Web Design for Author-Speaker Amy Hammond-Hagberg

Amy Hammond-Hagberg is an author-speaker from Minnesota.  She’s authored and coauthored several books.  My personal favorite is 100 Answers to 100 Questions Before You Say I Do but Facing the Dragon seems to be her most popular.  Not only was I super blessed to grow up under the care of this spunky and hardworking woman, but I have had the privilege of proofreading for her, taking her head shots, and now designing her website!

Working with my mom on this big project was both very fun and challenging.  Suddenly proofreading and taking head shots looked like child’s play!  Not that designing the site itself was particularly hard, although each graphic design experience I’ve had certainly is enough to puzzle through on its own, I just found the dynamic between playing designer and daughter at the same time to be much more challenging.  In proofreading and head shots I get to send my mom a finished product, with design there is proofing along the way and a whole manner of preferences to sift through together.  We had to play a lot of back and forth on deciding what the look would be and why – occasionally I had squish one of her ideas and occasionally she had to dump one of mine.  Because of all of this I learned a lot about myself and I think it grew our relationship in a cool, unique way!  I’m also very grateful that I got to work on the design with her because I think it is worlds better because of her input and evaluation along the way!  Two minds are better than one right!

Thanks Mom for your patience with me on this project and for asking me to work with you on it!  Love you!

CLICK HERE or on the screenshot below to see the new site!

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Some ins and outs…

I designed this website primarily in Photoshop.  I based the design off of a number of resources but the most influential was the template we chose to work off of.  Working with templates like this is great because it is easier to customize and change the content.  If you would like a web design that is easily accessible and changed I recommend going with a ProPhoto template, rigging it to your WordPress account, and don’t forget your hosting and domain (I use GoDaddy and they are great!)

2013 Wedding Favorites

It’s that time of year again!  Time to showcase all the beautiful weddings I got to be a part of this past year!  The photos below were the most loved pictures throughout the year via blog posts, Pinterest, and Facebook!

Which one is your favorite?

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a hot pink, glam meets rustic flair backyard wedding (Megan + Justin are married!) – Minnesota wedding photography

Growing up in Minnesota I find I have a certain nostalgia for various places.  Two of these places that I adore aesthetically and culturally is Buffalo (my hometown) and Minneapolis.  Michaela + Cole’s engagement shoot satisfied my craving to photograph in downtown Buffalo, but I was still dying to photograph in specific areas of downtown Minneapolis.  Turns out, Megan was dying to do their engagement session in downtown Minneapolis right around the corner from the spots I had been eyeing for years.  We chatted about our ideas and desires and came up with a perfect blend for her to hit up her favorite spots and mine!  It was epic!  I totally spent about 2 hours with them romping around the city because I couldn’t stop photographing them and continued to stumble on even more awesome photo spots.

Needless to say, after such a fantastic experience with these two on their engagement shoot I was beyond looking forward to their wedding.  I was also so excited because I learned very quickly from Megan that I was going to be in charge of photographing a truly unique wedding – she described their look to me as pink + glam meets rustic flair.  As she talked into further detail I learned I was getting to photograph another backyard wedding, my favorite, decorated with chandeliers, black and white all around with hot pink accents, and a little bit of wood and moss in the mix to satisfy Justin’s craving for the natural look.  The combination of the two of their tastes, obviously, was gorgeous!  I loved the personal flavor of the wedding and the DIY/glam feel to the whole day -can’t say I ever would have imagined those two describing words lumped together!

To see the full wedding story and blog post of pictures CLICK HERE.

To see their engagement session CLICK HERE.

To see more wedding photography CLICK HERE.


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vendor details…

HAIR Renee Douville and Brenda (friends)

MAKEUP Jodi Favata (friend)

CAKE Road House Coffee Shop

FLORIST Candle Light Floral and Nancy Zwieg (Groom’s Mom)

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Vantage / Se7en (Justin Zwieg, Groom) and ReneeNicoleDesign (Renee Rodgers, friend)

LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS Jamison Zwieg, Ron Zwieg, Nancy Zwieg and Nicole Daly (Groom’s Family)

WEDDING PLANNERS Nancy Zwieg, Ron Zwieg, Nicole Daly and Jamison Zwieg (Groom’s Family)

MUSICIANS Sara Jeddeloh and Anna Alvarez

CATERER Dehmer’s Meat Market and Catering Services

WEDDING DRESS L’Atelier Couture Bridal by Amanda Kautt (Vera Wang collection)


Book your wedding with me by filling out my contact form up there or email asunshinemoment@gmail.com.  Looking forward to meeting you!

* about me CLICK HERE or HERE * pricing info CLICK HERE *

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Happy Thanksgiving

Honest to goodness, I am most thankful for my husband and my photography business.

I really don’t mean to be to sappy for you folks who hate this kind of thing but I’m not a liar and I truly am more thankful for my husband than anything else on this earth.  He keeps me sane, makes me laugh, and makes life so much sweeter.  I am particularly thankful for the fact that we grow closer together and more in love every day.

Joshua, I love you and am so incredibly thankful for you!

I am also most thankful for a job I love and the best clients in the world!  I have adored each of my clients this year.  Each of you brought me so much joy both during the shoot and throughout the editing process.  I am so incredibly thankful for you and absolutely do not take you for granted!  Thanks for such a perfect year of photo fun!

What are you most thankful for?

A Photo A Day | August 12 – 18

Hello friends!  I am finally getting back in the game after a knock out round with the cold/flu while persevering through a week and weekend of photo madness!!!  Photo count for the week: one boudoir session, one 1MO baby session, one engagement session in Minneapolis, one Minnesota wedding, one Milwaukee wedding.  What a great week!  So much photo fun to be had!

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MONDAY wedding boudoir session (full blog post to come after the wedding)

TUESDAY my hubby’s beautiful eye (I finally saved up enough to spring for a macro lens!  Y’all are in for some macro fun in the coming “a Photo a Day” posts.)

WEDNESDAY 1MO Scarlett Krueger (full blog post coming soon)

THURSDAY Megan + Justin engagement session in Minneapolis

FRIDAY evening shadows on garage doors

SATURDAY  one fairy tale backyard Minnesota wedding (preview coming this week)

SUNDAY  a Jewish wedding of mass amounts of fun in Milwaukee (full blog post coming soon)