Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Thurman.
Amanda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had an urge to capture every important moment with a picture. My parents still tease me about our move across town when I was 10 years old. I took a disposable camera around EVERY single corner of our old house before leaving and made them stand and smile in just about all of them. I didn’t ever want to forget any of the happy memories that my childhood home held. Even then I knew that photos are like a time machine in that whenever we view them, we are immediately transported back to that special time and place. I’ve always wanted to preserve happy memories for myself, and as I got older, for others. I was the person at birthday parties that would take pictures of friends sharing a joke or blowing out the candles and would send it to them afterward. Even though I loved taking pictures, I never really thought that I would be able to make it a business. Last March, I took a one-hour online course that changed my life. It helped me to realize the only thing holding me back from making a far-off dream a reality was myself! So, I decided to finally invest something into my passion and bought an online course that would teach me the basics. That was several months ago, and since then I have been blessed with the opportunity to grow and practice with several amazing individuals and families who also believe in my dream. The thought of being able to spend my life creating beautiful images that capture priceless moments in time for others fills me with so much joy! I am so glad that I finally chose to listen to my passion and follow it down this road. I can’t wait to see where it leads!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My road has not always been smooth. For years, I denied myself the opportunity to follow my creative passion out of pure fear that I wouldn’t be good enough. I finally saw how ridiculous that was and decided to just go for it. Even once I did though, I was still afraid that I would fail. You see, my husband and I just moved out to Phoenix about a year ago, and so we don’t have a ton of connections. I was so scared that even though I finally got the courage to launch a business, it would flounder because I wouldn’t be able to get clients. Thankfully, God has allowed me to meet people who care to invest in the lives and dreams of others. Without them, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I love people and I love stories. What I love most is capturing the love shared between people, which is why I specialize in family portrait and wedding photography. Whether it is a couple or a large family, I want to be able to capture a moment in time and help tell your story. Whether you are engaged, getting married or have been married for 10 years and have three kids, I want to be able to showcase the special bond that your family shares. I desire for shoots to be natural, where I get to see what makes your family unique and preserve that for you forever.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up as an only child, I became an expert at entertaining myself. As I’ve mentioned, I have always loved taking pictures. If I wasn’t doing that, though, you could probably find me running barefoot around the family farm in Kentucky. Summers there were the best. I would alternate between climbing trees and climbing hay bales before I would tire out and go inside to play dolls. I was also a figure skater, so after school most days you would find me at the ice rink practicing. I used to be very quiet and shy, so much so that I used to hide behind my mom when she would introduce me to new people! But by the time I entered college, I realized I was actually an extrovert and needed to get over my shyness. That season is how I came to realize how much I love learning about people and hearing their stories-once I finally got the courage to ask! Now, it is all I want to do.
- $100 per one hour portrait session
- Wedding packages starting at $800
- Website: www.amandakarisphoto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @amandakarisphotography
- Facebook: Amanda Karis Photography
Credit: picture of Christian and Amanda Thurman- @ leahhopephotography
all others: @ amandakarisphotography