Ladies Night at the studio


Please join us for Ladies Night on Thurs. May 15th from 6-9pm at the studio in Saint Paul, located in the Historic Schmidt Artist Lofts.
Hear all about the upcoming Spring Trends in makeup, skincare, meal making, entertaining, and so much more!!! It will be a great evening, grab a girlfriend and purchase your tickets today! Space is limited to the FIRST 25 LADIES that purchase their tickets!

Tickets are only $30 and include: wine, yummy snacks, chocolate, premium education, and an amazing SWAG BAG filled with goodies!!!

6:00-6:30 mingle and snack
6:30-8:30 presentations
8:30-9:00 mingle and have your headshot taken

Presentations Include:
1. “Getting in the Running Grove” by Alisha Janaszak of Tranquil Force
2. “Redefine your future to younger looking skin.” by Jodi Fidler of Rodan+Fields Skin Care
3. “Managing Stress & Anxiety Naturally” by Laura Erdman-Luntz of Vibrant Living with Essential Oils
4. “Release, Reconnect, Revive” by Jill Barber of Jill Barber Living 
5. “Summer-Proof Makeup Tips” by Sarah Elizabeth of Sarah Elizabeth Artistry 
6. “.925 Sterling Silver Jewelry” by Rachel Patefield of Silpada Designs
7. “Pretty Plates, making everyday meals magnificent” by Rachel Sherwood of Impressions at Home
8. “Simple Centerpieces for Home & Entertaining” by Terri Uy-Lennon of Uy-Lennon Floral & Events

These are all some of my very nearest and dearest friends and vendors, I promise you that you will have a blast and learn a ton. This is NOT a sales attempt, you are under no pressure to purchase anything!! This is an educational, fun, relaxed evening ~ and will walk away with a fantastic SWAG BAG and some really great ideas for spring/summer!!

Purchase your tickets NOW via Paypal. Space is limited to the FIRST 25 LADIES that purchase their tickets!
You will receive an email with directions the week of the event. Your paypal receipt is your ticket to the event!!

Ticket Quantity

tickets are non refundable

FREE Facebook Photo Thursday March 27th!!

It’s baaaa-aaack!!!!
We will once again be offering our FREE Facebook Photo Thursday on
March 27th 11am-6pm
yes, you heard it right, FREE!!! All you have to do is:

1. become a fan:

2. friend Amy so she can tag your images:

3. call the studio to schedule your FREE session 952.233.2169


FREE Facebook Photo Thursday!! March 27th 11am-6p.m. This has been a HUGE hit at the studio, you will want to call early to reserve your spot!Receive a FREE 5 minute Facebook Photo session and an image to use as your profile on FB! Space is limited so call early! You will also have the option of purchasing a high resolution image to use on other site and business materials, as well as purchasing other FB profile images; and new this year we are also offering custom TIMELINE photos as well!!
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The 5 Lamest Excuses To Not Do A Boudoir Session | Saint Paul Boudoir

boudoir, excuses, saint paul, mnI hear SO many excuses every single day from women who are either misinformed about what Boudoir actually is, or just really nervous about doing a session. EVERYONE is nervous when they first walk through my door. I hear “I’m so nervous. This is my first time doing anything like this” from almost every single client. It’s totally normal to be nervous, but you need to trust me when I say that after two minutes into the session, you will be having so much FUN and you’ll forget that you were ever nervous. Spending an hour with our hair and makeup artist before the session really helps calm the nerves as well, making you feel pampered and beautiful!!

The mind is a powerful tool, and if used incorrectly you can talk yourself out of a really great experience. Boudoir is meant to be liberating, to make you feel beautiful, sexy, and confident (and perhaps give that special someone in your life some really great images of yourself). But in reality, the session is all about YOU, not the person receiving the end product.

Here are the top FIVE lamest excuses I hear about why a potential client feels they “can’t” do a Boudoir Session:

1. I need to lose a few pounds/get in shape first 
Ok, the reality is this: you may NEVER lose those pounds and you’re just looking for an excuse. I am a PROFESSIONAL. I know how to pose you and light you to make you look your best. We do glamour retouching on all of our images to make you look your very best, without looking like someone you’re not. I have photographed hundreds of women of all ages and sizes. Believe me when I say you’re perfect just the way you are!

2. I have nothing to wear
I always say one of the staples to bring is a matching bra and panty …. that’s pretty easy, right? While you may not have anything in your wardrobe, there are many affordable places to buy super cute lingerie (Lane Bryant, TJ Maxx, JC Pennys, Gordman’s, Charlotte Ruse, and even Sears… I know a women who bought a gorgeous corset for only $15 at Sears!). You really don’t have to spend a lot on the outfits, and they don’t have to be extravagant if you don’t want them to be. You can even bring his favorite shirt, sports jersey, work gear, or pajama bottoms!!

3. I don’t know how to look sexy or what to do
That is why you hire ME. I will guide you through the entire session, telling you exactly how to position yourself, where to look, what to do with your hands, how to tip your head, etc! You don’t have to worry about a thing!! I am your coach and your cheerleader throughout the entire session. I want you to have a FUN time and enjoy your experience, as well as love your images!!

4. I’m not comfortable walking around naked in front of a stranger
You really don’t have to get naked!! As I mentioned before, I have photographed hundreds of women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. I have seen it all, quite literally. I am NOT going to judge you or make you feel uncomfortable. We will only do what is within your comfort zone.  If you want to do some poses with implied nudity or full nudity, I will accommodate that, but it is NOT required!

5. I don’t want anyone else to see these images
Who you show your images to is YOUR business! We would be thrilled to post an image to our Facebook page or blog to help show other prospective clients our work, however, if you are uncomfortable with that we will absolutely respect your privacy and requests. I do have to say, once clients see their images and how beautiful they are, they are usually comfortable with us using one or two :) and they usually show all their girlfriends as well!!

I hope that this list has helped you open up your mind about a Boudoir Session. They really, truly are a lot of FUN and you will get so much out of the experience! Boudoir is my absolute favorite session to photograph, it is SO rewarding to get emails from clients who LOVE their images…. especially the ones who are picky and critical of themselves and claim that they “never” like their photos!!! I promise you, you will have a BLAST during your session and you will LOVE your images!!! So what are you waiting for?! Take advantage of our SALE!!

Women’s Expo Show Special

Our show special at the Women’s Expo was a huge hit! You still have time to purchase it, BUT HURRY!! You must place your deposit by April 4th to ensure this awesome deal!!! You have until the end of the year to use your session, but you must purchase NOW!

Twin Cities Boudoir Sale

What You Receive For ONLY $395:
*60 minute session
*hair and makeup
*up to 3 outfits
*4×5 album with 10 images
*matching 10 digital files

If you book your session during May we will also give you a deck of photo playing cards with matching tin ($75 value!) boudoirtin

All you need is $100 to lock in the show special pricing, the remaining balance will be due the day of your session. Sessions must be completed by the end of the year, but the BONUS is only valid for sessions taken in May! So it’s a super awesome incentive to book early!! BUT HURRY!!


$35 add an additional outfit  to your session
$150 12 month 8×10 photo calendar
$195 16×20 wall canvas

To lock in your SALE price, simply purchase with the Paypal button below after selecting your package set to the $100 deposit. BUT HURRY!! You need to purchase by April 4th!!!

Package Choice


**$100 deposit is non-refundable
**SALE sessions must be used by 12.31.14
**SALE session must be booked in May to qualify for the FREE bonus item

Professional Business Portraits | Twin Cities Headshots

As Malcolm Gladwell states in his book Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking “There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis” .

I believe this to be very true when it comes to marketing ourselves to potential clients. What does your professional portrait say about you?? It’s one of the first impressions a potential client has of you, and if your image is less than satisfying to them, they will move on to the next potential vendor they could use. Your professional headshot says SO much about you and your business!! 

Now is the time to make a change, to update your image, to make sure you’re putting your best face forward! Call NOW to schedule a professional business portrait session. It will pay for itself in a matter of days, trust me!! professional business portraits headshots

Basic Business Portrait $195
30 minute session. 2 outfits. 2 digital files

Glamour Headshot Portrait $345
professional hair and makeup. 45 minute session. 3 outfits. 5 digital files.

On-Site Business Portraits (call for quote)
we will bring our studio to your business to photograph your staff

To begin the scheduling process, simply select your session type below to pay your $100 deposit (balance due on the day of your appointment) and we will be in touch to select a specific date and time for you! We are conveniently located on West 7th Street in Saint Paul in the historic Schmidt Artist Lofts!

We can’t wait to create a professional portrait that reflects who YOU are!!

Biz Sessions




Tonia & Mike | Bloomington Embassy Suites | Twin Cities Wedding

Tonia and Mike were surrounded by their closest immediate family and friends for a beautiful and intimate wedding at the Bloomington Embassy Suite’s hotel. It was a perfect February afternoon, a bit warmer than the weather we had been having, and the sun was shining!

The bride’s mom did a fantastic job making the flower arrangements and decorations, I am always blown away by what some people can “whip up” and make it look truly beautiful.

Their ceremony was absolutely beautiful, located in the atrium of the hotel. Instead of a unity candle or sand, they chose to release two flowers into the fountain, I loved how unique this was and thought it was a really beautiful expression of their union.

The ceremony was followed by a lovely dinner in the hotel restaurant, complete with heartfelt toasts by the best man (who traveled from the UK to be here for his best friend) and maid of honor.

It was an incredibly lovely day, and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it, along with my two amazing assistants who helped me. Seeing two people in love, and the way they look at each, is what truly makes me LOVE my job!!

Enjoy your sneak peek!

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.