Beauty with age

Recently, I had a dear friend ask to buy one of my prints.  It was an image that “he had to have”. Actually he said, “I need it”.  I understood this feeling well, when I see something that moves me.

This is the image shot, in northern Italy,  in front of a home built in the mid-1600’s.  The woman was the kind home owner that allowed us to photograph on her property.  The shot was at the last frame of the day, hosting us for a bit of cheese, figs and their estate’s wine.  I will never forget this experience.



My beautiful associate, Stacy Kinzler was our model/stylist for our Italian excursion.  We were working on building a portfolio  for an estate that is seeking American brides, but on the days were we were not shooting the wedding, we created, and created and created…



This has been a dream of mine for a very long time and to have it come to fruition, well it’s hard to put in to words.  It’s emotional, it’s raw and it is vulnerable. Ciao!


Heart of a location

IMG_7651 with b07wo font_1I was able to move into a studio of my dreams last year.  It was time, as the company was being run out of 700 square feet and had to get really creative on where to shoot, it was time.

My sweet husband who can visualize in the brain, knowing I needed it to be at least 2d, he made me a pop up (a literal 3d model made from paper, scotch tape and scissors.).  All of the reasons he is the Ying to my Yang.

We began the remodel and here we went.  Trip to Dallas, Home Depot and vintage lumber yards, it was coming together great!

Then the day before we moved in, the main sewer line broke that was underneath my slab in the middle of my concrete floor.  I decided to hide under my covers that day and hoped that it was repairable.  All was restored and we moved in the next day.  As they were digging, there was something very precious found, a sliver spoon.  We dated it back with the markings and it was manufactured in the mid 1800’s.  We carefully placed it in a shadow box and shared it with my lovely building owner.  I will always wish a silver soon on the first day of business.

So as I journey, it is still a journey and on the journey I go.

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Forgetting what summer is like…please remind.

Rain, rain go away.  IT’s either the answer to the farmer’s prayer or a curse that he has feared.  Either way, its wet, gloomy and frizzles your hair-do.


I decided to share just a little bit of what summer looks like here at Carper Farm.  We had the privilege of hosting a backyard wedding for my brother in law Phillip and his bride Stephanie (btw, LOVE HER!  Finally another woman on the Carper side).  I also gained Anna Belle, now my niece and oh how she makes life sweet.

You will see summer solstice, as you are taken away by the greenery.  Remember people, summer equals hot!  With this, enjoy a Friday evening, with still a bit of chill in the air as all is preparing for spring.

Love and Breathe,

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IT never gets old

IT hurts yet heals

IT evens out fields

IT  trumps the EGO, always.

IT is ageless

IT is limitless

IT holds no prejudices

IT always wins

-amy carper

Ben and Ellianna, it was great to spend V-day with you.  Stunning couple, looking forward to seeing your story together unfold.


Boys becoming men and the power of connection

It is easier for me to say that I do not need “anyone”  than it is admitting that I need “someone”. -amy carper


The reason for this is because when we say that we “need” something or someone, actually hearing ourselves forming the words and telling this to someone, makes us feel vulnerable and potentially weak.  Hopefully, you have chosen wisely the person that will hear you.  Regardless of the recipients response, you have been brave.

This type of exchange is very natural for children, they are less likely to feel bad for asking  for something that they need, they do it without fear or hesitation.  The beauty of asking has faded away with responses of rejection, shame and judgement.  A reminder to our self not to try that again.

I am learning the power of connection.  Photographing these brothers, reminded me of the importance of connection, true connection.  You will see that there is no question that these brothers share something very special.


“I feel a bit envious of childhood, next best thing is to stay close to it”.




‘Tis the season on the Manor- a photographic project

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Creative synergy and pure beauty is just the start to the Goodwin Manor shoot.  Deliberately using a red gown, by Valentino, gave us the drama that we were searching for.

We will be sharing this for the next few days, we ended in a woman’s tuxedo that was kindly provided by Beige clothing boutique in down town Little Rock, next to Amy’s studio.



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Amy Carper – Owner, Photographer/ website:

Rachel Haynes/  website:

Tanarah Luxe Floral/ website:

Andrea Goodwin, Owner
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BEIGE : website:

Hair:   Rachael Young/

Make up:  Angel Burt/

Levi Miller & Anthony Byrnes Forestland Films/

Brooke Duszota
Model Manager with Sculp Agency/ 

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The Loving Gary Family…

The colors along with the aura in the air made this shoot extra special! We chose charming pastel colors for the families attire which made this shoot especially dreamy. They are such a genuinely loving family and the brother and sister are truly best friends. It makes me smile looking back on these photos and excited to meet with them in the next weeks to plan their photo collection for their family history wall. Did I say I love my job?

Amy Carper






Happy Birthday week for Stacy Kinzler…a friend, a mother and an amazing photographer

My friendship started with this amazing woman when she was in high school.  She graced her senior portraits and is still gracing me with her beauty and heart!  Her and I were in Italy this time last year, opening up new borders for us to work and expand.  There is not another person in this world, besides Chris that I would rather do this with.

She holds a wisdom beyond her years, mothers with heart-gripping joy and savors even the difficult!  The only time I have seen her losing patience, was when United lost our bags and her and I sported the same clothes for 4 days, prior to getting our luggage….heeee heeee, I got to Stacy in rare form.

Thank you for being a part of my business, but more than that, in my family’s life.  There is no one like you!

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in a blink they will be grown….from a mama’s heart

It is something that you hear from parents that are a season ahead of you.  It rolls off the tongues of grandparents every time they see the kids, it actually gets exhausting to hear how fast that kids grow.

Then it happens, and you see it for yourself.  A documentary format  running in your mind of how your life is going to look in a few years, you feel a bit nauseous as you think about them driving a car on a real road, not a video game.  As you get anxious behind the knees thinking about dating, hormones, drugs, peers and oh then there is the college application process…..ok I promise I’m done.

After I gather myself up from a dazed and confused “mind coast”,  I go to a place that is safe for me; that I am not in control and that God, my greatest source, is helping me out with this parenting thing.  As I begin to breathe again, center and realize that onions are the one missing ingredient for the dinner that hungry kids will devour tonight, I grab my keys and head out to a pre-school pick up grocery run.

Are you wondering at this point, why have kids in the first place?  Its ok if you are, as this is a safe place, I mean its a blog post on Facebook!

When I look at these faces, Ken was 10  ( now almost 16) , Kate was 8 ( now almost 14)  and Kyle was 10 ( still 10 ).

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This concept of photography was birthed out of a trip that I took to the west.  I headed out for a creative journey, and came back knowing that we as parents, forget to capture this season of our kids life.  The in between,  the metamorphous,  the awkward.  IS it possible that it is the “awkward” stage, because it is what we make it?

You will see that there is grain in the images, that is because life is full of grit and tough stuff.  You can also see that the eyes are clear, because the eyes are the window to the soul.  There can be a lot of debris in life, but  I can look at my kids straight in the eye as I  communicate with them, I see and learn a lot.  These are specifically printed on a paperthat I hand chose, it’s a heavy bodied paper, that is archival.  Just like life, it ages and needs substance to live a long time.  These are all of the reasons that I will not stop printing my work.

“Expressions of Innocennce”  is commissions of children between the ages of 9-13, where they are rapidly changing.  I want to remember the full cheeks and the innocence, when we are climbing the face of Everest as teenagers.

I believe that who you are at 10 is who you will be for the rest of your life.

Many times your life changes, but your passions and giftings remain.

with love,  Amy Carper

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The Carnahan Family…a perfect collection of photos to share during our first days of Fall in Arkansas

This family was so much fun to photograph…they are big into sharing in their kids fun and adventure! We chose to shoot this session in Early Fall at a fantastic Pecan Grove right here in Arkansas! It was a beautiful sunny day much like what we are experiencing this time of year. This family has an array of these pieces of art now displayed in their home for their family to enjoy and always remember.

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