Hi! I'm Amanda Hedgepeth

Mom, wife, photographer, Outer Banks local and cheerleader at heart forever. Living in a cozy salt box on the water. I started a family and a creative business at the same time ten years ago and inspired hundreds of other women to believe they could do the same. But, not all of my story is "pretty" and I believe deeply in making your mess your message. Want to know more? Keep reading below! 

I'm a college dropout who knows what it's like to bounce around to friends couches and hope I'll be able to make ends meet. I remember long waits at the laundromat. I remember being told "it's $5.15 an hour, because you're a woman" at one of my many jobs. I remember the days of standing at 49th and Hampton in Norfolk, waiting for the #2 bus to take me to work so I could make minimum wage and be completely miserable. I remember getting off a couple of stops before my actual stop so I could pick up coins that people dropped that day in the McDonald's drive-thru so I could scrape them together and try to afford life. I survived an assault, addiction and a decade long eating disorder. I love that I get to tell you that despite all of this - it wasn't the end of my story. I found HOPE after swimming in the darkest waters and the life I have now comes from a lot of pain. If you are in this space, I want you to know that it's not the end of your story and I want my failures, mistakes and darkness to become a LIGHT for YOU! I am so different from that girl but I'm who I am today because of what she went through, and I am so proud of who I've become.


I've let my mess become my message

Our clients feel like they already know us and it makes working together a DREAM! They know us, they know our family, they know how thankful we are for them! 

Our community has watched our girls grow from my very first wedding pregnant with our first girl to having our third daughter four years ago! 

Photographers and entrepreneurs have seen me go the majority of my career with no daycare while running a thriving business thanks to my expertise in simplifying life and business.

We've served over 140 wedding couples and hundreds of families both locally and internationally with SO MUCH JOY! My clients know I was born to do this! 


10 YEARS AGO I DID SOMETHING A LITTLE UNCOMMON
AS A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR

From the very beginning, I decided to have a personal brand and I let people in on the JOURNEY. Instead of waiting until I'd perfected my craft and brand - I let people watch everything unfold, including the building of our family alongside the business. Clients and members of our online community got to know more than what I DO for a living, they were let in on who I am. My story, my struggles, my wins and my losses.

And showing up authentically on social media to share not just the wins but the struggles is one of the most powerful ways I've connected with other women to make them feel less alone.

I sit on our rickety dock and think about the days when life looked very different.

Come and meet my family! People call us the                     

five waves

The one who told me to buy the camera and make this dream happen

MIKE HEDGEPETH

You can imagine it's not often I get the chance to speak, I'm in a house full of very loud and wild women...but I wouldn't have it any other way. I am a proud nerd and I love Star Wars, gaming and illustrating in my sketchbook any spare minute I get. I also take commissions for home and beach cottage illustrations and love hearing the stories behind the properties. I grew up in Franklin, Virginia and found my way to Norfolk by way of Old Dominion University where I got my degree just to work in a completely different field after graduation. I'm an extroverted introvert, a proud dad and husband, a homebody and video gamer when my girls will calm down and let me get a minute, lol. No but really, I am a lucky guy. I love this life we've built together and am grateful for every day on the Outer Banks with my ladies. 

SEE MIKE'S WORK ON INSTAGRAM

MEET THE MERMAIDS

MEET THE MERMAIDS

It's not a hyperbole to assume we will ALL be working FOR this girl some day! She's brilliant, she's ambitious, extremely Type A and her creativity sometimes shocks us... think crazy colorful artist mixed with nifty engineer! It's unreal!! Cammy has been speaking articulately since she was barely over a year old and it's both freaky and impressive, LOL! Lego and Pokemon and solar system obsessed and is ALWAYS on a mission to do the right thing and serve justice, haha! LOVE YOU BIG GIRL!

The best sentence to describe this girl: EASY TO LOVE. Ellie is classic middle child in so many ways and has been charming us since she was born six years ago. You can't get a better hug and kiss from anyone else, she's SUCH a pro and when her little arms are wrapped around your neck you KNOW she loves you and you feel it! She is obsessed with "being fancy" and loves accessories and getting all dolled up. Her favorite subject is "kindness" and you can't get much sweeter than that!

Named after the song "Autumn" by Ben Rector..her soul matches that melody so well. Light and airy and inspiring. THAT is our baby girl. This kid has been smiling literally since the day she was born. She's SUPER fast and watching her run is stressful, LOL! I love her little eyebrow flexed expressions & her silly voices she makes so that we'll laugh at her. Autumn Jean you are FREAKING WILD! We love every second of your weirdness and you'll always be a baby to us in this family!

we roll with a posse better know as

the mermaid mafia

like a super sweet and small and sparkly mafia

autumn

ellie

camryn

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