Amanda is an award-winning creative/art director and passionate beauty/fashion photographer, designer based out of Los Angeles; a 5th-gen California native originally from Northern California with over fifteen years of experience in the creative industry. Amanda first began shooting film in early high school while concurrently mocking up inspirational fashion moodboards, dreaming of editorial concepts and crafting tee, sticker graphic ideas to coincide with her skateboards. She draws much inspiration from the sea and natural landscapes, which she believes to spark elements of motion, visual contrast, and emotion in work. Her fluid and organic visual style is influenced by a lifelong involvement with physical movement—as a former competitive snowboarder and surfer, spiritually-driven yogi and dedicated runner.
Amanda obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art Direction while concurrently working full-time in the field and also possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (with Photography, Art History minors.) She has been employed as a multi-disciplinary (brand, lifestyle, commercial) Art Director over the last decade and has spent three years teaching art direction at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Today she continues to provide professional creative and branding consultation services. Amanda has previously been employed within Non-profit, Advertising, Action Sports, Fashion industries, servicing accounts for clients ranging from the California Coastal Commission organization to snowboard, accessories, swimwear designers to automotive brands like BMW, Toyota.
Amanda launched 'The SunsetSessions,' both a Photography & Art Direction studio which also hosts an authentic vintage fashion (previously an original California lifestyle knits) collection—to combine professional passions with a love for green fashion, photography and boardriding lifestyle. While there are many mandatories of professional brand, photography standards for the advertising and fashion industries—The Sunset Sessions follows a mission to promote only natural beauty (ie. no skin retouching, incorporate natural & organic products) in all original photography, support green fashion and philanthropy while simultaneously encouraging a positive, inspiring social community to help promote women's talent.
Service Offerings Include: (Beauty/Fashion/Portrait) Photography. Creative & Art Direction of any format, medium, industry. Production services.
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