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  • Hello there,

    My name is Amber. I'm a wedding, portrait and event photographer currently living in San Francisco, California with my husband Scott and two tuxedo cats. I LOVE taking photos, which should be obvious, and have been doing so in the bay area for nearly fifteen years.

    I am creative, energetic, and find great joy in my work. I break the ice at engagement shoots by letting my famous mouth run and seeing what comes out -- don't worry, some of it manages to be funny! I would love to get to know you better and take your photo. I'm naturally inquisitive and versatile, and love photographing everything from traditional/ethnic wedding ceremonies to the weirdest of San Francisco underground performance art, to couples portraits and burlesque head shots. What I'm saying is I'm up for anything -- try me!

Karen & Paul’s Malibu Sunset + Full Moon Beach Wedding | Los Angeles Southern California Wedding Photographer

Back in September Scott & I had the enormous honor of stepping in for a friend and shooting her cousin’s wedding. You’ll understand why this wasn’t any skin off my back in just a moment: this wedding, an intimate 35-guest affair, took place on the beach in Malibu in late summer. Shoot a wedding in paradise? Twist my arm!

There were so many incredibly unique elements to Karen & Paul’s wedding. From Bernie, their “best dog” (who really was the best dog) being the only member of the wedding party, to the laid back morning prep at the beachfront property they’d rented for the day, to the delay in ceremony because of catering and ring snafus (did I mention yet that this wedding took place on the “monster” full moon of 2012? It’s not a surprise that so many things became unpredictable!) that resulted in the wedding itself almost being washed away in the quickly rising tide … it was an eventful afternoon that every person at the wedding handled with a wonderful attitude. It was such a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. Karen & Paul, living and loving from different continents (he lives in Australia), had such a tangible love for each other, stolen glances and beautiful kisses and so much joy in the moment. Paul also reunited with his beloved brother after a multi-year separation, and the amount of brotherly affection was really incredible to watch, particularly from my perspective as an only child who never knew a sibling relationship.

This is what I love about weddings: they bring people together in endlessly complex and different ways, and most of the time, they come together at their very best and celebrate something purely happy. Experiencing families & friends in their best moments together is magical. Being able to be there for Karen & Paul on their day, though we hadn’t even met until the rehearsal, and in essence become part of their intimate tribe was very special to the both of us. We’re going to forever remember this wedding and the friends we made that night.

I’m  just now finishing up the edits on this wedding (losing my sweet cat in November threw a wrench in my ability to even edit for weeks), and in so many ways this was simply a fairy tale wedding. Here’s a sneak peek of Karen & Paul’s wedding weekend on September 28th & 29th — enjoy, and I can’t wait to share highlights from the entire wedding with you in the coming weeks!

January 31, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Robert Fiorito - Very nicely done. Karen’s dad.

Sneak Peek: Bridget & Eric’s Mission District Engagement | San Francisco Bay Area Engagement Photographer

So, how was your Saturday?

Let me tell you about mine, because I spent it with two really wonderful people.

Eric & Bridget met 3 1/2 years ago via the internet, and it was true love from the moment he realized she had much to teach him about food & beer (ahem, he was formerly dating a sad vegan, ahem). This couple, you guys, is amaaayyyyzziing. We had the grandest adventure on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, the kind that leaves you  with your head spinning, because it was a whirlwind, a journey, kind of like The Hobbit, complete with an awesome (thought not at all evil) ring, and even some Gollum-like denizens of the Mission District making cameos throughout.

I have a lot of favorites from this shoot, but here is a sneak peek. I can’t wait to shoot Bridget & Eric’s wedding next month!


Sneak Peek: Lan & Matt’s East Bay Wedding! | San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Scott & I have had the honor of shooting so many different types of weddings over the years: a wild animal park, a fencing team, a small wedding with the cutest baby ever, a Halloween wedding … but we’d never shot a wedding in which the guests totaled around 300 and the bridesmaids/groomsmen tallied over a baker’s dozen. That is, until two weeks ago.

Enter Lan & Matt. This couple is not only incredible by itself (they are so perfect together!), but they have amazing (huge) families and friends. As an only child, it’s tough for me to comprehend having siblings, and I rarely wish for them, but seeing the joy, the happiness and togetherness of these two families made me long for it. It was really special to share this day with these two families, which more than any other wedding we’ve shot, seemed like a true joining of two families into one.

We started the day in Martinez, traveled to San Pablo for a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at Lan’s parent’s house, then traveled a short distance for a beautiful Catholic ceremony. After that, everyone traveled to Oakland to the stunning Cathedral of Christ the Light for a raucous reception. What are the chances of a perfectly sunny, 65-degree day in late January? It seems pretty slim, but that’s exactly what we got. I’m so thrilled that we got to take so many photos outside and that Lan & Matt will have a gorgeous sunny wedding day to remember for the rest of their lives.

Here’s a sneak peek from their beautiful wedding day. Congratulations again, Lan & Matt!

 

February 29, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Naomi Anselmo - Oh wow, your photography is absolutely stunning! Can I have a drop of your talent, pretty please??

March 28, 2012 - 11:31 am

Lynn - Amber & Scott, The pictures you took of Matt & Lan’s wedding are stunningly beautiful & the comment you made about our families brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. I can hardly wait to see the rest of the photos though & start making a wedding album to show to my friends & family. How much longer will it take before they’re ready? I’m DYING to see them.

Lynn (Matt’s mom)

Lan & Matt’s Japanese Tea Garden Engagements

When I first met Lan & Matt in Walnut Creek last September to discuss wedding details (and have coffee of course), I immediately had “that feeling” you get when you know you’ve found a good match. Their large, Vietnamese-Catholic wedding (we’re talking two huge families–I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun!) goes down in January, but yesterday I met up with this incredibly happy couple for an engagement shoot at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

We are so lucky to live in such a temperate climate. Though it was definitely chilly, it was a gorgeous sunny December day, and (best of all) the leaves haven’t yet fallen from the Japanese Maples. I had such a great time with Josephine & Matt, watching them relax enough to see their silly sides come out, their nerves drop away & their love for each other shine.

I had a hard time narrowing down this sneak peek to just a couple of shots, so here’s a few more than that. Merry Christmas! ♥

December 28, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Amanda K - Gorgeous, Amber! You really have a knack for capturing couples.

December 28, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Amber Gregory - Thank you Amanda!! You have a natural talent for portraits, so coming from you that means a lot. :)

Published in No Tofu Magazine (Scans)

File this under “things that are cool” — a few months ago, several of my photos were featured in a New York-based print magazine called No Tofu. The best part? My rad friend, SF-based journalist Jen Verzosa, wrote  the accompanying article (in fact, she got me the gig). So not only did I get to help out my friend and benefit from it myself, but now I have beautiful digital copies of what was published in the magazine.

The first spread below is the actual article with the published photos. The second spread is the magazine’s cover & masthead. My name is included in the masthead portion, which is why I included it here. Being published in print is exciting, as 99% of my work is digital and never leaves the internet. There is something about print media, and that’s why I hope it never actually goes away. We’d lose something huge, something really tactile and real and substantive. Do you agree?

Anyway, here are the spreads. Enjoy!