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Life & Work with Amanda Reeves of Frederick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Reeves.

Hi Amanda, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always had a passion for photography. It wasn’t until 2016 that I was able to cultivate that passion when my husband invested in a brand new Nikon DSLR for me for our first anniversary. I fell even more in love with the craft once I had it in my hands. I am self-taught. I do not have formal training but have honed my skills with a mixture of books and YouTube videos based on photography. Once confident in my ability, I started my business, Bella Harlor Photography. The name comes from my reason for being, my husband and I’s four children. I have two boys, and he has two daughters from prior relationships. We are blessed and blended! Bella is a mix of my son’s names, Abel and Noah, and similarly, Harlor is the mixture of Harmony and Taylor. As I improved with the art and upgraded my equipment over the years, I saw my business grow. As I’ve grown and learned, many of my first clients have been loyal to me through the years. They have also given me other clients through referrals. I am so grateful for them. My business aims to be affordable yet profitable while giving my clients exactly what they want. I love making their dreams come true and capturing memories they can treasure for years.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My biggest struggle was getting off the ground and finding clients who trusted me; the market is so saturated with great photographers. It’s hard to get going. But I didn’t give up. I kept putting myself out there and learning more and more to make myself more marketable. I will say I am so happy to have Facebook! It made the struggle LESS of a struggle because I could connect with not only new perspective clients but also other photographers.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a photographer part-time (though I’d love to be full-time in the future). I specialize in many genres, including family, senior and couples portraits, intimate weddings, lifestyle, cake smashes, and my favorite, boudoir portraiture. With that said, I will try to make any dream a reality. I love creative ideas for photoshoots. When a client comes to me with a vision, I take off running. I am probably best known for those types of shoots. I have done everything from an awkward couple session to a boudoir session involving chickens! I also did a “funeral to my youth” photoshoot with two twin sisters turning thirty. Overall, I am proud of how far I’ve come and my ability to think outside the box to make my clients happy.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have to shout out to my friend, fellow photographer, and mentor, Brian Isemann. Aside from books and videos, he has been such a big help to me and my journey to becoming the best photographer I can be. He is always there when I have a question about my equipment or anything photography-related! I know I can always count on him to give me honest feedback and constructive criticism on my work.

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Bella Harlor Photography

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