Meet Amanda: Artist. Explorer. Coffee Drinker. Time Machine.
No, that’s not a picture of me. Chances are, you guessed that already—but here’s what you probably don’t know:
That’s a picture of my grandmother that I took for my first photography class in college, and it’s still one of the best damn photos I’ve ever made.
Not because it’s technically perfect, but because it perfectly captures the way my grandmother always looked at me. She passed away on February 27, 2010, and I miss her every day. But when I look at this photo, it grabs my heart and lets me travel back in time to relive a sweet moment with her that I might otherwise have forgotten.
That’s what I do for you as a wedding photographer—make photos that you will look at later and remember THAT moment as clearly as if it was yesterday. That tell your story and celebrate your relationships in whatever awesome, non-traditional, beautiful and/or badass way you want.
I’ll also take pictures of rings with no fingers in them, plus place settings and other stuff you never thought about until you started wedding planning (escort cards, anyone?). But my favorites are those spontaneous, unexpected shots that aren’t off any list—the ones that, even years later, will transport you back to that amazing moment again and again.
That’s the true power of photography, and it’s what got me hooked in the first place.
Ever since my first photography class at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), I knew I wanted to keep making pictures. A few years later, I walked away with suitcases of drawings, a BFA in painting, and a deep and lasting passion for photography. But I promise I don’t wear a beret or anything like that. I don’t even have any angst (well, not much). I’m actually pretty laid back.
That’s why you should totally internet stalk me—especially if you’re planning to let me photograph one of the most important days of your life and everything. Look over my photography blog, or check out my Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Lately, Instagram is my favorite place to hang out online, so I’d recommend starting there. Or maybe you’d like to read about and see some photos of me and my wife and our family, so take a look at this blog post I wrote for our 16th anniversary this year.
But actually, the best way to get to know me is to hang out with me (yay!) and tell me a little bit about yourself—and your incredible partner. Which is why you should go ahead and email me right now to set up a time we can meet over coffee (or beer).
If you’re not in Atlanta, we can Skype instead—with coffee (or beer) in our respective, far-apart hands. And then if we’re a good fit, I’ll travel anywhere in the continental U.S. for FREE in order to shoot your wedding. Cool? Cool.
Thanks for reading all this stuff. I hope to meet you soon.
(P.S. That’s a picture of me down there that I took on top of Ryan Mountain at Joshua Tree NP.)