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Valentine’s Mini Sessions, Studio Photographs in Woodland CA

Posted on: January 7th, 2013

I love this season and this time of year, so I am planning to share the love by offering this special offer of Valentine’s Day mini sessions in the studio!  Its a fun surprise gift to give the one you love, or a great time to get an updated portrait of you, your sweetheart, or your little one.  Or do a 2 person session with your sweetheart, or a BFF!  An all ages event (sorry – no pets).

The details:

  • Sunday, January 27th
  • Woodland, CA
  • 15 minute photo session against a white back drop with studio lighting.
  • Up to 2 people per session.
  • 2 images on a disc with print release.
  • $40 print credit to your own password protected online gallery.

All for the special price of $129.

(Optional – add a makeup artist to your session for $50. Let me know when you email me if you are interested in adding makeup).

I also offer a variety of professionally printed photo gifts that you can create from your images.

 valentines mini 2013

Sign up by emailing me at  Spots available on a first come, first serve basis.  Payment required to secure session time. Studio is located in Woodland, CA.

Brentwood, CA Wedding, 2012: Brittney and Michael

Posted on: December 23rd, 2012

I had the privilege of joining Anita Martin as her second shooter for this beautiful wedding in Brentwood, CA at the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center.  Here are a few photos I captured during the day.  More photos can be seen on my wedding portfolio page.

Green Screen Photoshop Fun

Posted on: December 21st, 2012

Purchased this cool new green screen from Calumet photographic.  First, I have to say that the customer service at Calumet is amazing ~ check them out!  Ok, so anyway, I bought this green screen and Joe and I got to try it out at the photo call for Godspell at the Woodland Opera House last night.   The first shot is the chroma green screen, the last shot is a poster I made, and the others… are my little photoshop experiments.  I can already tell that having this green screen is going to be a lot of fun!

BONUS: Name the location of the photo in the bottom left correctly and be entered to win a free photo magnet.

Canon vs. Nikon: Test Day 2

Posted on: December 16th, 2012

To catch up on testing, be sure to read the post about testing day 1, here.

After the studio test I see that the Nikon D700 seems to let in more light/has brighter highlights than the Canon 5D Mark II, and in the case of test one, has a sharper focusing.  Many people prefered the Canon image because they liked the contrast and shadows.  Using both cameras I have to say that the Nikon seemed to focus faster and more precisely, but the Canon had a really comfortable feel and weight to it.  Both have different controls and menus, but I think they are both pretty user friendly.  Canon may be an easier menu to navigate, but its hard for me to say since I learned on Nikon and am very comfortable with it now.

Moving on to my second test!

I do a lot of work in the theatre and so I wanted to see how each camera performs at a high ISO.  I was invited to photograph a rehearsal of Plaid Tidings at Sutter Street Theatre, and set up my cameras at ISO 2000 for this test.  Please leave a comment below to help me out by listing which image you prefer, and what observations you have about the images, or why you like one over the other.

Each person who comments is automatically entered into a drawing for a one hour portrait sitting fee for one person.  Limit one entry per blog post.  See below for ways to send in additional entries.


These images are straight out of camera – converted to JPEG.  Settings:  ISO 2000, f 2.8, 1/125, 50mm.

Optional additional entries:  Follow my blog and post a comment to say you are following.  Add my facebook page, then post a comment here to say you are following.  Share my website on your blog or facebook page and then post here with a link to your post.

Canon vs. Nikon: Testing Day One

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012

As I prepare to invest in some more expensive lenses, I began to wonder if the brand I have been shooting with since I started my business (Nikon) is really the best brand for me.  I love my Nikon, but never even gave Canon an honest try.  When I saw that Scott Robert Lim was selling his used Canon 5d Mark II, I decided to buy it and do a series of tests against my Nikon d700.  Today is the first sample shot.  I took both of these in the studio yesterday with a 50mm lens.  Please help me out by leaving a comment below with any observations, or why you like one more than the other.  The pose is not exactly the same, but its close enough to do a comparison, I think.  Once the comments come in I will share with you which camera took which image.  (Also – feel free to zoom in on the images to get a good look!)

NOTE: The images above are unedited.  The settings used were ISO 200, 50mm, F4 and 1/160
Special thanks to Veronica Marshall of Dolce Vita Beauty for Hair and Makeup

Follow this blog to participate in the rest of the testing!  As a thank you for helping out, everyone who comments will be entered in a drawing for a free one hour sitting fee for an individual portrait.  You can enter by commenting below!  Limit: one comment per blog post.

Optional additional entries:  Follow my blog and post a comment to say you are following.  Add my facebook page, then post a comment here to say you are following.  Share my website on your blog or facebook page and then post here with a link to your post.

Behind the Scenes Film Shoot – Falling Star

Posted on: October 24th, 2012

Cast and crew dinner at the diner

My friend Aaron Leong, of Super Six Pictures asked me if I would be interested in doing the behind the scenes still photography for his film Falling Star, written by Diana Erwin, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of this ambitious project.  The film has now released an official trailer, and is in editing currently.  Here are a few favorite behind the scenes shots from the night at the diner in DryTown.  The full gallery for this project can be seen here.

Dory sees the cowboy come into the diner

Aaron directing the scene

Behind the Scenes Video

Posted on: October 12th, 2012

Here it is!  The new, behind the scenes video!  Take a glimpse into some of our photo shoots:

Amy Shuman Photography Behind the Scenes from Amy Shuman on Vimeo.

Video by Rob Blake

Music by Joy Valencia


Sacramento Vocal Music

Posted on: September 9th, 2012

Tomorrow I get to work with one of my favorite partners: Sacramento Vocal Music!  We are doing a promotional shoot for James Hernandez’s new {and amazing} studio, on location in Woodland, CA.  As a former student, I know firsthand what an incredible teacher James is.  He is so knowledgable and has really effective ways to communicate that knowledge to his students.  What’s more, he is a great listener, sensitive confidante, encouraging mentor, and friend to all.

When I got my tour of the new SVM studio I immediately envisioned photos of students up on the walls.  Well, luckily I just so happen to be a photographer, so I set plans in motion to make that happen.  I look forward to sharing the art with everyone here on the blog.  In the meantime, James teaches all ages of students, and if you are thinking about mastering the art of singing (as James will tell you I have done), check out their website and give them a call.

P.S.  James was also one of my early headshot clients, and I was able to take this hilarious series of portraits for him (and all of facebook) last year:

500 Fans!?! I am the luckiest girl!

Posted on: July 27th, 2012

Today is a special day for me.  Since I started this business just over a year ago, I have been setting monthly goals for myself, and one of those goals was to reach 500 fans on my facebook page.  Today, that milestone was hit, and I would like to take a minute to express what the 500 of you mean to me.

As an artist I have a passion about what I do, and feel connected to the people I have the privilege to photograph.  I pour my soul into every photo and always try my best to create images clients will love and cherish.  In the early days, posting images on facebook was more emotional for me than I thought it would be.  I would post an image and then wait nervously by my computer to see what people thought of it (ready to delete it if it wasn’t well received). What I am trying to say to you, fans of my page, is that it has been your support and positive feedback that has played a huge role in my journey as a photographer.  It has been your encouragement that has motivated me to learn new techniques so I could give you better photos.  I wanted to fill everyone’s newsfeed with the most beautiful images I could create.

I thank you for seeing potential in my early work.  I thank you for continuing to support me as I experiment with new techniques.  I thank you for being a part of this major activity in my life.

So, I am not going to lie… even now, once I post new images I still sit there by my computer for at least a good 20 minutes to see what the response will be (just check your chat window… I am there).  For those who take the time to leave me notes, I want you to know that I read every single comment and see every single like, and appreciate all of you, and the time you take to be a part of the Amy Shuman Photography community.


Anyone who books a 60 minute or longer session in the month of August and mentions they are a fan on facebook gets a $50 print credit added to their photo package! (you just have to book in August, but the shoot can be later in the year).

And now, I leave you with a list of very important “thank yous” to name a few – because I can never say “thank you” enough, and all of these people are forever a part of Amy Shuman Photography:


Barn Portraits, Davis, CA Photography

Posted on: June 20th, 2012

When I learned last week that my friend Joerg Lehmann was going to be in town from Australia for a few days, I felt inspired to put together a last minute shoot while he was here.  Joerg was a big part of some of my very favorite photographs, and every time we work together I both 1) learn something, and 2) get some great images.  The result of the fast-paced plans turned out beautifully, and we had a wonderful night and a wonderful shoot.  I must thank the tremendous team who worked on this, all of whom added something to really make this a great night:  Liz Sheesley for makeup, Kiefer Hackney for general assistance, Michelle and Brianna for modeling, Snookie Schuhwerk for providing the fabulous Stella & dot jewelry, my Nana for letting us use her house to get ready, Jaylene for granting us access to the barn, and of course to Joerg, for taking the time out of his brief visit to be a part of this shoot.  (Note:  extended galleries for this shoot can be found here and here).