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KELLY + MATT | DESTINATION WEDDING - MAUI

We absolutely loved this amazing destination wedding from 2011. We had to hold off on sharing these images on our blog because Kelly and Matt’s wedding was featured by the amazing Destination I Do Magazine. I’m so excited to be able to share a peek into this magical day, which has been a long time coming for this blog. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and aloha, friends!

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Photography: Bound By - Amelia Strauss

Venue: Haiku Mill

Florist: Teresa Sena

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: JS Boutique

Groom’s Clothier: Burberry

Hair + Makeup: Dan Sanchez + Jessica Waite

Ceremony Music: Jamie Lawrence

Catering: From Soup to Nuts

Bar Service: Garnish Events

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HAPPY IMAGE FOR THE DAY | BIRMINGHAM LOSS

It broke my heart to read such sad news about a huge loss for Birmingham. You will be missed…
I hope this image from a couple of weeks ago leaves a smile on everyone’s face who comes across this post.

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#1 - CHECK! - AGAIN

Details Communications hooked me up with this amazing new blog!!! And even though I had already technically checked off #1 on my 101 in 1001 list when I left my old squarespace blog, this recent upgrade and gorgeous customization called for another check, plus some major props to the great folks at DC who made this thing happen. I am incredibly excited about my new website they are making for me! Be looking for it to launch in the next month.

Thanks so much to all of you at Details, you have made me a happy happy girl!

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IS CALIFORNIA READY FOR THE STRAUSS HOUSE?

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Check out our new view…

HUGE NEWS! That’s right, we’re moving to Los Angeles. After much prayer and consideration, my husband and I have decided to relocate all the way across the country, and we are ecstatic about it! Jason (who I’m calling out by name in this post for the first time ever) has taken a position with his company that will be taking us to the West Coast.

You may be thinking, “But Amelia, what in the world does this mean for you and the studio?”, and please know how much prayer and preparation has gone into the decision and answer to that very question. I will be physically moving to Los Angeles this winter around the holidays, and will still be working primarily out of Alabama. The studio will be based out of Alabama through next summer, as we shoot out of both the South and the West Coast. At that point, the studio will relocate entirely to Los Angeles, but will still be available for work anywhere (especially down here, where my heart is)!

So, this is a pretty big life change for me and Jason. We looked at different neighborhoods to live in over this past weekend - which, by the way, was the first time I had EVER been to Southern California. Massive Decisions? Yes. A Tad Overwhelming? You Bet. Exciting Adventure? Absolutely! I picked up on a few things really quickly: I have a southern accent; The 405 is almost unbearable; my vegetarianism is much simpler out there; the people are really friendly; the weather is unbeatable; and I LOVE my husband and can’t wait to make this move with him.

Things we are looking for, and would love prayer and welcome advice about: a place to live, a church, and friends. We are really leaving everything behind to make this move. It will be hard, but I am assured over and over again that this is the plan that The Lord has for us. And how thrilling is it to follow Him?!

It is truly amazing to look back and see how God brought us to this point, and how He guided us along the way. One example is the friends I’ve made just over the last six months before we could see any of this on the horizon, California photographers and all-around rock stars, Meg Perotti and Heather Kincaid. Meg had us over for dinner on Sunday evening, and her hospitality was welcoming and encouraging beyond anything I could have imagined.

I am so stoked to finally announce our plans, and I can’t wait to see where life takes us along this unexpected journey!

Here is the first image of me and Jason in California! (Taken on Meg’s front porch by Heather)…

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KATIE & MATT - SNEAK!

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Oh my gosh, this shoot yesterday was absolutely fabulous! Katie and Matt are just great, and it was such a pleasure to work with them. We played a little ball, had some drinks, relaxed on a pleasant afternoon…are you jealous yet?

Here are a couple images I’ve pulled as I edit through the session - enjoy the peek and leave them some love! Full post to come with images galore and all sorts of fun facts about this amazing couple and their upcoming wedding this December in Atlanta.

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My fave so far…

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Happy Fourth and I’ll see y’all back on the blog soon!

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5:00 A.M. ON SATURDAY - SO WORTH IT

I’m pretty much in LOVE with the sunrise and early morning images we snagged this past Saturday. Granted, we got started at 5:00 in the morning, but as I edit down and process the images I am realizing just how worth it the crazy scheduling was! Check out a couple faves I’ve pulled…

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Yea for awesome sneaks! Full post to come later in the week - with some stunning images to boot!

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THE BECKETT FAMILY

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Oh, how I love the family portrait above! Thanks to City Stages for letting us borrow one of the feature stages to rock out during our shoot.

The Becketts are the best! We met up last week for a family session that was a Mother’s Day gift - great idea by the way! I had such a fun time with the two beautiful daughters. Good thing I showed up wearing Rock & Republic jeans to the shoot, as this seemed to seal my “cool” factor with these teenagers. That quickly wore off…but still…

It was a great way to spend an afternoon for sure. A lovely family looking for some traditional portraits but willing to let their personalities play out and indulge my modern streak - who could ask for more?!

Here are just a few of my favorite images. Thanks for letting me hang out with you and capture some wonderful memories!

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