like the Captain America image below, there will be additional charges PER image. Check out the flyer for more details and click on the link below to secure your spot today!


Note: Child/Model cooperation is big for this event so work with your little ones before your session date on holding still and holding their poses!



(Amanda J Alvares) Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:21:03 GMT
Behind The Scenes - Unicorn Sessions I have had a lot of Unicorn Session inquiries lately so I figured I would post a little snippet on them. I do not allow the unicorn to run free, EVERYTHING is removed during editing which means I spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour on editing just ONE image. These images are created with a TEAM and yes they may be expensive, but they are a true under taking behind the camera. This may diminish some of the magic, but enjoy! ;)


(Amanda J Alvares) Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:41:05 GMT
It's A..... {Baby Wilde's Gender Reveal!} Doing a gender reveal myself, I am a strong believer in the PARENTS not knowing the gender until the reveal.  I think it makes the moments I capture that much more fun and enjoyable to look at because it is REAL emotion.  Dad I swore his first born would be a girl while mommy is expecting a boy, let's see who is right!! I have to admit, this was my favorite gender reveal yet! 

If you are expecting a little bundle of joy, contact me for rates - these are soooo much fun!

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Welcome Baby Mackenzie! Fresh 48 Bringing new life into the world is the most important thing a mother can do. After waiting 9 long months meeting your baby is one of life's most precious moments. I was so excited to be capturing such a beautiful moment in time. Well here you go, Welcome to the world Mackenzie!

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AHH!! THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING!!! BEWARE THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING!!! Everyone loves a good zombie right? Well these kiddos will make you think otherwise! Check out these two different takes on the same concept. WARNING: NO CHILDREN OR HORSES WERE ACTUALLY TURNED INTO ZOMBIES!!

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Dreams Really Do Come True, Unicorn Minis! Growing up every child is told stories of Princes and Princesses, launching their imaginations into a fantasy land. Why not make their dreams come true with a beautiful fantasy session featuring a Unicorn! Your little princess can be captured forever in these timeless photos. 

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Valentina's Beach Maternity Session Bringing new life into the world is an amazing accomplishment and I am more than happy to capture those precious moments. Congratulations to the gorgeous Valentina and her beautiful baby girl. Thank you for letting me capture these intimate moments!


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Morgan Class of 2018! As your child surpasses this tremendous milestone in their life let me capture those intimate moments that can be cherished for years to come. The beautiful Morgan had her senior photos taken in the Redwood forest. Having a beautiful model and scenery made this session a breeze to work with, here's to you Morgan Congratulations on graduating High School!



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Save the Date! Jillian and Ross Are Tying The Knot! " Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love was out of my control."
Capturing beautiful moments like this are what make my job so worth while. Congratulations to the happy couple! 

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Beware the Zombies! Meet My 2017 Zombie Hoard! "Before scientists were able to find the cure for the zombie virus, we documented their condition before they were cured."

Zombie mini sessions are some of my favorite to do because its always a great time. Each individual is so different therefore their personality shows through in every photo! 

2021 Skate Milwaukee

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Now Booking September Zombie Minis! MESSAGE ME to secure your spot today!  If this date doesn't work for you, I offer year around zombie sessions and the pricing can be found HERE!


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Meet Blake - Class of 2017! Graduating High School is a huge milestone not only for a young adult but, for their parents as well. Let me help you in capturing these incredible moments that you can share for years to come. Blake's shoot was especially unique because we shot some of these photos are the Avaya Staduim, home to the San Jose Earthquakes!



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Hannah's Senior Session 2018!!! Hannah's session was was taken at the Cressey Hills Event Center. Even though it was an overcast day, we still managed to capture some beautiful images!


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A peek at my fall minis! Part Two!


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A peek at my fall minis! Part One!  

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3 Gorgeous Ladies, 1 Boudoir Blog! Not all of my clients are ok with me sharing images from their boudoir session so when I get some that ARE, you bet I am going to add it to my blog!  These 3 ladies rocked it in front of the camera for their hubbies, check it out!  PS, if you know them - don't go around sharing this blog without chatting with them first about ;)  Enjoy!


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Boudoir: Miss J Sultry classic boudoir images, followed by some Star Wars fandom, this is Miss J...

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The Garner Family Gets Beached! Fellow photographer, Alyx, honored me with the opportunity to photograph their beautiful family at a beach near Pacifica. 
Their outfits were absolutely to die for and despite some toddler angst, we got some fun images!

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Charles' Urban Senior Session, Class of 2018! Charles is a pretty laid back guy so shooting local, downtown Newman, fit him well!  He was way more comfortable in front of the camera then his family had expected so they were blown away when it came time to select his images.  Here's *some* of their faves that I loved as well!



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Wanna Be A Zombie?? I have finally listed out of season zombie session pricing and a zombie portfolio on my page, check it out!



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Family Mini Sessions November 2017 - Reserve Your Spot Now! *** ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED, THANK YOU! ***
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! 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 asked for it and it's back! Zombie Mini Sessions Are Here! **  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!





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Kendall's First Birthday Session! 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 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

(Amanda J Alvares) Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:32:15 GMT
Meet The 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! 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! 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 Gorgeous light, wonderful smiles, and beautiful hearts - these shots just beam happiness!

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Karly & Her Kitty 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 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!

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Zombies, Zombies EVERYWHERE! ** Enter If You Dare! ** 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! { Miss Sophie Turns One! }



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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 } 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 } { Julia + Garrett }

Tying the Knot August 20, 2016




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An Adorable Country Engagement! { Awndrea & Gerardo } { 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! ** 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 ;)



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 } { Jewlya + Doug }
Ahhh yes... young love <3



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Weddings At Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose 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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Meet Soon To Be Mr & Mrs Seagroves! Amanda & CJ are yet another adorable couple enjoying the spoils of falling in love!  They actually met through an online dating site - CJ was smitten while Amanda was in denial. LOL! Eventually she came around and they are both thrilled to be tying the knot in October (best month ever)!

Photos taken at West 12 Ranch Studio



And just for fun, we tapped into their inner romantic vampiric side....   :D



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Jaqueline Turned 1! All Cuteness & A Cake Smash! Happy birthday to little Jaqueline!  Sorry I am just getting around to sharing these, but here are a few of my favorites of this full cheeked beauty!  <3





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Jenny + Brock = Engaged ! Jenny & Brock are yet another adorable couple!  We were very lucky during their session, a storm was about to roll in which made for an AMAZING sky!  They met during a Portuguese festa and have been inseparable ever since!  They will be having a beautiful church wedding in October followed by a country reception - it's going to be a beautiful day and I am so glad that they chose me to be a part of it! <3  God bless them in the years to come!



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Sophia's Turning 2 Beach Side! This adorable little brunette LOVES the beach so it was the perfect spot for her 2 year old birthday session!  Luckily the spot we picked had MULTIPLE location possibilities so we totally took advantage of it and let her explore! ;)  I am so thankful to watch these littles grow, it's amazing how much they change in just one year!  At the very end of this blog you will see an image comparison, she's changed SOOO much! Happy birthday sweet Sophia!

Our local beaches are known for their Monarchs so I consider them to be a lovely addition! :)

As the waves got crazy with the sun setting,
we went to go play on some inactive train tracks...

At sunset we played on a mountain with a huge variety of plants ...

Just For Fun...
1 Year Old  <~ Sophia ~> 2 Years Old


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Birthday Boys Just Want To Eat Cake! Enjoy! :D


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A Dude Elf & His Unicorn Sometimes you just gotta have fun! :)



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Gavin's Big First Birthday! Lucky for me - Gavin's family was heading into my area to celebrate his birthday so *I* got the chance to photograph him! His mommy was scared that he wouldn't smile, but MAN - he was a smiling machine!  His birthday session was one of my favorites to date!  He absolutely LOVES planes so when A Picker's Paradise in Gustine had this steel pedal plane available, we had to jump all over that!  Then my local cake gal Jennifer made an adorable smash cake to match his birthday theme!  We had a blast!

I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to photograph him to document this big chapter in his life!




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Love Is In The Air! { Kyle + Ashley's Engagement Session! } These two were a blast to photograph, we had a ball despite getting mauled by mosquitoes!  ;)  Even though we had just met in person for the first time the day of the session, they rocked it and seemed totally at ease in front of the camera!  It was a joy and pleasure to photograph Ashley & Kyle!  I wish nothing less then an amazingly wonderful wedding day for them in November!




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Boy Or Girl? Amanda & Joe's Baby's Gender Reveal! Team Pink Or Blue - Which One Are You??
(click here to see the high quality still gallery)

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Riley's Senior Photos Favorites


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Rosa At 38 Weeks {Memorial & Maternity Photos} Beautiful Rosa was 38 weeks into her first pregnancy during our session and she was glowing!  She's expecting a gorgeous little girl who will serve as a lasting connection to her fiance, Kenny, who tragically passed away during the pregnancy.  God bless her and her growing baby girl <3





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Miss K's Boudoir Session! Miss K's confidence just radiated - she's a sweet kind of sexy! You go girl!

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Kyndyl's Graduating! Here are some of mine and Kyndyl's favorites from our session together to celebrate her senior year of high school! 

What a natural beauty this girl is!  Go out and do big things Kyndyl!



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Miss M's Classy Boudoir Session <3 Miss M wanted to surprise her husband of many years with a beauty boudoir gift, he was beyond thrilled! :D  Here's a few of my personal favorites :D


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Kaiya Turns 3! Kaiya's mommy came to me wanting to do something special for her birthday photos and after brainstorming a bit it came to me - A UNICORN!  What little girl doesn't want to spend her birthday with a Unicorn?!?  She was sold on the idea immediately, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to bring this idea to life!  Thank you again to Lacey at Rockin' J R Ranch in Chowchilla for helping me out with these! <3  Little Brayden was terrified of the horse, but we still got some cute ones of him too! The adorable little cupcake was made by Jennifer Lane in Newman, she's awesome!


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Unicorn Session With Brendyn & June I love being able to bring fantasies to life! Enjoy...



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Miss Elena's Maternity Session at 39 Weeks! I get some of the most gorgeous mommies, don't I?!?  Elena is expecting her first girl after 3 boys and couldn't be happier! 
I can't wait to share images of her little girl after she comes into the world! :D


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Chrissy's Adorable Maternity Session Chrissy came to me at around 39 weeks into her first pregnancy.  I could tell immediately how thrilled she was about becoming a mommy and she was just glowing through her entire session! Enjoy.. :D

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Engaged To Wed November 2016! This cute couple met over a friendly bonfire, how romantic is that?! :D Later they claimed a private little beach in Monterey for themselves where Richard proposed to Jennifer. Little did Jennifer know that when they found that beach, it would be the jumping spot into the next chapter of their lives together! ;) Jennifer & Richard will be tying the knot this November and I can't wait to be the one to photograph it!! Congrats you love birds!


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Guess Who's Expecting?!? Congratulations to this beautiful couple! Many blessings to you both in your first chapter of parenthood!

Don't forget, I offer special Snap Shot packages for pregnancy announcements and gender reveals!

Antique Stroller Available At A Picker's Paradise at The Valley Antique Mall in Gustine!


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A Mrs Boudoir With One Shot Of The Mr :D

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Happy 16th Birthday Miss Morgan! Miss Morgan Just Turned 16, I was elated at the opportunity to photograph this big milestone in her life!  I was so happy that she agreed to do a smash cake too, it was fun!


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Creative Session Just For Me! This past December I took the month off to spend time with family and get my creative juices going - here are some fruits of my break...


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More Published Images! I am very honored to announce that Inspire Magazine has published two more of my favorite images, enjoy!

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A Little Boudoir - Ooo La La! With Valentine's Day JUST around the corner, I decided to get in some boudoir shots ---- enjoy! :D




















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Christmas Fun With Baby K! Meet Beautiful Baby K!













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Matt + Kristal (San Fran 12.11.2015) Some of my favorite images from Matt & Kristal's San Fran Court House Wedding! <3
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Autumn Family Sessions & Some Creative Christmas Images <3 I had a lovely time photographing these two families, I <3 them both! One was a mini session for a fellow photographer (thus less photographs) and the other was a full session (which allows for more creativity!). I do believe next fall that I will be offering Fall Mini Sessions to EVERYONE so mark your calendar & enjoy the images! :)






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Holiday Memorial Images Out of all of the types of images I create, memorial images are some of the closest to my heart.  A loss in the family is NEVER a good reason to contact a photographer, but I always hope that my images help the families heal and honor their loved ones the way they envisioned it.  God bless them, their loved ones in heaven and you and yours.




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Favorites From My Christmas Minis A big thank you to the beautiful families that came out and took advantage of my first ever Christmas mini sessions!  Sorry the delay in posting these, but some images were being used for Christmas cards so I had to wait until they were sent out before posting! ;)  Happy Holidays!

(Amanda J Alvares) children christmas cookies family holiday mini session minis naughty nice or portraits reading snow white christmas Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:00:00 GMT
The Crazy & Fun Maganas! Party of 9 anyone?? Yes, I am even counting the dog!  Every day is a busy and fun filled day for the Maganas, these images are proof! :D



(Amanda J Alvares) adults chaos children falling family fantasy fun lifestyle love marshmallows playful popcorn portraits real life Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:56:48 GMT
At Home, Lovely, Country Wedding With The Brunos As many of you know, I am not photographing weddings as a primary photographer, but I do offer services as a secondary (this is considered, second shooting).  Here are some of my RANDOM favorites from the Bruno wedding that I assisted on in Oakdale. You will experience images in full color, a country fade, and black & white.  These two are such an adorable couple! I am sure that they will have very blessed lives together in the years to come! :D




















Best Friends Forever ...


Wait! First, let's take a selfie!


Father Of The Bride Awaiting Her Entrance ...


It was such a lovely, mid-day, rustic ceremony!



They created a custom brand to seal their commitment, so neat! :D

I love it when the bridal party gets emotional, it shows their love for the couple...


Her Comes Mr & Mrs!  (Ya, I didn't post the kiss, it's ok - you know it happened).   LOL!


As second shooter I was primarily holding my primary's light stand so the wind didn't take it down so I only snapped a few shots during that period :)


You have to take some photos with the kids ...  :)


An embrace that will last a life time...  :)





(Amanda J Alvares) second shooter wedding Sun, 08 Nov 2015 00:51:09 GMT
Playing With Darkness For Halloween I just wanted to have fun and create some images that push my creativity and computer work to another level.  I do believe that I accomplished that, enjoy! :D











(Amanda J Alvares) Halloween angel child children darkness day of the dead gothic macob morbid portraits published sugar skull wings Mon, 02 Nov 2015 21:07:40 GMT
Celebrating Upcoming All Soul's Day - Sugar Skull Beauty This was my first time getting the opportunity to photograph someone in sugar skull make-up, man was it fun! I'd like to think that my grandfather and grandmother (r.i.p.) were guiding me to produce some of my favorite creative images yet :)  Enjoy... :)













.. And saving the best for last, my image that was actually published by an online magazine - it won top of Black & White :) ...



(Amanda J Alvares) Halloween adult all souls day darkness day of the dead gothic macob memorial morbid portraits published sugar skull Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:50:42 GMT
The Strength of Family My long time friends, Danielle and Rick, are absolutely wonderful people.  Scarlett & Zoe, their girls, are two beautiful and amazing souls. As a family they have truly shown me what true strength is.  Scarlett has a rare condition called Angelman Syndrome, a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births. And honestly, one of the most amazing smiles I've ever seen!!!  To learn more or donate to research for Angelman syndrome, please go to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation!










It's also Scarlett's FIFTH Birthday coming up so we had to do a little something to celebrate it!


Ending on a Fantasy High, Zoe in her mommy's wedding dress <3






(Amanda J Alvares) angelman atwater autumn birthday child children fall family fireflies lifestyle love portrait strength Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:10:28 GMT
Beautiful MK While shooting the promo shots for my holiday mini sessions, this field caught my eye so we tossed little MK in it and just did some shooting for fun! So glad I did!


... and this one is in B&W too because I love both versions!


(Amanda J Alvares) agriculture airy child corn field girl portrait Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:24:17 GMT
My Scary Favorites From Bloody Lullaby Haunted Tour in Snelling! These are some of my favorites from the Bloody Lullaby Halloween Haunted Tour in Snelling!  Their themes were lullabies/nursery rhymes, see if you can guess which is which! It may be their first year, but they have really put a lot effort into their scares! You better check them out before the season is over!

(above image:  POP GOES THE WEASEL)

(above image:  ROCK A BYE BABY)


(above image:  LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD)



(& My Favorite -> above image:  HANSEL & FRIENDS- GRETEL WAS ALREADY EATEN)



(above image:  LITTLE MISS MUFFET)



(Amanda J Alvares) bloody lullaby fairy tales halloween hansel and gretel haunted house horror little red riding hood lullaby pop goes the weasel published image snelliing three little pigs Sat, 17 Oct 2015 18:14:43 GMT
Lovely Dollies I'm so glad that fellow photographer, Megan Trant, came with her girls to my Scary Halloween Minis!  We had so much fun even though the birthday girl (Ava) wasn't in the mood for the camera that day!









(Amanda J Alvares) creepy dolls halloween mother and daughter porcelain portraits Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:50:44 GMT
Another Day, Another Beautiful Mommy! I just love Jennifer's boho style & open to anything attitude!  She was so much fun to photograph!!  <3 Here are some of my favorites!















(Amanda J Alvares) boho bongo dreds maternity momma mommy nature ripon water Fri, 09 Oct 2015 04:39:52 GMT
A Vampiric Ballerina & Creepy, Adorable Doll! Some more favorites from my scary Halloween mini sessions!  I am so happy to have the opportunity to photograph Lizzy and Bella again! They are beautiful girls and wonderful models!!












(Amanda J Alvares) ballerina creepy doll halloween porcelain vampire Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:15:45 GMT

Being a long time Halloween and horror enthusiast, I eagerly awaited October's arrival so I could hold some SCARY Halloween sessions!  Oh boy, was it worth the wait!  Here's some of my favorites from the zombie kids session.  Less graphic images will be coming soon of my other clients so keep checking back for a new blog post! :D








(Amanda J Alvares) ballerina children cowboy creepy halloween lodi scary undead walking dead zombie Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:11:24 GMT
Jess & Jon Expecting Beautiful Baby #3! Here is beautiful Jess and her husband Jon. They are expecting their little Sara in early December and are bravely planning a home birth!  I am delighted that I have been invited to capture it, I absolutely can't wait!  Getting to see these beautiful families grow is such a blessing!!















(Amanda J Alvares) autumn baby baby bump fall father maternity mother Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:01:26 GMT
Happy Birthday 3 Adorable Boys Turning ONE! Happy Birthday to 3 identically adorable little boys turning one!  I've known their mommy and daddy well before their entry into this world so it just added to my excitement to capture this special fleeting chapter in their lives! We played with a vintage look here and there since the outfits matched it ;)  Big sister was suppose to be joining the breast & bottle feeding shots, but as her mother said "she was having a three-nager moment".  LOL!  Enjoy! :)





(Amanda J Alvares) birthday boy boys child children first first birthday one toddler triplets turning one vintage wagon Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:31:04 GMT
Sweet, 6 Days *New* Kent <3 Meet Mr. Kent, he's a very mellow fellow with very wise eyes. He's going to grow into a strong and successful man someday, I already know ;)  <3
It was an absolute joy to capture this quickly fleeting stage of his life, before his parents know it - he will be walking, talking, and driving them crazy ;) tehehehe!  His nursery theme is Americana because his mommy an daddy decided to wait until birth to know if he was a he or she - so you will see that through out his session, enjoy!





I think he's trying to point out that it's dinner time! ;)


(Amanda J Alvares) America baby blue newborn patriotic portrait red stars stripes white Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:48:43 GMT
Aly's Baby Bump Debut! 32 weeks into her pregnancy, Aly allowed me the honor to photograph her sporting her baby bump before little Michael makes his appearance! :)
I really played with this session and got in touch with my artsy/fantasy side. Hope you like them as much as I do! :)


(Amanda J Alvares) baby bump boho fairy fantasy maternity momma mommy portrait portraits river water Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:11:25 GMT
What A Beautiful Trio! Sisterly love doesn't run short in this trio!  Meet Jayda, Madi, & Scarlett!!  These beautiful girls rocked their session at West 12 Ranch Studios! I am so glad that their mother decided to drag them from Fremont so I could photograph them! ;)



(Amanda J Alvares) children portraits ranch sisters truck Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:36:33 GMT
REAL Halloween Mini Session Event, ONE DAY ONLY!! Sept. 20th! Don't miss this, it's a one time event!!  It'll be a blast for any horror/Halloween enthusiast!
** Scroll ALL the way down for a slideshow of additional sample images! :D



(Amanda J Alvares) Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:57:29 GMT
Jewlya's Prom & Graduation Pictures Jewlya is my only, younger sister - as they say, "the shoemaker has holes in his/her shoes" so I am glad that I finally got around to sharing these.  Words can not describe how proud I am of her.  She will be attending UC Merced in the Fall, way to go sissy!


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(Amanda J Alvares) beauty class of glamour graduation light nature prom senior Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:49:20 GMT
Photos That I Didn't Get To Share... Here's some photos that I didn't get to share previously.

Playing At Main St. Girlz Salon (Merced, CA)



This is my son enjoying his first time playing in the garage :)

(Amanda J Alvares) children craftsman garage girls hair mechanic portrait salon stylist teen tools Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:44:44 GMT
Fun & Casual Home Maternity Session With Alicia & Jason Alicia and Jason are expecting their very first bundle of joy the first week of August.  I can't wait to find out if the baby is a girl or a boy!
Here is a collage of some of my favorites :D


(Amanda J Alvares) baby bump dogs family home lifestyle maternity momma mommy pets portrait pregnant Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:45:49 GMT
Meet Ava & Sergio! It was fantastic getting to photograph little Ava again after 4 years and meeting her brother!  Ava is turning 5 and little Gio (Sergio) is turning 3.  Ava was FULL of expressions when I photographed her at 1 years old so it wasn't surprising to see that she still does and Gio too! ;) tehehe.  They are both really great kids so it made for an enjoyable session! :)


(Amanda J Alvares) balloon brick brother children field floating nature portrait siblings sister skateboard Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:30:31 GMT
Counting My Blessings As my son approaches 11 months, I am reminded of how blessed I am.  I am absolutely IN LOVE with every single expression he makes and thank god every day for allowing me the honor of raising such a beautiful soul.  I know their will be tests of my patience, god knows that's already started, but every day I have him is an amazing day <3


(Amanda J Alvares) Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:12:14 GMT
FINALLY!! Jace's birth story is available! :) I was blessed with the opportunity of capturing baby Jace's adventure into the world as his parents' first born.  I can't express how moving the experience was and, honestly, it was hands down one of my favorite photography experiences EVER.  There was a meconium scare which lead to a faster then normal pace once Jace arrived, but thank god everything was okay! 

Here is their story...


(Amanda J Alvares) baby birth birthing boy hospital lifestyle love mommy portrait pregnancy story Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:29:25 GMT
MY Favorites From Angela & Musa's Wedding Here are some of my favorite detail & portrait images from Angela & Musa's mid-day Monterey wedding!  
These by no means "tell the story", but if I told the story this blog would become a gallery! LOL

(Amanda J Alvares) Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:52:00 GMT
Miss Sophia Turns ONE! Beautiful Miss Sophia turned the big O-N-E!  We had a fun session at West 12 Ranch Studio in Lodi, one of my favorites venues EVER - CHECK IT OUT!  Mommy and daddy were worried that she wouldn't smile for the camera, but she surprised us all with some beautiful smiling expressions!
She also got to experience a rocking horse for the first time and absolutely LOVED it!!


(Amanda J Alvares) Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:31:00 GMT
Sneak Peek of Troy's Class of 2015 Senior Pictures I am a little late in posting these, but here's a sneak peek of Troy's senior pictures!  Good luck to him in his future endeavors, I know he's going places!


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(Amanda J Alvares) Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:12:00 GMT
Two Become One 4.11.15 After knowing each other since they were small, Angela & Musa will be tying the knot 4.11.15!  I can't wait to capture that day for them, I KNOW it will be a beautiful event welcoming the next chapter in their lives together! :)





(Amanda J Alvares) Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:44:20 GMT
June Bug Turns 1! :) Little June Bug is turning 1 & couldn't be more animated, oh my goodness!!! <3 Her "mean muggin' " faces can compete with the best of them so I posted one just for fun! ;) Not only is turning 1 a huge event for her, but it is also notes an accomplish for momma - Breast Feeding 1 year while working full-time.  You go mom!!!!  



Brendyn is an awesome big brother, he was trying to help June stand   :)

(Amanda J Alvares) Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:29:44 GMT
Sleeping Beauty Continues... The knight prepares to take on the dark forest to get sleeping beauty back to her castle...


(Amanda J Alvares) Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:38:22 GMT
What's YOUR Favorite Fairy Tale? :)

(Amanda J Alvares) Disney children forest kids sleeping beauty Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:12:27 GMT

(Amanda J Alvares) Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:25:43 GMT
Living in a Dream As kids we often dream of flying away to a special place where only our wildest dreams are real.. This is my tribute to that :)


(Amanda J Alvares) balloons dream floating flying girl little girl Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:05:37 GMT
Constant Changes! Due to my digging through my archive, you will gradually witness multiple changes to my galleries -- primarily additional images being added so please DO keep checking back for more work posted - I know some of the galleries are a tad bit empty! :(


(Amanda J Alvares) Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:08:51 GMT
I'm back! Some of you have been aware of my existence in the photo world since 2010 and others may have JUST stumbled across my work due to word of mouth - Either way Hi There & Welcome!  

I apologize for the lack of images on my page currently, it's a lot of work digging through my archives and recent work to get my page set back up and my 5 month old son doesn't give me much time to do it! Paying clients and baby come first, THEN getting the website together! LOL!  ;)  So ultimately, for awhile, you may only see blog updates with images until everything has been uploaded and organized. I want to launch the completed galleries all at once.

If you haven't seen already, my prices have been listed.  If you are unfamiliar with my work and would like to see some samples, please shoot me an email and I will send some ASAP :) 

As I mentioned in my "Behind The Lens Section" - The camera does not discriminate and neither do I. :)
I will leave you with a sneak peek at some of my favorite captures..



(Amanda J Alvares) california modesto newman portraits senior Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:16:49 GMT