About

My passion for photography began when I got my first camera at the age of seven and grew when I moved to the south-west from London. My surroundings opened up my imagination and gave me a fresh and exciting new realm to delve into, I became transfixed with capturing it.
Amanda Bell PhotographerMy particular specialities lie with extreme sports and underwater photography. Since I can remember I’ve always felt at home in the water and have been fascinated with the ocean, pursuing activities such as surfing, wakeboarding and scuba diving. After having my first experience of diving as a teenager on the Great Barrier Reef I knew I wanted to combine the two interests. I have been fortunate enough to travel to various oceans around the world and my natural interest in marine life enriches the experience. Having bought various housings for my cameras I can capture images of the underwater world and photograph surfers and other water sports on the surface, which is both challenging and exhilarating. Although not with out charm and mystery, the cold grey waters around the UK led me to diversify into underwater portraiture in local swimming pools, which has really captured my interest.
I studied and developed my skills during my degree at Plymouth College of Art and qualified as an associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography.

I have worked alongside various professional photographers and since graduating in 2008 I have expanded my business (founded in 2006) into further areas of photography, successfully undertaking commercial work as well as weddings and portraiture. My work has appeared in magazines such as Surfgirl, 247, Plymouth’s ‘Menu Guide’, The Association of Photographers ‘Image’ magazine, the local Western Morning News, Melksham news, Plymouth College of Art prospectus’ and various other promotional material for the college as well as billboards and posters around the Plymouth area. My work has been exhibited at the Association of Photographers Gallery in London and at exhibitions at the Plymouth College of Art. My work has recently been published by National Geographic and consequently used by insurance company Aviva in their advertising campaigns.
I have been an associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography for 3 years.
I gather my inspiration from the people and environment surrounding me and strive to look through the viewfinder with new eyes every time, looking to create something unique.
Amanda Bell Photographer