Meet Amy
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In 2011, Amy's husband gave her a Nikon as a Christmas present and a seat in a beginners course in photography where she learned photography is "painting with light". That sparked a new passion that still grows stronger by the day.

As a landscape and nature photographer, Amy has a keen eye to spot beauty around her, sometimes in the things others miss in a busy life. She is fascinated by the energy of ocean waves, loves to chase sunsets, and has a knack for spotting and capturing exquisite light. She has a love for wildlife and a heart for conservation.

A native of California, she has photographed many iconic places and hidden gems, especially near her home in the Monterey Bay area. Through her photos, Amy hopes to inspire the same awe she feels on location and invites you into her "happy place" and stand next to her while she witnesses and captures God's wonders one moment at a time. In her words, "I want people to be able to feel transported into my photos for a momentary pause and feel the peace and appreciation I feel in the moments I capture". 

As a portrait photographer Amy has a discerning gift to see the beauty in each person the same way she finds it in nature. Her clients quickly feel comfortable with her easy-going personality and fun sense of humor. Fun fact about Amy worked as a professional clown for children's parties. So not only can she find the beauty, she naturally pulls smiles out of people's hearts. 

Amy is a lifelong artist. Her mother once said, "she was born with a paintbrush in her hand". She is fluent in many artistic mediums including china painting, mural painting, cake decorating, sewing, and had a 20-year career in the face and body painting industry as an artist and instructor both in Southern California and in the Central Coast/Bay Area. While Amy still loves to paint, she now mostly wields a camera to pour out her inspiration. Her painting background has influenced her photography style towards painterly. When Amy isn't taking photos she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter along with her cats, pet bunnies, and gardening.

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My Why.

I'm a pretty WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) person. I would rather spend time with a few good people than be in a crowd. I have simple low maintenance needs but a complex creative mind. 

I'm pretty chill and given the choice to go to a party or curl up and watch movies I choose movies. I can find the humor in most situations. Speaking of humor, I love comedies and can have a whole conversation with .gifs and comedy movie quotes. 

My "why" is simple and boils down to 3 things.....

1. God. Yes, I'm a grateful believer. What keeps me going are extraordinary & ordinary miracles and keeping my focus on the beautiful things and blessings around me and counting them one shutter click at a time. 

2. These two. >>>>>>> 

They are my world, my husband and my daughter. 

3. Art. I'm simply not me if I'm not creating. Nothing makes me more happy than witnessing what my work evokes in the beholder, especially if I have created something just for them. 

Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” I believe that to be true for the artist as well as the beholder. 

I hope whoever you are reading this that you will reach out and allow me to make some art for you! 

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See My Process!

“I never know in advance what I will photograph, … I go out into the world and hope I will come across something that imperatively interests me. I am addicted to the found object. I have no doubt that I will continue to make photographs till my last breath.” – Ansel Adams

I’m a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography and I’m dedicated to following the Nature First Principles:

Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

Use discretion if sharing locations.

Know and follow rules and regulations.

Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

As nature photographers, we all have an increasing responsibility to be good stewards of the places we visit, photograph, and share with the public. As photography continues to increase in popularity due to social media damage to special wild places accumulates.  Efforts must be taken to reverse these negative impacts through education and sharing tangible steps to reduce our collective impact.

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