Hi! I'm Amy! I'm a both a homeschooling mom and a professional photographer in the Sacramento, CA area, as well as the creator of the Beloved Black & White Action Set. Thank you for visiting!

Posted on Aug 28, 2014
Posted in Babies

…who is that strange lady and what is that thing she’s holding up to her face!!?

Even 3 month olds need a slow introduction to the camera, and I love seeing their little inquisitive faces!! This princess made me smile with her own little bewildered looks about who I was and what I was doing. But she started smiling and just about fell asleep by the end of our session, I think she had a good time :)

Sacramento Baby Photography - Amy Schuff

ps. Edited with “Rich” from the Beloved BW Action Set.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014
Posted in Weddings

They’ve been married for a few years now…but that didn’t stop them from getting back into their wedding clothes and taking photos all over again. What a gorgeous couple. I’ll be back with more photos at a later date, but for now…

Sacramento Wedding Photographer - Amy Schuff

Sacramento Wedding Photographer - Amy Schuff

Sacramento Wedding Photographer - Amy Schuff

Sacramento Wedding Photographer - Amy Schuff

Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Posted in My Family

I’m linking up with some amazing photographers this month to show what being “real” means in this day and age full of media and popularity. The honest truth, I’m a real mom. A living, breathing, one day at a time mom. At one point, I was a world traveler. Yep…I had more stamps in my passport than any of my friends and not just because I was taking vacations. I went to places no one dared to go, or sleep, or spend more than an hour touring. I loved every minute of it. I still travel, but it’s not like before. That is absolutely fine with me though because my precious children are my calling and being their mom is what I was made for.

When we aren’t able to travel out of the country as a family, we try our hardest to have small adventures here at home. We love our city and what we do actually centers around seeing our city changed for good. So when the fair was in town, we jumped at the chance to go.

So real life right now looks like adventures to the state fair, us just being us, a family, who moves and breathes and works together, all of us doing our part so we can live each day knowing that we did our best.

After taking a peek at my photos, go visit Kelly Kuntz Photograph – Bozeman Family Photography  to see her take on “Real Adventure!”

Amy Schuff Photography Sacramento State Fair Amy Schuff Photography Sacramento State Fair

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
Posted in Children

She certainly was! This is just a quick sneak peek for her parents. They took advantage of the mini sessions that I’m offering right now and I am so glad they did! For more info please use this contact form: Sacramento Family Photography Mini Sessions

Amy Schuff - Sacramento Child & Family Photographer

Posted on Jul 11, 2014



I am so excited to announce that I will be offering black and white actions for Photoshop (versions CC-C6)! I’ve spent such a long time on these because my heart is to make the most versatile, easy to adjust, works on as many of your images as possible, black and whites.

For many years now black and white photography has been such a passion for me. I love color and you’ll see so many color images here, but black and white speaks to me in a way color doesn’t.

I remember my Dad who was a photographer in his younger years, say to me, “Amy, with a black and white your blacks need to be black and your whites white.” It’s such a simple concept, but if you truly want a black and white image to shine, it needs to pull the highlights out and enhance the shadows.

So that is what I’ve done for you here, I’ve created 14 different black and white actions to help you find the most lovely one for your images.

Visit the For Photographers page for more info and to see more examples of the actions on images!


Amy Schuff's Black and White Actions

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Amy Schuff Photography Black and White Actions


I have had numerous photographers beta test them for me and I’ve had an overwhelming response! Here are some of their images edited with one of the 14 Beloved BW’s. 

Amy Schuff Photography Photoshop Actions

Images courtesy of Mindy Newton Photography, Images from Amy and Lisa Smiley Photography

Here’s another Before & After!

Amy Schuff Black and White Photography Actions for Photoshop

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Please let me know if you have any questions! I hope these actions are what you’ve been searching for! 


Please visit the For Photographers page for more info!

Posted on Jun 25, 2014
Posted in Maternity

This couple made my night. They were just all around fun to hang out with, and I’m not even kidding. And gosh they are so in love!! For right now I’ll only share one photo, but all of them pretty much are like this…full of light, love and excitement for their new baby boy.

ps. Edited with “Prime” from my new black & white action set coming soon!!!

Sacramento Maternity Photographer

Posted on Jun 12, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized

We love roadtrips, especially ones where we get to stop and visit some cows, see the rolling CA hills and do our best not to pick the poppies!

Amy Schuff - Landscape Photography

Amy Schuff - Landscape Photography

Amy Schuff - Landscape Photography

Amy Schuff - Landscape Photography

Amy Schuff - Landscape Photography

Amy Schuff Poppy Photos

Amy Schuff Poppy Photos

Amy Schuff Poppy Photos

Amy Schuff Poppy Photos

Amy Schuff family photos in the poppies

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
Posted in Weddings

Since this amazing couple just celebrated their anniversary yesterday…I thought it was high time that I shared their wedding photos!

It was just lovely watching those two confess their love and make a commitment to forever at Gibson Ranch Park. I’ve never seen a bride as giddy as Melody was! It was obvious that she was marrying her best friend. I have a soft spot in my heart for these two and I hope that I get to photograph all the milestones that happen in their future *hint hint* :) :)

Beware… I’ve chalked this post so full of photos! They almost never end!!












Location: Gibson Ranch Park

Wedding Cake: Amber’s Cake Creations

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Photographers: Amy & Jeremy Schuff


Posted on May 30, 2014
Posted in Amy's Stuff

On May 1st my husband and I began a Whole30 challenge. It comes from the website www.whole30.com and the book “It Starts with Food” by Melissa and Doug Hartwig. For the sake of this blog post I will assume you know all about what Whole30 is, but in a nutshell, it’s a way to reset your body by eating real, healthy, good foods. The limitations are: No grains, dairy, sugar, soy, processed foods, beans, legumes, processed foods and a few other arbitrary foods that they chose to elminate. You’re supposed to eat like this for 30 days. So we decided to go for it. We both felt like we needed a jumpstart on health and this was the best way to do it.

But now we are on Day 30 and I’m very proud of us for getting here, for sticking with something so long. *Day 30 of #whole30. When I began, 30 days ago, I was excited but nervous. Nervous about what I would eat and if it would be worth it. The beginning was hard, very hard. I just didn’t want to eat healthy food. I wanted cereal and bread and cookies. Then I learned how to eat so that I wasn’t as hungry and I started to feel ok. Day 5 was horrible, on days 13-14, deep exhaustion set in and I wasn’t sure this was even doing anything for me. By the time day 17 rolled around, it just wasn’t that hard anymore. The way I was eating was a way of life and a habit. Now today marks day 30 and while I’m excited to have the freedom to eat a piece of toast with my eggs, I’m not about to throw all the good habits I learned out the window. Remember, this isn’t a wholelife, it’s a whole30, and it’s designed to reset your body so you can figure out what exactly ails you and how to eat good food.

I know you all want to know results. My results are, I can fit into my clothes. I can seriously look at my closet and put on (almost) anything I want. I lost 8lbs in 30 days, just by eating real food, and without exercising even once. That is a victory for me. There’s other small things that I can pinpoint, like being able to wake up in the morning refreshed and not needing coffee. Or just being thankful that I know the food I’m eating is fueling God’s temple and not breaking it down.
So…do I recommend doing #whole30? Yes I do. I think anyone can do it, anyone, and it will be worth it.
Will I continue to eat like this? Yes and no. I want to be able to celebrate my birthday with a piece of cake. I want to be able to sip yummy coffee with my husband on a date. I will gladly take the freedom of eating foods that are totally worth it to me. I hope beyond hope that I won’t eat foods that I know hurt my body and are not worth it.
Will I ever do another Whole30? I could definitely see myself doing this again.
The real win? I have met some amazing people through Instagram and the Whole30 challenge, and for that fact alone, it was worth it :)


Posted on Mar 23, 2014
Posted in Uncategorized

Just one from our little mini session in the flowers…it was a beautiful night.


Amy Schuff - Sacramento Family Photographer