Shoals Area Photographer Amanda Chapman Celebrates 31 Days of Halloween

Posted on: 12:03 am, October 31, 2013, by , updated on: 09:26am, November 1, 2013

The Many Faces of Photographer Amanda Chapman

The Many Faces of Photographer Amanda Chapman

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Shoals area photographer and makeup artist, Amanda Chapman, is a self-proclaimed Halloween maven. The wife and mother celebrates one of her favorite seasons with an autumnal barrage of fantasy; 31 days of fantastical characters for each ghoulish calendar page turn toward All Hallows Eve.

Photo Gallery Expand 1 of 31
  • 1 JACK SKELLINGTON (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 2 MISS ARGENTINA (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 3 WHITE RABBIT(PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 4 CHARLIE CHAPLIN (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 5 CORALINE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 6 HEISENBERG (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 7 WICKED WITCH (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 8 JARETH (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 9 ZOMBIE SNOW WHITE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 10 SWEENEY TODD (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 11 MERMAID (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 12 SILENT HILL NURSE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 13 DARYL DIXON (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 14 BELLATRIX LESTRANGE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 15 JESSICA RABBIT (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 16 LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 17 BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 18 MYSTIQUE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 19 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 20 CARRIE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 21 DOBBY (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 22 TONTO (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 23 LEATHERFACE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 24 SAMARA (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 25 WINIFRED SANDERSON (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 26 INSCIDIOUS (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 27 ZOMBIE (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 28 CROW (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 29 WEREWOLF (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 30 MALEFICIENT (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

  • 31 JACK O'LANTERN (PHOTO: Amanda Chapman Photography)

From the scary to the sultry to the sweet, Chapman  - who usually focuses on singles portraiture and weddings – says all the intricate looks are accomplished with good makeup and a good eye at the thrift store.

“I try to find my version of the characters and execute what I think they would wear,” Chapman says.

Amanda’s amazing work not only belies her love for Halloween but also her talent as a visual artist. But, there is also a more personal and poignant inspiration behind her creations.

“August of last year my husband was diagnosed with cancer, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, to be exact.”

Chapman says when husband Greg first received the news he was a little reticent to participate in Halloween festivities as the family had done so whole-heartedly in years past.  Following his diagnosis, Chapman found Halloween imagery – the graves and zombies and rotting corpses - to be a bit too morbid.

“It hit too close to home for him and for us,” says Amanda.

Luckily for Chapman and her thousands of Facebook followers and fans, Greg had a change of heart.

“I knew how happy it made her and our family needed that light and that laughter,” said Greg.

“It’s like he gave me permission to celebrate,” remembers Amanda,  “and I just took that and ran with it.”

A costume and a new character for every single day in October.  The couple says the festivities were a healthy distraction from worry and fear of something much scarier than a zombie — the fear of the unknown.

“I think and I hope that it lifted our spirits as a family,” Amanda says.

The world is now seeing Amanda’s handiwork  -  talents Greg Chapman says he knew were there all along.

“Everybody else gets to see her passion just through their computers.  But, I get to actually spend my life with her so I’m very lucky,” Chapman lovingly said of his wife.

Greg Chapman has remained treatment-free so far since his diagnosis in August of 2012.  But, he continues his scans and check-ups every three months.

Amanda Chapman says with all the support and positive reinforcement she has received, she plans to continue her 31 days of Halloween celebration as long as her followers – and her family – continue to find inspiration in her work.

7 comments

  • Lisa Porter says:

    Amazing photography and make-up skills!

  • Mialey Baker says:

    My husband and I have enjoyed Amanda’s 31 days of Halloween so much!!!! She’s an AMAZING artist, and I would absolutely love to see her take a shot at some walker makeup on the Walking Dead!

  • Michelle says:

    Amanda is very talented!

  • Pete Williams says:

    Great resolution and color! Outstanding detail and wonderful conceptual approach to the characters. Amanda is a genius behind and in front of the camera! Best to you!!

  • Pete Williams says:

    Amanda is a genius behind and in front of the camera! Great resolution and color in the photos and her conceptual understanding of each character is remarkable! Gender-neutral artist with so much talent!! Best to Amanda!!

  • Heather Russell says:

    Where can I see a clip of the TV newspiece that aired on Mrs. Chapman?

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