Hello! Im Amanda, The face behind Polka Dot Studios in Bingley, West Yorkshire.
For 12 years I worked in the health and social care sector. I worked with all sorts of people from all walks of life, ranging from Children with disabilities to the elderly, to mental health to adults with disabilities.
As rewarding as this was, it wasn't my dream, my dream job as a child was to be a vet, however certain aspects of the job is just something I couldn't bring myself to do, so one day I made the decision I was going to train and qualify in Dog grooming. I successfully ran my own dog grooming business for several years ( I was also filmed dog grooming for channel 5's Dog rescuers . . . . How cool is that! )
Art and photography has always been in my life, My late Grandad Stanley was an artist and I would sit with him for hours whilst he painted glorious landscapes from memory. My mother was far from a photographer but she always had a camera to hand, when I reached my teens I loved to get out my childhood in print and often I would sit flicking through them all, absolutely fascinated by the emotions captured.
A few years into my dog grooming career, I had my beautiful little boy, from that moment on I became my mother, I was obsessed with taking photos of him, so I decided to purchase my first ever DSLR camera, and when I wasn't working or taking care of my son, I was studying photography.
I have become a bit of a geek and love everything to do with maternity and beyond and you will often see me scouring social media and sharing insights into pregnancy, Birth and parenthood.
I haven't yet branched out into birth photography, but it is a big ambition of mine, so watch this space!
Since Polka dot studios was born I have built up a stunning portfolio of images from various weddings and photo sessions. I have won 5 prestigious wedawards and I was also regional finalist for The wedding business awards 2020.
I am also a AFNS winner.
So now you know a little about me, I look forward to meeting you soon and hearing about your life journey.