Amanda Conley Photography: Blog en-us (C) Amanda Conley Photography (Amanda Conley Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Amanda Conley Photography: Blog 94 120 Kadee + Josh Wedding I recently gushed about these two after their engagement session. I was so thrilled to get to shoot their wedding photos as well. They had their first date when they were 16. You can read more about them on my engagement post HERE.

 It has been raining a lot here lately, and I almost called this shoot off due to bad weather. About a half hour before the session it cleared up and was BEAUTIFUL. It did the same thing on their wedding day too. I think these two must have all the luck in the world. We went to a local small town, and bridge. I have been here before, and wanted to try some new things, and angles with this shoot, as well as a first look. My hubby flew the drone, and we got some beautiful water shots. He is so talented at what he does, and I really do love working with him, and doing something creative together. Ill add the video to the end of this post if you want to see it! Congrats you two! 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 29 Jun 2018 02:30:00 GMT
Kadee + Josh Engagements Get ready for picture overload. I couldn't get enough of these two. I met Josh a few years ago at our local church. I met Kadee when she applied for my senior spokemodel program the very first year I did it. I instantly really liked both of them. Josh was a funny. He played basketball, was smart, and HE HAD A MULLET....:) He claims it was a team basketball thing, but to this day I still make fun of him for it. Kadee also played basketball, and was one of the most driven, genuine, highschoolers I had met. They both served LDS missions, and then started seriously dating... each other. It is so similar to my own love story in a lot of ways, that it makes me super sentimental about them. Their first date was when they were 16. These two are the type that make you laugh and ahhhhh at the same time. They make each other smile, and laugh, and the way he looks at her is so cute. You can literally feel the love:) We started at his families house on their lake, and ended at her families farm. It was a perfect night, a little muddy, but perfect. Since it was so muddy, he literally carried her all over the place. It made for some great fun candid moments. Can't wait to share their wedding I shot last weekend soon! 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 26 Jun 2018 02:15:00 GMT
Callie + Kirk- Mountain Love These two! I met callie about 4 years ago, when she was my senior spokesmodel for my senior rep program. She was one of my favorite seniors I ever photographed and I was SO excited when she contacted me about her wedding. She is such a kind and thoughtful person. We hiked to the top of a local hill for the formal photos. She changed into her dress up there, which was an adventure of it's own. Minus a tick, and a few snags on bushes the shoot went really well. My hubby flew our drone, and we got some really cool footage of them. I'll post the video at the end of this post. 




(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 22 Jun 2018 01:30:00 GMT
Ricky + Jackie Engagements These two were so cute together. Have you ever met a couple that was just so into each other that everything they did was cute? That was them. They were always snuggling, and being so sweet. Made my job easy. I met Jackie about 5 years ago when she was a senior in High School. I taught her dance classes for a year, and it was so fun to see her grow up. I can't wait for their wedding in a few months!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:25:39 GMT
Hungerford Family This family had me laughing the whole time. This mom lives in my little town, and is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I don't post very many families, but these ones made me happy.


(Amanda Conley Photography) Thu, 31 May 2018 01:45:00 GMT
Jenn + Derrick's Snowy Wedding + Engagements This wedding was for a good friend. I met Jenn actually several years ago. She was a martial instructor, and was actually my first sensei:) She introduced me to Tae kwon do, and I fell in love. (currently a black / red belt. One away from black belt.) We went to bear lake for the engagements, and it was the most beautiful summer day. 

The wedding happened in the dead of winter, and they toughed it out and even took some outside photos, which turned out to be a blizzard! Jenn is so thoughtful, and when I showed up to their wedding she was still not ready, and was actually doing someone else's hair and makeup even when hers wasn't done. This speaks volumes about her I think. I am so blessed I got to be apart of their small intimate ceremony. Derrick her husband just enlisted for the army. I wish them all the best on a long, hard, and honorable road ahead!




(Amanda Conley Photography) Thu, 17 May 2018 01:30:00 GMT
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
Naomi Seniors Finally got around to blogging this awesome girls fall senior session. Isn't her dog so cool. I was excited when she wanted something a little different for her session. Between the dog, rock climbing, and ukulele, it was a fun time. I had the best time, with her, and have loved getting to know her more over the last year. Sad she will be leaving so soon, but excited for her to experience college just the same! Good luck Naomi!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:30:51 GMT
Fairy Shoot This fun shoot came about, after mom wanted to do something magical with her daughter. After a few hours of setting up my living room was transformed into a fairy sanctuary, and we just had the best time. The only downside was I ripped paint off my ceiling trying to get the plants I taped up there off. Now to patch, patch, patch... Check out the fairy goodness below!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:25:27 GMT
2017 Shoot and Share Contest- What I learned & my favorites  So these last few months, I entered the 2017 Shoot and share contest. I heard about it last year, and missed the deadline, and was so bummed. I entered in time this last year. Although I didn't place in the top 20 in any of the categories, I feel that this whole experience was so great. After you enter up to 50 photos, it is opened to public, anonymous, voting. While voting I did see a few of my images, and some friends would screen shot mine when they saw them and send them my way. Other than that, I had no idea how I was doing throughout the eliminating. There was around 325,000 photos enter from around the globe! I had no idea when I entered this that it was so big. While voting, I saw so many wonderful artists works, and it made me want to be better. It made me want to push myself this year. It opened my eyes to how much talent there is out there. I think it is easy to get caught up in our own bubbles, with what we as artists are doing.

To see what is going on in the world around us as artists, not only pushes us to be better, but makes us appreciate more. Don't get me wrong it is easy while doing this to compare. It is easy to feel defeated, down, and not good enough. I have often times looked at other artists work, and although I admire it, it makes me feel like my own work can't compare, and I start to doubt. I heard a quote recently that is not a new quote, and has been around forever, but it really did resonate with me. 

" Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt 

 When we compare our work in a negative way, we let ourselves think on this downward spiral. Where there should be joy in looking at someone else's work and what they were able to create or inspire with, that comparison becomes jealousy, and ultimately yields no joy. I tried to remember this when participating in this contest, and viewing other artists work. I found myself feeling more inspired than I have in forever. It prompted and challenged me to view things differently while doing my own work, try new angles, locations, editing, everything. I feel like I have this constant struggle between staying true to my brand and feeling in images, and trying new different things. I have come to the conclusion that my brand doesn't have to be defined by one color editing choice, or styling choice. I don't want to be a one trick pony. I want to create art that evokes emotion, love, dreams, fears, real life, and lives we could have never imagined. So my work may change over the years, it may not, but one thing will be constant... I will create based on my inspirations, and passion..... Because I think without passion we are not pushing ourselves to be better daily. I want to be always moving forwards.....

Ok enough deep rambling...... I thought I would share a few of my personal favorites of other peoples work from the contest. Some of them won, and some didn't, but these are a few of the ones that left me in awe.. I have gone and followed these amazing artists work and if you want to be inspired I encourage you to do the same!!!!


So many amazing photos right?!?! and this is just a handful. It is humbling to say the least.


Ok, ok, I will let you know how I did now.....I was pleasantly surprised with some of my placings, and am so grateful for this whole experience. They had 12 rounds, and eliminated photos between each round. I know this will sound cheesy, but I really do feel like I have won, because I gained so much from this contest, and feel like I have grown as an artist. 37 of the 50 I submitted placed in the top 30% or higher. Check out the details below. I am looking forward to next year. Thank you to everyone who put it on!



(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:57:36 GMT
Trendy & True 2017 This is my third year working with Trendy and True dresses. I just love Keshia, the owner, so much. She always makes the girls and myself feel so loved and appreciated. Keshia started this company a few years ago in her house! She worked her way up and now has a store in Pocatello Idaho. She offers modest dress options for baptism, formals, choirs, and bridesmaids. She works hard, and it shows. She puts 110 % into what she does, and it is that passion that I admire so much. Not everyone you meet and work with is so passionate, or driven. It is refreshing when you find someone that is, and it makes you want to work hard for them, and bring their vision to life. If you are interested in learning more about her here is her website:

or you can visit in person at:

387 Yellowstone Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83201


You can also see a video from our shoot below:


(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:20:48 GMT
Jenn Theater Headshots Jenn met with me because she needed some up to date headshots for upcoming theater auditions. I had so much fun going around our little town and getting some fun fresh shots for her. Check out her gorgeous face below:)


Jenn met with me because she needed some up to date headshots for upcoming theater auditions. I had so much fun going around our little town and getting some fun fresh shots for her. Check out her gorgeous face below:)

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:06:10 GMT
Graham Wedding I realized I never blogged this beautiful wedding I got to be apart of last year. They are just some of my favorite people, and it was such a treat to be apart of their big day. They got married at the Salt Lake temple, and then had their reception here in Soda the next day. I was able to have my good friend Valeria come and second shoot with me, and it was so fun to spend the day with her laughing, and enjoying ourselves. It was a day for the books for sure. Beautiful weather, and an even more beautiful couple. Congrats Danielle and Jasen!!




I realized I never blogged this beautiful wedding I got to be apart of last year. They are just some of my favorite people, and it was such a treat to be apart of their big day. They got married at the Salt Lake temple, and then had their reception here in Soda the next day. I was able to have my good friend Valeria come and second shoot with me, and it was so fun to spend the day with her laughing, and enjoying ourselves. It was a day for the books for sure. Beautiful weather, and an even more beautiful couple. Congrats Danielle and Jasen!!



(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:01:03 GMT
Nate Newborns Baby Nate was such a dream to work with. She came a little early, and was so small and adorable. She slept most of the session, and if she wasn't asleep it didn't seem to matter. She was just as happy being awake. We got a great combination of really girly shots, and some fun pops of color. It was a treat since I got to do big brothers newborns too. Love this little growing family!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:15:39 GMT
Ally Seniors This senior! She is so fierce! I had a great time at a few local spots with her. She is laid back, and knows what she wants. She is graduating this spring, and ready to take on the world! Check out her beautiful session below!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:09:06 GMT
Cheyenne Seniors This girl!!!! She is model material I tell you what! When did seniors start looking like this? We went to a local park, and captured some fall colors, and then headed back to the studio for some prom dress shots. I had so much fun with this sweet girl. Lookout for her in the future, she is sure to go far!!!! I can't wait to have her model for me!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:01:51 GMT
Cady Seniors This gorgeous girl is one of my senior spokesmodels. I was so lucky to get to work with her this year. She is fun, outgoing, sweet, driven, and smart. We got to go out to her family property for the shoot, and I couldn't be more thrilled about it. She had so many great ideas, and the session was magical. It was on the verge of a major storm the entire time, but we never got rained on. At one point we were in the eye of the storm , with lightening and thunder all around us. We were in an open field, and a whole herd of horses just came over, and nuzzled right up. Although they are their horses, they run wild on the property.... I will admit I got a little teary at it all. It was just one of the moments in nature that made you feel grateful, and in awe to be alive.... Check out Cady's beautiful face below.


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:56:45 GMT
Alexa Seniors I just love working with this beautiful red head. She is one of the senior spokesmodels for me this year, and it has been a blast to work with her. She  of the hardest working teens I know. She works, and plays multiple sports. She also teaches my little one dance, which of course just is the cherry on top. I have a soft spot for dance as you probably know. Check out her fun session below! I will be sad to see Alexa go, but I know that she is going to do some pretty amazing things with her life. 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:48:55 GMT
Twelve Days Of Christmas- A series


This was a really fun personal project I did this last Christmas. I wanted to do a 12 days of Christmas shoot, but wanted to take my own personal approach to it. I also wanted to incorporate a giveaway with each days photo. I have been really dying to do some more Rococo stuff lately. SO..... I decided to do the ' Twelve Days of Christmas - Rococo Style.' I arranged two models, and did the shots over 2 different nights. We shot 6 looks a night, and I couldn't be more excited with how it all turned out. Most of the work on these photos was done it photoshop. A lot of this choice was because the twelve days of Christmas involved a lot of live animals, and things that I either couldn't fit (or didn't want) in my studio, or did have access to.... So I used a lot of stock images, but I think it worked out in the end. I used a corner of my studio that has a large blank wall framed by two sets of long paneled curtains. I wanted to catch the curtain rods, and the crown molding in the shot because I felt like it went with the Rococo theme well. I only edited one photo from each look as that was all I really had time for to post for each day, but I look forward to editing more from each look in the future. I will include a few before and afters, and  soon a editing video I am working on. Thank you to everyone who joined in on this fun series. It was a labor of love, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I made / put together all of the costumes, wigs, and did the makeup.

To see them on instagram check out my account: amandaconleyphoto. You can also search hashtags: #amandaconleyphoto, #twelvedaysofrococo #tweveldaysofchristmasacp, #amandaconleyphotography.


Becca Ruiz!!!

So without further ado.... The 12 days of Christmas----

1.) A partridge in a Pear tree-

I got this brown dress for 3$ at a local thrift store!!!!  I made the wig for my most recent marie Therese shoot, I added a little spray of pears, and a bird.... See the before photo right below it. I had my husband hold the bird above her head, and removed what I needed in photoshop later. 

Model: Kate White

Partridge: Supplied by my husband:) He shot it last hunting season... 

Snow overlay:



2.) Two Turtle Doves

Model: kate White

Dress- remade from the Marie Therese Shoot...

Doves, chandelier, and wall molding- stock overlays

See the before and after below the photo....

Before and After:

3.) Three French Hens

Model: Kate White

Dress: I made it a few years ago, and added a coat over the top I found at a thrift store. I also found the shoes for 1$ at a thrift store.

Wig: I made it out of white hair wefts, and some cotton.

Chickens, chandelier, and wall decor: Stock overlays

before and After:



4.) Four Calling Birds-

Model: Kate White

Dress: I made it last year and was waiting to use it for a shoot.

Wig: made out of white hair wefts and cotton.

necklace: found at thrift store and painted it.....

Snow overlay:

added feathers one by one over the top of snow...

I borrowed the bird cage and small birds from a neighbor. The other birds are stock images.

before and after:


5.) Five Golden Rings

Model: Becca Lau

Wig: amazon

Flower in hair: I made it from a thrift store shirt

Rings: 5 gold arm bangles I bobby pinned into her wig.

Dress: I found for $3 at a thrift store. Wrapped it with a downeast dress, and then topped with a gold jacket I also you guessed it, found at a thrift store. 

Wall decor, chandelier: stock overlays

Before and After:


6.) Six Geese a laying

Model: Kate White

Dress: A pink thrift store find, with and Ikea curtain bobby pinned to add ruffles. 

Wig: made out of cotton, batting, and white hair wefts. I pinned in a pearl necklace. 

Collar: A ruffled skirt I turned inside out and pulled over her head....

molding: a stock overlay

Geese: My husbands hunting decoys.

Eggs: an easter decoration....

snow overlays:

Before and After:

7.) Seven swans a swimming

Model: Becca Lau

I couldn't fit 7 in, so I did one.... A LOT OF hand painting happened in photoshop on this image to create texture and shadow on the swan. 

Dress: is a top over a white dress I sewed 3 years ago. 

Wig: Made of cotton, and batting. Pinned in pearls.

Bifold collar: A paper stick in curtain window cover from family dollar

Snow Overlay:

Swan: Stock image


Before and After:


8.) Eight maids a milking

Model: Becca Lau

Wig: Made out of cotton and batting. I bobby pinned in a vintage black necklace. I tied in a sash from another dress around her pony tail.

Dress: is actually a thrift store shirt, a underskirt from my wedding dress, and a tulle overlay I sewed last year. I think this dress is my favorite.

Cow is an overlay... obviously... and the milk was there, but I only had 2 so I had the model move them every couple of shots, and I composited them together.


Before and After:

9.) Nine Ladies Dancing

Model: Becca Lau

Dress: I sewed it 3 years ago.

Sash: a long length of tulle.

Wig: Made with cotton, and batting, placed over a white halloween wig.

Painting: vintage baroque paintings of women dancing overlaid onto dress.

Snow overlay:

Chanderlier, molding: Stock Overlays


Before and After:

10.) Ten Lords a leaping

Model: Kate White

Dress: I made it 3 years ago.

Wig: White wig wefts and cotton

Wallpaper: Stock Images

Snow Overlays:

before and after:

11.) Eleven Pipers Piping

Model: Becca Lau

Dress: I made it 3 years ago, and topped it with a gold jacket I found at a thrift store.

Wig: Made from cotton, batting, and a halloween wig. 

Chandelier, mirrors, and flutes/pipes: Stock Overlays

Before and after:

12.) Twelve Drummers Drumming

Model: Becca Lau

Dress: A green top from a thrift store, and about 8 yards of green fabric draped down the front onto the floor. 

Wig: Made from cotton, batting, and a white halloween wig.

Sash: a long piece of tulle

Collar: a paper window shade folded around neck. 

 drums: Stock Overlays

Snow Overlay:

Before and after:



(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:00:17 GMT
Shana Bridals I had a wonderful time with this bride at Bloomington lake earlier this year for her engagement shoot. We went to a friend of her's house for her bridal shoot, and this location... I wanted to live there. A barn, field, gated driveway, pillared house, a giant weeping willow, and to top it all off... a huge swing... I fell in love instantly. Check out this beautiful bride below!~


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:16:31 GMT
Jenessa Seniors This senior is so sweet. She was great to be around and we had a fun time in the beautiful fall colors. Can you say FRECKLES?!?! I just love them. She said her grandpa used to say that it looked like got a suntan through a screen door.... Never heard that one, and I love it. 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:09:42 GMT
Maryanne Seniors This senior had me smiling from the start of the session till the end. She really is a ray of sunshine, and is so much fun to be around. We went to a local town that has tons of abandoned barns, and a really neat suspension bridge. After this we headed back to the studio and did some fun gatsby themed shots. This maroon dress was her homecoming dress believe it or not. This girls has got some style.... I tell you what. She also made this headpiece for the shoot!!! She just had all of the materials for it lying at home?!?!?! Check out this fun girl below! She can light up ANY Room, and her energy is contagious. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:07:09 GMT
Addison Headshots Loved taking some headshots for Addison. She was a natural and movement was her thing... Check her out below.... Future model in the making!!!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:56:22 GMT
Shani Seniors- A girl and her Truck This SENIOR>>>>

We ended up booking two mini sessions instead of one big session. I loved this approach because it allowed us to capture more than one season of colors in her photos. Her family lives in this amazing little cove of a place in Idaho here. They have a farm, and TONS of land around them. We went up into the forest and shot some in the trees. She said she just goes for walks through these woods, and takes in the nature around her. What a wonderful treat her own backyard!!!! I think about all of these wonderful worlds I get the chance to step into when I meet new clients, and this was one of the little worlds I just wanted to stop and take in. The second location was around a little private lake farther up on the property. She prepared a boat, that was THE PERFECT color, and she just looked like the front of a book cover. 

As if it couldn't get ANY BETTER>.... She brought this amazing truck to her shoot. This truck has a very special story. She and her dad built this truck together from scratch! They found pieces here and there and old parts, and made them new. I saw this truck parked at the restaurant by my house for months, and just googled at it over and over. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. Then I found out that it was her's and that she helped build it?!?! I couldn't think of a better story. I just loved everything about this session, and everything about this sweet senior. Thank you Shani for letting me be apart of it all. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:44:56 GMT
Kelli Seniors This sweet senior blew my mind. I grew up knowing her mom in Oregon. When her mom contacted me a year ago asking when I was coming to Oregon next to photograph, I was so flattered. Since I didn't have a trip planned anytime soon, she told me she would have to find another photographer....( mind you this was before I was available for travel... haha) Anyways, about a month before summer was over she asked if I still had spots open, and that she would make the trip from Oregon to have me photograph her daughter..... First off I was BLOWN away. I have NEVER had such a session, or compliment. They came up and we ended up shooting over 2 different days, and got some fun shots in some unexpected locations. Kelli, the senior, and I are kindred spirits, and really share a love of sarcasm, and dark humor. It was so refreshing, and I had so much fun. It is definetly on of my most memorable senior sessions. 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:26:56 GMT
Keston Baptism I shot these photos in less than 20 minutes! It was a fast session because this little guy WORKED IT OUT. This little stud just turned 8, and is cuter than ever!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:21:25 GMT
Graham Formal Session This was my first time shooting on the Salt lake temple grounds, and it was so lovely. It was on a warm summers day, and the light couldn't have been prettier. There was a lot of people around, which is expected, but did make the editing a little tricky... Lets just say that these photos may look like they had the whole place to themselves, but it was packed... Another thing we were not planning on was that the temple grounds were closed for cleaning. We couldn't get any closer than the gate. We had planned to shoot all around the doors etc, so shorten time on the actual temple day. So we improvised, and got some really unexpected and beautiful lighting and shots. I had never done a first look before the actual wedding day, and it was so sweet to see this grooms reaction. I can't wait to share their wedding day with you soon!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:19:22 GMT
Miller Mermaids This shoot! When their mom contacted me about it I was excited right away. She wanted to redo her girls' room in a mermaid theme. She wrote back and forth me about if for a few months. We talked colors, and location and everything in between. She bought these fun bright tails online in the girl's favorite colors. I found a perfect little cove on a friends property in town that resembled the perfect little blue lagoon. I found and bought some seashells and made a few headpieces for them to wear. A few smoke bombs later and the shoot was a success. The girls had so much fun splashing around in the water, and the light couldn't have been more beautiful peaking over the edge of the cove. I can't wait to see their room all finished with these photos hanging in there. These girls surprised me and were naturals in front of the camera. The older sister, really surprised me when she told me that she had been practicing in front of the mirror for the shoot! She just killed it!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:13:47 GMT
Mckinzi Seniors- What can't this girl do? This sweet senior spends her summers in Soda Springs, and her winters in Arizona. Her parents go back and forth, and so does she. So I was so happy when she was here this last summer, and asked me to take her senior photos. She came PREPARED.... This girl can do it all. Seriously. She brought a harp, and played for me during the session. It was heavenly. Sitting above a stream on a little bridge with such a large and beautiful instrument, and her in a gorgeous gown was just the session I needed during this busy time. We also spent time in some sun soaked fields, as she twirled in some cute outfits, and her prom dress. We finished the night at the tennis courts and I caught some actions shots of her playing. Towards the end of the session we were starting to run out of light faster than I thought we were going to. So..... we pulled her car around to the side of the tennis court gates, and I shot with the car headlights behind her, and they turned out to be some of my favorite shots. Check out her session below... I tell ya.... This is one of the most talented seniors I have photographed! Enjoy!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:48:11 GMT
Graham Engagement

I just loved working with this couple. I shot engagements, a formal session, and their wedding this summer. We had amazing sunny weather, which I can def. admit I am missing during this blizzard. We went to the forest just outside of town, and found a little grove of aspen trees too. They even carved in their initials into the aspen tree.... I love it. They are so sweet and perfect together. Check out their fun session below, and look out for their other sessions coming to the blog soon!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:30:20 GMT
Erickson Newborns Finally getting back on the blogging train now that I have finally caught up from the craziest time of the year for photographers. This is a sweet little newborn I session I had earlier this year. Mom brought all fresh blooms to the session, and I just was just in love. We cut a few blossom branches from the tree in my backyard as well, and the colors were so fresh together. Seriously who looks like this after having a baby though? Am I right?!?! Anyways, enjoy this sweet little bundle and her loving parents!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:21:10 GMT
Isis Headshots This was an impromptu shoot on a Sunday evening awhile ago. This gorgeous girl modeled for me a few times on a variety of shoots. She got a casting call at a local model agency and needed some head shots. OF COURSE I jumped at the chance. She provided the wardrobe and we had some fun. We even got creative towards the end with a water bottle and some close ups:) Enjoy!

Model: Isis Rodriguez

and some black and white:)

(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:28:49 GMT
Shana+Casey Engagements at Bloomington Lake

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:39:46 GMT
Gibson Family

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:37:50 GMT
Armstrong Newborns- Baby Liv

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:34:38 GMT
Salazar Wedding Shenanigans

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:33:56 GMT
Senior Spokesmodel 2017 Love working with these two beautiful girls. I can't wait for their own senior sessions coming up soon! Hit one of them up to get $40 off your senior session! I only have one spot left!


Models: Alexa White & Cady Franson


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:22:19 GMT
Belle, Cruella, Esmerelda and all one model.... This shoot! It was so much fun. I have been getting more and more clients asking me for something more creative based lately. It has been a dream come true. When I started photography 4 years ago, I began shooting everything. I just was hungry for more knowledge. I wanted to learn it ALL. As time went on I learned a lot about myself as an artist, and realized that the sessions that brought me the most joy where the styled creative shoots like this one. I went to college with Jessi. We danced together, and worked on some great dance projects together. It has been 5 years since college.... whew I said it out loud. haha. It is crazy to think it was that long ago. I miss dancing A LOT> So when Jessi contacted me about doing a creative shoot, it really got me excited. I haven't seen a lot of my dance friends in so long, it was nice to catch up. She has always wanted to work for Disney. It was her dream to be belle at Disneyland. Did you know Disney has height requirements to be a character in DisneyLand? Crazy right? but they do. Jessi and I both share vertically challenged problems and I could sympathize all too well. I am usually the only photographer walking around weddings with a step ladder.... It is either that or always shooting up the nose. 

So when she couldn't work at Disney, she made her own dreams come true. I just loved that about this shoot. She didn't let a little thing like that set her back, and she took it into her own hands, and crossed off an item from her bucket list. 

She found all the costumes, wigs, and accessories for these shots. I was so shocked how well it all came together. We shot all of these 3 characters at the same location. We found a place called The Old Rock Church in Utah. It had so much versatility, and they people there were great to work with. We started indoors, and used the reception area for the staircase, and the brides room. The natural light was so nice, but I brought a flash too. Then we moved outside for the Esmerelda and Cruella shots. It was fun to work some composites in later in photoshop, and make the images really come to life. Check her out below!:


Model: Jessi Comoletti


(Amanda Conley Photography) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:07:25 GMT
Waiting for Nightfall The idea behind this set is that this statue comes alive at night. She dances around the garden taking in it's beauty. At night the garden is hers, and she alone watches over it, and protects it. When the sun rises again in the morning, she is frozen back into a statue in whatever pose or place she is in. She is always waiting for nightfall.


Model: Amy gunter Lolofie

clay molding/ dress: Amanda Conley

We put clay right onto her skin and hair for this shoot. She was such a trooper and went with this crazy idea. Luckily she said it washed right out. Whew! I have worked with Amy a few times now, and I just love working with her. She is a dancer, and everything she does is so effortless and natural. 

It was published in Issue 6 of Conceptual Magazine! Check it out below:


Conceptual Magazine 6th issue- 5 pg. spreadConceptual Magazine 6th issue- 5 pg. spreadA 5 page spread in conceptual magazine, with my Waiting for Nightfall fine art series.

(Amanda Conley Photography) Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:32:51 GMT
Disco Diva Title: Disco Diva

Model: Isis Rodriguez

Hair/ makeup / wardrobe styling : Amanda Conley

Featured in : Wild Heart Magazine with a 12 page spread, and interview.

Special thank you to Deleta Skating Rink

This shoot was so much fun. I have worked with this model before and I would love to work with her again. She makes it so effortless. She is a natural in front of the camera, and only 18 years old. I wanted to do a fashion shoot. A fashion shoot with heavy 70's influence and vintage vibes. The roller rink was so wonderful to work with and let us come in before the skating hours started and use any of the space we wanted. They put on lights, and music and the works. We had such a wonderful time. I got it published in Wild heart Magazine, and have included some photos not even included in the spread. 

I thought of doing this shoot after doing visiting the roller rink in a local town. I fell in love with the atmosphere and vintage vibes in the building. All of the skates are straight out of the 70's or 80's, and so is a lot of the decor. I was just dying to do a roller disco shoot after spending an afternoon there. I knew this model would bring the look I wanted and I started looking for the perfect outfits. Some I already owned in my costume stash, because I hoard collect costumes :) I actually ordered a few items online for the shoot that showed up too late for the shoot, and a few that showed up completely wrong for the shoot. I originally ordered a blue afro. It was pastel blue. I wanted a disco diva. I thought that some huge hoops, her dark complexion, and a large afro would be magic. After trying the afro on her, it was all wrong and almost laughable. So instead we went with her natural hair. I used rollers, and rag ties the night before to get perfect tight curls. The next day, I tossed them a bit, and added some volume. I applied some diva tones of purple, and glitter to her eyes, and contoured her face to the max. She is already flawless, and has the most amazing bone structure. 

So yes, this sequin top is mine. I have had it since high school, and have used it SO many times for costumes over the years. Sad enough it was in my thrift store pile several times, and I yanked it out time after time. I pulled it out of the pile for this shoot, and i'll admit it is never going back to the pile. I kinda love it. It was a vintage store find over 10 years ago....( yes I have been out of high school that long haha. :)

The red shorts are actually hers, and are so perfect for this look. I ordered some blue ones, that showed up too late, and I am actually happy they were late, because these ones are so much better. I just love the little scalloped edge on the bottom.

I tried some fun new stuff at this shoot, and shot through a triangular prism. It created some interesting reflections, and flares. I loved using it. All of the flares you see in these photos are done with the prism. 

I felt like this dress fit the tones of her hair. I found it at goodwill for $6. I like the vintage vibes it had with these skates... oh these skates. 

This blue romper, is actually a dress I found at goodwill. I cut off a longer pink layer it had, and sewed it into a short romper. 

Here is the magazine feature in Wild Heart Magazine. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:49:10 GMT
Callie Basketball  

This was a mini session we did with my senior spokesmodel. She was HUGE into basketball, and was the star of her team. She is going on to play for Big Bend! Congrats Callie. You are BEAUTIFUL inside and out. 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:16:07 GMT
Marie Therese This was a fun creative shoot as part of my descendants series. This last year I started a daughters project series. I am conceptualizing and creating shoots based around mythical, or not well known daughters of well know characters and people. I have shot the daughter or Medusa, the sandman, and now Marie Antoinette. Her name is Marie Therese. She is the only one of the 4 children that made it to adulthood. She was left orphaned, after both parents where killed. The other siblings died at young ages of tuberculosis. She lived a hard life, in exile, but married into a royal family and became a duchess later. She was never accepted by the people of France and led a life of hardships. I wanted to show that although she had a hard life she still held her head high. She achieved the title of Queen of France in 1830, although it only lasted 20 min, and she returned to a life of exile. She died at the age of 72. This editorial was based around this idea and the style of the dress was influenced by the life led by Marie Antoinette.

Callie, my model,  was my 2015-2016 Senior Spokesmodel. I love working with her and I just knew she would be perfect for this shoot. My sister found the dress for me at a thrift store in Oregon for $10!!! I know (gasp) right?!?! It had long sleeves and the lace on the sleeves was severely aged and yellowing. I cut the sleeves off not only did it fit her so much better, but it made it a little more timeless, and didn't set an age on it like I felt the sleeves did. I then bought a TON of flowers and painted them all a dusty rose colored pink. I used regular acrylic paint, watered it down and put in it my airbrush gun. After spraying over 120 flowers, I hand sewed them onto the dress one by one. 

The wig came about after A LOT of research. I forgot to take BTS photos of the making of it, but it started with a cheap yellow blonde Halloween wig. I un-stitched the entire thing one row at a time. I glued a styrofoam ball on top of the plain wig cap I now had. I hot glued a ton of cotton batting around the styrofoam ball. I then took the straight blonde wig pieces I unstitched and began gluing on small strips at a time, being sure to tame fly-aways with hair glue. I had some white looking yarn stuff in my crafting stuff I thought I would try and use over the blonde pieces to shape it and give it more of a defined look. I made a ton of curls with it and glued it all on. My hands were killing me about halfway through.... yep it was not yarn but fiberglass. Yep... I is smart. So after I had the whole thing glued and 'finished' including flowers, and even spray paint to mix colors in the wig,  I tore it all apart and restarted.  I bought some individual wig wefts on Amazon in white. They were naturally curly and it helped with the look I wanted. After tearing it all apart, I glued on the white wefts and let the curls fall naturally. I then only placed flowers in one spot on the side of the wig. I embeded a video of more BTS below that shows how I put the wig on Callie's head, and got the roots to look natural ( because that is her roots :) and sprayed it to match... I didn't show it but the brand of skin and hair paint I use is Mehron. It is a theater paint, and is AMAZING. Dries flat, and quick with no stick. It is also water resistant to sweat etc. I am in love with it, and now own every color :)

I found the wicker chair on a local online yard sale page, and sprayed it gold. I stuck flowers through the holes, and voila!

I was so fortunate to work with The Backdrop Co. for this shoot. I loved this floral backdrop and it just fit perfect with the whole theme. 

The Ivy is peeled right on the brick in front of my house. I was so lucky to be featured on the cover and in the pages of Cynical Fashion's most recent magazine. See the cover of the issue on the bottom of this post. I can't wait to submit some of these images at the fair this summer!




Cynical Fashion Magazine Cover & FeatureCynical Fashion Magazine Cover & FeatureCover image and feature in Cynical Fashion Magazine.



(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:07:33 GMT
I'm Blue I had some fun doing a late night self portrait the other night. I went with a blue theme. I wanted to name it ' daba -dee- daba - die ' but maybe a lot wouldn't get my dorky references. I literally grew up with that song, and it just played in my head the entire photoshoot :) Anyways it was fun to do..and cheap. I got the cellophane for .99 cents in the easter section and just moved it everywhere. I also got to play with some new silver airbrush makeup I got.


(Amanda Conley Photography) Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:57:19 GMT
Armstrong Maternity Here are my favorites from the latest maternity session I had. These two where so calm and easy to work with. I will be photographing their new little girl this next week. Can't wait to meet her!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 04 May 2016 05:14:55 GMT
Metamorphosis of Medusa Here is a shoot I have been waiting awhile to share. A lot of work went into the pre-production for the shoot. For those who are new to the blog I thought I would introduce myself a little bit, and explain the idea behind this concept. 

I live to create. I grew up creating from a very young age, being influenced by nature, fashion, and a very artistically talented mother. I explored mediums such as drawing, painting, pottery, sewing, choreography, and dance. All of these things eventually led me to the path I am currently on.

After graduating with a degree in Dance Choreography, I started a family and found my time limited. I needed to create to feel like myself. I picked up a camera 3 years ago and I haven’t put it down. I started taking anything that came in the door. Although this was great practice, I quickly learned it wasn’t for me. I limited what sessions I took with my business, and began focusing on creating more artistic shoots. The inspiration comes from many places such as; quotes, songs, books, myths, nature, fables, or even things as small as color. I have an idea journal that I am constantly filling the pages of, pouring out the ideas before the next one fills my mind. I plan out everything before I even start executing the shoot. I think of costuming, makeup, hair, model, location, framing, editing, etc. I write all of these things down, and write down or attach anything I feel will help or relate to the idea.

This particular idea came about after thinking about how we really only hear one side of the story for many mythical creatures. Medusa in this case, is always portrayed as a horrible monster destroying anyone in her path. I couldn’t help but wonder how she got this way. After researching I learned she was only turned to a monster after being caught having a love affair with the brother of Athena (the goddess of war.) I decided maybe there should be more to the story, besides anger. Here is story I came up with:

Medusa, became pregnant from this affair. She was then sent away by Athena to a remote island to live out her life as a monster. She grew more pregnant, and more alone. Although she was sad to be sent away she held onto the hope that this child she carried was the last piece of her love she would ever have. She delivered in the cave, alone, and upon looking at her child for the first time, it turned to stone. After realizing the extent of her curse she went through all of the stages of grief. She would forever be alone. She killed her own child. After some time she emerged from the cave, and decided that if this was to be her destiny, there was no use fighting it anymore. She gave into the monster letting it consume her. At this point I put in snake contacts to try to show that transition, as well as a wardrobe change. She decided that if this was her life, she was going to be good at it.

I made this entire costume. I made the headdress and necklace. I used hoses, and painted each one for the snakes. Later we brought in real snakes into the studio to have her hold and move around.

Overall, photography is not just a job for me. It is a passion. An art form. A way to tell my stories. I am a storyteller and an artist. This model is amazing and I really enjoyed working with her.

Model: Holli Bunderson

Makeup/ costuming: Amanda Conley

Snakes: Oliver Bunderson


(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:41:52 GMT
Monochrome Circus Publication Here is the full spread of Cirque de Monochrome for Wild Heart Magazine. We also got the back cover! I took these photos back in October and was so excited to finally get them published and out there! Credits below:


Models: Brooklynn Mooney and Morgan Boyer

Hair: Michelle Smith Stoddard

MUA: Brooklynn Mooney and Amanda Conley

Stylists/ concept: Shelbie Goff and Amanda Conley



Here is the full spread in the magazine! I am so blessed to work with such talented people!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:05:55 GMT
Little Lumberjack Colt Here is colt. He was a little sick this day, but was such a trooper. His mom is a nurse at the local hospital, and is seriously my idol. She is so fun, and so great with her kids. She and her hubby have this farm, and tons of cute little animals to play with. We went to it, and played around in the barn with the baby lambs. I was instantly hooked. I can't wait to share the mini sessions we just did with baby lambs as well! Till then hopefully this little stud will tie you over. 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:59:57 GMT
Hannah+ Anthony Engagements plus little Maria I had a great time with this fun couple and their little one. We met in Lava and walked around the city for a little bit, and got some fun shots. It was pretty cloudy this day and I LOVED IT. It made it perfect for a snowy villa look on some of these photos. Little Maria kept us on our feet, and was a hoot to photograph. I just finished photographing their wedding this last weekend, and I cannot wait to share more from it. The venue was TO DIE FOR...Stay tuned. 


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:55:37 GMT
Mattson Kids I took Corrine's Senior mini's last fall. At that time mom asked me to do another session after the snow arrived. She is big into snowboarding, and wanting some outdoor photos with her board. We drove a little ways outside of town, and braved the cold. Although the sun was shining, the wind was def. at it's strongest this day. We ended up doing some of each of the other kids and a few group shots as well. These guys are all so stinkin' photogenic! They made my job easy. Corrine, the red head was ambitious and wanted to do some barefoot prom dress shots. Then she asked to lay down in the snow! I love it when clients are not afraid to get down and make a photo happen! Check out this fun group below!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:46:56 GMT
Jessica + Justin Engagements I met these two last summer while taking his family photos. They had just gotten engaged, and asked me to do be apart of their engagements. Almost a year later here we are! I loved the sun coming through the trees on this wintery day, and it was one of the few warmer days we had that week. We laughed, and fell in the deep snow parts a few times on accident. Check out their sun kissed kisses below ;)


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:37:45 GMT
Tavi Newborns This little was so fun to work with. She was so little, and didn't fuss much. I love to get my baby snuggles in during newborn sessions. I also love it when mom is ok with blue on a baby girl:) Check out the squishy cuteness below!



(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:33:22 GMT
Dawson Cake Smash Here is Dawson's cake smash! He just turned one. I have never had a kid love their cake smash cake as much as he did. He sat there and ate this cake smash cake for almost 30 minutes straight. He was a hoot to have in the studio, and just the happiest kid EVER.

Cake: Georgia Brown

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 04 Mar 2016 07:24:13 GMT
Love Potion No.9 This was a concept shoot I recently shot before valentines day. The concept was ' Love Potion No. 9' I wanted to portray a woman who embodied a certain purity but still was alluring. Isis was the perfect model for this, and gave me 100 %. I ended up buying the perfume at a local drugstore. I was not concerned with the color of the perfume, or even what it smelled like. (Thank goodness because it smelled cheap and awful.) I picked the perfume based on ONLY the look of the bottle and lid. I knew I would be using a studio strobe, and wanted a bottle that would reflect the light in interesting ways. We kept the dress simple, and a flower headdress for the shoot with pink and white tones. I had fun playing with some light pink tulle and some colored gels for different lighting effects. I bought huge peonies and roses, and used them to create some depth behind and in front of the model. Overall I wanted a girly, light look, with an underlying mysterious story.


You can see an editing video of one of these images on my youtube channel here:




(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 04 Mar 2016 07:18:02 GMT
Trendy and True- new dress line This was my second time working with Trendy and True dresses. I met the owner in college during a clogging class. We were in a group and made up a AWESOME spice girls routine. I was so thrilled to work years later. She rents out these dresses for prom and other formal events. All of her dresses are so fun and fit a variety of sizes with the lace up backs. She even offers tux rentals now. Check out the gorgeous models and gorgeous dresses below:


(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:59:30 GMT
Brystol Turns 2! This was a quick shoot for a friend. I have taken little Brystol's photos since she was just a few days old. I love seeing little ones grow. We planned on doing a studio shoot, but she was just not having it. So we opted to go outside, and snapped a few in my front yard, and then went to a nearby park to finish. It was cold, and mom pulled out some crazy stunts to get these laughs. Nothing like a few candy hearts, and mom acting like a crazy person behind me to pull out the happy:) It was a good time..... and mom ALWAYS has her dressed SO cute... 

(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:50:48 GMT
Sherbert This shoot was shot this last month for Sheeba Magazine. The month's theme was 'Make-me up' So I came up with a theme of bright colors centered around Sherbert ice cream. I bought a few different flavors of ice cream, some sprinkles, and pink cellophane. We played around and had a great time. I shot on white seamless paper, and used photoshop later to change the neutral tones more purple and dreamy. The cellophane was .99 in the Easter department and I had such a great time playing around with different looks. The ice cream wasn't melting fast enough for me, and I ended up using a blow dryer on warm to melt it down her arm and face faster. This model was a DREAM to work with. She didn't complain once when I melted ice cream all over, and threw sprinkles at her face. You can purchase your own copy of the magazine here:

There are so many talented artists in this issue, and I am thrilled to be apart of it! See the full  page spread at the end of the post!

Model: Kat McCullough

Makeup/ hair/ concept: Amanda Conley






(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:44:31 GMT
Mediterranean Dance shoot These photos have been a long time coming. I finally got them all edited, and I am so excited to finally share them here. I met Amy over 2 years ago. I photographed her engagement photos, and went on to also photograph her bridals, and wedding. She is a dancer at BYU, and is on the contemporary dance company. When I heard that she was going to be in town for a few days, I knew we had to put something together. I had a dress, and new I wanted something mediterranean looking. She pulled off the look flawlessly, and I love the way the head piece, and accessories I made turned out. I realized that I really love photographing dancers. There is something about catching the movement that adds so much life to the photo naturally. Having majored in dance myself, it feels like completing a circle within myself. Photography is my current artistic medium, but being able to photography the other prominent artistic part of me feels amazing. 

We had the most amazing light during this session, and Amy even hopped in the water at the end. It was a perfect night, and I look forward to working with Amy again.


Model/ hair/ makeup: Amy Gunter Lolofie

Concept/ stylist/ photographer: Amanda Conley 



(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:10:27 GMT
Jasmin + Corey Engagements Just finished up this couples engagement session. We took a few shots with their kids, and then spent the rest of the session on them. It was FREEZING! I mean COLD COLD. The kids were such troopers and gave us some great shots. We drove to the mountains just outside of town, and the snow the night before made for the perfect backdrop on the trees. I can't wait to shoot their wedding in April!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:00:00 GMT
Daesha + Andrew I had such a great time in Logan with this couple. It was snowing so slow and softly this day. We met in Logan canyon, and walked all over. They brought a motorcycle towards the end of the session we snapped a few of them on it. It was a little cold, but you wouldn't have known it with this couple. They were up for anything, even a snowball fight. Check out the session below to see this cute couple!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:43:45 GMT
Slumber Shoot title: 'Slumber'
Model: Isis Rodriguez
 This is my portrayal of the Sandman's daughter, named Slumber. After years of working to bring sweet dreams to the children of the world, the Elderly Sandman had to eventually forfeit his responsibilities. Having only one child, a girl, the duty fell upon her. 
The headdress was inspired by tribal and fashion influences. Comprised of mostly dream catchers, Slumber uses the Headdress to remove the fears and nightmares, by catching them in the dream catchers. She then replaces any nightmares with sweet dreams by sprinkling sand on the sleeping child. She travels from place to place where she is needed, by dissolving into sand, and re-composing as a figure at each new place.
Making this headdress, and collar was a long process, and was made from items I had lying around the house. I took a few behind the scenes photos I will include here. I am a craft hoarder  person who likes to keep craft items on hand. The beads and lace where all items I already had. I knew I wanted it to have a tribal feel, and be all white. I didn't have all white items, so I used what I had in every color imaginable, and painted it all white later. I wanted it to be all white, because I wanted the focus to be on the model, the texture, and intricacies of the outfit. The airbrush makeup I applied was done using a lace stencil, and by fading an ombre down her face. I found some great skin and body paint HERE.
I bought a white wig online as well as some white sand. I knew these things would be the finishing touches to give the shoot the feeling I wanted. I am pleased with the way it all turned out, and am already working on my next big styled shoot. It took me about 2 months to finish everything for this shoot, and I expect it to be the same for the next shoot. I submitted this session to Conceptual Magazine about a month ago. I was thrilled to be accepted, and even more thrilled to find I was given the cover photo spot. This issue of the magazine is HUGE! 172 pages of fashion, inspiration, and truely talented artists. I am so blessed to be among them. To purchase your own copy of the magazine follow this link:
Enjoy the session below! Please feel free to ask any questions you have about the shoot, or my process.
A close up of the airbrush makeup detail on the arms...

Here is the magazine cover!
Conceptual Magazine Cover & FeatureConceptual Magazine Cover & FeatureI was given the cover of Conceptual Magazine, as well as a editorial feature, and an artist feature. Here is the necklace/collar before I painted it. As you can see, not so pretty. I knew what I wanted it to look like, and that vision kept me going. Each bead was hand sewn onto a piece of grey felt. Once I was done with it, I painted it all with flat white spray paint. I then sewed on ribbon so that it could be worn. I tried to choose beads that had interesting shapes, or texture. At first I wanted it to be symmetrical but soon threw that idea out, and just filled spaces.
Here is the finished painted costume together. I made the base of the headdress from paper mache, and molded a base for the main dream catcher. I hand made the dream catchers on the headdress. I made the circles from thick wire, and wrapped them in yarn before weaving the actual middle part. The 'fur' is actually a thick yarn that I pulled apart, and brushed out. I glued it in in small clumps all around the base. The dreadlocks, braids, and dangling beads where done individually. 
(Amanda Conley Photography) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:24:58 GMT
Hansen Family This great family met me in Pocatello to capture their photos. Lisa, the mom is also a photographer in the Southeast Idaho area. We decided to trade family photo sessions and i am so glad we did. I did feel bad though I have to admit. Her family was a dream to work with and the kids were easier than easy... Mine on the other hand not so much. Although they were generally happy they were SO hyper. Check out this amazing family below!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:08:55 GMT
Rodriguez Family I have worked with this family a few times now. The first time I took their photos, their littlest one was just born. I took a dance class in college with Keshia. We had some fun playing spice girls in this dance, and to reunite with her later in our lives is such a treat. Keshia owns a local prom dress rental store in Pocatello. I can't wait until our next shoot in the beg. of next year for her newest dress additions. She really does do it all! Check out her adorable family below. Her kids are to die for!!!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:01:15 GMT
Callie Seniors I thought today may be a good day to share all of Callie's senior photos, because it is her birthday! Callie is my 2015 senior spokesmodel. I feel so blessed to have her representing my brand and to have her on my team. We drove out to a little town outside of Soda Springs for these photos. The weather was beautiful, and windy. We had to dodge a few cow pies in the place we were shooting but I think it was well worth it. Let me know if you think so too!!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:55:12 GMT
Barker Family It was a very cold morning, but these guys were troopers. This cute family had me laughing the whole time. I love it when I get the chance to take friends photos. These friends are dear to me, and I love their kids as if they were my own. Some of these photos were taken in the spring when all of the flowers had just bloomed. We took these ones this fall, and my friend is now pregnant and expecting her next baby. I can't wait to meet this new baby girl! Check out their cuteness below!


(Amanda Conley Photography) Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:46:14 GMT
Kaycie Bridals I just adore this bride. She is a glam and no diva. She has such an amazing sense of style. I just loved this champaign colored wedding dress. You don't get to see that very often and she rocked it. Her Betsy Johnson shoes just about killed me. I would imagine that they would be killing her to literally to wear, but she just walked in them like she was born to, through fields, and leaves. The colors for this session couldn't have been more perfect. She came very prepared with this awesome red chair, and red rose crown. I just loved everything about this session... especially how she could hear a turkey during the session, and proceeded to call it. She is a big time hunter, and her now husband and her go all the time together. Towards the end of the session her family member brought out this motorcycle, and although we were not prepared for it, she had some fun on it! Brace yourself, she is SWOON worthy!

(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:40:00 GMT
Caylee Seniors We had a beautiful day taking Caylee's senior photos. I would describe her as fun, photogenic, and happy. She came totally prepared for each look, and had all the accessories a girl could ask for. She rocked this session! The camera just loves her.


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:24:27 GMT
Kathrine +Jason Formal Session I had the opportunity to be apart of this gorgeous couples wedding day. We started early, in the dark before the sun came up. It had been sunny all week, but this morning we got a little rain. We decided to make the most of it, and use an off camera flash to try and capture the rain. They were such troopers even though they were freezing and wet. The light finally came up, and we had the most gorgeous fog all morning long. We started at the brides family cabin. I just loved the look of the fir trees, and how they surrounded them. We then met up with the rest of the family and took some fun group shots to remember who celebrated with them on their day. The location was a first for me, and was  friend of their family's. There were 4-5 beautiful ponds with huge willow trees dipping into the water. We even got brave and put them in a canoe in the water! We finished and they left to go get married. I had a wonderful day, and this couple is to die for! Check it out-


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:17:02 GMT
Madaline Seniors It's that time of year again, and I just love all of these senior sessions I get to do. Madaline is cool and laid back. Our session was full of laughs and laying in the oddest places, because she was up for it. We had beautiful light and this was one of the last warmer days we had this year. We ended the session in the studio and got some fun shots in her prom dress. My little ones kept talking about how there was a princess in our house. They were pretty star struck. She is a beauty, and that beauty is definitely not just on the outside. 




(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:07:33 GMT
Wyatt Seniors I love senior pictures. They are my favorite. I don't get to shoot very many guys, so I was extra excited for this session. It was a crazy windy day, and during the session we were literally in the eye of the storm. It was lightening and rain all around us, and we stayed dry. It made for some awesome clouds and a great sunset. It was nice to have every type of sky in one session and was one for the books.


(Amanda Conley Photography) Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:58:37 GMT
Devry- aka most unique bride ever... Meet Devry... AKA the most unique bride I have had the opportunity to shoot yet! She has such a different look and style, and it really allowed us to try out some new things. The first location we shot at was an abandoned house just outside of town. We added some cobwebs and bam... haunted :) She referred to it as the teeth house. I never noticed it until she pointed it out, but it really does look like this house has teeth. A real life monster house..

Next we went to the local cemetery in town and shot there. I love our cemetery. There are a lot of mature trees, and the light hits it just perfect at sunset. We got a crazy sunset the night of this shoot, and I didn't add any sky into these images. Everything there is real!  We had fun with props, graves, birds, and even a little smoke.

She came all decked out in her platform boots, and even had a touch of black added to her wedding dress. She recently just got married on Halloween too! We really got creative in some of these shots and I had a great time. She was unsure about being in front of the camera at first but as I think you will see, she is a natural.