If you didn't catch my name yet... Hi, I'm Amber!
I am wife to my favourite person in the world (below) and I'm the designated 'fun Aunty' of the family. I need a cup of T2 to start my morning, 'Blue Mountains Breakfast' and 'Banana Bake' are my main jams but can't go past 'Caramel Brownie' on my more indulgent days! I'm wild, I know!
HEY HEY FRIEND!
I have always been fascinated by photos. I can remember on many rainy days, pulling out my mother's huge box filled with Kodak packet after Kodak packet of old photos, spreading them all over the floor and spending all day looking over them.
This love only grew as I got old enough to have my own cameras, at first the wind up disposable ones, then to my first DSLR at 15.
On leaving school I studied at CATC design school, receiving a diploma in photography and digital media. FUN FACT on my first day I was asked what type of photography I liked. I answered with 'anything except people, I really don't like photographing people'... OOPS!
Truth is, when I thought of photographing people I thought it was all models, fashion, stiff awkward portraiture and all about vanity. BOY WAS I WRONG!
It was during this time at college that I found it didn't have to be that way, that there was a way to capture people in a genuine, honest and humble way. That you could tell a story and communicate emotions all through how you photograph a person... It's here that I found my passion!
My aim is capture the season of life you are in with all of the goodness and emotions that fill it! If I can take a photo that in twenty years time, still reminds you of and fills you with that same joy you had in the moment it was taken, I've done my job!
I like to think of myself as creator of little, happiness time-capsules rather than a photographer.
I can hear you say, 'that's amazing for people who are comfortable in front of the camera, but that is just not our thing! We are so awkward in photos!' I know, It can feel so foreign, I totally get it!
So how can we make those candid, laid back and wild images happen?
It's pretty easy actually... We become friends! I want to feel like an old mate and the best third wheel you could ever have so that it doesn't even feel like you're on a 'photoshoot' but rather just an adventure with some friends. That way we don't even have to try for the laughter and natural moments... they just happen, NATURALLY! Hooray!
I'll bring music so we can get in the vibe, I'll dance and make a fool of myself so that you can loosen up, I'll tell some jokes because I'm freakin' hilarious and we will just have a great time!
When I photograph I will always tell you an action to do rather than a 'pose' to hold (ewwww posing!! Not up in here thank you!). I'll say 'wrap each other up and go for a stroll' or 'Hey, why don't you practice your first dance!'. I want you in a moment of your own rather than me creating one for you.
Oh and just a heads up,
THE MORE I GET YOU MOVING, THE HAPPIER I'LL BE!