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Art & Life with Amanda Faries

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Faries.

Amanda, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a photographer and filmmaker that just moved to the Los Angeles area, more specifically, the San Fernando Valley. I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a screenwriter and left everything behind to go back to school. Due to financial issues, I was not able to go to school and get an education, so I saved and worked for years before making the move out here. I draw a lot from my experiences as a photographer, and I am grateful that I have that as a foundation for my filmmaking. I specialized in editorial and portrait photography.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve always been artistic, and photography was something I did for the pleasure and experience. I liked recording moments with my loved ones to preserve for the future and shot exclusively on film for a while before switching to digital. I want my photos to capture the subjects in the best possible light and tell a story about their personality and the shoot itself. I want people to stop and appreciate the beauty in life and the people around them. We spend so much time looking at phones and zoning out on social media that we don’t take the time to really see things as they are. I hope that when people look at my work, it makes them think.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Don’t think about how much your equipment costs outright. Learn to work with what you have before you upgrade, and invest in prime lenses and good lighting. Sometimes you just have to work that extra job and save money before you make a huge investment. Start where you’re at, do good work, and the rest will follow. And most importantly: Don’t give up. The sacrifices are worth it. Don’t waste your money on stupid things, invest it in your work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is exclusively on amandafariesphoto on Instagram. People can support me by following, sharing with their friends, and booking me for shoots so I can keep doing what I’m doing. Passion doesn’t pay the bills, so getting paid jobs every once in a while through recommendation means the world to me.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 8055399604
  • Email:
  • Instagram: amandafariesphoto

Image Credit:

Amanda Faries Photography

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