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Hello! I’m Amanda!

I grew up on a farm in central Minnesota which I believe is the culprit to my crazy dreams, my adventurous imagination, and my obsession with animals. We just lost our amazing black lab Barley a few months ago, but recently opened up our home to an adorable and rambunctious 3 year old golden lab, Leelou. We consider her, our 3 backyard chickens, and our 20 year old cat Rilla our children, although are brewing a "real" child as we speak ;) He or she is due in April!

I share my dreams, my life, and my passions with my husband, James. He is a scientist and he makes beer for a living. We just moved back to MN a couple of years ago after an almost 5 year adventure in Oregon. Sometimes when I need a second shooter, he shoots with me, so some of my clients are lucky enough to meet him and have his humourous spirit along on their wedding day. Together we love gardening, traveling, biking, yoga, loving on our pets and our "urban" chickens, exploring the city and hanging out with our friends and family.  We (mostly he, who am I kidding) love to cook and work on projects. Some of my favorite things are West Elm, Coffee, Rosé and in season vegatables. :)

On your wedding day, you can probably catch me giggling, chatting, dancing and blending in with your guests. I find that being myself and being outgoing will help to create trust amongst your guests and in return I am able to capture more authentic images of them.  I love to help with anything I can whether the planner needs help setting up and I have down time, your hair has fallen out and you may need help fixing it, or getting my couples water and making sure they are staying hydrated throughout the day. As your photographer I am there to service you, to make sure that your day runs smoothly, slowly, and completely perfect. 

Lastly, not a day goes by where I am not thankful that I get to live out my passion of photography. I have a very special job and create very special relationships with such amazing humans at the most important time of their lives. That is somthing I vow to never take for granted. 

Thank you for stopping by to check out my work. I am thrilled that my work has caught your eye and if you are looking for a portrait, commercial, or wedding photographer in Minnesota or anywhere in the world, I look forward to hearing from you!

In 2015 I was honored to have been named one of the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photographers in the world by Rangefinder Magazine, and in 2016 was honored to be named one of the 100 best wedding photographers in the world by Nicholas Purcell .

Some of my work has been featured on Junebug Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled Blog, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Wedding Chicks, Rangefinder Magazine, Minnesota Bride, Oregon Bride, and more.  

For the photo montage below, thanks to my bride Jessica for stealing my camera and snapping these photos of me behind her back while I was bustling her dress! (umm, she has an unknown talent!) 

Photo below by Jennifer Moher & Illustration above by Bethany Birnie

What I love most….

S k i i n g
R I L L A !
C O F F E E
MY B E S T

F R I E N D S
B A R L E Y !
T R A V E L
Y O G A
W I N E
A M A Z I N G

F O O D
M U S I C

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