2009 was an amazing year for me as I was able to explore my long held dream of photography. Before I was quite ready to handle it I had more clients than I could count! How wonderful to finally explore my dream.
I counted and realized I shot over 14 weddings and too many sessions to count. I have grown as a photographer and person and am grateful for the experience.
As amazing as the experience has been it has been effecting the amount of time I have to spend with my family, especially my son. I can either have photography or I can have a life.
So with a happy heart I have closed Elmwood Court Photography and am spending time with my family.
Thank you to all my clients for an amazing year and for letting me be a part of your special moments.
Although I may still be posting sessions they are only for my family and friends and I thank you for your interest but I am no longer accepting clients with no exceptions.
Thank you again,

Saturday, March 13, 2010

In the blink of an eye

My beautiful Bebo is getting married. I'm pleased, and a bit shocked, how in just a blink of an eye she has grown up to a beautiful woman who will be getting married this July. Time really does fly by so fast.

Maureen was my first niece. I was 13 when my sister announced that she was pregnant and I thought it was the worst idea I had ever heard. Looking back I'm not sure why I was so against it (though I'm thinking my 13 year old self thought it meant I was going to "lose" my big sister) but as my mother and I drove to San Diego to meet the baby for the first time I vehemently announced that I would NEVER be called Aunt Amy never! I just hated the whole idea and I was quite sure the whole mess would end badly.

Well, that thinking lasted as long as it took to hold Maureen in my arms for the first time. In a second I was in love with this amazing pink and beautiful creature (even when she threw up in my mouth) and I found being an Aunt was the best idea ever! So glad they thought of it. I have love for many children in my life but there is something about the flesh of your flesh that is such an amazing connection.

That day I fell in love with being an Aunt and now my many Nephew and Nieces are the jewels of my life. I treasure each and every one of them. I have around 16 or so now (I lose count)  and I LOVE being called Aunt and insit that each and everyone of them always use my title that I love and am so proud of.

Maureen was my first model. I used to spend half my paycheck going to Mervyn's to get a cute outfit for our latest "photoshoot" and lucky for me she was a ham and would pose for hours. She has grown into a beautiful, loving woman and I'm so proud of her.

It's a good thing to have an Aunt who's a wedding photographer when your planning a wedding. ;)  I couldn't be more thrilled that I will be there when Maureen marries her love Tom.

And in the blink of an eye I suppose I will get to see if I like being a great Aunt too.

No rush of course but this time I know I'm gonna love it. ;)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Hope your holiday was happy and haunting.

It was another great year here at Elmwood Court where Halloween is a big deal. Our only complaint is we only got 1/4 of the kids that were Trick or Treating just one street away. Next year we are going to work on getting more attention to our haunt and therefore more kids.

Here is our pirate crew. My mother, my son pirate Pierce, my husband Gorgeous George, and me.

The cutest Pirate I ever saw. Not that I'm biased or anything.

Just look at those eyes! He was such a good sport he kept the bandanna on all night.
My mother was able to come down and spend the holiday with us. Not only does it make the night even more fun but she's so much help. Thanks mom!

My life, my love, my boys.

Trick or Treat Pierce

Our pumpkins. Already looking forward to next year.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

For Gabby

Last night I was supposed to be photographing the labor and birth of my friends Jewelyn's baby girl Gabrielle. Instead today I am posting Jewelyn's picture from her maternity shoot we did just two weeks ago.
All I have to post are pictures from her maternity session because Jewelyn died today giving birth to her baby girl.

Yesterday we were texting each other excitingly planning the details of how she would let me know when her labor was really progressing, and when I would arrive at the hospital. How excited we were for her and her husband to meet Gabby. To become a family.

Today I sit here numb. Somehow my brain can't process it. But it is the truth.

Jewelyn is gone and the baby girl that was the subject of our every conversation will never get the chance to know her mother.

And while it may sound strange to you, I sit here grateful.

Grateful that I had the chance to know and love Jewelyn.

Grateful that Gabby is well and will be coming home soon.

Grateful that nine months ago, excited to learn of Jewelyn's long wanted pregnancy, we planned a maternity shoot.

Grateful because now I have these photographs of Jewelyn for Gabby and I can show her.

See you mother Gabby, see how beautiful she is. See how beautiful you two were that day. Your was mother glowing with love and excitement for you.

See how happy she was. See how much she loves you. See how much she wanted you. See how much you look like her.

I want yesterday back. I want to give it to Gabby.
But yesterday can't be had so I have these photos for you Gabby.

They are for you along with my love.

A Paypal account has been set up for Jewelyn's family with the email address 4jewelyn@gmail.com. 100% of the money collected will go to Jewelyn's husband and her daugther Gabby. If you can help in any way. Thank you.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Birthday

Things have been pretty quite around here for a bit as I took a much need break but I am about to jump right back into the wedding season with three weddings and a few engagement sessions coming up in the next two weeks.

But before I get back into all that my son's first birthday is coming up a week from today. I can't believe how fast the year has gone by. It feels like a blink of an eye.

It has been hands down the best year of my life and I can't wait to celebrate his big day next Saturday with all his loved ones.

Here's a peak at the cake smash I did with him last week.

Happy Birthday baby boy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Anne & Mike | Aliso Viejo engagement photographer

When my husband and I left Riverside the sky was dark and scary looking and rain clouds were rolling in but when we got to Aliso Viejo the sun was shining, and the Soka campus couldn't have been more beautiful.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Annie and Mike but only minuets into our shoot they both started forgetting I was there and I'm just tickled by the shots I was able to get. It's so much fun working with two people so much in love and I'm really looking forward to their wedding this July.

I chose this song for their slide show because I felt the upbeat feel really matched Anne and Mike's energy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mellisa and Mike | Laguna Beach Engagement Photographer

Have you ever felt like the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland? I do. I feel like I'm always running around saying "I'm late, I'm late".

Anyway I'm late. :) I should have posted these forever ago.

I met with Melissa and Mike at the amazing Wood's Cove in Laguna beach. Melissa and Mike were easy to laugh and so much fun to shoot. I can't wait for their wedding in October.

We had planned on an Urban/Beach shoot but bad weather cut our shoot short. Plan on seeing these two again when we shoot the Urban part coming up shortly.

Enjoy I gotta go....I'm late!

Mellisa and Mike Laguna Beach Engagement Photographer


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Riverside County, CA
My name is Amy. I live in good old sunny CA with my husband, our two dogs Ranger Rick, Bonnie,and our son Pierce. If you have any questions or would like to book a session please contact me @ elmwoodcourt@yahoo.com.