My photography is vibrant, clean, and true to life. I pair fine art techniques with photojournalism sensibilities to create a compelling collection of wedding images for your album. My “posing” for portraits is extremely gentle, and focuses on authentic connections while thoughtfully taking into account the gorgeous variety of shapes and sizes my couples come in, as well as their gender expressions.
The Marlow Experience
This studio offers couples a boutique experience, allowing me to concentrate on every aspect of my client's needs personally. It’s important to me to create a strong personal connection with my clients and their planners before the big day, to gain a good understanding of their wedding 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, prints, and album are gorgeous beyond your expectations.
Everyone working for my studio is skilled and thoughtfully hired. They believe that Love is Love and Black Lives Matter; that beautiful couples come in all shapes and sizes, and will treat everyone at your wedding with dignity and respect.
My husband and I live in New York City, in Brooklyn.
I am the co-owner and an editor at Catalyst Wed Co.
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.
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 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.
No expressions like “It’s the bride’s day!" and treating grooms like second-class citizens; no using pronouns you don’t, or making my incredible non-binary clients feel "othered"; no fatphobia or body shaming; no racism; no treating your same-sex wedding differently. Not in my house.
You may have said, “I hate having my photo taken!”
Listen y’all. 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.
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."