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Posted: 2/7/2010 7:33:46 PM
1. Who are you? Please include self portrait and any links to other sites featuring you, like your blog, website, etc. Pimp yourself out!!

Hello loves. I'm Amanda Keith, 22 year old photographer from the great state of Oklahoma and the head honcho (only honcho?) at indiejane photography.
Here's my main website, which desperately needs an update: indiejane photography
And here's my blog, where I post all my latest shoots, plus plenty of randomness: ripe.
You can also find me on Facebook.
And I tweet a lot.
And I recently got bored and Lane talked me into a Formspring.

Yes, I am spread out all around the internet. Lol.

2. What inspired you to get into photography? And when?
I've always wished I had some awesome story about how I got into photography, but it just happened. Always respected it, but never had a particular love for it when I was younger. I didn't even own a camera until I was 18! I went to the University of Oklahoma my freshman year of college, and had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I felt very stuck. So I decided to take some time off from school and figure out what I wanted to do. The following summer I had some extra cash and decided to purchase a Canon Rebel XTi and completely fell in love with the world of photography. I honestly dove in head first and I absolutely cannot imagine doing anything else with my life.

3. What is your education? Degree? Self-taught? Workshops?
Twopeas-taught. Seriously, I read Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" to learn how to shoot in manual, and every single thing I learned from there on out was either from this board or from just playing around.
I also attended a Jeremy Cowart workshop in December and left feeling very inspired to continue pursuing the artistic side of photography. I've always known the rules, but I've been afraid to push them too much. But I'm a big believer in photography being a form of art...and art shouldn't have restrictions.

4. What kind of photographer would you describe yourself as?
Oh lord. Lol. I guess I'm best known for (or at least I get the most emails and comments about) my work with seniors and my processing style. I'm not afraid to use off-the-wall locations and play around in Photoshop.

5. What kind of equipment do you use? Not every piece you own, but your favorites or use most often.
I love love love looooove my Canon 5DMkII with my 35 f/1.4L. I use that camera with that lens about 85% of the time. The color and crispness makes my heart flutter.
I also occasionally use my Canon 40D with my 85 1.8. Love my Tokina 10-17 fisheye for concerts too.
And I am practically attached to my Macbook Pro. It literally might as well be considered a part of my body.

6. What did/do you struggle with the most?
LIGHTING. Oh man. Any kind of artificial lighting and I turn into a big dummy. It's something I want to work on more this year though. I feel like once I get that aspect of photography figured out, a whole new world of creativity is going to be opened up! I just have to find some time to figure it out.

7. What was your biggest "A-ha" moment? Can be something technical/camera-related, something personal as it relates to photography, or something you learned about yourself as a photographer.
Other than figuring out how to shoot in manual, my biggest moment was when I realized that while the rules of photography are important to know, it's okay to bend them and have fun. Sometimes the photos that make you really FEEL something aren't technically correct at all.

8. Biggest lesson learned? Can be either about photography, the business, yourself, etc.
Don't be afraid to charge what you feel you deserve. I hate dealing with the money aspect of my business. It took a group of my closest friends and family to convince me to raise my session fees this year and take a couple of days off a week. I have a tendency to overbook and undercharge.

9. What's your greatest triumph or achievement? Could be just opening your own business, to awards, to a compliment.
Little known fact.. I used to have severe social anxiety issues. I was terrified to meet new people. Large groups of people scared me to death. I was incredibly awkward and never really comfortable in my own skin. This "random hobby" I picked up really helped me figure out who I am. Now I meet new people on a daily basis and I absolutely love that part of my job...not only that, but I learned how to build relationships with those people. I don't just have a shoot and send my client on their merry way. I keep up with them after the shoot...I know where all my past seniors go to college and I'll attend the weddings of the couples I do engagement shoots for.
And the weirdest little achievement (if you want to call it that) was meeting my best friend through my job. I took Lane's senior pictures a year and a half ago and we've been close ever since.

10. What is one of the most important mistakes you made that served as a basis for your progression?
The whole overbooking thing that I mentioned before.. I got into a bad habit of booking way too much and I'd get incredibly behind and my clients would all start to run together. It got too hectic and I started to lose interest and felt completely uninspired. The moment it started to feel like a real job was the moment I was like "Alright, I need to back down a little."

11. What is it about photography that makes your heart sing and your mind race with possibilities?
Oh EVERYTHING. Being able to take everyday things and make something beautiful out of it. Being able to build relationships with total strangers. Being free to interpret the world however I want. Just those moments when you're behind the lens and everything falls into place in that frame, and you know this is what you're called to do. I live for those moments.

12. Which do you like better - taking the photo or processing it? Why?
Truthfully, processing. My best friends are Lightroom and Photoshop. And I love love love TRA actions! That's honestly pretty much the only actions I use anymore...they were worth every penny.
Half the time I'll take a photo and know immediately what I want the final product to look like. During my busy seasons, I'll spend roughly 10-12 hours a day playing in Photoshop and Lightroom.

13. What inspires you? Could be anything - other photographers, nature, art, music, people, etc.
I feel that I'm at my best when I'm traveling. Something about a new place and new experiences makes me feel super creative. In the last year I've been everywhere from Ethiopia to Dubai to New York to Denver. (All in one week! Lol.) We live in a big world and I want to see and experience as much of it as I can.
Music is also a huge part of my little world. This year a big goal of mine is to finally pursue shooting more bands and musicians. And more concerts! I get a rush from shooting live's tough, but always worth it. I love that my two biggest passions can easily mesh together.

14. What is something about you that we don't know? Could be something serious or silly- your choice.
I've lost a lot of people in my life and I dealt with severe depression for two years. I've been used and walked out on by people I thought I could trust before I was even 20. I went through more tragedies between the ages of 17-19 than most people go through in their whole lives.
I'm known for being fairly peppy and silly and upbeat, but I'm a tough girl when it comes down to it. I have a very "charge hell with a water gun" attitude, and I didn't become that way until I developed a relationship with God. He pulled me out of the fire and gave me a second chance, and He's the only reason I'm here and alive and happy. He's given me a beautiful life and a beautiful future and I owe everything to Him. I'm very solid in my faith.

15. Can you share with us your loved ones? Especially if they have been featured in your work?
Well, I'm single and live at home with four darling furbabies...and another furbaby who lives with my mom..
So here is my sweet, hairy family:
This is Baron, my pitbull/boxer mix. He's 4 and the man of the house...

This is Rylan. She's a 2 year old Rottweiler mix. She is missing her front right leg, but she runs faster than all the other dogs. Go figure.

This is Eden, another pitbull/boxer mix (I swear she's not a Lab, everyone asks that!). She'll be a year old in May and she has no control over the back end of her body. When she wags her tail it usually leads to her running into something.

This is Jane. Ooooh sweet Jane. I wasn't supposed to keep her. I found her on a shoot in November and intended on finding her a home. I ended up getting attached. Oops. She is the sweetest little baby ever and the biggest momma's girl. We're guessing she's about 5-6 months old and some kind of Pitbull mix. (I love Pits, in case that wasn't obvious. I hate that they have a bad rap!)

And this sweetie is Koen. We found out in October she has a rare disease comparable to Lupus, but daily medication keeps her healthy. She stays with my mom since I'm gone so often and can't be around to give her her meds. She's a trooper and she gets spoiled rotten at Granny's.

Yes, I am the dog lady.

16. Can you share your top tip/technique with us?
I really don't have any top secret tricks or anything. Just have fun, play around, take risks. Let a little bit of "you" show in all your photos.

17. Who are you picking next and why?
Ammmmmyyyy!! (mommyg) Weddings scare the crap out of me and I love seeing her work. I'd like to pick her brain.

18. Please share some of your favorite works with us!!
(Do you even know how long it took me to choose favorites? Ohmygoodness.)


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Can you hear me now???

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Posted: 2/7/2010 7:42:05 PM
Oh, Amanda. We have missed you here so much. Thanks for all the insight - you are a rock star!


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Posted: 2/7/2010 7:50:09 PM
Awww, it's like seeing an old friend!!! (even though I "see" you every day on F. We started at around the same time and you're miles ahead of me with seniors - because you're cool like that. Love you, dearie!!



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Posted: 2/7/2010 7:57:17 PM
I should be watching the Super Bowl with the others - but this was soo much better. I love your processing and youthful, even possibly quirky, take on photography. I admire and respect that you step out there and do what the faint of heart wouldn't dream of. You are the poster child for imagination. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing and inspiring the rest of us mere camera toting mortals.


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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:06:20 PM
Oh my goodness!!!! Amanda, you are just so stinkin' 'together' for your age. (I don't know how else to put it!!) I mean, I know people 3 times your age that are still trying to "find themselves" - you know - what 'is' their life suppose to be, etc, etc, etc. You seem to have all you eggs in your basket and you know, KNOW what you want in life and how to go about getting it. And, (I think this is what I like best) you are having a BLAST doing it!!! I admire your strong faith, your love of life, your strength that got you through the 'horrible' younger years, and your knowledge that to have FUN in life is, surprisingly, both acceptable and allowable!!!!

OK, and, as an added bonus - I LOVE your style of work!!!! Just adore the way you process you photos, and talk about someone having found their style - you sure have found yours!!

Hugs and


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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:11:07 PM
Hey Amanda! Great read. You don't even know how big a smile I got when I saw Jane in your photos of furbabies. When you posted about finding her and said you were looking for a new home, I knew she already had one! She is adorable! Great meeting you in Denver!

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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:16:39 PM
I just love looking at your work! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:20:43 PM
Thank you so much for sharing!! I am such an admirer of your work!
And this

I used to have severe social anxiety issues. I was terrified to meet new people. Large groups of people scared me to death. I was incredibly awkward and never really comfortable in my own skin.

Is sooooo me!! Maybe there's hope for me yet!

Thanks again!!

~Jenn H~

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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:29:14 PM
I knew most of this, but I loved reading it, anyway. And Yay!! for Princess's underpass shot making it on here-still love it!!

~Jenn H~

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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:38:08 PM
Thank you for sharing yourself with us. You are truly inspiring, both personally and professionally.

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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:46:38 PM
Girl, I have missed seeing you here! What a great interview. I love seeing your work!


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Posted: 2/7/2010 8:49:17 PM
Amanda what a wonderful interview and thank you for sharing so much about yourself and your photography. I so love your avatar pic so it was so neat seeing the sooc. You truly are blessed with an artistic vision.

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Posted: 2/7/2010 9:16:42 PM
Dang, girl (well, woman!) YOU ROCK IN EVERY. SINGLE. WAY.

Truly, your unique vision and perspective through the lens absolutely sets you apart. You will go FAR, my friend. Thank you for sharing so much with us - especially your eye-candy images!

And YAY! Someone else who put processing as their favorite over shooting!


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Posted: 2/7/2010 9:20:32 PM
thank you so much for this interview! it was so great to get to know you better! and your photographs are so fresh and awesome, thank you so much for sharing with us!

CC and plays always welcome!

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Posted: 2/7/2010 9:32:32 PM
You hair first thing in the morning is the BEST! You are so far beyond where I was at 22, I'm totally amazed by your maturity! You rock!


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Posted: 2/7/2010 9:37:45 PM
I love looking at your work anytime! I think that senior (Whitney?) with the books and light outdoors is my absolute favorite of yours! Oh goodness...I hope I can live up to your expectation (with the So glad I got to meet you this summer Amanda!




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Posted: 2/7/2010 10:16:53 PM
First, I just have to say this

Oh lord.

made me laugh. My daughter (18) says this all. the. time.


I developed a relationship with God. He pulled me out of the fire and gave me a second chance, and He's the only reason I'm here and alive and happy. He's given me a beautiful life and a beautiful future and I owe everything to Him. I'm very solid in my faith.

Quoting Nancy:

I know people 3 times your age that are still trying to "find themselves" - you know - what 'is' their life suppose to be,

*raising my hand* Not that I'm 3 times your! but the other part.

You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life and your art with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Posted: 2/7/2010 10:32:29 PM
I just love you Amanda. You are inspiring at your young age. I love even more that you have found your passion at such a young age. It gives me hope that my own children will have the courage to follow their hearts because it will always give you the strength to conquer the world that wants to crush you. Stay strong and brave. Thanks again for make the world a more beautiful place with your amazing images.

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Posted: 2/7/2010 10:45:34 PM
Amanda, your work is AMAZING!! Your ideas are creative and inspiring. Also, I am kind of jealous that you live in OK. It must be sooo beautiful there! Also great to see another dog lover on here

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Posted: 2/7/2010 10:51:23 PM
TFS Amanda! We miss you around here! I'm so glad to hear you raised your prices and are giving yourself a break every week. You deserve it!





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Posted: 2/7/2010 11:09:38 PM
Miss seeing you!

Thank you for sharing this extra bit of yourself and your images! Hey, is your new BFF our old CSB?

I love seeing your images and your processing. Thank you, again, for sharing with us!



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Posted: 2/7/2010 11:26:12 PM

Hey, is your new BFF our old CSB?

Oh CSB!! I had completely forgotten! Lol! Actually CSB just left about a month ago to study abroad in Jordan for a few months. I still keep in touch with him on occasion!

Debbie, there is definitely hope! I still struggle with it on occasion. I have my days where I want to stay at home and just not run into anyone. It's a tough habit to break, but it gets easier over time. Turns out people aren't all that scary!

Also, I am kind of jealous that you live in OK. It must be sooo beautiful there!

Eh.. Lol. Oklahoma can be beautiful...I do love our miles and miles of plains. It's beautiful in spring when the wheat is gold and the sky is blue with big, puffy white clouds. Not so much here lately, when we have intense ice storms that knock our power out for DAYS!

Thanks so much for the sweet words, everyone...I've really never felt like I was an "inspiration" or anything. I just really love my job.
Nancy, your post almost made me cry! Lol.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 12:05:44 AM
Great interview! Your photos are AMAZING, thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 2/8/2010 12:12:04 AM
Awesome Amanda! You rock, thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 2/8/2010 12:28:09 AM
It was so much fun reading this. You have such a fun, unique, amazing style.

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Posted: 2/8/2010 12:41:08 AM
Hey little lady, I loved reading your interview! You have such a loving heart and your work is always gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing your sweet self with us


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Posted: 2/8/2010 1:29:55 AM
Thanks for sharing. I blog stalk Ripe.

You are an amazing photographer & person! I love your short little blurbs that you put with your photos on your blog.

Thanks for being an inspiration and being you!



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Posted: 2/8/2010 5:54:53 AM
Thanks amanda for sharing! You rock!!


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Posted: 2/8/2010 6:14:13 AM
What a great story! Thanks for sharing your images and your talent here. It's amazing to think of all that you've accomplished at such a young age. Wish I'd had your focus at this stage.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 7:55:12 AM
Love your interview and your work!!! Thanks for sharing

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Posted: 2/8/2010 8:10:52 AM
Amanda your story is really inspiring and I just love your artisitic vision.

If I had half the confidence you do now (at such a young age), I can't imagine where I would be now.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 8:25:14 AM
You are such an inspiration, and we've missed you!! Thanks for the peek into your world!

~ Karen


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Posted: 2/8/2010 8:42:12 AM
Oh Amanda, I loved reading that. I feel like you have come so far personally and professionally and we at 2Peas were all in the back seat. Love you girl! We need to meet up again~!


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Posted: 2/8/2010 8:52:01 AM
You are seriously such an inspiration, not only with your photographs but also your faith and attitude. Great interview! And your picture of that tree will forever be stuck in my head. I think of it often.

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Posted: 2/8/2010 9:20:35 AM
Can I just say - number 8: mm-hmm. I hear ya

And number 14. Yup - standing with you there, in every single way

Thanks so much for this, what a great read!

~Julie S~

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Posted: 2/8/2010 9:51:21 AM
It was great to meet you (even briefly) over the summer in Denver, and I very much enjoyed your "interview." You are a true raw talent, and as amazing as you are at your young age, I can't even begin to imagine what the future has in store for you!


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Posted: 2/8/2010 10:02:15 AM
Amanda, it was great to read about you...I've always admired your fun and different style and how driven and focused you are for your age. You're definitely an inspiration.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 1:00:09 PM
Amanda, this was just AWESOME to read. You have so much imagination and talent, and a distinct point of view. Do you know how lucky and blessed you are to have that at such a young age? Many people work on it for years and never get to that place. I am really looking forward to seeing how your talent grows and develops over the years.

But I'm a big believer in photography being a form of art...and art shouldn't have restrictions.

YAY! Thank you for this! I agree 100%!!!!! (Sometimes on these boards, I fear we are in the minority on that view.)

Do you mind sharing which TRA actions you used on the shot where you showed before and after?

You really are a rock star. Hope I get the chance to meet you in person some day. Thanks so much for sharing.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 1:21:34 PM
AMANDA!! I just adore you

All your images are captivating, and you inspire me! Loved reading your interview.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 1:27:27 PM
Thanks Amanda!!!

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Posted: 2/8/2010 1:57:09 PM
Thank you for sharing this. Your work is amazing and you are inspiring. Or you can read that as "your work is inspiring and your are amazing. Either way.

CC and plays always welcome and much appreciated!
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Posted: 2/8/2010 2:20:36 PM
Love the interview. Your photos are always so awesome and inspiring.

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Posted: 2/8/2010 2:21:08 PM
Love the interview. Your photos are always so awesome and inspiring.


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Posted: 2/8/2010 2:33:04 PM
Thank you for sharing your passion and a bit of yourself here... it was thoroughly delightful to read and view!!!!

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Posted: 2/8/2010 7:10:20 PM
I completely adore you in every way!!! This was such a wonderful insight into you, and I truly love your images. The processing on your self-portrait (with the headphones) is amazing! And your fort that you built in your living room is too fun!

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself!


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Posted: 2/8/2010 11:04:26 PM
Amanda - I totally stock your blog ALL of the time! I love your stuff! You're passion shines through your work and your words. Thank you for sharing. YOU ROCK!


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Posted: 2/9/2010 4:20:03 PM

Do you mind sharing which TRA actions you used on the shot where you showed before and after?

Honestly, I want to say I did the majority of the editing in that photo in LR. I desaturated quite a bit and messed with the white balance (made the photo cooler and messed with the green tones). Lots of contrast, brightened it up a bit, and added a vignette.
Then in PS I ran Pro-Retouch, Select-O-Pop (on eyes, shirt, and headphones), and Go With The Grain. I want to say I ran Pross-Crossessed #1 at a really low opacity, but I'm not 100% positive..

Thanks so much everyone.


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Posted: 2/9/2010 5:01:16 PM
I was SO happy when I saw that it was your week! You're my idol! Lol! I LOVE your style..shooting and editing. Your grunge action is one of my ALL TIME FAVS! Without sounding like a crazy stalker, I love everything about your style. So free, beautiful and real! You remind me SO MUCH of one of my oldest and dearest friends {you even look similar}. Even your much like hers! I actually sent her the link to your blog and she agreed! I'm a pit lover too! If I ever have the money, I want to open a rescue. Your babies are beautiful and Jane...oh my goodness...what a little beauty! They are lucky to have you! So this probably totally scared! But I'm just such a huge fan of you and your spirit and your vision on the world and people. You inspire me SO MUCH! Thank you!

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