So inevitably you’ve heard the news about some SUPER big changes that have occurred in the last month here at studio 60… which you could just as well say :: MY LIFE. 😉

At the beginning of the month, I let go of my lease for my consultation/shooting space and decided to move back to my home studio.

NO, my business is not failing. No to 100 other dumb things.

I just didn’t feel that it made my “ship go faster” in terms of my business in the 18 months I was there… so I cut the cord.

It was GREAT having a space that I didn’t have to worry about when meeting a client. Beautiful, calm… neat and CLEAN! Unlike my home at the moment… HA! However, the central nervous system of studio 60 (aka: my office) has been at my home this whole time… so I thought it would be good to bring everything back under one roof. Plus now, I’ll have wi-fi again! HA!

It’ll be good to get things ready in the dead of winter without having to head into town and warm a cold space!

About a week after determining I was going to move back to home base, I saw Danielle’s request for “Help Wanted” at Refreshing Designs (a ‘Design, Paint, Decorate’ business, who also runs a retail furnishings store, and who was just recently purchased by Karvonens) and I thought… what the heck!?! That would be a great way to fill up the days when ALL THREE OF MY GIRLS are at school, and I’ll be in town if they need me… well… fate decided it was something that should happen, so hired I did get, and I’ve been juggling the crazy ever since.

Now, throw in school starting, working a retail job after 8 years of ‘being my own boss’ and still running a successful business of my own? I think I see my ‘highlights’ starting to pop a little faster! LOL but I’m excited for the change of seasons (retail wise, not actually) and being part of a fun endeavor with the R D | K crew as they grow in their journey together.

At this time… I’m just holding on – taking it one day at a time, and keeping the coffee flowing! …after all, it’s 5:30am and I haven’t seen this time of day in a few years 😉

Cheers my friends! Have a SAFE and HAPPY Labor Day weekend, and because I can’t do a post without a photo… here is a beautiful Minnesota sunset with one of my Class of 2016 Senior Girls | Emma.


Brainstorming session ideas.
This is what makes every visit to studio 60 unique.

Everyone has different ideas, different clothing, different personalities, different likes and dislikes…

With the split session we did with Emma, we even had different looks! Our beautiful in-house stylist can bring your ideas to life!

Incorporating objects, places and ideas that hold a sentimental value makes your senior portraits truly pieces of art that mom and dad will treasure for all time… not just hanging in an 8×10 frame on a wall 😉

I envision this image of Emma as a huge canvas somewhere… even in dad’s future man cave… with her little brother following suit in something equally as awesome. Dad’s vintage cars? YES PLEASE!

Be in touch to see what we can create for YOU!
Much love friends!

The Senior Portrait Experience | High School Senior Photographer

It’s Tuesday, August 4th 2015 and OH MY GOSH!!!! Were is Summer running off to? I am definitely a confirmed summer child, so any thoughts of it turning cold or school starting for that matter makes me shudder!

The only thing that makes me soooo excited is the thought of spending time with these newly minted Seniors… getting excited for *their* first days of their last year in high school 🙂

I have had the pleasure of photographing some AWESOME senior ladies and I hope that their experience is one they’ll remember for a long time! Not only in the creation of their session… but the images that are brought to life as well.

One of *MY* favorite parts ~ and my clients, too… is getting the pampering treatment of professional hair and makeup styling. No worries that something will be out of place by the time you get to the studio… or that your lipstick has faded. All the details are prepped right up until I lift my lens to capture their faces.

Creating a custom session ~ whether we’re capturing favorite interests, or a special location… it’s all part of what makes our Senior Portrait Experience something that will be remembered for a long time!

If you are part of the CLASS OF 2016 and would like to learn more about our amazing sessions… please contact Amanda (your High School Senior Portrait Photographer) at (218) 346-5420 or email ::

Don’t forget!! We’re on Instagram & Facebook, too!

Class of 2016 at studio 60 photographic art

I have to admit… The reason I love photographing the High School Senior market HAS TO BE the diversity of interests, life goals, backgrounds, dreams and ambitions of the girls [and guys] that I photograph…

Getting them to tell me what their future plans are… and helping them create fun and meaningful memories of where they are right now is a powerful place to be! So many times I feel that people just slip in to a rut without realizing the adventures that are surely to come their way.

Being bold and taking chances is all a part of life, and I hope that EVERY one who has ever had a dream, makes a conscious effort to work towards it 🙂

A favorite quote from Maya Angelou ::

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Check out the second half of Auroura’s Senior Portrait Experience…. wowza.

SO! Dear Class of 2016, please get in touch if you have ANY questions about our Senior Portrait Experience at studio 60. I’d love to share in your journey! | (218)346-5420

Don’t forget! We’re on Facebook & Instagram, too!

Class of 2016 Senior Portraits

Dear Class of 2016!
I love, love, LOVE doing High School Senior Photos… and at studio 60 we make sure it’s all about the experience 🙂

Besides planning out your custom photo session – with favorite outfits, activities, interests, locations, etc – we also make you feel like a princess for a day with professional hair and makeup styling, wardrobe consultations and of course, our signature editing that ensures everything is in it’s right place.

[LISTEN UP GUYS – I photograph the boys, too and I promise it’s still a cool experience ~ aaaaaand we’ll only mess with your hair if you want us to!]

Top it off with BEAUTIFUL products that will show off all your favorite images – whether digitally or on the wall – and you’ll be thinking about your session for years to come!

If you’d like more information about our Senior Sessions, know any of our Senior Reps, or just have general [but always important] questions… please give me a holler! | (218)346-5420

Don’t forget! We’re on FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM, too

Beautiful Portraits

A little BEFORE, DURING & AFTER in the studio 🙂
I can’t get over the giggling and carrying on we were doing 🙂 …makes for great images LOL
Exist in photographs for your loved ones… and receive a beautiful makeover to boot!
To learn more, email Amanda at

Family & Summer in the Lakes Area

We’re heading in to SUMMER and soaking up as much of the beautiful weather as we can during these precious few months!

Most families are planning their get-togethers, family reunions, birthday parties and casual gatherings at the lakes and of course, thinking of family photos (right?!?!)!

Whilst an individualized family session is always ideal (to get to know the family/kids, etc) to be able to create something truly unique and beautiful… sometimes it’s just as important to document everyone being together.

It’s always a great honor to photograph my clients, because I know how much the images are cherished.

My sales pitch is short ~ HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER to photograph your family 🙂

Contact Amanda at for more info!!

Serving the Otter Tail & Becker County areas.

We love our Dads!

Sometimes it’s hard to get the Dads in front of the camera… but what a fantastic memory you will have when you do! Don’t miss out on this chance to book a session with dad, grandpa, uncle… or any fella who steps in to love on your kids 🙂 As a THANK YOU, you’ll receive a beautiful Desk Art Print for displaying or I can wrap it up to have it ready for sharing, too!

FUNDRAISER (perham | detroit lakes photographer)

Hello friends!

During the month of MAY we are offering a suuuuuuper sweet deal here at studio 60!

Spring MINI Sessions at the studio… with 10% of the package cost GOING BACK to two of our area schools.

Now ~ invites were given to the families of those two schools, but if you would like to book this for yourself, just tell me which school your child attends and I will gladly donate to their school as well! That’s $15 dollars from EVERY session back to the school… think of all the glitter that could buy!!! LOL

With that being said, there’s an awesome, steal-of-a-deal, super savings, bonus, think-of-the-kids incentive to UPGRADE that MINI session, BUT! you’ll have to call or email me to find out what that is 🙂


If YOU have a favorite school in mind, and would like to set up a similar fundraising effort, please get in touch!

Have a great week my friends!