Hello! I'm so excited you have found me. I'm Amber. I have been a photographer for 16 years, starting my career in a chain portrait studio until I needed to stretch my wings and find my own creativity. I still live in my hometown in Michigan, where I have the most gorgeous studio inside the State Street Bridal Suites. I was always an artist - drawing, painting and writing since I was little. I have always had a desire to tell stories and have been fascinated by people and the human experience.
My world revolves around my three boys, my fiance Chuck, and our two puppers (our chihuahua Luna who is 2, and my Lab girl Sadie, who is 9). Meeting Chuck brought his kids into our blended family, mainly his daughters Emma and Lilly. I had always wanted a daughter but was never blessed with my own.
Most days I will be working from my home office editing and answering clients, so that I can stay a part of my boys' lives. Although I worked really hard to overcome childhood poverty and financial struggles into my 20s, I still count myself extremely blessed to be able to do what I do and be so successful at it. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for everything I have achieved and I'd say the biggest privilege I had in life was being a poor kid. It taught me the value of hard work and the gratitude of everyday luxuries.
From my work you can probably tell that I love to create emotional and somewhat dramatic images, that have a hint of fashion and glamour. I am proficient in both natural light and strobe, so I am able to make any location at any time of day work to my advantage. I believe all body types and all walks of life should be photographed and captured in the most beautiful way, and one that tells the story of who they are.
(This beautiful photo of my fiance and I was capture by the one and only Jerry Ghionis)
My boys, My hearts.
Gabriel my oldest (the middle height child) I had very young and so in a way we grew up together. Diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 it has been a world of growth and understanding. He graduated High School in 2020 and enjoys his hobbies of collecting Lego sets, Jurassic Park, Disney's "Cars", and anything Star Wars. Gabe is a lovey-type of boy and really adores being with his family and close friends. If you meet him you'll see what real genuine kindness is.
Zander, my middle boy who outgrew all of us about a year ago. He is my artist and the most like his Mama. He fills his spare time with drawing, writing stories, and has a passion for history. He became obsessed with Greek Mythology and culture a few years ago and now is pretty much an expert. He really enjoys fantasy creatures and sci-fi, and is also a Star Wars nerd.
Lennox, my baby. His personality is probably the biggest of the bunch and he wears his heart on his sleeve. He is obsessed with animals and would rather read national geographic over a fiction kids book. He excels at school but is completely mischievous. One of his favorite things to do is start a Nerf gun battle with our neighbors by sneaking into their yard (they get him right back) and play practical jokes on his older brothers. He is also my most affectionate kiddo and spends time with me each night cuddling and reading books together before bed.
WHHHYYYY hire Amber?
Creative. Stylish. Romantic. Gorgeous. Straight out of a Magazine! These are the words I hear over and over from clients when they see their images.
I take huge pride in offering my clients the type of highly unique and very passionate wedding/portrait photography they deserve! Yes, I said deserve. YOU DESERVE BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS!
I've found that my clients desire images that are reflective of their personal relationship and that are exclusive to them while making them look and feel gorgeous. With all of the technology available today, everyone has a camera, so it's become even more difficult to find a professional who you can trust.
The most important decision you will make is choosing the right photographer to capture your memories. My portraits feel different because I view my couples through the eyes of their loved ones. I spend my life capturing the most joyous moments with your family and friends, and the most intimate moments secretly shared just between husband and wife. I want my couples to be transported back to their wedding day every time they open their Album. I want you to be able to taste the cake, remember the excitement of getting dressed, smell the perfume in the air...that is what a talented photographer should be able to do for you. That is what you are investing in when you choose your photographer...the return to a day that will soon be long gone. What are your memories worth to you?
My images were proudly voted 'Top 100 Wedding Portraits in the World" for the past three years (shoot & share). I'm a professional speaker, teacher and mentor, and a featured member of the Professional Photographers Association. I am a "MagMod" Ambassador and I am certified in Professional Traditional Portraiture, and have received countless awards over my years in the industry. My work has been displayed on magazine covers, wedding guides, newspaper articles and received huge commercial praise. I have taught Wedding Portraiture to the Detroit Chapter of PPA, been a spotlight photographer in Professional Photographer Magazine, appeared in Shutter Magazine, and have achieved hundreds of merits and certifications. Most recently I've received "The Best of Weddings" as voted by fans and clients for The Knot and Weddings.com from 2013 to 2020 which includes online and national magazine prints and a Hall of Fame Award, as well as a spotlighted photographer for SeamlessPhoto. I am also recognized 'Fearless Photographer'.
I would absolutely love to speak with you, discuss your needs, ideas and desires, and start planning a Portrait Session or Wedding Day that will completely stun and delight you! My studio is based in Michigan, United States, but I happily travel all over the country for my clients' needs.