Amanda Cooper is an award-winning Creative/Art Director and passionate Photographer based out of Southern California, a 5th-gen California native originally from Northern California with nearly two decades of professional creative experience. Amanda's most favorite genres of focus are fashion & editorial; she first began shooting, developing her own film photography in early high school while concurrently mocking up inspirational fashion moodboards, dreaming up magical editorials and first began receiving commissions as an artist in late elementary school. She draws much inspiration from the sea and natural landscapes, which she believes to infuse elements of motion, color and contrast, and emotion in work. Her fluid and organic visual style is attributed to a lifelong involvement with physical movement—as a former competitive semi-pro snowboarder and lifelong avid surfer, spiritually-driven yogi and dedicated runner.
Amanda put herself through an MFA degree in Art Direction while concurrently working full-time in the field and also possesses a BA in Graphic Design (with Art History, Photography minors.) She has been employed as an award-winning commercial Art Director (now Associate Creative Director) over the last decade and has spent three years teaching art direction at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, continues to provide professional creative and branding consultation services. Amanda has previously been employed within the Advertising, Action Sports, Fashion and Non-profit industries, servicing creative accounts for clients ranging from the California Coastal Commission organization to luxe swimwear designers to automotive brands like BMW, Toyota.
Concurrently, Amanda has launched 'The SunsetSessions,' both a Fashion Photography/Art Direction resource as well as authentic vintage, California-made fashion collection—to combine professional passions with her love for vintage fashion, photography and boardriding lifestyle. She is an advocate of green fashion and is ardent about supporting emerging entrepreneurs. The Sunset Sessions follows a mission to promote only natural beauty (ie. no skin retouching) in brand fashion photography, support green fashion and philanthropy while simultaneously encouraging a positive, inspirational women's social community.
Service Offerings Include: Photography. Creative & Art Direction. Shoot Production & Casting.
THANK YOU to all the amazing models, stylists and hair & make up artists with whom I've had the absolute pleasure to work and create. Many thanks as well as to the inspirational photographers with whom I've had the privilege to watch, learn and collaboratively work. — Amanda