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ABOUT amy

Behind the Lens

Keep scrolling to get to know me a bit more personally and to learn about the things that keep me going.

MEET AMY

Amy Claeys began her love affair with photography in a high school black and white film class. She loved the creativity of the class, but let it fall to the wayside after graduation.

In 2001, after the birth of her first child, her husband felt that she was spending too much money on developing film of the new baby, so for her birthday he bought her her first digital camera, an Olympus C4040 Zoom. 4.1 megapixels of digital goodness.

In 2008, Amy founded The Royal Oak Photography Group. ROP started out as a photo walk group. After about a year of taking photos with her group, Amy realized that she wanted to become a better photographer, so she enrolled in the photo program at Oakland Community College. That is where she fell in love with film photography. Developing and printing film, both color and black and white, has become Amy’s absolute place of Zen. She has since been awarded a Certificate of Photographic Technology, (PHT.CT).

Now a widowed mother of two teenagers, Amy currently owns Amy Claeys Photography, LLC, and works as a full time freelance photographer. She primarily photographs weddings, seniors, corporate and private events, headshots and real estate. It’s really all about the journey of photographing people. While her photo sessions are shot primarily in digital format, she always brings along some film, and will shoot some film at each photo session upon request. It’s Amy’s goal as a photographer to put a little bit of art into every photograph.

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MY SASSY FAMILY

We love to get fun pictures of our own family every year! We find the most kitchy minis every holiday season, and get our photos done. as you can see, We LOVE to have fun with this!

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MY JOB

I LOVE helping direct my clients during shoots to help them feel comfortable in front of the camera.

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MY LITTLE PLEASURES

ON  MOST DAYS, I'm fueled by fantasy novels, cop shows, coffee, and working in my darkroom.

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MY FUR BABY

This is Grumbo. He is fierce. He loves to help me edit.

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my favorite things:

— Karl Lagerfeld

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

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