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I hosted a one-on-one mentorship for one of the loveliest ladies in all the land.  Melissa flew in all the way from Austin Texas to spend a couple days together.  Our real couple, Ana and Dhaniel came in from Canada for their Anniversary session, and we has so much fun photographing them together.

Here are a few of my favorites!  See below for amazing team!


1:1 Hosted for @mglynnphoto
Planning, Floral, Design @countrybouquetsfloral
Gown @clairelafaye

Paper Products @estherclarkco
HAMU @ckennedybeauty
Suit @aliciasbridal_theformalhouse
Ring @pavejewelryanddesign
Rentals @something_borrowed_pdx
Desserts @judytallant
Real Couple @anachiquini @dhanielc
Lab @photovisionprints


Film Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Pro400H




I had the great privilege of hosting a 1:1 full day mentorship with Sierra of Sierra Ashleigh Photography in Portland, Oregon in June! I enjoyed every minute with this sweet and talented young woman.  We started the day with an incredible brunch, where I presented her a 40 page book of my thoughts, recommendations, inspiration, technique’s, advice and much more.  We talked about life, business, and shared our personal stories.  Our day finished with the opportunity to photograph the most incredible couple, styled by the insanely talented Kaleb Norman James.

When I host a 1:1 mentorship, it’s important to me that I work with real couples when teaching.  I want my attendee’s to witness and experience how I guide, direct, and gently pose real couples.  Models are wonderful, and they for sure make it easy!  However, I want my work and the work of my attendee’s to be honest….and working with a real couple in love with produce those genuine moments of connection.   Leland and Emily’s love story is so real, raw, and beautiful.  I could not be more grateful to these two for being our willing models.   When I received Emily’s inquiry for the “real couple model call”,  my heart knew instantly that this was the couple I wanted to bless.  Thank you Emily and Leland for being so wonderful!!

Here is their story in Emily’s words:

” Leland and I met almost 11 years ago here in Portland. We hit it off immediately with our love for food and weekend adventures. After a year of dating I was diagnosed with cancer and moved to Southern Oregon for treatment. For almost a year, Leland traveled to me for every important appointment/moments and was my rock. I am now 9 years cancer-free, back in Portland living an amazing life with Leland who continues to be my rock. We are also so blessed to have two healthy children. Leland proposed two years ago on our 10 year anniversary in Victoria BC and we later designed my engagement ring together. We do not have a date for a wedding but anticipate a huge celebration of our love. We would be so excited to be in your ‘wedding’ shoot!”  – Emily


Planning, Floral and Design: @kalebnormanjames

Venue @leachgardenevents

Gown @alexandragrecco

HAMU @austieeckley

Shoes @louboutinworld

Ring @susiesaltzman

Paper Suite @tiethatbinds

Cake @sainte.g

Rentals @classicvintagerentals

Lab @photovisionprints


Theresa and David loved the old world feel of Villa Catalana Cellars in Oregon City.   I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph them in this beautiful, private owned estate!  Heavy rain was forecasted, but we went for it!   The weather could not have been more lovely!  I absolutely loved getting to know this dynamic couple, and I especially loved Theresa’s style.  We had many laughs as I carried my step ladder everywhere as David is a whopping 6ft 7in!! HA!  So grateful that these two chose me to document their love…and I am even more thrilled to photograph their 2018 Spring Wedding!

LAB: Photovisions, Fuji400H, Shot on Pentax 645NII

Hair and Make-up : Michelle of Face, Body, Beauty

Coordination: Katy of Bridal Bliss 

As seen on Style Me Pretty Front Page!  Check out the feature!

Alos, here is the link to watch the highlight video from Josh and Christy’s day!

Venue: Casa de Monte Vista @casademontevista

Photographer: Amanda K Photoart  @amandakphotoart

Assistant Photographer: Christine Pienaar Photography @cpienaarphoto

Videographer: Megan Bennett (Honeybunch Co) @honeybunchoco

Assistant Videographer: Nathaniel Colbert @nathanielcolbert

Hair and Makeup: Chelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair @chelseanicolemh

Music: Kara Ford (VOX DJs) @voxdjs @dj.kara

Caterer: SOHO Tacos @sohotaco

Bartenders: MINT Bartending

Specialty Drinks: CHA for Tea  @chafortea @chafortealongbeach

Florals: Vaso Bello Celebrations @vasobello

Wood Signs: Trowe Art

Cake: Over the Rainbow Desserts @overtherainbowdesserts

Stationer: Twig & Juniper @twigandjuniper

Event Planner: Trish Jones (The Walk Down the Aisle) @twdta @thewalkdowntheaisle

Lab: Photovisions




Wedding Dress: Pronovias @pronovias

Bridal Salon: Panache Bridal @panachecostamesa

Shoes: Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo

Earrings: Kendra Scott @kendrascott

Bridal robes: Plum Pretty Sugar @plumprettysugar

Suit/Shoes: J Crew @jcrewmens


  • Debbie - UGH! These photos are stunning!! I’m reliving this amazing, love-filled day!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Gillick - This was such an amazing day for Josh and me! But we couldn’t have done it without you Amanda! Seriously, since meeting you and choosing you to document our day, we continue to rave about what a good decision it was to pick you! We even argue about who picked you first. Amanda, you have such a great eye and find the most immaculate details in everyone’s love story. Not only is every picture you take exploding with love, nature, light and color, but you are also so personable and comfortable allowing your clients to be documented in their most natural state. You are also a great director, guiding us as you capture every loving moment. I mean, Josh and I didn’t know how to “pretty” kiss until your instruction. So happy we got to have you as our photographer and happy that Hanna Domingo was able to introduce us years ago for her wedding. I mean you got her wedding on a magazine and mine on a blog. You are AMAZING! Thank you for creating these gorgeous photos for Josh and me!ReplyCancel

    • amandak - Christy!! Oh sweet girl…this message made my WEEK!!! Thank you for your heart…and for choosing me to be a part of your love story. It’s couples like you the FUEL me. XOReplyCancel