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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!

My First Earthquake at DNA Lounge | SF Concert Photography

On January 29th, much-adored club night Pop Roxx returned from a 2.5 year hiatus and hosted a great night of music, sparkles & go go dancers at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. The night was capped off by a great performance by My First Earthquake, who are not only one of my all-time favorite SF bands, but also the first band that really gave me a chance to shoot them multiple times and get creative with my concert photography. I love this band!

One of my favorite parts of concert photography is that it is completely unpredictable—you can be in a venue you’ve been in a dozen times, shooting a band you’ve shot a dozen times, and each time will be a completely different experience with its own set of challenges. This time, I was in a venue I’d never attempted to photograph in before, and “unique challenges” definitely popped up. Fortunately, I was able to make most of them work to my advantage.

But—live and learn! Overall I feel like I came away with some great images given that lighting challenge. Enjoy the sparkles!

March 31, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Amanda K - I didn’t notice her leggings/tights until now. WANT

A B & The Sea, The Postelles, Free Energy at The Independent

Last week, I had the great fortune to be able to attend & shoot three great bands at my favorite San Francisco concert venue, The Independent. The first opening band happened to be my friends A B & The Sea, who just released their second EP on January 25th & had been touring for much of January. It was great to see them again, and in a venue I’d never shot them at. The Postelles and Free Energy were both from the east coast, and had been touring across the country together–but they were great too, and both bands had wonderfully energetic stage presence. The sound was great, the lights were awesome, and the entire experience (all three bands!) was a photographer’s dream gig. The crowd was great, too, so this time there are no stories of poor audience behavior to tell afterward (love it when that happens!).

The photos from this show turned out really well, and I am quite proud of them. Enjoy!

March 1, 2011 - 11:03 am

jo - I LOVE the yellow piping on the jacket.. those photos are amazing.

The Frail & Dominant Legs at NightLife

As much as I love shooting concerts at the California Academy of Sciences, I love shooting them outdoors about a thousand times more than indoors. That said, it’s winter, and it’s cold & rainy, and it’s not really possible to have music equipment outdoors in an SF winter. I get it! So while I’m counting down the days before another summer concert series starts at the Academy, I settle for shooting some neat shows in their second floor forum.

The good news is that every show the Academy hosts in the forum is better, even if it still smells like the Extreme Mammals exhibit.

On Thursday, January 13th, I trekked down to the Academy to shoot two SF-based bands, Dominant Legs and The Frail. It was a fun show, and good times were had by all.

Take a look at some of my favorite shots from the night, and count down to summer with me!

Photo in NME magazine (page scan)

Exciting news!

I finally got my hands on a (digital) copy of NME Magazine yesterday, and was able to see my published photo. I am still waiting on the actual hard copy, but I am so delighted at how this turned out–I actually think they chose one of the best photos!

The interview with Girls is fascinating, but make sure to catch my name written sideways in the lower right hand corner (my photo credit!).  Part of me still can’t believe that this all has happened, but hopefully it is just the beginning.

Once again, I offer a hearty thanks to those who read this site, encourage and challenge me to always be better. The past two years have been a blast and a huge trip, and I want 2011 to be even better!

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January 18, 2011 - 3:24 pm

Amanda K - I’m so excited for you! Congrats again :)

Girls – shot for NME Magazine

Today I am finally ready to show and celebrate my greatest photography accomplishment so far.

Last December, an opportunity quite literally fell into my lap (via Twitter–yay Twitter!) to do a photo shoot with the band Girls, based out of San Francisco, for a January issue of NME Magazine.

Now, wait, back up. I love everything about the UK, I love UK music & I absolutely love NME Magazine. It has been a goal of mine to be published in the NME for years now, and two of my favorite concert photographers of all time shoot or have shot for the NME. To have the opportunity to do this shoot, get paid for it and be published in this magazine … it was an unbelievable whirlwind of dreams coming true.

I met with the members of Girls at their house in Bernal Heights/The Mission on December 18th, and they were such pros at this sort of thing that we were done in 45 minutes. It was an enjoyable shoot and some great shots came out of it.

Today, the “Albums of 2011″ issue hit news stands, so I am finally able to show you which shot they chose, as well as the ones they didn’t.

You can check out the live link by clicking here. Here is a screenshot:

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And here are a few of my favorites from the shoot that didn’t get published:

January 11, 2011 - 4:41 pm

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January 18, 2011 - 6:02 am

Brittany - These are great! I like your work!!