You guys! Today is one of those I-have-the-best-job-in-the-world days. Since it seems to be Mighty Friday on APW, you guys are more than aware that two weeks ago I was at Mighty Summit, meeting some of the coolest women I’ve ever met in my whole life. I was finding out what people wanted to do with their lives, and thinking about what I wanted to do with mine… and how I was going to get there.
My roommate ended up being Amber Marlow Blatt (that’s her self portrait above. She thinks it looks blurry, I think it looks rad, we disagree because we are awesome), the Brooklyn girl whose blog I’d been eating up with a spoon (Did you know about her blog before? You do today! You win! You win!) and I was pretty stoked. Turns out Maggie pared us up because we shared a “Zest for life” and were “Zesty.” Maggie might or might not have been a tiny bit drunk when she told us that, I really can’t say.
So on the second night, I wandered out of the bathroom in my robe, brushing my teeth, and asked all foamy, “So what’s the deal Amber? What are we making happen for you? What am I doing?” So. It turns out, rather conveniently, Amber is in the process of launching a photography business. She’s not shooting weddings (Other than tiny ones! Again convenant!) But she is shooting everything else. She’s doing engagement pictures (ding, ding, ding), maternity (helllllooooo all you knocked up Reclaiming Wife ladies! Do this thing!), as well as shooting collateral for small businesses, and birthday parties, and everything else. Her tag line is, “photography for everyone!” and how APW is that?
Amber is building her portfolio which means, in sum, the girl is WAY undercharging right now. We actually had a little talk about her undercharging, but until she has her come-to-Jesus moment, you win. Her rates for NYC portrait type shoots start at $200, which covers 1 – 2 hours of shooting time, post-processing, up to 50 images presented online, a post-session with phone consultation, and images presented to the client in high resolution on disc for printing. She’s located in Park Slope, and I know pretty much half of you are also located in park slope, so if you need pictures, Amber is your lady.
She’s both talented and awesome, and I personally think her awesomeness is slightly more relevant. If you’re going to hire someone to take your engagement/family/maternity/boudoir photos, you want someone like Amber around making you laugh.
So. Drumroll please. Here is the awesome, awesome part. After my post on the horrors of photographers discriminating about LGBTQ couples, Amber was like, “Oh f*cking h*ll no. Oh. H*ll. No.” So. She’s giving away a portrait session to an LGBTQ couple or family, to be shot in New York, and proudly displayed in Amber’s super-non-discriminatory portfolio. If you’d like to enter to win this one, leave a comment about why you’d like to be considered.
But it gets better! She’s also giving away another session, this one to anyone. If you need engagement photos, or would like some maternity shots, or a family shoot, or some even better shot that I haven’t thought up yet, and can get yourself to the New York City/ Brooklyn area, you are in luck! Leave a comment about why you’d like to be considered, and Amber will pick.
And that’s why I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I get to help with stuff like this. Rad. Now leave a comment and lets get some free APW photo magic happening.