I picked up photography in high school and became an avid hobbyist throughout college – when we began planning our own wedding was when I fell in love with all things weddings and, as the saying goes, ‘do what you know’ I started to pursue wedding photography. By this time, we were already married and didn’t want to give up our weekends being away from each other so we decided to shoot together!
We are Amanda & Chris – a husband and wife wedding photography team – we have been shooting weddings together for over 8 years, are a family of 5 (we have two daughters ages 6 and 3 and just welcomed a little boy into the family in October!), coffee lovers and film shooters meaning we shoot the old-timey film photography (not video) 😉
Photography should be about the preservation of memories – moments in time to look back on and remember fondly. I lost my mom a few years ago and to be able to look back and show our children pictures of her and the memories we had together is priceless.
The cake! Just kidding 😉 my favorite part is the anticipation leading up to when the bride & groom see each other for the first time. Whether it be during a “first look” or at the ceremony, those moments are always filled with emotion and pure joy!
Of course, we all do, but we keep those to ourselves 😉
I enjoy teaching and helping others through their photography journey; workshops are something we’ve been focusing on building over the last year or so.
Attend a workshop! I speak on a number of subjects from business and branding, attracting your ideal client, shooting editorials and getting featured and there are no less than 4 amazing styled shoots – plus you leave with a deep sense of community through the relationships you’ve built with fellow attendees and our team of fabulous vendors! You can get more information at www.amandawatsonworkshops.com
Typically our brides’ spend around 15% of their total budget on photography
You want to choose your photographer based on two factors, whether or not you love their work and whether or not you like them! Your photographer is someone that spends almost the entire wedding day by your side, you want to make sure that you jive well and trust them wholeheartedly to do the job you hired them to do.
I pull inspiration from everywhere but I get the most joy out of traveling – I find myself truly inspired being in new places!
Marketing is important but is tricky to do effectively. A lot of it comes down to what type of client you want to reach – for us, word of mouth & vendor referrals have been the most successful – building strong relationships with our brides as well as the amazing vendors we work with has truly helped our business!
Love what you do and be you – don’t look to other photographers to emulate, find what brings you joy and carve your own path!