The Emerson Family: A Day At The Park

Had the privilege of enjoying a trip to the park with this lovely family last week…love the simple joys of childhood! (And parents who jump right in and play along ūüôā )

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Tiffany’s Crew: A Mommy & Me Session

This quick and quirky session was SO much fun! These kids, and their beautiful Mama, are bursting with personality…which makes my job feel even less like a job and more like an adventure ūüėČ I have so much admiration for this hard-working, fun-loving family. It was a blessing to have been asked to capture their laughter and love on camera…

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The Jenness Family: True Joy

Admittedly, I use the word joy a lot. God’s blessed with me with so much that brings me joy, including this career, that it’s hard not to. But I don’t want to cheapen this word by giving the impression that joy is the same as happiness. All of the families I’ve photographed are happy. At least, that’s what comes across in their photos…most of the time ūüėČ From personal experience, however, I know that joy is deeper than happiness. Joy is richer. Joy is worked for and chosen. Joy is not circumstantial. Joy happens in spite of our circumstances, when we dig deeper and look for the blessings, even when life is hard. Joy is not always easy to see on the surface of family life.

This family’s joy was visibly true. Tested by¬†trials that I personally know¬†brings depth to the love family members have for one another, this family’s interactions lived their joy right out loud. These kids are so sweetly beautiful and their parents led them through our time together with such gentle guidance and grace…Sweet curls, wild flowers, dirty little feet, and spinning laughter made this experience one that reminded me of life’s true¬†joys and the simple truth that,¬†though life can be hard, love makes it worthwhile.

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The Cashman Family: A Haven

Sometimes it’s hard to put it into words. The comfort¬†in knowing that, on the truly cold days, there’s warmth to come home to. When the world outside is harsh and unforgiving, family is a haven. A blessing that, if I’m honest, I sometimes take for granted. Thankfully, God reminds me of this gift every time I do my job. Behind the camera, so much goes through my mind. The day I spent with this family, all I could think of was how simple and true this family’s acceptance and compassion was for one another. From mom and dad’s patience and understanding to big brother’s helping hand down the stairs, there were so many little moments during this session that made up a bigger picture of what it means to be family. To love in the moment, for better or for worse.

Winter can often make it hard for me to be positive. But, through this career, God uses simple moments to change my perspective and, ultimately, change my heart.

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The Amlee Family: Mama’s Boys

This session was one of those that I walked away from extra thankful for the gift that is my career. I absolutely loved capturing this family just enjoying each other…snuggles, laughter, throwing leaves, and singing songs. This mama was so sweet, patient and loving with¬†her bunch of boys. I couldn’t help but smile the entire time I was hanging out with them at the park on this beautiful Autumn morning.

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My Sunshine

This is the hardest post I’ve written. Not because I can’t think of anything to say about this beautiful little girl, but because I don’t know how to say it. The words don’t come as easily with someone so close to my heart. Maybe it should be the opposite, but that’s not the way it works when I’m with her. She brings unspeakable joy. But staring at her photographs…the ache runs deep.

She was the first to make me a mama. She’s changed my life, of course, but not in the way I would’ve expected. That¬†sweet smile provoked by jokes no one else would understand, those crazy pigtails that she makes me put in every single day,¬†the pink Hello Kitty Crocs that¬†don’t match her outfit, the marker drawing of a sheep on her arm…That’s my girl! And she is the inspiration behind my Sunshine Sessions.

The struggle has been great, but so have the blessings.¬†God has shown up in the midst of this storm in ways that I never would’ve experienced living the “normal” life I once desired. This parenting journey has brought with it a kind of pain I didn’t know existed. But, at¬†the end of the day, there is a purpose behind it all. And if given the chance, I wouldn’t change her for the world.

Our story is complicated. But the truth is simple: I love her with a depth that words cannot express.

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