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Happy Summer!

Our kids are all out of school and we've just gotten home from our annual beach trip to Hilton Head Island.  Guess how many images I've uploaded from the trip?  Any guesses?  

None.  Not a single one! Life handed us a pretty crazy summer schedule right away, as all three crazy kiddos are in the Gwinnett County Swim League this year - practices every day, meets once or twice a week.  Super fun, but definitely keeps us all running around.  Mine swim out of Rivermoore Park off Moore Rd in Suwanee - they do a wonderful job!  Ask me if you have any questions about it.  I was lucky to have a friend with the "in" and got the girls in last summer. 

And this month I'm jumping in again with the ONE blog circle group - a group of family photographers from all over the world that select one single image for the month.  

For me, this was hard!  I recently was working on Spring Break images (I'm that far behind, y'all...) and had a fun group that I posted to Instagram, but not a single one that spoke to me.  

But I'm also currently taking the ClickinMoms workshop, "Connected: Images with Heart" with Virginia Grueloch and am really focusing on my core values as a human being and how those translate to my photography.  

THIS image, although flawed in many ways, captures the emotion of a moment in time that I don't want to forget and I don't want THEM to forget.  I want to document my kids' childhood, but I want to be honest (ugly, too-small jammies where the strap is nearly ripped off) (oh, and the other is Christmas pajamas!) and I want to remember my kids being together, our family being together and having fun.

I no longer attempt to orchestrate perfect photos by color coordinating their outfits (only to get into a fight with them.)  I don't pose or prod them.  I just sit and observe.  I wait for them to do something funny or beautiful or just something they happen to do all the time - that I'm sure I'll forget in a flash.  

That is what is in this picture for me.  

 

Now - hop along the circle and see what Jenny Rusby is sharing.  Ok, spoiler alert, I must! It's a beautifully composed B&W with a backdrop of the Mornington Peninsula of Melbourne, Australia.  How cool is that?  And you know those Aussies are gearing up for winter as we're summering, so there's a fun little surprise in this image that I love.  Click here to check it out and follow the circle around: Melbourne Newborn & Family Photographer

 

Thanks for stopping by~

Amanda

 


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Family Photography | Suwanee, GA

 

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Hey there!  

I'm so excited to share with you a gorgeous family session that I was a part of down on Amelia Island, FL during a photography conference called Clickaway.  

But stay tuned til the end - I'm in a blog circle with a few amazing ladies and I'll tell you more and link to the next post at the bottom of this one.)

Our instructor snagged the cutest darn family ever, am I right?  

The shots with the son & daughter (that look a bit blurry) were taken with a Lensbaby, a specialized lens that gives a dreamy, tilt-shift effect.  I found it difficult as a first-timer to figure out how to focus, but did love the softness of the resulting pictures.  

For more of my Clickaway images, you can check out my previous blog post here: Clickaway 2018 Amelia Island, FL. Clickaway 2018 Amelia Island, FL. 

I know that the metro-Atlanta area isn't known for our sandy beaches, but I actually have shot several times on Lake Lanier and can't wait for summer to be here so we can enjoy more lake time.  I know it's not the ocean, but if you're hoping for a fun, beachy feel to your family session pictures, let's chat.  Maybe Lake Lanier would be the perfect option.  

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Don't these pictures have you dreaming of the beach?  

What's your favorite beach to visit?  (Lemme hear it in the comments below!)

Our family has always, always done Hilton Head Island.  My husband and I started going there before we were even married, because his job at the time allowed us to attend a conference there every year.  Even through pregnancies and babies, we've managed to go almost every single year for 15 years.

We hear great things about 30A and Gulf Shores, though.  We tried to snag a place on 30A for this summer but that place apparently books out a year in advance!  Maybe next year...

Alrighty, I mentioned it above so you'd be prepared - I'd love for you to circle around and see how five friends from around the world have been working on this past month.  A warning: You'll see some newborn baby goodness (as if the beach wasn't bad enough to start those daydreams flowing!) 

Click on over to my friend Ashley's beautiful golden hour First Birthday Session right over in Marietta.  I know I promised a worldwide adventure, so keep clicking around the circle.  (Bonus points for saying "hey!" in the comments to let them know you stopped by.)  If you or someone you know is looking for a session over on the other side of town, I highly recommend Ashley - her work is lovely!  Check it out: Children's Photographer in Marietta, GA. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day~

Amanda

 


best family photographers in gwinnett countybest photographers in gwinnett county Amanda Myers of Crane Creek Photography is a published, featured, and award-winning photographer based in NE Atlanta.  She's one of the few photographers in Gwinnett County, Georgia that blends her love of documentary-style family photography with beautiful lifestyle portraits.  Her very favorite thing to shoot in the world is Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions in the hospital, but she also loves everything family -from capturing the expectant joy of maternity photography, the first days of a baby's life in Newborn Homecoming Sessions, the beauty of everyday chaos in Family Day-in-the-Life Sessions, on-location child and teen portrait sessions, all the way up to Senior Life sessions, which document the fleeting days that your high school senior will spend with your family, their friends, in their own space.  Amanda is an on-location photographer, serving areas of NE Atlanta, including Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford, Lawrenceville, and Norcross.  She is an event photographer for the City of Duluth and a six-time Snap Suwanee photo contest winner, with her photographs displayed in City Hall.  Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most metro-Atlanta hospitals.  For more information about Amanda, click here.  For pricing information, visit our pricing page.  Click here to contact Amanda directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Happy Paddy's Day | Family Photography in Gwinnett County

 

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Hello there!  

Thank you for stopping by!  

I wanted to share a favorite from March - I cannot believe the month is almost over.  I am doing a 365 Project this year and it seems that the months just fly. 

While there is a lot that I'd change about this picture (aren't we all our harshest critics?) it quickly became one of my most loved on images on Instagram.  It was featured all over and won the Beyond the Wanderlust Daily Fan Favorite.  

This year (like every year) I am striving to get in the frame more.  It's hard, y'all!  I'm a kinda fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal, but self-portraits do take a bit of forethought and planning.  You give up control because you don't even know if you're hitting focus.  (In fact, I did several more self-portraits this month and missed focus on most of them! Ugh!)  

Well, the idea for this image sprang up in my local Target, when I saw this adorable pajama set - totally me!  For some reason, although I don't believe we have a hint of Irish in us, our family goes ALL OUT for Paddy's Day.  I always have, I don't know why, but it seems the most fun to celebrate.  We already had some socks and I picked up some glittery shamrocks and the leprechaun hat from Hobby Lobby.  I envisioned the kids jumping on the bed all crazy and me with my coffee.  

When it came time to give it a whirl, the husband happened to be home.  And I knew this would be a really tough shot to pull off.  So...I handed the camera over to him and he (very) grudgingly snapped a few photos.  

He literally was like "This is so dumb, please tell me you won't share this anywhere." To which I was like, "uh, duh, it's totally going on Insta if it's even remotely cute!" 

Oh!  And I had just gotten glasses for the first time since 6th grade (!!!) and wanted to show them off!  I kinda love 'em.  I wore contacts forever and then got lasik back in 2005, but old age has gotten to me, and it was finally time to get spectacles. 

So there ya go, my March fave...

You can follow my 365 Project - a random assortment of images I shoot on a daily basis.  I occasionally post to my business Insta too.  

Last, but certainly not least, I'm participating again in this month's ONE Blog Circle group - a group of talented photographers from all over the world, all of whom I've met through Instagram.  This month, I'm linking over to an amazing photographer who I've followed for awhile now, Monica Cutraro. Her images are like a work of art and this month is no exception.  Be sure to click over to her post:  Spring Photography Sessions in Katy, TX by Houston photographer Monica Cutraro.  Monica is an Argentina-born attorney turned photographer living the dream in the great state of Texas!

Be sure to follow the circle around by clicking the links at the bottom of every post.  And share the love!  Leave a little comment so that my friends know you stopped by.  

Have a fabulous day, friend~

Amanda

 


best family photographers in gwinnett countybest photographers in gwinnett county Amanda Myers of Crane Creek Photography is a published, featured, and award-winning photographer based in NE Atlanta.  She's one of the few photographers in Gwinnett County, Georgia that blends her love of documentary-style family photography with beautiful lifestyle portraits.  Her very favorite thing to shoot in the world is Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions in the hospital, but she also loves everything family -from capturing the expectant joy of maternity photography, the first days of a baby's life in Newborn Homecoming Sessions, the beauty of everyday chaos in Family Day-in-the-Life Sessions, on-location child and teen portrait sessions, all the way up to Senior Life sessions, which document the fleeting days that your high school senior will spend with your family, their friends, in their own space.  Amanda is an on-location photographer, serving areas of NE Atlanta, including Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Sugar Hill, Buford, Lawrenceville, and Norcross.  She is an event photographer for the City of Duluth and a six-time Snap Suwanee photo contest winner, with her photographs displayed in City Hall.  Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most metro-Atlanta hospitals.  For more information about Amanda, click here.  For pricing information, visit our pricing page.  Click here to contact Amanda directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Clickaway | Photography Conference in Amelia Island, FL

 

I had the very BEST time at my first Clickaway conference a couple weeks ago.  I'm just now getting around to the images taken that weekend. I met so many amazing people.  I was incredibly inspired.  And I learned so much.  

And I'm participating in a blog circle with a few other Clickawayers, so be sure to go 'round our circle to see what everyone else was up to!  I'm linking to Amy Cyphers of The Wild Child Photography and while I'm super sad I didn't get to meet her in person, I heard from several friends that her video session was their favorite! Stay with me and hop over to Amy, link down at the bottom of this post...

 

This year's Clickaway was held at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Florida, on the East Coast, just South of Savannah and Hilton Head.  

I drove down by myself (my choice, I actually love alone time in the car!) on Thursday.  While I made decent time, I did get in a bit later than I had hoped.  I wanted to arrive around 4pm, check in, take a shower and look half-way presentable.  Well...I ended up arriving around 6pm and honestly did not have the energy to shower and get ready.  (Mind you that I hadn't showered that morning, because I believed I would that evening...) 

I messaged a few friends and we met up for dinner (along with EVERYONE ELSE) at Falcon's Nest, one of the restaurants on the resort.  It was so fun to meet people in person that I've only known via Instagram!  I had dinner that night with Divya Wolf, Susan Grimes and Maggie Fuller.  We had a ball- it was as if we've all known each other forever.  The restaurant was filled with so many familiar faces, it was wild!  As per usual, I made an utter fool of myself when meeting people.  Maybe it was because I felt like I already knew them...and they knew me?  I don't know, but it sure made for a hilarious insta-livestream Saturday night with my girl Rebecca.  More on that later...

On the way back to the hotel, I realized I had not yet gotten anything for my 365 project (you can see all of them on my personal instagram account) and so I snapped these.  

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Then, we met up with Nicole Houser (Nicole Kristin on Insta) and her room smelled like dog!

I went to bed that evening at a decent hour (much unlike the next two nights) super excited for what the next day would bring.  

On Friday, I was up bright and early, so early, in fact, that I went to the hotel fitness center around 6am.  As I was finishing up, Kellie Bieser did her thang on the treadmill (which explains how she stays so trim while baking all those sweet treats you see her post!) 

I headed to Publix afterwards to pick up essentials: Half & Half, a toothbrush for Divya and a candle for Kristin. 

Around 10:30 or so, I headed down to the conference to check-in.  Talk about sensory overload!  The beautiful people, the Voice Gallery beautiful images, all of the wonderful things to explore!  (I should mention that I did indeed decide to shower before this point, so I was half-way presentable.

I sat with a rockstar line-up of ladies for our Keynote Speaker, Ruthie Lindsay (who's just completely fabulous, I just loved her!)  Gosh, let's see if I can remember everyone...so the gals from dinner the night before, Shelby Zavala, Janel Payton and Tara Herron (who I didn't recognize, because I swore from her pictures on Insta that she was 6 feet tall... I mean, I pictured her like Heidi Klum with blonder hair and a Southern accent.  Nope - she's a petite thing, but super sweet and hopefully forgiving of my ridiculous intro to her!) And of course, Shelby (who I met in the elevator shortly after check-in) is completely fabulous.  

After the keynote, I went to the lunch and sat with ClickinMoms founder, Kendra Okalita, CEO Sarah Wilkerson, @Camera_Mama founder Rebecca Franson, Divya Wolf and KC Crow - a friend I met a few months back when she was in Atlanta from Orange County, CA after winning the NAPCP award for Best Family & Child Photographer!  Kendra described how ClickinMoms started...this is so crazy y'all... So, Kendra and a friend sold children's clothing on ebay, and obviously they had to post pictures.  Their pictures were pretty good, which translated into better sales.  She started a forum for other moms who sold clothing on ebay, and offered tips for success.  But the number one question she got was "How can I take better pictures?" So the forum morphed into...you guessed it, ClickinMoms.  Crazy, huh?  Soon after, the Nicole Kidman-esque Sarah Wilkerson joined the team and the rest is, as they say, history.  Or herstory.  (BTW, people are SO intimidated by Sarah, but she's completely sweet - that is exactly how I'd describe her, super sweet!) Oh, and Rebecca and I become fast friends and go galavanting around town later on... Love her!

I rented a lensbaby for the day and wanted to try it out at my afternoon beach session with Kansas Pitts. (I also rented a nikon 85 1.8 and loved it!)  

I haven't yet gotten around to editing all of the session photos from this one, but here's a few landscapes taken with the lensbaby.  I had trouble focusing when I was shooting the family, but I do like how cool and dreamy these turned out... (this was after the sun went down.)

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(to be continued...so much more to add!)

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Hey, thanks for checking out my Clickaway post!  Now, circle around to see what my photographer friends were up to this past month.  First up is Amy Cyphers, one of the Clickaway boutique session instructors.  She is part of the team at The Wild Child Photography along with Kim Bear, where they photograph and create family films.  They're also passionate about teaching, and offer workshops to teach moms how to use their cameras better, they teach kids photography, and also offer a 4-week online workshop via ClickinMoms called Life in Motion, which teaches photographers like me how to use my camera to record video and create family films for clients.  Cool, eh?  Pop over and see Amy's take on Clickaway: Family Photography and Video in Holton, KS

 


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One Blog Circle | March | Sugar Hill GA Family Photography

I returned home over a week ago from my first Clickaway photography conference and it feels like yesterday.  My head is still spinning.  The image above, of my own children, was inspired by what I took away from a presentation by Virginia Grueloch.  I was not very familiar with her work prior to her talk, I just liked the title: "Shoot what Matters." 

The frame above, while far from perfect, perfectly describes what matters to me.  

This month I'm participating in a blog circle with other talented photographers from around the world.  Click through to see what everyone's been up to!  

Next up is Samantha Covert, someone whose work I've admired for a long time over on the Instagrams...

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