After 6 years as a side hustler, and with no formal photography training, Amber took the leap to full time entrepreneurship just 3 years ago so that she could follow her hearts calling become the storyteller and mentor to couples and small business owners across the south east. She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a problem solver, a storyteller, a memory maker, and a fun creator who values experiences and people over things.
If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?
Failure is the springboard to success. As a younger person, I spent a lot of time paralyzed by the what if’s. “What if I’m not good at it.” “What if they don’t like me” “What if this” and “what if that” with little consideration to “how will I rock this?” The fear of failure actually kept me from doing things that I really wanted to do. As a slightly older and wiser person who has failed A LOT I would tell my younger self that without those failures I would never be where I am now. I would say, “go fail as much as you can, girl. You’ll be better, faster, stronger, and smarter for it!”
What is the most unique or special place you’ve worked/done a shoot?
I had the opportunity to photograph my grandmother about a year before she died. It was the first time she had ever been photographed by a professional and it was the greatest honor to put her in front of my camera. I cherish those images so much now that she is gone, and although she wasn’t a famous person, she was as close to a celebrity as they come in my eyes.
What inspired you to become an image maker?
I was inspired at a very young age by my dad who always had a camera in his hand as I was a child. From birthdays, to dance recitals, to family trips to the zoo, to normal Saturday’s outside riding bikes. He was the capturer of Images in my family. As an adult I always loved thumbing through our stacks of photo albums and realize that in our microwave world of instant gratification and digital social everything, we need tangible images to connect us to important times in our lives. Dad gave me my first camera, which was his old film camera that captured so many memories.