Member Spotlight: Amanda B. Young

25 Aug

Amanda B. Young
Swoon Over It
Portrait and Wedding Photography

Are you a morning or evening person? I’m not sure to say “evening” would even be fair. I’m a night girl all the way. I’ve frequently said that my best work is accomplished from 11PM-4AM. If I could make these my business hours, I totally would.

Coffee or tea? Coffee. Preferably an overly sugared, highly caffeinated white chocolate mocha from Starbucks.

Something that’s overrated: I think one of the other Betties said it before and I couldn’t agree more: television. If I were the only one living in this house we wouldn’t even have cable. I never turn it on: I don’t have time!

Something that’s underrated: Free time. Ohh, how I miss thee.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Ice cream. It’s not really a comfort food, but it comforts me, so that counts, right? Ben and Jerry’s Phish food, please!

Website/blog(s) you visit daily: Is it embarrassing to admit that it’s not a photography site? I’m stalkingly obsessed with kind of addicted to Young House Love.

Who is the photographer that inspires you most? I could never narrow this to one person. I’m inspired by a lot of photographers in totally different ways. I love Cliff Mautner’s ability to draw drama out of every photo. I am inspired by Tony Hoffer’s ability to capture every image in a completely unique way. I adore Isabel March’s ability to draw out the personalities of all of her clients in their images. I love Lindsey Tropf’s clean, organic style. I admire Jasmine Star’s business and marketing that led her to rise to success so quickly. See? I could never pick just one.

Tell us about your very first shoot: I was second shooting for someone as a trial run. I had shot plenty of things before – for fun – but never a wedding. I was nervous, excited, confused… oh yeah, and did I mention nervous? Luckily, I was shooting a wedding where they hadn’t hired a second shooter, so there was, quite literally, no pressure on me to perform. (FYI – In my opinion, this is the best way ever to learn to shoot weddings.)

At the beginning of the day, I casually asked a question to the primary about her shooting settings and she said something along the lines of “well you really should be shooting in manual.” From that moment on, I switched my camera into manual mode and never switched it back. From that wedding on, I knew that I had finally found my passion, and never looked back.

What is the one thing in your bag you would throw yourself in front of a speeding train for? My memory cards, assuming they were full of someone’s wedding images. Everything else can be re-bought or replaced (hey, that’s what insurance is for, right?), but not the images.

I am passionate about: Too many things of a completely random to list. For starters… my family, my house, my dog, helping others, animal welfare, documenting life, teaching, being true to yourself, and always, always having an open mind.

To tweet or not to tweet: Is this even a question? To tweet, the answer is always to tweet.

What are the top 5 things on your “photographer’s wish list”?
I only get five? Hmmmm. A dedicated space to meet with clients; an organized closet to hold all my boxes, bags, and files; unlimited amounts of time; an IV of diet coke; and a clean inbox.

What do you find most difficult about being a photographer? THE FINANCES. I have a Master’s in business. I have taken courses in accounting. I get it. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I have said many times that if I could hire someone to manage them entirely, I totally would. Just tell me what I owe and when and I’d be happy. Ugh. If you know someone, hook me up.

What do you find most rewarding? When a client becomes a friend, well, there are really just no words to explain how grateful I am to do what I do.


3 Responses to “Member Spotlight: Amanda B. Young”

  1. Brittany Ostrov August 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I said TV was overrated…and it most definitely is! 🙂

  2. Amanda B. Young August 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more!

  3. heatheromaraphotography September 2, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Ah, but, I love watching certain shows for their usage of light. If you ever get a chance you should catch “Mad Men”. When I watch TV I become annoying as I look at they way they light a scene to cast a mood, shape faces, usage of colors. Try it, not so “brain rotty”. That is why I love Netflix.

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