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Ever since the crazy fires that broke out a few months ago near our home we have been eyeing the burned areas and thought they might make for a sweet backdrop for a photo shoot. Also, my fabulous sister Nicole DeAnne has been nudging me to schedule a fun little session with her and her husband, so we thought we would put those burned areas to use before the green started to grow back.

Many of our followers may recognize Nicole DeAnne because we feature her quite frequently on the blog. She has worked with about 75% of our brides making them look uber fabulous with her hair and make-up magic-ness! Let me just say how fun it is to have my sweet sister (and best friend) working with me in the wedding industry, we both have such a passion for weddings and enjoy every moment of making sure that everyone of our clients look the best that they can!

We wanted this shoot with Nicole DeAnne and Jeffrey to have a high fashion feel so we included a wide array of colors to contrast with the black burned background, we thought it turned out great!

The first image and its my favorite!!!
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This one is Nicole's favorite shot of the day!!! I think Jeffrey looks HOT!
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amelialyon said:
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM! SERIOUSLY GUYS... ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME! I AM SOOOOOOOO EXCITED TO SHOW EVERYONE THESE! YOU TWO ARE SO WONDERFUL! SUCH AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHERS. I LOVE WORKING WITH YOU GUYS. YOU ARE WAYYY TOO GOOD TO ME! YAYYYY! THANKS FOR THE PICTURES & FOR ALWAYS BEING OUR BEST FRIENDS! WE LOVE YOU... AND WE LOVE THE PICTURES! THANKS!
(02.15.09 06:53 PM)
haley lamb said:
wow! incredible shots and beautiful sister!
(02.15.09 07:08 PM)
Millie said:
Amazing. I love them all. My favorite is with the radial blur on their faces. Very Artistic. Plus her hair rocks!
(02.15.09 07:58 PM)
Lyndzee of EP said:
WOOOHOOO!!!!!! Oh my goodness. Nicole looks like a porcilain doll and Jeff looks so handsome. Such fun shots and I of course just love the way they turned out. Such a bangin HOT couple!!!!
(02.15.09 08:00 PM)
morgan roof said:
Amelia, these are soo beautiful! What a wonderful location, you are brilliant!
(02.15.09 08:10 PM)
Rog said:
What is this? What is going on here? Who are these people? I want some answers! I'll tell you one thing...Jeff and Nicole are the best things that area has seen in a long time. My fav is the one at the top, the next one down and then the next one again and then the one following that and then the one just below that one and then then next 3 or 4 under that one and all the rest down to the very last one....in no particular order. Kindred, you are a sexy MO-FO! Nicole, your skin is effing flawless! Amelia and Justin...I like you guys.
(02.15.09 08:25 PM)
Kate said:
that shot of them under the tree is wicked. they have amazing style--i especially love her hair & lipstick!!
(02.15.09 08:27 PM)
Abra said:
Kick butt. Great images. Good use of your time being stuck in traffic. ;) Thank you for the late night eye candy (it's 12:02 am over here).
(02.15.09 09:02 PM)
jacob said:
these are great. if you dont mind me asking, what was the recipe for these shots?
(02.15.09 09:05 PM)
gretchen k. said:
I love everything about this session! what a rad location and amazing images!!! blown away!
(02.15.09 09:38 PM)
Candice Lanning said:
I would have to agree that Nicole ROCKS doing hair and makeup...I was SO SO SO pleased when she did mine back in October...and the compliments about her work has NOT stopped coming! :)
(02.16.09 04:50 AM)
john waire said:
diggin the portrait shot w/the big tree (file _012). schweet session. hope you guys are enjoying WPPI.
(02.16.09 05:24 AM)
Kathleen said:
I love it!! The burnt branches are AMAZING!! And the way the light is reflecting off them is so intense! I love how about half way through the shoot Nicole got soot on her jeans and looks all dirtied up! Such a brilliant shoot! Great work, yet again!
(02.16.09 06:34 AM)
Terra Dawn said:
Amelia, your work is definitely something to look up to!! I always get excited when I see a post from you in my RSS feed, and you certainly didn't dissapoint this time. Beautiful, beautiful work!!! Your sister is so lovely too!!
(02.16.09 07:34 AM)
Neale James said:
BEST couple shoot I have seen for a long long long time! Loved it guys. From a massive fan in England. x
(02.16.09 07:41 AM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Love these! Love their style!
(02.16.09 09:36 AM)
Kara said:
Love, love, LOVE the vertical shot with the tree. Gorgeous!
(02.16.09 09:52 AM)
sandie said:
wowsers! these are too hot! i love your sister!!!! you are such a cool lady mrs. lyon!
(02.16.09 04:08 PM)
Julie Mixon said:
These colors are great. I love the combinations of the warm reds and the cool shadows...fun stuff, enjoying it!
(02.16.09 05:04 PM)
jesi haack said:
oh man, you were right, these trees made an amazing background! and nicole looks super hot! I LOVE the magenta lipstick...i just met her last week and she is the sweetest! these pics are amazing.
(02.16.09 08:35 PM)
Whitney said:
La la la love it. Brilliant. Bitchin. Rad. And I forgot about Nicole and Jeff. I like them. Jeff is cool and Nicole is funny. They would make a great lookin baby.
(02.16.09 09:24 PM)
Emily said:
SPANKIN' HOT!! That's all there is to say...
(02.16.09 11:07 PM)
nancy said:
WOW! These shots are so amazing and the location is off the hook! Nicole!!! You look so FIERCE!! i love the whole look and can't choose a favorite! :) i am so jealous of you that you can pull off any hair color and have a sister as rad and talented as Amelia!!! xoxo!
(02.17.09 03:02 AM)
JL_DESIGNS said:
okay i officially ADORE nicole deeann!!! she is SO AMAZING at what she does and i am going to refer her to everyone i know!! :)
(02.17.09 10:25 AM)
Anna-Rina said:
Every single time I check out your blog, I'm inspired by your pictures and how you view things differently. Love, love this latest set of pictures as well and yes, the location is awesome too! Thanks for sharing :)
(02.17.09 10:41 AM)
Sundee said:
My goodness! I just vomited a little in my mouth...these pictures are so disgustingly beautiful! And nicole looks like an F---ing model! You guys make me sick. :)
(02.17.09 11:23 AM)
Teresa said:
I have been eyeing your photography for awhile now and I'm just...in love with it. I'm nowhere near marriage at this point, but when I am, you'll be the only photog I'll call.
(02.17.09 11:25 AM)
Brian said:
All these are amazing! I love the colors and tones that you guys brought out. Beautiful.
(02.17.09 01:36 PM)
Navy Sou said:
What a FABULOUS location!!!!!
(02.17.09 07:10 PM)
Tonya Peterson said:
These are so amazing Amelia! I am so envious that you get to work with your sister! I bet they were filthy by the time you were finished shooting in all that black! I love it
(02.18.09 07:34 AM)
geri said:
your images are AMAZAZAZAZING! i adore your style/coloring. wow.
(02.18.09 09:07 AM)
Ashley said:
What can I say, you all are amazing! I think that being artistic and fashion conscious just runs in your family! Fabulous work as always...you're making ME want more photos too!
(02.18.09 11:44 AM)
Michelle Moore said:
What a CUTE couple and FUN location! I love the 5th & 6th images, those are my definite FAVS! :)
(02.18.09 01:11 PM)
bobbi said:
ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS AMAZINGNESS?! The colors, the lighting, the compositions.... PERFECTION!
(02.18.09 03:25 PM)
evelyn eslava said:
OMG. yes, these are amazing! your so good with engagements. awesome location. great style. love them!
(02.18.09 09:29 PM)
Jen Slot said:
amazingly awesome.
(02.18.09 09:35 PM)
Debbie S said:
These are AWESOME!
(02.19.09 05:19 AM)
Heather Cole said:
These are OFF THE CHAIN! The colors are AMAZING!! So good to finally meet you in person this week. You are as beautiful in person as you are on your blog. :) Hugs.
(02.19.09 08:31 PM)
Gedas said:
wooooow! amazing! what type of lenses do you use for this session ? Gedas
(02.20.09 12:44 AM)
katie hatch said:
Amelia! I love these! Would love to hear from you--I ask Scott how you're doing every once in awhile. This photoshoot turned out great! You're so talented :)
(02.20.09 08:07 AM)
Daniel said:
Love the color scheme and the personality in the last shot makes me smile on the inside
(02.20.09 12:07 PM)
~abi~ said:
these are incredible!!!
(02.20.09 01:35 PM)
Michele B said:
Wowzer! You guys outdid yourselves! You sis and her hubby looks fabulous. Also love the location you used. Very original!
(02.20.09 01:55 PM)
J@KE said:
I don't know how else to say this but.... You inspire me! Thank you for being so good at what you do.... :-)
(02.21.09 01:14 AM)
Michelle Moore said:
Wow, I guess I was so excited about these images I forgot to read that this is your SISTER!!! SOOOOOOOO awesome!!! I'm totally in love :) You are the best, and it was SO fun meeting you in Vegas!!!! I can't wait to see you guys again SOON!! ;)
(02.21.09 11:33 AM)
leah said:
wow i love them!! there where fires in our area and the shots we got from there where awesome!
(02.21.09 06:34 PM)
Augusta said:
I love those hills! What a great location!
(02.21.09 07:05 PM)
Mese Ugapo said:
SON OF A B***H. Mad, insane, stupid dope skills is what we have on display here. My goodness woman. Have you guys sold your souls to the devil in exchange for these incredible abilities? Nicole and Jeff look amazing, seriously. You're wonderful. We love you.
(02.22.09 12:16 AM)
cristen + w. scott chester said:
it was great seeing you + justin in vegas at wppi! if we both ever decide to leave the photo world, we can go into the homeopathic biz together and maybe teach yoga classes and juice the crazy out of everything! ha! okay, now onto these amazing images...i am convinced that EVERYONE in your family was born with the gorgeous gene!!! your sister + her husband look HOT! oh, and she happens to have the best middle name ever...deanne is my middle name, too.
(02.23.09 01:28 AM)
sarah rhoads said:
sooo awesome. Your sis is just as beautiful, stylish, funky and fun as you are!! it is too much goodness for one family! beautiful beautiful Amelia! They are fantastic
(02.23.09 01:16 PM)
jackieblair said:
freakin amazing.
(02.24.09 10:36 AM)
heather saunders said:
holy hats!!!! this is surreally breathtaking! you amaze me everytime, genius!
(02.25.09 08:35 PM)
Beth Morgan said:
These are sooooo delicious. I'm in LOVE with them. The color, the lighting, the emotion. DEEEEELIIIISH!
(02.26.09 08:54 PM)
Brittany said:
i love these images!! the subdued over cast color looks so great with the bright colored wardrobe! I love her hair & color!!! so cute!
(03.03.09 12:45 PM)
JL_DESIGNS said:
why is nicole one of the cutest things i know?! seriously!! and those trees are ridiculously killer...what a fab shoot!
(03.04.09 01:13 AM)
vanessa H said:
what a great shoot!! I really like your style!! I am so adding you to my blog list!! Beautiful!! CONGRATS!!! Vanessa
(03.04.09 02:46 PM)
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A few weeks ago the Sloan family was in town for a visit and they asked us to shoot a few family portraits of them...we have been dying to do this since the arrival of their sweet little Paisley. The last time we took photos of the Sloan's was when Maddux was just a little baby, you can see those photos by visiting their website and going to their "about Sloan Photographers" section. I can't believe how time has flown by! I had Matt choose the location, they were staying in Anaheim close to Disneyland and found an entrance to the canal right off of the 57 freeway, Matt thought it would be the perfect place for the sitting.

Many of our readers may already know this, but Matt and Justin have been best friends for over 13 years! It is so fun see our families grow together and it's even more fun when we get to see eachother! We friggin' LOVE the Sloan family!
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My favorite shot of the day!
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I think the smirk on Maddux's face is priceless!
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Hudson, "Mommy, Maddux is my best friend! He's my best friend Mommy!"
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Rog said:
COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT, -----COMMENT, COMMENT, -------COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT, Yes! I think i was the first one to comment. comment. comment.
(02.05.09 11:06 PM)
Abra said:
OH WOW! These are really amazing. It's funny, since I follow them on twitter I feel like I can really see their personality that much more so in the pictures. Wonderful job in capturing what seems to be the essence of who they are. :) What an attractive family.
(02.05.09 11:25 PM)
nate kaiser said:
AWWWWWWWWW!!! well at least you had a good reason to be late to jasper's party ;) guys, these are amazing!!! can't wait for us to trade sessions SOOOOOOON!!!!
(02.05.09 11:34 PM)
Michelle Moore said:
AWESOME!!! That is one good lookin' family!! So rocking you guys!!! I love the third from the bottom of just Angie & Matt, they are soooo adorable together!! :D
(02.05.09 11:39 PM)
kelly said:
these are gorgeous! i love the processing :)
(02.05.09 11:55 PM)
sandie said:
super cute! They are super super cute! I have to say I love that adorable little Hud of yours! how cute is he with his Best Friend! My fave shot is little Paisley standing between Matts feet! oh and the HOTT angie/matt shot on the wall! you rock.. when's my turn for you make my family look this good!
(02.06.09 12:00 AM)
Trisha said:
those kids have the most beautiful eyes! and the last picture is priceless. love your work!
(02.06.09 12:24 AM)
lindsey said:
These have so much life in them! Beautiful.
(02.06.09 12:27 AM)
denise bovee said:
that little paisley is killing me! shes always smiling!! :) These are adorable!! got me thinking how I need some family pics! I think we only have one picture with all four of us in it!
(02.06.09 12:57 AM)
Peter said:
i'm always fascinated with your processing! what type of actions are you running for that creamy vintage look? so so cool.
(02.06.09 01:43 AM)
Kristin said:
What super fun and sweet family pics!!! They are going to absolutely love them :) You really captured their personalities!
(02.06.09 06:31 AM)
gretchen k. said:
Those pictures are awesome! love them all!! =)
(02.06.09 06:55 AM)
erin said:
What amazing pictures! (And an adorable family)
(02.06.09 06:57 AM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Yay Sloan Family! So cute!
(02.06.09 06:58 AM)
~abi~ said:
i love the one of paisley standing, but really the whole session is just freakin' incredibly cool!!!
(02.06.09 06:59 AM)
Liz said:
hudson and maddox are sweetness.
(02.06.09 07:05 AM)
carrie@urbanbaby said:
OMG!! i love all of these amelia - they're awesome!! angie, you are beyond gorgeous. cutest family ever.
(02.06.09 07:41 AM)
matt sloan said:
HOLY COW! i think i love you guys even more! these are so perfect! You guys are just too talented! Thank you for taking our photos! You guys are not only BFF's but scholars!
(02.06.09 08:26 AM)
Jamie Croft said:
Matt sent a twit out about these photos. I must say they are amazing. AMAZING! I am a designer so I see a lot of photos. but I must say your work is outstanding. I am going to keep you in mind for future projects.
(02.06.09 08:40 AM)
anna said:
these are gorgeous... you captured their love perfectly in these!!
(02.06.09 08:43 AM)
ohana photographers - david & kimi said:
how cute???!!! crazy cute!!! awesome subjects, killer photographers! love it guys!
(02.06.09 08:43 AM)
Camille Elise said:
LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These photos are so gorgeous, I can't say enough how much I adore your post processing style. They all have such a dreamy touch to them. Such a great shoot :)
(02.06.09 08:45 AM)
julie said:
beautiful as always by you guys...soooo talented!
(02.06.09 08:46 AM)
matt sloan said:
OMG! my wife is beyond hot!!! these are so perfect!!! i love the Lyons even more! someday these will mean so much to Maddux and Paisley. for that, it is always so worth it!
(02.06.09 08:47 AM)
Colleen Bruening said:
I love all of them. Angie and Matt were our wedding photographers and we have had the pleasure of remaining friends ever since. It has been so fun to watch their family grow and these pictures are AMAZING!!!
(02.06.09 08:48 AM)
tara Whitney said:
oh man these are so great. love your favorite. love love. want you to shoot my fam!
(02.06.09 08:51 AM)
saundra, event engineer said:
That's it; I'm on a plane to come to Cali for you to shoot my family. Unbelievable pics and gorgeous subjects!
(02.06.09 08:57 AM)
jac said:
sooooooooooooooo adorale! such a stylish family! angie you look gorgeous in all these and paisley is just too cute for words! and maddux and matt are so handsome! just can't get enough of you guys :) these rock amelia...can't wait to schedule ours!!!
(02.06.09 09:12 AM)
jac said:
oh, and grace says: "oooooh. tell amelia these are really good. i've never seen ones like this before."
(02.06.09 09:13 AM)
Julie said:
Those pictures are awesome! Such a beautiful family.
(02.06.09 09:30 AM)
jeremy parsons said:
I friggin love the sloans. These are so beautiful.
(02.06.09 10:12 AM)
amancay said:
ugh.. fan-freakin-tabulous job!
(02.06.09 10:16 AM)
Chris said:
I can only add more to the praise already given by all of those who commented before me by saying what an incredible job you did on this shoot (and every shoot, for that matter). As Matt said, scholars indeed! Just totally awesome!
(02.06.09 10:16 AM)
Ashley Rose said:
Seriously wow! Such a stylish family :) I love love love all of these, seriously the sloans and lyons are so inspiring :)
(02.06.09 10:20 AM)
Casia Fletcher said:
Rockin as always! You need to do a post on your post-production processing & concepts! Love the plaid attire!
(02.06.09 10:21 AM)
ash: WE ARE THE PARSONS said:
OH MY GOSH, Amelia - I LOVE them, and I love the sloans!! :) It makes me miss them and you lots. I think these could possibly be my favorite family pics ever, and the pics of the two of them melt my heart - so beautiful!!!
(02.06.09 10:24 AM)
Debb said:
These are great! I love the ones under the bridge.
(02.06.09 10:46 AM)
erika verginelli said:
oh my, they are so cute together!!!! loooove the processing!!!! still using only TRA toning actions or are you using some Jesh's new colorshift too?
(02.06.09 10:47 AM)
daniel said:
AWESOME...love them...especially the first 2.
(02.06.09 10:47 AM)
Rachael Earl said:
Saweeeet! Favorite=4th from the bottom. Just gorgeous!
(02.06.09 10:59 AM)
Angie said:
So in love am I with these pictures! Thank you times Ten Million! Love these + Love you guys!
(02.06.09 11:26 AM)
bethany said:
SUPER adorableeeeee!!
(02.06.09 11:31 AM)
Nancy said:
Whoa! Ameila! You are AWESOME! I love ALL of these shots! As I scrolled down...I'd say...that's my fav..no that one is! haha You are amazing!
(02.06.09 03:28 PM)
michelle said:
wow amazing session!!! love the one of daddy's feet and the lil girl smiling! great!
(02.06.09 04:30 PM)
Kim said:
Oh wow, these photographs make me smile so much! Seriously, my cheeks are hurting!
(02.06.09 05:04 PM)
josh solar said:
Awesome images! You guys have a great connection with them and it shows in the images...they look sooooo freakin' happy together!
(02.06.09 05:29 PM)
cristen chester said:
these are fantastic images...really phenomenal...i mean, flippin' ridiculously GOOOOD! what a super cute family...and i love the ones of just angie + matt!
(02.06.09 08:12 PM)
haley lamb said:
these are awesome!! and this family has great style!
(02.07.09 07:13 AM)
kristine and ron atienza said:
awww these are so freakin' adorable!! we
(02.07.09 09:16 AM)
Kate said:
I love that one with the blue sky, and the ones of the mom & dad under the bridge! awesome work!
(02.07.09 07:09 PM)
Augusta said:
Love all of these! I don't know how you do it, but you sure do it well! You are truly an inspiration. I love your work.
(02.08.09 07:18 AM)
Carey said:
Awww! That's so great! I read both of your blogs and didn't realize that you two very talented families were best friends! Such great photos!!
(02.08.09 08:27 AM)
Yuka photo art said:
Amazing photographs!!!!!!!! Your friends are happy to have you as a friend and as a photographer!
(02.08.09 04:57 PM)
barbara ( soon to be dieppa) said:
Super Cute!!
(02.08.09 04:59 PM)
Pascal said:
Great session, I just love the atmosphere you captured.
(02.09.09 04:32 AM)
ScotWharton said:
Great shots as usual....the first one under the bridge is KILLER!
(02.09.09 11:44 AM)
Krista Meeks said:
I love these pictures!!! Matt, Ang, Maddux and Paisley you are soooooo dang cute and we love you!
(02.09.09 01:09 PM)
Jenna Lines said:
Oh my these are so flipping Perfectly adorable! I love these!
(02.09.09 01:11 PM)
Chelsea Nicole said:
GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful family - and you captured them perfected! Lovin' the tones. :)
(02.09.09 01:16 PM)
michelle pearson said:
These are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this family!
(02.09.09 09:24 PM)
Carol said:
THE BEST family photos I have EVER seen..really, EVER SEEN!!! You and they ROCK!!
(02.10.09 01:01 PM)
Annie Randall said:
Are you kidding me, You guys did a great job! Angie looks amazing!! Very cute family, thanks for the processing info above :)
(02.11.09 01:44 PM)
Kellan said:
These are tremendous. The processing is so fresh. Totally girl question, but where did she get her shirt from? I am so in love with it. The colors and ruffle, so fun!
(02.12.09 10:07 AM)
Erin Sullivan Birath said:
Amelia! Long time no see! Your little boy is so grown up! He is adorable! I hope you guys are doing great!
(02.12.09 06:00 PM)
Kelvin C. said:
am i visiting a fashion model website? the fotos are vy lovely! the 1st, 3rd are my favourites !!
(03.17.09 12:04 AM)
James Somerset said:
I love this set - these portraits are so full of life and fun. You must create a very trusting and enjoyable atmosphere during your shoot. Really lovely.
(03.06.13 10:10 AM)
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