We are one heck of a dynamic team and we have the years of experience together to prove it! We are romantics at heart and deeply inspired to be in the presence of true love.
With backgrounds in art theory, studio art, graphic design, and photography, from broad ranging conceptual topics to the nitty gritty of technical design, we cover all basis from ideation till completion. Over 300 weddings shot together, we have seen and done it all.
More than just a camera and photos, we pride ourselves in providing a full experience. Intentionally brought together as a team with high energy, outgoing personalities, and eliciting pure joy with our clients, you will be sure to have a wonderful time while working with us. We guarantee it!
Hiiiii it’s me, Amanda. I’m thrilled you found me here and so happy to share with you who I am. One of the most magical things you can capture in life is finding these truly genuine moments. And I care so deeply about doing just that. If you can’t tell, yes, I am a hopeless romantic, and I love love love, did I say… love, weddings! Whether it’s an intense devotion or a giggly camaraderie, it’s all just so precious to me.
I have always had a connection and joy with art, from my early elementary school days painting and watercolors. I knew I just had to do art in life, but I didn’t know how quite yet. When attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, for studio art, I happened across a photography class and felt a strong comfortability there. It became my main emphasis. But, what photography would I do? I happened to fortunately intern for a wedding photographer, and realized it was more about the connection with the people than just the photos. I’m a people person, and I love to be around people all the time, and especially on the most important day of their lives.
I’m high energy, I love to laugh and have fun, and I believe it’s my job to make sure the couple is having a great time. I’m so lucky to find a career that I love to do. When not shooting, you can find me at the beach surfing or snowboarding in Tahoe. And traveling to every and any new place I’ve never been. Dogs and animals also hold a very special place in my heart. Animals are always welcome at our shoots and I encourage you to bring your fur baby along. After all, they are part of the family. I currently reside in Berkeley with my handsome weiner dog, Willie. That’s me… excited to meet you!
Rachel has been a treasured member of Amanda Wei Photography since 2015. Her spunky, outgoing personality helps even the shyest clients open up and be themselves in front of the camera. With a passion for adventure, Rachel loves traveling to destination weddings worldwide and meeting diverse couples, families and guests along the way.
Rachel is excellent at multi-tasking. Every couple she meets is impressed with her ability to make portraits look candid, warm and relaxed. Rachel is spontaneous and vibrant; she loves craft cocktails, swimming in lakes, and singing anywhere she can. She hopes to one day run (and win!) the Amazing Race so that she can see even more of the world.
Rachel received her photography degree in 2010 from the Art Institute of California in Hollywood, and has not stopped making magic since! She grew up in Ventura County but now is a proud resident of Oakland, with one roommate and two cats — Stevie and Etta James.