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    Welcome to Amy Lynden Photography! Our studio is known for creative images primarily drawing upon elements off the beaten path in urban and natural settings. We are one of the few state-of-the-art, non-traditional studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our studio, set in a warehouse in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, provides a setting where we can shoot with studio lighting as well as natural light. We are a boutique studio creating custom portraiture based upon each individual client’s personality + individual style.

a very special session | team carone | chicago family photography

Pretty much everyone knows I grew up just outside of Chicago, IL – specifically a small town called Cary, which more or less sits on the edge of suburbia and farmland. When I was in high school and college, like many kids my age, I dreamed of getting out of dodge. I went on to live in France, San Francisco and ultimately settled in San Jose. That said, every time I fly back into O’Hare, I feel like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders and I can breathe freely. After almost twenty years of living in another state, I still truly feel at home when I am in the Chicago area. It has taken me a long time to realize that I grew up in a pretty special place. I am amazed when I talk to people who no longer keep in touch with high school friends. At least six of my very best friendships originated in Cary. My brother, who now lives in Arizona, is still tied to the area as well through great friendships. I still feel I can walk into any bar, restaurant or store in the area and pick right up where I left off 20 years ago. Honest, friendly, caring people. In fact, I think Cary’s motto used to be “Cary Cares” or something like that. This year, I decided it was time to be “home again” and booked a month-long trip. I wanted my twin six year olds to experience the magic of Chicago and my hometown. Shortly before leaving, I learned that a friend of mine from high school, Rick, had been diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic cancer which had spread to his liver. Knowing that I would have an extended stay, I decided to reach out and offer Rick and his daughters a photo session. While I am humbled by what I do for a living and very few images even hang in my own home, I know from experience that family images can be somewhat uplifting in a situation like this. Fortunately, Rick and his girls took me up on my offer.  Every time I photograph a family, I feel so honored they let me in to their lives to capture special moments. In this case, I didn’t expect anything in return. It was entertaining to see Rick’s interaction with his daughters – anyone that went to high school with him knows that he has a sense of humor and can dish it out better than anyone else. I witnessed the tables turn and watched his girls dish it out back to him. Payback is a $#@#$. Ha! His daughters have the same sense of humor, tenacity and spirit as their father. I’d like to extend an additional special thanks to Erin Loeffel, who was my ad-hoc assistant – fighting summer winds and lending support to Rick and his daughters throughout the marathon session. Rick has an enormous community of family, friends and supporters around him unlike anyone I have ever met which I believe is a strong testament to his spirit and character – particularly from the people we all grew up with in the small town of Cary, IL as well as the hunting and baseball community he has embraced over the years. I’ve had outside friends joke that there “is something in the water” in that small town, and his support network is proof of that. I’ve had my own trials and tribulations over the past few months, and his courage, strength, gratitude and spirituality have taught me much. Here are just a few of the images we captured that evening… Please support him in his fight – his family and friends have put together a tremendous community of supporters known as Team Carone. Please show your support and join his team of well wishers, thought provokers, and prayers…

It is what it is… but with a community as strong as this, you have the power to turn “it” into an isn’t.

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sweet home chicago

I will be heading back to Chicagoland for the month of June through July 6th for a few sessions as well as much needed time with my family. Kori will continue to hold down the fort here at the studio, so if you are waiting for an order – rest assured, she will call you as soon as your order arrives to coordinate! If you’d like to book a session for July or August, please contact Kori at the studio as summer slots are filling up fast! Enjoy your summer – I’ll see you all again soon!
Amy

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blue eyes galore | Saratoga Children’s Photography

I have photographed this adorable family for a number of years now, and every time I sit down to do a blog post about them, I can’t get the color “blue” out of my mind. Each and every one of their three boys have the most amazingly vibrant blue eyes – like little blueberries! I will admit, as a Photoshop expert, sometimes I enhance people’s eye color. I did absolutely nothing to the eyes in these images – they are just that stunning. We had a great little session in their beautiful backyard and created an album of beautiful images.

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Yes, pouts can be so cute | San Jose Kid’s Portraits

Sometimes the cutest pictures are not the perfect smiling shots. We all love those, but sometimes the images that make US smile are those with a few pouty lips, puckers or arms crossed in defiance. They scream… I am a toddler, hear me roar! They are real! Which is why we love some of Dara’s images below. This little gal had some of the cutest expressions. Her mom brought the most amazing clothing for her too! I think she put up with about six outfit changes in all which is quite a feat for her age! I just love this first shot – she just looks like a little pouty school girl… it really is fun here at the studio – believe us! Baby sister, Fiona, got in on the action too, at just a wee three months old.

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