Allison + Brian: by Davis, CA wedding photographer

Posted on: March 29th, 2014

As I went through these photos to choose the images for the blog I couldn’t help but smile. The love these two share for each other is beautiful and contagious to all those around them. The day was truly a celebration from beginning to end, and the weather was better than anyone could hope! Clear, blue skies with warm sunshine for the ceremony at Grace Valley Church in Davis, CA, and for their portraits afterwards at the arboretum. Wishing Allison and Brian all the best as they journey through life together.

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Styled Wedding at Historic Oakdale Ranch, by Yolo County Wedding Photographer

Posted on: March 19th, 2014

Spring, Summer, Fall… this country wedding has a vintage flair and a timeless feel. Mixing oranges, yellows, and creams, and textures of lace, burlap, and wood, this wedding has charm and grace.

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Behind the scenes was an AMAZING team of local professionals:

Venue: Historic Oakdale Ranch in Esparto, CA
Wedding Coordinator: Polished Event and Design Coordination
Decorations/Rentals: America’s Party Rental
Flowers: Strelitzia Flower Company
Cake: Ciocolat
Officiant: As You Wish Weddings
Makeup: Dolce Vita Beauty
Hair: Hair by Roberta (Heart & Soul Salon)
Invitations: Throne Invitations
Gown: Bellísima Bridal Boutique
Photographer: Amy Shuman Photography

Special thanks also to our wonderful couple, Danielle and Erik, to my assistant, Kelli, and to Ryan, Shawna, and Vince for their behind the scenes documenting.

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Actor’s Headshots by Sacramento Headshot Photographer

Posted on: March 16th, 2014

I always love when actors come in to the studio for headshots. My degree is in theatre performance from SFSU and (a little known fact) I actually started my photography business with this particular client base in mind. As the years went on, I have found a love for wedding, event and portrait photography as well, but it’s always a treat to do headshots for performers. I also direct local plays and know the importance of the power a headshot adds to your audition. Wherever actors get their headshots done, its always important to connect through the eyes, and focus on showing depth.

Remember: The right headshots are an important part of any audition. Directors want to see a current, professional photo of you as they make their decisions on casting.

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San Francisco engagement by Sacramento wedding photographer: Kristy and Paul

Posted on: February 26th, 2014

Kristy and Paul are so wonderful together! They love to have fun and be silly and you can’t help but see how perfect they are together when you are in their company. They are so warm, kind, and hospitable (even fed my assistant, Kelli, and I cheese and crackers half way through the session!) and a true joy to photograph. I am honored to be shooting their wedding this September in the bay area!

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Teal Networks – professional headshots by Woodland photographer

Posted on: February 11th, 2014

Loved spending the afternoon with the staff of Teal Networks in Woodland, CA.

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We used their cool teal colored wall along with my portable lighting to create these new headshots for their website.

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Anna: Studio Portraits by Sacramento Portrait photographer

Posted on: February 11th, 2014

Got some new light modifiers this month and Anna came over to help me try out the effect. We had a great time at our mini photo shoot. Special thanks to Veronica Marshall of Dolce Vita Beauty for hair and makeup!

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Mother’s Day Contest, Davis / Woodland / Sacramento, CA

Posted on: January 30th, 2014

Inspirational Women Series, Part One:    Mother’s Day contest

There are so many amazing women out there doing incredible and inspirational things, and Amy Shuman Photography wants to recognize one of these special people in a big way.  To get started, we have chosen Mother’s Day as the “theme” of our first contest of the year.

Nominate a mom in your life by sharing her story.  We want to know what this prize would mean to her, and why she deserves to win.

We want to hear stories about the moms out there who you love and admire.  The moms whose support gets us through difficult times.  The moms who sacrifice selflessly.  The moms who motivate us and encourage us, lead by example, and show us strength.  The moms who deserve to be thanked.  You know the kind… we are talking about your moms!

 … and while we are on that topic, this is my beautiful mom…

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Ok, so more about the contest …

What’s the prize for the winner, you ask??…

ALL of these GREAT things!

  •  Their very own photo shoot with Amy Shuman Photography in Davis, CA
  • Professional haircut and style by Amanda Walker at Salon Jewel
  • Professional makeup application by Veronica Marshall of Dolce Vita Beauty
  • a mini accordion fold photo book AND a $200 photo print credit
  • Their story and photos featured on the Amy Shuman Photography blog on Mother’s Day

 AND wait.. THERE’S MORE!  They also will get a gift basket filled with special treats and certificates all donated by the following generous partners:

 Total gift is valued at over $800!

So please take a moment to nominate someone who might like to spend the day with us.  We are eager to make them feel as beautiful as they are; our small way of saying “thank you” for being an incredible person.

Deadline to “Mom-inate” is March 1st, 2014.

Fine Print:  The winner must be available for a photo shoot within the month of April, 2014 in the Davis, CA area.   Winner will need to sign model release form to be featured on the blog.  Exact date of photo shoot to be determined with winner.  Entries will be reviewed in early March and the person who sent in the nomination will be contacted to obtain contact information for the winning mom.  Gift basket will be presented to winner on the day of the photo shoot.

To enter, just fill out and submit this form:

https://amyshumanphoto.wufoo.com/forms/inspirational-women-mothers-day-contest/

Tell your friends!

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Raymond ~ High School Senior Portraits by Woodland Photographer

Posted on: January 24th, 2014

Raymond graduates in June! Here are a few favorites from his senior portrait session in Davis, CA.

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Allison and Brian engagement photos ~ by Davis, CA wedding photographer

Posted on: January 24th, 2014

Allison and Brian met through running. She started a running group on her college campus and he joined… the rest is history! When we were talking about ideas for their shoot they realized they didn’t have any photos of them running together, even though it is a big part of their lives and their story. I was happy to document this perfect day at Sacramento State University. Can’t wait to shoot their wedding in March!

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Digital Photography class ~ Davis, CA ~ beginning level

Posted on: January 21st, 2014

It’s that time of year again!  New D-SLR owners who have had a chance to test out their Christmas gifts.  If you are anything like me, then you soon realized there was a lot more to these kind of cameras than you originally thought.  I remember buying my Nikon D5000, looking at the back of it and thinking … “well, maybe I can find a class …”

This class is a hands-on, intro course to teach shooting in manual mode.  We will cover the other modes on your camera, what they do, and how you can change the settings on your camera to get the images you are dreaming about.

You can’t learn everything about photography in just 2 and a half hours, but my goal is to give you the tools to be more confident in using your camera, and a good understanding of the terminology for the technical side of things.  And I will be there with you to help answer questions!

We will also talk about composition and natural lighting, and tips for taking portraits outdoors.

Your camera was likely a big investment.  Spending a little time in a class is a great way to get the most out of your new gear!  Hope you can make it on Sunday, Feb 16th!

To register, just email me at info@amyshumanphoto.com

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