My Why | Tallahassee Family Photographer

Updated: Mar 11

"Family is not an important thing. It's everything."

- Michael J. Fox

Growing up, I dreamed of being many different things: a veterinarian, a neurosurgeon, an attorney, a teacher. My career goals changed as fast as the seasons (in anywhere but Florida). The one dream I had that always stayed consistent, the one that I am blessed enough to have already reached, was to get married and be a mom.

Creating a family is HARD. What's even harder is nurturing that family so that it doesn't fall apart. Before my first son was even born, I knew that it would be impossible for me to leave him in someone else's care, go to work everyday, and pretend like I was okay with that.


Picking up my first DSLR camera was SO EXCITING. I was always the one taking pictures of my friends and family at events and gatherings growing up. I loved documenting every moment. When my son was born, my love of photography changed. All of a sudden, there was this little human who depended on me, who loved me unconditionally, who continually amazed me. I was desperate to hold on to every single moment. Starting with photographing our own Fresh 48 session in the hospital, a few newborn photos at home, and monthly milestone photos, my love of newborn and family photography took flight.


Studying photography gave me the tools I needed to document each stage, every special moment, and many of the ordinary ones. Turning my love of photography in a business not only gave me more freedom to be with my family; it also gave me the opportunity to use the tools I learned to help other families capture their own memories to hold on to. Why do I do what I do? I do it for my family, but I also do it for yours.


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Tallahassee, FL | amanda@valterphotography.com | (850) 329-0135

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