Amy Shuman Photography in Spring/Fall Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine

Posted on: June 30th, 2014

Big news for the next issue of Sacramento Bride and Groom magazine! In my second issue with them, I won the spot as the Fall cover image (with some help from the gorgeous Jaclyn and Mike and their amazing wedding)! This cover is not available in stores until September, but I received an advanced set of copies for my brides. It’s always an honor to be featured in this publication, and special congrats to all the couples who are in this issue. I have flipped through and photographed just the Amy Shuman Photography images for those of you who aren’t local and won’t get this print version.

Cheers to all the couple and all the artists who make these special days and photo shoots possible!

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Yay!  Sarah and Marc’s engagement!
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and the lovely Allison!
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Here are some images from a shoot I did for a local bridal shop on the Delta King
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Jacki and Mike again!  So happy :)
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And here are Danielle and Erik from our styled shoot at Oakdale Ranch this Spring
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Allison and Brian just before their ceremony in Davis, CA
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…and April and Chris’ engagement session landed a spot on the back inside cover!! Awesome!

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Shawna + Reid: El Dorado Hills Wedding by Sacramento Wedding Photographer

Posted on: June 25th, 2014

Shawna and Reid’s beautiful wedding in El Dorado Hills was truly a magical day.  Every detail perfectly set, and so much love and attention to every part of the event.   There were so many cute signs and decorations, too, that we discovered everywhere we turned!

Here are some of my favorite shots that really captured all the love of the day and this awesome group of people!

Makeup by Ashley Boucher, hair by Stacy Givens.  Wedding coordinated by Toni Stackpole.

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Sarah + Marc: Photos by Sacramento, CA wedding photographer

Posted on: June 24th, 2014

Sarah and Marc were married in May at Sarah’s beautiful family home in San Martin, CA.  These two are so full of life, and its easy for everyone to see the love they have for their family and friends.  Going through these photos made me smile so much because their happiness is contagious.  The whole day was so beautiful and a joy for all who were there.  Here’s to you, Sarah and Marc!!

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Into the Woods Dance Portraits by Sacramento Photographer

Posted on: June 22nd, 2014

Jumping back into a fun dance shoot with this fairytale themed day at the Woodland Opera House.  I have always been passionate about dance and theatre and it’s a treat to be able to photograph these talented performers.  Here are some favorites from our “Into the Woods” inspired dance shoot earlier this month.

Credit must be shared with these amazing people who made the shoot possible!

Costuming:  Jesse Larrosa assisted by Shania Larrosa

Hair:  Amanda Walker of Salon Jewel assisted by Hailey Walker

Makeup: Veronica Marshall of Dolce Vita Beauty (Cinderella, Little Red, Baker’s Wife) and Leslee Pagenkopf of Makeup Artistry by Leslee (Rapunzel, Snow White, Evil Queen)

Lighting assistance:  Jason Spyres

Models: Ashley, Kathryn, Kelsie, Jenny and Tate

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Here are some of the behind the scenes crew!  What a magical day!

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Napa Wedding Proposal by Sacramento Wedding Photographer {Tom and Amanda}

Posted on: June 16th, 2014

Tom and Amanda had been planning their California vacation for months, but little did Amanda know how much more Tom was planning for this trip.  Tom and I spoke over the phone for weeks trying to find just the right location for him to pop the question, and he envisioned proposing at some gorgeous winery in Napa Valley.

When we got to the second stop on their tasting schedule, Domaine Chandon, everything felt right.  The friendly staff, the beautiful views, and the little tucked away areas on the hillside were just what Tom had hoped to find.

 

And so….

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And next it was time to call the family!  Tom had asked Amanda’s Dad for his blessing the day before, but her Mom found out over the phone moments after it happened…
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Tom and Amanda also joined the wine club at Chandon, and look forward to receiving their club shipments as sweet reminders of their amazing day.
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We took a few more shots on the grounds at the winery… Tom and Amanda in that “newly engaged” bliss….
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Next we stopped at a couple other Napa wineries and snuck away into the vineyards to wrap up this incredible day!
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Cheers!
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Digital Photography Classes in Davis, CA

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014

Summer is a great time to get outside and learn how to use your camera!  Practice portrait techniques in preparation for you family get-togethers and vacations.  We start with an intro class on how to shoot in manual mode, then explore outdoor lighting and portrait photography in more depth.  We will meet Tuesday nights in Davis, CA from 6:30 to 8:30pm and each class will build on the next. Dates of each class are listed in the flier below.

This class is perfect for people who own D-SLR cameras, have started testing them out a bit, but want to learn more.  Learn settings and techniques through this hands-on workshop, and have the opportunity to ask questions as we go along.

 

3 class Series July 2014

 

Mother’s Day Contest Winner: Inspirational Woman, Ellen Covell!

Posted on: May 11th, 2014

When we decided to run a contest for Mother’s Day, I think I probably underestimated the number of entries that would come in, and how much reading them would touch our lives. I am so appreciative of all of those who sent in a “momination” this year, and wish we were able to highlight each story. Please know that each one we read was truly special.

After review and discussion, the panel agreed that this Mom deserved some recognition for being an inspirational woman. Though she has had battles with her health, you would never guess it, with the positive energy and contagious spirit she has. She makes helping others a priority in her life, and we were really moved be her community service and involvement.

This year’s winner is Ellen Covell!!!

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Ellen’s daughter, Johanna Covell, sent in these words about her mother,

“My mom lights up a room, She’s fun to be around and She’s the first one on the dance floor (even with both hips replaced!).

She’s my best friend.  

She’s a survivor.”

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The afternoon of the photo shoot started off for Ellen with hair styling by Amanda Walker at Salon Jewel in Davis, CA. I remember Amanda texting me as Ellen left saying  “just WAIT till you meet her! She is incredible!” Our team was already benefiting from being around Ellen’s bright and passionate personality.

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We asked Johanna why she thought her mom should win this contest.

“My mom is the life of every party but unfortunately my mom is just a little unlucky in

the health department. She’s been in and out of the hospital for multiple procedures

ever since I can remember … gallbladder removal, two total hip replacements, skin

cancer removal and, most recently, an abnormal vein that clotted in her brain and

caused a stroke. But every time she gets bad news from a doctor she just gets stronger

saying things like ‘it’s ok doc, I can handle a spinal tap; I’ve had worse!’”

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The last health scare included a weeklong hospital stay. “[It] made me realize how important my mom is to the whole community of Woodland,” said Johanna. “Hundreds of people offered prayers, sent flowers, visited and sent the sweetest Facebook messages.”

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I wanted to know more about Ellen’s involvement in Woodland (the town I grew up in as well).

“She was born and raised in Woodland, knows all of you and your pets names as a

client care specialist at Woodland Veterinary Hospital, sings in the Woodland Chamber

singers, and is an active member at the Woodland United Methodist Church. She

brightens people’s days by sprucing up their living or work space with her decorating

business Belle Covell Celebrations and clowning around town as ‘Bubbles’ the clown,

visiting convalescent homes and making people laugh.”

As Ellen and I were working on setting a date for the shoot over text messages, she sent me this photo. I told her she should wear it to the photo session… I think she would have, but I was only kidding.

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After hair styling, Ellen met our makeup artist, Veronica Marshall of Dolce Vita Beauty. They were laughing and having a great time with my assistant, Kelli, and I showed up for the shoot. I was excited to bring her the gift basked she had one filled with prizes donated by local business:

Kitchen 428 in Woodland, CA

Arbonne consultant Wendy Cunningham

 Pampered Chef consultant Bob Vyvlecka

Artistry Pro consultant Veronica Marshall

and The Woodland Opera House!

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It was a fabulous day and a privilege to photograph a woman who has given so much to those around her. Happy Mother’s Day to Ellen, and to all of the wonderful moms out there! You are appreciated and loved.

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I think these words from Johanna sum up our blog post…

“She refuses to miss out on life

and it’s inspiring to see firsthand. No matter what life throws my way, I am my mother’s

daughter and I know I can push through.”

Headshots by Sacramento photographer: Stephen

Posted on: April 27th, 2014

Stephen Chun is an up-and-coming emcee and host located in the San Francisco bay area, here in CA. We did an extended session with different looks to help the branding of his business. Here are some images that are now showing up on website and programs for gigs he has landed. So excited for him!

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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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