Keep Moving Forward

Long time no see (or speak)! I apologize for the lack of updates from me but things have been extremely busy. I work a full time job on top of doing photography. I actually wear multiple hats as you can see below…

-Full Time Job
-Disney Vacation Planner
-Museum work

So as you can see, I have a lot on my plate. Realistically, I can’t do it all. There is not enough time in the day, I’ve barely been home lately, and it’s a lot of added stress. I thought a lot about it and I have to cut back and give up things in order to have more time in the day for my husband, family, friends and to enjoy life.

That being said, effective at the end of 2014 I will stepping away from the business side of photography.

In the photography industry, we open up shop with big aspirations of replacing our jobs with the business after hearing how other big name photographers made it happen, we watch webinars, attend workshops, etc and ultimately in the world we’re in now, that’s just not as realistic an option as it used to be. Everyone has access to a camera, heck we have cameras on our phones. New photography businesses are popping up everyday because of this; either people who are looking to make an extra dollar or people who truly want to make a career out of it.

I started my business back in 2011 in a small town in Michigan and I was able to grow it thanks to word of mouth and being in a small town. Having moved back near the city in late 2013, the business has been stagnant. I have been spending all of my free time outside of work working on the business, trying to get the word out, etc and my husband told me he didn’t like seeing me put so much into it and not have anything come out of it. My main goal with my business was to make it my career but unfortunately, it’s not a realistic goal anymore.

Photography is still something I love and want to continue with, but I want to shoot for myself versus worrying about booking enough clients a month to pay the bills. Photographers with their own businesses have it tough. They have to make sure they are booking enough to pay bills, put food on the table, etc. For some, it’s their livelihood and for some it’s their family’s only source of income. I wish money didn’t even exist to be honest (I always had some complicated idea of how that would work in my head as a kid). I think we would all be much happier and less stressed out on a daily basis, but I digress.

First and foremost, I am an artist. I love what I do and I love being able to work with clients to create that. The business part of it is just too much stress. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be a business owner in the first place, but now I know that. I had the opportunity to attend a business retreat for small business owners and I learned so much about myself there. It’s a given we did learn a bit about business but I learned so much more about myself as a person, where I want to go, and what I want to do. We each have this idea called a “baby bird” (that’s what we called it there). It’s an idea you have deep down that you “lose your sh**” over (you had to be there) and it means a lot to you. Mine of course was my antibullying photography project. I love working with kids and I feel that this project is important to me because of that and I love helping other people see how awesome they are, so that’s why I started the project. The sad thing about it is…I have only had one person contact me about it. People know I do it, but I’ve only had one person nominate someone for it. I have contacted schools, community centers, etc. and nothing. If you know anyone you’d like to nominate for this, please let me know. This project is no cost for whomever the session is for, this is something I will continue offering because I feel that kids/teens need that confidence boost.

So with all this being said, I am taking clients until the end of 2014. To my wedding clients/prospects: If your wedding is taking place in 2015 and you’d like to have me I would love to shoot your wedding, you would just need to book by the end of this year. I am also more than happy to recommend you to friends of mine who are amazing photographers and will treat you well. 

But what will you do?!
So…that’s a very good question. Do I have career aspirations? Sort of. I’m still the person who doesn’t know what they want to be when they grow up (so when I was 9 I wanted to be a meteorologist, yes for real!)…and I’m an adult. What I’d really like to do, I’d need to go back and get a Masters Degree for but financially that isn’t possible. I would like to have a career where I work with children and teens of all ages either informally educating them about a topic or running activities for them, something fun along those lines. If anyone has suggestions as to what that is, please let me know. I know that actually screams “teacher”, but I don’t want to be a teacher in the traditional sense. My educational background is in Theatre and Communications, I love public speaking, and I work very well with children and teens, I have an easy time relating to them. 

It went a little off topic at the end but I want to say thank you so much to all the clients I’ve had since day one back in Michigan to now, you made this business journey a fun one (P.S. I miss you!) and you’ve helped me grow as a person. I am so thankful for that.

Please keep following me if you’re interested in seeing my photography as I will still be doing it, just as an artist. Thanks again!




Now Offering Holiday Mini Sessions: Bucks County, PA Photographer

Booking is open! If you’d like to book a Mini Session you can do so here:

Mini Sessions are available from October 25th-November 10th at either a location of your choice or your home. For more details, check out the link! They do NOT have to be holiday themed photos but if you’re looking to get photos done for cards to send out to friends and family, now’s your chance.

Each Mini Session is for up to 5 people and includes:
*30 minute session
*5 Digital Files
*Password Protected Online Gallery to view your images and order prints and/or cards

If you have any questions, you can PM me or e-mail me at:

Please share this post with anyone you think would be interested. Booking is open until October 5th, but to get the date and time you want book ASAP! Sessions will take place in Bucks County, PA.

Interested in booking a mini session? Get in Touch!

Amber & Ryan: Engagement & Wedding Photographer in Media, PA

Last weekend I got to meet up with Amber & Ryan for their engagement session at Rose Tree Park. They are an awesome couple and I am excited for their wedding in October! Here are some of my favorite shots from our time together. 
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So I always ask my couples how they met and how their fiance proposed. Here is Ryan & Amber’s story…
Ryan and I met 5 years ago through mutual friends…we started dating a few weeks later and at the time he lived 2 hours away from me.  Less than 2 months later he moved up here to PA and we moved in together and have been inseparable ever since.”

About their proposal…
“Ryan proposed at Long Wood Gardens. His intentions were to propose at the water fountains, but he did not realize they do not turn the water on in the fountains in October (LOL). He seemed nervous the entire day but, I had no clue why. Finally, he was able to propose in a quiet spot under a beautiful arbor. I cried and then ran around to everyone showing them my ring and yelled out “ HE JUST PROPOSED..WE ARE FINALLY GETTING MARRIED”

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This was a candid moment of them talking underneath the tree, my favorite moment!2014-08-31_0009

We ventured down to the amphitheater and took advantage of the shade (it was getting a little warm out with all the sunshine we had that day!)

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The rainbow in both of these pictures is not photoshopped, it occurred naturally because of the light and it adds to them!

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There is a very large flag that flies at the park, so we jokingly said we could do a patriotic shot. LOVE THESE! 2014-08-31_0014
And of course if you’re doing patriotic shots, you have to salute the flag. 2014-08-31_0015

These were “Amanda is experimenting” shots and I love how these turned out!! 2014-08-31_0016


And of course a solo shot of Amber’s ring, so pretty!

Congratulations again Amber & Ryan and I can’t wait for your wedding!

I am booking Weddings for 2014 & 2015. If you are interested in booking me for your special day, get in touch!

Ain’t It Fun: High School Photographer in Newtown, PA

I love working with the high school crowd. In high school you are figuring out who you are and embracing it. I got to do a session with Michelle and it was a lot of fun. Michelle’s personality shows through and I loved her outfits, especially her first one (I LOVED the vest/top!!!). We met up at Tyler State Park in Newtown for her session.

Here are some of my favorite shots from her session. Thank you again to Robin for letting me work with Michelle. You both were great!

(FYI Robin is a consultant with Younique, you can head on over here to check out her page:!

I LOVE the feel of this. Michelle is actually sitting on a rock on the creek for this one. (Thanks for being a trooper and going in the creek).
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I had Michelle lean on the bridge and I fell in love with the angle/framing. This park was awesome, finding shade was the fun part though!

Michelle, I loved your shoes too! 2014-07-04_0014

I asked Michelle to bring her prom dress along because I saw pictures of it (thanks to her mom) and I wanted to take some shots of it. Michelle’s boyfriend was behind me trying to make her laugh in the first picture! 2014-07-04_0015

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Love these two, there is the vest/top I was talking about. Isn’t it cool?

P.S. Michelle, you rock. Keep on being you and I see nothing but great things for you!


Everything is Awesome: Children’s Photographer in Horsham, PA

I had the pleasure of working with Kayla and her mom earlier this summer and we had a blast. Kayla is a very energetic, fun, and cheerful spirit and you should all be her friend because if you want someone to make you laugh, she will make that happen. Here are some of the shots from Kayla’s session. Thank you again Laurie for letting me work with Kayla both of you were great!

(Laurie sells some really amazing jewelry with Origami Owl, you should head on over to her page and check it out!)2014-07-04_0001

I let Kayla choose her outfits. I think showing off personality is so important, so that’s why I tell parents to let their kids decide on outfits (multiple ones) so we can come to a decision together and they are comfortable enough to be themselves versus being in an outfit that they were forced to wear (they won’t be as relaxed).


Kayla made us laugh alot, as well as herself!


We did the session at a park in Horsham, and the whole time Kayla was trying to find the ever illusive playground (there was sadly no playground at this park).


I love these shots, they show off her personality so well. 2014-07-04_0005

Lovely shot.

I told her to give me a serious face, this is what I got. 2014-07-04_0007

I made her jump in the air quite a bit for these shots, but they’re great! 2014-07-04_0008

I pulled out the glitter and we almost used up the whole bottle of it. Kayla was a trooper for the amount of times I had her blow the glitter into the air.

I love these detail shots too.

And these shots are totally Kayla! Thank you again Kayla & Laurie for being awesome.

P.S. Kayla, don’t change! You are an awesome child and we need more people like you in the world. No matter what anyone says, keep being you and be awesome!

“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It”-Walt Disney

So I have an announcement and it is related to this picture…

(Photo taken by me…years ago!)

“AHHHHHH Are you working at Disney?!”
Close, but not quite. (I am an alumnae of the Disney College Program).

“Are you photographing something in Disney?!”
I wish (I did get to shoot my friends’ wedding there in 2012!), but no that’s not it either.

“…Wait aren’t you a Disney geek?”
…Yes…yes I am. I’ve been one since childhood.

“Then what is this big announcement?”

I have joined an amazing team of Disney Vacation Planners, which means I am now one myself! I have joined the team over at Moments of Magic Travel and I am so excited to be able to help families, couples, and solo travelers plan their Disney vacations! I have been thinking about this ever since I got back from Brandcamp, talked it over with my husband and decided to do it!

“Why a Disney Vacation Planner?”
Because I am the go to person among family and friends when it comes to all things Disney, especially when they are planning their own trips. I have had friends ask me to critique their dining reservations, give input on their hotel choices, input on what parks to visit, etc. Also, I like to plan travel and trips.

“So…why should I talk to you to plan my Disney vacation?”
I have been going to Walt Disney World since I was a child and I am a former cast member, so I know my way around, I have stayed at a variety of the resorts and eaten at the restaurants. When you plan and book your Disney vacation with me whether it be to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, on board the Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, or Adventures by Disney you are getting personalized service, which my photography clients are well aware of.
I will help you pick which resort to stay at, where to eat, which parks and rides to visit, and what you absolutely can’t miss while you are on vacation. You will get a personalized itinerary of your trip and I handle all the nitty gritty details (hotel, dining, transportation, and Fastpass + reservations) so you aren’t stressing out when you should be getting excited for your vacation. You can read more about the perks of having me plan your vacation here. Did I mention, it is FREE to have me plan your Disney vacation?!

“I am ready for this, how can we start planning my Disney vacation?”
You can e-mail me, give me a call at 888-50MOUSE Ext. 18, or request a quote (make sure you mentioned Amanda, me, as your referring agent)!

I hope you’ll join me on this exciting new adventure and I can help create a magical vacation for you!

“But what about your photography?”
I am still booking sessions on a limited basis! If you are interested in booking with me, please get in touch!

Mother’s Day at Please Touch Museum: Photographer in Bucks County, PA

I had the honor of photographing the Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Please Touch Museum. Please Touch Museum is a children’s museum located in Memorial Hall in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. I had a lot of fun documenting the event and I got to work with some fun people, guests and staff alike.
The breakfast was held in the carousel house at Please Touch Museum. Moms of all kinds and their families got to eat with the ambiance of the historic Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel, which the museum is home to.

I love these detail shots. Each family got their own personalized itinerary!

After breakfast, both grandmothers and mothers took rides on the carousel. 2014-05-19_0005

Just some of the forest creatures the children got to see during the event. They also had Little Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, The Woodsman, and Red Riding Hood’s grandmother.

Everyone was even treated to a special story time with Red Riding Hood!




These guys were all too happy to pose for the camera! After this point, I decided to stay on the carousel and get some shots of the guests on board.

This little guy was so happy! He kept smiling and giggling the whole time.  2014-05-19_0017

I love this shot, her grandfather asked for some photography tips afterwards and I was more than happy to oblige. 2014-05-19_0011


Some happy carousel riders!

In honor of Mother’s Day there was a special craft activity in the Program Room. The kids were able to weave baskets using yarn and plastic cups. It was a big hit! I saw so much teamwork happening in this room to finish up their baskets.


When I was leaving the Program Room, I noticed one of the children has set this lion family up like this. How appropriate for the day.

Thanks again to Please Touch Museum for holding this event and having me be a part of it!

You can learn more about the Please Touch Museum on:


The Carol Van Auken Golf Outing/Night Out: Photographer in Bucks County, PA

I am all about helping out a good cause and this organization got in touch with me about donating to their raffle. I have donated a FREE session with $100 towards your order to the Carol Van Auken Golf Outing/Night Out.

A little bit about the organization from the website and Carol’s daughter:

I would like to invite you to the eighth annual Carol Van Auken Night Out for a Cure, in memory of my dear mother who passed away from pancreatic cancer. I started this golf outing in my mother’s memory because of the lack of awareness and research dollars for this horrible disease.

My mom was a healthy and happy 58-year-old until her diagnosis.  But, when she was diagnosed, it was too late – as it is with most pancreatic cancer patients.  We lost her six months later.

The reasoning for lack of research is that “only” 36,000 people a year get this disease.  In my opinion, that’s one too many. Since we lost her, that number has doubled, for reasons yet to be determined.

We host this annual event in order to raise money for The Lustgarten Foundation, which donates 100 percent of their monies towards pancreatic cancer research. This was a very important factor for me when I was deciding which foundation to support.

What I’m asking you for today is that you participate in this important event, either as an attendee, a sponsor, or by donating an item to be auctioned off. Any type of support would be greatly appreciated.


Carol Ann Van Auken-DeAngelo


I am so excited to be able to contribute to this event! If you are looking for a fun time out and a way to help a great cause, consider attending this event! For more information, visit their website:

In Search Of…

Hello everyone I am looking for some children/tweens/teens to participate in some sessions I’d like to do!! For participating, you get digital files with print release:

#1: I am planning a very large stylized session based on the animals from the Chinese Zodiac. I am looking for 8 or 9 more children ages 6 to 12.

#2: I am looking to add some Tween (ages 10-12) aged children to my portfolio so I am in need of them as well.

#3: PROM
I am still looking for Juniors or Seniors in high school who wouldn’t mind getting in their prom dresses/tuxes/suits for a fun photoshoot!

Interested in participating? Get in Touch!

I’m also looking for some businesses to partner up with (create a look book for a clothing store/boutique, cross promoting, etc.)

If you know anyone that would be interested, have them e-mail me at: for more information.

Feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested!!

We Got the World: High School Photographer in Bucks County, PA


I have been doing some “just for fun” sessions lately to keep my creativity going (and to get the word out about myself!), speaking of which I am still looking for some participants in some other sessions I’d like to do!

I met Diane (a fellow photographer), her daughter, and her friends down at the Waterworks and the Art Museum in Center City Philadelphia. I LOVE shooting in the city, so much flexibility and ideas that come to mind.

Now…onto the pictures! 

Lindsey did a fabulous job, I loved the color combo of her outfit!


Thanks you Emerson for volunteering to sit on the ground in a city parking garage for this shot, love it!



I had a little time to scout out specific shots I wanted to shoot at behind the Art Museum and at the Waterworks and I am so happy I did or else I would have missed this spot! Lovely ladies!2014-04-24_0011 2014-04-24_0012

Diane’s daughter, Skylar. Seriously? Gorgeous girl and everyone is saying model material…I agree! 2014-04-24_0013

So funny enough, all of us were rocking our Converses and in 5 different colors, go us! 2014-04-24_0014 2014-04-24_0015 2014-04-24_0016



And of course I needed a group shot of these girls to show off their friendship and how fun & vibrant they are!

Thank you so much again to Lindsey, Emerson, and Skylar for working with me and for Diane connecting me with them! Keep rockin’ girls!

New Look: Photographer in Bucks County PA

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


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:
(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 Jamesburg, NJ

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).

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!)

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!).
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
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.

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


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


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



(We did Lauren’s session on her back patio and their backyard…which happens to be a beach!)


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


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

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.