Amber Shader is a photographer who specializes in portraiture photography. She captures special moments of love, life and laughter in each photo.

This blog is her outlet to write about her love of photography and all things antique, beautiful, joyful, vintage, chic, inspirational, whimsical, etcetera.

Thanks for stopping by! Scatter Joy!
♡ Amber

Planning Weddings, Parties and Celebrations in Delaware - Delaware Today - March 2012 - Delaware

Great article from Delaware Today!  They also used one of my favorite pictures from one of my favorite brides!  

We decided to have a little Valentine’s Day party/photo shoot yesterday in the studio complete with vintage mason jars of milk, cake pops, cupcakes and two of the cutest little mini models ever!    

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for a wonderful 2011.  The participation and excitement over the 3 Holiday Giveaways has been fantastic!  

It was a very close race, but congratulations to Lindsay T for winning Giveaway #1 (2011 Image of the Year) with Image #6.  Lindsay and family will receive “bragging rights” of being the 2011 Amber Shader Photography Image of the Year and a free 11x14 lustre coated fine art image in one of the new hand cut, hand painted frames we offer in over 54 colors to match any decor (over $300 retail value)! 

We know how difficult it was to pick just one winner for the 2011 Amber Shader Photography Image of the Year so we decided to award more prizes for Giveaway # 1! Congratulations to the 2nd and 3rd place winners below.  We also added a few honorable mention prizes for images with 20 or more votes…

-2nd Place with Image #3 Susan M aka The Domestic Diva herself!   Susan and family will receive a free 11x14 print of Image #3!  Congrats!  

-3rd Place with Image #40 Sarah R!   Sarah and family will receive a free 8x10 print of Image #40!  Congrats!  

-Honorable Mention winners include Jill F with Image #8, Kalee R with Image #1 and Angela M with Image #45!  All Honorable Mention winners will receive a free 5x7 print!  Congrats to all!  

We also wanted to congratulate our other 2 winners for the 2nd and 3rd Holliday Giveaways…Congrats to Heather D for winning the 2011 Philanthropy Giveaway and Jaclyn C for winning the 2011 Fan Appreciation Giveaway!   Heather and family will receive a certificate for a 30 minute on location (within 30 mins of Newark, DE) 2012 mini session with 2 8x10 prints (over $200 retail value)!  Jaclyn and family will receive a silver photo charm ($75 retail value)!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you again for being a part of the Amber Shader Photography family.  You make what we do possible!  

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."
Believe in the magic of Christmas!  
Merry Christmas from Amber Shader Photography!  

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."

Believe in the magic of Christmas!  

Merry Christmas from Amber Shader Photography!  

From all of us at Amber Shader Photography, thank you for a wonderful 2011!  We are truly grateful for our friends and family and for the clients who have become some of our dearest friends during the Amber Shader Photography experience!    
We owe everything to you!  Thank you for sharing your special moments of love, life and laughter with us.   Words cannot express how thankful we are that you give us the opportunity to be part of yours, and your families life.   Getting to watch, capture and preserve each special little moment brings us so much joy every day!  
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being a part of the Amber Shader Photography family.  You make what we do possible, so we decided to run three…YES THREE 2011 Holiday Giveaways to thank our loyal fans and current clients.  Please see details below….        
Wishing you many more special moments of love, life and laughter in 2012 and beyond,   
Amber & Jarrad
 
2011 Image of the Year Giveaway 

The winner of this giveaway will receive “bragging rights” of being the 2011 Amber Shader Photography Image of the Year and a free 11x14 lustre coated fine art image in one of the new hand cut, hand painted frames we offer in over 54 colors to match any decor (over $300 retail value)!  The winner will be determined by the most votes (Facebook “likes” on your image), so get creative and use all your social media skills and tools, i.e., Twitter, reblogging, Facebook sharing etc to get the word out!    Here are some pointers to share with your friends via all social media outlets, over the phone and in person…
 
Please go to the ASP Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ambershader and like the page.   You must like the page in order to cast a vote for your favorite image.
To vote, all you have to do is find your favorite image in the album called {2011 Image of the Year} and click “like” under that image.  Fans are welcome to add comments, but only the likes on each image will count as votes.  
The contest starts 10 PM EST Dec 22, 2011 and ends 10 PM EST Jan 4, 2012 with winners being announced by 9 AM EST Jan 5, 2012
  
 2.  2011 Philanthropy Giveaway

This additional giveaway is a very special way of thanking all the generous families that came out to support the Amber Shader Photography Food Bank of Delaware fundraiser in October.  Because of you and your support we were able to provide over 4,000 meals for Delaware families in need!  To show our appreciation, you will not only be able to possibly win the 2011 Image of the Year Giveaway, but you will have a second chance to win another prize with our 2011 Philanthropy Giveaway!  The winner of this giveaway will receive a certificate for a 30 minute on location (within 30 mins of Newark, DE) 2012 mini session with 2 8x10 prints (over $200 retail value)!   The winner will be determined by the most votes (Facebook “likes” on your image), so get creative and use all your social media skills and tools, i.e., Twitter, reblogging, Facebook sharing etc to get the word out!    Here are some pointers to share with your friends via all social media outlets, over the phone and in person…
 
Please go to the ASP Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ambershader and like the page.   You must like the page in order to cast a vote for your favorite image.
To vote, all you have to do is find your favorite image in the album called {2011 Philanthropy} and click “like” under that image.  Fans are welcome to add comments, but only the likes on each image will count as votes.  
The contest starts 10 PM EST Dec 22, 2011 and ends 10 PM EST Jan 4, 2012 with winners being announced by 9 AM EST Jan 5, 2012

3. 2011 Fan Appreciation Giveaway

The third and final 2011 holiday giveaway is an opportunity for anyone who is a fan of Amber Shader Photography to win a piece of photo jewelry!  All you have to do is comment on any of our images in any album on our ASP Facebook page with a comment saying…
“This is my favorite image from Amber Shader Photography,  and it would make a beautiful piece of photo jewelry.”   
Each unique comment will be assigned a number and random.org will be used to select the winning number.  The person assigned to the winning number will receive a silver photo charm ($75 retail value)!  The contest starts 10 PM EST Dec 22, 2011  and ends 10 PM EST Jan 4, 2012 with winners being announced by 9 AM EST Jan 5, 2012.  
*The winner must provide a high resolution JPEG image to ASP via email  (info@ambershaderphotography.com) no later than Jan 19, 2012.    
*Due to shipping restrictions the winner must be located within the United States.  
*The winner must be at least 18 years of age.     
Best of luck and thank you again for an awesome 2011!   

From all of us at Amber Shader Photography, thank you for a wonderful 2011!  We are truly grateful for our friends and family and for the clients who have become some of our dearest friends during the Amber Shader Photography experience!    

We owe everything to you!  Thank you for sharing your special moments of love, life and laughter with us.   Words cannot express how thankful we are that you give us the opportunity to be part of yours, and your families life.   Getting to watch, capture and preserve each special little moment brings us so much joy every day!  

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being a part of the Amber Shader Photography family.  You make what we do possible, so we decided to run three…YES THREE 2011 Holiday Giveaways to thank our loyal fans and current clients.  Please see details below….        

Wishing you many more special moments of love, life and laughter in 2012 and beyond,   

Amber & Jarrad

 

  1. 2011 Image of the Year Giveaway 

The winner of this giveaway will receive “bragging rights” of being the 2011 Amber Shader Photography Image of the Year and a free 11x14 lustre coated fine art image in one of the new hand cut, hand painted frames we offer in over 54 colors to match any decor (over $300 retail value)!  The winner will be determined by the most votes (Facebook “likes” on your image), so get creative and use all your social media skills and tools, i.e., Twitter, reblogging, Facebook sharing etc to get the word out!    Here are some pointers to share with your friends via all social media outlets, over the phone and in person…

 

  1. Please go to the ASP Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ambershader and like the page.   You must like the page in order to cast a vote for your favorite image.
  2. To vote, all you have to do is find your favorite image in the album called {2011 Image of the Year} and click “like” under that image.  Fans are welcome to add comments, but only the likes on each image will count as votes.  
  3. The contest starts 10 PM EST Dec 22, 2011 and ends 10 PM EST Jan 4, 2012 with winners being announced by 9 AM EST Jan 5, 2012

 

 2.  2011 Philanthropy Giveaway

This additional giveaway is a very special way of thanking all the generous families that came out to support the Amber Shader Photography Food Bank of Delaware fundraiser in October.  Because of you and your support we were able to provide over 4,000 meals for Delaware families in need!  To show our appreciation, you will not only be able to possibly win the 2011 Image of the Year Giveaway, but you will have a second chance to win another prize with our 2011 Philanthropy Giveaway!  The winner of this giveaway will receive a certificate for a 30 minute on location (within 30 mins of Newark, DE) 2012 mini session with 2 8x10 prints (over $200 retail value)!   The winner will be determined by the most votes (Facebook “likes” on your image), so get creative and use all your social media skills and tools, i.e., Twitter, reblogging, Facebook sharing etc to get the word out!    Here are some pointers to share with your friends via all social media outlets, over the phone and in person…

 

  1. Please go to the ASP Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ambershader and like the page.   You must like the page in order to cast a vote for your favorite image.
  2. To vote, all you have to do is find your favorite image in the album called {2011 Philanthropy} and click “like” under that image.  Fans are welcome to add comments, but only the likes on each image will count as votes.  
  3. The contest starts 10 PM EST Dec 22, 2011 and ends 10 PM EST Jan 4, 2012 with winners being announced by 9 AM EST Jan 5, 2012

3. 2011 Fan Appreciation Giveaway

The third and final 2011 holiday giveaway is an opportunity for anyone who is a fan of Amber Shader Photography to win a piece of photo jewelry!  All you have to do is comment on any of our images in any album on our ASP Facebook page with a comment saying…

“This is my favorite image from Amber Shader Photography,  and it would make a beautiful piece of photo jewelry.”   

Each unique comment will be assigned a number and random.org will be used to select the winning number.  The person assigned to the winning number will receive a silver photo charm ($75 retail value)!  The contest starts 10 PM EST Dec 22, 2011  and ends 10 PM EST Jan 4, 2012 with winners being announced by 9 AM EST Jan 5, 2012.  

*The winner must provide a high resolution JPEG image to ASP via email  (info@ambershaderphotography.com) no later than Jan 19, 2012.    

*Due to shipping restrictions the winner must be located within the United States.  

*The winner must be at least 18 years of age.     

Best of luck and thank you again for an awesome 2011!   


Cousins are people that are ready made friends, you have laughs with them and remember good times from a young age.   

Cousins are people that are ready made friends, you have laughs with them and remember good times from a young age.   

Sunday brunch at styer’s garden cafe today!  

P.S. It is BYOB so we brought some sparkling white wine with us.  Added bonus is the shopping at terrain after the meal!  

Check it out and make sure you get the cheese plate!  

http://www.shopterrain.com/garden-cafe

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and are well rested after all the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and ongoing online shopping!     
This time of year has always been special for me, but for the past seven years Thanksgiving weekend has been extra special for me.  My husband and I got married over Thanksgiving weekend in 2004.  
Today to celebrate, my husband surprised me by taking me to one of my favorite local shops in Greenville, Delaware called Houppette where he hand selected a fragrance for me.  As you can see in the pictures, he had a huge tray of scents to select from!  
I thought it was so sweet and romantic to watch him dig through the big trays of testers to find the perfect scent just for me.   And wow…he did a fantastic job!  He picked the perfect scent (Astor Place from Bond no.9 New York) with just a little bit of help from the lovely ladies of  Houppette.  Astor Place from Bond no.9 New York will now be my new signature scent and I will think of him and how much I love him when I wear it.     
If you love beautiful fragrances in bottles that are works of art, check out all the scents from Bond no.9 New York.  Added bonus is that each scent is named after a New York neighborhood…
 http://www.bondno9.com/about
If you are in the Delaware/Philadelphia area, stop by and visit my favorite local cosmetic, accessories and skincare shop Houppette…
http://houppette.com/

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and are well rested after all the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and ongoing online shopping!     

This time of year has always been special for me, but for the past seven years Thanksgiving weekend has been extra special for me.  My husband and I got married over Thanksgiving weekend in 2004.  

Today to celebrate, my husband surprised me by taking me to one of my favorite local shops in Greenville, Delaware called Houppette where he hand selected a fragrance for me.  As you can see in the pictures, he had a huge tray of scents to select from!  

I thought it was so sweet and romantic to watch him dig through the big trays of testers to find the perfect scent just for me.   And wow…he did a fantastic job!  He picked the perfect scent (Astor Place from Bond no.9 New York) with just a little bit of help from the lovely ladies of  Houppette.  Astor Place from Bond no.9 New York will now be my new signature scent and I will think of him and how much I love him when I wear it.     

If you love beautiful fragrances in bottles that are works of art, check out all the scents from Bond no.9 New York.  Added bonus is that each scent is named after a New York neighborhood…

http://www.bondno9.com/about

If you are in the Delaware/Philadelphia area, stop by and visit my favorite local cosmetic, accessories and skincare shop Houppette…

http://houppette.com/

How adorable is this nursery that I found on Pinterest via http://www.ontobaby.com ?   

How adorable is this nursery that I found on Pinterest via http://www.ontobaby.com ?   

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