It's that time of year again!!! Time to post all of my FAVORITE images from each portrait sitting, engagement session, and wedding!! Truly, these posts are my favorite to feature, I love going through an entire year of work looking back on what was accomplished and what I can do to keep on top of my personal game for the next upcoming year.

First up: BEST OF 2012...PORTRAITS!

Wow! What a WIRL WIND 2012 was for portraits, and what AMAZING portrait clients I had! After going through all 40 sittings I shot last year, I'm SUPER excited to show off some of these images for the FIRST time! There were so many portrait sessions that deserved to be featured, but due to time limitations I wasn't able to post everything. So here's a look at 2012, PORTRAITS!

Looking forward to all the portrait clients in store for 2013! Up next: Best of 2012....Engagements!
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Malinda said:
Love love love! Your perspective and ability to capture incredible moments is a true gift:)
(02.12.13 05:39 PM)
James said:
you've had an amazing 2012..... I really love the second to last image of the baby in black and white close up...perfect
(02.13.13 04:24 AM)
Simon said:
Beautiful work!
(02.13.13 07:04 PM)
Leah said:
You.are.amazing. I can't wait to be photographed by you! Some day....
(02.17.13 12:15 PM)
samantha said:
Love your use of lighting in the photos and the creative angles. It is always fun to look at other peoples work and see their creative eye! I also love the interaction you capture between everyone in the families and engagements!
(02.19.13 08:18 AM)
Mandy said:
*sigh* Another gorgeous photog full of SKINNY people! Just goes to show that fat people aren't beautiful, nor photogenic. They never show up on photographer's sites for advertising, and (except for one woman in the background) neither make the cut for the "favorite images" of 2012.
(02.22.13 10:38 AM)
amelialyon said:
Mandy, thank you for following my blog! I have to be honest, I am a little frustrated that you seemed to have "jumped the gun" with this comment. If you looked through all of my posts, and some particular ones lately, you'll notice that I photograph and feature people of all shapes, sizes, race, etc. All you really need is love, it doesn't matter what you look like, if there's love and I can see it through my lens, that's what makes a great image, it's the emotion. Also, in my "best of" posts I've included my favorite images from EVERY portrait session I shot in 2012, I didn't leave even one portrait session out. Also, my clients choose me, I don't choose my clients. I hope this reply finds you well, may I suggest that next time you giving others the benefit of the doubt before jumping to conclusions. Take care sweetie. -Amelia-
(02.23.13 04:33 PM)
Amanda said:
Love all the emotion and character in these images! I'll keep saving my pennies so I can fly you to Austin or I can bring my family to CA! These are fabulous!
(03.09.13 09:09 AM)
Jon Tinkler said:
Some beautiful shots of some beautiful little kids there :-)
(02.09.15 04:11 PM)
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'Tis the season for family portrait sessions! While our wedding season in Southern California has slowed down, I am busier than ever photographing sweet families with beautiful children. It really is a delight and a whirlwind right at the same time!

Also, it's always great working with the Williams family, I've photographed them many times throughout my career (along with many other families), I love watching each family grow!
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crystal blackledge said:
This is amazing! I just love seeing your work, it inspires me so much! You do such an awesome job capturing life!
(12.11.12 05:56 PM)
Malinda said:
Love love love it!!!! You're soooo talented Amelia. I can hardly stand it. I look daily to see what's new with you:)
(12.11.12 08:03 PM)
heather said:
Thank you so much Amelia!!! I LOVE these pictures of my little family. You are one talented lady and I feel so blessed to reap the benefits of you sharing that talent with others. I can't say it enough, the pictures you take of our family are truly priceless to me.
(12.11.12 10:05 PM)
Becca said:
oh how i love your work. it is a breath of fresh air and SO DANG INSPIRING! Thanks for sharing your best and inspiring me!
(12.12.12 08:00 AM)
Monica Justesen Photography said:
What a great looking family. Your work never ceases to amaze me!
(12.13.12 08:05 AM)
Jason Brown @ San Antonio Wedding Photograper said:
Really nice work, I hope I get as good as you one day. How long have you been doing this?
(12.18.12 08:44 PM)
toronto wedding photographer said:
great mood and emotions on your photos - love them!
(12.29.12 07:18 PM)
Marcos said:
Love your photography and's very unique
(12.30.12 09:26 AM)
Rob Holley said:
Great work. Are you using a tilt/shift lens?
(01.04.13 08:35 AM)
Ashraf said:
Great Photography & also nice Style r all. thanks
(01.06.13 08:39 AM)
Santa Clarita Wedding Photographer said:
Super like! Love your posts.
(01.08.13 01:04 AM)
Santa Clarita Wedding Photographers said:
Great post and blog. super Like !!
(01.11.13 10:17 PM)
Ashli said:
Ooh! The Colors! She makes me want to try red lipstick again...
(01.15.13 12:47 AM)
Graphic Clipping Path said:
Wow! what a happy family photos collection! really amazing... thanks for share
(08.02.13 09:38 AM)
Graphic Clipping Path said:
Amazing Photography I say nothing just WOOOOW !
(08.24.13 07:30 AM)
Habib said:
Beautiful family photography... Looking just awesome. Thanks for sharing
(10.04.13 02:48 AM)
Ramy Racelis @ Ramyphotography said:
Amazing set of shots! I can tell that your session relied on ambient lighting and wide open aperture. Did you use Radlab on these by any chance?
(03.09.14 10:35 AM)
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