With her calming presence and a background in event planning, local wedding photographer Amy Allmand Photography is the full package when it comes to wedding photography. As a lover of heirlooms, her images are sure to leave their mark for years to come, with no detail left behind. Check out some of her beautiful work and get to know Amy in the interview below!
Tell us about Amy Allmand Photography + how long you’ve been in business.
Amy: I started my company in 2012, while I was still working my 9-5 in music publishing. I began by taking family portraits and what I now call branding sessions of young singer-songwriters. Over the years my love of my business kept growing and in the summer of 2015, it was time for me to make the transition into my business full time.
How did you get started in weddings?
Amy: One of my jobs at my old job was to plan events for the company. During those events, I would photograph the event as well as be the event planner. I feel that my experience there completely prepared me for weddings. I started to photograph couples and fell in love with working with them. I second shot a few weddings before I booked my first few weddings for some friends. After those, I was hooked! I love the pace of the day, how it’s calmer when I arrive and shoot details and the bride & groom getting ready and then the pace picks up until the reception and finishing the night with the grand exit.
What’s the philosophy behind Amy Allmand Photography?
Amy: Photography has always held a special place in my heart. I remember being a kid who sent off film to be developed and waiting that whole week until they came in and the excitement of pouring through the prints. Several years ago, I was getting more interested in my family’s ancestry and my Aunt gave me boxes of my Great Aunt’s Sue’s old photographs. Aunt Sue didn’t live in my hometown, so we maybe would see her once a year, so I never felt like I knew her. After going through her old images, I began to learn how amazing she was, from her golfing skills in the 1930s, to her love for fancy things like first a diamonds to her trips with girlfriends. Thinking of her photographs reminds me of why I do what I do. I hope that one day someone’s relative will be looking through family heirlooms and the images I took will be in that collection.
What are your strengths compared to other photographers?
Amy: My strength is definitely remaining calm and being that calming presence for the bride & groom on what can be a chaotic day. I want them to be focused on each other and the meaning of their wedding day. I also have that background in event planning, so I can help assist couples with their timelines, especially when they may not have a planner.
What attracts couples to Amy Allmand Photography?
Amy: I think that this ties into my main strength as a wedding photographer, that I can go with the flow and just don’t get rattled. If things are running behind, I know that I can make up time somewhere else in the day. Also, I know that the couple is ready to get back to their reception after the wedding, but I still like to do just married portraits. Over the years I’ve developed a posing workflow that helps me to maximize my time and get quite a variety of images if we only have a little time to shoot.
What is the most innovative new trend in wedding photography that brides and grooms might appreciate?
Amy: I would say my posing workflow that is very respectful of their time. I also share a same day sneak peek on my social media, so they can have something to post before they leave for their honeymoon!
Is there anything else you’d like to share about Amy Allmand Photography?
Amy: Even though I am based in Franklin, Tennessee, I love to travel. If you’ve got a destination wedding, I’m totally up for a good trip. I’m super excited that I’ll be shooting my first ever international wedding in Costa Rica in June 2020!