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11 Days ’til Christmas – Amanda Grace Photography

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by: Amanda Grace Photography… and me

Hey Ya’ll!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my 3 day experience yesterday. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can find it HERE. More importantly, I hope you got your entry in for the giveaway and were one of the winners! I know pens aren’t the most exciting thing in the world, but hopefully you’ll see something that will tickle your fancy in the next 11 days.

Today’s post will not be quite so heavy or long, so let’s have a little fun! I want to quickly tell you about a dear friend of mine and her business, Amanda Grace Photography.

Amanda Reagan (formerly Barfield; and yes, I often still think of her as Barfield AND yes she is still in my phone as Barfield) is a lovely lady that I met while doing pageants. (Yes, I did pageants. More about that another time.) I didn’t know Amanda too well, other than friendly exchanges on the pageant circuit, but was able to watch her start her business via our facebook friendship. (Btw, it is really a neat thing to watch anyone start from scratch and “make it”.) She is a full time photographer and she is stellar at what she does! Not only that, but she loves it. I’ve watched her take photos many times, and a love and passion for it simply oozes out of her.

Another thing I love about Amanda is her pricing. I know that seems silly, but she is very reasonably priced. She allows for people with nearly any budget to walk away with high quality photos. Her passion is to capture people’s memories for them, but not require them go into debt in the process. Photography is competitive, and she could easily charge more than she does, but she’s comfortable where she is and doesn’t seek to be greedy. I think that says a lot about who she is as a person (a really great person, in case you didn’t catch that).

Anyway, I’m getting off the topic here. I truly got to know Amanda through Airport Outreach. For those of you who don’t know, Airport Outreach is program in my non-profit, The Art of Encouragement, where I travel to DFW to pass out handwritten Christmas cards to veterans who are traveling in uniform. The first year, it totally happened by accident, but when I set out to do it the next year I thought “How cool would it be to have someone follow me around and take pictures?” I put a plea out on my facebook for any of my photographer friends who might interested. I couldn’t pay them a dime, but I hoped someone would have the passion to accompany me, or at least give it a shot and get some unique pieces for their portfolio. Amanda was the only person to respond. Not only that, she responded with excitement! She was all over it and couldn’t wait to join me.

And so we went. I’m not sure she had any idea what she was getting herself into. I walked her through each terminal multiple times and we never stopped to eat. She just followed me around silently capturing moments as I shook hands, exchanged smiles, and passed out cards. When we parted ways that first year (2011, I think?), I could already tell that this experience had changed her. Her initial excitement had become something more. I’d passed on my bug to her. She was hooked, and sure enough, she keeps coming back! Even this year, she is growing a little miracle inside of her and she’s even more excited, than I’ve ever seen her, to walk miles and miles through multiple terminals. She’s a champion.

I honestly could never thank Amanda enough for answering my plea and consistently joining me (free of charge!) for Airport Outreach each year. When we send a box of Christmas cards to a veteran facility (which is The Art of Encouragement’s main goal. We sent out 12,000 cards this year), we don’t know what happens after it leaves our hands. With the photographs Amanda takes, we capture sweet moments that are hopefully being recreated thousands of times in facilities across the country. It’s a small return for those of us on the other side.

2011Our First Year in 2011

2012Our second year in 2012

Our third year in 2013

In just 6 short days Amanda and I will embark on our 4th Year of Airport Outreach. It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing it this long already!

Oh, and I she doesn’t just capture veterans. She does families, weddings, kiddos, you name it! Here are a few we took to announce the arrival of Mr. Lucas, early last year.

1 2 3

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
For the 11th day ’til Christmas, I am giving away 11 of these lovely baroque frames to display some of your favorite memories. Baroque frames have been all the rage this year. You’ll find them in assortment of colors (Hobby Lobby has a vast number of options), but I figured black was the safest choice for all of you. They are 4 3/4 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide.

Today’s Giveaway Prize

11 lucky winners will win this frame, AND one of those 11 winners will also walk away with a mini photo session from Amanda Grace Photography! This is a $150 value that includes a 30 minute session with 20 edited digital files and a print release. How cool is that?! Amanda is located in Tulsa. If you win but do not reside in Tulsa, Amanda will charge travel costs to come to you. If an arrangement cannot be made, we will pass the session on to another winner.

To enter today’s giveaway, you must comment on this post.
Get an additional entry for sharing this post & letting me know you did.
(Yes, I’ll be checking.)

You have until 8am tomorrow to get you entry in!
(The post for the 10th day ’til Christmas will be up at that time.)

All winners will be notified within 48 hours of contest end. Prizes will not be mailed until AFTER Christmas, to help lighten the Christmas load of our post carriers.

Good luck, and I hope you win!


To find out more about Amanda Grace Photography, or to just check out her awesome photos, you can visit her facebook:

or on her website:

Ashley • December 14, 2014

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  1. Marilyn Morris December 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm Reply

    Amanda does capture very special moments that seem to speak to you. 🙂

  2. Ashleigh G. December 14, 2014 - 12:37 pm Reply

    I’m so excited about Airport Outreach this year!

  3. Lisa Giamportone December 14, 2014 - 1:18 pm Reply

    Amanda sounds wonderful I am glad you two found each other and that she is so wonderful at what she does! I know those military members appreciate you and The Art of Encouragement so many are away from their family and friends and getting a card from a total stranger who cares is just priceless! We love supporting this Charity it’s close to our hearts as well! Amanda and Ashley keep doing what your doing it really does make a difference!

  4. Melanie B December 14, 2014 - 7:14 pm Reply

    Well I don’t know Ashley, but I do know the wonderful heart that is Amanda! I am lucky to have met her through Phi Lamb and love seeing all her photographs, from engagements to weddings and your Airport Outreach! Beautiful people, doing beautiful work for the Lord, way to go!

  5. Momma December 14, 2014 - 7:32 pm Reply

    Amanda does such beautiful pictures. Such a perfect compliment to each other in your outreach. So thankful you have such sweet friends.

  6. Courtney Stewart December 14, 2014 - 7:48 pm Reply

    I love Amanda! I know her from pageants too. She’s always been so sweet.

  7. Courtney Stewart December 14, 2014 - 7:48 pm Reply

    Shared too 🙂

  8. Heather Hicks December 14, 2014 - 8:22 pm Reply

    Amanda did our engagement and wedding !! Her love for people and excitement is contagious 🙂 love what you guys are doing for the veterans !
    Shared too!

  9. Rachel Gonzales December 14, 2014 - 8:51 pm Reply

    Yay for airport outreach and yay Amanda on being awesome!!! Everyone just loves you both so much!

  10. Kylee Mcsherry December 14, 2014 - 9:01 pm Reply

    Amanda has captured many important milestones in my life, from senior pictures to my wedding! She’s fantastic. 🙂

  11. valerie December 14, 2014 - 11:51 pm Reply

    I’m not entering to win. Just wanted to say. Amanda’s pictures you have posted … Great . very cool shits. Love photography. And love The Art of Encouragement. Much Love Ashley to you and yours. Merry Christmas! Aunt Val

    • valerie December 14, 2014 - 11:52 pm Reply

      Oh boys so sorry ..SHOTS.. Gezz midnight shift. Sorry

  12. Keevie December 15, 2014 - 8:24 am Reply

    Amanda is a great photographer and you sound just as amazing doing the Veterans cards! So great to give time to others!!

  13. Yolanda December 15, 2014 - 11:32 am Reply

    I am sharing as well

  14. Lea Ann Haar December 15, 2014 - 3:10 pm Reply

    Great pictures!!! And I will be sharing, too.

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