About You

Amber Marlow clients have a lot in common.

You are having a wedding that reflects your values.
Whether it's a 200 person wedding or tiny elopement for two; very traditional, totally off-beat, or an awesome mix of both, you're choosing the things that are important and authentic to you and letting the rest go. 

You are real, and so is your love.
The photos you are moved by are genuine not over-posed to perfection; you keep smooching, even when I put my camera down; you have totally run late to a party because you got distracted doin' it. 

You're egalitarian.
To the grooms of brides, rolling your eyes as yet another wedding vendor makes a sexist joke about it being "the bride's day" while your wife to be screams on the inside...

To the same-sex couples fielding the question, "Yeah, but who is the man?"... 

To the folks with a gender that falls "somewhere in the middle" and have to worry, even in New York City, if it's going to get uncomfortable...

You won't get any of that mess with me.

You know and appreciate the actual good stuff in life:

  • Hip Air BnBs and colorful boutique hotels on the edge of town over the beige hotel room in the middle of the tourist traps.
  • Farmer's market tomatoes purchased Saturday morning while you're walking hand-in-hand.
  • Thoughtful cocktails, craft brewed beer, and excellent local food. All the better if enjoyed with good friends.
  • Traveling to smaller interesting cities full of history, and quirky, inexpensive Caribbean islands.
  • Family photos in frames, decorating your living room.
This is what I look like when I’ve showered. Photo by Katie Jane.

This is what I look like when I’ve showered. Photo by Katie Jane.

About Me

I live in Brooklyn (Park Slope) with my husband and our rescued lab mix, Leeloo, who was named after the character in The Fifth Element.

I like wine + cheese nights, craft beers, giggling with little kids, good design, second-hand bookstores, “that’s what she said” jokes, and when it’s someone’s birthday.

I am an ethical humanist. 

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.

My work has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, A Practical Wedding, Offbeat Bride, Simply Elope, and international newspapers. 

While I'm happy to travel anywhere to photograph a wedding for a great couple, you'll usually find me in New York City, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. I also have special Caribbean wedding packages.

portrait of me by Sarah Hoppes

My photography style is "human".

Always in my camera bag is my late grandfather’s handkerchief, tucked next to my backup camera. I’ve never made it through a wedding without getting a bit misty.

This isn’t “just a job” for me, and I’m not “just a wedding photographer.” I care about your wedding almost as much as you do – you’re creating a whole new family, and that’s HUGE! – and work hard to create a series of photos that tell the story of your day from beginning to end in the most authentic way possible. If I am lucky enough to live to be very old, I would like to look back on my life and be remembered as the person whose creativity and artistic vision created cherished memories for generations to come. 

Pretty details are great, too, and I enjoy taking them, but the photos that will make you laugh and cry and the shots that you are going to come back to again and again are going to be the joyful faces of you and your loved ones at this once-in-a-lifetime event. That’s where the magic is.

Since 2009, over 100 couples getting married have invited me to photograph them. I can tell you with overwhelming certainty that the relationship between a couple and their photographer makes a huge difference in the kinds of images you come away with.

Connection is important. You spend a lot of time together (sometimes at least partially in your underwear!), and it’s an emotional day. These photos will last a lifetime. After you are drawn into someone's work, think about how you feel when you picture this person photographing your wedding.

It’s the best piece of advice I can give as you look for a wedding photographer.

“We are just thrilled with the photos, thank you, amazing work! Very artistic, warm, beautiful colors and light – what a cool mix of shots.” – Jonathan T.

“We had an absolutely great time with you – and you know, it’s not easy to be so smoochy in front of a complete stranger, especially as a gay person who doesn’t generally make large public displays of affection. For me, a part of the reason why I opted to not hire a professional photographer for our wedding was because so many of the ones available [where we got married] had portfolios that exclusively showcased straight couples in traditional and posed photographs… and we decided it just wasn’t worth the money or risk. Had we seen a portfolio like yours, where someone is clearly talented at capturing those cute-couple moments, regardless of gender, we might’ve decided differently.” – Karin P. (a post-wedding photoshoot client

“Let me tell you Amber is the bees knees and I will never quit singing her praises. My fiance and I were so nervous before the shoot and that immediately went away once we met Amber. She is super down-to-earth and hip and cool without being hipster pretentious. We were immediately joking about completely inappropriate subjects and we had a blast and it shows in our photos.” – Laura C.

“She manages to come off as genuinely happy without my wanting to hit her in the face with my shoe. Also, her shots are honest but stunning.” – Helen P.

 

 

“I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful memories of what will go down as the most perfect day of our lives – and when I have explained to people everything that made the day perfect, I include our photographers. The pictures are breathtaking. I can’t even believe we managed to look that good!” – Lisa K.

“There’s a big thing that differentiates you [from other photographers]: your fucking personality. When people hire you, they’re not just hiring a kick-ass professional photographer who will get the fucking job done, they’re hiring someone who will be a fucking pleasure to work with. … You have something that nobody else has: Amber Fucking Marlow.” – Gavin St. Ours (who is, to be fair, one of my best friends)