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Alexis Senior Portraits by Davis, CA photography

Posted on: April 21st, 2017

A fun double portrait session with Alexis and her sisters! It was a beautiful evening to spend with this beautiful family!


Intro to Digital Photography Class, Davis, CA workshop

Posted on: January 21st, 2015

Got a cool camera and not sure how to use it?  Not sure why you aren’t getting the images you want?…  Join us for an afternoon learning how to shoot in manual mode, and learning the basics about our D-SLR cameras! The class will help you to be more confident in your photography and give you some tips to take better images. We will cover exposure elements and composition basics.

A great class for a new D-SLR owner, or someone who has been shooting for awhile, but usually in Auto mode.

Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015
3pm to 5:30pm
Davis, CA
Tuition: $50 (button to register is below!)



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!!!


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.”


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.


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!’”


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.”


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.


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!


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.


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.”

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…


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:

Tell your friends!


Happy Holidays!

Posted on: December 24th, 2013

Happy Holidays to you all!  Thank you for your support throughout the year!  I am excited to see what 2014 will bring.  Stay tuned for all the latest info and upcoming events.

Here is the 2013 Holiday Card with special appearances by some of our “behind the scenes” team: Quentin Carbajal, James Glica Hernandez, Veronica Marshall, Seth Rogers, Lisa Smiley, Jason Spyres, Amanda Walker and Joe Willard!


Mike and Sarah’s North Lake Tahoe Wedding by Sacramento Wedding Photographer

Posted on: August 26th, 2013

Mike and Sarah’s wedding was a dream. Quentin and I arrived in North Lake Tahoe on a beautiful summer day to clear skies and crisp weather and began unpacking our gear at McBride’s Nursery at the Tahoe Tree Company in Tahoe City. Everything was so beautiful at the location, and I was so impressed by the flowers and decorations that Sarah had made herself!

Mike and I met years ago working on a musical and I was so thrilled when he asked me about shooting his and Sarah’s wedding. You see, musical theatre people are so much fun to photograph. These guys had me laughing all day! With that, I will let the images tell the rest of the story for you.


Digital Photography Class for beginners

Posted on: June 22nd, 2013

Just announced: The next digital photography intro class will be held on Tuesday, July 9th in Davis. Email to register.

This is a great class for new D-SLR owners, or people who want to feel more confident about shooting in manual mode. This is a hands-on workshop with activities to practice during the class.

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Behind the Scenes in San Francisco with Quentin

Posted on: March 5th, 2013

Some fun shots from my trip to San Francisco with Quentin to shoot Leslie and James’ engagement photos. As an intern at Amy Shuman Photography, he is always helping out behind the scenes. I found out on the trip that this was his first time seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, so I decided it was absolutely necessary to get some photos there. Thank you for all of your help, Quentin!!


Turning the camera around… Quentin got some shots of me at the bridge. :)  I wore that burnt orange shirt totally by accident!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, assistant, or intern for Amy Shuman Photography, email me at to be added to our contact list.

Best Friends Forever, Davis CA portrait photographer

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013


My Nana and her best friend both turned 75 this past year, and that means they have now been friends for fifty years!  To celebrate their best friend-aversary, we decided to do a fun shoot in the studio.  Nana (whose name is Janet) and Soni have been through so much life together.  They each had 5 children and watched them grow up, get married and have their own children.  They have been there for each other for every major life event.  It seemed only fitting that this was the very first time either of them had professional photos taken (outside of at a wedding).  Veronica Marshall of Artistry Pro by Dolce Vita beauty came to do their makeup.  It was also the first time either of them had professional makeup done.  Here is a shot of their priceless reaction to their new looks:

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And here are some shots from our portrait session:


Janet and Soni have lovingly nicknamed each other “Lucy and Ethel.”  My aunts Diane and Carrie made them the sign in the first photo to match some of the “I love Lucy” memorabilia that Nana has in her home.   Part of the reason behind their nicknames is that it seemed like they were always getting into crazy situations and having hilarious adventures.  They are just as playful and full of life at 75, and we had a lot of fun improvising with props and costumes during the shoot.


To two beautiful women who I look up to and admire: thank you for sharing your story of your incredible friendship.