Welcome to Amanda Oakes Photography – A Quad Cities Photographer! I’m so glad you stopped by!
My name is Amanda, and I’m a mom, wife, photographer, maid, chauffeur, teacher, cheerleader, and therapist. Ok, so maybe that was a bit much! Basically what it boils down to is that I’m a stay at home mom of two handsome, and very energetic little boys. I’m also a wife to my amazing and supportive husband. And amongst all the chaos, photography is my outlet. I am in love with displaying life’s exciting details through photography.
I actually didn’t start my life with photography. I’ve always enjoyed it and had a passion for it, but never in my ‘life plan’ did photographer make the list. I went to Western Illinois University and received my Bachelors Degree in Business and then went on to work for Deere & Company for 8 years in the logistics field. Once my husband and I had our second son, we decided it would be best for our family if I became a stay at home mom. As I entered my dream of being a stay at home mom, I became obsessed with having my camera in my hand at all times to capture all those little moments of my two boys.
It was then I realized photography not only was my passion, but it was my outlet in life and that photographer just might trump my ‘life plan’. I am in love with capturing all of the precious moments with my family and with others. As my family can vouch, my equipment is like my 3rd child! Any extra free time gets spent on learning new things to perfect my technique and style. I absolutely love photography and everything that goes with it.
Favorite Food: chips & salsa
Favorite Movie: Anything comedy…I love to laugh! The one that I will forever and always watch if I see it on tv at any point in the day/month/year….National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!!
Favorite Thing To Do Outside of Photography: Ride horses. I grew up showing horses, and to this day there is nothing more stress-relieving than riding a horse!
Favorite TV Shows: Shark Tank | Grey’s Anatomy | The Blacklist (James Spader is the absolute best) | Nashville
Favorite Music: A little bit of country mixed with a little bit of pop!
Favorite Place to Visit: Florida…These midwest winters get long and cold, and nothing brightens up a day like being in FL!
Well enough about me…Please take a stroll through my portfolio and session details to see what you can expect when you book your unique session with Amanda Oakes Photography.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Amanda Oakes Photography is a Quad Cities newborn and family photographer who also specializes in children photography, engagement and wedding photography, and maternity photography. This includes photography services in the Moline, IL, Rock Island, IL, Davenport, IA, Bettendorf, IA, Muscatine, IA and the greater Quad Cities area.