FOUNDER & OWNER

About Amanda

Welcome to my website! I am an award-winner maternity, newborn, baby and family photographer in Calgary, AB.

I run a full-time photography business along with my husband. We’ve been together for 17 years and we have two wonderful children, who are the loves of our lives. Photographing babies is my passion for many years, but after having a child, I started to love my job even more. As a mom, I fully understand what those precious memories of our little ones mean and how important is to have them.

I am originally from Brazil but since 2015 Canada is my home.

One of my favourite things about being a photographer is to see that my art brings joy to people’s life. My photos are not only about the perfect focus, best angle and bright lighting, it’s all about the moment, connection and LOVE! My goal is to create beautiful memories for families to enjoy for many years and generations to come.

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family playing outside, but I don’t mind a cozy day at home watching Netflix.

 

Amanda Dams owner of Amanda Dams Photography
Ricardo Studio Manager at Amanda Dams Photography

STUDIO MANAGER

About Ricardo

Hi, I’m Ricardo, the studio manager! I am Amanda’s husband, dad of two beautiful kids, marketing manager, website designer, bookkeeper, photo session assistant, head of janitorial and everything in between.

My first step towards helping Amanda build her business was buying her first DSRL camera way back in 2009 when she wasn’t even thinking of becoming a photographer. Since the beginning and after every achievement of hers, I am and continue to be her number one fan. I always believed in her skills and now after so many years in business – after photographing 1000 babies and counting – she has many clients to reassure herself of that.

I graduated in Economics from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and I’m a big fan of numbers. I work on pretty much everything that keeps the business running and leave Amanda free to do what she loves the most!

 

BOOKING ASSISTANT

About Angel

Angel is our booking assistant. She has been in the administrative industry for almost 10 years.  She is our team member who is behind our emails and calls.

Fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Angel is a mother of two beautiful babies: Hayley and Riley. She is a passionate foodie and loves hiking!

Angel Ngan Profile Square

A little bit about Amanda’s journey

Amanda’s journey as a photographer started over 10 years ago. She is very proud of every step she took and thankful to all the clients that trusted her to share their memories!

2011.

GRADUATED IN PHOTOGRAPHY AT USF

Amanda studied photography at the University of South Florida (USA) in 2010/2011 and she first started working as a wedding photographer.

Photography Certificate at USF

2013.

SPECIALIZED IN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Since early 2013, newborn photography is Amanda’s specialty and she also enjoys capturing expecting moms-to-be, babies and families. She is constantly learning and improving her skills through photography workshops and in-person and online classes. She had the opportunity to meet and learn in person with some of her favourite newborn photographers around the world: Marta Ponsko, Caralee Case, Jennifer Nace, Luisa Dunn and Stephanie Robin.

Amanda holding a camera at her newborn photography studio

2015.

SPEAKER AT TWO PHOTOGRAPHY EVENTS IN BRAZIL

In 2015, Amanda had the honour to speak at two of the most important events about newborn photography in Brazil, “O2 Desafio Newborn” and “Newborn Secrets”. The theme of her presentation was creativity and how to create an effective session workflow

Amanda speaking at O2 Desafio Newborn Photography Conference
Amanda on stage at Newborn Secrets Conference

2016.

RESTARTED THE BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER BC

By the end of 2015, Amanda and her husband Ricardo moved to Canada, and together, they opened their first photography studio in Vancouver BC the year after.

aerial image of Vancouver

2018.

SPEAKER AT LUME

In 2018, Amanda also spoke at the largest photography conference in Latin America, LUME, for about 600 people. It was definitely an incredible experience to share her knowledge with so many amazing photographers!

Amanda speaking to over 600 photographers at Lume Photography Conference

2022.

MOVED TO CALGARY AB

After six successful years working in Vancouver, Amanda and her family decided to move to Calgary. In 2022 they are starting fresh, with a new branding, a new website, and a beautiful photography studio in one of the most popular neighbourhoods of Calgary, Beltline.

Aerial view of calgary beltline

AWARDS

In the Media

My work was featured on TV, in magazines and 2 of my images won the Baby Photo Awards international contest in 2018. I made it to the top 100 featured artists by NAPCP in 2018 and 2019. I was also rated as the best 3 newborn photographers in Richmond from 2017 to 2022 by Three Best Rated. In 2021, 3 of my images won the AFNS Award.

Newborn photography is my pride and joy. I feel so lucky to get to do what I love and I feel honoured to capture these once-in-a-lifetime memories for wonderful families.

If you like what you see in my portfolio, you are going to love your photos! I can’t wait to meet your family and create unique memories for you!

Behind the scenes from a newborn photography session

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Mommy & Me photo session of Amanda and her 2 kids

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