About Amy

Eight years I have had this blog, established March 2011.  What started out as something new to try has turned into a part of my life that I truly enjoy.  The blogging world has introduced me to many new people from around the world.  Although I live in the U.S., I consider myself a global citizen.  One day I hope to travel throughout the world but for now, I am happy to travel the world through the many blogs I follow.

Currently, I live on 100-acres of forested land 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis, IN.   Born & raised in southern Indiana, I moved to San Diego, CA while in the Navy & then to Charlotte, NC.  Over the past several years I enjoyed city living but now I am truly happy back in my element, the countryside.

My loves include; yoga, meditation, nature, photography, wine, reading, hiking, cooking, gardening, my life partner Shane, my dog & 2 cats & my beloved Nikon cameras.

I went from a 9-5er at a research lab to a self-employed family & life event photographer.  This was truly a dream come true.   Today, I am working on building my business, cooking on a daily basis, practicing yoga & meditation, and now trying my hand at writing.  My life has been enriched not only by the many experiences but by the many people in my life.

Through my yoga, meditation, photography & blogging I hope to be a positive influence in our world.

Just a few photos of my crazy self.  

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”  

~14th Dalai Lama~


Visit my photography business site at amypantone.com

Visit my writing blog at amypantone.wordpress.com



15 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Mac says:

    Hi Amy,
    I have been enjoying your posts since I first came across them, and have nominated you for the versatile blogger award.
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Hi Amy, you have some really lovely pictures here. I especially like the portraits, I’m such a landscape/building obsessive I really need to start branching out into people too!
    Lucy (another Nikon D5000 user!)

    1. f-stop mama says:

      Thank you so much Lucy! I really appreciate your kind words and the feedback came at just the right time. After not doing so well with photos the other night your comment was a wonderful pick me up.

      And it’s great to meet someone else who owns the D5000….I love my camera!

  3. Amy, What Nikon are you using. I’m currently learning with an older D-SLR Nikon Coolpix 5700. Do you recommend any useful books that you used to in your learning or was it mostly hands on experimenting?

    1. f-stop mama says:

      Hey Shawn I use a Nikon D5000 and I love it! It does everything I need it to and I’m still learning about it. I would recommend checking out Jeff Revell’s book Nikon D5000 From Snapshots to Great Shots. (He writes them for several cameras) . Its like a handbook for your particular camera but easier to read and it explains the hows and whys of photography using a particular camera. Otherwise I would say just get out there and shoot. Hands on is the best way to learn and there is alot to learn 🙂 Happy shooting!

  4. Hey there,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I enjoy reading your posts, so this is my way of saying thanks!

  5. Congratulations! You have just been nominated for a Liebster Award. Check out all the information here – http://wp.me/p3qZvN-2Yt

  6. Uncle Spike says:


    Here’s a little New Years message from Türkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Hope you have a great day and even better 2015…


  7. Hi Amy, what a fascinating life you are living! I too am a Hoosier by birth (Crawfordsvlle) and always love visiting my relatives in Indiana. Congrats on pursuing the work you love. Your photos are stunning – I envy the lucky family that you photograph. ❤ All the best, Terri

    1. Amy Pantone says:

      Thank you Terri! Nice to “meet” a fellow Hoosier. We live about an hour or so southeast of Crawfordsville. Thanks for your compliment on my photos. I truly enjoy sharing my work!

  8. Hi Amy,
    For the past couple of weeks we’ve been writing about how we’re simplifying our life – and we invited you to share your thoughts on the subject. The response was wonderful! Thanks so much.

    We loved reading your real-life experiences and have included them in our next post with a shout out to you and link to your blog. It will be published next Monday, July 29.

    Thanks again. You made our day!
    Terri & James @ gallivance.net

    1. Amy Pantone says:

      Thank you Terri & James! I look forward to reading your post.

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