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i am a knoxville wedding photographer. When you are looking for a WEDDING photographer, you're looking for someone you can be comfortable with, you can trust to capture every special moment, you can rely on to never let you down and you can become lifelong friends with. So this "about" section is not meant for me to boast to you about why you have to hire me. This "about" section is meant to see if I'm the type of person you can see yourself being comfortable with, trusting in, relying on and making friends with...

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I could give you my spill about how I started shooting with a film Minolta in middle school and that it tugged my heart so deeply I never set the camera down. But I would rather share with you what I love. What I enjoy. What I'm about. 

First you should know that I'm an avid Jesus follower. Everything I am and everything I've had in life I give full credit to the Creator of the Universe. In my logo you'll see Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." This is what I've built my photography business on and He never fails. I also want to share about my husband, Dustin. You will see him pop up briefly in my promo video below! He is my rock. He is my hero. He is my soul mate. I'm a hopeless romantic that fell head over heels for the cute boy next door and life could not be any sweeter. Dustin has the kindest, most generous heart that I admire so much and strive to have every day. 

I have a passionate soul. I get way too excited too easily. I smile at just about anything. I'm terrible with names. I'm a retired certified public accountant. I'm allergic to dogs. I look terrible with short hair. I own WAY too many shoes. I want a tattoo of a vintage camera. I love what I do so much it takes my breath away. This is me. The real me. Not the "fake, I hope I sold you" me. This is it. Now let's see if we can make this thing work. Check out my promo video below to learn more about the girl behind the camera!

There's a bit more about me over on the desktop version of this about section, so if you need more - just go to www.amandamayphotos.com on your computer!

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I could give you my spill about how I started shooting with a film Minolta in middle school and that it tugged my heart so deeply I never set the camera down. But I would rather share with you what I love. What I enjoy. What I'm about. 

First you should know that I'm an avid Jesus follower. Everything I am and everything I've had in life I give full credit to the Creator of the Universe. In my logo you'll see Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." This is what I've built my photography business on and He never fails. I also want to share about my husband, Dustin. You will see him pop up briefly in my promo video below! He is my rock. He is my hero. He is my soul mate. I'm a hopeless romantic that fell head over heels for the cute boy next door and life could not be any sweeter. Dustin has the kindest, most generous heart that I admire so much and strive to have every day. 

There are some things in life that I love and cannot get enough of. Motorcycle rides at the break of spring, camping trips with long hikes to waterfalls, house renovating with our recently acquired 100 year old home, Netflix binges while I spend hours editing photos, supporting local artists like myself, traveling all over the world for one glimpse into another culture, spending nights on the porch getting real with close friends, running miles until my legs go numb, getting behind my camera for that first wedding of the season, making crazy adventures into awesome memories with my husband, and finally, and most importantly, worshiping our God with every breath in me as much as I can. 

I have a passionate soul. I get way too excited too easily. I smile at just about anything. I'm terrible with names. I'm a retired certified public accountant. I'm allergic to dogs. I look terrible with short hair. I own WAY too many shoes. I want a tattoo of a vintage camera. I love what I do so much it takes my breath away. This is me. The real me. Not the "fake, I hope I sold you" me. This is it. Now let's see if we can make this thing work. Check out my promo video below to learn more about the girl behind the camera!

I catch myself so many times wishing life away and I have to force myself to stop. Take it all in. To not lose site of the little things that make this life worth living. That's why I love photography. Because those little things that you never want to forget become a permanent memory. You know what happens when you look at a photograph? Your mind is immediately reminded of the moments that happened before and after that, the emotions you were feeling and the things you were thinking. That one photograph preserves that moment forever.  

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q: What equipment do you shoot with?

A: I'm a canon girl all the way.  My primary body that I shoot with is a Canon 5d mark iii.  I do have a second body that is a Canon 5d mark ii.  My favorite go to lens EVER is my Canon 24-70mm f2.8L.  I'll shoot most of my portraits with this lens.  Occasionally I bring out my gigantic Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens (but mostly this sucker is used for wedding ceremonies).  Then I do have a Canon 100mm f2.8L macro that will rock your ring and dress pictures.  I also have a wide angle, 50mm, 35mm and 85mm in my bag, but rarely get these out. As for my flash, I will shoot both on camera and off camera flash with my two Canon 600ex-rt speedlites. However, I usually only bring out the flash when shooting inside with very little window light pouring in.  

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q: do you give referral gifts?

A: I am a firm believer in word of mouth marketing.  When I first started photography as a student, then continued into my public accounting job, I literally had no time to market.  I relied solely on word of mouth marketing and it truly has gotten me where I am today.  Because of that, I reward my clients that are spreading the word about me! I give anyone that directly refers a client to me, a gift card for 10% of whatever that client books with me for.  So if that client happens to be a bride, that can be one hefty gift card! 

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q: what type of portraits do you shoot?

A: The most common and favorite type of portrait session I shoot is an engagement session. Kind of comes with the territory of being a wedding photographer.  However, just because I'm a wedding photographer, does not mean that I am limited to just doing portraits that come with weddings! I do lots of family portraits (families of all sizes and ages), newborn, maternity, secret proposals, boudoir, birthday parties, lifestyle, corporate headshots, vow renewals, seniors... pretty much you name it, I'll shoot it.  I have yet to find something that I just hate shooting. So if you need a photographer for something a little different, don't be afraid to visit my contact page below! 

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q: WhO DO YOU USE AS YOUR SECOND SHOOTER?

A: I have a list of other photographers that I use as my second shooters.  Typically, when I'm about 1-2 months out from your wedding date, I will start reaching out to my go to photographers to see if they're available.  Majority of my go-to second shooters are also primary wedding photographers, so I wait until 1-2 months before your wedding to reach out to make sure that they won't already have their own wedding! I rotate on my list of second shooters to make sure that I get a variety of people throughout the year. However, if you have a preference for one specific second shooter, just let me know and I would be happy to reach and interview them to work with me for your wedding.  Most of the time it works out that we can work perfectly together and you get two photographers you love!

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A: This is a "heck yeah!" kind of answer.  I love love love to travel.  Whether this travel is for an elopement, portraits, or wedding, I would be more than willing to come to you! My travel fee for cities that I can drive to (5 hours or less) is $.57/mile + hotel costs.  This rate is the standard rate directed from the government.  If the city is more than 5 hours, I do ask that you fly me and get me 1-2 nights of hotel depending on what event I'm coming for.  If the travel includes multiple days on a cruise ship or out of town, I also ask that I be allotted a meal allowance that would be agreed upon in the contract and can vary from city to city. But if the question is "will she even come all the way out here?" go ahead and bet that I WILL!

q: do you travel outside of knoxville?

My wedding pricing guide is completely customizable to any bride + groom that chooses to hire me as their photographer. I offer an a'la carte menu that starts with 8 hours of coverage, an engagement session, high resolution digital files, print release, and an online viewing gallery. You can then custom build it by adding on an album, boudoir session, and much more from there. Weddings with Amanda May Photos start at $2,500. However, the most popular package is around $4,000. I am based out of Knoxville, TN but I love love love to travel. I shoot a lot of Nashville & Chattanooga weddings. I also travel to Lexington, Somerset and Louisville, KY a lot. I've shot other weddings in Charleston, Miami, and Tullahoma. But I love love to shoot in new places so really no location is out of bounds for me! If you would like more information on my pricing guide please visit my contact page below and I'll get back to you as soon as I possibly can. 

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The AMP Portrait Experience may include anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours of shooting time.  I will work with you to come up with the perfect location and beautiful outfits so that you can get the absolute most out of your session time with me! All packages will include high resolution digital download, an online viewing gallery equipped with a shopping cart, and the print release to all of the edited images.  After I completely finish editing your images, we will meet back up for your reveal party! This is where I will treat you guys to some coffee and show you all of your portraits! You will be given the opportunity to purchase some prints from me, but there is absolutely no pressure... I just love to see your face light up with you see your images for the first time! AMP portraits start at $350 and on average, AMP clients spend $600.

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AMP Mentorships are designed to help photographers of all levels figure out ways to improve their business and skills.  I am unique in the fact that I came from an Accounting background.  I actually have my masters in accounting and became a CPA in 2013.  Many of my mentorships revolve around teaching the business side of photography due to my background.  However, they are designed in such a way, that we can cater any of my mentorship packages so that you can get the absolute most out of your time with me.  AMP Mentorships range anywhere from $150-$850.  I offer everything from basic Q+A, to hiring couples to model for us, to capturing some headshots for your website! If you are interested in these, please shoot me an email at amanda@amandamayphotos.com and I'll get back to you with more info! 

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LOVE LOVE LOVE OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES! One of the most important things we determined early on in the wedding planning process was that we wanted to surround ourselves with happy people. We wanted people that were great at what they did but also seemed like family. If we could have created the photographer of our dreams, she wouldn't have been as great as you!  You are definitely a gift from above! We are so blessed to have you as part of our day! Thank you for being so precious! 

she wouldn't have been as great as you!"

"If we could have created the photographer of our dreams,

ashley + p.l.
 classy nashville engagement

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WE ARE JUST OOHING & AAAWING over these pictures! I am so BEYOND THRILLED with them. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THE BEST EVER! And getting our photos back to us so stinking quickly! Oh, and I love the picture of Adam and I with you... it will definitely be hung in our wedding collage in our home!

for being the best ever!!"

"Thank you so much

Courtney + adam
intimate elizabeth claire's wedding

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Thank you so much Amanda!! THE PICTURES ARE MORE THAN WE EVER DREAMED OF HAVING! You literally captured every beautiful moment. We cannot thank you enough for that! We will be referring you to everyone we know and using you for all of our family photography in the future!

than we ever dreamed of having!"

"The pictures are more

Erin & Jonathan 
unique airplane hangar wedding

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We could not have asked for a better experience with a photographer for our wedding day! You are the sweetest person and so fun to work with! You literally captured all the memorable moments, and for that I am forever grateful. Getting to reminisce back through the images has by far been my favorite part of the wedding and having them all in our album means so much! I can not say thank you enough. 

a better experience!"

"We could not have asked for

Chloe + wesley
outdoor chattanooga wedding

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AMANDA, WE REALLY FEEL LIKE WE CANNOT truly express in words how wonderful you were to us. We cannot imagine our wedding day without you, you were such a special part of it. Any bride would be so blessed and lucky to have you. Thank you so much for everything. I don't use the word perfect lightly, but you were truly perfect!

without you!"

"We cannot imagine our wedding day

evelyn + matias
small lexington wedding

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