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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!

30db, Bo Carper & Friends at the Great American Music Hall

I am lucky that I generally get to cover the bands I want to cover for Examiner.com, and as such, it is difficult for this ever to feel like a job. And I am not saying that even on the rare occasions when my editor sends me to cover a band I’ve never heard of and would normally never listen to, I have a terrible time and it feels like a chore and I hate photography. To me, it may not be a band I’d listen to of my own volition, but it is an opportunity to get to know a style of music, along with its fans, and discover what they think is so great about it. On May 20th, I made my way to the Great American Music Hall to cover a pair of bluegrass bands, Bo Carper & Friends and headliner 30db.

The fans I met were fantastic–an extremely easygoing, laid back bunch who were more than happy to stand next to a photographer (you’d be surprised at how frequently this is not the case…but that is a story for another day). The bands were both highly entertaining and featured some mind-blowing guitar work. And the lighting was so great at GAMH that I turned down my ISO and, in most cases, did not have to edit the photos beyond conversion from RAW to JPEG. Enjoy!

OONA and Wallpaper at The Independent

My favorite shows to shoot are small, local shows, and my very favorite shows to shoot are small local shows that go off the hook. I know the San Francisco Bay Area has a remarkable talent pool (something I really had no idea existed until I started doing concert photography…and this was not from lack of trying), but there is really nothing like a packed house of sweaty, happy people who are BEYOND EXCITED to see their favorite bands–and, in many cases, their friends–perform in an intimate venue. It may not be a lucrative career choice, but I am never happier than when I am shooting a show like this. Especially when my husband any of my friends accompany me, because you know what they say about drinking alone!

The two bands that rocked The Independent last Friday, May 7th, both hail from Oakland, OONA and Wallpaper. Both were fantastic. I feel like I can’t say enough, but the truth is that I already did, and if you’d like to know more, you can mosey on over to Examiner.com and read my review of the show there.  Oh, and enjoy these gorgeous images!

Salt of the Earth

My father’s side of the family is from Utah, and I spent a weekend in Salt Lake City’s grasp a couple of weeks ago celebrating the life of my grandfather, who left us April 13th. We like to think he is up in the great beyond right now bickering with God, telling him list form all of the ways in which his efficiency on Earth could be improved. That was just the kind of guy my grandfather was. I hate that I only seem to go to Utah for funerals, because it is one of the most gorgeous landscapes I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, and the cemetery where my family is buried has a view worthy of several hundred photographs on any given day. My family helped found the town of Herriman, Utah, which is still fairly rural, and the cemetery is truly a place of beauty. If I have to die, and if my family has to die, then I am glad everybody gets to go six feet under together in such a reverent place. It was also really nice to visit my father’s grave, the first time I’ve been  back to see him since he died almost seven years ago. It was a tough weekend, no doubt, but it did give me closure–and opportunities for photos!

May 25, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Amanda K - Beautiful words and photos, Amber. I am happy you were able to get some closure. I imagine the landscape is inspiring and works the mind/heart.

Scissors For Lefty

Let me preface this by saying that this is one of the most talented bands you are not listening to. And beyond that–they are SO MUCH FUN to see, and even more fun to shoot! This show was the most epic yet, and I didn’t get home until almost 2am (the time I truly turn into a pumpkin these days, as anyone who has been out with me lately can attest). Anyway, there is an accompanying Examiner.com article that goes along with this, so if you haven’t had the opportunity to check it out, you can do so by clicking here. Enjoy the photos!

April 15, 2010 - 9:40 am

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