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I am a born and raised Washingtonian and since taking my first photography class at a summer camp in third grade, my love for photography has only grown stronger.  Growing up, I was always the girl with a camera in my hand. 

After high school, I continued to learn my craft working hands on and embracing every educational opportunity, managing school photography divisions in PA, studying under and working alongside internationally known photographer and educator, Clay Blackmore,  shooting for many of the prominent D.C. area photographers, and managing the retouching and design department at post-production company, Pilot Imaging, for seven years. 

I have worked as a professional photographer since 2005 but,  since I am never done learning, this year I returned to school to pursue a formal education is Digital Media and Visual Communications while continuing to build Amanda Joy Photographics, LLC.

My focus today is on cultivating my craft, specifically through portraiture, editorial projects, fine-art nature and landscape work, environmental conservation advocacy, stewardship and providing special needs families with photography services that meet their child's unique needs.