Today’s photographer interview is with Amanda of Amanda Fleming Photography based in Bristol, PA! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
I am a very cheerful, outgoing, and free-spirited person. I love the beach, manatees, sweets, and being adventurous. I started my photography business back in 2011 when my husband and I were living in a small town in Northeastern Michigan. He was stationed there with the US Coast Guard and I had just gotten a job as a substitute teacher but I wanted to get my photography business going at the same time.
I opened my business that October as Sorahana Photography (Sora=Sky and Hana=Flower in Japanese; I like Japanese culture). When my husband got out of the military last summer, we moved back home to Pennsylvania and I had to start my business over from scratch. Clients were having a hard time finding me, pronouncing the name of the business, and knowing what my real name was (they thought it was Sara), so I changed the business name to my name instead. ;)
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I took a photography class in my last semester of college and I loved it. My dad got me my first DSLR camera (thanks Dad) that Christmas and I started building a portfolio shortly after I graduated. That spring I had a former supervisor ask me if I could shoot her wedding. I took a break from photography after that and focused on finding a career (which I still haven’t decided on by the way) and then two summers later, my friends from my time at Walt Disney World asked me to be their wedding photographer. Thanks to them, I got back into weddings and I love what I do!
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
I love getting shots of the brides and/or groom getting ready before the ceremony with their bridesmaids/groomsmen. It is a great opportunity to talk to them as well as their bridal party and get to know them even better. I also love the atmosphere which is usually happiness and some nerves (the good kind!).
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
I have two. The first one is during the ceremony, one of the groomsmen passed out! He was fine and just dehydrated but it happened so quick. Another was when I was shooting the dancing at a reception and the best man comes up and starts dancing with me. Then he asked for a photo of us! He was so nice about it, but I was caught off-guard.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Homemade Fried Chicken. It was SO good. All the food at this particular wedding was food you would have at a barbeque, it was all great!
What is your favorite venue and why?
It’s a tie between the Please Touch Museum and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. I work at the Franklin Institute part time, so I’ve been at the museum during a couple events and it is gorgeous. There are also so many options for food (which is amazing) and places where you can have your ceremony and reception. I used to work at Please Touch Museum and have also seen it set up for weddings — it is also gorgeous. I want to shoot weddings at both places! (I love museums).
Nikon or Canon?
I can shoot both, but I love Nikon. Nikon is what I started out with and work with now!
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
To be 100% honest… I want to shoot more weddings at Walt Disney World. I am a Disney fan and have been all my life, I even did two internships there in college. I love the atmosphere and the feeling you get being there. If anyone is planning a Disney wedding and needs a photographer *wink wink*. I would also love to shoot destination weddings, on the beach!
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Jennifer Lawrence and whomever she ends up marrying, hands down. I love her personality, her humor, confidence and that she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I think that would be a fun time, especially working with her!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Make sure you always have a contract and second shoot some weddings before venturing out on your own. I shoot solo, but I still also do second shooting and you have the opportunity to get creative, get candids, and try out different things as a second shooter versus shooting solo. If you’re shooting solo, you may miss some of those candid moments because you need to be focused on getting the most important shots as well as the shots the bride and groom want. Network with other photographers as well so if you ever need a backup or if you’re looking for someone to second shoot with, you have resources. ;)
Thanks Amanda! For more information about Amanda Fleming Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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