Amanda Summerlin Photography Verified

Amanda Summerlin Photography Verified

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Holy f*#k nuts! These are the best pics ever. I’m speechless.

Becky

TRAVEL POLICY

It's really simple actually. Free travel for any wedding in the continental United States or Alaska (sorry Hawaii). And if you check out my wish list on the travel page of my website, there's a list of places I'd like to see. If you're having a wedding in one of those places, I'll give you a special deal on your wedding photography. I also have a passport and my international travel fees are very reasonable. Just ask.

ELOPEMENT POLICY

Contact me for special elopement packages for the Atlanta area.

Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.

Hello. My name is Amanda. I make neat pictures for nice people.

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

In the time that I have been a sponsor on APW, I’ve been fortunate to work with a large number of APW couples. Without exception, they have all been really interesting, intelligent, kind-hearted, and super neat people (to see for yourself, be sure to check out the APW Couples category on my blog… that’s right, I love you guys so much that I made an entire APW category on my blog).
 
APW couples truly understand that being nice is what’s really important, and they get it on a molecular level. It’s not an afterthought with them. And they bring all that and a jar of awesome-sauce to their wedding day. And usually really good beer and food too.
 
Tasty beer.  Yummy food.  Really nice people.  Who wouldn’t want to work with APW couples?

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

Wedding photography is like the Olympics of photography. Heck, it’s practically a full contact sport, especially on the dance floor. The amount of preparation that goes into getting ready for a wedding day is insane. Expectations are through the roof. And I’m not just talking about photography.
 
On your wedding day, I show up with all my gear cleaned and prepped and charged. There’s probably Advil in my camera bag. Lots of Advil. I’m prepared to run, tip-toe, leap, dive, and balance on furniture to get the shot. THE shot. Over and over. Because it’s not just one shot that you need. It’s hundreds. You need portraits that reveal your personalities and your excitement and your joy. You need a photo of the tears streaming down your mom’s face during the ceremony. You need magazine ready food shots of the cookies your brother spent four days making for the dessert bar. You need play by play coverage of the epic cake smash. You need emotional photojournalistic BWs of the first dance. You need a freeze frame of the groomsmen pelting the groom with the bubble bottles as you make your escape to the getaway car. And you need a shot of your family and guests waving good-bye as the getaway car drives off with the two of you cozily snuggled inside.
 
But that’s not all. You also need all those shots to be beautiful and exactly right. Because those photos aren’t just for you. Those photos are for you, your moms, your grandmothers, your children, and your grandchildren. Those photos are the beginning of your recorded history together. They need to show all the love and emotion of the day. And because I understand that you need all those things, I go all out, all day, to tell your unique story in photographs. For you.
 
Because, ultimately, I’m your time machine. And I never forget that I’m creating a window into your past so that you can relive your wedding day in detail, over and over.
 
tl;dr: I work my ass off.

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

Scotch, beer, collecting stamps from national parks in my NPS Passport book, Scotch.

What’s your favorite book?

Anything with pictures. I’m also fond of coloring books, but not those hippy dippy adult ones (unless there’s swear words). I want an old fashion Dora the Explorer coloring book.

What’s your favorite movie?

Napoleon Dynamite and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World are my get-stuff-done movies. One of them (usually Napoleon) is always playing on the TV in my studio. In fact, we measure the length of time it takes to complete projects in ‘Napoleons’. For example,  “Editing that set of photos took 3 Napoleons.”

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