I'm Amanda.

Founder, Principal Photographer and CEO (Chief Education Officer) at this studio I built from scratch. I'm so thrilled you found me and Team Artisan!



Camera attached to me since way before art school and this crazy-amazing-career that's taken me all over the world.

Hello!

Amanda, named one of the top 20 photographers in the U.S., has been working with clients for two decades.

THE awards

Top knots award 2x

Photo District News

Wedding

Portrait

Engaged

Art & Commercial

“It’s an amazing feeling after creating work for two decades, I still love 

the photographs I made in 2000 as much as the ones I make today. From day one, my goal's been simple: make timeless work that resonates with me and my clients over time as much as it does the day it’s made. I feel so lucky all my amazing clients, and now friends, in my life let me do this for a living. 

I archive life, create art for the best clients in the world, and inspire and educate new creative folks through my education platforms—what could be better?"

Amanda, named one of the top 20 photographers in the U.S., has been working with studio clients, art collectors and students 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 for PDN, Ultimate Wedding Look Book by The Knot and Photographer's Guide to Wedding Album Design and Sales by Bob Coates.

Amanda shoots commissions worldwide every year, creates art for her devoted collectors, and teaches fellow photographers and creative entrepreneurs through her online education platform and professional consulting. 

She holds a BFA in photography and art history from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at the Art Institute of Florence, Italy. Amanda calls Oak Park, Illinois home where she lives with her husband, Tod, their two adorable teens, Emmet and Zoe, and two exceptionally lazy Border Terriers, Sadie & Mavis.

Nº WEDDINGS?

Personally over 400! That's a lot of notches on my camera strap. We've documented and produced over 1500 weddings at the studio.

I'm allergic to:

Fake anything (think sushi grass), excuses, fluff (ski snow excluded), inefficiency, soy (seriously), and I DON'T HIGH FIVE IN YOGA (even before COVID).

YOU CAN FIND ME:

When I'm not working with my amazing clients, I Mom pretty hard. Check the ski lifts, beach chair or National Parks if I'm OOF playing with my fam: Tod, Emmet & Zoe.

cool stufF:

Co-piloted a plane in the Amazon, climbed Cotopaxi, turned an art degree into a thriving biz, one of my checklists was published in a book, and sang ON STAGE with KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow & Brandi Carlile (Wait, WHAT?)

photo style:

Timeless. Authentic. Natural. 100% full of emotions. If you like table shots, I'm not your gal. I capture what's *really* happening at the table...and then some.

Bio

My VIPs

The real-life people (and puppies) who make my world go round.

The neighbor kids called him Mr. Tod and it just works. He's exceptionally patient with my go-go-go energy and makes a mean Cape Tod, his signature craft cocktail.

Mr. Tod 

Bunny hunters, destroyers of Kleenex, inventors of the 4-hour slightly-awake-day, these lazy ladies live for salmon dinner night.

Sadie & Mavis 

My first born! He's blessed with the most amazing curls, a solid snowboarder and on his way to study Architecture. He has travel size hot sauce on him at all times.

Emmet John

Zoe missed the curly hair gene, but makes up for it with all the colors. Zo teaches me everyday to check my pronouns, laugh more and drink more coffee (Z loves the coffee). 

Zoe Beth

As seen in

-  Tealia, Grenada, West Indies

overheard:

bride love notes

“As a photographer myself, the choice of who to use as the photographer at my own wedding was one I took very seriously.…

 I can honestly say that I could not have chosen a better photographer than Amanda. Her images are absolutely beautiful and her kind personality made working with her a pleasure. Every time I look at the wonderful photographs in our wedding album, I am instantly reminded of the joy and love that filled our Caribbean island wedding."

- Laura, Chicago

overheard:

Mother of bride love notes

“Amanda and her team did a wonderful job of capturing every moment of our daughter's wedding from start to finish.…

We were impressed with their work during our selection process and are so very happy that we selected them. Amanda was extremely communicative in planning for the Big Day and was so prompt in producing amazing photos of a day that we will never forget. Amanda and her team are true professionals and we highly recommend them!"

- Stephaniea,  London, U.K.

overheard:

15 year client love notes

“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...

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!


watching: 

Obsessed:

READING:

CRAVING: 

Two words: Beth Dutton

Pasta Grannies

Archetypes in Branding

Homemade Carbonara 

Currently

listening:

To my kids yelling #truth

This      That

drip coffee


film


sunrise


Color + B&W


after party


yoga


cherry bubly

or

espresso


digital


sunset


B&W


sparkler Exit


crossfit


la croix

Where I stand on the super important stuff... Agree / Disagree? 

Favorite Things

Give me all the visual eye candy patterns. My mini-me tween has impeccable pattern game. 

Botanicals

When I'm not working, you can find me in my art studio working on my prints and products.

My kids, Emmet & Zoe, are 100% my favorite things. And how can puppies in a pool not be a favorite? 

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