Hi! I am Mandy! Thanks for checking out my work! I live in the Grand Rapids/West Michigan area and would so love to hear from you! If you choose me for your photography needs, you can expect hospitality, customer service, a relaxed but organized atmosphere & to have a great experience while capturing moments that will last a lifetime.
Here is the question though-what sets me apart from the rest of the photographers out there? Well, I want my clients to be comfortable being themselves & to allow the opportunity for the art of photography to capture their essence at that moment in time. No awkward posing or stiff, rigid smiles. My goal as a photographer is to help you feel at ease from our first interaction; I want you to have a pleasant & happy experience & hope to work with you time & again capturing life’s moments! I am amazed at how each moment passes so quickly & it is my passion to make these moments matter & make them lasting! I want you to be comfortable, confident & happy in every step of the process.
Engaged? Congratulations! This is my ninth season as a photographer & each one gets more exciting! I have loads of experience-I have photographed around 100 weddings, my assistant is the Mother Whisperer, I love all aspects of a wedding day-from photographing the gorgeous details to the emotion of a first look to the uniqueness of the ceremony to the joy of the bridal party & couple photos to the beauty and enjoyment of the reception! I LOVE weddings. Not only do I love weddings, I also have varied experience in about every lighting situation, timeline snag, unexpected thing you can think of. My calm, rational, organized and professional response will leave you at ease in whatever circumstance. You are in good hands from start to finish-believe it or not, I also enjoy helping with timeline planning, helping you find other trustworthy vendors, any wedding day advice (none that is unsolicited) and just really anything that has to do with making your day all that you have dreamt, planned and worked for it to be. Then once your day has arrived, my job is to put you at ease, help you relax and enjoy the day you worked so hard for and capture authentic joy, true moments and the beauty that you will always remember as your wedding day. So, let me take you to coffee, chat about your day and help you make your day and planning run even more smoothly!
A little about me personally:I started dating my hubby when I was 13, we have been married for almost 15 years, we have two amazing kiddoes (see those cute faces above), & aside from my family & photography, my passions are hospitality, hosting, cooking, exploring/traveling & Jesus. I super love my job. It is amazing and precious to think about the fact that people trust me and choose me to capture these moments that are so sacred and beautiful to them. It is with that care and commitment that I will capture those photographs for you…moments to look back on and remember the day and the time exactly as it happened-in a beautiful, carefree, natural, yet detailed, dedicated and professional way.
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. — Ansel Adams
Amanda Mae Design did an incredible job capturing our wedding. Mandy made us feel so relaxed and comfortable the entire day. She was able to show the feel of our wedding and who we are as a couple through her work. The detail shots she captured are beautiful. We also love the candid photos of our wedding guests! We couldn’t be happier with our wedding photographs! They encapsulate our day perfectly and we will look through them for years and years to come. We highly recommend Amanda Mae Design!!
— Jeremy & Alesha —
Mandy is extremely talented! She was so sweet and easy to work with throughout our entire wedding process. She was quick to respond to all emails and phone calls and was always on time, which is really great to be able to not worry during all of the other wedding craziness! She was very laid back and totally went with the flow. During the ceremony and reception she was in the background (which I think is hard to find in a photographer!) and got such amazing shots of every little detail of the day. My mom is a photographer, so we were very picky when selecting a photographer for the wedding. Mandy was an easy choice! My wedding was outside on Lake Michigan and we had all types of weather (sun, clouds, rain, sunset, HEAT!) that day and all of the photos turned out perfectly. We love them all!
— Eric & Amy —
I had all but given up hope when searching for a wedding photographer. I love photography myself so I guess that made me a little picky. I could not find the quality I wanted for the price I could afford. One day, I came across Mandy’s website and was blown away. Her work is gorgeous to say the least. She is very professional, sees things you may not see, and she literally will scale a wall or climb some rocks to get you the perfect shot. Beautiful personality, funny and outgoing. You really can be yourself and feel at ease with her. She helped me create a custom package to get everything I wanted which included a photo booth with props and all. Her and her husband who took photos as well, were with us from the time we arrived, until the time we departed. So many great photos from the wedding as well as the engagement session she provided and at a very great price. She truly loves what she does and I think that makes a big difference. I can’t say enough good things about her.
— Ellis & Tonesa —
Mandy photographed my wedding and engagement photos and they are beautiful. She was very professional and easy to work with. She is very talented. Mandy has tremendous people skills; my husband HATES having his photo taken so I was a little worried about putting him through hours of it. After making it through the engagement sessions he had nothing but praise for her. During the main event (and engagement session) she quickly got genuine laughs from our group and would quickly adjust from my husband refusing to do something. The whole time maintaining a calm and relaxed feel I was hoping for. Her husband was also with her for the wedding as a second photographer, they work very well together. I would highly recommend Mandy. I look forward to working with her for family photos in the future. Truly lovely work.
— Andrew & Lauren —
Mandy was quick to respond, professional and creative! We were living out of state and our wedding was in Lansing, MI. Mandy was flexible in meeting us on our few/quick visits to Grand Rapids. Our engagement pictures were done during the summer in Holland and Mandy had such creative ideas and incorporated a few of our wishes as well. Everyone loved our engagement pictures and we were so happy to receive them back so quickly. Our wedding was 4/26/14 on Michigan State’s campus. We had a large wedding party (17 plus us), Mandy was able to capture so many great group photos. Also, this was out of town for Mandy but you never would have guessed. She followed our party bus around town and came up with amazing photo locations on the spot. We are so happy with how our wedding photos turned out and that we were able to have someone as wonderful as Mandy be a part of our special day. Beyond her professional work, Mandy is a sweetheart. We loved working with her!
— Scott & Lauren —
I first heard of AmandaMae Design when I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. Mandy was professional, personable, and her pictures were GORGEOUS. So, I recommended her to my sister when she was planning her wedding and then booked her for my own! It was so wonderful working with her. She has a way of making everybody comfortable and capturing couples in a way that is fitting to them. She capture moments beautifully and goes above and beyond to make sure you will have photos you will love forever. She even moved the Kissing Booth we had built outside for me because she knew I really wanted to take photos with it outdoors! Another friend of mine booked her for her wedding and another friend booked with her at my wedding! Seriously – I cannot say enough about how much I have loved working with Mandy as a bridesmaid, maid of honor, and bride!
— Josh & Allie —