Iowa Wedding Photographer | Tessa & Nick’s album – Bride’s Choice 2011

You may notice that my blog looks totally different.  This is just the beginning of a branding change, so bare with me as things may be changed or added to in the coming weeks.  It’s still me! 🙂  It’s also the reason why I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been working on the designs.

I won Bride’s Choice award for 2011!
Des Moines, Iowa – Jan. 26th, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Amanda Basteen Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for  Wedding Photography

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Amanda Basteen Photography stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Amanda Basteen Photography for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Amanda Basteen Photography is among the very best Wedding Photographer within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

In other news, today I got one of my previous couple’s (Tessa & Nick) album in and it’s just beautiful.  I like to use FINAO for my flush mount albums and they are pretty much amazing.  I snapped a few photos before sending it on to her!  Check it out!  I may have to order one of these for myself, just of her wedding. <3

Just wanted to add a photo of an orchid my husband surprised me with yesterday!  He is the best!


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  • Congrats, Amanda. And that album looks fantastic.

  • Oooh the wrapping on the album is lovely! Nice detail shots of the album as well, it looks great!

  • Wow this is beautiful. So chunky!
    Congrats on the award for sure mate!

  • That is nice! They are going to love it!

  • Kyle


  • John Daniel

    Wow, what a beautiful book, they must be over the moon with it xxx

  • That is one gorgeous album!

  • congrats on the award!!!

  • and yes gorgeous album – sorry!

  • Congratulations Amanda. So, so deserved. And that album is exquisite in every way imaginable!

  • Beautiful book, and congrats on the award, well deserved!

  • Tessa

    OH WOW!!!! I am soooooooo excited to get this!!!!! 🙂 It is so beautiful!!! I love the packaging too!! and congrats again on your award!!! You definitely deserve it! Way to go Amanda!! Thank you for everything you have done for Nick and I! 🙂

  • Congrats Amanda! And stunning album!

  • holy crap that looks amazing. really need to take another look at FINAO.

  • wow! that album looks AWESOME! I want one 🙂

  • Beautiful album! Must get me one of these! And congrats! 🙂

  • Amanda, that album looks amazing!

  • Love the new look Amanda!

  • I am loving your albums! Congrats on the reviews! AND…I absolutely LOVE your blog…it’s amazing!

  • Those albums look super gorgeous!

  • That is gorgeous!! I love the cover!

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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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