Book Release Party | Saint Paul Author | You’re Invited

BookCoverRevisedI am very excited to announce that my book release party will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Saint Paul.

There will be a reading at 7:00 followed by food and drink (and fun, of course)! I will have copies of my book on hand for purchase, as well as my TBI Awareness bracelets.
You may also pre-order your book (and learn more about it) here: 

I am so incredibly proud of this book, and the purpose that I hope it serves in the world. It is a collection of my articles, most of which have been published on Huffington Post.
Having suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) last year after falling on a patch of ice and landing on my skull, I know how important the material in this book is for other survivors who feel lost, as well as their friends and family who need some guidance understanding what their loved one is going through!

Every 13 SECONDS someone in the United States will sustain a TBI….. those numbers are staggering! Chances are you know someone, or have suffered one yourself!

Thank you to my amazing community of support and encouragement throughout this amazing journey!! I hope that you are able to come celebrate with me on this huge milestone in my life!!





Fall Mini Sessions | Saint Paul & Shakopee | Dates Announced

DFall2015ates are officially announced for our 2015 Fall Mini Sessions!

Saint Paul ~ Oct. 10th
Shakopee ~ Oct. 17th

Sessions are $95 and include:
20 minute session at a local park, and 3 digital files

Add-on $199
1 8×10, 2 5×7, 4 4×5, 8 wallets, and 25 holiday cards

Session fee is due at booking and is non refundable. Sessions are rain or shine.

Reserve your session:



Back my Kickstarter and Reserve Your Copy of my Book

BookCoverRevisedCheck out my book on Kickstarter:

Every 13 seconds someone in the United States suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury. That’s over 3.5 million people per year just in the U.S.

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye.

Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.

This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post. Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can’t remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it’s like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.

Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for those ages 1-44, and third overall behind cancer and heart disease.

This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones. It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.

A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

There is no cure for TBI. Many will deal with the aftereffects for the rest of their life. It can take months, years, or decades to start feeling better again. There is no correlation between the severity of the accident that caused the TBI, and the length of recover. The most severe can recover quickly, while some of the most mild cases can take years to recover. There is no magic formula, as no two TBI’s are alike.

Motor vehicle–traffic injury is the leading cause of TBI-related death. Rates are highest for adults aged 20 to 24 years.

Survivors are continually trying to find their way back to normal, and it may take them months or years before they fully understand and accept that the “normal” they once knew no longer exists. If they aren’t surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends, it can make the process all the more challenging.

Society at large doesn’t understand that EVERY single concussion is a brain injury, to some extent.

Amy is passionate about bringing TBI awareness to the public. She has found that even medical professionals are perplexed about TBI, and often don’t know how to diagnose or treat it properly. Amy’s mission is to get the information in this book into the hands of as many people as possible to spread awareness.

“I first heard of Amy Zellmer through her Huffington Post pieces. Reading her work through the eyes of a survivor, it was clear that she was writing from the vantage point of being a brain injury survivor herself. Simply put, she was speaking my language. I immediately identified with her experiences as they paralleled my own life. In Amy’s new book, she shares many of the triumphs, frustrations, pains and joys that we face within the survivor community.” ~ David Grant, author of Metamorphosis: Surviving Brain Injury and Slices of Life after Traumatic Brain Injury. David is also a staff writer for–a PBS supported web presence, as well as a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul, Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries.

*statistics in bold are sourced from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Kara & Darrell | Walker, MN Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

Last weekend I had the honor of photographing Kara and Darrell’s wedding in Walker, MN. They were married at Horseshoe Bay Resort, where the bride’s parents own a lovely condo on the lake.

They had an absolutely perfectly gorgeous day, and were surrounded by about 100 of their closest friends and family, most of whom traveled from out of state to celebrate with the couple. I traveled to Des Moines, IA this past spring to photograph their engagement session and immediately fell in love with them! They are the most kind, caring, and generous couple; and once you meet their parents you totally understand where it comes from!

I had an absolute pleasure working with Kara and Darrell, along with their friends and family. Not only are the images gorgeous, but my life is more complete having these two in it!! I wish you two many, many years of love, passion, and happiness! I can’t wait to watch your family grow!

Enjoy your sneak peek

Class of 16 | Senior Portraits | Saint Paul Senior Photographer

HopeWith summer in full swing, it is my duty as a photographer to remind you that it’s time for the class of 2016 to schedule their Senior Portrait Session. senior 01


Standard Senior Portrait Package is $399 and includes:
90 minute session
studio and/or outdoor
fully retouched digital files
$100 print credit for printed photographs


A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to book session, with balance due one week before the session. Please use the Paypal button below to secure your session!

Pregnancy & Newborn Photography | Saint Paul Photographer

newbornAre you or someone you know expecting an addition to your family?? We have several packages catered to this exciting life event!! Upon booking (with Paypal links below) we will send you an important PDF with tips and tricks for your sessions to help you be best prepared.

We specialize in strong lighting, beautiful black & white portraiture, showing the emotions between parents and baby. (don’t worry, we take color photos as well, and have a supply of headbands, bows, and tutus!)

Pregnancy & Newborn Bundle $295
(or two payments of $160)
2 – 45 minute sessions
1 at approx. 30 weeks into your pregnancy,
1 within the first 10 weeks of your baby’s new life!
Receive finished digital files from both sessions.

Baby’s First Year Plan $450
(or two payments of $250)
4 – 45 minute sessions
one session at each milestone (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months)
Receive finished digital files from all four sessions
Plus a 10×20 framed composite featuring an image from each of the 4 sessions.

Select your payment



Boudoir Pricing & Information | Twin Cities Boudoir Photographer

Boudoir Sessions are our FAVORITES!! Amy absolutely believes that EVERY woman deserves to feel sexy, gorgeous, confident, and glamorous! It is our goal to make the world a sexier place 🙂

I was recently featured on WCCO News Radio 830 in an interview with host Roshini Rajkumar. You can listen to it HERE my segment starts at the 15 minute mark!

We have a private studio and all-female staff to ensure your comfort and privacy. Amy will direct you through the entire session and make you feel completely comfortable and at ease. By the end of the session we promise you will be feeling like a super model!!

All of our packages include hair and makeup, and we exclusively use professional hair and makeup artist Sarah Elizabeth. Hair and make up will do a few things for you. First of all it helps calm your nerves, secondly it makes you feel pampered and glamorous, and thirdly it will enhance your images! Our artists will listen to what you want, and will not make you look like someone you are not!

All of the images you see will have our “glamour retouching” done to them. We believe in making you look beautiful with lighting and posing and only use retouching to help enhance your look. We will NOT make you look plasticy or like somebody that you are not 🙂

Your boudoir session in an investment in feeling sexy and confident!!
Feeling Flirty $495
hair and makeup * 45 minute session * 1-2 outfits * 10 image 4×5 album * matching 10 digital files
Super Sassy $655
hair and makeup * 60 minute session * 2-3 outfits * 20 image 5×7 album * matching 20 digital files
The Vixen $895
hair and makeup * 90 minute session * 3-4 outfits * 10×10 custom designed album * all of your digital files

We have broken our packages down into payment installments to help make it more affordable for you!
A non-refundable retainer of $200 is due the day of booking (use paypal button below),
$200 is due 3 days before the session,
balance is due before album design begins (after you select your images, approx. 2 weeks after your session).

Boudoir Retainer


Watch the video below that was featured on Forever TV, television for brides, to get to know Amy a bit better!!
Note: this video was taken at our previous studio, however, all the info remains the same!

Belinda & Fred | Saint Paul Wedding | Wedding Photographer

This past weekend I had the pleasure to photograph an old high school friend’s wedding! The best part?! She married my Neuro Chiropractor who has helped me through my Traumatic Brain Injury, whiplash, and other injuries! When she heard about my fall, she called me and said “Amy! Go see Fred, NOW!” and I did! (if know Belinda, you will totally hear her tone in that quote!) They were married at Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul.

These two are so happy and in love, it makes me happy!! Between them they have 5 children (Fred is surrounded by a whole lot of women) and they all get along amazingly well! I enjoy spending time with them, and will hopefully get some beach time with them soon!

Their wedding day was GORGEOUS, and their photos are fabulous! They were surrounded by about 75 of their closest friends and family (there were quite a few body builders in the room, as Belinda and Fred do a lot of strength training). The ceremony was full of laughter, and the world always needs more laughter! As they were enjoying their first kiss, the 5 kids all ran up and group-hugged them. It was positively the best moment of the day, and I moment I will never forget as a photographer! Their reception immediately followed outside, after they changed into tanks and shorts (in totally Belinda and Fred fashion). Their first dance was to a live Blues Band under a gorgeous canopy of trees in the middle of the woods. It was totally perfect and totally them!

I hope you enjoy their sneak peek! Love you two to the moon and back!!!


The Merk Family | Nashville, TN | Destination Photographer

The benefit of being a Destination Photographer and hopping in the car to travel the country, is seeing old friends that you don’t get see often!

I went to college with Tracy and we were roommates for a year (six girls living in an apartment with ONE small bathroom! How on earth did we survive that?!) Because my travels seem to keep taking me through the Nashville, TN area, I have gotten to see her and her beautiful family several times this past year. Last fall I had the pleasure of photographing her pregnancy, and, naturally, this spring I was able to photograph the family with a new addition!!

They are the most hospitable people I know, and staying at their home in the woods is SO relaxing…… I wish I could visit for a week (or two)!! Not to mention driving through the Smokies is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for always being so generous with your home, I appreciate it more than you know!!

Kendra & Andy | Key West Wedding | Military Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

Last month I hopped in the car with Pixxie (the Yorkie) and we headed to Key West, Florida. Yup, we drove 2400 miles each way to photograph a wedding!! I LOVE a good road trip, and am fortunate enough to have friends along the way to visit as well!

Kendra and Andy were married on 5.5.15 on Key West Beach, and it was absolutely PERFECT. The weather had been a bit touch-and-go throughout the day, with thunderstorms predicted right at the time of their ceremony. I assured them that if we had a back up plan (the balcony of their room) the weather would hold out. And that it did. It sprinkled in the afternoon, but the skies cleared about an hour before go-time. Honestly, overcast skies are SO much better for photos too, so it was truly prefect!!

Kendra’s dress was purchased from a women who wore it for her wedding in Hawaii….. the tradition of  “the traveling wedding dress” has begun 🙂 Andy wore his Marine’s Uniform.

They were married in an intimate ceremony (I was the only person invited) on the beach. After the ceremony we spent some time taking photos on the beach before heading back to their hotel room where they had their first dance on the balcony, as well as their Makers Mark toast, and garter removal! Afterwards they headed off to an intimate, sunset dinner on the beach.

I have to say how touching it is to be with a Military Wedding couple and hear the “thank you’s” from so many as we passed by. It is also rumored that a good part of their dinner was paid for by fellow diners at the restaurant…. You gotta love the generosity of so many!!

Officiant and flowers by A Simple Wedding.
The bride’s hair  by Isle Style salon.
Photos by Custom Creations Photography.
Dinner: Latitudes 
Hotel: Parrot Key Resort

(at the request of the couple, the groom’s face is not shown in any social media posts)