Well, why not? I was having a very busy week and didn’t have anything preblogged– so I asked my husband. Heyyyyyy, you wanna guest blog for me? He looked a little surprised- but he did it. And not only did he do it, but I think Mr Graphic Design Video Game Nerd now thinks he’s a pro blogger or something cause he totally enjoyed it. He decided to talk about how I got started cause he was there every step of the way 🙂 Without further ado, here is my boo!

My wife Amanda, whom all of you know by now, recently asked me to consider doing a guest blog post every now and then on her website. The first thought that ran through my head to this request was, “Oh my freaking GOD, how in the world am I supposed to follow up a blog that this girl does? Will people read it? Will people like it? Will people start to spam her e-mail with messages of ‘Why did you let him do that to your beautiful blog page’?” Of course that thought, like many of mine, went in and out of my brain in less than half a second, completely forgotten, and I answered, “okay, that sounds like an awesome idea!”

With topic in mind, I will begin my post as many stories begin…

…In the beginning, there was a girl. Her name was Amanda. From the void, Amanda picked up a Canon Rebel T1i, and took the first photo of her photography career. She looked at the picture, and was pleased with her work, and all was good.

Okay, on a serious note, let me take you down memory lane briefly: I remember when her passion for pictures began. We had started dating back in October of 2007, and she had started wanting to take photos of everything we did together. After the whirlwind of the first few weeks of shutter clicks from her small red Sony digital camera, she realized and told me that she has never been like this before, but wanted to document our lives because she knew that this, us, was the real thing.

The next three years were very happy, and very well documented, by Amanda. I could tell that she was very passionate about this, and decided that it was time for an upgrade. While in Richmond visiting her dad in 2009, I surprised her and took her to Wal-Mart to purchase what I refer to as the Rebel’s little brother, a larger Canon digital camera that looks legit to someone not in the photography business. She was thrilled and enjoyed every minute of that camera.


Fast-forward a little more, past the she-said-yes moment to right before our big day. We decided to go together to get each other’s wedding gifts. My beautiful and awesome wife bought me a PS3. Seeing her new-found passion growing over the years, I bought her a Canon Rebel T1i. From that moment on, I never saw her without either A) her Rebel, B) the Rebel’s instruction manual, and C) Canon Rebel T1i for Dummies. She was constantly studying, and the rest, as they say, is history.


It’s this passion for bettering herself in everything she does that I love and admire about Amanda. She is constantly researching and reading and talking with others to figure out how to do things and do things better. You don’t see that too often; in this day and age, with the internet and 4G, Facebook and Twitter, people are always looking for the quick and easy way out. Amanda has never been like that. I couldn’t be more proud of her attitude, her tenacity, her focus, and her enthusiasm for her business and her willingness to work hard towards progress, all while staying true to herself and keeping her bubbly and friendly and sassy personality. So keep following this girl, she’s going places, and fast.


Posted by:amandahedgepeth

<p>Hey there! We’re a husband and wife team who has the honor to document inspiring wedding days for the most cheerful couples around. We have three daughters lovingly referred to as the mermaid mafia and we love nothing more than salty beach days, laughing as much as possible and living the simple, good life.</p>

9 replies on “Guest Blogger: MIKEY | Personal

  1. How AWESOME to have Mikey guest blog for you! It is always interesting to hear another persons perspective on such a life changing event! LOVE IT Amanda! Keep up the hard work!

  2. Awwwwe sooo sweet!!! My hubby is the same way ❤❤❤ nothing better than having the love and support of your hubby! Bless u both

  3. AWWW!!!! The bottom picture was taken at Echos wedding!!! That was the very first day I met this little Spitfire! I am sooooo blessed that we crossed paths that day!!! Mikey!! I loved your guest blog post! I hope we hear more from you! 🙂

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