Student Success

Freeze Frame: Amanda Stevenson-Lupke

Cynthia Meli Philadelphia native Amanda Stevenson-Lupke may have stayed close to home for her first foray into higher education, enrolling at Community College of Philadelphia, but her work since has taken her all over the world. Over the course of her career, Stevenson-Lupke has traveled the globe and created images for clients as diverse as The New Yorker, Campbell’s Soup, HarperCollins, Miller Brewing Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the U.S. Marine Corps

“It was definitely a good environment for me,” Stevenson-Lupke said of the College. “You can be a big fish in a small pond; you get a lot of attention, and the teachers are very encouraging. They really supported the process of learning and trying new things, and I still follow the ideas and methods they taught me for making photographs work.” But she didn’t just have to rely on her notes and experience from class when it came to technique. “When I actually went out and got a job,” she said, “I would sometimes call my professors and ask, ‘How do I do this?’”

Once she received her associate’s degree from the College—with honors—Stevenson-Lupke went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Photographic Illustration from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology. While there, she also spent a semester abroad, doing intensive study in photography in Paris with New York City’s famed Parsons The New School for Design. Later, she broadened her creative skill set with a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she studied painting, printmaking and sculpture.

After working as a staff photographer for Swiss pharmaceutical company Ciba-Geigy for four years, Stevenson-Lupke struck out on her own, founding Amanda Stevenson Photo in 1994. The Philadelphia-based company focuses on producing images of people, products and architecture for advertising, as well as portraiture and fine art. In addition to the actual photography and its attendant processes (such as digital workflow management, file optimization, photo retouching and color correction), the company offers a full range of services including photo styling, model casting, location scouting and more.

In addition to gracing the pages of numerous publications, Stevenson-Lupke’s work has been displayed in a number of local galleries, including those at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Sketch Club in Philadelphia; Main Line Art Center in Ardmore; and Avant Garde Art Gallery in Fort Wayne. Her photos and paintings have also been displayed in local businesses and may be found in numerous private collections.

Stevenson-Lupke now serves on the advisory board for the College’s Photographic Imaging department, bringing the benefit of her broad experience to current students by critiquing portfolios and running mock interviews. As president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, she is instrumental in bringing guest speakers to the school for lectures and seminars on photography. She also advises the department on keeping the curriculum current. “The world of photography has shifted so much,” Stevenson-Lupke says. “It’s almost like the Industrial Revolution: nothing changed for hundreds of years, and suddenly everything changed. The photographic industry was reinvented with the digital age.”

To see more of Stevenson-Lupke’s work, visit www.amandastevensonphoto.com and
amandastevensonphoto.blogspot.com.

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