I'm Amanda and I'm a walking contradiction. I crave spontaneity but also love planning to a T. I'm an extrovert with introverted tendencies who borders between an ENFP and just plain ADD. I love colorful, bold imagery that exudes emotion but I also get a littler pitter-patter in my heart for crisp, clean lifestyle. 

I live in Katy, TX, a suburb of Houston, with one bad to the bone Chiweenies named Pee Wee, a 4 year old master of chaos who goes by Marley, and a 2 year old hunk we call Sawyer, who happens to outweigh the eldest. I am a High School Filmmaking Teacher at The Guthrie Center where I spend my days helping mold the minds of our future and striving to spark creativity in all that walk through my door—no matter their background, story, or circumstance.

My photography journey began as a high school senior with the overly skeptical E-Bay purchase of a $100 Pentax K1000 (remember, those were the internet dark ages before Tinder dates and Venmo transactions). I continued my film exploration throughout all 76 years of college with a strictly traditional darkroom focus and major in Photography. It wasn't until 2009 on a trip to Spain that I picked up my first DSLR to document Don Quixote’s windmills and a never-gonna-forget-that-moment bull fight. Fast forward 6 years with the birth of my daughter (yep, Miss Marley mentioned above) and that's where Dear Marlowe began.

My hobbies include asking my friends for advice and never taking it, starting a new DIY project before I finish the last, trying to wear too many hats at once, and creating beautiful portraits for families to cherish all the days.