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I am so excited to be bringing back the blog to share not only my images with you but also my words. I saved a few of my favorite blogs from my old site to include here!! I hope you will read these and gain some insight to my heart and soul. 

 

Stay Wild & Wonderful, 

Amanda

Monday, February 11, 2019
By Amanda Reed Photography
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Monday Giveaway!! 

I have two looks that I am really great at:

1. Date Night

2. Hit by a Truck

Seriously, I am either ready for a night out or look like I got hit by a truck. I am not good at in between and never have been. Guess what look I have on this gloomy Monday! If you guessed hit by a truck you would be correct. 

Since I decided I would absolutely rock the "hit by a truck" look today, I thought I would offer you the chance to win some of my favorite items for date night makeup! So while I offer up $100 in products I love to you, I am over here in my office with smeared mascara from the night before. Yeah, I didn't even take off my makeup. It was a long day. Seriously it was. Don't hate me because my skin is hating me enough at the moment. 

Let's get right to it! Show me the money eh, err... makeup.

  • First up we have this awesome coconut oil! I use coconut oil every day on my face and body. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Organic to Green's soft blend of natural coconut oil and rose, nurtures skin and is perfect for anti-aging. Address the signs of aging with three different forms of rose, rich with vitamin A & C. This is the perfect combination for mature skin. Made with 100% pure and gentle coconut oil that never turns solid and is safe for sensitive skin. Organic to Green's liquid coconut products are non-greasy and non-staining. They absorb quickly and won't clog pores.
  • Passionate Peach Juice Infused Lip Oil. Ulta's Tinted Juice Infused Lip Oil with a tint of color that glides on smooth and feels lightweight. This hybrid lip property makes a perfect companion for the girl on-the-go.
  • Morphe Mini Highlighter in Spark. Never leave home without your highlighter. Get that prismatic effect wherever you glow thanks to Morphe's mini highlighter in Spark. Same rad formula. Same killer highlight.
  • Travel Size Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder by Two Faced. Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder provides a veil of perfecting luminosity for a finish so natural, they'll think you were Born This Way.
  • Travel Size Better Than Sex Mascara. Too Faced's hourglass-shaped brush was designed after discovering the bust-waist-hip ratio of an iconic silver screen blonde bombshell held the secret to the perfect brush silhouette that separates, coats and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. One coat of the carbon black formula and lashes are full, defined, and stretched to unbelievable lengths.
  • Tarte Happy Girls Shine Brighter Eye and Cheek Palette. 
    Limited-edition shades:
    • Date Night (pale pink)
    • Messy Bun (champagne gold)
    • Glam Girl (rose gold)
    • Girl Code (matte chocolate brown)
    • Posse (pearly pink)
    • Sweetie (matte black)
    • Live Boldly (shimmering peach blush)
     

So there you have it! Some of my beauty faves!! Now go Enter!!! Head over to my Instagram and follow the directions!! 

INSTAGRAM HERE!!!

                 
 
 
Monday, May 28, 2018
By Amanda Reed Photography
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Congratulations Class of 2018! Thank you for an amazingly beautiful year. I have enjoyed every minute of it. I leave you with a look back and one of my favorite poems by Marianne Williamson

 

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

 

 

 

 

 
Sunday, May 06, 2018
By Amanda Reed Photography
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WOW WOW WOW!!!! What a fabulous prom season!! I did not shoot GEHS prom like I have in years past since this was my daughters first prom and I didn't want to miss a minute. Thankfully my best friend is a fabulous photographer who is known for creating real life fairytales and she came up and photographed my daughter and her friends. You can see my lovely girl below and a huge shout out to Jessica Holt of Dalton Lane Portrait Co.  Next year GEHS prom will be back on my schedule!

 

Greenbrier West as always exceded my expectations. The weather was beautiful but the lack of soft light and mother nature lulling behind on our natural greenery we chose to set up a luxe set inside the studio that didn't fail. The poses, the lighting was nothing short of Hollywood Glam for these prom goers and they got the signature AR treatment! 

Last but not least Westside turned out in high style as always. This was my first year shooting Westside High School prom but it definitely won't be the last. These images were shot on the West Farm which is also undergoing a huge transformation into one of West Virginia's premier wedding venues! So you want me to shoot your prom? Get me dates well in advance, secure at least 8 clients for me to photograph and you're all set. Packages are all digital so you can print and share as much as you like and start at $40. 

 
Friday, April 27, 2018
By Amanda Reed Photography
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Ok....so maybe you don't love all the free stuff you get in life. I am thinking of a few possibilites. I like to give you awesome free stuff so let me tell you about some of them.

 

Attention: I seriously lavish you with attention. Getting to know you and your story enables me to tell it from the perspective of my heart and not my bank account. I don't want to rush anything about our time together. Sure I have time limits I like to keep for myself in the enjoyment of my own family and your poor husbands or dads you had to drag here with you. Which leads me to another point! Your husband will love me, sounds weird right? But he loves me because they get to spend their time outdoors with the most beautiful woman in his life..........YOU. I know how real life rolls and it's busy. Trust me, when I have you and your husband look into one anothers eyes it might make your knees tremble with nervousness because as adults raising awesome kids we often forget that connection that comes when you look into the eyes of the one you love and when I tell him to whisper something in your ear that is sure to make you grin he never fails, in fact he aims to please.....YOU. While the male figures in your life may arrive apprehensive they leave feeling energized 99.9% of the time. You always have that .1% that can't nobody help but their momma. 

 

 

Medicine: Wait, did I say free medicine? Yes and the best medicine in the world is laughter. I was raised around tough situations and I coped by making people laugh. Just this month on my aunts birthday I bought her a memory book and near the end of the fill in the blank page it read, remember that birthday when........ but I couldn't remember anything other then the fact that on this day my aunts mom died who was my grandma and the most beautiful human that could ever happen to a person and ya know what else happened on that day? Her sister died the same day several years later and that sister happened to be my mom. How in the hell do you get past moments like that and move on? For me I had to laugh and that's what I wrote and we laughed about it for a solid 20 minutes going back and forth.... hey, remember when your mom died on your birthday? Hey, remember when my mom died on your birhtday. So laughter has gotten me through some of the hardest days of my life because sometimes you throw your hands up and realize you just couldn't make this stuff up. I am so blessed to have laughter as a coping mechanism rather than anger or acting out. Now that you have heard about that crazy story you know we are in for a wild ride. I like to laugh. It makes me forget those hard moments that happen like the death of my loved ones, the realization that my skin is aging, my daughter will be leaving for college before I know it and soon a woman will fill a bigger role in the life of my son then I do. We all need to laugh. If I can get you laughing then I can capture you living!

 

 

Friendship. A friend is a very special thing to have and I am blessed to know that many of my clients walk away never being a client again because they become friends. My career has led me to the most beautiful and fulfilling friendships I could ever ask for. I am that text away when your child needs extra prayers. I am that phone call when you get accepted to college. I have even been the 1am come get your teenage daughter from a party because she is to scared to call you and I deliver her to your door. That road goes both ways as I often lean on those who first came into my prescence only for a portrait but I received the bigger gift of their friendship.

 

 

Experience: When you combine all of the previous details with a kick ARse session catered to you with set designs picked exclusively for your style and your desires then this isn't something you put in your digital shopping cart at Amazon. This is so much more. I miss those mom and pop shops that used to line mainstreet. You walked in they knew your name, asked how your family was and helped with your purchase. That's how I want my business to be. I want to give you that mom and pop, how you and the youngins been doing, why sure I can take care of that for you business experience. 

 

 

Some of the best things in life are free. I just happen to be blessed that God uses my talent as a photographer to give and receive those free things. I can't wait to see y'all for your next portrait session where I can throw some free stuff at you! 

 

 

xoxo,

Amanda

 

 

 

 

 
Monday, April 23, 2018
By Amanda Reed Photography
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Because I am a mom, I know how many emotions you must be feeling right now as the parent of a high school senior. Ten years of experience in not only photography but client relationships have left me with a permanent reminder of how important what I do and how I make you and your child feel during this experience is.

 

 

 Maya Angelou said it best, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

 

 

I know that one of the three biggest investments you will ever spend on portraits is about to happen. In my experience, I find that most people hire a professional photographer on the day their child was born, graduation year and the day they get married. Why? Because these are the milestone moments. That fresh baby changed your life. That child you raised most likely raised the bar in you. I know that this journey has been a plural one and I know that most often after this year it turns into a singular one. You as I will question every day if we made the right decisions. If we prepared them for the future and most importantly did we raise someone of compassion and respect. 

 

 

I want you to know when I photograph your child I see more then the perfect child presented to me, I see my own child. I recall my own daughter and the way she laughed when she was five and I hope to invoke that laugh your own daughter had when she was five so you can see that little girl in this moment. I see a day when I planned a wedding of my daughter, yet to happen, with my own mother who has passed on and I remember that I need to capture that woman your child has become. My own son who is a mix of sawdust and motor oil who climbs in bed to snuggle will one day help me climb into his truck. I know that I need to capture that side eye and grin he gives you when you tell him to stop fake smiling because I have told my son the same thing. I know that I must photograph all the men and women who have made this young man who he is today. This moment is more than photographing him with his truck its about knowing all the work that went into building it. That little boy who sat on grandpas knee and now holds his hand. The child that sat at grandmas dinner table to a warm meal is now the young adult helping them to prepare it. This moment and what I do is far beyond the click of the shutter. 

 

 

When I say, "I want to be your photographer," I do not want to take your picture.... I want to tell your story.

 

 

When choosing your photographer I hope you trust me as a professional and also as a mother to capture the story of your heart. 

 

 

 

xoxo,

Amanda

 
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