Hi, I’m Amber Marlow, and I take photos of people. But it’s more than that. Capturing families and intimate weddings, relationships and new babies, creative individuals, elopements, and the tiny, joyful moments that make being in a family, and being a person, so very wonderful is what thrills me. Telling the different stories of humans – and love – is really what I do, but I felt weird writing all that on a business card, so “photographer” it is.
If that resonates with you, and you’re interested in hiring someone who cares about capturing the real you, your relationships, or your family (instead of just snapping pretty pictures) we should work together. I’m based in New York City, and shoot everywhere in the world. To contact me about working together, send me an email to Amber (at) AmberMarlow (dot) com, and tell me your story.
On a personal note, I’ve got two old mutt dogs: Leeloo (named after the character in The Fifth Element) and Mattingly, (named after the greatest first base player of all time.) I like wine, coffee, craft beers, giggling with little kids, good design, “that’s what she said” jokes, high-quality doughnuts, and when it’s someones birthday.
This is what I look like when I’ve showered.
photo by Katie Jane
You feel visual beauty is important and have fantastic taste.
You want to remember your kiddo’s childhood with happy photos of them hanging out in the park, not stuffed into fancy clothes in a studio.
The best part of your wedding is not the linens or even the cake, it’s getting to marry the sexiest person in the world.
Like me, you support marriage equality wholeheartedly and know that love and family – in all the wonderful, varied shapes that they take – are the most important things in the world.
My artistic philosophy and photography style, as it relates to weddings and portrait sessions:
I firmly believe that your wedding is not a photo shoot. It’s a happy, imperfect event, and my job is to capture it with my camera. I’ll be photographing things as they really happen, telling the story of your day without creating stiff scenarios or manipulating your joyful moments into my “perfect photograph”. For instance, if there’s a photo of your sister fixing your veil, it’s because she actually fixed it, not because I suggested it would be cute. Organic memories are being created, and my approach is to show up and trust the beauty of the day to unfold by itself.
Posed portraits are relaxed, efficient, and fun, and everything is shot in a joyful, colorful, photojournalist style.
Family portraits, engagement shoots, maternity photos and new baby sessions make me happy, too – I have a passion for photographing families, and would love to come hang out with yours for an afternoon and help make some memories. We’re going to have a great time together, and I won’t make you do anything “weird” or contrived. Your wonderfully wiggly little ones won’t try my patience, and I promise that, no matter how messy your living room is, I will feel honored to be in your home. Should it concern you, I’ve had experience working with kids on the autism spectrum, and have developed techniques for working with them in a loving, accepting way.
“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.
“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.
“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 wanted to thank you for all of the amazing pictures! I love so many of them. They are better than I imagined they would be. I will recommend you to anyone I know that may be looking for a photographer.” – Danielle D.
“Just a quick note to say that the pictures are so fantastic! We looked through them again and again last night; even [our 9 month old] was smiling when he saw each of them. We’re having a hard time figuring out favorites to choose for our Christmas card.” – Allison S.
“…we really enjoyed spending time with you! In fact, J. and I both commented on how much it wasn’t like having our photos taken – it was more like a fun day hanging out!” – C. P.
“We really enjoyed our photo shoot with you — thank you for making it so much fun and not intimidating at all! I felt like we were just goofing around with a friend, and we both just really felt relaxed. And you are a natural with babies!” – R. F.
“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.
“I LOVE THE SHOTS YOU TOOK. Your CD arrived on a day that [my elderly dog] was doing poorly and it really cheered me up to know I have her documented so well. … It was wonderful to meet you – hope to work with you again!” – Jennifer E.
“For two camera-shy humans (and one prima donna cat), she was the perfect photographer: relaxed, creative, and above all, fun! Not gonna say it never felt awkward, but we are talking people who had–until Amber’s intervention–a mere handful of photos of us together in 4 years of dating (while having, of course, 500+ photos of our cat!). She even made our crappy apartment look less crappy.” – Lisa J.
“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.
“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)