Artisan Events® — Founder
Amanda, named one of the top 20 photographers in the U.S., has been working with couples & book-lovers for two decades.
Her work has lined the pages of leading wedding publications including Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Town & Country, Real Simple Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Modern Bride, and more. She's been featured in industry publications including Photo District News (PDN), Rangefinder, and Professional Photographer. Amanda was twice awarded the coveted Photo District News (PDN) Top Knots Awards and her body of work is profiled in three books including Wedding Photography Unveiled by Jacqueline Tobin / PDN, Ultimate Wedding Look Book by The Knot and Photographer's Guide to Wedding Album Design and Sales by Bob Coates.
Amanda shoots portrait and wedding commissions worldwide every year, designs 100s of books for her devoted book design clients, makes art, and teaches fellow photographers & creative entrepreneurs through workshops and professional consulting.
She holds a BFA in photography and art history from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Amanda calls Oak Park, Illinois home where she lives with her husband, two adorable kids, and a couple crazy Border Terriers, Sadie & Mavis.
A little more about me...
What's my style? Classic. Timeless. Authentic. Sometimes romantic. Always beautiful.
Black & White or color? Trick question deserves trick answer...they both warm my heart.
Number of weddings I've documented? Over 500. (Crazy, no?)
I love film and shoot both digital and film. I'm a formally trained fine art film photographer that hasn't forgotten why I fell in love with photography many moons ago. Film make me very happy.
I limit my wedding commissions to a handful of weddings each year. This allows me to focus my creative energy and attention on you and delivering work I am proud to share.
I complete all my own editing so you know every image you receive in your portfolio was not only created by me but produced to my artistic vision.
My commissions start at $8900 and they take me all over the world—London, Paris, Grenada, Hawaii, Colorado, Mexico to name a few. I always welcome the opportunity to travel for any commission.
Album Sample: Sarah + Todd
Album Sample: Nina + David
We have known Amanda for over twelve years, from meeting her ahead of our wedding through family sessions in destinations in Europe. When we selected Amanda as our wedding photographer, it was because her work stood out among the many photographers we met with. Amanda has an eye for capturing personality and spirit, from often overlooked details to the larger scale. Amanda has gracefully mastered being able to capture a moment in a single frame as well as tell a story through a series of photos. As the events unfolded on the day of our wedding, Amanda professionally and discreetly captured the special moments of the festivities. She applied her experience, talent and creativity to providing a magnificent visual display of the day. And, to top it all off, Amanda is a warm, gracious, and fun person with whom to be; she is absolutely the right person to include in one’s wedding day.
About 18 months later, we were ready for family portraits with our newborn daughter. There was no question regarding with whom we wanted to work. We did not hesitate to reach out to Amanda to see if we could schedule a session with her. Amanda was immediately receptive and helpful in coming up with alternatives for us to meet. We were coming from Asia into Chicago for our session with Amanda and were dedicating time in our short trip home to meet with her. We were determined that we would fit in a session with Amanda to capture our family in photos as thoughtfully and beautifully as she had done with our wedding day. Amanda again created an instantly comfortable atmosphere, being receptive to our thoughts but putting her unique edge and creative spin into the pictures. Over the years, we have regularly scheduled time with Amanda to capture our family in photos. She has become a friend through the years, and someone our girls now expect to see as part of our trips to the US to visit family. Even though we still live overseas, and many of our family has left the Chicago area, we purposefully fit in time to have sessions with Amanda.
As the years have progressed and our daughters have grown up with Amanda knowing them, Amanda has an understanding of their personalities and, in fact, of our family’s personality. Our daughters are comfortable and playful with Amanda, enabling Amanda to capture their spirits on film in the way that reveals their personalities beautifully.
The story of our wedding and our growing family is also revealed through the photos we have chosen to frame and the albums that we have developed together with Amanda. She provides suggestions and advice on how to tell a story through the album and its unique layout. She has endless patience for working with us on selecting the photos for the albums and for gallery wall, as we have a very difficult time weeding down from so many fantastic pictures. Amanda is sensitive in her advice but also willing to provide straightforward feedback if asked. Her artistic talent lies both in taking the photo initially but then helpful to display it uniquely and beautifully in an album or on a wall. As the years have progressed, so too have our orders of Amanda’s photos in our albums. She has managed to capture the spirit of our daughters so beautifully through her pictures that we simply cannot resist having the photos displayed in albums or in frames. Our gallery wall of images by Amanda may now rival in numbers the display of work in Amanda’s work studio!
We would not hesitate to work with Amanda on capturing our family’s story through photos or telling our family’s story. Amanda has a knack for reading people and capturing moments that lends itself to thoughtfully presenting a personality, a moment, or an event.
- Stephanie S.