Featured Friday | Amandalynn Jones Photography

This week’s featured photographer is Amandalynn, from Amandalynn Jones Photography 
Check out her interview!

What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
All through my teen years I was an avid artist, I loved drawing faces. When I went to college I studied Fine Art, but although I still enjoyed drawing the course load was overwhelming and I was beginning to burn out on it. By the time I graduated I hadn’t produced a single personal drawing for over a year. Several months later I found photography as a way to unlock that passion and rekindled my love of portraits once again, everything after that has been history.

How would you describe your photography style?
My style is clean and vivid, I strive to create portraits that will stand the test of time. I also work very hard to make my photographs meaningful and feel that translates very much into my style, I always aim to create an image that is about my subject, and not just an image of my subject.

What kind of camera do you shoot with?
Canon 5DMkII

What is your favorite lens?
Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

What are a few things you wish you would have known when starting your own business?
I wish I had known to pace myself the first few years, and to know not to worry about what everyone else was doing.

It can be very discouraging when you’re starting out with so much passion to see everyone around you seemingly speeding ahead with their fabulous careers and equipment, while you try to pull yourself along and scrape together enough pennies to invest in the beginning essentials. In my first year I spent so much time trying to keep up with someone else’s pace in order to prove I was good enough… and for a time that discouragement made me want to quit. It took a long time to realize that the only person I needed to impress was me. Once I got that my business exploded because I was finally focusing on myself.

What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
Word of mouth. A huge percentage of my clients are referrals from other clients or peers in the industry that I have close connections with. I have been fortunate enough to live in an area where word of mouth is treated like gold.

Secondary to that, SEO and Social Media play a big role for spreading the word.

What is your most favorite photo you have ever taken and why?
Last year while in Dallas for a conference I met up with some long time e-friends from my favorite photo forum, and they gave me a tour of downtown. Part of the trip involved a stop in Thanksgiving Square, and the church there. The little sanctuary is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, with it’s spiraling stained glass ceiling. Even though it is not my usual subject matter this photo now hangs on my wall as my favorite image, and every time I see it I am awash with gratitude for the opportunities and friendships in my life.

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What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
The only artist you should try to outdo is yourself. Don’t worry so much about where you rank in skill and talent against other photographers. What others do does not matter, what matters is that you love what YOU do.

What is your favorite photography quote?
“The key to taking great photos is finding the adventure in every moment.” – Jason Arnold

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