Model Call

We are expanding into new markets and are looking for fresh new faces to grace our portfolio.  If you are interested in being a model for our studio please send an email to hello@amandakraft.com with a headshot and your contact information.

We are seeking:

  • 8 – 10 High School Juniors or soon to be juniors for teen inspired shoots (girls and guys)
  • Mother and daughter(s) – daughter(s) aged between 8 – 18
  • Couple – age 24 – 30 – no kids
  • Best friends – age 18 – 30  seeking 3 – 4 best friends to come in for individual shoot and group photo shoot (ultimate girls day out!!)
  • Family of 4 or 5 – Mother and daughter(s) – aged between 8 – 18 – dad and any brothers will be included for limited time.
  • Beautiful Ladies – we are also seeking a few ladies who would love to come in for a shoot aged 24 – 50+

What you’ll receive: A makeover with Nichole with hair styling and makeup application. An photo shoot with Amanda and her selection of the top 5 – 10 images from your photo shoot electronically as a thank you.

Each shoot will have a specific look and feel – you may be asked to bring a select piece of wardrobe for the shoot to accompany the look and feel we are wishing to achieve.  All models will be asked to sign a model release and this is a requirement to participate.

We will be opening our calendar for the remaining days of April and throughout May to schedule in shoots.

Please share this post with anyone who you may feel would be a great fit for us.  We are so excited to be growing and expanding our photo shoot offerings.

 

 

 

A Day of Glam: Grace

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Over the past 10 years of running my business I’ve heard countless comments from my clients for all of the reasons that they need to “wait” to schedule a photo shoot. Their reasoning is everything from wanting to go their hair grow out, unhappiness with their weight, the timing isn’t right, or they are too busy.  I am sure a few of you have been the one to say these exact words to me…. am I right?

Let me tell you a little secret…. the timing will never be right, you are always going to be “too” busy, and by the time you hit your happy weight – you will more than likely say that you aren’t there yet.  It’s time to embrace who you are in this very moment, and celebrate the beautiful, strong, and incredible women that you are! 

My dream has always been to offer my clients the ultimate day of luxury.  Taking the day off of work, stepping away from being mom for just a few hours, and reconnecting with yourself.  What a better way to do something completely for yourself than to schedule a makeover and a photo shoot?  Give us a call at 717-368-4638 to schedule a day in the studio for yourself, with a few of your girlfriends, or make it a mother/daughter day.  

 

A Day of Glam: Courtney’s Photo Shoot

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When Nichole and I decided to join forces one of the things we chatted about is expanding our services to all women.  Of course, we still love our high school seniors and they will have us busy all summer, but we didn’t want to leave out their mothers, older sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and cousins from enjoying the same experience.  Allow us to introduce you to what we like to call “A Day of Glam”!  Who doesn’t want to take a few hours to enjoy a makeover and have incredible photo shoot.  We are busy, life moves quickly, and there is no reason to wait another day to book a photo shoot.  We all want to feel glamourous, beautiful, and fabulous and this is the ultimate way to experience all of those emotions!

Allow us to introduce you to Courtney.  She is a insanely talented hair stylist that Nichole and I have gotten to know over the past few months.  Courtney is always making other women feel beautiful and we thought that she deserved a day for herself to be pampered and photographed!

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Court, we love you and can’t wait to share the rest of the images from your shoot with you!

Spring Fashion Inspiration

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Okay ya’ll… Am I even allowed to say ya’ll?  A few months ago I stumbled upon an amazing fashion blogger named Courtney and found myself following her posts, loving her style, and approach to fashion. Plus she is from Texas and I have this crazy love affair with anything Texas. Fast forward a few weeks later when I realized that this fashion blogger had her own Bravo show.  Um hello most epic surprise.  I was hooked 10 minutes into the show and quickly bought the entire season to watch on a plane ride to Austin (see Texas obsessed!).

You see, fashion has always been a pretty big deal to me. I love looking for the perfect outfit, accessories, and even where to wear said outfit too, yet typically I opt for something in all black. Do I consider myself the most fashionable or stylish?… no not really. In fact, I am often shy about my rather funky, outlandish style. Yet, all of my friends constantly call me for fashion advice.  I guess I must be doing something right.  I love the power that clothing gives us, the ability to outwardly express our mood, feelings, and confidence (or there lack of in my case).

In college, I was surrounded by the fashion industry.  Having incredibly stylish friends, working with models on photo shoots with beautiful clothing, and attending student fashion shows.  It was only natural for me to be so drawn to the high school senior market and collaborating with models for their portfolios.  Every shoot is like being a kid in a candy store from outfit selection to location and then of course accessories.

Honestly, it wasn’t until I found myself watching Courtney Loves Dallas that I was reminded how much I love fashion.  As the weeks go on my goal is to share outfits that I love, share what my clients are wearing in their shoots, and also infuse a little of my personal style selections into blog features.  I hope you enjoy this new segment of the blog.

 

The four spring outfits below are sourced from pinterest.

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Bangers & Mash

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When St. Patrick’s Day comes around it always feels like a bonus birthday for my husband, Patrick.  Or at least that is how we choose to celebrate the day.  This year we celebrated the day at home with a paleo version of bangers and mash. Sadly, no green beer was enjoyed. The bangers and mash on the other hand were devoured!

Super Simple Recipe:

As much fresh sausage as you need – bake it at 350 for about 30 – 40 minutes.  Check to make sure it isn’t pink before serving

Roast as many sweet potatoes as you think you need to make smashed sweet potatoes. We roast our sweet potatoes for about 30 – 40 minutes and once they are soft we scoop out the meat, place into a food processor with a splash or two of almond milk and blend.  Choose your smooth consistency to smashed-ness. (you can add ghee and cinnamon if you feel necessary)

Caramelize a few onion strips as a topping and serve.

 

 

What’s in my bag…

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As I was cleaning out my bags and organizing my gear for a few upcoming shoots, I thought it might be fun to share what “my go” to pieces of equipment are.

I am a Canon and Mamiya girl and have been FOREVER with no plans on changing any time soon.  All of my gear for shoots goes into a Kelly Moore Bag (the Classic!).  When her bags first hit the market, I was slightly obsessed and went on a buying spree. After trying out three different styles, I decided to exclusively use the “classic”.  It works perfectly for my style of shooting and is really straight forward. There aren’t a ton of bells and whistles. I have plenty of room for my go to gear, cf cards, flash, battery pack, lip gloss, business cards, cash, and of course a snack or two.

Keeping with the classics – I still shoot with an ORIGINAL Canon 5d.  I can’t seem to part with them!  This summer, I *might* upgrade to a mark ii, but we will see.  If it ain’t broke, than I have no desire on fixing it! Recently, I decided to start a new project called one roll a week and will be using my Mamiya 645.  Sadly, my Mamiya isn’t used as much as it should be, it was a lovely graduation present from my parents over 10 years ago and still looks brand new!

For lens: I have a love for expensive glass! This isn’t my full arsenal of lens, these just happen to be what I am currently loving!

  •  70 – 200mm 2.8
  • 50mm 1.2
  • 85mm 1.8.

and last, but not least… my light meter that has been through hell and back.  The poor thing is taped together, but still works!

Now that all of the gear is prepped and ready….. it’s time for mother nature to let spring arrive so I can get back out to doing what I love!  If you are interested in booking a shoot – send me a note and we can look at our calendars to see what dates will work!

 

 

 

Paleo Crab Cakes

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Paleo Crab Cake Recipe

Recipe Source: Everyday Paleo 

  • 1 pound crab meat (I had a lovely chat with a women in the seafood department who guided me to a can of lump crab meat to use, as it is rare that our local grocery store has left over fresh lump meat for purchase after making their in-house crab cakes) The can I purchased was $19.99 for 16oz and I ended up with about 18 mini crab cakes. Two store bought crab cakes with wheat and soy would have been $12.99 and I would have needed a total of 4 for each of us to feel full!  

You will need to double the recipe if you opt to use a full 16oz can of crab meat the ingreidents below are for 1lb of crab.

  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons paleo mayo
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (oops!  I forget to add this!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon of chipotle powder (I used red pepper flakes, we are out of chipotle)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour (or enough to make the mixture stick together)
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil

Combine all of the ingredients with the exception of the coconut oil and make into cakes.  Size and quantity is up to you.  Pan fry the crab cakes in coconut oil and serve.

My notes: for the first batch I used the coconut flour and felt that the flavor was a little heavier on coconut than I would have liked.  For the second batch (shown above) I tried to use a bit of tapioca flour, but the mixture did not set and I ended up having to use coconut flour anyway.

Served with paleo coleslaw using the recipe from the Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook

 

 

 

 

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