A little bit about me...

Hi! I live about 30 minutes north of San Diego in a tiny surf town called Encinitas. I share a cute little one bedroom apartment with my sister. We live a block from the ocean and share a bunk bed. Living the dream, if you ask me! I grew up in Michigan and moved out to California about 2 years ago... call me a baby, but I just couldn't handle the winters anymore.


I absolutely love to camp in my Subaru Outback. Any chance I get, I'm driving off to somewhere new with my sister and our sleeping bags. I also love kombucha, Patagonia, going for long walks along the ocean, and binge-watching Friends (I've seen every episode at least 36 times). I try my best to surf but I'm terrible at it. I just love being in the ocean despite my huge fear of sharks.

how i work

I have always been a quiet observer, which I think is what makes shooting weddings the perfect job for me. I am always looking for the connections and interactions between people, the magic quiet moments, and things you might not even notice on your wedding day. I aim to tell the story of the two of you, but also the people you surround yourself with. I am less focused on getting the perfect photograph and more on getting a photo of something that means something to you.


I would say my work is very relaxed, playful, honest, and energetic. As I said before, I am very much a quiet observer. I’m always watching and waiting. I shoot in a very documentary way, which means I capture it all as it’s happening. I will never ask you to redo something because I didn’t get the most perfect shot. I’m not really interested in perfect. I'm interested in how the day organically unfolds. And I absolutely love that every wedding is different from the one I shot the week before. As far as portraits go, I try to create a space for you two to be yourselves and feel comfortable. I want the photos to reflect how you love each other, whether that be quietly or with a lot of laughing.



If you'd like to get to know me on a day to day basis, please follow along on social media! I am always posting lots of personal posts and photos from my daily life.

Instagram: @amandavanvelsphoto

Facebook: /amandavanvelsphotography