My studio is a full service wedding and elopement photography studio, committed to sharing the story of starting your new family through editorial, vibrant photos. My process is to create a strong personal connection with my clients (usually over coffee or a glass of wine) in order to gain a good understanding of their wedding day vision.
My team is made up of the best lighting assistants, second photographers, photo editors, retouchers, and album designers I know, to ensure that everything about your experience leaves you feeling well taken care of and supported, and that your photos are gorgeous beyond your expectations.
I’m based in New York City and serve both local and international weddings.
My photography has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Catalyst Wedding Co., the Associated Press, a Practical Wedding, Glamour, BRIDES, Style and the Bride, Offbeat Bride, Simply Elope, and in international newspapers. I was listed by Tomayia Colvin as a "Notable Black Female Photographer to Follow."
My husband and I live with our elderly rescue dog, Leeloo, in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn.
As far as I'm concerned, the best things in the world are wine & cheese nights, rooftop cocktails, second-hand bookstores, tiny bistros, tropical climates, getting my makeup done (I'll take any excuse to head to Sephora!), indie hotels, excellent design, pretty shoes that are also magically comfortable, and when it’s someone’s birthday.
My collection of vintage Christmas records is getting ridiculous, and I swear it is un-ironic.
I believe in kindness, handwritten notes, champagne toasts, doing the fun thing instead of the cool thing, authentic moments, real families, fictive kinship, genuine over perfect, well-made and tailored over trendy fast fashion, old dogs, new passport stamps, live jazz, and classic wedding photos - for you, and for generations to come.
One more thing: I am very good at backgammon.
portrait of me by Sarah Hoppes
Causes & Ethics
My business supports Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the UNCF, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Immigration Law Center with monthly donations.
My studio does not accept weddings in zoos or aquariums with captive mammals, or where trained wild animals are being used, such as elephants, baby tigers, etc.
You want wedding photos that endure.
Your ideal wedding photos are ones that will stand the test of time: vibrant, true-to-life colours; crisp black and whites; authentic posing; and no Instagram-like filters. Ever.
You want the boutique, full-service experience of hiring a wedding photographer.
I offer local clients the option of an in-person meeting, as well as my personal phone number to call at any point, and a curated, personal experience from initial meeting to album delivery. I only take on a limited number of weddings and elopements each year in order to cultivate the relationship I feel is necessary to create genuine relaxed photos and true connection, which is the heart of everything I do.
Even for elopement clients that sometimes hire me within a month of their wedding, I lay out a clear timeline for our day so you have the best experience possible. For international couples coming to New York City to elope, this means you won't have to figure everything out on your own using Google maps.
You want a photographer that is easy to be around.
The most frequent review I get is “Amber made us feel at ease” which is just... oh man. What a compliment.
You want to work with a wedding photographer that is “woke” and egalitarian.
Things I do not tolerate up in my studio: expressions like “It’s the bride’s day!" and treating grooms like second-class citizens; using pronouns you don’t, or making our incredible non-binary clients feel "othered"; and treating your same-sex wedding differently. My entire staff feels the same way.
You might have said, “I hate having my photo taken!”
I’ve said this myself, so I make it a point to be photographed about once a year by my colleagues just so I can remember how intimidating it can be. The truth is, I don’t have “awkward clients”, I have “clients who think they are awkward”, but who are really great in photos when we get down to it. This is because I’m photographing them together, in love, as they really are, and not putting them in “people getting married” poses. You know what I mean? I never tell you to smile, but maybe I’ll make you smile. It’s a difference, and it’s subtle, but it’s everything.
That said, I cannot overstate how helpful it is to add an engagement session to your collection so we can get to know one another first if this is a big concern.