I love to photograph real people (quirks and all) who are happy to be together. I specialize in natural light photography and capturing genuine human connection. I like warm tones, candid moments, and people who laugh at my corny jokes. I shoot from a “lifestyle” perspective, with minimal posing and setup tools, and I work to tell your story with my images.
I’ve lived in Long Beach for the better part of nine years, after moving from my hometown (San Diego) to attend Cal State Long Beach in 2008. I majored in human development but also studied graphic design and marketing while I was there. During my college years I met my then-boyfriend, now-husband James at a local church group and we have been married for five years now. In my spare time I enjoy taking Bikram yoga at the Hot Room, eating my weight in ramen, and binge-watching home improvement shows. On the weekends you can find me and James playing disc golf at El Dorado Park or hanging out at Ten Mile Brewing, owned by some of our long-time friends! We enjoy all that Long Beach has to offer and we get a thrill from finding all the hidden gems. I shoot weddings all over Southern California, but Long Beach weddings have a special place in my heart!
When my wife and I met Amanda for the first time, we realized that she was the one, a no-brainer. Her style and personality really show in her photos, not just in their beauty but in her ability to capture those beautiful moments. She has a knack for making you feel at ease, take it from someone who doesn’t like being in front of a camera. She’s also superbly organized and always has a plan but you wouldn’t know it by her easy going nature. Any time we had a question she was a text, call, email or facetime away. With the stresses that come from a wedding you don’t want to worry about your photographer – and we never did, we had full trust in her eye and camera wizardry. I can say that looking back at all of our photos that I can feel that day in them, so many vivid moments. She absolutely exceeded my expectations, I even like the photos that I’m in (just kidding haha). I know that all of our future big life events, I want Amanda there to capture and share in those moments.
Amanda exceeds our expectations every single time we do a session with her. We have a young child and a dog and she is always very patient and professional. My husband is not a big photo person but Amanda makes the process so easy and natural the pictures come out amazing. She is my go to photographer for every occasion. Her photos never disappoint and always capture the true emotion. I could not ask for a better photographer, or person, to have met and help capture all of our special moments.
I was introduced to Amanda about 3 years ago and was told she did amazing work. After going through three different photographers for our annual family photos, I was just about to give up the search and take our photos with a selfie stick. Long story short, I was not completely satisfied with our photos year after year. They were good, but not great.
(side note) I trust my friend’s opinions but I am always skeptical about people raving about peoples’ abilities due to a lot of mediocrity in the photography world. However, I took a leap of faith and gave Amanda a try.
(another side note) I will tell you, my husband and I are not easy to please. We both shudder at the thought of taking photos because we never “turn out” like we hope. This was not the case with Amanda and her superhuman photography skills.
My husband and I were so impressed with how beautifully our photos turned out (2 little kids who hardly sit still and all) and even more, how WE turned out in the photos. I know, selfish right? Who cares, WE loved them.
Sooo, we decided to see if it was just a good day or if this lady was just working miracles behind her lens. Year after year, she delivered nothing short of pure magic. My husband and I actually LOOK FORWARD to our annual family photos. I never thought I would feel excited about being photographed but when Amanda sends you the link to view your online gallery, I can’t help but giggle like a little school girl because I KNOW she somehow turned our photos into pure gold.
Did I mention Amanda is great with children? Yep, amazing 🙂