Introducing: Amanda Rivera

I've been really excited to officially share this with everyone! Late last fall, my friend Amanda Rivera approached me with the proposition of coming alongside Cara Sandford Studios to help with editing, scheduling shoots, and growing the business. Since it was right on the tail end of the busy photography season, it was an incredibly beautiful option, and she is now a part of the Cara Sandford Studios team!!! We are thrilled to have had the last several months to work together on creative projects that extend even past photography, and to see what the future holds. 

Amanda is an incredible photographer, far more educated and skilled than I when it comes to understanding the technology and light. She's a joy to work with, constantly helpful and always pleasant.  I got the chance to ask her a few questions about herself, and I'm pumped to share her amazing self with all of you!

Tell me a little bit about your background and how you started learning:
I started in high school. Just playing around with a cheapy point and shoot camera. I showed my art teacher, and he said I had a pretty decent eye. So I asked to be apart of the AP Art class,  and I fell in love with photography. I thought about going to college for art but thought that wasn't a secure career path so I went for Math Education at CUNY Hunter College. However, when I moved up to NH back in 2011 (from Brooklyn, NY), I decided to go to school for photography. I graduated in 2014 from New Hampshire Institute of Art with a BFA in photography.

What is your favorite subject material?
I love documentary photography and environmental portraits. I love telling stories with an image. Since I'm not the best at words haha I let my camera do the talking for me. But I also love abstract photography I feel like a painter or illustrator when I'm working on abstract projects.

If you could describe yourself in three words what would you say?
Quirky, Emotional (in a good way!) and Sarcastic

Describe your favorite shoot in the past?
I did a project that followed a family whose son had recently been put on the autism spectrum. It was a honor getting to document what life was like at the beginning stages of learning how to embrace their son’s difference in learning. It was precious to see the growth in the son’s ability and confidence.
 


And what is your favorite part of the photography process?
Editing is my favorite part.

What are your necessary editing snacks?
Tortilla chips or Teddie’s Peanut Butter. Oh and excessive amounts of strong coffee!

Favorite Netflix show that you binge watched while editing?
Believe it or not that’s a tough one…I would say my go to shows are Brooklyn99, Parks and Rec., and The Office.
 


What are your hopes and dreams with photography?
I hope to one day be able to connect with children in developing countries and incorporate photography into their learning experience. To be able to see different perspectives of life through their lens. I love experiencing new cultures and what better way to be able to do that than through the photography.

What is your big project?
Right now I'm getting back into the swing picking up my camera as much as I can but I would love to do another documentary photography project. I have a few ideas floating around but nothing I've solidified yet. So we'll see!

What is your spirit animal?
It depends on the day but I think I’m half sloth because I can spend the whole day by myself on the couch editing pictures and half hyena because I love to laugh and be around those I love.
 

Amanda Rivera, ladies and gentleman! She's a lovely and much needed addition to the team. Keep an eye out for a post highlighting some of her beautiful work!