Playful & heartfelt storytelling that celebrates genuine moments

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I am a lifestyle photographer based in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in candid family and maternity sessions set against stunning locations like the Oregon Coast or Cascades. I also have a big love for intimate in-home family and newborn sessions.

In cultivating a lighthearted and welcoming atmosphere, my goal is to foster a relaxed and friendly dynamic during your photo session. My interactive and joyful approach focuses on capturing genuine moments. Parents who encourage their kids to be kids and explore nature, while trusting in the beauty of authentic connection, are my kind of families. I will provide direction as needed, but I will also step back and photograph your family not just for what you look like, but for who you are. Resulting in imagery that illustrates your family's unique story as masterful works of art. 

I am also a wife, mama to two wild little things, yogi, nature lover, and dance party enthusiast. To me, family is everything. It's my main inspiration in life and I absolutely love connecting with others who share the same view.

I'm Amanda

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of Lux Marina Photography

1. Book your session

2. Get Prepared

3. Enjoy your session

4. Receive your gallery

The Process

Fill out my contact form, tell me about a little about your family & the type of session you're interested in.  I will get back to you within 2-3 business days or less to ensure we are a good fit. Then send you an invoice to secure your spot on my calendar. 

You will receive my informative welcome guide w/ location selections & all the tips & tricks for having the best family photo session ever. I will also send you my style guide as well as personalized styling assistance to help you feel prepared & at ease.

Time for the fun! Enjoy a relaxed & playful photography experience full of movement, games, & interaction. I will gently guide you through prompts meant to create connection & laughter. But I will also step back & allow you to interact organically (giving gentle direction when needed).

Within 2 weeks form your session day, you'll receive a proofing gallery to select your top images. 1-2 weeks after you've selected your images, you'll receive your online gallery w/ beautifully hand-edited imagery to instantly download. You may also order prints, wall art, & photo albums from your gallery if you wish.


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- Rachel Family session

"Amanda is unbelievably talented & also very down to earth. She took the time to make my shy children feel comfortable & they had so much fun during the shoot. I feel so grateful to have these beautiful photos to treasure as my babies grow older. If you are thinking about booking a family session I highly recommend Amanda. We will definitely be booking more photoshoots with her again in the future."

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-Hayley Maternity session

"Amanda is the most amazing photographer! She did a family/maternity shoot for us, and captured the most beautiful moments! She was so creative and awesome at making us feel comfortable so our personalities could shine through. So happy I found her!"

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-Aidan Family session

"We loved our experience with Lux Marina Photography. Amanda put the whole family at ease. Which is no small task with my photo-resistant husband and two young children. The whole morning felt so much like a playful romp in nature, I almost forgot we were doing a shoot. Which I realize now must have been her goal - she captured such wonderfully candid and tender moments between us!"

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- Ashley
Maternity & Newborn session

"Amanda is such an amazing photographer! My husband & I can be pretty awkward, but she made us feel so comfortable like we were just hanging out with a good friend while getting pictures of us taken. She was open to all of my different location ideas & very quick at responding to questions. I highly recommend her for your maternity photos & I am very much looking forward to doing our newborn photos with her."

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which package to book?

The package you choose is based on the number of images you wish to receive & the type of location you're seeking. My Basic Package is limited to locations w/in a 15 mile radius of zip code 97408 only. My Essential and Deluxe Packages include all the best locations & are what I recommend for newborn sessions! Reach out with any questions about pricing & to receive a detailed package guide w/ a list of stunning locations that have been pre-scouted for light. 

When is the best time to of day for photos?

The best time of day depends on your session location, the season, weather, & lighting. But I typically prefer to shoot around golden hour, (1-2 hours before sunset). Indoor sessions are best around 10-11 am. 

Do you offer payment plans?

Family, maternity, & newborn sessions are split into two payments. A $200 retainer fee is due at time of booking & the remaining balance is due 1 week prior to your session date. Birth photography packages require a $500 retainer fee at time of booking The remaining balance may be split into up to 3 payments w/ the full amount due by 38 weeks of your pregnancy.

What should we wear?

Keep it timeless, comfortable, & aesthetically pleasing. Shop your closet first, chances are you already own something you feel beautiful in. Then coordinate your families outfits around yours with 2-3 complementing tones that are flattering on everyone. I will share style guides, offer wardrobe styling, & have numerous blog posts with tips, tricks, & seasonally appropriate outfit suggestions.

How do you handle unhappy kids?

Kids are expected to be kids during sessions. Meaning, if they have big feelings, are tired, need a snack, or aren't into a certain prompt, we will tend to their needs & pivot as needed. Part of creating a joyful photo session for children is for parents to show up with a go with the flow attitude ready to have fun & enter a discipline free zone. My storytelling approach is about capturing your family's connection more than stiff poses, allowing for kids to feel more at ease as well.