Social Media Stock Photography - Amanda Kraft Photography, Lancaster PA

Do you ever find yourself ready to post on your blog or social media but can’t find the perfect photo to accompany your words? You then spend precious time searching the web for a royalty free photo or a low cost stock photo that kinda of matches your brand or giving up on adding photos all together.

You aren’t alone! I have worked with health coaches, yogi’s, personal trainers, hair stylists, and other small business owners who struggle to find the right images to match their brand and personality. Creating your own collection of personalized stock photography can be a lot of fun to create and also be much more cost effective than you would believe.

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Of course, you can throw together a quick flat lay photo for Instagram, but if your zone of genius isn’t photography or design it might be wise to work with someone who does specialize in commercial and stock photography.

What a lot of people might not is I have a soft spot for food photography. I absolutely love creating food images of ingredients, the recipe development process, and the finished plate. Food photography was one of my favorite speciality classes in college and many of the stock photographs found at Well Stocked (my stock photography website) are of dishes I’ve made for myself and husband.

I’d love to help you create a collection or stockpile of creative and eye catching photographs that you can use in your marketing, blog posts, newsletters, or in a cookbook to show the world who you are and what you do.

STORY TELLING WITH PERSONAL BRANDING - AMANDA KRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY - LANCASTER, PA

Photography (and video) have become incredibly powerful tools to market your business online. Each day we view hundreds to thousands pieces of visual content with some of it good and some of bad (in both photography quality and overall content), how a business presents itself is more important now than ever. With the help of google, I quickly learned that we can spend up to 11 hours a day consuming social media. That’s a HUGE part of our day. As a small business and/or solo-prenuer it can tough to complete daily operating tasks let alone create consistent daily social media content.

Creating social media content and upping the visual game of personal branding is something that I am incredibly passionate about. Why, because if we aren’t showcasing WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO/CREATE in a visual way, we are more likely to become overlooked and go unheard online.

Imagine creating or launching a new product or service without any cohesive and brand focused visual content. Would your launch have the same impact if you used your phone to create the content? Perhaps, but imagine working with a photographer who create a visual story by mixing personal branding, lifestyle, and product photography that is unique to YOU & YOUR BRAND!

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That’s what I have been doing for a handful of small business owners and solo-prenuers. We schedule monthly or quarterly photo shoots to coincide with an upcoming program or product launches or a new season to create time sensitive photography and social media content.

How would it feel to sit down at your computer one afternoon and have access to a stockpile of photographs that not only represent your brand, but tell a story of WHO YOU ARE & WHAT YOU DO! Let me answer that for you… it’s priceless. Long gone are the days spent looking for stock photography at sort of meshes with your brand and doesn’t break the bank or struggling to take the perfect flat lay photo or selfie.

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So, let’s talk about how it works:

We’ll have a consultation and/or planning meeting to make sure that I’m a right fit for you and your a right fit for me. I’m a firm believer that there is the right combo for every creative and business owner. During our consultations and/or planning meeting we will discuss your photography needs and decide if we need to source specific props, find a location, or line up models. Once we have a solid foundation of your needs, we will schedule your first photo shoot and start to create your stockpile of custom personal branding photos. About two to three weeks following your photo shoot, you’ll receive a password gallery to access your high resolution digital files and start the design process. If the design process overwhelms you, we can discuss ways to do it on your own that are quick and easy or how I can also help support you.

Not ready to have a photo shoot yet, but are in need of stock photography?

I’ve created a wellness based stock photography gallery with the option to purchase digital stock photographs called Well Stocked with a collection of photographs perfect for health coaches, food bloggers, and personal trainers.

Behind the Scenes with Lynn - Amanda Kraft Photography - Personal Branding Photo Shoot

Over the summer I hosted a series of complimentary personal branding headshots in the studio. It was a great way for me to meet other business owners within the community and also reconnect with friends who I haven’t seen in bit of time.

I had the privilege of meeting Lynn when I was personal training (the whole story about me dipping my toes into wellness can be found here) and was so excited for her to visit me in the studio and have the chance to experience a different version of me behind the camera.

Lynn snapped a few behind the scenes photos that she shared with me.

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New year, new you, new branding! Does your current branding and social media presence need a bit of a refresh? It’s so easy for life & business to move at a rapid pace that you forget to freshen up your marketing content. That’s where I can help with monthly or quarterly branding packages. Together we will plan out your marketing for the next 3, 6, 9 or 12 months and create a plan for stylized photo shoots and marketing content.

Monthly and Quarterly branding packages are perfect for yoga studios, hair salons & spas, bakeries, wedding professionals, chefs, personal trainers, interior decorators - basically any business that uses social media to market their business. Let’s SHOW THE WORLD WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO this year!

Social Media Content Creation

I've been a busy girl working behind the scenes on a brand new service for my fellow creatives - social media content photography to pair with personal branding photography. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats; answering client emails, processing orders, designing products, meeting with your staff, invoicing, trips to the office supply store, setting up marketing, attending networking events, and the list goes on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Let me take one thing off your plate by becoming your social media content creator.  What in the heck is a social media content creator? We work together on a monthly or quarterly basis to produce all of your social media content for the month/quarter ahead.  All you have to do it sit down for an afternoon and plug your photos into your social media and get back to running your business! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Take it from me, it feels amazing not having to search for images that might suit your business or brand.  When we work together to plan your photo shoots to be completely specific to your brand, business, products, and personality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I have a handful of spots open for February and would love to chat with you on how to we can work together to SHOW THE WORLD WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If you aren't in the market for a social media content creator but have a friend who is a personal trainer, wellness or life coach, small business owner, stylist, wedding vendor, chef, or blogger - share this post!  I'd love to take one big task off their to-do list and bring their brand to life through custom photography!

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Courtney and Chad - Booking House, Manheim Pa - Amanda Kraft Photography

After having a consultation with a 2019 bride for her upcoming December wedding at The Booking House in Manheim, Pa I thought it would be fun to go through the archives and post images from Courtney and Chad’s wedding from three or four years ago.

I believe this might have been one of the first few weddings at The Booking House and the venue was/is absolutely incredible. The mixture of exposed brick, wood floors and a stunning chandelier make for a very unique venue that can seamlessly blend several styles.

I’ve known Courtney for a many years prior to her wedding so when she asked me come out of my hiatus for her wedding I didn’t hesitate to say YES! I knew that she would make an absolutely stunning bride paired with the laid back personalities that her and Chad share that day would be perfect!

They didn’t disappoint!

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RETRO THEMED COUPLE'S PHOTO SHOOT - AMANDA KRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY - LANCASTER, PA

You might recognize Paige from the Retro Swimwear Photo Shoot that we brought to life over the summer. Before we moved to the pool for her solo photo shoot - we played around with a retro themed couple’s photo shoot with her boyfriend, Brad.

The location again, was perfect for the type of look and feel. Paige fully styled herself and thankfully Brad was up for the last minute “hey, you are going to be in a photo shoot today” notice we gave him. Using the old garage doors as a background and popping the hood on their Jeep worked perfectly.

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Thanks for jumping in Brad and being part of this shoot and of course, all of your expert help with holding diffusers and reflectors!

SEEMA & RUPESH WEDDING - AMANDA KRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY

One of the highlights in my wedding career was being asked to photograph Seema and Rupesh's wedding.  It was my first experience working with a couple who hosted a traditional Hindu wedding and I was in photo heaven. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The amount of beauty and details was something I still am in awe of almost 8 years later. The series of photos below are only a small portion of the entire 3-day event.

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Photo Shoots to Celebrate a Wellness Transformation - Amanda Kraft Photography - Lancaster, Pa

 "I love the person I've become because I fought to become her."

- Kaci Diane⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Did you know that I took a little break from photography to become a holistic health coach?  After seeing so many other creatives struggle to blend their personal lives with their business lives I felt called to find a way to help.  I worked with my dear friend, former bride, and fellow photographer. Erica to help transform her lifestyle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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In 12 weeks, she transformed mentally, emotionally, physically, and as a business owner.  She put herself back on her to do list and fought to become the mother, business owner, wife, and women she dreamed of! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Are you a fellow creative struggling to blend your personal and professional life?  Send me an email or visit my wellness website (www.amandakraft.com) so we can chat.  My deepest desire to help my fellow creative community so they don't find themselves burnt out, overworked, and simply unhappy!

CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD - AMANDA KRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY - LANCASTER, PA

 "Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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To say that I've dreamed of bringing this photo shoot to life would be an understatement.  From the moment I met this trio, I dreamed of creating a series of portraits that would freeze this time in their lives and celebrate their bond. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I'm sure not all moments with sisters (or brothers) are filled with laughter, but as an only child, I can only hope that there is no stronger bond than the one you have with a sister (or brother). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Let's capture the bond you share with your sister(s) during a Girl's Day Out Photo Shoot.  The entire studio will be booked out for a day of hair, makeup, cocktails, and pampering.  Once the photo shoot ends for the day, be sure to schedule a night out on the town... because you will look fabulous! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Perfect to share with your sisters, best friends, cousins, sorority sisters, or even your mother and grandmother. 

 

Join the Class of 2020 Model Crew - Amanda Kraft Photography

Hey, Class of 2020 let chat!

The MODEL CREW search has begun and fresh new faces are needed. No previous modeling experience is needed and the application is open to ALL CENTRAL PA soon to be high school seniors.

MODEL CREW PERKS - full perk details to be provided if you are selected as a CREW MEMBER.

  • Exclusive MODEL CREW Only Photo Shoots

  • 5 referrals earns a Signature Album

  • Complimentary Family Portrait Photo Shoot

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Applications will be reviewed in the first few weeks of 2019 and mini test photo shoots will be scheduled by the end of January. By submitting an application doesn’t mean you will be accepted to the Model Crew due to limited spots available.

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Meet the Osher Family

I had the honor of photographing Amanda and Matt's wedding 11-years ago and was beyond excited to reconnect with Amanda, Matt, and their beautiful girls during the fall mini photo shoot sessions.

Each of these little ladies had such unique personalities and they certainly kept me on my toes throughout the entire photo shoot. Be sure to watch the video below as a I weaved a bit of video into their photo shoot which is a first for me and something I hope to work with more in 2019.

If you haven't set aside time to update your family portraits, let's connect. I’ve really enjoyed scheduling family mini sessions and creating portraits that will grace the walls of their home!

Yuletide Cheer - A mini holiday photo shoot - Amanda Kraft Photography

The holidays are hands down my favorite time of the year. Starting on November 1st, my mind goes into holiday overload and I can’t get enough of peppermint mocha’s, Hallmark movies, and Christmas music.

When Hope stopped by with Charlotte and baby Tripp, the idea to create a minimalist holiday photo shoot came to life. Using an old red wagon (courtesy of my sister-in-law), a mini tree and a cozy plaid blanket were exactly the look & feel I wanted to achieve with this series of images. We also invited Remington to join in the photo shoot and that boy knows exactly how to work the camera!


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Okay, okay - I know I say, I’m not a baby or kid photographer - but after every shoot I am starting to be more open to the idea. Of course, if you saw the outtakes and me running out of the studio to find bribery cookies you’d understand why I might second guess children photography. But, truth be told, I do love the unexpected and realness that children bring to a photo shoot.