Emily’s Senior Portrait Session | Saint Paul Photographer

I was so excited to be asked to photograph Emily’s Senior Portrait session! I graduated high school with her mom (gasp! how does time fly like that?!) and remember her mom being an outstanding photographer in high school! I always admired Cindy and her abilities on the school newspaper and yearbook!

Emily is a beautiful senior (and as much as I am sure she will cringe when she hears this) she looks exactly how I remember her mom looking at this age!! The more friends I have who have children in their teens, it is crazy how much their children look just like them!! It is actually pretty cool to witness!

We photographed Emily’s session at Highland Park in Saint Paul, and had an absolutely gorgeous day for it!! Enjoy the sneak peek!

Last Minute | Fall Mini Sessions | Sat. October 18th

It is too gorgeous out to not photograph more sessions this week!! Seriously, just look out your window!!

A mini is perfect for your family, your kids, your pet, or just you!

I am opening up time on Tues. | Thurs.| and Fri.  this week from 2-4 each day.

Reserve your spot with the paypal link below. Once all the spots are filled, I will remove the paypal link.

What you get for ONLY $99:
- 15 minute mini session
– convenient online viewing
– 4 digital files

We will also have special discounted pricing for additional files as well as custom designed HOLIDAY CARDS!!!

Book your session by paying with the Paypal link below. (session fees are non refundable). Once we have your payment, we will contact you to reserve a specific timeslot and give you directions to the location!!!

We look forward to seeing you again this year!!!


Free Facebook Photo Thursday | October 30th

Join us for our FREE Facebook Photo Thursday:
Thurs. October 30th
11am – 6pm
Receive a FREE mini session and a FREE photo for your Facebook Profile pic (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc)!
Reservations are required: 952.233.2169
Option to purchase full resolution files will also be available

We can also create a Facebook Timeline photo for your page (additional fee applies)


Ian & Niki | Ottertail MN Wedding | Photography

I had the pleasure of meeting these two wonderful people a few weeks ago when I filled in rather last-minute as their photographer.

I literally squealed as I pulled up to the church, it was a perfect little white country church next to a field, with a bright blue sky above! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting ot photograph a wedding on a gorgeous fall day!!

Ian and Niki were so wonderful to work with. They were surrounded by really great friends and family, who were all so appreciative of me being there. I absolutely enjoyed my time working with this couple and their entire wedding party!

Enjoy your sneak peek!!

Jacob & Amber | Fort Snelling Officer’s Club | Saint Paul Wedding

I am so excited to share this sneak peek with you!! Jacob and Amber’s wedding was absolutely stunning, and I was honored to be a part of their special day!

I photographed Amber’s brother’s wedding about 10 years ago, and was so completely thrilled when they contacted me about photographing their wedding! They had the most gorgeous summer day, and the overcast skies gave us some perfect lighting for photos!

They had both their ceremony and reception at the Fort Snelling Officer’s Club in Saint Paul. Every detail was thought out and simply gorgeous!

It was a pleasure getting to know this couple, you can definitely tell they are in love with each other and very best friends! Enjoy this peek!!

Social Media Profile Photo | Headshot Portrait

Is your profile portrait up-to-date? Or is it more than 3 years old? Is your current profile photo professional or a selfie? Did you know you and your business are immediately judged based on your profile photo?

Let us help you have a more professional appearance on LinkedIn and other social media outlets. First impressions are extremely important in today’s internet society. You have just the blink of an eye to make a great first impression, and it is mostly based off of your profile photo!!

Grab one of our “Social Media Portrait Sessions” for just $95:
includes 15 minute session and one low-resolution file for your social media profile

Or get more with our “Basic Business Portrait Session” for only $149
includes 30 minute session and includes both a low-resolution and a high resolution of three files  for your social media profile as well as your marketing materials.

Or go all the way with our full-service “Professional Business Portrait Session” $325
includes 45 minute session, professional hair and makeup, and up to 5 high resolution files.

We are also available to come on-site to photograph your entire team, call us for a quote!

Twin Cities Business Magazine | TCB Mag | Business Portraits | Headshots

I was contacted by Roshini Rajkumar to see if I was interested in being a source for an upcoming article she was writing for Twin Cities Business Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the magazine, and has also become a friend of mine over the year. (listen to my guest appearance on her WCCO radio show talking about Boudoir, I come on at the 15 minute mark: http://www.amyzellmer.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/6_20_13-Jordana-Green-Show_-9-PM-Hour.mp3)

She was writing a piece on professional business portraits, or headshots if you will. I offered her a few quotes as well as a few of my favorite recent headshots that I had taken of Laura Erdman-Luntz and Nicole Porter.  My favorite quote that she used is “Be authentic. Let your true essence show through in your photos.” I have been told numerous times by many clients that I have the ability to capture client’s true essence, and that is something that makes me proud! I know that I am doing my job when my clients feel that I really truly captured who they are and what they do!

To read the entire magazine online go here: http://www.pageturnpro.com/Twin-Cities-Business/60328-Twin-Cities-Business-September-2014/index.html#20

TCBmag Twin Cities Business Magazine Portrait headshot Custom Creations Photography Amy Zellmer Roshini Rajkumar Dani Werner

Blair’s Pregnancy Session | Twin Cities | Saint Paul | Maternity Photography

Pregnancy is such an incredibly beautiful time in a woman’s life! I just can’t get enough of each woman and how she is glowing and totally beautiful, inside and out!

Blair is pregnancy with her first child, and I can not wait to meet the little dude or dudette next month!! Enjoy the sneak peek!

The Reese Family | Saint Paul Photographer | Family Portraits

I love when I am involved on a “top secret” mission!! Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can share the story and images!

Many of you may recognize Jen that works for me. Her mother-in-law lives out of state, as does her sister-in-law. Well, mother had really hoped for a photo of her three children together while her daughter was visiting in the Twin Cities (she lives in NYC and it’s rare that the 3 siblings get together all at once). Jen went on a mission to make this happen and scheduled the session with me as soon as she knew that all three of them could feasibly be in one place at the same time!!! We had a great day for a session, and Matt and his sibblings were SO easy to work with (not to mention a beautiful family)!!

According to Jen, the look on her mother-in-law’s face was absolutely priceless when she realized that the kids had done a PROFESSIONAL portrait session for her!! It’s stories like these that really make my heart happy!!

Here is a sneak peek at the beautiful session we took here outside my studio in Saint Paul!

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Val & Amy | LGBT Marriage | Scenic St. Croix Riverway | My Sister’s Wedding

This is a blog post I wasn’t sure I was ever going to be able to write! My sister, Val, and her partner, Amy, have been together for 20 years.

While MN passed same-sex marriage last year, they live in WI, where it finally passed and was ultimately revoked within 6 days. But during those six glorious days Val and Amy started planing their wedding. When it was revoke they decided to go ahead with a legal wedding in MN and I couldn’t have been more excited for them! Two Brides are better than one :)

They were married aboard a boat on the St. Croix Scenic Riverway in Afton, MN. They were surrounded by about 80 of their closest family and friends and I had the honor and pleasure of capturing through my lens. The two of them could barely keep their eyes off of each other, and I don’t think there was a single moment throughout the day that they didn’t have a HUGE smile on their faces! You could just feel the amazing love present amongst them and their friends and family. And a little rain shower during the ceremony didn’t put a damper on any of it!

As you may notice, my sister is 17 years older than me. I was the “opps” baby. With my niece and nephew being only 6/8 years younger than me, my sister always felt as more of an aunt to me until probably my late 20’s. I think the pivotal point in our relationship is when I returned an engagement ring to a boyfriend who told me my sister was “no longer welcome in our house” because of her sexuality. He thought I was joking. I told him “nope. I love and support my sister, and my family will always be number one to me.” He moved out a few weeks later.

Val & Amy met at the United Methodist Church in Riverfalls, WI where my sister lived. Amy was in Seminary school studying to become a Methodist pastor. She was later brought on trial by the church for performing a same-sex commitment ceremony (learn more about Love On Trial HERE and my account of their journey HERE).  Amy was forced to keep Val a “secret” during much of their relationship while Amy was pastoring. Their life has now come full circle as Amy accepted a position at the exact church they met at, and is now able to be completely out 20 years later!!

Val’s favorite color for as long as I can remember has been purple, so it was very fitting that she found a gorgeous PURPLE wedding dress!! Amy wore a rainbow tie and cufflinks. Their friends all pitched in to make the flower arrangements, centerpieces, cake, etc. The details were all so classy and perfect, exactly what I would expect from these two!! They have a great sense of style and class and it showed in all aspects of their wedding!

I am so incredibly happy for them, it was such a joy to watch them throughout their wedding day!! The love was just oozing from that boat!! Here is a sneak peek, I hope you enjoy!! I love you both to the moon and back!!!