Friday, May 24, 2013

Meet the Photographer: Amanda Marie

Hip hip hooray for the weekend!  Summer officially starts and so does another painting for me because I finished Madi and Bret's!  If you read my last post, you saw my hint that I was already a few steps ahead of what you were viewing (catch my most current updates on Instagram).  I'll be honest, I cranked this painting out like it was my job....oh wait.....
It was a quicker painting coming in at 28 hours, but managing to finish it in a weeks time still felt like an accomplishment.   Take a look:

I really love the way this one turned out and find myself staring at it and thinking how nice it would look up on my walls.  I might have to consider getting a print of this pretty.

I owe a big thanks to Amanda Marie for taking some amazing photos for me since I was not able to take them myself.  See people, this is the goodness that comes out of booking me ahead of time. It allows me to contact the photographer to give them the low down on what I need to work from.  Good images and great relationships with these vendors.  You've got to meet Amanda.  She has a fabulous sense of style and such a fun-loving personality.  I especially love that on her blog she has "Coffee With..." where she interviews other vendors...some of which are other photographers.  I really admire that kind of confidence in someone when they can go out and embrace their "competition" in the most flattering way possible.  Kudos to you, Amanda!

Isn't she adorable!?

1.  How long have you been in business?
I have been in business since 2008.

2.  Toot your own horn....what’s your specialty?
I would have to say my specialty is styling my clients as well as photographing them. When a couple comes to me with outfit questions for lets say their engagement session, not every photographer would be able to help them out with the wardrobe styling side as well, and I think it's a fun addition I give my clients :)

3.  Who or what are your favorite subjects to photograph....your dream photo session?
My favorite subjects to photograph is engagement sessions. They are so in love and excited about their upcoming wedding, that they just glow in front of the camera. My dream photo session would be shooting Carey Mulligan in a flowing gown in a beautiful white room in the heart of NYC. A girl can dream right?

4.  Craziest thing you’ve captured on camera?
The craziest thing I've probably captured on camera was a real life proposal. I've had the honor of capturing two and they were the sweetest, most beautiful things to witness.  

5.  What do you like about working in the wedding industry?
The thing I love most about working in the wedding industry would have to be all the love. I know it sounds so cliche, but even after all the chaos, stress and craziness of wedding planning is over, there is so much love among the couple and the families. I have a connection with them for a lifetime of being the one who got to document one of the most special days of their lives. I feel so incredibly blessed for that!

6.  What is something you wish your clients knew about your job?
I try to do my best of informing my clients of all the details of my job, but unless you are breathing it in and out everyday, it's not all that easy to understand. I wish my clients knew that I never completely shut off. I do my very best to relax on days off, especially on vacations and family time, but the truth is I am truly in love with my job and I am always thinking (most genius and thought provoking ideas come in the middle of a shower) of ways to better improve my business and ways to better serve them. 

7.  When you are not working, what are you up to?
When I am away from the computer and shooting, you can find me in any local coffee shop, journaling, shopping for those red sale racks (It's all about 50% off people!!) thrifting through antique shops and loving on my sweet husband and family.

8.  Anything new and exciting coming up that we should know about? (either professionally or personally)
I am approaching my 6 month anniversary of marriage (that half a year FLEW by) and I couldn't feel more loved and thankful that the Lord provided me with such an amazing partner to journey through life with. Newlywed stage, what can I say? :) Professionally, I am launching my new website and branding incorporating both photography and styling, this was all inspired by Kate Spade goodness and I am SO excited about this! 

Amanda was there for Madi and Bret's surprise engagement.  So sweet!

Madi and Bret's engagement session
And on their wedding day!

Amanda Marie Lackey | Fine Art Photographer

Thank you so much Amanda!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!  Enjoy the holiday and take time to remember all of those that have served our country!


  1. I love that you feature the photographers that capture the bouquets you paint! And Amanda is the cutest! Now I want to meet her in person :)

  2. She is so incredibly talented!!! Thanks for the peek into her life and world- and what a gorgeous end result!! xoxo