Hi ya'll - I'm Amanda!
Almost 8 years ago I was sitting in class at Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University!) and it hit me. While I loved the idea of being a social worker and helping people, it didn't give the outlet for my creativity or allow me to be my own boss like I had always wanted. So I dropped out of school and began hustling to create a business I adore. At the time, I was told I was crazy, but looking back I wouldn't trade that decision for the world!
I was raised a southern girl and while I have lived in PA now for over half of my life, I knew I wanted my business to have that sense of hospitality and personal touch that I grew up loving. I also loved looking at my mom's family photos and seeing how images from a 100 years ago still told a story.
While weddings are a huge part of Swiger Photography, I am deeply passionate about making women feel confident, seen, and beautiful which is why we have recently added our very studio to the mix so we can offer private headshot, boudoir and branding sessions year round! Our studio is located in the Harrowgate neighborhood of Philadelphia and we would love to have you there for a session!
Boudoir is something that can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people and thats ok! To me, boudoir is about being seen as a woman by another woman, about strength found in vulnerability, about showcasing beauty and sensuality, and about feeling like the damn queen that you are. Its about deep breaths and nerves and doing it anyways. Its about laughter and jamming out to Beyonce or The Weeknd. Its about saying this is me and I am proud of her.
Because of that, I don't believe that boudoir is a once in a life time experience or about overly sexed up poses or even about the perfect hair and makeup. Its about you. Whoever you are, wherever you are in life, whatever you are going through or celebrating. And its about me living that kind of life openly for all of you so that when you show up to your session, you know me and you feel like you can trust me. So let's do this. Let's make some magic together.
I like to say my style is a mix of tradition with creative twist! To me, photography should be both personal as well as something that last long beyond when the image was taken. I use your pinterest, trendy and crazy requests as something that adds to a session, but isn't what makes up a bulk of the images, so that what you receive after our time together is both personal to you and timeless!
I work to get to know my clients, helping them plan for our session and then work them through a series of fun poses all while asking them to do little prompts to get natural, genuine looking images. I promise, it's actually a lot of fun! This is one of the reasons we included a complimentary engagement session with almost all of our wedding packages! This allows us the chance to work together before the big day and for me to get to know both of you! And then, on your wedding day, you fall right into those perfect poses without any effort at all and I get to photograph all the natural joy, excitement and love that comes!
When Jordan and I got married in April of 2014, we did things a little different than most couples...
We went from best friends to married in less than 6 months, which meant we planned our wedding day in 74 days and all on a $1,000 budget. It was CRAZY. And while I didn't get the wedding day of my dreams, I learned so much about the wedding industry and I got to marry the person of my dreams and start the rest of the lives together. So while I love all weddings and love stories, back yard weddings and best friends turned spouses, will always be my favorite!