Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Galland.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Amanda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was so excited the day I had finally receive my Canon Rebel in 2010. My goal was not only to photograph my three year old daughter at the time, but to one day have a photography business. I slowly taught myself Adobe Photoshop and made simple edits of my photographs and posted them for fun. When I began forwarding my nursing career, what I had wished to do with my photography took a back seat. Life got busy with another baby, work, & school, & that vision of doing photography slowly faded. It had always weighed on me heavy, as much as I had a knack for art, I felt like I was supposed to be using the gift. In 2014, I had experienced an onset of double vision. I was referred to an ophthalmologist who confirmed that it was not my actual eyeballs that were the issue, but something in the brain. I was sent for stat MRI for a tumor evaluation. What was found was indicators of possible Multiple Sclerosis. Blood work, and a spinal tap later, I was diagnosed with MS. My eyes returned normal once the relapse had passed.
I took a break from school, which turned into a forever break. Stress is a huge exacerbation for MS, so I decided to attempt once more at doing what I love, photography. It took me until 2015 to gain the confidence to put a name on my work. PearRose Pixels was inspired by my daughters middle names, Bailey Rose and Ashlyn Pearl. I bought my Canon 5D markii, and stopped worrying about if I was good enough, and I put myself out there. If other people could do it, why can’t I!? I’ve learned so much more about my camera, adobe photoshop, myself, and that I will always be my worse critic. Now, in 2019, I can actually say I love my work. Like LOVE it. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted my art to look like, and more. I have met so many wonderful people and families, with wonderful and heartfelt stories. I realized how important my job was and how important it was to freeze a moment in time. I see personalities in my photos, I see love. And If I see this, I imagine my clients also see their loved ones personalities shining through in a still imagine. Casual shots are my absolute favorite.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The bumps come and go as far of the road goes. In the beginning, there were road bumps and it was the end of the world as far as I was concerned! Since then, my googling and constant questions to fellow photographers hass simmered down a bit. I’ll never learn it all because there will always be things to learn. But I’m confident now that whatever bumps come, I’ll conquer them.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with PearlRose Pixels – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company name is PearRose Pixels, inspired by my daughters middle names. I specialize in family, children, maternity, engagements, and I absolutely adore stylistic shoots. I’m known for my work being moody and emotional. Clients tell me that you can feel the picture when you look at it. They tell me my work is art, like a painting. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels for my work to get such amazing descriptions. I am proud of myself for pushing this far. And I take the bad with the blessings because without my MS diagnosis I don’t know if I would have been derailed from what I was doing in school, to be doing something that I’m so very passionate about.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Well, I’m super excited for the future. I eventually would like to get into doing weddings. I feel like it’s so intimidating which is why I haven’t went in that direction yet. That’s a lot of liability for someone’s big day. For now, I’m doing my scheduled shoots and have begun doing Magical Unicorn Shoots that I’m trying to keep a monthly thing. People are pretty excited about them thus far, so I’m going to keep doing them.
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