Renita & Brandon » engaged!

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Renita and Brandon were so much fun to photograph. Their love was easy to capture, because their love is easy. The chemistry between these two practically smacks you in the face when you meet them! :)  I mean, they even made sure I captured some with their “comfy pose” they always fall into when they chill on the couch at home. And despite running into two huge group events at our various locations, they had faith that I could capture what they were looking for. But enough talk from me! Check out an extended preview of my time with Renita and Brandon:

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With much joy in my heart,

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Stella.is.ONE! » Fort Dodge, Iowa children’s photographer

If you’ve been following me for a while now you will know that I’ve had the great opportunity to photograph little Stella as she’s grown through her first year! It has been absolutely incredible to watch this little cutie blossom from a sleepy baby to a smiley, waving, camera-loving one-year-old! She celebrated her milestone with balloons and of course a cake :)  Check it out:

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Look how much she’s grown!!

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Molly & Tyler » engaged

I first met with Molly and Tyler a few weeks ago, and could tell immediately that they were kindred souls. You know that couple in the movies where the camera catches him looking at her with “the look?” Yeah, they’ve got that chemistry! Plus, they know how to have fun together, which I think is key. :)  It made for a really fun evening together, that’s for sure!  I really cannot wait to capture all the wonderful moments of their big day next year!  Without further delay, check out some beautiful frames from their sunset engagement session at Briggs Woods park!

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This was the cork from their bottle of champagne when he proposed! Did I mention they’re basically the cutest?!

Like I mentioned, I’ll be capturing their big day next summer, and I can’t wait to share all the beauty and love with you all :)

Until next time,

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The M Family » Fort Dodge, IA

This week I met up with the M family at Kennedy Park around sunset for some family photos!  They were such troopers, despite the mosquitoes. (We definitely thought the bugs would be gone after the freezing nights we had lately! But no such luck.)  Their son, Alex, recently turned 2 so we did a few shots with just him too. He brought his Thomas the train toys, and we played a little bit. He’s very imaginative…and not short on energy!  Without further ado, take a peek at some gorgeous frames from our golden hour adventure:

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Until next time,

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Priscilla » Fort Dodge Senior High

If you’ve been following me on social media lately, you know what a craptastic week I had starting last weekend. Losing two kitties, a bad car accident….it was just no good. But I’m so glad to let you all know that I had a much better weekend this week! Priscilla and her friend joined me on Saturday for her senior photos. We explored the woods at Snell-Crawford and meandered downtown Fort Dodge and just generally had a great time!

Priscilla is a senior at FDSH with a ton of creativity and joy. Seriously, her outfit choices were to DIE for. And that smile….well, you can see for yourself how sweet she is! Check out some gorgeous frames from our adventure:

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If you’re interested in booking your own senior photo experience, don’t wait! Fall is booking up SUPER fast.

»  info@amandamatildaphotography.com

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“Because Fall” Minis

If you’ve been with me for long enough, you probably know that fall/autumn is my favorite season! Since its official kickoff is during the week, I’ll be celebrating a little early with a special event.

I’ll be having an afternoon of mini sessions, “Because Fall” on Sunday, September 21st from 3 pm to 6 pm at whatever park in town has the best fall colors at the moment. (Scouting and official location to come over the weekend!)

Sessions will be $35 for up to 30 minutes, and will include a download of the finished hi-res photographs (NOTE: If you want a disc or thumb drive of your images, that will cost extra.)  Typically for that long of a session you can expect at least around 10 images.

These minis are perfect for folks looking to update their online profile photos, or get just a few photos done before investing in the full session!  BUT these minis will only take place if we have at least 4 people lined up by the 17th, so tell your friends!

To book your “Because Fall” mini session, email me at info@amandamatildaphotography.com :)

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Grieving.

I’m writing today with the heaviest of hearts. When I was little (I mean, VERY little. Think like 5ish years young) we got a kitten. Okay, we got two kittens. But one was mine, whether anyone liked it or not. I named her Chubby even though she was the runt of the litter, and even though I probably had no idea what Chubby meant. I’m pretty sure it was because I thought her cheeks were so chubby and squishable. :)

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She followed me everywhere. She slept on my bed. She listened to my elementary school troubles. She listened to my middle school drama. She followed me when I moved bedrooms. She was by my side when I was sick. When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

I sat with her through her shots, through surgery, through infections. I laid out in the lawn under the warm sun with her when her bones started to ache from kitty arthritis.

My little kid brain imagined her being like my kitty nanny. She took care of me when I felt like I had no one else to turn to. We were inseparable.

Until yesterday. Yesterday, at least 18 years after we first said hello, we said goodbye for the last time.

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Goodbye, my special girl. I will love you forever.