Des Moines Wedding Photographer | Engagement – Jay & Melissa

Today was a big day for my family.  It was the first day that my husband could be home with us and not have to work 2 jobs.  He is down to one!  Woohoo! 🙂  I am so happy for him and for us.  This is a big step in our life and he finally got on full-time at what used to be his second job.  There are big opportunities for him there that he did not have before and he actually feels like he has a worth again.  But better than all of that, he was home, with US.  Normally we see him for about a half an hour a day and when it was one day off at one job, he still had to work the other.  It’s so good to have him home again.  My kids have their daddy back and I have my husband back.

It also means that I get to devote more time to photography because I have his help!   I should now be able to blog more than ever (not that I didn’t make time 1 am, so maybe it just means I’ll get more sleep?! 😉 ).  I am still about 10-15 sessions behind on my blog and am going to TRY and catch up!  Our life is still busy but there is order in all of this chaos and we are happy and loving it!  I am so happy that we both can do something we love and spend all the time in the world with our kids at the same time.  We are just blessed!  So bring on the weddings because I have time and I just adore everything about them!

Here is an amazing engagement session I just shot the other day.  They were all about the PDA and I had no issues trying to get them to get close! 😉  I LOOOVE these!  It’s so hard to even pick a favorite!  I am going to post a ton of them and also post some bw versions of some of them because I think they are both great! Melissa & Jay, thank you so much for being up for whatever!  I can’t wait for your big day! 🙂




















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  • Looooooove the colours and textures here, Amanda — these are gorgeous!!

  • Mary Pack

    Goodness Amanda, you are just so talented!

  • Anton Chia

    The pics are smashing great! Like something pulled out of a movie or MTV scene. You are so cinematic Amanda!

  • Every last shot in this set is AAWESOMEEOMEMEMMEMEEEE!!! I love the tilt shiftyness against the wall. I love the PP. I love the shot of them holding hands against the wall. Do I need to keep going??? Beautiful work!!

  • LOVE this session! Gorgeous couple and it looks like they’ve had HEAPS of fun here. Nice work! 🙂

  • Gorgeous images Amanda and bubbling with passion! As ever, the rendition is beautiful too.

  • Great shoot and love the processing! They look totally into each other.

  • Christina

    Those are beautiful amanda! You did an amazing job at capturing the emotion in the two of them. I’m sure they love them. Keep it up girl.

  • Good job on these Amanda–I really like the backlit B&W ones.

  • Love the tones in #3! Great session, Amanda!

  • Absolutely stunning work as always Amanda! Bravo!!

  • Wow, I love the processing on these. You really made the couple looked relaxed and natural – great work!

  • great stuff amanda. that sun flare shot in color is just awesome!

  • Great job on these Amanda! Love the whole set!

  • such a cute couple! love the clarity of your shots, and the processing too! you captured their personality as a couple just beautifully.

  • cute shoot! The couple seems really fun.

  • these are fantastic. I’ll bet you had fun as it’s obvious they are totally nuts about each other and have a great time together. The first several kiss ones are my favorite.

  • I adore these, the light is amazing. It looks like you all had a blast!

  • OOOOOO Such YUMMY light!! Beautiful Session!!

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