I fell in love with photography at a very young age, learning to shoot with an SLR when I was 9 years old. When I was 14, my dad gave me his old camera—a 35mm Mamiya Sekor—and I was hooked. During my time in school at UVA, I spent countless hours developing and printing from film in the darkroom.
After college, I moved to New York City, where I worked at the New York Post as a photo editor for 3 years, after previous jobs at TIME Magazine and Penguin Books. When I was offered the chance to move behind the lens as a staff photographer for Starpix, covering events for the New York Post, as well as a long list of clients in the entertainment industry...I jumped. For 7 years, I worked as a photojournalist and celebrity photographer in New York, where I photographed people like Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, and President Bill Clinton, and shot for clients such as Revlon, Cosmo, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, and Paramount Pictures (to name a few). It was a photographer's dream - I was able to shoot so many interesting subjects and events, with every day bringing a new adventure.
Along the way, I shot weddings and families on the side, approaching them from a documentary point of view, and after getting married myself and having our baby, Rocco, in 2013, I found myself more and more drawn to this side of my work.
My time in New York was unforgettable, but after 13 years there, my husband and I packed up our belongings (and our 1-year-old son) and brought our lives back down south, back to our home state of Virginia, and that was one of the best decisions we ever made. I was thrilled to launch my wedding and portraiture business here, and now I focus on capturing the important moments in a family's life, from weddings to family portraiture to maternity, babies and everything else in between.
For me, photography is about capturing and savoring the beauty in life.
Shooting weddings is my favorite thing in the whole world. It combines my background in photojournalism (I never miss a shot!) with my love for beautiful, artistic portraiture...and at the end there's a dance party to capture!
I very much hope to hear from you, and hope to have you in front of my lens soon!
Lots of love,
Note: I shot under my maiden name, Amanda Schwab, during my time in New York.