Amanda Kar

Fantasy Photojournalism & Thematic Artifacts

Meet Manda

“Nostalgic. Off-the-beaten-path. Inclusive. Hand-made. Organic. Honest.”

In these words from those I’ve created for, this is the combined experience at Imágemária. It says a lot about everything here.

Someone once told me “fantasy” and “photojournalism” are counterintuitive. To that I say, “Well, why?” It makes perfect sense to those of us who live a total mix of imagination and authenticity. As much as I love conjuring magic, I also love the truest of moments which bring forth humanity — unposed laughter, closed bashful eyes, incorporating one’s weirdest, wildest cosplay into a serious event — because that’s who we are. Portraits should never be superficial, because loving exactly who you are and what you’re about is empowering. It’s deeper than photography. People who don’t like being photographed have become empowered.

You might find me sipping a cortado while sketching my next retrofantasy fashion design. I enjoy writing about humanity and channeling my inner Indiana Jones, discovering old books and artifacts, often recreating them.

As a quantum weird person, your own weirdness is merely inspiration. I’m a subtle geek, but when you pop that balloon it really explodes. Tempt me with wizardry, Halloween, science fiction, anything historically vintage… you’re bound to get more than you bargained for.

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Honesty rocks. Five ways I’m completely transparent as your photographer:

1.  If you’re wacky or traditional, nerdy or not, black, white, rainbow or dragon… if you’re being yourselves, I accept you totally and encourage you recklessly.

2.  Pricing for Events: $300/hour ($350 per Magic Effects hour, in or out of theme parks). Please inquire for current portrait or mini session rates.

3.  I ethically work to promote confidence and self love by not editing bodies. Unless you are getting some magical appendage, I intentionally do not take body alteration requests.

4.  High res unmarked images and print credit for sweet books and wall things come complimentary in all hourly packages!

5.  A book in the hand is worth a hundred pics on a cloud. I like books. I admit to my agenda — creating an amazing album that says This Is Us, not This Is Template… one you can’t find anywhere nor make yourself. No obligations, but for big events I get excited to become your personal archivist. I leap to sketch concepts for you. N’kay, so what’s an album cost me?

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