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That picture perfect Christmas card can be one tempting reason. Capturing the real moments, the good and the hard and the crazy. You’ll be able to look back on your seemingly mundane and messy routine one day and find it beautiful, along with the fleeting moments of your kids as they grow and evolve. You and your loved ones are ever-changing, and capturing them in the moments you are able will never be a regret.

These aren’t just for the traditional, nuclear family. Get family photos with your chosen family, with your grandparents, get couples photos OF your grandparents. There is no one size fits all family, isn't that wonderful? So let's celebrate a new year, a birthday or anniversary, a new pet or a pet who won't be around much longer.  

Why do we take family photos?

The Stanyon Family

somehow we gave Amy a teething, cranky baby and she gave us magic yet again.

The Kenna Family

“The amount that our family loves Amy would far exceed the character limit to write a proper review. She is INCREDIBLY talented and beyond the sweetest human being of all time. She has photographed our family on 3 separate occasions and every time has given us amazing memories and has captured SUCH special moments. If you want someone who will document your love, emotions, and joy - far beyond just perfectly posed portraits - look no further. We couldn’t be happier that we found Amy and are very much looking forward to having her photograph our family again and again over the years.”

Look no further.

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The Barrington Family

Amy is an incredibly talented, kind hearted, and authentic photographer. Our journey with Amy Ellis Photography started in 2015 when she photographed our mountain top engagement session ahead of our wedding the next year. She’s photographed my dog, my son as a newborn and toddler, and every step of the way she blows our expectations out of the water. Her edits are beautiful, delivery is timely, and I always look forward to catching up with her during our sessions! 

Your lifelong moment preserver!

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The Lawing Family

Amy is just simply the best. She has been our family photographer for a couple of years now and she is outstanding! She is so comfortable to work with and she always delivers such beautiful photos. She’s sweet and calm and somehow always gets my boys to cooperate for pictures. Highly recommend for any photography!

Amy is just simply the best.

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kind words from past clients

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Family sessions start at $500 for a 60-90 minute session. These sessions can take place at home or another meaningful locations. 

I also offer mini sessions in the spring and fall for those kiddos who only want to hang for 15 minutes. Reach out below to book a full session or get on my mini email list.

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While I think a bunch of kids running around in the rain would be SO MUCH FUN, I understand if that's not the vibe your's going for. If rain or other tough weather is in the forecast, I'll either call or email you to reschedule a time, or to see if mud puddles is the desired environment.

What happens if it rains?

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Picking out outfits that go together for a whole family can be tough! I also believe that if everyone doesn't match perfectly but it makes the kids happier, the best move is to go with happier kids. The moments are more important than the outfits.

I put together an extensive outfit suggestion guide with tips for every member of the family. You'll receive this when you officially book with me.

What should we wear?

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Within 2 months is best! Weekends are booked up with weddings in the spring and fall, so it's good to claim my tighter family availability as soon as you can.

To reserve your date, I'll need a contract as well as a 25% deposit. And if something comes up and you need to change your date, just let me know!

How far in advance should we book?

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That's ok! The craziest kids often end up with the best photos in my opinion! Let's let them be free and capture who they are. My goal is to always get at least the shot of everyone looking and smiling, but I think the photos of kids being kids are the most memorable.

I recommend a longer session (not a mini) for super active kids that run around. It gives them time to be comfortable, get to know me, and take breaks without the camera there. Let's plan activities they enjoy whether at home or outside to reflect what you do as a family and to keep them happy. 

My kids are CRAZY.


frequently asked

It's time to sign up for spring mini session! These 15 minute sessions are perfect for families, couples or you and your doggo. I'm currently offering these sessions in April, may, and june in charlotte, raleigh, and chapel hill. click the link below to see how you can sign up.

It's Mini Session season!

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