Amanda Megan Miller Photography » Blog

Masthead header

Gorgeous Birthday Flowers

Wow, it has been a whirlwind few weeks around here and it is just going to keep rolling for the next few! It has been a whole lot of go-go-go-shoot-shoot-shoot with back to back weddings and sessions, so not much time has been spent in the office getting all that photo goodness edited and prepped for your eyes! But I have slotted almost this whole week to office days (and yoga pants with an IV drip of iced coffee) so I can get all that pretty ready to share! Keep your eyes peeled!

And, for now, here’s a peek at my incredibly gorgeous birthday flowers from my amazing spouse! (She knows that some Forget Me Knodt floral magic is the way to my heart…I mean, I’m pretty sure they could be the way to anyone’s heart!!! SOOOO amazing!) She planned the best little evening at home for my birthday, complete with a DIY pizza night with our tyke, homemade gluten free birthday cake, these floral beauties, and 29 birthday balloons, one for each year! I felt totally spoiled and so unbelievably lucky to have married someone who goes so out of their way to make me feel so special. (Thank you, my love! You’re the best!)

Indian Wedding Photographer Chicago_0217Indian Wedding Photographer Chicago_0218Indian Wedding Photographer Chicago_0219

Now, onto the hours of marathon editing sessions at the computer!!! At least, I have these pretties to fawn over while I work!

Christy Tyler - September 2, 2014 - 10:33 pm

A homemade pizza party sounds like the perfect birthday!!! I may just have to snag that idea for James and I! ;) Also – gorgeous flowers! Hope your day was FABULOUS! XOXO

Engagement: Marilyn & Kyle

Let me preface today’s post with telling you how ridiculously excited I am to photograph Marilyn & Kyle’s wedding this fall! Because, ahhhh, I loved every second of having these two in front of my camera! Firstly, they made my job beyond easy because apparently being totally adorable all of the time is totally their thing! And, secondly, they were such a blast to hang out with that I’m pretty sure their wedding can’t get here soon enough!

Chicago Wedding Photographer_0210

Click through for so much more!

View full post »

Jenn Gaudreau - August 27, 2014 - 8:14 pm

These guys are SO sweet! Amazing images, Amanda. I love the focus on the tattoos, and the night shots are just so magical!

Emmy Awards Gown Love – 2014

I have to admit busy season kept me holed up in my office all night (and it didn’t occur to me until right now that I should have just DVR’d the red carpet and awards, gah!) so I didn’t get the chance to watch the Emmy Awards live this year, but you better believe I did all my red carpet research from the night when I finally shut down work for the night. And my 2014 Emmy Awards fashion favorites couldn’t possibly be more different from each other, but I think I am equally obsessed with each of them! So, here are my top 3 favorite looks from this year’s Emmy Awards…

Chicago Wedding Photographer_0170

(Source: Getty Images)

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Couture! I seriously LOVED this look on her and I pretty much want to own this dress myself! Navy blue baubled goodness and I’m always a sucker for a mini dress with full sleeves!

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karen Atelier speaks to my classic and sophisticated loving heart! The cut outs on the side, the sleek lines, the train, everything!

Taylor Schilling in beaded perfection by Zuhair Murad. Obsessed. Simple pretty draping with oh so pretty muted details, I’m in love.

So, who were your 2014 Emmy Awards fashion favorites?! Did you agree with any of my picks?! Did you drool over gorgeously bearded Jon Hamm like I did? Tell me who were your fashion winners in the comments!!!

Updating My Shooting Wardrobe

Some business expenses are more fun than others…I mean even updating my camera equipment makes my photography dork heart sing, but going shopping for shoes and dresses for any reason is pretty much more fun than anything! So, when wedding season started to pick up this Spring and I realized all my wedding shooting dresses (and shoes) were about 3 years old and starting to show some wear, I knew I needed to update my shooting wardrobe asap! I needed a new crop of stylish but functional dresses to choose from on any given wedding day, from hot and sweltering days to frigid winter days and everything in between. They need to work with some pretty flats and accessories. And also work well with cute boots and cardigan in the winter. They need to be as comfortable as can be. They need to be simple yet sophisticated. And after looking around for a few weeks, I think I have officially replenished my shooting wardrobe and I am good to go for at least the next season or so of weddings! But, now, I’m pretty sure I need to be cut off from shopping, even if it IS for work!

Here are my current picks (with links below included for those that have been asking me where I get dresses for shooting):

Chicago Wedding Photographer_0169

 

 

1. Scalloped Shift Dress in Black (J.Crew Factory) – I am a sucker for simple dresses with unique details! And these are on super sale right now!!!

2. Scalloped Shift Dress in Deep Violet (J.Crew Factory) – Not sure why this color is called violet, but is a pretty royal blue.

3. Marabelle Short Sleeve Drop Waist Dress (Gilt) - Shockingly, this is STILL available! If you love having the option of a dress with sleeves, this is for you! Love how easy it is to throw on and how it can be dressed up in so many different ways.

4. The Anywhere Dress in True Black (Madewell) – Obsesseddddd with these dresses! They fit beautifully and look great on their own or with a little belt, some jewelry, or a cardigan. They also feel so well made (no pun intended!) and durable to last through a lot of wedding wear and tear!

5. The Anywhere Dress in Warm Bluegrass (Madewell) - Such a pretty green color!

So, if you are looking for some cute work appropriate (and obviously wedding appropriate when dressed up with jewelry and accessories) dresses to buy right this second, scope these out! If you are just wondering where to look in general and don’t know where to start, my go-to spots for shooting dresses are the following: J.Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, and often on Gilt! (Sidenote: Gilt  is great for finding fun accessories too!) I also randomly picked up a couple Calvin Klein dresses on Zappos, of all places! One with lovely gold hardware and another polka dotted dress. (They are no longer available and I couldn’t find photos online.) All in all, I’ve come away with 7 new shooting dresses and paired with a couple new cardigans (they take such a beating stuffed in gear bags and thrown around wedding to wedding) and a few new pairs of shooting shoes, I am set!!! Whew!

 

Britta Hundertmark - August 25, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Ahhh I loveeeee the Anywhere Dress – I have it in black and red – so comfy.

Fall Travel Dates

Fall is just around the corner and it is about that time for me to hit the road (and air) for a little travel! From the West Coast to the PNW to the East Coast, I will be all over the place this fall and I cannot wait to shoot SO much pretty while I am out and about!

First up, I will be in LA for a wedding this September and will have limited dates open for shoots. From LA, I will be hitting the road with my West Coast bestie, driving from Los Angeles to ultimately Seattle with stops in San Francisco, Napa, and Portland, shooting our hearts out along the way! I am so looking forward to this portion of my upcoming travel, as it is going to be one part work, one part play, one part girls trip, one part inspiration overload, one part good for the soul….all of it! I’m pretty sure it will be a trip I never forget and I absolutely cannot wait! Then I will have limited dates open for shoots in the Seattle area!

Next up, it’s the East Coast, come October! Oh, how I miss New York in the fall! It’s honestly my favorite place to be in the fall! So, I will be in New York City at the beginning of October with multiple dates available for shoots! All dates available for shoots are listed below. If you want to make some pretty in front of my camera while I’m in your corner of the world, I would absolutely love to chat with you and set something up! Contact me via my website or email me at amandameganmiller@gmail.com and we will make it happen! 

Chicago Wedding Photographer_0168

The fall is shaping up to be pretty fantastic and it can’t get here soon enough!!! Let’s do this!

Bridgette Haight - August 21, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Sounds fun!!

Christy Tyler - August 21, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Great minds think alike! I was just about to announce travel dates on my blog next week!! NYC in November and more locations in Jan/Feb! So fun!

F a c e b o o k
P i n t e r e s t