I'm Amanda, I'm by far first and foremost a Mom, a wife, a believer, and I am a milestone photographer.
I will prefer red wine over white, an IPA over any other beer, but my newest love is a bourbon on the rocks, and I'll NEVER pass up dessert (mint chocolate chip is my jam... but only the green kind). You can bet money I'll show up to a wedding wearing a LOFT dress, and I randomly quote movie lines from Steel Magnolias, ELF, and Pretty Woman, to name a few. I grew up an only child, and I'm a daddy's girl. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia I never thought I would marry a military guy. But then I met HIM. I would be lying if I said it was love at first sight, but I remember the day I looked at him and said, "WHAT AM I DOING? WHY AM I NOT WITH HIM???" Since we have been together, we have spent well over 1400 days we've spent apart doing deployments. I tell people all the time; I genuinely believe he was designed for me by God. He's the reason I'm a photographer. He believed in me before I believed in myself, and it's because of him that I believe in FOREVER. I built my business based on the foundation of that one word. Our marriage is forever; the way we love each other is forever. There is no out for us. We are in it until death due us part, and even when that happens, we will wait for each other on the other side. Life with him and raising our two beautiful little girls are my most significant accomplishments.
I'm a hopeless romantic, and words of affirmation are my love language!!!!!
"My wedding album brings me to tears, they are so beautiful and captured so many precious moments. For anyone reading this and wondering where to "budget slack or not do at all", a photographer is NOT where you do this. I promise you THIS is worth every penny and if you can book Amanda then DO IT! "
-Ailsa & Steven
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an open letter
WHEN I WAS A GROWING UP, I SAID I’D NEVER MARRY A FIRST RESPONDER OR A MILITARY GUY.
Why you ask? I didn’t want to have to open that door one day to be told I’m a widow. It might sound pretty shallow or petty. I realized as I got older and wiser that, well, anyone had a chance of that happening…
THEN, I MET HIM.
NO ONE HAD PREPARED ME FOR THE DAY I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM.
We dated through six deployments, which piggy-backed over a period of four years. Yes, six deployments in four years. During that time, I was never able to go to spouse meetings. It felt like I never knew which was right side up. I remember getting calls at 3-4 a.m., having to sit up in my bed in the dark to stay awake while “talking about our days.”...........
She'll take pearls over diamonds purely because not one pearl is alike...they are unique; like her. He looks to her for what to wear on date nights. They aren't scared to sing WAY to loud in the car to their favorite songs together. The smallest things she does makes him smile. He loves her to his core. She can't imagine life without him now.
Why do I feel like this is what I was destined to do??? I feel it every time my bride put on her dress surrounded by her Christina's and Meredith's or Karev's ;-) ...and realizes THIS IS IT. I feel it when you rub your belly and feel him or her kick and YOU MADE THIS HUMAN TOGETHER OUT OF LOVE. I smile when she takes that last deep breath before she grabs on to her daddy's arm and walks down to the man of her dreams. The man she secretly wished for every night as a little girl. I feel it when you're celebrating birthdays, and holidays and I get to be witness to all of those milestones with you.
I see them all.
I feel them all.
I photograph them all.
I'm grateful for what I do..
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