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SO HAPPY YOU'RE HERE!

"IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO CLICK WITH PEOPLE

THAN TO CLICK THE SHUTTER."

- Alfred Eisenstaedt - 

OH,

HI

THERE!

Thanks for stopping by;

I  can't  wait  to meet you!

 

I'm so glad you're here! Whether you're someone I've photographed several times or you're just finding out about me, welcome! 

I'm Amanda, an on-location photographer in the Battle Creek, MI area. This is my hometown and I LOVE capturing the families I've known for years just as much as those I meet for the very first time.  Every story and family is unique and it's my job to show that to the world! 

Outside of photography, I'm a mom, wife and corporate employee. I have 3 boys who never let me forget the meaning of the word chaos, an amazingly supportive husband, a pasture of cattle, a coop of chickens and a cattle dog named Kali. 

Other fun facts and randomness:

  • I've seen every episode of Friends approximately 613 times (could I be a bigger Friends fan?!)

  • I'm left handed

  • I unapologetically love my minivan!

  • I love Diet Coke from a can but if it's a fountain drink, give me a Diet Pepsi! (I know all you McD's Diet Coke lovers are judging me right now!)

  • My family loves RV camping all over our beautiful state 

  • I'm a huge college football fan (Go Green!)

  • Our boys are 3rd generation Panthers and we love supporting the Pennfield community

 

I'd LOVE to hear from you and chat about how we can create the perfect session for your family's needs! 
 

 

Want to know what other clients have said about working with me? Keep reading to find out! 

Amanda

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN WE

work together

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"Amanda is so wonderful to work with. She communicates well and quickly, always working to get what you'd like for your photos. We have used her several times for photos and she never fails to keep our kids' attention, get genuine smiles, help us pose so we don't look awkward and produces high quality photos in the end.  We will continue to come back to her, she is a joy to work with!"

Raychal H.

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  • Where are you located? Do you have a studio?
    I'm located on northern edge of Battle Creek, Michigan, but am happy to travel within the region (travel fees will apply for sessions more than 30 miles from 49021). I do not have a studio at this time. I offer sessions year-round and while I know Michigan winters can be rough and unpredictable, snow sessions can be so much fun! I have several locations in the area that are exclusive to me, as well as many of the tried-and-true sweet spots around town. Have a location in mind that's special to you? Let's do your session there!
  • How would you describe your style?
    Natural and vibrant! I love true-to-life moments and natural editing. Clean, vibrant images are what you'll see in my portfolio samples and in your final gallery. I start every session with what I call the "Grandparent Pose"... you know, the one that the grandparents will choose to print and hang on their walls. This is the one where everyone is posed together (or in the case of high school seniors and individual children, a classic "yearbook pose"), looking at the camera and smiling. Starting here achieves two things: 1) it's what everyone is used to and comfortable doing, and 2) it helps get out some of the nerves and move us into the more candid posing. After the "Grandparent Pose", I focus on light posing (providing a general direction in how to stand and where to put arms/hands, etc.) and will start providing some prompts to create movement and connection in your images from those poses. Never worry about what you should be doing; I'll provide continuous guidance and feedback as we go through our session. Your gallery will have the perfect mix of posed and candid portraits, which is the best of both worlds!
  • I'm ready to book! Now what?
    When I receive a Contact Form from you, I'll generally reach out within 24-28 hours to answer questions and discuss your session details. Once we pick a date that works for everyone, I'll send you a link to complete the booking process. You'll read & sign the Client Agreement, complete a short questionnaire that will help me plan & prepare for our session (and give you a chance to send me questions!), and pay the non-refundable retainer, all in one place. My system will send automatic email reminders about your session as it gets closer, as well as payment reminders for the balance of your session fee.
  • What should we wear?
    When you book a session with me I'll send a Client Guide that I've put together for my clients that I send before every session. It includes information about clothes, hair/makeup, and other useful tips to help eliminate stress from your experience. I also have a great resource that shows color combination examples, which if you're a visual person like me, can be a huge help in putting together your outfits. That being said, here's my Top 6 Tips (because I couldn't stop at just 5!): 1) Don't be too matchy-matchy! Long gone are the days of everyone wearing denim or khaki on the bottom and white or black on the top (please, please let those days be long gone!) Pick 2 or 3 main colors and go from there. I recommend not using more than 2 different prints in your group. 2) No logos and no neon colors (these ones are self-explanatory!) 3) Dress up a level from what you consider "nice" attire. I don't wear a dress on a normal day and my middle son definitely doesn't wear a bow-tie on the regular, but kicking it up a notch was perfect for our family photos! 4) Don't forget about the shoes! It's so easy to put on your tried and true kicks, but they'll stick out like a sore thumb in your photos, I promise. 5) Don't wear anything uncomfortable. This one might seem like it goes against #3, but even if you're choosing outfits that are a bit 'fancier' than your day-to-day, still make sure everyone is comfortable in their choices. Be sure to try on ALL outfit pieces before your session. 6) Don't forget to consider your home decor when choosing your colors. This is one of those things that even I didn't think about until just recently, but it just makes sense! Nobody wants to hang a giant canvas on the wall in outfits full of red and black when their home decor is muted creams and yellows (just as an example).
  • What if my kids don't cooperate?
    I have zero shame in making a fool of myself to get your kids to relax and have fun. If I can tell they're getting overwhelmed, we'll take a break and play for a little bit. Pick flowers, find rocks, play Simon Says and just let them be kids. I'll try to sneak in some candid shots of these moments and that usually allows them to warm back up. To prepare for our session, definitely talk about it with your kiddos, try on the clothes they'll be wearing and if all else fails, bribe them (for real!) If your kids are older (i.e. teenagers who act like it's physically painful to smile), promise them the sooner they cooperate, the sooner they're done!
  • What happens if there's bad weather on our session day?
    1. Extreme heat/humidity - I generally don't photograph in "real feel" temperatures over 95 degrees. Anything 90-95 degrees I'll give you the option if you'd like to reschedule. Temperatures that high are pretty miserable (especially if there are kiddos involved) and sweaty faces and red cheeks aren't how to want to remember your session! 2. Extreme cold - If the temperatures look to be under a "real feel" of 20 degrees, I'll reschedule our session. Being outside in that kind of weather isn't good for your health and it can possibly cause my gear to not perform at its best. 3. Rain - I don't make a final call for the chance of rain until a few hours before our session when the radar is more accurate. 4. Wind - If there looks to be high sustained winds (generally over 30 mph), I'll give you the option to reschedule your session. Blowing hair isn't fun for anyone!
  • When will we get our photos back?
    After your session, I generally try to provide a sneak peek on social media within a week or so, with your full gallery delivered no later than 3 weeks after our session. Your images will be in an online gallery and include a print release. There will also be a virtual store in your gallery, allowing you the option to order from a wide selection of photo products and prints, which are produced in a professional lab and shipped right to your door!
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