amily session 

I would highly recommend Amber to everyone. She took amazing pictures and was very patient with the little ones. My son will have these great memories for years. Thank you so much.

Rose m.

Amber did an awesome job capturing me and my little family!! She was very patient with my little rug rats. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures!

Adriana A.

Amber did an AMAZING job shooting our family pics! We are so grateful to know such a talented photographer! We definitely recommend her to the rest of our family and friends!

Tracy L.

Thanks so much for considering me for the honor of creating beautiful photos for your family. It is my hope that together we craft not only awesome memories, but gorgeous, timeless images as well.

My style is photo journalistic, I love capturing families playing, snuggling, being goofy, and just loving on each other. I will always do my best to get that one desired shot of everyone looking and smiling at me, but will for the most part, be giving piggyback rides to your kids, encouraging dads to show off their kid-flipping skills, having little ones give moms their BEST hugs EVER, and fun stuff like that.

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what's included with each family session

Choose from my in-studio sessions, or select one of my gorgeous on-location spots for your session

Full styling services including, exclusive client closet access, virtual styling assistant, and personalized styling guidance

a certified and licensed photographer with thousands of hours of education + experience

Professionally edited gallery of images. CHOOSE FROM YOUR FAVORITE IMAGES OR PURCHASE YOUR ENTIRE GALLERy

Licensed professional makeup artist and esthetician specializing in bridal and photography makeup with over 10 years experience in the beauty industry.

Shirlee takes the most pride in making her client feel beautiful from the inside out.

meet megan

She has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2007, specializing in event/photography hairstyling since 2013.

 Whether you need a style for a wedding, Quinceañera, photos or just a night out on the town, she’s got you covered, and will travel to you.

meet shirlee

Let's talk styling

Amber Denise Photography has a client closet available to clients. The closet is full of variety to choose from. Our gowns are long and flowy to compliment any shape and size. Sized range from small-X-Large. A week or two before the session, you are able to come to the studio to try and pick a dress out. 

The days of everyone wearing one same color in photos is long gone. COORDINATING IS KEY NOW.

Start with one person's outfit + build around that. Choose colors and patterns that complement each other. As you think about your color palette, imagine your family as one complete piece of artwork. Each outfit will bring together the entire piece. Instead of everyone wearing the same shade of blue - think about what accent colors/tones might complement said blue

Think layers

Coordinate don't match

Access to Client Closet

Probably one of the easiest ways to take your session for "meh" to "WOW" is to add layers. 

Think button ups with a sweater or blazer on top. Add a textured knit cardigan for some depth. For little girls, think tights or cute knee highs with a twirling skirt or dress. And don't forget to add details... a nice hat or headband can add the perfect touch

head to toe

The most overlooked clothing in session styling is SHOES! 

Your shoes will definitely be seen, so leave the scuffed tennies, crocs, and old flip-flops at home. 

 Instead, opt for a clean converse style tennis shoe,  nice dress shoe, or even a boot. 

meet my beauty squad

(210) 550-5931

(210) 847-7372

Hair and Make-up services are added to any session for an additional fee

MUA

Hair

Top 5 tips to prepare for your family session

01.

Take a little time to style your session

Check out the tips in the Styling Your Session Section on this page to help you plan out the perfect outfits for your session. Once your session is booked, you will receive access to my online styling assistant and my client closet. 

Using all the awesome tools that come complimentary with each of my photography experiences,  will ensure that your session is style to perfection. And if you find that you need a little additional help as you put everything together, feel free to reach out any time. 

02.

Help your kids prepare

Preparing your kids for our session as much as possible often takes the timidness out of the evening. Please make sure kids know that this is FUN! My sessions are no stress,  My goal isn't to get a picture of your child "being good" or just "smiling" but having fun and interacting. Some kids who have been coached to smile for the photographer get so nervous that they are fighting laughing and relaxing because they are so worried about having their picture taken or making their parents happy!

Instead, I'm a huge fan of bribery - (ice cream after!) is always a great idea for the ones who need a little extra encouragement. However, please don't bring sweets for bribing during the shoot. They tend to end up being a distraction.

03.

Bribery works on spouses too

Moms, I'm speaking to you... Is your husband feeling less than thrilled about your upcoming photo shoot? A little bribery seems to work well here (though maybe something better than ice cream!) as well!

Helping your spouse pick out a coordinating outfit that they feel comfortable in is one way to help them relax and enjoy their time at the session

Remind your husband, that the shoot will be relatively painless and to try to focus on having an hour to play with the kids, hold your hand and just savor these moments that are so quickly passing by

04.

Make sure you dress for the weather

Moms, I'm speaking to you... Is your husband feeling less than thrilled about your upcoming photo shoot? A little bribery seems to work well here (though maybe something better than ice cream!) as well!

Helping your spouse pick out a coordinating outfit that they feel comfortable in is one way to help them relax and enjoy their time at the session

Remind your husband, that the shoot will be relatively painless and to try to focus on having an hour to play with the kids, hold your hand and just savor these moments that are so quickly passing by

Top 5 tips to prepare for your family session

Do you provide hair and makeup? 

Yes absolutely! We have partnered up with an amazing hair stylist and makeup artist. Their services can be added on to any of my sessions for an additional fee.

They will come to your location before the session and completely pamper you! I highly recommend adding them to your session, so you can worry about one less thing for your session!  

What if it is scheduled to rain?

I prefer to decide morning of if we are going to proceed with the session or not. If it still is scheduled to rain the day of, due to equipment being so pricey and fragile, I do not risk the chance of it getting wet. There will be no reschedule fee due to the weather. :)

do you schedule sessions before sunset?

In order to get those creamy, dreamy backgrounds and soft, beautiful skin tones, I prefer to schedule sessions the last two hours before sunset. This is called the "Golden Hour" where all that magic happens! But if you're an early bird, we can do a sunrise session!

When will I get to see my Photos?

After your session, we will usually do a sneak peek after a day or two. We are never that patient enough to fully edit the gallery without sharing some of our favorite on social media. Most of our portrait galleries are due in 7-14 days, but during our busy season it could take longer. Our weddings take longer as there are so many images to go through.

Do You offer any print products?

I sure do! My Boutique Print Shop which is filled with hand-picked items from albums and wall art, to notecards, and print sets, You can pick the perfect ways to display your beautiful images throughout your home.

Can I bring my animal(s)?

Oh my goodness, please do! I love photographing families with their sweet furbaby! My only advice if you do so is to bring an extra hand along to hold the leash, so you don't feel like you have to leave him/her in the car while we finish out the session. I usually like to do those images first.

 

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frequently asked questions

What if my little one gets sick?

Just as important as the weather is that everyone being photographed be feeling 100%. There isn't anything worse than an unhappy and sick feeling child - they especially do not want to be in front of a camera.

At the first sign that your kids aren't well, please give me a call.

What if my child has a favorite "Lovie"?

If your little one has a favorite lovie they want to bring, such as a blanket or stuffed animal, let them bring it. I will incorporate a few shots at the end of your session with it to capture this sweet time in their childhood. 

 

Features +

awards

Amber is San Antonio’s Elite Family + Newborn Photographer. She has been spoiling her clients and serving the local area from her home-studio for the last 8 years. She is a certified Accredited Professional Newborn Photographer, has passed several safety courses, and will be completing her degree in photography 2022. Amber’s award- winning work has been featured in numerous international photography publications.