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Amen Photography specializes in classic/contemporary location portrait photography in and around Reno and Lake Tahoe. We now offer WEDDING Photography, with packages catered specifically to your own personal preferences and budget. If you are interested in booking with us, please email us at amenphotography@hotmail.com or go to the 'contact us' page of the site. Check back often for updates and specials on portrait packages.




Protected: Nordhagens in 2016

Posted on December 20, 2016

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Protected: Nordhagens in 2015

Posted on December 10, 2015

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Upcoming Storybook Goodness!!!

Posted on October 8, 2015

OMG!  This blog is so sad…  I wish I can tell you that I am so on top of things, but I can’t.  I have ALL these Storybook Shoots that haven’t even seen the light of the blogosphere yet.  No worries.  I’m on it.  In the meantime, see if you can guess which ones I have up my sleeves (or should I say, ones I’m dyyyyyyiiiiiing to finish so I can show you).  🙂


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“Goldilocks” – Storybook Shoot

Posted on February 25, 2015

If I have to choose ANY kind of photography that I would LOVE to be doing forever, it would be photographing children and turning them into characters of beloved story books.  This “Goldilocks” shoot was such a fun one to put together… It’s like being a kid again and getting to play with dolls and playing dress-up.  Love love love it!!!


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Protected: The Nordhagens in 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014

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“Max” – Where The Wild Things Are – Storybook Shoot

Posted on December 13, 2013

At long last, I get to share with you another one of my special Storybook Photo Shoots.  Maurice Sendak’s classic, “Where The Wild Things Are” is one of my favorite children’s books ever.  When I was scouting around to find the perfect little boy to play “Max,” I didn’t have to look farther than my very own home.  My youngest son, Lukas, looked at me with those giant dark eyes one evening with tears streaming down his face.  “Mommy, I dreamed that monsters were chasing me!”  To calm him down, I sat him on my lap and told him that monsters were just made up creatures.  I then showed him the book, and then the lightbulb moment happened:  OMG.  He’s going to be the perfect Max!!!  And the rest is history.  🙂


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Canvas Story of Jack Vettriano’s “The Singing Butler” – Personal Project

Posted on December 10, 2013

Ever wonder what goes through your mind when you look at a beautiful painting? What’s the story behind it? Why did the artist paint it? One of my favorite paintings of all time is “The Singing Butler,” by Scottish painter Jack Vettriano. I love the simplicity of the scene — two lovebirds dancing in the middle of nowhere, with her maid and his butler keeping watch. There’s passion behind it — her bending gracefully in her beautiful red dress while he sweeps her off her feet, whispering sweet words into her ear. I’ve always wanted to visually create my own interpretation of what’s going on in the painting, and with the help of some very good friends (and awesome dancers), I was finally able to put my thoughts on the “digital drawing board.” Using Jason Mraz’ song, “I Won’t Give Up” (which I do NOT own copyrights to, so this is strictly for “personal” use), here is my first ever “Canvas Story.” (Special thanks to Laurie Perez & Nick Steuer for playing maid and butler, and to Ciara Perez and Kyle Breen for bringing Jack Vettriano’s dancing lovebirds to life.)

Check out the video here:

Jack Vettriano\’s \”The Singing Butler\” – Jason Mraz\’ \”I Won\’t Give Up\” Visual Interpretation



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Little Red Riding Hood – Storybook Session – Reno, NV Children Photographer

Posted on January 17, 2013

I am soo thrilled to present to you my first “Storybook” session of the year! It took over two months to plan for this shoot, and I prayed hard for just the right amount of snow to be able to execute it. Finally, today, in 15-degree (sub-freezing) temps, my tough little models (girl and dog) braved the cold with me to recreate the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Special thanks to my super crafty friend, Annie, for her handiwork, and to my good friend, Marie, for lending me her very well behaved husky, Chinook. 🙂


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Alyssa and Chad – Vintage 1940s Inspired Engagement Shoot | Reno, NV Engagement and Wedding Photographer

Posted on May 28, 2012

Okay, I have to admit… This was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever done. I have to credit Andee Tate of Crave Photography for her vintage-inspired shoot ideas, as well as Sammy Spencer for Alyssa’s hair and makeup, and Brent Brooks, Tom Tompkins and Cheryl Pierce for hooking me up with a classic 1940s car! The basic narrative of the shoot is a couple in a long distance relationship, getting together on a weekend and going on a picnic date at the park. Special kudos to my favorite vintage store, Junkees, for all of my props. 🙂


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Easter Egg Cake Pops!

Posted on April 6, 2012

Hello again!  You are seriously going to think that this is more of a craft blog than a photography blog, but I promise you…. if you just go to my Facebook page, you’ll see pretty much all of my most recent work.  I seem to like blogging only once in a while, and when I do, I tend to blog about some fun stuff I’ve been making with my children. 🙂

In honor of Easter (this was actually last year’s project — so the boys were all a year younger), I made these special cake pops with my boys, because I always wonder what else I can do with those plastic eggs after the boys ravenously empty out their contents after a hunt.  I had this idea of making Easter egg-shaped cake pops that look like real eggs when you open them (with the yellow yolk in the middle and everything), so I searched the web for instructions. Alas, there were none… so I had to make them up. Good thing the boys are on Spring Break!!! They did help… even just a little. 🙂

Ingredients: boxed white cake, boxed yellow cake (I bought the lemon flavor just for fun), white frosting (I made that one from scratch because I forgot to buy the canned version), Pam, candy melts, food coloring, styrofoam block, 8-inch cookie sticks, plastic Easter eggs.

First, bake the yellow cake.

Crumble the cake.

Add frosting and mix until combined (until it sticks together enough to be able to mold — do not use all the frosting or it will be too sweet).

Make balls that fit inside a plastic Easter egg with about 1/4 of an inch to spare all the way around (use the bottom – not the pointy – side of the egg for measurement).

Chill cake balls in the fridge for about an hour or until firm.

Watch 2-year-old break all the other Easter eggs.

Let 2-year-old eat chocolate inside eggs.

Make 9-year-old bake the white cake 😉 (with some assistance).

Remember, it is white because you don’t put the egg yolks in. Trust me, I learned the hard way and wasted a whole hour.

Watch 6-year-old come up with creative ways to put the broken plastic eggs back together.

Cut up the white cake.

Trim the “brown” crust off with knife.

Mix frosting. You may also use a little bit of condensed milk for that dulce de leche flavor!!! 🙂

Press the “white” mix to the sides of the bottom part of a plastic egg (make sure to use Pam so it doesn’t stick). Then, make an indentation with your thumb about the size of half the yellow cake ball you made.

Do the same to the upper half of the plastic egg.

Close the egg, twist a few times to compress everything inside, then take apart. I had to use some excess white crumbs to get rid of the connection line.
Chill your “egg” cake balls for about 30 minutes. 🙂
Divide candy melts into however many food colors you want to use. The deeper the bowl, the better for dipping.
Make sure to work fast, before the melted candy get too cool and start to harden.
Use melted candy to “glue” the cookie stick into the egg, about an inch of the way in.
Dip egg. Swirl, tap, and shake it all about and do the hokey-pokey and turn yourself around… (and pardon my 6-year-old’s dirty fingernails… He did wash his hands… but it’s still gross looking. Must cut nails.)
Dry the eggs by inserting the handles into styrofoam blocks.
Decorate with sprinkles (if you do this, you have to sprinkle while the coating is still wet), icing gels, edible glitter, etc… You can re-dip a dried egg halfway into another color, too, if you like the double-color look. 🙂
Voila!!! 🙂 Better than hardboiled eggs dipped in vinegar. 😉
AND, when they bite into them, they look like real eggs (but taste way better)!!!

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