Alabama photographer Amanda Chapman’s world changed dramatically in 2012 when her husband Greg was diagnosed with cancer. Scared about the future of her family, she turned to her favorite holiday, Halloween to lighten the mood that had overtaken her that year.
How the 31 Days of Halloween Came to Life
Amanda has always loved Halloween and in September 30, 2012 she decided to celebrate it in a way that she hadn’t before in order to help her family get through her husband’s diagnosis and treatment. That year, she began creating her favorite Halloween characters daily and posting them on social media. That first year launched what would become her five-year critically acclaimed series the ‘31 Days of Halloween.’
Through her creativity and visual arts talent, Amanda was able to bring her favorite ghouls, goblins, witches and zombies to life each day. Her creations didn’t go unnoticed, after posting her first few photos, she had fans flocking daily to her social media pages looking for her next creation. The actors and characters she was portraying in her photos also began commenting and complimenting her on her transformation on social media.
I was an early fan of her 31 Days of Halloween series because like Amanda, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I waited impatiently everyday to see her next creation, and although she is not currently continuing her daily series, she does resurrect personal and fan favorites during the month of October. Amanda’s talent is incredible and her transformation is uncanny and so realistic it makes you do a double take. Amanda has her favorite characters she likes to recreate from The Walking Dead and Tim Burton films.
“Characters that I dearly love inspired most of the makeup. I’m a huge fan of horror movies as well as Tim Burton films and The Walking Dead, said Amanda Chapman, owner, Amanda Chapman Photography. “Each character varies in the time that it takes to complete the entire look. The Mad Hatter, for instance, took about an hour last year’s Walking Dead inspired zombie took about 3-4 hours. Getting the shot is somewhat time consuming as well. Self-portraits are not the easiest thing to accomplish and in this case, since I’m portraying another character, I have to try and capture their personality as well.”
“I am often asked how long it takes to transform myself, and I usually answer, it depends on how elaborate the makeup is,” said Amanda Chapman, owner Amanda Chapman Photography. “My Pinhead recreation using SFX makeup took seven plus hours to create.”
Her series over the years has received national recognition and she has won a number of awards for the way she uses makeup and her designs. She also has been interviewed by the media about her series. In 2017 when her husband found out he was in remission, Amanda took a break from the 31 days series to spend Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.
The ‘31 Days of Halloween’ series is still on hiatus, but Amanda is still posting her favorite looks from the five-year series. Below are some of our favorites.
Some of Our Favorites From the 31 Days of Halloween Series:
2013 Winifred Sanderson ‘Hocus Pocus’
2014 Pale Man Pan’s Labyrinth
2015 The Crypt Keeper
2016 it’s a tie between Medusa and Michael Jackson
Where to Find the Five-Year Series
Amanda’s full five-year series can be found on her Facebook and Instagram pages. Her makeup tutorials can be found on her Youtube channel. She also offers Halloween costume photography sessions during the month of October.
Note: Amanda Chapman is a well-sought after photographer and SFX makeup artist from the Shoals area in Northwest Alabama. She began her photography career in 2007 when she photographed Grammy winner and Alabama native Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.Be Inspired Follow Us: