Hello Friend! I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Amanda Olivia, founder of AOP and Lead Wedding Photographer. I’m a proud dog mama to Peabody the Wheaten, scientist, dancer, reader, runner, life-long learner, and national park explorer. I love a good breakfast, walks with my best friend, and finishing a quality book.

Meet Amanda

These two worlds may seem very different, but they both make me whole. My passion for science helps me understand and appreciate the beauty of photography and my photography helps me value the art of science more. This my happy place. This is my balance. Appreciating the art and science of life and nature whether it be in the lab or behind my camera.

I always loved school, especially biology. Ever since I could remember my science classes filled this piece of curiosity in me and I dedicated all I had into every class. I remember learning about nanotechnology, building fake cities, taking care of growing ecosystems in class, and loving every dissection in biology. I know...I was really cool. You’re looking at the 8th grade Chemistry Student of the Year right here!

But I was especially fascinated by nature and continuously wanted to know how life worked. This fascination followed me to college and I soon joined an evolutionary development lab at the University of Kansas. I started out as an animal keeper for the lab’s jellyfish, and by the end of my B.S. in Biology I was performing my own experiments and loving every minute of it. I had a wonderful advisor that encouraged me and helped me pave a path in the scientific world. 

After completing my undergraduate degree, I became a Lab Manager at different universities for many years and realized I wanted something more. I wanted ownership of my science and to think and design projects that were interesting to me, so to graduate school I went! And here we are, I’m currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Genetics studying the metabolomics of these amazing nematodes C. elegans.

Science

When I was a kid one of my favorite people to spend time with was my Aunt Rhonda. She filled her home with love, crafts, fun, education, and LOTS of cameras. As long as I could remember my Aunt Rhonda was behind a lens preserving my families memories and my childhood. These photographs and these experiences showed me the value of a photograph. The memories they preserve and the legacies they carry. This time with my favorite aunt and these photographs filled my soul and made me feel alive.

So in high school I jumped into a black and white film class and my love for photography extended to the film world. This class was more than lectures about composition and light, I was able to develop my own film, produce my own film scans, and see my photographs come to life. This one class changed my view of photography forever. It showed me that photographs are not only a preserved legacy, but a piece of art.

Fast forward many years and I picked up my camera again and have started helping other families preserve their memories. Each time I pick up my camera I feel alive, full, and happy knowing I can preserve some of the most cherished moments in my couples and families lives. There’s nothing more beautiful than building relationships, watching families grow, and helping you create a lasting legacy. I’m honored to help you preserve your memories and pass along my love of photography.

Photography

My “About Me” is very different than most others. I’m a renaissance soul at heart and have two passions that fill me up: photography and science. Some say it’s crazy, some say you can’t pursue two dreams well, but I disagree.

Amanda’s story

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These two worlds may seem very different, but they both make me whole. My passion for science helps me understand and appreciate the beauty of photography and my photography helps me value the art of science more. This my happy place. This is my balance. Appreciating the art and science of life and nature whether it be in the lab or behind my camera.

Photography

When I was a kid one of my favorite people to spend time with was my Aunt Rhonda. She filled her home with love, crafts, fun, education, and LOTS of cameras. As long as I could remember my Aunt Rhonda was behind a lens preserving my families memories and my childhood. These photographs and these experiences showed me the value of a photograph. The memories they preserve and the legacies they carry. This time with my favorite aunt and these photographs filled my soul and made me feel alive.

So in high school I jumped into a black and white film class and my love for photography extended to the film world. This class was more than lectures about composition and light, I was able to develop my own film, produce my own film scans, and see my photographs come to life. This one class changed my view of photography forever. It showed me that photographs are not only a preserved legacy, but a piece of art.

Fast forward many years and I picked up my camera again and have started helping other families preserve their memories. Each time I pick up my camera I feel alive, full, and happy knowing I can preserve some of the most cherished moments in my couples and families lives. There’s nothing more beautiful than building relationships, watching families grow, and helping you create a lasting legacy. I’m honored to help you preserve your memories and pass along my love of photography.

My passion for science

Science

I always loved school, especially biology. Ever since I could remember my science classes filled this piece of curiosity in me and I dedicated all I had into every class. I remember learning about nanotechnology, building fake cities, taking care of growing ecosystems in class, and loving every dissection in biology. I know...I was really cool. You’re looking at the 8th grade Chemistry Student of the Year right here!

But I was especially fascinated by nature and continuously wanted to know how life worked. This fascination followed me to college and I soon joined an evolutionary development lab at the University of Kansas. I started out as an animal keeper for the lab’s jellyfish, and by the end of my B.S. in Biology I was performing my own experiments and loving every minute of it. I had a wonderful advisor that encouraged me and helped me pave a path in the scientific world. 

After completing my undergraduate degree, I became a Lab Manager at different universities for many years and realized I wanted something more. I wanted ownership of my science and to think and design projects that were interesting to me, so to graduate school I went! And here we are, I’m currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Genetics studying the metabolomics of these amazing nematodes C. elegans.

My passion for Photos

My “About Me” is very different than most others. I’m a renaissance soul at heart and have two passions that fill me up: photography and science. Some say it’s crazy, some say you can’t pursue two dreams well, but I disagree.

Amanda’s story

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Meet the aop team

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Amanda

Reagan

I may have a book problem. I love a good book and read a book a week. I love business, life-improvement, and science books. A few of my favorites are Essentialism, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Stiff, and Beak of the Finch.

Books

Meet my sweet pupito Mr. Peabody! He’s truly the best dog (and I’m not just saying that because he’s mine). He loves everyone and is way more popular than I will ever be. I love the rare Sunday morning when Peabody will actually sleep in and snuggle. If we’re being honest he usually just stands on top of me till I get out of bed. Oh the joys of being a dog mom!

Mr. Peabody

There’s something magical to me about exploring so many diverse and beautiful ecosystems here in the U.S. Exploring national parks makes me feel alive, full of joy, and so grateful to be apart of this amazing world. My goal is to photograph an elopement in all 52 national parks. Ready to elope? I’m your gal!

National Parks

These are my girls! They are talented, smart, and beautiful, it’s amazing I found them! Dancing with The Modern Pin-Ups is more than just exercising, it’s being apart of an uplifting community. This group is a great source of joy in my life. I also have some serious goals to become a tap master over the next few years, stay tuned!

The Modern Pin-Ups

The stories I’ve learned through family photos are priceless. While I don’t have many to hold on to, the ones I do have I hang on to tightly. I’ve met my grandparents through photos and storytelling, and I’m forever grateful someone took the time to save these images for me.

Old Family Photos

These are a few of my favorite things!

Amanda’s Favorites

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OUR PAST WORK

THE AOP EXPERIENCE

Amanda Olivia Photography is a film photography studio based in Athens, Georgia. We believe in living intentional lives that create lasting legacies and love helping you do the same. We know that life is full and time passes quickly, so we believe in documenting the ever changing seasons of life. While seasons change, photographs last forever. It’s an absolute privilege to photograph your most cherished moments, and deliver timeless images and heirlooms that will be treasured in your family for generations to come. Helping you preserve your legacy is our greatest privilege.

Our Purpose & What We’re All About

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