The Princess Ball | Red Deer Family Photographer

A frozen theme…

This is the second year that I’ve taken part in The Princess Ball, here in Red Deer. It is an annual event that has been going on for 9 years now, raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Sadly though, this is the last year that founder Kelly Tibbets will be organizing the event…but have no fear, there is a team of people waiting to take over the job of putting this event on for future years!

Through a variety of “Princess Balls” across Canada, Kelly has helped raise $1.5 million dollars for The Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The event is decorated with balloons, beautiful tables with centre pieces and black/white linens, black chair covers, tons of sequence and white fabric backdrops. The theme this year was Frozen and the kids definitely took that to heart with many dressing up as Elsa. Activities included dance performances by Dance Magic, crafts, a candy table, draws with many stuffed animals and games, face painting, nail painting and yes, a dance floor that lit up with adults and kids alike, dancing to the music of the DJ and flashing lights.

In the far corner, I was set up to take pictures of everyone dressed in their princess gowns and royal attire. It was fun to see so many kids with their hair done up, faces painted and fancy dresses on. Many moms accompanied their kids, a few dads and even some whole families took part. We had a successful day of having fun, creating memories and raising funds for this great organization.

For all the families who had their photos taken, you can download your photo from this Gallery LINK. You would have received a password to access the photos from an email I sent to you.

I look forward to participating in this event for years to come. Thanks to Kelly for all her work in organizing it, and I wish the new group of volunteers lots of fun as they plan for 2021!

Below are a few photos from the day.

~ Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Central and Southern Alberta families and couples with the very best in portrait & wedding photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! Although I primarily photograph weddings and family sessions, I also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Blackfalds, and everything in between.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2020

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Wheeler Family | Red Deer Family Photographer

Saying goodbye to Red Deer…

After 3+ years in Red Deer, this family is saying goodbye and moving northwest for a new posting. I had the privilege of getting to know Lisa when I first moved to Red Deer back in 2016. We met at a women’s dinner for Mountie spouses and over the years have participated in craft nights together, she’s looked after our dogs and she has helped me on numerous photography events – she’d be the person signing you in and taking your money for mini sessions, while I was busy with each family.

I have photographed her family and her extended family on numerous occasions. As a photographer herself, motherhood has become the main focus of her time but she still dabbles in the creative art when she can. It’s always fun to collaborate with another photographer.

I wish this family all the best in their new town and new adventures ahead of them. I hope this gets them that closer to a final move back to the Vancouver area so they can be closer to extended family.

All the best Wheeler family!!!

~ Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Central and Southern Alberta families and couples with the very best in portrait & wedding photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! Although I primarily photograph weddings and family sessions, I also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Blackfalds, and everything in between.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2020

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Andrew & Melissa’s Wedding @ Westerner Park | Red Deer & Calgary Wedding Photographer

Intimate wedding with a “Jaws” ending.

This summer has been incredibly rainy, but on this wedding day for Melissa & Andrew, there was 0% chance of rain! It was hot, hot, hot!

The guys got ready at the couples home in Timberland. It was pretty chill, even Zola their dog was laid back…just taking it all in! Gifts given to the groomsmen (Andrews brothers) included Marvel themed USB sticks and personalized mugs.

Then it was off to photograph the girls getting ready. Melissa was busy doing her hair, adding in extensions that really gave her a lot of dimension and layers to her gorgeous locks. The girls received personalized mugs as well for their bridesmaid gifts.

The ceremony was held at Westerner Park in the Harvest Gardens. It was a truly intimate ceremony with about 70 people in attendance. The officient did the coolest thing I’ve ever seen during a ceremony – she took a selfie with the bride and groom! It got everyone laughing and it’s something that I will always remember as being unique. I had the honour of sitting at her table at the reception where the laughs continued. Very funny woman of God – check her out, Pastor Massiel (her info is linked at the bottom of the blog).

During the ceremony there was a faith-based message, sand ceremony and beautiful prayers. Piano music complimented many parts of the ceremony. The decor consisted of white chairs and flower buckets hanging from metal poles down the entire length of the aisle. A blue and purple theme was evident throughout the entire day. Around the gazebo were beautiful swags of material. Even Zola the dog had a special outfit to wear, which of course was purple in colour.

Talking about a hot day, we ended up doing family formals in the blazing sun. Everyone was real troopers as we quickly got through the list.

After family formals, we went to Coronation Park which had lots of character this time of year – tall grasses, weeds that really did look like flowers, full green trees. This park can be a challenge to photograph in due to the splotchy shaded areas but you can’t beat the variety in scenery – rocks, grassy areas, tunnel of trees down either side of the paved pathway. Then it was off to the Ice Cream Shop for a quick ice cream cone and some air conditioning to cool off.

Their reception was held at the Best Western in Sylvan Lake. They had it decorated with strips of lights across the ceiling, a white/lit up material backdrop, blue and purple accents, lanterns on the tables with greenery, candles, chocolate kisses that had personalized sayings on the bottom and favours.

Dinner was really unique and something I love – BREAKFAST THEME!!! It consisted of eggs, croissants, hash brown casserole, waffles, french toast, turkey bacon, tater tots, variety of fruit and danishes. Dessert consisted of brownies that were gluten-free and extremely delicious (this is coming from someone who doesn’t have to eat gluten-free!.

The evening was pretty casual and extremely well laid out, program wise. The kissing game consisted of throwing a dice, and depending on the number that came up, this translated into a specific task they had to do – sing, dance, etc. The crowd really got into it! After a few speeches by the bridal party, the bride and groom participated in the “shoe game” and a short time of dancing before I whisked them away for some evening photographs.

As we were walking across the street to the Sylvan Lake Lighthouse, we walked through a crowd of people in lawn chairs, watching “Jaws” on a big screen overlooking the water. There were even people in their boats parked, watching the movie. We walked over to the lighthouse where I took some lit up shots of them in front of it, using flash. It was fun to walk through the crowd and the food trucks with people clapping for them!

Thanks for including me in your special day! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Foulston!

Interested in reading more about Andrew & Melissa’s story? Scroll past the photos to read about how they met and how Andrew proposed!

~ Amy

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Here’s a little bit more about Andrew & Melissa’s LOVE STORY:

  • How did you meet?

Andrew wrote: We first met in gr. 12 in high school. I (Andrew) walked up to her and talked to her while she was working on a backdrop for a school event. The second time we met was at State & Main right after I (Andrew) bought my car.  I saw her at another table a little ways away, and said hi as I walked by, which led to us to getting in touch via facebook and in person in the weeks that followed, where we hit it off and started dating.

  • How did you propose?

Andrew wrote: I had several different ideas/plans on how and where to propose, including Mexico and Fairmont Hot Springs, but those plans didn’t work out due to delivery delays on the ring.  So what I ended up planning out was a scavenger hunt where I took the day off work, delivered flowers to her at work with the first clue.  From there I left several clues with cute poems and riddles leading her from work back to our bedroom where I had been “hiding” in the next room waiting for her to get to the last clue, which asked her to close her eyes and call my name for me to appear.  And when she opened her eyes, I was in front of her on one knee with the ring out in front of me, asking her to marry me. 

  • Which moments stand out as the best from your wedding day?

Melissa wrote: One moment was when we were in the receiving line and my dad came and gave me a hug and started to cry (a cry I can’t describe) – a moment I surely won’t forget. But, I think my favourite moment was walking down that aisle to my best friend and seeing all our friends and family their to support us. 

  • What did you think when you saw your bride for the first time?

Andrew wrote: Oh man, I just remember that I couldn’t wipe the biggest smile off my face the whole time.  She was so beautiful, hair done up super fancy and in an amazing dress, and she had the biggest smile on her face too! The other thing I was thinking was “she’s walking really fast, I think she really wants to be up here with me!” 

  • Can you share any tips about planning a wedding to future couples getting married?

Melissa wrote: Either hire a wedding planner or buy a wedding planning book to help you know where to start and have a list of everything to consider and remember.  And then make lists of what needs to get done and by when, and make sure you get stuff done before the recommended deadline.  We used a wedding planning book, it was super beneficial. Also, I wrote out everything we had left to do, printed out the months we had left and put them in there to know when I was going to get it done and not have to carry the list in my head. We were able to take it one day at a time. Get your wedding party to help you! Don’t be afraid to research and use online stores.


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Central and Southern Alberta families and couples with the very best in portrait & wedding photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! Although I primarily photograph weddings and family sessions, I also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Blackfalds, and everything in between.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2020

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Ashten & Philippe’s Engagement Session | Red Deer & Calgary Wedding Photographer

Bridges, nature & pathways.

I met Ashten & Philippe at the downtown Red Deer CPR Walking Bridge, 2 hours before sunset. That’s when the “magic light” happens, creamy and soft golden light.

We had a ton of fun as we ventured onto the bridge for some casual shots. We even got Philippe dancing! On the other side of the bridge, we ventured down a paved pathway, and then out towards the waters edge where we had to scour through the overgrown brush, finally coming to a nice clearing where the bridge was positioned perfectly in the background.

Being off the beaten path is especially romantic as my couples can truly focus on just the two of them and not worry about onlookers (or in our case that evening, homeless folks) watching them. Helping each other get through the overgrown grass, holding hands, looking lovingly into each other eyes, caressing hair and cheeks…the connection that my engaged couples have is undeniable and always reminds me of why I got married and how devoted I am to my husband!

We finished the evening session off by changing into more “dressy” outfits and bringing out some flash. I absolutely loved Ashten’s long pink dress. It fit her beautiful and was a perfect pop of colour against Philippe’s darker ensemble.

And even when I thought our session was over, I couldn’t help but get them in front of the large tree next to the underside of the bridge, pop some light onto them, before heading back to the parking lot. They were easy going and made the session really fun!

At each of my engagement sessions, I take macro (close up) shots of the ring that started it all. I honestly need to start doing these during the session but sometimes that’s not possible, as was the case this evening. The last thing I want is to have a ring fall through the bridge into the water, or get lost in tall grass. I always opt to do the ring shots when nothing bad can happen to it! So, with the use of phone flashlights, I was still successful at getting those shots, it was just harder than usual.

I am truly excited to be photographing their wedding on August 22nd in Canmore. It’ll be fun to see them again and celebrate as they actually make it official of being Mr & Mrs!

Congratulations Ashten & Philippe!

~ Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Central and Southern Alberta families and couples with the very best in portrait & wedding photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! Although I primarily photograph weddings and family sessions, I also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Blackfalds, and everything in between.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2020

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Lacombe Ice Breaker Tournament | Red Deer/Calgary Event Photographer

Lacombe Ringette Association @ the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, Lacombe

This past weekend, teams from across Alberta and Saskatchewan gathered in Lacombe for the Annual Ice Breaker Tournament. There was plenty of excitement come Sunday, when the finals were being played!

As a special treat to the teams, the organizers wanted to provide each team with some action shots of the Final Games. That’s where I come in! I have honestly never been to a ringette game and although it looks very similar to a hockey game, I actually think Ringette is harder. Instead of stopping a round puck with an extended piece of hockey stick blade, these ladies had only a stick, and needed to be precise in hitting the centre of that round ring when it came flying at them. Now, I was never good at baseball because I couldn’t get the bat to meet the ball (ever!)…so I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be good a ringette either! But these ladies were amazing to watch! And the older they were, boy did they get fast on the ice!

Thanks for including me in this fun day of ringette and for letting me come out onto the ice to photograph many of you! Watching your amazing talents made me wish that I knew how to play the sport (or at least know how to skate better!).

Interested in learning more about ringette and how you can get involved, check out the Lacombe Ringette Association.

Here’s some interesting facts from Ringette Canada:

“Since the early 1960s, the sport has continued to grow and currently boasts nearly 30,000 registered players on nearly 2000 teams, with over 8000 coaches and over 1500 officials. While it is primarily a female sport, there are currently over 700 males playing ringette across the country.

Ringette, like hockey, is played on ice with skates and sticks with six players per team on the ice at once. The objective is to score goals by shooting the object of play into the opposing team’s net at either end of the rink during stop-time periods of play. But this is where the comparisons between ringette and hockey really end. The stick is straight. The object being pursued by the players is a rubber ring, not a puck. There is no intentional body contact. And the rules of ringette make it a wide-open and dynamic sport.

Number of ringette registrations in Canada: 2017-2018 – 31,168

Provincial breakdown (2017-2018 season):

British Columbia: 2,167
Alberta: 6,522
Saskatchewan: 1,520
Manitoba: 2,563
Ontario: 9,498
Quebec: 5.707
New Brunswick: 1,334
Nova Scotia: 1,040
Prince Edward Island: 817
Newfoundland and Labrador: 0
Northwest Territories: 0

The following are the age divisions in ringette:

  • U9       8 years & under
  • U10     9 years & under
  • U12     11 years & under
  • U14     13 years under
  • U16     15 years under
  • U19     18 years under
  • Open   18 years & over
  • Masters 30 years & over

Here’s a few pictures from the weekend:

Secure Online Galleries

The online galleries linked below are private and password protected. The gallery will be hosted for 30 days. You can download a free digital copy of any image you choose. As the gallery is secure, your team contact (mentioned below) will provide you with the password to use. If you haven’t received it, please contact him/her directly, their names are mentioned below.

U10-2 Final – Lacombe Bolts (contact Megan Miller) vs Drayton Valley Dream Team (contact Sara Emmonds). Online Gallery LinkHERE

U12A Final – Bow View Voltage (contact Michelle Chemilli) vs South Calgary Ambush (contact Michelle Byers). Online Gallery LinkHERE

U12B Final – Regina Predators (contact Loreley Chekay) vs NW Calgary Tsunami (contact RaeAnn Rivard). Online Gallery LinkHERE

U14 Final – Bowview Warriors (contact Krista Wilkie) vs Lacombe Edge (contact Cheryl Talma). Online Gallery LinkHERE

U16 Final – Calgary NW Nitro (contact Suzy Potter) vs Lacombe Edge (contact Colleen Shippelt). Online Gallery LinkHERE

U19 Final – Lacombe Edge (contact Laura Litwin) vs Strathmore Ice Holes (contact Coreena Hunter). Online Gallery LinkHERE


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

TRICK OR TREAT!?! Fairies, Lambs, Dogs and Pumpkins…| Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Halloween Mini’s at the ACP Studio in Red Deer

Over two weekends, I had a number of adorable kiddos come and visit me…decked out in their sweet Halloween costumes. There really weren’t any scary ones, just cute and cuddly animals and characters from their favourite shows/movies!

I don’t do a lot of Mini Sessions, and truthfully I’m not really “into” Halloween. But I happened to have a Halloween backdrop in my closet and thought I’d give it a shot. I’m sure glad I did. It was a ton of fun, the kids were very interactive and loved showing me their outfits and how they can act out their characters! I’ll definitely be doing this again next year!

I hope you enjoy some of the images I captured from this years mini’s!

~ Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Dykens Family Session at CPR Train Bridge | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Sunset warmth, running off energy, Grandma’s love.

This session has been in the making for almost 2 years, no joke! Daughter-in-law Sheena, bought a gift certificate for Grandma Susan for Christmas of 2017. You heard that right! We have been working around work schedules and nasty weather for the past little bit, but we finally made it happen on this gorgeous August night.

We met at the CPR Train Bridge in Red Deer where it’s always an interesting place to be. Luckily on this night, we didn’t have to dodge too many people walking across the bridge. There are always some interesting “characters” that you meet at this location.

In the end, I spent a little bit more time with this family than what a normal Mini Session would allow, but after 2 years of waiting, I thought they deserved it. We captured some great group shots and of course, some fun photos of the kids. And of course, Grandma got the images she wanted of her with the kiddos.

My favourite photos are the individual ones that I capture of the kids. They normally happen near the end of the session. It gives me a brief one-on-one moment with them where I try to make them feel special and beautiful. And then of course I always encourage mom and dad to do some “couple shots”. Once you have kids, it seems to be all about them, or family photos…but a photo of just mom and dad…often forgotten about. I think it’s important to capture their loving partnership in a shot of just the two of them. And this mom and dad did not disappoint – look at how they look at one another, and hold each other when walking. It makes my heart bubble over when I allow moments like this to happen and capture it for them!

Enjoy some of the photos from our session!

~ Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Pulham Family Visits Alberta | Calgary/Red Deer Family Photographer

12 years later, they are back with the kids!

12 years ago, the Pulham Family (my sister and her husband, and their newborn eldest daughter at the time), came to Calgary for my wedding. They haven’t been back since…but when work allowed my sister to make a visit to Alberta, the rest of the family decided to come along too!

It was really special for my husband and I to watch our nieces experience the mountains for the first time.

As is normal at Lake Louise, there were mounds of people there and it wasn’t even a weekend! We had to park down the main road, and walk up to the Lake. It’s amazing how amongst all the visitors, we could capture some photos that make it look like we are the only ones there!

It was an incredibly long day as we travelled from Airdrie to Lake Louise, then to Moraine Lake, and finally we made a quick stop through Banff. Amongst all the “are we there yet”, it’s fun to look back on these photos and remember those precious moments with my family.

I have called Alberta home since 2002, but I do still miss my immediate family who are still in London, Ontario. I hope they will come and visit again…and we’ll do some activities closer to the city!

To end off the trip, my brother-in-law decided to buy an old Mustang and drive it back to Ontario. It was a long drive, with a steering wheel that kept pulling to the left (apparently a new set of tires fixed the problem). The road was long, and I’m sure he likely won’t do it again…but he arrived 4 days later in Ontario, safe and sound.

Thanks for the summer visit Pulham Family!

~ Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Choosing the Right Camera for Your Child | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Encouraging a new interest…

If your child has recently started showing an interest in photography and you are thinking about buying them their first camera, there are a few things you need to consider. As a parent you probably know that a kid’s interests can change tomorrow, next week or even next year but the good news is that you can still support their new hobby without breaking the bank.    

Here are some tips for choosing a camera for your budding photographer: 

  • Choose a camera that will enable your child to learn the basics quite quickly. Make sure that the controls and buttons are manageable and that the size of the camera is suited to the size of their hands. The menus should also be logical, easy to read and have intuitive icons that are easy to understand. 
  • Children love to experiment and tend to learn faster when they can do so. An entry-level DSLR camera will allow them to adjust exposure settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Interchangeable lenses are also a great learning tool but definitely not essential as a beginner. 
  • When deciding on a camera for your child, take a look at the screen. It should be large, bright and have great color reproduction. It should also be easy to use both indoors and outdoors as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to see your images clearly on the screen due to bright sunlight. 
  • Ensure that the sensor resolution is good enough and meets your specific requirements, especially if you want to print larger size images. In most cases a 10-14 mega pixel camera is a sufficient for an entry level photographer. 
  • As a first time photographer, your child will want to keep practicing so it’s important that you are able to extend the camera’s memory using a SD/SDHC memory card. 
  • Next come the accessories. Your child will want to download their images from the camera onto a computer for editing so a USB cable/memory card reader will be an essential accessory. Down the road if their interest keeps growing, consider purchasing a tripod, alternative lenses and eventually, a camera with more capabilities.

If you aren’t sure that a brand new camera is the best route to go as your child pursues their interest in photography you can also look at buying a secondhand camera instead (or ask family members if they have an old camera they don’t want anymore!). Ask around because many photographers may be willing to sell an older backup camera. Be sure to find out about all the camera’s features and any extras that it might come with before making the purchase to ensure that it meets your specific requirements. Additionally, camera stores (like my favourite one, Saneal Camera!) are a terrific resource. Even if you don’t plan to buy new, they have a ton of information that can help you make the right decision.

Happy Camera Hunting!


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Do I Really Need a Professional Makeup Artist? | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding Photographer

Should I hire a MUA (makeup artist) for my wedding day?

You’ve made a big investment in photography (and possibly videography as well) to help capture your big day. You want to make sure you absolutely look your best. Although, I’m sure you do a very nice job on your everyday makeup, I strongly recommend looking into hiring a makeup artist. 

Here’s why:

Even though you’re great at doing your own makeup, a MUA can do it so much better. I mean, after all, that is their job. We especially recommend hiring a good MUA if you don’t normally do your own makeup. They know what will look good on you and can make it look natural and flawless.

Makeup artists use high-grade makeup – nothing runs, shines, or smudges, ensuring that you don’t have any makeup malfunctions during your big day. They also know what works well with the flash, the lighting at different times of the day, etc. 

On your wedding day, you’re going to be moving around all day and you want your makeup to last. You’ll need to be wearing about 30% more makeup than normal. It may seem like a lot in real life, because you’re not used to it, but it won’t look like a lot on camera. Makeup artists know exactly how much to put on. 

A MUA knows how to accentuate your features to make sure you look your best for portraits and close ups. They know that cameras alter lighting and colors and how to avoid common makeup issues with photography. Some everyday makeups can make you look oily or shiny on camera – MUAs make sure the makeup they use will photograph perfectly. Also, on your wedding day, you’ll be wearing a lot of white. You don’t want to look washed out in your photos and a MUA knows how to make sure that doesn’t happen. 

And lastly, they know your schedule and can help keep you on track by making sure to have you ready in time.

Still not convinced?

Consider doing a trial run with a MUA. What’s to lose? Don’t want to pay for it…head to The Bay, a MAC store or Shoppers Drug Mart and ask the cosmetic ladies if they’ll help you out. Then, have someone take a photo of you. You might be pleasantly surprised!


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

The Near Wedding in Calgary | Calgary/Red Deer Wedding Photographer

Emotional first look, milkshakes & dance party.


Getting Ready

The day started at the Four Points Sheraton Calgary West where we photographed Sean and his groomsmen getting ready. Amongst getting ready, they were busy playing Nintendo Switch with the young ring bearer. As a gift, Sean gave his groomsmen tactical boxes as well as new ties and socks for the day. The suite that we were in was very large, it made this portion of the day both easy (to move around in) but also a beautiful backdrop.

After photographing Sean and his guys, we headed next door to the bride, Neena’s suite. We had lots of time to photograph her jewellery and accessories as she finished up hair and makeup. Neena gave her bridesmaids gifts that included fuzzy shawls to keep them warm and floral robes. During our time with Neena, I especially loved her rose-gold shoes and the delicate jewellery that she wore, and check out that adorable purse! It was pretty clear while photographing the guys and girls, that their bridal party meant a lot to them – close friends who had helped shape who they are and they enjoyed journeying through life together!

The First Look

The first look was incredibly emotional. Working with a large mirror in the room, we situated Sean near the window. As Neena came in and tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around and we were able to capture his true emotions both directly and indirectly using the mirror. He was truly overjoyed to see his soon-to-be wife and how absolutely stunning she was. After this, the couple took a few moments to read personalized letters that they had for one another. We allowed them complete privacy for this part.

Formals in Bowness Park & Angel’s Drive-In

Formals were a ton of fun with this large group. We started off at Bowness Park, where a bit of snow could still be found on the ground. There is always a ton of different looks at this park – water, trees, grassy areas, bridges. We first photographed the entire bridal party together, both in a formal look and then a fun “cheering” group shot. After that, we broke into separate groups, photographing the ladies on their own and then the men. This is the time where we get individual shots of each person (great for LinkedIn or Tinder…ha ha…that’s what I always say to them), plus we pair each person up with the bride/groom, and of course group shots of the girls and guys. Then it was time to photograph the bride and groom on their own. The entire bridal party stuck around, helping us hold jackets and flowers as we switched throughout a variety of poses and locations.

After finishing at Bowness, we headed to Angel’s Drive-In which was right around the corner. The group ordered burgers and milkshakes, and had a relaxing time sitting at a few of the tables inside. The place was packed with people, but we managed to find a few corners to use. We captured candid shots of the group eating and laughing together, plus we took Sean and Neena outside to do some photos in front of the vintage-looking building. With the stainless steel look of the walls, and the large vehicle over the front door, old records and black and white motif, this location was a fun spot. Something out of the ordinary!

Ceremony at Four Points Sheraton

After photographing the family in the lobby of the hotel, it was time for the ceremony. As Neena’s dad is no longer with us, her Uncle had the honour of walking her down the aisle. Throughout the day, Sean carried Neena’s dads wallet with him, to help keep him close throughout the day. After exchanging rings and saying their vows, they signed their marriage certificate and then shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Reception Time!

After entering the reception hall, speeches were given. Then a unique presentation happened where friends reenacted how Sean and Nina met. It was similar to a Bollywood style of film and included a number of the kids in the group. This was such a special touch for the couple, it was obvious that they really appreciated the effort.

Dinner was followed by a dance that literally just erupted on the dance floor. This group knows how to dance, and I’m sure it kept going, long after we left that night!

Here’s a few of my favourite images from this special day…Congrats Neena & Sean!


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Cadens Senior Grad Session | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Countryside, horses, family & laugher.

It was such an honour to be part of Caden’s Grade 12 Graduation from Lacombe High School. I was invited out to their acreage in Lacombe County where we spent a couple hours with his immediate family, girlfriend and Grandma.

They had so many different areas of the acreage that we could use for photos – grassy pastures, the dirt road, the field with their three horses and treed sections.

To add to the mood of the session, there were grey clouds circling behind us. They almost had a tornado look to them. Luckily, they seemed to pass by us without a drop of rain, but the backdrop it provided was incredible.

Brother Brody had graduated 2 years prior, so some of the photos we took were replications of the images they had done for his grad. But then we got to make some unique ones, just for Caden! It was fun to photograph him in his blue suit, then in his grad gown and finally in his comfortable jeans.

Congrats Caden & best of luck in all your future endeavours!

Here’s a small sampling of the photos we captured that evening