Amanda was incredible- I'd recommend her to everyone I know!
She's a very positive, supportive person during planning:
After booking with her, just in trying to decide what we wanted from the photos, she was very helpful where we were still unsure about things (style, specific shots, how to coordinate the two families, divorced persons, babies and dogs!) and when I was afraid to be specific in what I wanted, she was very encouraging and made me feel comfortable asking for exactly what I wanted, and I'm SO GLAD she did- our photos were beyond anything I could have imagined! I spent the week after we got them opening my dropbox all the time just to look through them again.
Amanda was organized, and checked in with us periodically leading up to the wedding:
She was on top of it, and honestly better than I was about making sure things got done before the day-of. She knew what needed to be decided in advance, what worked with most people, and what didn't, and I feel like we avoided a lot problems other people got because she was giving us advice from experience.
She was everywhere and so focused at the wedding:
She was at the wedding location before our families even got there, was fantastic to work with and totally collected while it was crazy and rushed (and honestly a bit stressful) before guests showed up. She got shots of everything we wanted, and she used her time so efficiently that even with our timeline getting totally botched (lost over an hour!), she still got all the "extra" photos we'd wanted. She was wonderful directing us for the photos, got photos that were flattering to everyone, and NAILED the candid shots we were most afraid wouldn't work out like we'd imagined.
She was really wonderful with our guests and family- even with the (very) difficult people- the kind that seem to be at every wedding. She handled little dramas and hiccups that happened during photos with a lot of grace, and in at least one case, it was definitely her handling of things that kept it from becoming a big "thing".
She took photos in areas I was originally afraid were too lackluster for a wedding that look like they're out of a film! Her framing and shots were downright transformative, and while I've never thought I was going to frame my wedding photos (just not that kind of person), I WANT to now!
More than anything, I loved Amanda's work-she's talented, just genuinely very, very good at taking beautiful, flattering, joyful-looking photos. She captured the way the day FELT, which I don't think we'd have gotten with any other photographer. I adore our wedding photos, and hiring her was absolutely our best planning decision.