Back in the fall, I hosted a giveaway for photo sessions with Amber Marlow Photography after I met Amber at Mighty Summit (as my roommate). And oh my god you guys, did she have a fun time working with y’all. Amber told me that APW-ers were thoughtful, and “they always feel like old friends.” Which is exactly the kind of photographer you want to work with—one that loves you already.
Amber’s motto is “Photography for Everyone!” And the girl means it down to her core. And seriously, what could be more APW than that? She told me, “I like working with different kinds of people, and working with people to create the kind of shots that they want.” And she’s starting to grow her business, wheeeee! Back in the fall Amber was mainly focused on shooting photo sessions (and she still is, of every stripe), but now she’s branching out into small weddings with a vengeance. She’s currently shooting small weddings and elopements for $500/hour in the New York City area, which is a total steal, in case you were wondering. And seriously, y’all? You will adore having Amber by your side at your little wedding. Plus she’s the girl you can call and say “We’re eloping TOMORROW,” and she’s going to be as excited as you are.
And before I forget? All of the photos at the top of the post? APW portrait session winners (I love them all!)
But the APW community is huge and growing, and has needs beyond just wedding pictures these days. So I’m delighted that part of Amber’s ‘Photography for Everyone’ motto is providing affordable photography sessions of every stripe. Her rates for portrait sessions in New York City are just $250 (I’m not kidding!), which means you can officially afford to get maternity shots, or engagement shots, or pet shots (she loves the doggies), or shots of your family just because. Amber says, “One of my hopes is to focus on maternity photos that aren’t cheesy, engagement photos that aren’t sappy, and family photos that showcase family members in real light.” And girlfriend does just that.
Plus, until March 31, she’s running a ‘blogger headshot special’ which is basically a 20 minute session for $100, where you get headshots to use for anything from twitter to your non-profit job (or, you know, blogging).
But beyond that, I want to talk a little about Amber’s boudoir photos. (which are NTSFW, but CRAZY pretty, and after the jump.) I’m not usually a fan of the boudoir photo session, partially because of the distinctly un-feminist language they are normally cloaked in (“Take risque photos for your future husband so he knows your body is just for him!” Gag.) And besides, 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.
Right? I’m just saying. Or, you know. Hire Amber to shoot your small wedding or elopement. Whatever. Details.