Category Archives: Winter

Regarding the Feast of Saint Lucia

We named our second daughter Lucia, (Loo-see-ah) meaning light.   We mostly call her Lucy, Lulu, or Lu-lee, or Lula belle.  (You can see how all great names fall apart completely in our family.  Another example of this is our dog Ruby, who is called Roo Roo, and occasionally called Poo Poo.   We can ruin any great name.  I digress.)

I love the name Lucia because light has been a significant idea in my life.  Photography is, in the original Greek,  “photo” [light] + “graphy” [writing].  To write with light.  The concept is beautiful even without images.

And in a world so broken and hurting, I most especially love the idea of light overcoming darkness.  Christmas embodies this very thought, “for into the darkness there has come a great light…”

One of my oldest daughter’s dearest friends is also a Lucia.  I was inspired to photograph my two favorite Lucia’s together, in the snow, close to the feast of St. Lucia – which is today, December 13th.   (The weather certainly co-operated with the snow!)  We clipped some rosemary from my big pots in the studio barn (it smelled heavenly!), and added traditional brass candle clips with candles, wrapped the girls in wraps and blankets, and then managed to stay out a few minutes, as we were freezing and my camera was getting soaked.

The feast of St. Lucia is celebrated in a grander fashion in Scandinavia, where they understand that one must have candles, singing, family, hearth, and some perfect baked goods to survive the darkest days of the year.  The feast is in remembrance St. Lucia who, tradition tells us, wore her candles on her head so that she would have both hands free to serve the poor.  An inspiring thought indeed.

  May your holiday, however you celebrate, bring light into someone’s darkness.


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Trav⋅e⋅logue [Chattanooga]

On our way south, we got to visit our sweet friends in Chattanooga.  8 kids between us – it’s a party anyway you look at it.  So between the projects, puppy, talking hours into the night, and mountains of home-cooked food, we managed to get to the amazing Tennessee Aquarium.  I found it to be so inspiring to photograph something well outside of my norm.  It was peaceful, with odd light and reflections.  I loved it.  We all did.

Truth is stranger than fiction.  Sea horses, case in point.
These guys are hanging on to blades of grass.  Full grown at less than an inch!The jellyfish were my favorite- something about them feels like planets and unseen worlds and stars.

I’m pretty sure the sign that you’ve seen too many Pixar fish films is the moment when you feel you are connecting with a fish.  And he is sad.

And again later,  I swear this fish looked at me and smiled. 

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Modern Rustic Studio Barn – Holiday Sessions

With 22 mini sessions last weekend, I certainly have not had time to go through each of them to find all my favorite images – but here are a few!  It was a joy meeting new clients, and also seeing the sweet faces that I get to watch grow up year after year.

Our holiday look is simple – winter-y, cozy, clean.    We stocked up firewood for the stove, baked chocolate gingerbread, and put up the evergreens that we cut from the lot next door.  My mom, my girls and I wired eucalyptus garlands and wreaths.   And you did all the snuggling, laughing and tickling that made these sessions beautiful.


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Winter Maternity – Ann Arbor Farm

So feminine, so lovely.

To me, winter is one of the most inspiring seasons for light.  The whole world offers itself as a monochromatic backdrop.  The sunrises are studies in pinks on pale blue frosted fields. This shoot is inspired by the subtle pastels of winter. And it proves that even a snowless winter day can be the ideal setting for a winter session.  All images shot in our 1880’s farmhouse and the surrounding land of our Ann Arbor Farm location. (And my shutter speed was fast enough that you can’t see her shiver!)AmyKimballPhotography_0972

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Winter light

I can’t always afford to spend an hour outside with my camera before starting the day, but I never regret getting out doors.  Should I ever seek a moment of frosty solitude, then the barn cat becomes suddenly social, the duck is hungry for tulips, and the children are curious about just how long I plan to be out there doing photos?   So joined by loving people/animals, here’s an assortment of images taken on a frosty February morning.  (I don’t always have buckets of fresh flowers on hand, but the landscape was so perfectly monochromatic, it was screaming for a pop of color, and so I ran back to the house for them.)


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Floral Crowns in the 1880’s farmhouse

As we sat around, sipping wine at late one evening on our AKP winter planning retreat, Candice convinced me it could be done. She insisted I could learn to make floral crowns; so despite my past failures, I watched some online tutorials and went at it one more time.  Ranunculus flowers were my bloom of choice, and I wired and tied until I had something stable.  A few weird floral head pieces emerged at first, but eventually I got it right :)  Thankfully my crowns don’t have to endure an entire wedding day, just single photo session.

I’m excited to offer floral crown sessions in a section of the farmhouse we normally don’t do shoots.  This room has the original plaster walls, trim made from our fallen barn, and perfect light all day long.  This room is only available at select times during February and March, and these floral crown sessions work especially well for maternity, and for any girls  – infant to teen.    Click here to see the renovation diary of this room.


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