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About You and Me: About Your Photographer

black and white film portrait of my grandmother doing the dishes

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliot Erwitt

About Your Photographer:  How It All Started

That’s not a picture of me (in case you weren’t sure.) That’s a picture of my grandmother that I took when I was in college. She’s helping my mom do the dishes after Thanksgiving dinner. It was 1991, and I took this photo on Ilford HP5 black and white film with a 35mm Canon AE-1 that I borrowed from a friend to take my first photography class. I developed the film and made the print in the darkroom myself.  The little white dots that you see on her shirt are dust on the negative.  Without hesitation, I still consider it to be among the top 10 best photos I’ve ever made. It’s not technically perfect, and it’s certainly not epic. It’s just my grandmother looking at me the way she always looked at me, which is something I dearly miss. Because she passed away on February 27, 2010. And I miss her every day.

When I look at this photo, it grabs my heart and gives me a lump in my throat.  Every time.  This photo forever lets me travel back in time and relive a sweet little moment that I might have otherwise forgotten.  This photo demonstrates to me the incredible power of photography. I treasure this photo, and so many others. We all have certain photos that have more meaning to us than others. Some of them are fuzzy snapshots.  In fact, most of them probably are.  But that doesn’t keep them from affecting us deeply.

The power of photography doesn’t come from the technical ability of the camera operator, although technical ability does help. The power of photography is in being in the right place at the right moment. If you know what you’re doing with the camera once you’ve made it to the right place at the right moment, well, that’s just icing. And that’s what I try to do every time I pick up my camera. I try to be in the right place at the right time and then nail the shot. Because my goal is to make photos for you that you will look at later and be able to remember THAT moment as clearly as if it was just yesterday.

Because I’m not the kind of photographer who will spend the whole day making photos of the place settings and rings with no fingers in them (although I’m darn good at it).   I’m a wedding photographer who offers creative wedding photography to non-traditional couples who place a high priority on photography for their wedding day. I make fresh, spontaneous, and creative portraits and emotionally rich candids that reflect your story and your relationships.  And I take some photos of your rings too.

 

 

 

About Your Photographer: The Official Bio

Joshua Tree NP | Ryan Mountain | Amanda-1Hello, my name is Amanda, and I’m an artist and explorer. At least, that’s what my business cards say.  That’s me over there.

I’ve been an artist since I first held one of those nice chunky Crayola crayons. I’ve never wanted to be anything else. I drew my first portrait when I was four. Even though it was on the wall, it still counts.

All through grade school, I drew on anything that would hold still (including myself and some of my friends and most of my textbooks too). Then I went to The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD),  where I earned a BFA in painting, and while I was there, took my first few photography classes and was hooked for life. Although I still draw and paint, and I will always love painting, for the past few years photography has completely stolen my heart.

So, while it’s true that I graduated from art college, please don’t hold that against me. I’m not gonna show up wearing a beret or anything like that. I don’t have any angst. I’m actually pretty laid back.

I will confess that I think writing my bio is pretty hard, because there’s no good way to do it without sounding either apologetic (like now), or arrogant. ‘Cause let’s be honest here, I’m pretty cool. But how can I tell you without sounding like an ass? (Probably not that way.)

But if you’re hiring me to photograph one of the most important days of your life, then you need to know more about me, right? One way to learn more about me is to internet stalk me. You can read my photography blog, or check out my Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Lately, Instagram is my favorite place to hang out online. Fun fact about me: I’ve been to 41 states so far. You can see all the states I haven’t visited here on this goofy list page, along with some other embarrassing stuff about me.

But the absolute best way to get to know me is to hang out with me and tell me about yourself. Which is why you should go ahead and email me right now and set up a time to go have coffee with me. Or if you’re not in Atlanta, we can Skype.

Thanks for reading all this stuff. I hope to meet you soon.