First of all, I want to talk to you about how when I started looking at the photos Amanda Summerlin sent me for this post, I started laughing. I mean, the photos themselves have a sense of humor, and that’s really hard to do with a wedding photo. Also, I would like to state for the record that Maddie and I are pretty funny ladies. In fact, I have now traveled all over the country just so I could come be funny in your city, to prove that point. So, let’s just take as fact that we have pretty solid senses of humor. So! Just a few minutes into reading Amanda Summerlin’s website, I started what turned into a really long email chain with Maddie, just emailing her the funniest stuff. And at some point, I started laughing so hard I was actually crying real tears. That’s impressive. So part of me really doesn’t want to bother writing a post, but just to send you over to read Amanda’s FAQ 1, FAQ 2, and really maybe just start with her FUQ (that’s Frequently Unasked Questions). Because I’m pretty sure that after that, you’re going to want to hire her/be her best friend forever.
Second of all, I was going to write an epic paragraph about how Amanda’s work had grown in the last year, but she said it better than me when she told me, “My work has really matured in the past year. Stylistically settled and more consistent. Things are getting softer and I’m getting into my groove for catching beautiful emotional moments better.” Which is exactly what’s happening. We’re going to talk way more about Amanda, but for the record, she shoots out of Atlanta, but she also shoots… everywhere in the lower 48 (you read that right).
But, of course I am going to write a post, and not just because Amanda paid me to do it, and it’s my job (though, that is in fact true). Also, because I have a lot more things to say. Like, about how Amanda’s weddings are really affordable, starting at just $1,700. Plus she does a lot of cool stuff, including, “Photobooth, Morning/Day After Wedding Sessions, Boudoir Sessions for women or men (or couples), Bridal/Groom Portraits (extended sessions). These sessions can be exchanged in their packages or added a la carte.” but more to the point she travels for free anywhere in the lower 48. I know. I got confused when I read that too, because I thought it was a typo, but apparently it’s totally not. Also, she kind of super adores you guys (I’m going to let her get into that in a minute), but to reward you for that, she’s offering APW couples, “10% any weddings booked by March 31. The weddings can be in 2012 or 2013. Hell, I’ll book 2014 too if it’s an APW couple.” Rad. Right? Obviously.
Oh, and also, she trained on film, so if you want her to shoot on film too (obviously you want that) it can be arranged. The woman has a black and white darkroom in her home, and if I know one thing, it’s that photographers who know how to shoot on film and develop their own work have a certain je ne sai quoi. (Except really, we do know quoi, and it’s film technique. But, details.) Also, Amanda is not into heavy trendy photoshop editing. She has some pretty sharp things to say on the subject, most of which I really agree with, so I’m just going to let her say them.
But! All that was just the lead up (oops) to the fact that she’s also offering a really cool contest. For free wedding photos. This is a BIG DEAL y’all. She says, “My angle is that I’m looking for the nicest couple. They don’t have to have any tragedy or anything like that. I’m not looking for heartbreak, I just think that nice people should get more cool stuff. The lead on my contest is, ‘Hello. My name is Amanda and I’m a Karmic Assistant. You’ve been really good, so let me pay you back by shooting you.’” So you’re going to need to enter that. Right now.
But why is she offering this? Because she loves you. I’m going to let her explain why. “Why APW? I freaking LOVE working with APW couples. They stand out so much from other couples, it’s practically dangerous to try to describe the difference. It’s big things and little things, but mostly it’s the little things that stand out to me. As a co-parent of three teenagers, one of the major themes in our home is the importance of manners. We want the kids to understand that manners make life better because being courteous is simply doing what you can to help other people feel comfortable. We try to teach them that there is no greater joy in life than making someone else happy. And APW couples seem to just understand and live that idea on a deeper level than your average citizen. Which just sends me to the moon. Because being nice to people just rocks, and it’s ridiculously easy to be nice to people who are nice to you.” And guess what? No surprise after that, but Amanda’s clients love her right back. And you can look at her work with APW couples right here.
So! What are you supposed to take away from this post? A few things! Amanda is hilarious. Amanda takes hilarious and downright pretty photos. Amanda shoots out of Atlanta, but will travel all over the lower 48 for free. You should enter her contest to win free wedding photography. And, finally, Amanda loves you, and I think you will love her right back. The end.