My business officially started in Brooklyn in 2009. I have since photographed a few hundred portrait sessions and over 60 weddings.
My roommates are 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, sparkly dresses, little kids, good design, “that’s what she said” jokes, 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.
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
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. (This makes me feel wonderfully lucky.) 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. I put an emphasis on capturing visual details (your shoes on the marble steps of the courthouse right before you elope; the bouquet, etc.) in addition to happy faces in an unfussy, photojournalist style.
I fell in love with wedding photos as a child poring over my grandmother’s album and got my hands on a Polaroid camera at four, which was thrilling. At age fifteen I taught myself photography using my mom’s text books and ’79 Canon. These early traditional influences plus my deep affection for portrait photography will give you lighthearted family shots that will thrill your posterity as much as my grandma’s 1951 wedding album thrilled me.
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. I have also had experience working with kids on the autism spectrum, and have developed techniques for working with them in a loving, accepting way.
P.S. In addition to my good reviews on Yelp, I get love notes.
Lisa K. -
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!
Gavin St. Ours (who is, to be fair, one of my best friends) -
“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.”
Helen P. -
“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.”
Christina M. -
“Amber, you are amazing. [This headshot] is even better than my [very famous photographer] photo! Thank you so much for taking this shot – I’m glad I didn’t chicken out!”
Danielle D. -
“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.”
Allison S. -
“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.”
C. P. -
…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!
R. F. -
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!
Karin P. -
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.
Jennifer E. -
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. And the shots of [my new puppy] are a great start to our life together.
Again – you were a great surprise! It was wonderful to meet you – hope to work with you again!
Lisa J. -
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.
Laura C. -
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.
Meg Keene of A Practical Wedding -
I’m not usually a fan of the boudoir photo session, partially because of the distinctly un-feminist language they are normally cloaked in. … they tend to range from cheese-tastic to whoa-PORN? And meeeeh. Not my thing. BUT, Amber has this way of taking the girls-girl boudoir pictures that are sexy-as-hell, and help you see yourself as you are: HOT. And I think maybe you should take some.