Lindsey contacted me a few months ago to book a portrait session with her newly married man Mike! I noticed at the bottom of her email a link to her blog, so I decided to click and suddenly, 15 minutes later, I was still looking at her beautiful work! I always get so flattered when other talented photographers contact Justin and I to schedule a portrait session. It's really humbling to shoot and provide a product for someone else that can really appreciate all of the hard work that goes into a simple portrait session.

We shot Lindsey + Mike right before Christmas in Palm Springs. We started their session out at the Viceroy Hotel and then courageously ventured out toward the desert to the windmills (I say "courageously" because the winds were INSANELY fast that day and there was all sorts of dust and debris flying around in the air, but the light and backdrop was too amazing to pass up).

I absolutely ADORED this shoot because of all the thought Lindsey put into her "look" and outfits (Mike looked dashing as well). You'll see what I mean below. Plus, to make things even better Lindsey hired Nicole DeAnne to come out for hair & was a RAD shoot, to say the least!
lm_002.jpglm_003.jpgLindsey's friend got her these amazing large head-pieces for the shoot, I was in love with each one!
lm_004.jpgThe desert and windmills! Totally worth the trip! Lindsey + Mike were troopers.
lm_005.jpgI heart this shot by Justin.
lm_006.jpgLindsey's shoes rocked out! You can't go wrong with Christian Louboutin.
lm_007.jpglm_008.jpglm_009.jpglm_010.jpglm_011.jpglm_012.jpglm_013.jpglm_014.jpglm_015.jpglm_016.jpgThe last location we found was an abandoned empty mall. It was a great place to work with, so many leading lines modern architecture.
lm_018.jpgHands down, this is my FAVORITE shot of the day!
Lindsey + Mike, thanks for having us out!
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Alison, TKB blog said:
Love the lighting, Amelia. LOVE the LIGHTING. Everyone should wear hats for shoots. Wouldn't that be great? That would be great. I'm gonna start this thing. Hats, people, wear 'em.
(02.04.10 11:08 PM)
Amanda Patrice said:
I love the windmills in the background... and the mall was such a great find! Beautiful portraits!
(02.04.10 11:16 PM)
corey said:
Man you guys rocked this session i LOVE it esp the windmill shots your stuff has always been a daily favorite of mines...
(02.04.10 11:29 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
I freaking love Justin's shot! I have a slight obsession with windswept hair! and love your favorite too.
(02.04.10 11:37 PM)
Joanna Tano said:
Love all of these images! You are so TALENTED!
(02.04.10 11:44 PM)
Mary said:
woweeee! I love this session! My fav is the one with Mike up close in the abandoned mall lot and Lindsey out of focus in the background...beautiful composition! All of these are great! bravo!
(02.05.10 12:01 AM)
Cameron Ingalls said:
can you shoot me and my wife and my baby please?! k.... thanks!
(02.05.10 12:15 AM)
Mel said:
Oh My. These are so Fresh! Love them and how you incorporated their style into a truly fun landscape~
(02.05.10 05:24 AM)
Lindseybelle said:
Wow. Amelia. Justin. These are insane. Thank you so much for your beautiful work. We LOVE LOVE LOVE all of them!!!!! You are incredible.
(02.05.10 05:47 AM)
Briony said:
wow what an amazing set of images....i love the one with the windmills in the background, her hair blowing in the breeze...epic! great job :)
(02.05.10 06:00 AM)
Jane Hasty said:
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Cat Watson said:
Wow. These are beautiful! The colors are just so soft and yummy. I love her headpiece, and her shoes:)
(02.05.10 06:35 AM)
Dognbird said:
I love what you have done with the light here, especially how you played up all the details surrounding this adorable couple. Beautiful!
(02.05.10 06:55 AM)
Amy Carson said:
Amazing shoot, I love the feeling of these images. Lindsey has great style too!
(02.05.10 07:22 AM)
yan palmer said:
sigh... you make it look so easy. what a fun and beautiful couple. soooo impressed you trekked to the windmills---i've dreamt about it but lacked the gumption, but not miss amelia lyon and co., so awesome.
(02.05.10 07:48 AM)
Katie Neal Photo said:
LOVE EM! Especially out by the windmills!!! And I love the hair pieces!!!
(02.05.10 08:25 AM)
Melissa Gartner said:
Awesome stuff Amelia & Justin!! Fabulous shoot. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink hair piece, love the color pop it gives to the photos!!
(02.05.10 08:38 AM)
Michelle Guzman said:
I love her headbands and outfits. The photos in the parking garage are so great. Wow, the dramatic lighting is amazing.
(02.05.10 08:38 AM)
Micah Cordes said:
loooove the last couple shots. great shoot!
(02.05.10 09:06 AM)
Paige said:
Oh my goodness.. i NEED you guys to have another workshop so I can come learn how you do your lighting. It is freaking amazing!!
(02.05.10 09:49 AM)
Rachel Castillero said:
This is SO AWESOME....I think I just died. Those desert shots! Beautiful work!
(02.05.10 10:24 AM)
Heather Kincaid said:
Oh- Love!! What a great couple in a great location! Love those shots with windmills... so great and inspiring. :)
(02.05.10 10:50 AM)
Chris Hunt said:
love the windmill shot. Also amazing to follow justin's updates from Haiti, our prayers are with him and those affected.
(02.05.10 11:46 AM)
denise bovee said:
love love love!
(02.05.10 05:45 PM)
matthew morgan said:
these are really pretty
(02.06.10 12:10 AM)
Stacey Malleck said:
Gorgeous. My faves are the windmill shots. Nice work!
(02.08.10 09:41 AM)
Ellena van Tonder said:
Wow, these are FANTASTIC!!!!!
(02.08.10 10:02 AM)
Rachel said:
I love the windmills in the background! Did you do a family portrait shoot there before?
(02.08.10 10:26 AM)
rog said:
you guys are still the best.
(02.08.10 09:31 PM)
amy little said:
I LOVE IT! it's crazy that everything you do is perfect. I love the shot Justin took with the little wisps of hair flying in the wind. plus your off camera flash is spectacular. nice.
(02.08.10 11:52 PM)
Sergio said:
I love this engagement session! It is very creative and passionate. Fantastic images!
(02.08.10 11:54 PM)
Kia Gregory said:
Thanks for the recommendation! Will definitely check them out.
(02.09.10 03:26 PM)
Olivia said:
What a great shoot and good looking couple! I love the lighting!
(02.10.10 07:34 PM)
Jill Ison said:
I adore your work. I never comment but man your stuff is cool! I hope my stuff is that cool someday. I think the windmills brought the comment in me out :) i just did a blog post and my last picture was of the windmills on the way home from CA. I've always thought it would be a wonderful place for a photoshoot... thought confirmed, by you! always a pleasure to check out your stuff. thanks. jill
(02.12.10 11:28 PM)
dean ray said:
WOW!!!! SWWWEEEEETTTT!!!!!! these r GREAT!!!! no.6 is to die for......... "A MOMENT IN TIME"
(02.15.10 03:56 PM)
Emily Scott said:
The light in these photos are stunning and the last few are amazing. Also, I want her SHOES. beautiful.
(02.16.10 11:42 PM)
Jennifer said:
The desert and windmills was oh so totally worth the trip! Wowsers. These are amazing.
(02.17.10 01:51 PM)
Carl Reid said:
Thanks for the pics and the recipes. My favourite pic is the side portrait of Lindsey with the off-lighting. Regards, Carl from T.O.
(02.20.10 05:36 PM)
Dognbird said:
Very romantic photos, love the tonal quality!
(02.21.10 09:02 AM)
cl sandal said:
we should help them .now they are in trouble.cheapsexyshoes
(03.09.10 06:37 PM)
manolo blahnik said:
I like these photos,they are beautiful.thanks for sharing .
(05.20.10 11:26 PM)
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I had never been to Tennessee/Mississippi until December of 2009! Justin and I were hired to fly to mid-USA to photograph the ever talented husband and wife team that make up Allison Rodgers Photography. I was very excited to meet both Allison + Jeff after hearing the fun stories from Justin when he met them at Imaging USA last year in Arizona.

The Rodgers needed their photos taken because they will soon be going on tour with PPA around the country, teaching and inspiring hundreds of other photographers along their way. I'm not going to lie, I was VERY surprised that they wanted us to photograph them and I was that much more intimidated once we got into town and toured their amazing studio. These people really know what they are doing, and it was great to see how a different studio across the country runs their photography biz. Despite my nerves, Justin and I were glad and excited to do them the honors!

Of course we had to take advantage of the the twiggy trees...I have a slight obsession with this sort of setting (maybe it's because we don't get to see much of this here in SoCal).
rodgers_002.jpgrodgers_003.jpgrodgers_004.jpgrodgers_005.jpgrodgers_006.jpgrodgers_007.jpgOne of Jeff + Allison's daughters came along for the first half of the shoot, she crept up behind me while I was shooting and was giggling because she had found a fun little key chain in their car...I thought it was pretty funny!
rodgers_008.jpgrodgers_009.jpgThis is my favorite shot of the day!
rodgers_010.jpgOh, the many sides of Allison...

rodgers_011.jpg...& Jeff!
rodgers_012.jpgrodgers_013.jpgrodgers_014.jpgWe finished the first half of our shoot with Jeff & Allison then we picked up the Rodgers' two ADORABLE daughters for a quick family sesh. PS. This would be the Rodgers 1ST family session together! Isn't that always how it goes? The photographer never gets to have their photo taken because they are always too busy shooting everyone else! I'm pretty sure I know that story well.
rodgers_015.jpgThis image makes me smile from ear to ear:)
rodgers_016.jpgrodgers_017.jpgrodgers_018.jpgThis is my second favorite shot of the day with the whole family!
Thank you to Allison & Jeff for having us out! I had a great time visiting Tennessee/Mississippi, even though it was only for a day and a half. PLUS, I got to try fried pickles for the first time and I have to say that they are delish!

We're also very excited to be new members of the highly recognized photography organization known as PPA!
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Beth Morgan said:
Oh...I adore these! The Rogers are such precious people! AMAZING job capturing them!
(01.08.10 12:01 AM)
Micah Cordes said:
wow the first pic on this is EPIC. The set is awesome!!!
(01.08.10 12:04 AM)
Wendy Hwang (Lee) said:
wow! Just wow! Beautiful! I love the lighting :) sooo talented you are
(01.08.10 02:03 AM)
Antonina Mamzenko said:
Adore these! Stunning work! I might steal a couple of ideas off you! :)
(01.08.10 05:36 AM)
Allison Rodgers said:
You guys are so awesome and we had so much fun that day!!! We were so honored that you said "yes" to flying south for this event! I have to say it feels amazing to have a family portrait finally... THANK YOU for that. We LOVE all of our images and are so excited about them being used for the tour and plastered all over our house. Thank you thank you thank you - you guys rock :)
(01.08.10 05:53 AM)
Briony said:
i love love love the hammock one....these are amazing!
(01.08.10 06:05 AM)
Kyle Vaughn said:
You Lyons are the best. The family has got to be excited about all of these!
(01.08.10 07:04 AM)
David said:
Amazing! And really nice to see some photos without a lot of sun. Brilliant.
(01.08.10 07:10 AM)
Tonya Peterson said:
Great pictures Amelia and Justin! That is always how it goes! Photographers never have family pictures taken for themselves! The ones you took of us were the first and ONLY ones we have!
(01.08.10 07:47 AM)
Kat Speyer said:
Aaaah! I love your off-camera lighting. I need to learn how to do that. Then I can die happy. :)
(01.08.10 09:41 AM)
Mel said:
Twiggy trees are the BEST! Love this shoot, everything looks effortlessly flawless as usual...
(01.08.10 10:38 AM)
Josh Rigsby said:
the last image is phenomenal! Great work.
(01.08.10 12:30 PM)
Julie said:
Wow. Those are fabulous images. Great job!
(01.08.10 12:34 PM)
eric langlois said:
holy radness!!!! i'm not worthy, i'm not worthy!
(01.08.10 05:53 PM)
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(01.09.10 06:51 AM)
Alexandra said:
Oooh I love these :) So beautiful.
(01.09.10 07:02 AM)
Josh Souder said:
Love this one! great job again...
(01.09.10 07:36 AM)
Susan Hydzik said:
Wow, these are so stunning! I love the lighting in the darker photographs! The family photos are so adorable and yet trendy... the ones in front of the fence are some of my favs ever! Beautiful, beautiful work!
(01.09.10 11:28 AM)
AmyPunky Photography said:
Gorgeous family!!
(01.10.10 02:29 AM)
Julie Parker said:
Fabulous. FABULOUS!
(01.11.10 07:30 AM)
Leah Simmers said:
These are awesome in more ways than I can say.
(01.18.10 07:35 PM)
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