New Look: Photographer in Bucks County PA

I’m so excited, my logo got a new look!

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This is my new logo, thank you again to Sara and her team over at ImaginaryJane. I LOVE their work and I highly recommend them if you need graphic design, etc. I have it in a couple different colors, but this is the base version.

These will be my new colors:
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(Color palette from DesignSeeds)

I hope you like the new look, I feel these colors go more with the feel of the experience and the business!

I am a Photographer in Bucks County PA and I am booking sessions into the summer, so if you’re interested in booking a session with me Get in Touch so you can experience the Amanda Fleming Photography experience and have some fun while we’re at it!


The Berghoff’s: Family and Children’s Photographer in Bucks County, PA

I am so happy I got to do a third session with one of my repeat clients, The Berghoff family! I first met them out in Michigan and did their family photos out there the last two year. With us moving back to PA, that tradition in Michigan had to end but we ended up doing another session here, yay!

While I am a children’s photographer in Bucks County, PA, we did the session in Thompson Park in Jamesburg, NJ. Julie would go to this park as a child all the time. This was a great park for the session, even with the rain. Yes! Despite the heavy rain, we still decided to do the session and I’m sure Julie will agree it worth it. Now…onto some of the photos!2014-03-30_0001
The boys came decked out in their rain gear. I LOVE Charlie’s boots, so cute! As a child, I did not rock out adorable rain boots (as an adult, now I do but nowhere as cute as his).

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I snapped these while we were walking to capture this special time as Nicholas is growing up way too fast (he was so little when I met him three years ago!)

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With Julie’s parents! Now I’ve taken a family photo with each set of grandparents. Score! 2014-03-30_0004

Aren’t they adorable? If you’re wondering about the sidewalk chalk, a girl had asked a guy name Christopher to prom by writing on the ground of the gazebo (he said yes by the way!).
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They were loving the rain!!
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We walked over to a part of the park that had animals kids can feed. They fed the pig and the ducks. They tried to feed the deer but they were more interested in their trough that had a roof. The park also had some rabbits, a turkey, a peacock, and some roosters! 2014-03-30_0011
I LOVE these shots!! You can even see the rain falling, that’s just how heavy it was. 2014-03-30_0012
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Thank you again to the Berghoff’s for braving the rain for a fun, memorable session. I hope you enjoy all your photos!!


Senior Year, High School Senior Photographer in Bucks County, PA

I was taking a look online the other day so I could get an idea of what high schools are in my area (since I grew up in the city so I’m not 100% familiar with the schools out here!) and I saw that some schools go on Senior trips.

Not only do a lot of the schools out here go on a Senior trip, they go to Walt Disney World!! If you’re reading this and are a student at one of those schools or have a child that goes to one of those schools, I hope you know how lucky and amazing that is for you. I am a Disney fan, I even did two internships there. I’m always up for a trip to Disney, I can tag along and document your class’s trip! (I can dream)

Clearly, your Senior year is a very important year in your life. It’s your last year of high school, you have Senior prom, in some cases you have a Senior trip, and you get your Senior photos done. Speaking of Senior photos, I know you’re used to the typical photos in front of a backdrop wearing your cap & gown, regular clothes, and/or the black drape/tux. Well….I don’t do those types of photos.

When I was a senior, I was subjected to those kind of photos and didn’t learn until I was a photographer that there are alternatives to just the traditional shots. You want to remember this time in your life: who you were, and who you are aspiring to be. So why not have photos of yourself showing that off?

That’s where I come in. I am a High School Senior Photographer in Bucks County, PA and I create a fun & unique experience for my Seniors who book a session with me. We will take pictures outside somewhere that means something to you or maybe you like the city, we can take pictures there too. It is up to you because the Senior photography experience is all about YOU.

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(Gaby picked this location because she loved the scenery.)

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(Shelby’s session was at her family’s farm!)

 

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(I found this spot driving home from work one day in Michigan, so glad I kept it in mind!)

 

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(We did Lauren’s session on her back patio and their backyard…which happens to be a beach!)
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These are just a handful of some of the Seniors I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I hope I get to work with you too!

Interested in booking a Senior session? Get in Touch!

P.S. I’m also looking for models for an annual session I do in honor of Prom. Interested? Head on over here for all the details!


Spring Has Sprung Giveaway: Photographer in Bucks County, PA

To celebrate Spring, I am doing a giveaway that ends March 29th!!

You could win:
*A Free Session
*$25 Order Credit
*$15 Gift Card to Bath & Body Works

To enter, use the widget below or go to my Facebook page and use the “Giveaway” widget on there. This giveaway is NOT endorsed or sponsored by Facebook. Winners will be announced on the Facebook page and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or else the winner will be redrawn until the prize is claimed. Good luck!!

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Amanda Fleming Photography specializes in lighthearted and free-spirited photography for children, teens/tweens, and couples. Amanda Fleming is a photographer in Bucks County, PA who services all of Bucks County, PA and Burlington County, NJ.


Celebration of Smiles April 12th, 2014: Book and Save a Smile, Bucks County Photographer

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On April 12th, I will join with PPA Charities (the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America) to promote “Celebration of Smiles Day!” This national fundraising effort will benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

On that day, participating photographers will offer the gift of an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24* donation to Operation Smile. This donation represents one tenth of $240, the amount needed to help fund a single surgery. According to Lexington, Kentucky photographer Tim Walden, President of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), “Celebration of Smiles Day” is the perfect opportunity to have your portrait made or that of a loved one, because in doing so you are making it possible to truly change the lives of children who would otherwise face a lifetime of pain and rejection.”

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities. In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever. Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their first birthday. Those who do survive often live in isolation and pain. Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated.

“Recording smiles is what photographers do,” says Richmond, Virginia, photographer Mary Fisk-Taylor, who serves as president of the PPA Charities Board of Trustees, and who was instrumental in developing the Celebration of Smiles promotion. “It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate charity for our members to support. And when parents participate in this event, it’s a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children.”

To view a list of local studios participating in the Celebration of Smiles Day promotion, visit www.CelebrationOfSmiles.com.

To book a session on April 12th to benefit Operation Smile , go here to book!

*Does not include PA Sales Tax of 6%, sales tax will be added to your total when you book a Celebration of Smiles session.

Amanda Fleming Photography specializes in lighthearted and free-spirited photography for children, teens/tweens, and couples. Amanda Fleming is a Bucks County Photographer who services all of Bucks County, PA and Burlington County, NJ.


Celebration of Smiles, Charitable Photo Sessions: Photographer in Bucks County

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On April 12th, I will join with PPA Charities (the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America) to promote “Celebration of Smiles Day!” This national fundraising effort will benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

On that day, participating photographers will offer the gift of an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to Operation Smile. This donation represents one tenth of $240, the amount needed to help fund a single surgery. According to Lexington, Kentucky photographer Tim Walden, President of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), “Celebration of Smiles Day” is the perfect opportunity to have your portrait made or that of a loved one, because in doing so you are making it possible to truly change the lives of children who would otherwise face a lifetime of pain and rejection.”

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities. In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever. Every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their first birthday. Those who do survive often live in isolation and pain. Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated.

“Recording smiles is what photographers do,” says Richmond, Virginia, photographer Mary Fisk-Taylor, who serves as president of the PPA Charities Board of Trustees, and who was instrumental in developing the Celebration of Smiles promotion. “It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate charity for our members to support. And when parents participate in this event, it’s a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children.”

To view a list of local studios participating in the Celebration of Smiles Day promotion, visit www.CelebrationOfSmiles.com.

To book a session on April 12th to benefit Operation Smile , get in touch!


You See Your Gypsy: Bohemian Stylized Photographer in Bucks County, PA

The warm weather is making me wish it was summer time and the blog post title is from the song “Gypsy” by Fleetwood Mac. This session is from last summer out in Michigan (now I’m a photographer in Bucks County, PA). I love doing stylized sessions, I also like giving my clients a theme and seeing what type of wardrobe they come up with.

My two models for this session were Savannah (one of my High School Senior spokesmodels from 2012-13 and her friend Marlene (who Savannah told me looks like Taylor Swift, I agree!). 
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We shot the session at one of Savannah’s relative’s farms. 2014-03-09_0002

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Ladies, you are so photogenic!

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Love the big trees!
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One of my favorite shots from this session. Awesome, Marlene!

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You can tell these two are good friends, they are so much fun to work with. 2014-03-09_0020
This shot was all Savannah. She accidentally broke a branch off the tree, she rolled with it! 2014-03-09_0024
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BAM. These are the types of shots I love to get: fun and with personality.

Thank you to Savannah and Marlene for toughing the humid weather for this, you rocked it!!


Katie & Nic: Wedding Photographer in Bucks County PA

Ceremony: Holy Family Church East Tawas, MI
Reception: Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres, MI
Flowers: Celebrations With Love East Tawas, MI

I met Katie and her then fiance, Nic over the summer. I went down to Battle Creek, MI to do their engagement session. Now that I’m a Wedding Photographer in Bucks County PA I flew back to Michigan in December to shoot their wedding. This couple is one of the sweetest couples I’ve met. They made sure I was taken care of and they even invited me to dinner at the casino after their engagement session!

They held a rehearsal the night before where Nic and his coworkers and friends prepared the food. Oh, I forgot to mention, Nic is a chef. His food is AMAZING.

I started off at Katie’s mom’s house where all the ladies where getting ready.

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(I took the engagement photo to the right, still one of my favorites). 2014-02-14_0008

Seriously, Lois is talented. I loved the bouquet and all the flowers. I also love their rings!! 2014-02-14_00092014-02-14_0010

Of course Katie & Nic’s wedding photos wouldn’t be complete without some shots of Bailey, their dog. She’s such a cutie. I got lucky with this shot. There was actually a counter of food behind me, that’s the only reason she posed for me ;). 2014-02-14_0011

I wanted to do a different take on the “shoe” shot, I took a shot of one of Katie’s nieces/flower girl’s instead. 2014-02-14_0012

LOVE this dress shot!

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With her Matron of Honor, Jen (sisters)!

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So gorgeous, Katie! 2014-02-14_0018

Nic wrote a card to Katie and gave her roses (awwww). She had Jen read it because she knew she was going to cry if she read it to herself.

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Nic’s side of the bridal party!

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Both of these families are awesome.

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After the ceremony, we headed back to the “beach house” and got some photos. By the way, a beach house in this area of Michigan is one on Tawas Bay or Lake Huron. 2014-02-15_0001

The ladies!

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Katie, Nic, and the whole bridal party were troopers, it was below 20 degrees outside!! 2014-03-03_0007

They brought Bailey out for a few photos!

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We headed down to the reception. This place may look familiar, and you be right! I shot a wedding here back in October, I love the colors Katie went with!

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They had a two layered cake, cupcakes, and a chocolate candy bar!2014-03-03_0011

I was outside the bathroom and noticed the pushpins were set up like this, I couldn’t resist. 2014-03-03_00122014-03-03_0013

This shot is actually reenacting a shot that both couples did at their friend’s own wedding. 2014-03-03_00142014-03-03_0015

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These two had such a sweet first dance. 2014-03-03_0028

As you know, the father-daughter dance is my favorite. I love getting Dad’s expression dancing with his girl :). 2014-03-03_0029

After the father/daughter & mother/son dance, the party got started. 2014-03-03_00302014-03-03_00312014-03-03_0032

Wedding receptions are serious business.

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What reception is complete without a conga line?! 2014-03-03_00362014-03-03_0037

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They also had an awesome DJ. He got out on the dance floor and lead dances!

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The bridesmaids serenaded Katie with “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. It was epic.
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I liked this little touch to their day, they went out during the reception and released paper latterns into the sky.  2014-03-03_0044

Thank you so much to Katie & Nic for having me at your Wedding. I wish you two nothing but the best!!

 

 


Doubt Your Doubts, Have Confidence in your Confidence: Weight Loss & Fitness Photographer in Bucks County

Quote is from here.

My first three years of high school, I was around 143lbs (which for my height at the time was just almost overweight). I always ate the cafeteria food for lunch, I had ice cream, etc. You would think walking the halls of a four story building would help…NOPE.

Over the summer between my junior and senior year, I realized that I needed to be exercising and lose a little weight. Thing is, I lived in the city then and I really didn’t want to walk around the block, but I loved (and still do love) music and dancing.
I happened to have gotten a new dance pad for Dance Dance Revolution as this was during my very hardcore anime/geek/cosplay days and that’s what those of us in the fandom would play in arcades and in our homes. I decided to use that as my workout.

I played it every day for 15-30 minutes  for one month and I ended up losing 20 lbs. 20 lbs in a month! I know, that’s not really a healthy amount to lose at once especially at 16 and that wasn’t my intention at all (I stayed in the mid 120′s until I started college, which at the time was normal weight for my height). Now, I’m at a point where I need to lose some weight because I’m lazy when it comes to excercise (being honest)!

I am considered overweight for my height and age (by BMI standards and doctors). If you look at me though, you would probably disagree and say that I am “average”. Am I comfortable with my weight? No, because I know I can do better and can take better care of myself and not eat junk all the time. I love my figure (yea pears!), I just need better maintenance of it and to get to a more comfortable weight for me.

I love food, especially carbs, sweets, and lattes. Of course when you’re trying to lose weight and eat better, you keep thinking “Eating one won’t hurt!” and then later you regret it “I CAN’T BELIEVE I DID THAT, so many calories!”. It’s a vicious cycle.

I think like that, I need to lose some weight but I still want to eat what I like and love. I have been “trying” to eat a little healthier (veggies as snacks, yogurt, cutting out soda, drinking more water, etc), but then I spoil it with that latte or those cookies. So, I’ve come up with my own method and (hopefully) it will work.

My goal is to do 30 minute walk 2-3 days a week on the treadmill and do some push ups, wall squats, and small weights because I have no upper body strength. We also have a pilate ball at work so when I have a free moment I do some sit ups and you can feel the burn! If we had room, I would invest in a pilate ball. I also have to watch what I eat with my stomach issues (acid reflux, IBS, and recovered from stomach ulcers due to stress. That’s another thing I need to do: STRESS LESS!!!!!). Veggies are so good for you, but I have a hard time with them…and I LOVE them.

My target weight is 20 lbs less than I am now, but I would be content and comfortable with losing 10 lbs. You know you best and you need to be where YOU feel comfortable, not where others dictate you should be. Do I really care that the doctors say I’m overweight? Not really, because everyone is different. What may be considered overweight for one person may not be the same for someone else. I have noticed a difference when I do workout, I feel motivated, confident, and accomplished.

Long story short, working out and exercising is good for you and it will help boost your mood and make you feel & be healthier.

Who else is on a weight loss/fitness journey? Let all motivate each other to keep at it!

 

 


Be True, Be You Sessions: An Anti Bullying Project

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I am strongly against bullying, having had to deal with it growing up and we need to put an end to it! The Be True, Be You sessions are my way of giving back and showing my support for anti bullying. My goal with these sessions is to help victims of bullying realize that they are awesome and can rise above it.

A Be True, Be You session is at no cost to the participant. The session will include:

  • One to One and a Half hour session either on location or in studio
  • Make up & Hair
  • Book with images from the session and motivational quotes
  • Wardrobe to choose from (if you choose)

Participants must be nominated for a session. For nominees under 18, permission to participate will be required from a parent/guardian. 

To Nominate Someone for a Be True, Be You session click here.
To Volunteer/Donate* to Be True, Be You sessions click here.

*I am currently looking for volunteers and donations for the following:
Make Up Artists & Stylists
Old/Gently Used Prom Dresses & Dresses
Gently Used Clothing
Gently Used Accessories (crowns, jewelry, etc)
Gently Used Shoes
Funds to Help Cover Studio Rental (for in studio sessions)
Funds to Help Cover Costs of Book Production for Participants

If you can donate to help with the costs of this anti-bullying project can do so here.

For more information, Get In Touch!


You Are Awesome

…Well you are. Don’t kid yourself!

When I was a kid, I got picked on a lot because I was teacher’s pet aka I actually liked school. When I got into high school, despite going to an all girl school, I never felt so alone. My parents said I came home from school everyday crying, (I don’t remember doing that but maybe that’s because I blocked it out)  because I felt like no one liked me and that I would never have any friends that did.

I am loud, silly, and a big kid at heart but this has always bothered people. I never felt like I could have friends that liked me for who I was, I felt like I had to do things to fit in. I had certain people I wanted to be friends with, but no matter how hard I tried to fit in they would not accept me. The other girls always laughed at me or gave me strange looks for being myself. Over time, I did meet friends who liked me for being me in high school, it just took a while to realize that the people I always found myself talking to were my real, true friends all along. I was too focused on all the negativity around me from the people I thought mattered. Reality check: they didn’t, and ultimately I don’t talk to any of those people who wouldn’t accept me back then.

There was a time in high school/college that had a huge impact on me. I had a falling out with another group of friends and all at once, the people I thought were my friends turned on me. They sided with the people that started picking on me and wouldn’t defend me. They made me feel like the scum of the earth, and they said I sucked at what I did and that I was ugly and would only ever marry someone else who was ugly because that’s the only person who would want me. Who thought words could hurt that much? Today, I am friends with a handful of them after we ended up making up but the ones that really hurt me, I burned those bridges. One of them a couple years ago (after years of not talking) did get in touch with me to apologize for what happened back then and to this day I am still touched that they did so even after all that time.

When I was in college, I met my husband. I had always felt like there wouldn’t be a guy who liked me for who I was, my looks, and that I would have to change myself. Turns out he liked me for me and he liked my looks (which is still a shocker to me because back in the day I didn’t care as much about how I dressed/looked. Now I like to dress up and do my hair and makeup once in a while ;D).  It was also in college where I found some of my friends that I’m close to and like me for me. They were among the people actually telling me that I was awesome, and that’s when I started to feel and know that I am awesome. When I met these people, that is when I started to stop caring so much about what other people think (yes, it took me until college but I hope for others it doesn’t take that long, realize this now!).

And all the negativity/bad names thrown at me? I can finally let them roll off and let the positive thoughts and words keep coming.

No one should have to deal with bullying or feeling like they have to change themselves to be accepted. In our world today, bullying is such a huge problem and it’s got to stop.

I want to do something, especially for kids, teens, and young adults who have experienced the bullying themselves and constantly deal with it or have overcome it. I want to create a fun & memorable experience for those of you who feel like you have to fit in, that you’re not good enough, not perfect, victims of bullying. Because guess what? Whether you know it or not…

YOU ARE AWESOME.

Repeat that to yourself…

YOU ARE AWESOME!

Besides sharing my own story of dealing with bullying, the point of this post was to share with you that I have a very special photography project in the works related to this. More details will be forthcoming, but I thought I would get the word out now. Stay tuned! 



Photography, How I Got Here: Photographer in Bucks County PA

I have both my parents to thank for this profession of mine, as well as my husband. For several Christmases, we tried to bring my mom into the technology age. My dad got her a point and shoot digital camera, but someone ended up taking them and using them.

Well, if you haven’t guessed, it was me. I liked taking pictures of friends and I before selfies were popular. I used to have a hobby called Cosplay and that’s what I usually took pictures of, friends cosplaying. I also loved getting my picture taken, so I guess that was the perfect hobby for me.

I am a klutz, so three of these cameras suffered the fate of being dropped on the floor: twice at home and once in the bathroom at the now defunct South of the Border (on my way to my first internship at Disney, which by the way I am a total Disney freak). Several years passed before I was allowed to own another camera. At this time, I was taking a photography class in college because I needed only a few more credits to graduate and I was interested in it. I graduated, becoming the first person in my immediate family to have a BA, and then…I was stuck.

I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do for a career. Most of my background involved working with children of all ages, working with all kinds of people, DISNEY, and retail. I was stressing out (as I do on a daily basis) and then I got a DSLR for Christmas. Someone saw potential in me and thought I had a talent, mind you I have/had other talents but didn’t use them (I can sing, I just was always scared of doing it in front of crowds so I can’t sing as great as I used to, but I still can if need be). By the way, that person was my dad, gifter of cameras I would eventually end up dropping…crazy decision.

I have not dropped my DSLRs so I guess, really, it wasn’t a crazy decision. So, I took up a photography job with a studio that photographs babies and goes to the client’s home to do the session. At first, I thought it was cool. I was learning portrait photography and getting paid for it. But then, I would be told we had to get ex amount of photos on both backdrops we set up, we had to do certain poses, they had me traveling almost two hours and having me stay that far away all day shooting sessions, people would deliberately not be home and didn’t let you know they cancelled, and if the baby was asleep you couldn’t do the session or you needed to wake them up. That was it for me, I was not going to wake a sleeping baby to take some photos where they would be uncomfortable, crying, and agitated because they’re newborns and need to rest. I also wanted to be able to be creative and let the artistic ideas flow, but with them it had to be a certain way. I left the company and took up doing photography as a hobby to feel out if I really wanted to do it, and I did.

I officially started my business back in 2011 in a small town in Michigan. I started off partnering with a performance arts center that had just opened in town and I thought “Sweet, they can use me for their purposes and I can use this as shooting space. Now I need some photos to put on their walls!”. So I met Kelly & Shaynee (the owners at the time) and a partnership, as well as a friendship was made. I would hold mini sessions, photography classes, and do some photo work for the studio while we were in town. I also had some high school senior clients, families, and weddings.

My husband got out of the Coast Guard and we moved back home, meaning I have to start over and get myself out there!  I’m in the process of getting the business going again as a photographer in Bucks County PA and I have my clients in Michigan as well as Kelly, Shaynee, and Suzan for helping me find my vision and what I ultimately want for the business. I can also happily say that Brandsmash changed my life, I’m sharing my story and sharing who I am with my clients and you!

What’s something you’ve done that’s changed your life? Share in the comments below!


Who am I…who am I?! Photographer in Bucks County PA

With the changes in my business, one of which was the shift to being a photographer in Bucks County, I figured I would start with a fresh, clean slate. One of the take away’s I got from the workshop I attended last week was to be honest and authentic.

 

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So with that being said, let me introduce myself (for those of you who do not know me or wish to know me).
My name is Amanda and I was born and raised in Philadelphia (or Philly as residents so affectionately call it). I am a 100% city girl, I love the city life and I love all the opportunities for things to do (museums, restaurants, etc). My husband and I briefly lived out in the countryside of Michigan and while you need to experience country living, I have learned suburb living is a happy medium.

I am a product of Catholic school, and I went to college for something completely different than what I’m doing now. I have both an AA and BA in Communications & Integrative Arts respectively. At the time, I didn’t have a set career goal.

During the day, I work in museums! Otherwise, you can find me trying to attempt exercising to lose 10lbs (I’m out of shape but I keep trying!), surfing the web, geeking over the Mass Effect series (yes I’m a girl gamer), defending the fact that Manatees are not sea cows, or goofing off with my dog and my husband.

When people first meet me, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. I appear as a quiet, shy lady who is reserved and is pretty normal. Once you get to know me, you’ll soon realize…that is 100% FALSE. When I’m with friends and family (and once I get to know you), I tend to be the silly/random woman who still likes to dream. My secret agenda is to get songs stuck in your head. Don’t be surprised if I bust out in song or start dancing in the corner at your wedding or at a session if a song I like comes on.

So that is me in a nutshell! If I haven’t scared you off with all of that, great!

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It’s 2014! Photographer in Bucks County PA

So,it is 2014…and this place has been very quiet. First of all, I want to apologize for the lack of activity. I have a job that I work during the day and I have been busy with that plus trying to rework my business. We no longer live in Michigan but thank you so much to all my clients out there, you rock! I’m now a photographer in Bucks County, PA so send me a message if you want to find out more!

I recently attended a workshop for small business owners (majority of us were photographers), and this workshop is just what I needed to help light a fire to get me going. Thank you so much to Mike Allebach, Anne Almasy, Kara Wahlgren, Scott Kivowitz and Jaime Allebach for giving us some words of wisdom. I learned so much! Everyone also went out for texmex afterwards, yum! One of the things I took away from this workshop was to be authentic, love your clients, and do what you love. Going along those lines, changes in my business are going to be happening.

The first obvious change is the name. I am no longer Sorahana Photography. The name “Sorahana” means something to me, but not necessarily my clients. I am going with my name because I want you to know me for my work and for my personality, not hide behind an alias. Deep down I am a creative artist and I want to be known as such.
I also want everyone to know my name is Amanda, not Sara ;). I had changed the logo previously when this was still Sorahana Photography and had not thought of font choices. Ultimately, that just caused so much confusion so I’m sorry for that.

My ultimate goal is to specialize in stylized and glamour sessions, so my session offerings will be changing as will pricing. For more specific details, get in touch or stay tuned. I will still offer mini sessions once in a while, but they are being modified. I have some really fun ideas in the works.
I will be doing some model calls sometime in the near future for these new offerings so make sure you stay in the know for when that happens. I have some models lined up already from last year and I thank you all for your patience, I still want to use you so stand by!

Another change is that I want my clients to feel special and feel like they aren’t a number and are actually considered a friend(I love making friends, I hope you do too!) so I will be doing special events for clients and followers. Join the e-mail list so you are among the first to know!

Thank you all again for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the ride on this fun and exciting journey of my business!