I'm Amanda, I'm by far first and foremost a Mom, a wife, a believer and I am a wedding photographer.
I'll always take red wine over white, an IPA over any other beer 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 just to name a few..and I can remember songs from movies too. It's super weird. I grew up an only child and I'm a daddy's girl. Growing up in Virginia Beach, it was all I was surrounded by. I never EVER thought I would marry a military guy. But then I met HIM. I would be lying if I said it was love at first site, but I remember the day I looked at him and said "WHAT AM I DOING? WHY AM I NOT WITH HIM???" Over 1400 days we've spent apart doing deployments. I tell people all the time, I truly believe he was designed for me by God. He's the reason I'm a wedding photographer. He believed in me before I believed in myself and it's because of him that I believe in FOREVER. I built this business based on the foundation of that one word. On our marriage; on the way we love each other; on the fact that there is no out for us. We are in it til 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 2 beautiful little girls is my greatest accomplishment.
I'm a hopeless romantic and words of affirmation are DEFINITELY 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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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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 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 catch those sweet kisses you share while you dance the night away.
I see them all.
I feel them all.
I photograph them all.
I'm grateful for what I do..
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