Name: Amanda Lee Tromp
Business Name: Pure Lee Photography
Instagram: @pureleephoto @ethiclee_
Where are you based out of? Denver, Colorado
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? full -time
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Wedding Photography
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
Canon Mark III, Canon Mark IV, Pentax 645N, Minolta 35mm
How would you define your style?
I love rich, vibrant and natural colors. I love capturing my couple in their most candid moments, in a beautiful place.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
Photography had been a hobby of mine as a child, I never intended to make it into a career but my career seemed to choose me. I went to college and got a degree in Journalism, but throughout college, I was always asked and paid to take portraits of friends and enter into art competitions. After college, until now I’ve created my own business from the ground up. I have always been drawn to my camera and experiencing life through the lens of my camera. This always like something I was meant to do.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Life, emotion and moments!
As a wedding photographer, I am always trying to portray the emotion that was felt during the day with my pictures. I dabble in fashion and editorial photography on the side and with that, I am trying to capture the designers clothing in the most flattering and artistic way possible (which usually consists of loads of candid shots). Candid shots are always my goal at any shoot, and I overshoot constantly to make sure I am never missing those in-between moments.
How do you accomplish that?
I am trigger happy photographer and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
In addition, I am always studying other peoples work and getting inspiration elsewhere. In my industry, if I’m not learning and stretching myself I am not growing. I am always taking on new projects, new lighting scenarios and new angles to challenge myself.
What do you do during a session or wedding day to help make your clients feel comfortable?
I am usually photographing my clients while they are interacting with each other. I will give them funny prompts to whisper to each other, or I’ll position them in moving positions where they have to walk toward the camera multiple times in different cute/funny ways. This always eases the tension, because ultimately they want these images to show the love they have for each other, therefore I find it most important to get them interacting as much as possible.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Yes! I am so often inspired by other photographers!
My favorite lady and friend is Cassie Rosch. She captures emotion beautifully and always nails her lighting and composition at the same time. I am constantly in awe of her work and how she gets such beautiful raw emotion from her clients.
I am also a huge fan of Ed Peers. He has an incredible eye and always shoots the most unique angles that also manage to capture great emotion. His wedding photography work is beautiful and so unique, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Fashion & editorial photography brings me the most joy so I would refer to a moment within that area of business. This past fall I was asked to shoot a catalog for a company in Chicago. It was a dream of mine to shoot a catalog and it was such a great learning experience. It was exhausting and invigorating all at the same time.
What is one important lesson you have learned during your career?
To have grace with myself!
When you are your own boss it’s easy to become terribly critical of yourself and forget to give yourself grace. I believe one of the hardest things about being self-employed is that you have no buffer between you and the business. I can’t blame my superior or an employee, because I am all of those things.
Another lesson I’ve learned and am still learning is to have work-life balance. When you are self-employed there is no “clock in or clock out” you can work however late you’d like, but that’s never healthy. It’s so important to maintain a balance.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I actually only order the wooden USB drives from you. I provide my clients with an online gallery and a USB of all of their images. It’s nice to gift my clients a beautiful USB that they can keep their wedding photos on or use for other things.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Photography Supply Company has provided me with a product that shows professionalism. A beautiful handcrafted wood USB seems like such a little thing but it goes a long way when looking professional. My clients are paying thousands for wedding photography, the least I can do is add in a nice touch when it comes to delivering their images.
How has packaging elevated your brand?
My clients love receiving my packages, and in addition to the USB, I give them I also include a nice smelling candle (because who doesn’t like candles).