BirdsDream Design

"Around here however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening
new doors and doing new things..and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths" ~W.D.

What makes ME different

I am an Iowa City native and have a serious love for Iowa! I have two little boys 18 months apart which has taught me more patience than I thought possible! I provide my clients with a consistent look throughout

their sessions. I have been published in both print and digital magazines along with a number of blogs. I take what I do very seriously but love to have fun with it and give people the best product possible.


I work in newborns to weddings, I can do it all. I love being able to photograph all genres of photography. And I can't wait to meet YOU! So sit back and relax, kick your feet up and enjoy the view!

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What to expect

I value each and every one of my clients and we want to cater a sesssion that is perfect for you. Let’s have fun!
No matter what kind of shoot you need, let loose.

Communicate with me to let me know if something isn’t working for you, and let me know what you’re envisioning or what image ideas you really want to try.

Let me know if you have locations in mind or if you would like for me to come up with something for you.

Styled Sessions, are when we plan a theme, including outfits and props. I am Always up for doing something unique and special! Not everyone wants this and that is OK, we can discuss all options before your session.


Mini sessions

I will be hosting styled mini sessions throughout the year! Be sure to check my Facebook page for updates!




Your session will run anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 Hours based upon what type of session it is and how quickly we move. I definitely allow for breaks with children!

Please be prepared. If you are going to change an outift, make sure you have all clothing items needed and ready to change relativley quickly. If you have small children, drinks (water) and a small snack if needed. Probably not something that could stain the clothes. Also if you have any props YOU would like to use, make sure they are packed and ready.


Baby Sessions, please make sure your baby is FED right before I arrive. Make sure your home is warm, like really warm :)

If you have any questions at any time, don’t hesitate to ask!


Preparing your Family

I found a good article about preparing you and your family for pictures. Just remember not to stress and have fun with it!



what to wear

Decide on a theme: Do you want to have dressy or traditional photos? Or
do you want to capture your casual, playful, vintage or edgy style? You can always bring a change of clothes.
Think COLOR. Saturated colors (green, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow) really pop in your photos. When trying to put together outfits for larger groups, try to coordinate, not match. Pick 3-4 colors and mix them all in. Layers are always a good idea and provide a lot of interest and makes it easy to remove an article of clothing and have a totally different look.
Hats, scarves, jackets, boots, etc. Accessories are always Awesome!!

Fabulous Style Guide HERE

Follow me on Pinterest to see what I have pinned in Fashion For Photos



If you have any questions or want to run any outfits by me that's great, let me know!


What I Do

I reserve the right to use any and all pictures to advertise, network and add to my portfolio unless a copyright has been purchased, or you discuss the situation with me.

I offer a print release only. This is intended for private use and your images may not be used for any other purpose with out permission. You may purchase complete copyrights to your session upon request.

If you receive your photos and would like to post some on Facebook, you MUST credit myself or my business! Or you can ask me to post them including my logo.

I am very happy with all my clients I appreciate being part of something special with you, with that being said I do realize however that there are instances when I won't and probably can't please someone. Understand that I am more than happy to make it right for a customer and resolve any issues. However, I do not give refunds of any kind, I will work with you to resolve any issues. Any threatening or harassing communications or any verbal abuse will not be tolerated. I am one person working very hard at giving you the best images possible, but I have more than one client and a family that needs me. I will give you a time frame for when your photos will be done, and please allow any extra time during super busy seasons. I assure you you will be very happy with all images you receive.

Photography: I do not charge session fees or print minimums. You are not forced to print through me, although in the future it will be an option if you so choose. I charge a flat rate and provide you with a CD or dropbox full of your edited high quality images and the rights for Printing.

I do not currently have a studio, I have a studio that I may rent from time to time, be on the lookout for those dates, always posted to my Facebook page. So if you would like a session we need to find a location for the shoot either at your home, outdoors or another location of your choosing.

All Sessions require a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT, this secures your session spot! Also I totally understand that life happens to everyone, if something comes up contact me to reschedule.


My Services


As much as I LOVE graphic design is takes a lot of time and there are some points during the year that I am very busy with photography and won't always be able to take on new design clients. I also do not design websites for people anymore, at least in 2013 ;)

For Logo design I charge $200. I discuss with you your business and what you want it to be. We come up with some ideas together, I do some sketching and design a couple of logos for us to look at and choose from. Then we can mix and match and come up with the perfect design to fit your business!


We meet up, we have fun, I take photos and make you look awesome! I edit the photos and give you great memories that last a lifetime!


Family, Children, Newborn, Seniors please allow 4-8 weeks for your session to be complete.

Weddings please allow 8-14 weeks for your wedding to be complete.

These times are Not set in stone, I could be done sooner. Insistent emailing doesn't get your portraits done any faster ;)

MY Process


I work on planning the session with you to suit your needs. I find a location and prepare props if needed for the session.


The session is here! Let's party! Sometimes parents can get stressed but I guarantee we will walk away feeling good and getting shots!


I go through the tons of photos I have taken to give you the best image from every pose making sure you have well rounded gallery and make your pics look great!


I provide you with an online gallery that is free for 30 days, (you have the option to purchase) And then I give you your cd with your Fab images!




  • 2 Hours
  • 2 Children
  • 1 Online Gallery
  • A Dropbox with images
  • 30-35 edited images



High School Seniors

  • 2 Hours
  • 1 Senior
  • 1 Online Gallery
  • A Dropbox with images
  • 30-35 edited images



Families up to 4-5

  • 2 Hours
  • 2 Users
  • 1 Online Gallery
  • A Dropbox with images
  • 30-35 edited images



Contact me for more info

  • 7 Hours
  • 1-2 Photographers
  • 1 Online Gallery
  • 1 Set of images on CDs
  • 150-250 images



Check out my latest and greatest stuff and see what's new with BirdsDream Design on the BLOG!



Follow me on Instagram to see bits and pieces of my daily life!



BirdsDream Design came about when I went back to school for Graphic Design. I started dappling in photography and fell Completely in love! Now I don't know what I would do without it.

The Team

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I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Graphic Communication Technology. I am an Iowa City native and love Iowa more than I can say! I am inspired by my two little guys and the world around me. Photography is my passion and makes me happy daily and I feel so blessed to do what I do.


My Clients

"Being friends with Amanda, I have seen her skills in photography blossom. Her creativity shows in all that she does, from her graphic design to her photo sessions. I have been able to have a "fun session" with Amanda when we were painted up as "superheroes". The ideas that she had for that shoot were amazing and the pictures turned out fabulous! I knew after that moment that she would be my photographer for whatever I had come up in my life. I purchased a gift certificate from Amanda to have my niece's newborn photos taken. She drove all the way down from Iowa City to Burlington, so we didn't have to make the trip. She was extremely professional and had a lot of beautiful and unique props to choose from. She spent time on each setting and was FULL of amazing ideas. She was very very personable and fun to work with. She was open to our suggestions as well as offering many her own. The pictures have turned out amazing. I have had tons of compliments, on not only the baby in the picture, but the quality, detailing and overall beauty of the pictures. The pricing is very reasonable, in that you get the rights to all of your photos. It isn't like those in-store studios, where you can only pick 3 sheets for $39.99, and all the pictures look the same. It is VERY WELL worth the money spent, and worth the extra money to have her travel to me. I wish her nothing but the best in the future of her career, and she has received life-long customers in myself and my family! " ~Emily

"Love her pictures. So patient with us. Would schedule more photo sessions in a heart beat if we weren't so darn busy." ~Channette


“My fiancé and I just had our engagement session yesterday! Amanda and her husband made this session so much fun, relaxed and natural! The didn't make us feel totally awkward And pose in uncomfortable positions that weren't natural to us. Amanda is willing to hear and work with your ideas! As a person who has struggled with body image issues for as long as I can remember is is worth all the money in the world to have photos you actually want to look at and feel beautiful in. Her editing is tasteful and looks like it is glowing...one of the many reasons we asked Amanda to do this session and our wedding photography. I have only seen 3 photos so far and I love each one! So excited for the rest! Thank you Amanda” ~Kelly

“I clicked with Amanda from the moment we set up our first shoot! She completely has embraced the chaos that can come with my family. As a mom, it’s a huge relief to have a photographer that takes her time and doesn’t get overwhelmed or frustrated with children (no matter how uncooperative they can be). As a designer and business owner, Amanda’s creativity is among the best. She has taken every crazy idea I’ve suggested and worked with my personal style to continue to provide me some of the most unique and quality photos I’ve ever had taken. In the short time I’ve known her I’ve built both a business relationship and friendship with her and cannot wait for many, MANY more shoots to come!” ~Michele



Got a question? Want to book? Send me an email! *Due to being a one woman business, raising my two kiddos, and working lots of hours of the day, it might take me a couple days to return your email. Please be patient I will send you a response.




Iowa City, Iowa