We wanted to introduce you guys to the behind the scenes team that helps make our experience with Illuminated Photography a memory to cherish forever.
AMBER MCMAHAN – Photographer
Hi my name is Amber. I am the lead photographer here at Illuminated Photography. I have been photographing children and families for over 10 years now. I love freezing time for families by capturing the pure joy of childhood. I embrace the chaos of childhood and create art for my families. When I am not photographing my beautiful client families you will find me with my own family. We recently started homeschooling my 5 year old and my 2 year old wants to join in on the fun too. We love to go to Disneyland together and our favorite day of the week is game night. We just love to have fun at home and in the studio!
MICHELLE NUNEZ – Photographer’s Assistant
Fun fact is that I’m actually Amber’s little sister! I just graduated Biola University this past spring with a B.A. in Business Management and a Minor in Bible. Since graduating I’ve been trying new things and seeing where I can use the skills I learned in college. One place has been with this studio where I help both photographers Amber and Rick with Social Media Marketing.
My love for photography actually comes from watching and working with my sister. I think its so much fun getting to capture moments for people. Whether thats with their children or even for engagement shoots. Personally I have a lot of fun doing individual shoots for people that express their style and passions. For example, I’ve done a lot of shoots with my friend Bryanna who has her own fashion instagram blog (@fashion.fixations if you wanna follow her!). When I’m not taking photos or helping in the studio I spend my time either reading or making music. I sing and play a few instruments and it is one of my favorite past times to just sit at the piano and singing my heart out!
GRACIE WILKERSON – Intern
In life, I’d like to characterize myself as a student since I’m always learning something new. I just recently earned an AS in Early Childhood Education and an AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences. With those two degrees in hand, I’m transferring to Cal State Fullerton in the Spring to study Sociology. My family means a lot to me at the moment because we’re all so far away from each other, so every moment we get with each other means the world.
I love photography because I can capture the best moments of something or someone. My favorite thing to photograph are people’s happiest moments; the light in someone’s eyes when they’re doing something they truly love. When I’m not taking photos, I really enjoy going to concerts or musicals. I also really enjoy watching Korean Dramas.
GRACE KADIMAN – Intern
My name is Grace Kadiman and I am a journalism student with a concentration in cross-cultural media. My passions lie in the art of storytelling through the use of different mediums including writing, photography, design, and videography. Traveling through the years grew my interests into a desire to understand other individuals and the driving factors behind their identity. Soon my need to understand grew into a passion to re-humanize humanity. I believe photography is one of the best ways to do so. I think it’s a shame that we live in such a beautiful world and do not take the time to celebrate our uniqueness. Aside from photography, I also love to bake!
We’re just one big happy Illuminated Photography family!!