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About Amanda Kellogg Photography

Hi - my name is Amanda. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am also a photographer. I would love to say that I grew up loving photography, that I have done it my whole life, and I have had a single minded mission to be a professional photographer since I was six. But the reality is that it started much smaller than that. It started as a spark in 2007, when my son was born. It was a desire to capture the smile of my baby boy that grew into a passion for not only capturing my own memories, but for helping others capture special moments in their lives, too.

I really enjoy documenting those moments in places that are special to my subjects… in their home, a favorite park, the family farm, and anywhere else that brings a sense of home and feeling of enjoyment. One of the hard things about studio time at chain places is that you have just a short period of time to sit and smile and move to the next outfit or generic background. I take extra time with each of my clients to coax out more natural expressions and get to the real person. I want to capture YOU and your silly or crazy personalities - how you really are so you and your family will have cherished photographs to look back on for years to come.

Archive: ‘Families’



2013 Adams Spring Mini Sessions | Adams, Minnesota Family Photographer

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Yesterday I met up with 4 families for Spring Mini Sessions by Adams. They had been rescheduled due to the awful snow storm we got right before the original date. Ugh. It was a bit chilly, but I guess I’m just thankful there was no snow on the ground and the grass was green. :) Here’s hoping Spring is going to get here soon!

All the adorable kiddos I took pictures of yesterday totally rocked it and they turned out absolutely fabulous!

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Snow | Rochester, Minnesota Family Photographer

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

My goodness it’s been a long time since I posted on here. I really need to do a better job of updating my blog instead of posting everything on Facebook. That will be one of my goals for 2013. Did I say that last year, too? :-) Life gets too busy on me!

Anyway, you may recognize this adorable family from previous sessions. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing them several times and when they suggested a snow session – I thought, “hey, why not!” We could not have asked for better weather considering it’s January and Minnesota. The kids really did great for the 45 minutes we were out playing in the snow. This was a new location and lots of fun things to explore – and we didn’t see everything. You can bet I’ll be using this spot more often!

How adorable is this family? I say it often, but I really do love my job and the clients I photograph. :)

S Family | Southeast Minnesota Family Photographer

Monday, October 1st, 2012

It’s a bit (okay a lot) intimidating when a fellow photographer has you take pictures of their family. Emily of Emily Schnick Photography has done my family’s pictures a couple of times now and now it was my turn to test my skills on her adorable family. Her little baby is about a month old and just tiny;  I’m insanely jealous of how awesome Emily looks already. Big sister was a riot and apparently liked me tickling her because there were a couple of times she told me she wouldn’t smile unless I did it. :)   I think we got some great shots with a super adorable family.

 

Rain! | Rochester, Minnesota Family Photographer

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

This family drove from Wisconsin to get their family pictures done. Unfortunately, it started sprinkling not too long after we started the session. I think we got some really adorable shots for the very short time we had. This little girl did NOT want to smile, but I think the pictures where she isn’t smiling are just as cute (if not more cute). I love that she wanted her blankie in the pictures – and I think it’s important to include these things in pictures. It’s easy to forget the little things when they are so little and one day everyone can look back and remember how B liked to carry around a green blankie.

 

 

 

 

 

Joy | Rochester, Minnesota Family Photographer

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I’ve done several sessions with this family and every single one of them is fun. Every single member of their family is gorgeous. Don’t you agree? And if that wasn’t enough, they are super nice, too. We met up at a local park to score some family pictures. The kids have grown so much since I last saw them in the fall and it’s always a joy to see them. We had a little mishap and the poor little dude got a scrape on his head and poor older sister felt awful thinking it was her fault. After a few tears shed, we were on our way. The scrape? Nothing a little Photoshop can’t fix. :)

The images from this session all turned out great, but here are a few of my favorites.

 

 

 

Favorites from 2011 – Part 2

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Here are some more favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorites of 2011 | Southeastern Minnesota Photographer

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I’m SLOWLY getting wound down from the holiday excitement and have finally managed to get my favorites of 2011 rounded up to post. I had such a tough time narrowing them down, so there are 77 total! I’ll be posting over the course of the next week or so to get them all posted.

I know I say this ALL THE TIME, but I really have the best job as a photographer and the BEST clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party of 5 | Rochester MN Family Photographer

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

I met up with the W Family this evening at the History Museum. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot because they have such cool stuff there. This family was a lot of fun and I was super jealous of the well-behaved kids. Miss E is a total sassy pants and was striking poses for me left and right. Miss A was a cutie patootie who did great the entire session. Mr E was a ham and definitely is a daddy’s boy. He had the best smile – we just had to work a bit to get them.

Overall, the session was tons of fun! W Family, thanks for letting me capture your fun personalities! Enjoy your “sneak peek” :)

 

Love the backlighting!!

 

 

My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the craziness that is a family with 3 kids!

Book Your Fall Sessions!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I know with this beautiful weather, it’s hard to think about fall – but school is right around the corner and before you know it, we’ll be complaining about the cold and snow! It’s time to think about booking your fall session now! Spaces are limited, and I recommend contacting me today to get your session booked or at least penciled in!

And as a special boost to get you moving, I will include a $50 print credit – so a total of $350 print/product credit to be used for your $300 reservation fee. This credit can be used for any prints/products I have (including holiday cards), so contact me before September 3 to take advantage. I can be reached at 507.440.2044 or amanda@amandakelloggphotography.com.

 

And because a post isn’t a post without a picture, check out my adorable little guy. He will be 3 in December and is potentially model material. He did this pose on his own!

 

 

Making me work | Northeastern Iowa Family Photographer

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting up with this family today while they were in town for a family occasion. Mom warned me that pictures might be a trial, but holy buckets did their little guy make me work for it! Kind of reminded me of my own family pictures last year with Emily Schnick Photography when my own 2 year old didn’t want to cooperate. :)
Despite the resistance, I think we got some adorable shots! I know moms like to see the smiles – but I tend to prefer the real life looks that you know you’ll forget when they are older.
Thank you for allowing me to take your pictures. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek!

 

 

 

 

 

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