Amanda Fogarty turned her hobby into a business—A.Fogarty Photography
. Find out more about her style and passions in this Q&A.
How did you get started in photography?
Back in middle school, I remember dressing my friends up, grabbing my Mom's Kodak camera, and heading out to the backyard to do photo shoots just for fun. I always knew I had a passion for being behind the camera. In high school, I bought my first DSLR and began taking photos of friends and family, but it was just a hobby. Growing up in a small town, word traveled fast, and before I knew it, I had people asking for family portraits, and then weddings! Throughout college I continued with photography as a side business as I honed my skill and developed my style and brand.
What do you love about wedding photography?
What's not to love about wedding photography? The fact that it's my job to capture people in love on one of the happiest days of their lives, is simply amazing. It's a true honor, and I never take it lightly.
In all honesty, I'm a hopeless romantic. I love love. I have a passion for capturing genuine emotion and interaction, thoughtful details, and the beginning of forever.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
I pride myself on capturing, not just the big moments, but the little ones in between. It is always being prepared to catch the tear of the father as he gives his baby away, the moment the bride looks in the mirror and has that "Wow, it's my wedding day!" face, or the giant smiles as my couples and their closest family and friends dance the night away on the dance floor. The candid moments are the best part of my job, but they are also the most challenging. You can't recreate or stage these moments. It's the biggest pressure of my job. I have to anticipate and be prepared to capture them.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My style can be described as genuine, romantic, and soft. I have a passion for capturing heartfelt moments through a genuine experience.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
When I'm not behind the camera, I'm normally in my home office editing, blogging, working on social media strategy, and all the business behind my brand. It's the hours people don't see.
However, on my non-working days, I enjoy traveling, meeting other creatives, doodling, writing, and flying our new camera drone with my boyfriend. Yes, this is something we hope to incorporate into my business soon.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
I do my best work when my couple is comfortable and in the moment with each other. It helps me capture those genuine moments and meaningful details.
Also, the more I know about my couple the better I can tell their story. I enjoy getting to know who they are as individuals, how they met, and what their dreams are for the future. I also want to understand why they chose to incorporate certain details into their day and the significance of them. It creates meaning behind their day and helps me capture more emotion through storytelling.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
From day one, my style was about capturing moments between people, their emotions, and their stories. Yet, I'm continually trying to better my work, which has influence on my style in a positive way.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Light. Scenery. Sounds. But mostly, people and their emotion.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
In five years, I hope to be full-time. Right now I also work in social media. Learning the art of film is on the list, as well. I want to travel more, and add more destination weddings. Mostly, I hope to be just as happy as I am right now, and still doing what I love the most, wedding photography.