Who am I?

Hello, I'm Amanda Karis Thurman.

 I am a:​

  • Photographer

  • Christian

  • Wife

  • Cat mom

  • Adventurer

  • Coffee addict

  • Mac & cheese fanatic

What do I do?


I LOVE love and would be honored to be part of your

special day!


Whether your session is solo, couple or family, your smile deserves to be showcased! 


Graduations, birthdays, etc.-I want to celebrate all of life's big moments with you!

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What people have said:

Amanda is amazing! I was looking for a quick holiday shoot for Christmas cards and happened to find Amanda on Thumbtack. She was quick to respond, kind and friendly, and even more so in person. Amanda was thoughtful and picked a spot closer to us, even though she had to travel to the other side of the valley! Her assistant, Jen, was very kind and made sure we looked the best for our photos! Amanda was so quick to get our photos back to us and we absolutely loved all of them. We will definitely be going back to Amanda! 

                                   -Smitha R. 

Amanda took photos for our wedding in Missouri. Not only did she immediately introduce herself to our families and bridal party, but she also went out of her way to learn their names and remember them. Amanda is professional and great at her work. Direct with what she thinks would look best and listens to what the clients want as well. Amanda is also quick in turn around time. I know that she works diligently to provide quality photos as quickly as possible. Impressed is a true understatement. Amanda has served me and my family legendarily. Would not recommend any photographer more than Amanda Karis Photography. Amanda-thanks for making our day more special by being part of our wedding and also serving us so quickly and beautifully. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to shoot our day but you. 

-Leslie N. 

Amanda took on the challenge of wrangling our family of five, including three kids ages four and under. No easy task but she did it with ease! Leading up to the photoshoot, she was prompt, reliable, and clear in her communication. Amanda is kind, genuine, easy-going and exudes a kind of gentleness that made us all feel comfortable right from the start. She was wonderful with our girls. Amanda also struck the balance beautifully of providing direction but also giving space for natural moments/personalities to shine through. Amanda had asked prior to our appointment if we had a preference on a location, and we had expressed it would be fun to do a cityscape. I really liked the location she chose downtown! It provided clean lines and a slightly modern feel to the photos. I was amazed how quickly we were able to view our photos. We love the end product!! As a mama, I’m so thankful to have these high-quality photos to remember this crazy but fun life stage we are in. I highly recommend Amanda Karis Photography!

                                -Brittany W. 

We love our photos! There were so many to choose from and she really captured our boys well! She's so easy to work with and the whole process was just very natural!


                         -Cassie J. 

Amanda did our family photos for my husband, 6-month-old daughter, and myself. She was incredibly professional and efficient, but most importantly she was so kind, friendly and patient as we tried to get our sleepy girl to laugh for the camera. We had a wonderful experience and are grateful to Amanda for capturing a moment in time for our little family. We would love to work with Amanda again!

                            -Lani L. 

Phoenix-based Coast-to-Coast

I'd love to hear from you!

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