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Caring. Fun to be around. Chill. ZANY! Professional. Computer geek. Creative. Poised. Confident. Tech savvy. Super talented. Reliable. These are just some of the words past clients have used to describe me. Read more about me below and decide if I’d be the perfect photographer for your newborn, family, senior, or wedding portraits.

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The images displayed in this portfolio represent the creative works of Mandy Nagel, a seasoned photographer based in Austin, Texas. Mandy specializes in portraiture and wedding photography as well as art direction and design. Her work has taken her around the globe and has been featured in several publications.

Mandy's commitment to the her customers and the end product ensure a quality product that will be cherished for years to come. The attention to detail and charming personality she brings to each and every session make her a joy to work. Every image delivered to her customers capture the natural beauty of her subjects and features a unique, contemporary style.

"From a photography standpoint, I feel like my approach doesn't quite match anyone else's. I'm a laid-back person, I don't have "routines" to force smiles or poses, and I believe in real. No one wants pictures of themselves where they looked awkwardly posed. I have a calming personality that brings out the best, the fun, the beautiful in my subjects.

"Also, I think simple is best. I don't offer ridiculously complicated packages and print collections. I don't produce work that's overly trendy or flashy. I cater to each customer to deliver exactly what they want and I make art that will stand the test of time."

To ensure a quality product for every customer, a limited number of sessions are scheduled each week. It is recommended you inquire about availability at least three weeks in advance of your anticipated session. However, due to the time sensitive nature of newborn photography, these sessions may be booked on a more rushed timeline.

Please contact Mandy for more information about scheduling a session.

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Who are the most important people in your life?

I'm influenced by and learn from everyone I meet and work with, from sitting next to strangers on long airplane rides to chatting with my customers during my sessions. I'm a people person and love to hear the stories of everyone I come across. But when it comes down to it, my answer to this question seems a bit obvious, the most important people in my life have to be my mom and dad. They are such different people and have taught me so many unique things. My mom has worked as a hairdresser for the past nearly 30 years and still loves it. My dad has worked in so many different fields that it makes my head spin. They're pretty cool people.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I grew up in a small suburb outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. My town was exactly one square mile and my high school graduating class had exactly 100 students. I knew everyone and their personally and could probably still point out where they all lived. I didn't really appreciate it at the time, but growing up in that kind of setting was neat. Whenever I go home to visit, I still see so many familiar faces and it feels like I really never left.

How would you describe yourself?

I don't think there are enough adjectives to fully answer this question myself. I asked some friends and clients and this is what they said: Caring. Fun to be around. Chill. ZANY! Professional. Computer geek. Creative. Poised. Confident. Tech savvy. Super talented. Reliable. Want to hear more about nice things people say? Click here to read some testimonials.

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What was your favorite subject in grade school?

Hands down: art class! I was always the student who ended up making the biggest mess (both in the classroom and on myself) but I'm pretty sure that made for the best artwork.

How did you get into photography?

Oh gosh, I can't even pinpoint exactly when that was. As a child, I was always stealing my parents' camera and running through all their film. I just loved the camera! In high school, I pretty much lived in the dark room. I learned to develop and manually expose my own shots. During college, in addition to my studies in design, I studied under some really inspiring and talented photojournalists. They gave me the basis to begin photographing professionally in 2008. I still learn and grow with each session I do and think that's key to staying on top in this industry.

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Whether you’re ready to book an appointment or just have a few questions, I’m always ready to answer your questions and help however I can without any high-pressure sales pitch.

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Spark Photos

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info@sparkphotos.com

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