LOVE YO BODY.

Hello World!

While it is embarrassing that I haven’t posted in nearly a year… or that frequently before that I find it fitting that I am making my re-emergence with this post.  I have been working professionally as a photographer now for 12 years and full time for nearly 7.  Most artists try to continue to grow their skillset even as they enter the professional world because sometimes when your exchange your craft for money your passion takes the backseat… and no one likes a stagnate cranky artist 😉

The last several years I have focused immensely on upping my game in the lighting category.  Lighting is basically the foundation of photography so mastering added and artificial lighting makes the world your oyster.  2017’s project was working on a new, harsher lighting.  Most of my past lighting focus was for portrait work and so I needed a new and more challenging project so this year I decided to focus on fitness photography.

Anyone that knows me knows that I am the weirdo who can’t get enough of a good sweat session or the endorphin high after cranking out a new PR.  So entering into this new line of photography was not only fun but it allowed me to combine some of my passion with my work. (winning!)

After I learned some of the lighting techniques I needed for fitness photography (a HUGE thank you to all of the fitness instructors I used as guinea pigs 🙂 I should do a post for them at some point!)  I wanted to do more than just shoot professional athletes or fitness pros.  My favorite part of my job is not capturing the ‘money shot’ or the 8×10 great grandma will hang on her mantle.  My favorite part of what I do is working with families and people in such an vulnerable way that I capture ‘THE’ shot.  The shot where a person can see themselves through my lens the way loved ones see them.  Beautiful.  Strong.  Capable.  Loved.

Our society puts so much pressure on all people to be a certain way, act a certain way and achieve certain goals and without completing this imaginary list of conquests we are told we are worth nothing.  I hope that through my work (both hired and personal) people can treat themselves a little more kindly and see themselves in the light that other people view them.  Which with that longwinded journal entry brings me to my project!

This project was birthed to show everyone of all fitness levels, interests and walks of life that there is an inner athlete in you.  Everyone can be fit, strong and do amazing things.  You don’t need to do cross fit, run marathons or be a zumba instructor. (though if you want to, more power to you!)  Everyone has their own starting point and often times people have *multiple* starting points.

The main goal is to view your body as this amazing machine that enables you to do AWESOME things.  So we should really love it instead of constantly hating it, criticizing it and worse; trying to starve it to mold it into something it isn’t meant to be.  Fuel your body.  Love your body.

As I finally delve into the ACUTAL post a huge, huge shout out to KIN Movement for hosting this event.  They have an awesome space to help people from all fitness levels achieve their goals.  Their mindset is unlike any I have found in a gym and their support through this project has been unparalleled.  Also a HUGE thanks to the folks who showed up and were vulnerable enough to let me use them as my models.  These are just regular people (NOT fitness models!) and I hope you give them a standing ovation for their awesomeness.

2017-08-22_0001Bob: Triathlete and would be diplomat.
Always be ready to embrace the suck.  May not be the fastest but always moving forward.

2017-08-22_0002Cole: Manager/Specialist at Human Element and Single-Mom-Extraordinaire
Strives to be stronger and more fit to set an example for her son.  Wishes she could be a travel writer to show him the world.

2017-08-22_0003Hannah: Owner/CEO Metric MKTG
Loves the beach, her kiddos and kicking thyroid disease in the butt.
Favorite actress is Candace Cameron Bure and would be a professional singer in another life.

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Holly: Mama of two sweet babes and part of University of Michigan’s Sea Grant (School for Environment and Sustainability)
Multi-sport competitor and Proud Canadian.  Mama who nurses/pumps WHILE working full time (that is a marathon folks for those of you who have never done it!)

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Jesse: Swim instructor and coach.  University of Michigan student.
Would be professional gymnast.  Favorite book is The Hurt Artist by Shane Neimeyer.

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Katie: Mama and Manager of Health and Wellness of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Would love to travel to Greece and favorite color is yellow.  Has a PhD but in another life would be a Labor/Delivery nurse.

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Megan: Nurse Anesthetist, bad ass and dog mama.
Loves Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and would be a race car driver if being a nurse anesthetist didn’t work out.

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Nikki: Mama to 3 littles and fitness lover.
She is a beach lover and Paul Walker fan.  If she could tell her younger self anything it would be: To stop spending so much time caring what other people think because what matters is what YOU think!

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Sam: Teacher for STEM Prep school in Nashville.
Runner and newly minted teacher from EMU.  If she could live anywhere it would be to her newly relocated Nashville, living the dream!  Favorite song is ‘Before He Cheats’ by Carrie Underwood.

2017-08-22_0010Stacey: Mom of two and Battle of Waterloo finisher
Loves making gains in the gym, pushing herself harder and being epic for her two sons. If she could tell her younger-self anything it would be “Don’t compare yourself to all these girls. Don’t change a thing about what makes you you. You and your life end up to be really amazing! ”

2017-08-22_0011Susan: Fitness Guru and Marketing pro
In another life would be a photographer or a veterinarian.  Miami transplant to Michigan and warm weather lover.  If she could live anywhere it would be Brazil.

 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey!  Posting this has taken a bit of vulnerability on my part as an artist because as we learn new crafts we see only the flaws in our projects… much like how we view our own body’s in the mirror.  I hope through this journey of life we can all view ourselves a little more kindly and honestly give ourselves a pat on the back.  Being a good human is no joke, so lets all be nice to each other, give each other high fives and encourage each other to be the best, strongest human ever.

run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂

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Purely Maternity: Ransons

I don’t often shoot maternity sessions but after working this session I am *in LOVE*.

This session was perfection.  From the amazing couple (inside and out!) to the setting to the light.  Everything, everything was perfection.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! ❤ (I mean is it totally creepy if I wanted to hang their pictures on my wall?!) 2016-08-20_00102016-08-20_0011I mean, just stop!! This mama is gorgeous! 2016-08-20_00122016-08-20_00132016-08-20_0014You can just hear her laugh here! 2016-08-20_00152016-08-20_00162016-08-20_00172016-08-20_0018This session was so magical we had horses photobombing! 2016-08-20_0019I love love love this one! 2016-08-20_00202016-08-20_00212016-08-20_0022GAH! I just love this!!! ❤ ❤ 2016-08-20_00232016-08-20_0024The light was just beautiful!! I could not have asked for more romantic light! 2016-08-20_00252016-08-20_00262016-08-20_00272016-08-20_00282016-08-20_00292016-08-20_00302016-08-20_00312016-08-20_00322016-08-20_00332016-08-20_0034thank you guys!!!! I cannot wait to meet your precious baby girl!!!!

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

Purely Family: Corrigan

Before I leave on vacation I had to leave you guys with this session!! I had such a blast photographing Rachel and Geoff and their little man but looking through their images I am falling in love with them all over again! 2016-08-04_00022016-08-04_0003
I mean check out this nursery!!!!!!!! *Swoon*
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And this little guy, he is just the best!
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Baby hands!!!
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We left their beautiful home for a few portraits at a local park just down the block!! This little guy is so lucky to have such a fun neighborhood park just down the street!
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And then on the way home Rachel suggested this little road, it is amazing!!! Tucked away just blocks from downtown!
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Little guy couldn’t hang and need a nap! 🙂
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He has a sailboat mobile!!!! Ahh!!2016-08-04_00202016-08-04_0021
Again, this nursery!!!!!!! ❤ 2016-08-04_0022
His nap gave us a little aline time to take some Mom and Dad pictures 🙂 2016-08-04_00232016-08-04_00242016-08-04_0025
This is my fave.2016-08-04_00262016-08-04_00272016-08-04_0028
Both inside and outside this little house is just dripping with charm!  What a magical place to grow up!2016-08-04_00292016-08-04_00302016-08-04_0031
Big guy wanting to stand!! Slow down baby! 2016-08-04_00322016-08-04_00332016-08-04_0034
A mama’s arms is always a babes favorite place to be ❤ 2016-08-04_00352016-08-04_00362016-08-04_00372016-08-04_00382016-08-04_00392016-08-04_0040

Thank you guys so much for allowing me to witness and capture a small snippet of your beautiful life!!! ❤

run often, smile more!
Amanda 🙂

Purely Love: Jen & Brad

These two are getting married SATURDAY!  We took their pictures a few months ago (and I am using them as a TBT 😉 ) They really wanted rolling hills so we asked for permission to use a golf course during a slow time and they said yes!!! (we are so lucky!) The images turned out FANTASTIC! And we even had a ‘friend’ show up 🙂  I can’t wait to hang out with you guys at Waldenwoods Saturday! 🙂

I am in love with these silhouettes!!! ❤

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love the smiles here! ❤
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Those rollings hills!!
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Purely Senior: Katie 2016

Still playing catch up from last year’s portrait sessions and I came across Katie’s beautiful senior portraits!! I am now booking for 2017 Seniors!! Check out this beauty!

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This next series is my favorite!

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Just stunning!!! ❤

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Now booking for class of 2017!! Some August dates still available!!

Purely Love: Kara and Michael

I cannot believe it is almost June!  This winter seemed to drag by but finally summer is here which means *Wedding Season*! YAY!  I am so excited to kick off this year’s wedding season with an amazing wedding!!

I photographed Kara and Michael last year and this was just the magic we made for their engagement session! I cannot WAIT to see what fabulous things we create on their wedding day!!! ❤ Cannot wait you guys! View More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamikeView More: http://amandamaephotography.pass.us/karamike

Purely Life: Hibbler Family

Prepare yourself for a long blog post…  As much as I try to keep blog posts concise in words and images

I.Just.Can’t.Even.

with this post!  2016-03-10_0001Angie and Derrick are great friends I have known for some time now.  They homeschool and are also ‘rehabing’ their beautiful older home in Milan.  As their kiddos are getting older they decided some pictures of what a ‘typical’ school day is would be treasured so they can look back one day and ‘remember when’… 2016-03-10_0002They have been working on their kitchen the last year and I can honestly say it is MY happy place so I sure hope they are pleased with it!  And I may just permanently take up residence at their island with some coffee, it is so peaceful! 2016-03-10_0003 2016-03-10_0004We started the session with some ideas written down of what their day typically looked like so if the shoot didn’t progress ‘naturally’ we would have some ideas to fall back on… but we didn’t need any of them.  2016-03-10_0005Love this ‘escape the ordinary’ note pad 🙂 2016-03-10_0006Honestly, this kitchen! *drool*2016-03-10_0007This is where I stop talking because the images just speak louder than words ever could…2016-03-10_0008 2016-03-10_0009 2016-03-10_0010 2016-03-10_0011 2016-03-10_0012 2016-03-10_0013 2016-03-10_0014 2016-03-10_0015I may have a small obsession with little person feet ❤ 2016-03-10_0016 2016-03-10_0017She invited me to her tea party 🙂 2016-03-10_0018 2016-03-10_0019This is an example of a ‘natural’ posed picture.  I helped coach Anna who reluctantly agreed but this series is priceless! 2016-03-10_0020Next was a family project ❤ love this working together! 2016-03-10_0021 2016-03-10_0022So many hands together! ❤ 2016-03-10_0023Matching Painted Toes. 2016-03-10_0024 2016-03-10_0025Mama and Baby snuggles. 2016-03-10_0026 2016-03-10_0027 2016-03-10_0028 2016-03-10_0029 2016-03-10_0030 2016-03-10_0031The light streaming in their home is just gorgeous! 2016-03-10_0032Pitter Patter. 2016-03-10_0033 2016-03-10_0034More feet. 2016-03-10_0035 2016-03-10_0036 2016-03-10_0037Don’t you just want to cozy up and read by this window?2016-03-10_0038Sister smooshes. 2016-03-10_0039A daddy and his girls. 2016-03-10_0040May our kiddos never be too big for hugs ❤ 2016-03-10_0042  2016-03-10_0044This next series is to.die.for.2016-03-10_0045 2016-03-10_0046Those eyes ❤2016-03-10_0047This couple has been married for 15 years! (yes they were married when they were 5!) 2016-03-10_0048 2016-03-10_0049Some sister time. 2016-03-10_0050And of course brother time! 2016-03-10_0051And while I didn’t stay until the kiddos went to bed we took some pictures of one Derrick and Angie’s favorite things to do when they’re not busy working, parenting, teaching, cleaning or #adulting 😉 2016-03-10_0052 2016-03-10_0053#familytime2016-03-10_0054 2016-03-10_0055 2016-03-10_00562016-03-10_0057And this series needs to be hung in giant billboard size.  My heart just melts! 2016-03-10_0058 2016-03-10_0059 2016-03-10_0060 2016-03-10_0061 2016-03-10_00622016-03-10_0063 2016-03-10_0064 2016-03-10_0065The affection!!! I die! 2016-03-10_0066 2016-03-10_0067 2016-03-10_0068 2016-03-10_0069 2016-03-10_0070 2016-03-10_0071 2016-03-10_0073 2016-03-10_0074 2016-03-10_0075

Those of you who have read the whole blog, thank you! ❤ and Angie and Derrick and kiddos, thank you for letting me hang out with you all day!! Honestly, these are my favorite sessions!  Looking to book a few more before wedding season kicks in! Contact me for ‘off season’ reduced rates!

run often, smile more!

Amanda 🙂