Tuesday, April 14

the season is upon us...

The farmer's market was extremely crowded this past weekend.  I am guessing everyone wanted to be outside with the beautiful sunny warm weather we were having.  The hardy vegetables are locally grown year round, but a few farmer's had strawberries.  In another week or two we'll see a plethora of strawberries at the market which I throughly look forward to.  i foresee canning in my near future.  They had a lot of flowers and herbs for purchase and that's all we came home with; a nice little basil plant and a tomato plant that was already flowering.

Oh spring and summer how I have missed you...

Thursday, April 2

farewell is not the end, but a new beginning.

Last Tuesday night was the first time this year that I have put on a pair of shorts.  It felt awkward.  It's been months, almost a half a year since my legs have seen any sort of light for an extended period of time.  On top of that, I don't think I have ever been this pale.  ever.  For pete sake I grew up in Florida and I mean there is no such thing as a tan line on this body of mine.  sad, but true.  My aging skin thanks me, but the rest of the world might think I am a vampire or something.  Anyways, Joe was off to a late night neighborhood meeting Tuesday and when he returned home he said, 'you look weird'.  I didn't take his comment offensively because, well, I felt weird.  shorts.  bare legs.  weird.  Even though it felt weird in a glorious kinda way; I am ready to ditch the cold weather wardrobe for awhile and possibly let the sun visit my skin.

On another note, today is my last day at Duke.  It's quite exciting, scary, bittersweet, awesome and liberating.  thank you Megan for most of those words.  For the last 10+ years I have worked a 9-5 job, really a 7:30-5 job.  PLUS my photography job for the last few years. So being home more, having more time to be able to dig into God's word each morning, managing my own workload, taking better care of my husband and home will be quite nice.  But face it, let's hope that I wear more than pajamas all day.  Everyday.  just sayin'.


My name is Amanda English, I am a custom portrait photographer specializing in high school senior and family photography in the Raleigh area.

Wednesday, March 11

taking that leap of faith

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Having had two jobs for several years, basically working seven days a week, taking care of a house and husband I finally realized that I am not superwoman.  although Joe still thinks I have super powers...  After a lot of prayer and several months of over analyzing the situation it was finally time to say goodbye after 7+ years as an Auditor at Duke University.  We decided it was time for me to step back, re-prioritize and devote my days to praying, reading, studying God's word, caring for my husband and home and my photography business.  Thank you to my family and friends for the countless hours of listening and giving me spiritual guidance along the way.  It is still scary to think about at times, but I am reminded in Isaiah 58:11, The Lord will guide you always”.  

Cheers to a new chapter in our lives starting in April! hip hip!

Senior Portrait Photographer | Amanda English Photography {Raleigh, Cary, Apex - North Carolina}

Monday, March 2

hello march.

We are nearing the end of the second week of the Lenten season...  Growing up I did not practice lent, but my husband did.  This year he gave up sweets...  For me, I "gave up" my Sunday's.  Let me explain...  Regardless Sunday is to be practiced as the Sabbath.  As we are studying the Life of Moses this year at Bible Study Fellowship, one things I realized I really needed to start practicing is a day of rest. Sabbath. A few references at the beginning Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 16:23;20:8-24;31:17;34:21;35:2, Leviticus 23:3, Deuteronomy 5:12-15).  Resting on the Sabbath is not a suggestion, it's a command.

Traditionally I don't shoot on Sunday's for this reason, but I would still find myself working at home.  Cleaning, editing, running errands, etc.  We still go to church in the morning, but I "gave up" 6 hours (12 noon to 6pm) each Sunday to rest.  That means no friends, no phone, no internet, no computer, no television, no playing...  It means I can either sit on the couch, study the bible, read a book (Christian literature), pray, meditate or take a bath.  Joe has been partaking in most of my Sabbath activities, but he seems to be okay with it.  I think both of us a tired and are realizing how much we need to sit down on Sunday's and rest.  We are those type of people that are go, go, go.  We need that time for reflection, repentance and resting in Him.  Plus you  never know, you might even have a good kitty snuggle up next to you to help you rest and take a nap...

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Friday, February 27

yet another snow day

February has been extremely cold, with record lows, three storms in the past two weeks including snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusty winds.  I don't mind the snow as long as I am in the comfort of my own home, have power and food.  Thankfully we had all those things during each of the storms.

I am thankful that Joe was able to be home and spend time enjoying the Winter weather as well.  We have definitely been enjoying lots of fires and s'mores inside this year.  Oh and extra snuggly kitties.