Little Valentine Sessions at my studio have begun.  Let’s spend a few wonderful moments together, then I’ll share with you a handful of files.  Matilda certainly enjoyed it.  Remy, maybe not so much.  Auntie and Mama and everybody that loves them, immensely.


Today’s Location: Uptown Portraiture Collective is a cooperative studio space in Michigan City’s up-and-coming Uptown Arts District that Amy Straka Photography calls home, along with one of her best pals, in the industry and in real life, Monica Zibutis. Sharing is caring, and if you’d care to share with us, forever or for an hour or two, hit us up on Instagram @uptownportraiturecollective until our fancy new website launches.

To book your own Little Valentine Session, click contact up there or leave me a comment.  I look forward to seeing you.

1Peggy and Shawn featured their wedding photography in a luxurious Narrative Album, expertly constructed with endless style and material options. Thirty beautifully mounted, crisp photographic pages are displayed in lay-flat, seamless panoramic construction.  They selected each photograph they wished to feature, and like all of my albums, I designed each page with love.


Each one of our narrative albums are designed and proofed through simple and thoughtful consultation. You’ll receive a questionnaire to highlight your most loved images, and mark favorites in your online gallery.  With every draft, you have an opportunity to leave suggestions and substitutions on each page.  No design draft is finalized and sent along to the printer without our careful eye for detail and your final design approval.


Together, we can create a perfect telling of your wedding day story.  Each wedding album design is unique to you, especially with a the following upgrades and customizations.

  • cameo cover in leather or linen, with panoramic or square image
    windows crafted into your cover to highlight your favorite photos
  • including your names in foil or blind debossing on your leather or linen cover
  • showcase your most beloved photograph in acrylic, metal, or wood
    paired with a leather spine uniquely on your album cover 200
  •  additional ten pages in five panoramic design spreads 100
  • additional twenty pages in ten panoramic design spreads 175
  • upgrade to twelve-by-twelve or twelve-by-eighteen size 100
  • upgrade to the complete narrative album, twelve-by-twelve
    with one-hundred pages in fifty panoramic design spreads 600


Peggy and Shawn customized their Narrative Album with a linen cover in Tundra, blind debossing of their first names joined by a plus sign, in the gorgeous twelve-by-twelve size.  Photographs of their album coming soon.

To order your own Narrative Album, or book your wedding with Amy Straka Photography, simply click contact in the top right corner and say hello.

This week I traveled to Florida to photograph the engagement of Abby and Devin, who marry next summer at the beautiful Blue Dress Barn back home in Michigan. They’re recent transplants to the Sunshine State and I couldn’t have been happier to follow them down for a little while.

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View and share Abby and Devin’s complete engagement gallery HERE. Book your own wedding or portrait photography with Amy Straka, in a gorgeous orange grove or anywhere you please. Click CONTACT up there and introduce yourself.  This session’s location was The Showcase of Citrus– a big, adorable citrus u-pick and roadside shop– just outside of Orlando in Clermont, Florida. They’re super kind, they have a sweet little cat hanging around, and they’ll let you taste like twenty fruit wines. They might even let you borrow their tandem bike for a spin around the grove.

As the season winds down, I’m finishing the last odds and ends of 2015.  With freezing winds whirring against my icy windows, I’m snuggled up on the couch with my laptop.  Every year, eventually every task is checked, and these harsh midwest winters bring me a bit of quiet leisure.  It’s just my husband, my little friends, and I.


This personal blog entry is part of the Ten on Ten Collaborative Blog Project.  On the tenth of each month, noted photographers from around the United States share ten personal images in their blog, along with links to all of the participant photographers who have done the same.  Here are the photographers who have chosen to share a little personal vignette this month: