Meet Katlyn | Miss Amazing Minnesota | Miss Amazing Pageant

Meet Katlyn. She is a very special friend, and fellow author that I have gotten to know over the past year. We share a love of writing as well as all things pink and glittery.

Katlyn has not one, but two books in publication! Her and her mother co-authored “Katlyn Conquers the World” and Katlyn authored and colored her own book “I Am Princess Katlyn“. You can learn more about Katlyn and her books at 

Katlyn was recently crown Miss Amazing Minnesota, and I took the opportunity to photograph her in her beautiful crown and sash. She is just absolutely radiant in her photos, wouldn’t you agree?!?

Congratulations, Katlyn!! I am SO proud of you, and so happy to have you as my friend!!

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Liz & Ed | Washington DC Portrait Photography

I had the privilege and honor of getting to know these two amazing people while I was in Washington DC. They graciously opened up their home to me, a complete Lized1stranger, to stay with them for a week while I was out there advocating for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion awareness.

We did a photoshoot in their gorgeous, historic apartment in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. The background full of books fully represents Ed, and adds so much depth and character to the image!

Their dog, Bucky, got along swimmingly with little Miss Pixxie….. even when she stole his doggie bed. I had to include him in a few of the shots, as one never knows how many days they have left with a fur baby.

Liz and Ed are the sweetest couple, and their generosity and kindness was greatly appreciated. I have to say, I believe a friendship was formed, and I look forward to visiting them again next year on my trek out East!


Jenni’s Fitness Shoot | Branding Session | Saint Paul Photographer

Jenni came in this past week for a Fitness Shoot for her business branding. I love doing Branding Sessions, they are so much fun and have a huge impact on a person’s business. Having the right images to use in social media, website, marketing, ebooks, and other products is so critical.

We had a blast photographing her in different outfits; some headshots, some action shots, all the while getting her fitness message across for Jenni Bolton Fitness!

To schedule your own Branding Session click HERE.

Product Photography | Food Photography | Fine Art Image Capture


We know that photos are important to the sale of our products and the interest of our websites. Yet, many put it off because they fear it’s too expensive.

Enter Flash Sale:
up to 5 products or groupings $95
up to 10 products or grouping $125
add a human/pet model to the products $50

If you are local, you may drop off and pick up your products. If you are not local, you may mail your products along with a return postage label.
A model can be added to a session (it can be yourself, someone you select, or someone we hire).

This sale is limited to the FIRST 20 to purchase, and it will sell out quickly!!

We have a variety of backgrounds and lighting techniques to meet your needs. We will discuss what you’re looking for before you send in/drop off your product so that we are on the same page as to your photographic needs.

Choose Your Package




Lowertown Pop | Win 2 Free Tickets | Saint Paul Photographer

Win Tickets copyThis past week I was one of about 50 Minnesota bloggers invited to a attend a preview of the Lowertown Pop at the Union Depot in Saint Paul.

Lowertown Pop is a Minnesota Maker movement, a pop-up shop, and crowd funding platform to benefit Face to Face as well as Minnesota Makers.

The Pop features local artisans and craftmakers,  brewers, bakers, distillers, artists, musicians, and so much more!

Lowertown Pop will be open to the public on Saturday, April 9th from 10am-4pm. Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance, and $15 at the door and 100% of ticket sales go to Face to Face and one lucky Minnesota maker!

                                                see full details below!

As part of my preview experience, I received a Swag Bag full of samples and goodies from the Makers. I have to tell you, this is one seriously impressive group of vendors! This is an event you won’t want to miss!!! If nothing else, go for the inspiration!

A few of the vendors I had the pleasure of meeting include:

* From Your Mat: yoga inspired jewelry
* Velasques Family Coffee: fair trade Honduran coffee
* Sweet Jules: caramels and confections
* Debbie Wolk Designs: hand painted ceramics
* Julia Moss Designs: up cycled sterling silver
* Tattersall Distilling: local gin
* Superior Switchel: handcrafted outdoorsman’s beverage
* Blue Henn: artisan cocktail syrup
* Grlk: garlic sauce
* D8agirl Design: hats, clothing, accessories
* Hart & Soul: natural apothecary healing
* Isadore Nut Company: nuts
* Stormsister: beauty products
* Bodylish: natural body products
* CCJS Boutique: yoga headbands
* Duluth Preserving Co: jams and preserves
* Tumblewalla: eco friendly baby clothes
* Minnesota Nice Spice: organic seasonings
* Antigone’s: greek foods
* Scrappy Products: recycled totes and bags
* Double Take Salsa: salsa and hot sauce
* Union Depot Honey: local honey

want two FREE tickets and a drink token???
Simply follow @amyzellmer on Twitter and/or Instagram
Share a post and tag @amyzellmer along with hashtags #LowertownPop and #MNBloggerBash

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Mommy & Me | Now Booking | Portrait Sessions

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 8th in case you needed a reminder) and what a better gift to give mom (or grandma) than the gift of memories!

We are now booking Mommy & Me sessions for 2016 through April 30th!

For only $149 you will receive:
20 minute session
1 8×10
2 5×7
8 wallets

Gather up the kiddos (or furkids) and mom (or grandma) and book your special session NOW before time runs out!

This is a fun and memorable session for moms and kids of ALL AGES!

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Spring Sessions | Now Booking | Saint Paul Portrait Photographer

Spring has sprung and it’s my second favorite season of the year (Fall is first….. I just love those pretty leaves). NOW is the time to book your Spring Portrait Session before dates get completely full!

For only $199 receive a 45 minute session (in studio or outdoors) and 5 digital files.
Perfect for families, pets, couples, engagements, children, headshots, and so much more!!

We have a beautiful park or the Saint Paul Skyline just minutes from the studio to make your portrait a gorgeous piece of art to hang in your home for years to come!

BOOK NOW! Use the paypal button below to purchase your session, and we will follow up with you to book your specific date/time. Sessions valid through Aug. 30th




On-Location Branding Session


We will have so much FUN creating a series of images to use in your branding! Use these images to develop your marketing materials, sales copy, facebook timeline photos, and so much more!!

Whether you have are a fashion expert, yoga instructor, fitness guru, life/biz coach, musician, artist, or any other exciting entrepreneur, this session is for you!

This is much more than’just’ headshots, this is a complete series of images to let your personality shine and show through to your potential client.

If you’re outside the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, we will travel the continental US and join you for a half-day shoot! Gather up some of your sassy business lady friends, and you will all receive a discounted rate (since I only have to travel there once!)

$750 two hour session, 2 looks, 1 location
$1000 three hour session, 3 looks, 2 locations
$2000 three hour session, 3 looks, 2 locations — outside MSP

You will receive:
– coffee/tea consultation prior to your hair and makeup
– professional hair and makeup
– fully retouched digital files (approx 50)
– lunch/dinner after the shoot (outside MSP)

non refundable retainer of $500 required to book Amy_Zellmer_HERLIFE_OCT2012-TwinCities_Trendsetter4your session
balance due 2 weeks prior to your session

Boudoir Photography | Saint Paul Photographer

Here is a little sneak peek from some of our recent Boudoir sessions.

We love photographing Boudoir and empowering women to embrace their bodies and their inner beauty.

Sure, everyone is nervous when they arrive, but within a few minutes into the session they are feeling confident and rocking their session.

Some of the fears we hear often:
“I have never done this before, I don’t know what to do”
“I don’t know how to act/look sexy”
“I have no idea what to do for posing”
“I don’t like XYZ part of my body, can you hide it?”

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to know how to do anything! We will guide you through your poses (including showing you what to do ourselves) and make sure you are in the most flattering pose possible. Lighting, posing, and angles are the things WE take care of so all you have to do is have FUN!

Grab our FREE posing guide that walks you through several of our top do’s and don’t’s HERE