Amanda Conley Photography: Blog en-us (C) Amanda Conley Photography (Amanda Conley Photography) Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:54:00 GMT Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:54:00 GMT Amanda Conley Photography: Blog 94 120 Gabby Seniors This girl! She booked way in advance. I met her while we were face painting together at the fourth of July celebration in town. It was part of her senior project. She showed up for her session ready to rock it. This dress, this light, this location, this girl, and that lipstick..... It was all so perfect. We had some amazing fall colors, and light. She rocked it with confidence. I am so happy I got to know her and her mom better. They are pretty amazing people. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:54:09 GMT
Kat Seniors I have had the chance to shoot with the gorgeous Kat 3 times now, and it never disappoints. I shot her the first time when she was just a sophomore, and twice her senior year. She is fun, laid back, gorgeous, and so easy to get along with. She came dressed to wow, and we went to the most gorgeous location. Also can you say EYES?!?! They are to die for. We climbed through rocks and sage brush to some gorgeous cliffs, with the sun setting behind them. I don't remember when it first happened, but I am afraid of heights. Not all heights do it to me, but when it does... it's the same as smelling a skunk. Very real, and overwhelming. It was one of those heights that makes you a little dizzy looking at it, or maybe it's just me. I can count on one hand the number of times that has happened to me. All 3 times, were VERY high situations. The first was from the top of the Stratosphere Hotel in Vegas, the second by a canyon out past Grace Idaho, and now this Canyon. I think it is a combination of awe and 'oh my gosh we could fall to our death at any moment' that it happens to me. It is overwhelming. AND exhilarating. I am in awe sometimes of the beauty this world has to offer, and feel so blessed that I get to capture it. Kat only added to the beauty of the scene, and it was def. one for the books. She went with my crazy ideas, walked barefoot and stepped on a cactus, sat in the water and made my day. We ended the session by climbing down 60 or so feet to the water. The rock formations in the river where just to die for, and I couldn't not get some on them. It took us a little time to get down there, but it was worth it. I love sessions that are adventurous, and bring out a little rush. Thank you Kat for sharing this with me!


Also a photo of kat from the session was chosen to be featured in Senior Style guides 2017-2018 Hot 100 list. It is a list of the top 100 senior photographers and photographs from around the globe. She really did kill this session, show her some love, and check it out.  


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:02:57 GMT
Mckenna Seniors This senior session is one I will never forget. She came early, and we did her hair and makeup. It was fun, and we listened to all sorts of new music on pandora. We went out into the most perfect evening light, and drove half and hour to a beautiful spot by a river. I got her all posed, and went to press the shutter.... and nothing. My camera wouldn't turn on. Yep. I forgot my battery charging on the wall at home. Face palm to the face.... HARD. I may or may not have gotten emotional because it was 3 hours in the making, and I was screwing it all up. To top it all off, she had homecoming that night, and there was not going to be more time needed later, and the sun was setting faster and faster. SO after I got my shiz together, we hopped in the car and raced back to Soda Springs. My hubby raced back to meet me by the reservoir. He brought me the battery, and we scratched any plans we had of shooting by that river, and I opened my mind up to the new possibilities of the reservoir instead. She was so positive through my crazy emotions, and it turned out even better than I could have ever imagined. The light was so soft, and warm, and perfect. SHE WAS PERFECT. She was real, and talented, and perfect. We ended the night back at my studio with her gorgeous prom dress. I had such a great time getting to know her better.... and without further adeu.... Here is Mckenna. One of my favorite senior sessions ever.  



(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:26:34 GMT
Byu- Idaho Seniors- Sojourn Every chance I get to work with dancers is such a thrill. These dancers did not disappoint. This shoot was at BYU-Idaho this last semester. Their theme for the show was Sojourn. They wanted to show that this is only a small part of the overall journey, so we did some levitation shots to try to illustrate this idea.  The ones in the hallway like the one just below are barely edited. The large window at the end of the hall was a perfect frame for the dancer, and the light was incredible!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:07:00 GMT
Blades Salon When I recently work on the Frida Khalo shoot, I contacted a local salon owner about using her space. She was awesome and let us use the whole salon for the models, and getting ready. After the shoot, She asked if I would be willing to take new updated headshots of her employees. I jumped at the offer, and we had the best time. A bunch of fabulous ladies, who have a knack for hair and makeup??? Yes please. They all ROCKED it. Seriously they made my job easy. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:35:00 GMT
Dylan Seniors Two senior guys in one week?!?! How is this happening. haha. I found out they are actually really close friends, so that is how they both found out about me. It was a treat to work with them both. I love being able to show off the stuff each senior cares about. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:35:00 GMT
Mason Seniors I don't get to shoot senior guys very often, so this was a welcomed treat. They are so laid back. Anyone else agree, seriously so so easy!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:35:00 GMT
Karly + Taylor Save the date mini I just love love. I crave those old timey romance novels, the regency ones. I just picked up ' A drop of Gold' from my local library, and I can't wait to get started. My favorite one I have read lately is Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. IT IS PERFECT. One of those books you can't put down, and re-read over and over. I think that since I grew up close to the beach, that the imagery in the book really spoke to me. I could hear the seagulls, here the waves, smell the salt in the air. I think that is the biggest thing I miss about Oregon. Well and of course family ;) But seriously. The lakes here in Idaho are beautiful, and I love them for different reasons, but the beach. It will always be so important and special to me. If you have not read it, I highly suggest it. What books are you reading right now?

Anways.... Love... That is where I was going... These two. They drove about an hour to come get photos taken, and once they got here it started snowing HARD. Like can't see in front of you ten feet hard, with fast freezing wind. So, at the very last minute we opted to move the shoot inside. We went to the local hotel, and made the best of it. I think these two are just so cute. We ended the session with some warm coffee in the diner attached to the hotel. It was the perfect warm ending to a chilly day. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 03 Sep 2017 19:35:00 GMT
Frida Khalo Fashion Collaboration This collaboration came about after I was contacted by a hairdresser and stylist and she asked if I was interested in collaborating. She came up with this theme and we worked together on the details over a period of a few months. She came up with the outfits, and her and her sister came in and did all of the hair and makeup on the models. She really has a great eye for styling a shoot, and thought of every possible detail. The shoot was based on the artist Frida Khalo. She is such an inspiration, and it was great to work with the wonderful team we had. 

Hair, makeup, wardrobe:

Inspired takes

Erica Stallings

Laurie Shawver


Isis Rodriguez

Hannah Goulding


Model: Hannah Goulding

Fun fact... That floral backdrop was actually added in later in post production. :)

Model: Isis Rodriguez

Blue science fair poster board tri-fold from Hobby Lobby. Yes please.

Erica made this leg contraption out of parts from the hardware store. Frida Khalo had a fake leg, and often wore a high heel on it. I think it looks pretty convincing. She did a great job putting this together.


(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:07:00 GMT
Baby Steely I was so excited to meet this little one. This is how I get my baby fix in, since my littles are growing up, and fast. Steely. Isn't that such a unique and cute name? Big sister Presley was adorable herself, and was so good with her baby sister.

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 26 Aug 2017 19:35:00 GMT
Moonstixx product shoot I got the chance to work with an alternative clothing company called Moonstixx recently. The fires have been crazy around this part of Idaho, and it left the most beautiful haze and smoke in the air. We went up to some rooftops, and some parking garages, and took advantage of the last bits of the summer light. Isis, my model, rocked as usual. I have really come to love this girl, and have gotten the chance to work with her often. Check out the shirts below. They make pretty unique stuff, and look forward to working with them in the future again. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:35:00 GMT
Lifestyle Newborns at the Cole house My new favorite thing is these lifestyle in home sessions I have been doing a lot of. This session took place in their home, and it worked perfectly. They wanted newborn photos. They wanted some with dad, mom, and their first babies, their two dogs. We opted for a newborn in home session and when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised. They had this beautiful kitchen with tons of natural light, and a gorgeous hardwood floor. We set up in there, and got some candid shots, as well as posed newborn shots with my studio light I brought. The dogs were happier in their own enviroment, as was this adorable little guy. Check it all out below!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:06:26 GMT
Madison Seniors This gorgeous gal is already graduated too! Time is flying. I loved this session. It was different than most sessions I get to do. This senior wanted all industrial looks, and had a really cool idea to shoot on the stage in the auditorium of her high school. She is big into performing, and thought that it would be a perfect way to show that off. Her mom works at the high school, and we were able to go in after hours, and play around with the stage lighting and get some really unique stuff. Then she braved the cold and snow for a few cross country uniform shots. It was a great shoot, and can we just talk about her hair for a minute...?!?! GOALS.

Congrats on graduation Madison! Good luck with college!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:04:12 GMT
Up your color toning game with this one trick in post processing. My latest editing video! I go over compositing briefly but then I share how I got these beautiful green tones, and without actions!



(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:26:13 GMT
Lockard Session This lovely lady and her hubby... They have had the worst luck. They were supposed to get married this last winter in NW portland/ Oregon City area. Well as many from the area know this area was hit HARD with snow this last winter. Like more than they have had in a LONG TIME. Oregon is not like Idaho. Idaho has snowplows, and things in place to remove the snow when it comes. Nothing really closes, even when it is -20.... Oregon is different. When they get snow, EVERYTHING closes.... EVERYTHING. School, stores, the highway is dead stop. So naturally when they got some snow, they were stuck. So the wedding was postponed due to nobody being able to get to it. So they tried again after it cleared up in the next few weeks, and then the night it was suppose to happen it did it again. They ended up getting married at the Rivershore hotel. It was small, impromptu, and not as they had planned, but all that mattered to them was being together. I just love love.... Love stories that even with the worst luck, they find a way to be happy, and see the positive in all of it. That is these two. They are the definition of happy. Happy in life. Happy with each other. Since they didn't get any photos from their wedding, we went back to the Rivershore hotel, and shot some photos of them together to document their happy memories there. It was hot, and we were all exhausted by the end, but like I said their happy attitude towards life made all of that seem like no big deal.  Congrats you two. Thanks for letting me be apart of your happiness. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:56:16 GMT
Lexi Seniors Can't believe this sweet girl is already graduated! She was so much fun to have around this last year, and I have gotten to know her a little better. She is a fighter, thoughtful, compassionate, talented, loyal, and as you can see BEAUTIFUL. We will miss you Lexi. Have fun in College!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:40:29 GMT
Wangemann family These cute kiddos! I just adore them. We recently saw them in the fourth of July parade, and my kids were so excited that their very own friends were throwing them candy! We are about to shoot their 2017 family photos in August... if that gives you any indication how behind on blogging I am. In my book, late is better than never.  So here is the beloved Wangemann Family. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:36:01 GMT
Hunzeker Grandkids Since I am finally back on the blogging train I am going way back:) I shot these cute little kiddos earlier this year. Grandma wanted some new photos of all of her grandkids. It was fun to have them all together for photos. They had the cutest little Easter outfits, and were more than happy to pose. We ended up eating a lot of marshmallows during this session, but it was so worth some of the cute expressions these cuties gave me. Check it all out!


Funny little fact... The photo below took 5 photos to make... I swapped every head, and had to add in some background... Not everything is always as it appears:)

All the girls together...

That little one thought.... She is SO expressive. 




This was him showing me his muscles and tough face:)


No marshmallows in the world were going to make her happy at this point... She was done hahaha. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:31:43 GMT
Callie Mae Newborns This little babe... She has more hair than any other newborn I have ever met. Big blue eyes, dark long hair.... such a pretty pretty baby. Her daddy works with my hubby, so it was an extra treat to get to include them in the shoot as well. This family is always thoughtful, and caring of others. Glad to have them in our lives. 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:21:09 GMT
Dalton Family This was one of my few sessions that I had while in Oregon. We met Jon while he was serving an LDS mission in Wilsonville OR after the hubby and I just got married. We left for school in Idaho, and about 6 months later Jon and his new wife showed up at the same school. We hung out a few times, and him and my hubby even did the Police reserve program together at Rigby Police Department. They are now back in the area, and when we were in Portland Oregon it was such a treat to meet up with them, and catch up. Their little guys are full of energy, and so stinkin' cute. I tell you what though P- town has ENDLESS location possibilities that I LOVE......


Check out their warm summer session below!



(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:11:22 GMT