A Very Special Pregnancy Session | Twin Cities Maternity Photos

Yesterday I photographed the most beautiful pregnancy session for a little angel who will be brought to heaven in the next day or so. They have allowed me to share their story, in the hopes that it will help inspire others to consider photography when facing a similar situation. Photos can help with healing and grief; and also preserve the sweet memories, even if you’re not sure you’ll ever be able to look at them again (which you will, it may take time, but you will. You will be forever thankful to have the memories, even though in the moment of what is going on you may think you don’t want them).


I first met Ashley when I photographed Alli and Chad’s wedding a year ago, she was a bridesmaid in the wedding and was so very sweet. I remember her welcoming me into the bridal suite when I arrived and just being genuinely kind and caring to me and everyone else present. She contacted me about week ago asking if I would be willing to photograph her pregnancy. On New Years Eve they received the devastating news that their little girl was diagnosed in utero with bilateral multicystic kidney dysplasia. Sadly this is a diagnosis with a 0% chance of survival after birth. She wanted to do a Pregnancy Session because she felt that  it’s still important to honor her life as a real person and a beautiful angel that was wanted so badly. I was so very touched by the support of their siblings who came together to purchase the session for Ashley and Cory.

The necklace in the photos says “Mother of an angel”. Ashley is beginning the process of being induced today and is expected to delivery their baby in the next few days. I plan to be there for them at the birth to capture their few brief moments with their daughter before she passes onto heaven. I am so incredibly blessed to be able to do this for them and give them the gift of photos so they will forever have these memories of their beautiful daughter! Life is precious, live every moment!

Valentine’s Boudoir ~ give him something sexy!

m220577870What to get the guy who has everything?? Give him a Sexy Little Gift this year, a gift he will never forget!

What you get for ONLY $59 (this is a crazy, totally crazy!!):
* 45 minute session (1-2 outfits)
* 2 digital files
* secure, private online viewing gallery
This is over a $300 value!! You’re getting it for CRAZY CHEAP!!

AND you may also add:
– professional hair and makeup artist, who will come on-site to get you glammed up for your session!!! ($125)
– an additional outfit ($25 each)
– additional files and prints also available for purchase

If you want to give him a sexy Valentine’s Gift, you will need to book by Jan. 26th!!


**purchased sales must be used by April 15, 2014
**only one sale item per client. You may purchase additional as gifts.

Double Your Dollars ~ Happy Holidays!!

I wanted to let you know about a special “Double Your Dollars” promotion we have going on thru the end of the year!! You can get a $100 gift card for only $50!!! THAT’S HALF PRICE!!

1. You may purchase up to 4 and use up to 2 per FULL PRICED session.
2. Not valid on special promotions or discounted sessions.
3. You may gift certificates.
4. They must be used with 2014
5. No cash back or cash value

Pricing is as follows:
$100 for $50
$200 for $100
$300 for $150
$400 for $200

To purchase, simply shoot us an email with how many you would like to purchase and we will send you a Paypal invoice. Certificates will be mailed to you shortly after Christmas for use in 2014!! (amy.zellmer at customcreationsphotography dot com)

This is PERFECT for anyone expecting a baby, has a high school senior next year, getting married, looking to do a boudoir session, create a family portrait, or update a headshot! The possibilities are endless!!

But act fast, this deal will be gone at the stroke of midnight on NYE! 

Boudoir Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday, Cyber Monday SALE!!!

Custom_Creations_Photography_Sarah_Elizabeth_Artistry001We have NEVER done anything this crazy before!! We are practically GIVING AWAY boudoir sessions this weekend!

What you get for ONLY $59 (this is a crazy, totally crazy!!):
* 45 minute session (1-2 outfits)
* 2 digital files
* secure, private online viewing gallery
This is over a $300 value!! You’re getting it for CRAZY CHEAP!!

AND you may also add our professional hair and makeup artist, who will come on-site to get you glammed up for your session!!! ($125)


It’s a crazy awesome deal, get it before it’s gone forever!!!


**purchased sales must be used by April 15, 2014
**only one sale item per client. You may purchase additional as gifts.

We’re Having A Moving SALE!

schmidt brewery artist studio loftExciting news! We have been approved to move into the Schmidt Artist Studio Lofts in St. Paul! Expected move-in date is the week before Thanksgiving, and we really couldn’t be any more excited!! This is a live/work space and something that I have been dreaming of my entire life!

With this BIG MOVE comes a BIG SALE for you!! We will be clearing out space and that means YOU benefit!

You may purchase your digital files from any session!
Simply follow these steps:
1. email: amy.zellmer@customcreationsphotography stating the year and session.
2. We will send you a paypal invoice.
3. Once we receive payment, we will share the files with you via dropbox
It’s that easy!!

Pricing is as follows:
2013 sessions: $199
2012 or older sessions:
$129 for 1 session
$169 for 2 sessions
$199 for 3 sessions
$25 each additional session
$229 for Baby Plan clients, your entire baby plan (if it was completed )
$249 for wedding files (includes engagement if they were taken as well)
$49 for mini sessions

Christmas Boudoir Special | The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

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Do you realize what’s on it’s way?? Christmas is only 79 days away (as of the writing of this post, it may even be closer if you’re reading this later!!)

What do you get for the person that has everything?? Or the one that loves everything about you?? Or who is crazy in love with you and thinks you’re sexy?? Give them the Ultimate Stocker Stuffer!! It’s also the Ultimate Boudoir Experience for YOU! It’s a total win-win situation!

What you get for ONLY $575!! (this is a crazy awesome DEAL!):
* 60 minute session along with hair and makeup (2-3 outfit changes ~ you supply your own)
* 4×5 Little Black Book Album (with 10 images)
* Deck of playing cards with a photo tin
* 12 month Calendar
* Keychain
* Digital files
This is over a $1300 value!! You’re getting it for OVER 50% OFF!!

AND ….. to make it easier on your wallet, we’ve broken it down into three payments!
$200 due at booking (use the “pay now button below to make your deposit NOW!)
$200 due the day of your session
and the balance is due at your viewing and ordering appointment!!

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IT’S THAT EASY!! BUT! You MUST have your session by November 20th to ensure Holiday delivery!!
* no refunds (ask questions before hitting the “pay now” button!)

Twin Cities Boudoir Photography

I had such an amazing time photographing this Boudoir Session. When she came in she was super nervous, as is pretty much every boudoir client that comes through my doors! She sat down with Sarah Elizabeth Artistry for an hour to get her hair and makeup down, and her nerves started to calm and she started to get excited!

When it came time to start the photo session, she was again a bit nervous, but once she got in front of the camera her beautiful, radiating confidence shone through! She totally rocked her session, and it truly felt like I was shooting a Victoria’s Secret Catalog spread. It was a total blast and the images are absolutely stunning!

Every woman is nervous. Every woman does just fine once the camera starts snapping. It’s ok to feel anxious and nervous and overwhelmed. But remember, this is what I do for a living. I am a professional. I see every body shape, size, age, color, etc. I never see flaws, I only see true inner beauty! The session is whatever you make it, so have some FUN and rock it!! Unleash your inner diva and have a freaking BLAST!.

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Krystie & John | Twin Cities Wedding | Earle Brown Heritage Center

My wedding this past weekend was so very wonderful and special to me. Krystie has been a client of mine for quite a few years, and I had photographed John on occasion as well. There is nothing more special than working with clients on their wedding day. They trust you completely and know that you will have everything under control and do your job and do it well. I take pride in what I do and never want to let down a client, let alone a bride!

Krystie and John were surrounded by a bunch of amazing friends and family. It was such a pleasure to work with all of them, they were so easy and laid back. The Earle Brown Heritage Center has such a beautiful grounds for photos, it’s a photographer’s dream. The outdoor ceremony was spectacular, and the reception was nothing short of wonderful.

Thank you Krystie and John for letting me share your special day with you. It was beautiful, you’re both beautiful, and I love working with you so very much! I wish you many years of happiness and love!!!


Karlee & Josh | Denver, Colorado | Red Rocks | Engagement Session

I love to travel, and when an opportunity presents itself to incorporate work with travel it’s a major bonus!

I will be photographing Karlee and Josh’s wedding here in the Twin Cities next summer, but they live in Denver, CO. They had asked if I would consider the possibility to coming out there to photograph their engagement session. Having been there several times, I know how incredibly beautiful it is and how unique there images would be, so I squealed with a YES!

The Friday before I headed out to CO on a week long road trip, a devastating flood hit the canyon area from Estes Park down to just north of Denver. It was incredibly sad to watch the local news and see the devastation Mother Nature had created within this beautiful state.

Karlee and Josh had chosen Red Rocks as the location for their shoot, and it was entirely perfect. We were running late because of horrible rush hour traffic, but the timing couldn’t have worked out more perfectly for the setting sun and lighting over the mountains!

After the shoot they took me out for an amazing dinner in downtown Denver at one of their favorite restaurants, and I really got the chance to get to know them as a couple. They are very much in love and totally adorable! I am absolutely thrilled with the photos we took, and even more excited to photograph their wedding next May!

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Krystie & John | Twin Cities Wedding | Earle Brown Heritage Center

Krystie and John’s wedding last weekend was perfect in every way. Amazing weather. Fantastic friends and family. Beautiful location. Gorgeous bride. A couple totally in love.

It was also super special to me because Krystie has been a client of mine for quite a few years. When she asked me to be her wedding photographer I was over the moon with excitement. I knew she’d be a gorgeous bride, and have some quirky aspects thrown into her wedding day.

The Earle Brown Heritage Center is an awesome location, a photographer’s dream. With a beautiful outdoor setting for photos, and an outdoor ceremony that was spectacular. We got a ton of amazing images and I am excited to share their sneak peek with you!