2013 Best of Weddings | Junebug’s Best of the Best 2013 winner

First and foremost I want to say that 2013 has been nothing short of amazing.  Thank you so much to all of my WONDERFUL clients.  I am so lucky to have you all.  I always luck out with the opportunity to get to know all of these fantastic people through my work and I feel like by the end of the day I know them very well.  It’s such a great feeling! so THANK YOU!

The big announcement I promised is that I have the honor of winning Junebug’s Best of the Best 2013 Wedding photographer.  This is no small feat as only 51 images are chosen worldwide from 1000’s and 1000’s of images/photographers in 42 countries.  One of my images was picked as a winner and I am ecstatic about it.  To be listed among other top wedding photographers worldwide is a HUGE honor.

Link to it here

Winning Image Below:  first look from Teah & Logan’s wedding


So, without further ado, here is the winning image and a link to their website to view all of the other amazing winners (which you should definitely do!)

Now here is my 2013 Best of Weddings post (the real reason you’re here!)



I normally never post personal photos on my blog anymore.  Since I haven’t updated the Children’s side of the blog in 2 years (oops!), I thought I’d throw in a couple fav shots of my kiddos this year.  They got to see the ocean for the first time while visiting my brother in Orlando last March.  They also got to go to Disney World and Universal Studios which were firsts for me as well.  The very last image is probably one of my most favorite images I’ve ever taken of them.  This was of them seeing the ocean for the first time and I, of course, have a huge 40×60 canvas of it on my wall. Love my babies! Here’s to 2014!




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  • Stunning work all around. Way to represent the midwest. With work of this quality, you’re not only going to be a big name in Iowa, but also be a force to be reckoned with all over the U.S. Very proud of you for landing this awesome achievement. You deserve it. Can’t wait to see 2014!

  • Truly stunning, Amanda! I’m not surprised you won the Junebug award! Congratulations! So well deserved. 🙂

  • Gorgeous collection! Love the double exposure 🙂

  • Wow… So amazing. All of your images are truly works of art! So inspirational.

  • Congratulations on this stunning set of images!! I’m not surprised you are one of Junebug’s best of the best!!! Every images takes my breath away <3

  • Me gusta como captas la química de la pareja, te mando un abrazo desde Valparaíso 🙂

  • Okay, first of all – CONGRATULATIONS on the Junebug award! You should be super proud. You go, girl. And as for your 2013…. seriously, there are so many gorgeous photos here. And hilarious ones – love that cake smashing photo!

  • CONGRATS ON JUNEBUG…… WOOOOO! Your year was simply beautiful! You do pretty so well!

  • go big or go home and you certainly went BIG! congrats!

  • Huge congrats on Junebug Amanda! So many stunning portraits here 🙂

  • AMANDA!!! super killer work. So rad. and congrats on the junebug award. you fully deserve it. =)

  • Big WHOO HOOOO on being selected for Junebug! You must be thrilled. Well deserved Amanda!

  • Gorgeous work Amanda!! Can’t wait to see your 2014 weddings!

  • Congratulations on being featured on Junebug Amanda! Incredible edits as well — had my eyes glue to a few images!

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About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Des Moines, Iowa. I travel the world photographing weddings and elopements! I have been shooting weddings 15 years now and I never tire of it. Each day is unique and beautiful in it's own way.


I absolutely LOVE being a wedding photographer. The fantastic moments you never expect, the tiniest details and all the love and craziness that goes on at the same time. It's all amazing and I feel like I have the best career in the world, getting to capture and help you remember all of it. Days flit by in an instant and it's my job to make sure you don't a single moment, or those feelings you felt.


In my free time I love spending time with my 2 beautiful kiddos and husband. I love to be outdoors camping, hiking or fishing, just being in nature. I'm obsessed with plants and gardening. I love finding the beauty in the outdoors and things around me. It's part of why I love photography so much, I get to find the beauty in others. Traveling and dragging my family along with me for photos is my absolute favorite! I also am pretty much a giant Harry Potter nerd. I'm obsessed with all things turquoise. I'd eat sushi every day if I could. I drink coffee ALL day EVERY day (ok and some wine) and fashion is a passion! I am a creative at heart so music and all types of art keep me entertained. I also make it a priority to be near the ocean at least once a year (if not more) and love to feel the sun on my skin whenever possible!

Lover of
FAMILY -the sea - harry potter - fashion - traveling - PLANTS - nature - coffee - PHOTOGRAPHY
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The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been and the memories we've made along the way


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