Travel Tips from Bismarck Based Wedding Photographer

Being a travel photographer brings me to a lot of interesting places, including some I would not have guessed they would be as exciting as they sounded.  Take, for example, Tulsa, Oklahoma where I had an amazing Farm-to-Table meal in the art district.  While others seem perfect, especially during the right time of the year, such as the Florida Keys or Everglades or even southwest Florida in general, especially when you get to photograph some super special people.    Lately my travels have kept me closer to home including Bozeman and Billings Montana and volunteer work in the Bismarck area.  No matter if you are traveling near or far here are my top travel tips:

  • Do a little research before you go, so you know the possibilities for activities, dinning, weather, etc.  But be open to ideas you didn’t find on the internet or in a guide.
  • Get off the beaten path – search out your own adventure.
  • Talk to the locals – they often know the best restaurants and accommodations.
  • Stay someplace different (such as the Lark in downtown Bozeman).  Which provides a great atmosphere for meeting other travelers.


  • Pack light – include essential items, less clothes than you think you need, and some snacks.  The less you bring the more you will focus on the adventures in front of you.
  • Be curious. Talk to people, explore places you normally wouldn’t. Get out of your comfort zone.
  • Take pictures and share your story when you get home — Inspire others to try new things.
Adventure. Photography. Love.

Amanda is a highly sought travel wedding photographer, where no destination is to remote.  Based in Palmer, Alaska with a satellite location in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin.  Amanda is available to travel to your destination wedding, elopement, or engagement. Recent wedding and engagement travels to New York, Virginia, Jamaica, Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin showcase her adventurous spirit to capture love in remote and unique locations.  

Playing with toy cameras before she could walk, Amanda was soon using a fisher price 110 mm film camera.  She found herself spending her teenage and college years with her 35 mm film camera, rarely leaving her side, Amanda spent six weeks in Iceland and Europe capturing environmental justice with her film cameras before entering graduate school and the digital age.  While still enjoying 35mm and medium format film for personal projects, today Amanda uses digital technology for documenting her clients biggest day.  

 Photography the Feels Natural

Ensuring her clients enjoy their wedding day is the most important element for Amanda. Thus Amanda is unobtrusive, capturing the day as it happens. Amanda does not work from a shot list, but instead reacts to events as they unfold.  This form of photography creates a visual story organic in nature.  Amanda has an eye for capturing real moments.  Her style of photography sets her apart from other wedding photographers.  

Throughout the day Amanda uses nature to help enhance her beautiful subjects.  Using natural light, shadows, and reflections Amanda ensures the bride and groom stand out.  Amanda is drawn to the magical light occurring at sunrise and sunset where she lets her creativity run free.  While Amanda prefers to work at venues that accompany her free spirit including backyards, farms, ranches, barns, wineries and secluded getaway, her talents allow her to work in most any setting.

Amanda loves to meet new people email {} to connect.