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Kids and babies are so incredible! They have always been at the heart of everything I have done. Capturing these precious days of your life, no matter what age you are, is a blessing to me. Owning a professional portrait studio has allowed me to capture some of the most beautiful moments of your life. I know that these images will continue to bring joy over the years as they are shared and enjoyed with your friends and loved ones. I also imagine the great joy the babies captured in my portraits will have as adults when sharing these portraits with their children. What fun!  My hope is that seeing your sweet family’s portrait every day, hanging on a wall in a family room, dining room or maybe in your little one’s nursery, will bring you a sense of joy, pride and gratitude for what sweet blessings are families are to us.

 

These little ones grow up way to fast to let a moment slip. Those funny faces, baby smirks and cries, and those pudgy cheeks will mean more to you than you can ever imagine as your children get older and eventually leave home. Having your own beautiful portraits adorning your home with these endearing sweet moments is truly a priceless treasure. I would love for you to tell me how I can make these memories last forever for you.

 

My name is Amy West and I am a certified professional photographer specialized in newborn portraiture. Other than being a newborn photographer, I am a mother of 4 amazing children, the oldest of which joined the US Navy in 2016, and the second oldest is an accomplished high school drummer. My youngest two are preschool and elementary school students and a ball of energy and joy. They are my world! My husband and I celebrated our 21st anniversary this year. He's about the best father a kid could ask for and I am very thankful to be raising a family with him.

 

As for me, I was a child of professional photographer parents. I watched them work, assisted when asked and maybe learned a few things a long the way. However, photography was not something I was passionate about back then. It kind of grew on me over a series of life events. One of my first jobs was as a photographer, because I had the experience and I needed a job. Then, after 9-11, I went into a Navy recruiting office and stated my desire to join the US Navy. I enlisted as a Photographer's Mate and served most of my time at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.  After getting out of the Navy, I focused on photographing for non-profit organizations. I mainly worked with organizations seeking photos of children in need of forever homes; children in the foster care system in need of adoption. I have photographed children for the Oregon Heart Gallery, Lane County Heart Gallery and the Boys and Girls Aid Society of Portland for the Wendy's Wonderful Kids Organization. My passion for these kids is why I donate a portion of my income to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for children in our foster care system.

 

Naturally with my passion for children and babies, my focus has always been on newborns and children of all ages. Newborns especially have my heart. Getting to hold and love on all these little newborns who come to me is such a rich blessing! Each and everyone of the dozens and dozens of babies that have entered my studio have richly blessed me in someway. Not only that, it is so fulfilling to use my talents as a photographer and passion for babies in such a way as to bring joy to so many families. I am grateful to God for pointing me in this direction and I look so forward to all the babies I will have the pleasure of meeting in the future.

 

Customer Reviews

"We had a wonderful experience with this photographer. The photos were beautiful and better than we could have imagined. Amy prioritized safety and comfort for our daughter as well. The props and backgrounds were beautiful and we had a variety of photos to choose from during the ordering session. I also appreciated the variety and quality of products offered - custom birth announcements, canvas prints, large prints, custom albums, even jewelry products. The newborn phase is so precious but so brief and I am thankful we have these photos because they capture my baby exactly as I want to remember her."

29 November, 2015 by Heather Palmer

"I would recommend Amy to anyone interested in having newborn photos taken of their child. Amy did such an amazing job. Every photo was beautiful! Amy was so good with our little guy. As first time parents, we learned a few things about soothing newborns just by watching her. She is very patient and doesn't rush through the session. She has beautiful props and the highest quality of products. We can't wait to work with Amy again in the future!"

29 November, 2015 by Katrina Bjonness-Jacobsen

"Such an awesome photographer! Willing to take the time and patience to get the shot you want. The baby is never compromised or rushed and as a new mommy I felt totally comfortable the way she handled my son. I would recommend her to any new parents!!!"

29 November, 2015 by Chelsea Lawler

"Amy did a wonderful collection of our newborn baby girl, along with our 2 yr old daughter and a few family shots as well. She made us feel at home in her studio and invested her time to really capture the best pictures, but was fully to prepared beforehand so the session didn't drag on. The pictures turned out beautiful and we will treasure them!! I highly recommend Blissful Mondays!!"

29 November, 2015 by Kristen Steele

"Amy, the photographer at Blissful Mondays Photography, was amazing to work with. Amy is a true perfectionist, and I promise you,that's what you want in a photographer. She takes her time to find what looks perfect through the eyes of her camera lense, and in turn, what looks absolutely amazing in print. Her attention to detail and true love for what she does, shows in her work. I would hire Amy again in a second for any family photos that I needed!"

29 November, 2015 by Lauren Waldrop

"Amy deserves way more than 5 stars. My husband and I have been lucky to have both a maternity and newborn session. After each session we walked away being blown away not only by her talent and craft but with her down to earth nature, professionalism and ease to make us feel comfortable. She has a pure passion for photography and it clearly shows. During our newborn session she displayed such patience and care for our little guy. Above all his safety was her number one concern. She made these first time parents feel like their son was in great hands. (At one point I called her our baby whisper ). We look forward to the next few sessions with Amy and highly recommend her to anyone."

27 May, 2017 by Nicole Kramer

"Wonderful experience. Amy is truly a master of her craft. Was not sure what to expect, especially with a home studio, but surpassed all of our expectations. From the beginning, felt completely at ease and welcomed into a warm environment literally (80 + degrees) and figuratively. At 6 days old there are few people that I would want to have intimately interacting with my newborn. Amy addressed all of my insecurities and made the entire process feel like it was done by a trusted family member rather than a stranger. Got so many beautiful pictures, picking our favorites was a mere formality. Was definitely worth our drive from the coast. Recommend her to anyone looking for newborn session and we plan on returning for her to capture future milestones."

27 May, 2017 by Megan Rambob

"A wonderful experience through the whole process. This is a grandmother's point of view."

27 May, 2017 by Linda Micheli-Gunn