Back in time ... early photography

This last weekend I was digging through some of my old family photographs and had the idea to share some of my early, early photography work. When people ask me about why I started photography ... It wasn't until I was older that I realized this is simply how my brain works, how my eyes see the world, how I remember special moments; all in images.

Amanda Hitchen
Newborn Daniel

She calls him "little ducky," like it's a question, when he cries. She says it with so much love in her voice, like she's been saying it for years but he's only a month old. She kisses him softly on his face as he starts to calm down. Having her there soothes him and fixes whatever was wrong with his world. 

Amanda Hitchen
Hitchen Home ... in the living room

 In addition to photographing I have another love, decorating. One thing that made me fall in love with this house is the corner mantel and fireplace. For all the faults this design creates for the rest of the room in seating and such, I just love the deep mantel and the space it gives me to create anything my heart desires.

Amanda Hitchen
Favorite 16 Instagrams of 2016

So this year, I'll switch it up a bit and share my favorite 16 Instagram posts of 2016. Even though I am a professional photographer, sometimes what comes from my cell phone surprises me! In reviewing my year, these 16 images were picked because they speak to me about my year and they speak to me as a visual person.

Amanda Hitchen
Tulsa Oratorio Chorus

I had the pleasure of photographing the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus while they hosted British composer Bob Chilcott and performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. It was so much fun to wander the auditorium and balcony because for the first time I realized- every seat in the house was a great one! The TOC is just that amazing!

Amanda Hitchen
Favorite 15 of 2015

My adventures in 2015 took me to many, many unexpected places; from Oregon to Tennessee, from below freezing temperatures to overwhelming heat from a very large fire. I feel like the last year pushed me outside my comfort zone but the work I created as a result is some of my favorite work yet!

Amanda Hitchen
John & Angeleen's Wedding

John and Angeleen were friends first and judging by the jokes from the maid of honor and the best man during their toasts, everyone knew they needed to become a couple before they did! From friendship comes respect and through their bond blossomed a beautiful and radiant love.

Amanda Hitchen
nashville ... a must see list

My mom and I visited Nashville, Tennessee for the first time a few weeks ago and from our 3 day visit we crammed so many top sites into our few days of adventure. We wanted to take full advantage of our time so we did more tours that wondering around the city, but we both claim we will be back some day for the 'walking around and see what we stumble upon' portion of our trip!

Amanda Hitchen
diy ... photo booth

Today I am going to explain step-by-step how to build a photo booth from PVC pipe. Before building my photo booth I did a ton of Pinterest, DIY blog and online research but I still couldn't find any real step-by-step guides or lists of supplies. However, I complied a few popular designs and reinforced them with my own structural ideas so it would stand up against The Great Oklahoma Wind.

Amanda Hitchen
hometown halloween

ah Productions wants to thank all of the spook-facular Hometown Halloween participants. I really enjoyed seeing all the boo-tiful costumes and wonderful smiles. I hope everyone had a safe and memorable Halloween!

Amanda Hitchen