Amber Christene adores weddings.
She has been shooting them for just under 10 years and has done shootings all over Washington and also in BC, Canada.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I was born and raised in the pacific northwest and love all the beauty that can be found in the area.
I like to capture portraits that say something about the subjects – finding those things that make up what really makes each person special and bringing that to their photographs.
Why did you start taking photos?
I’ve been taking photos since I was young. It started with just taking photographs of my family, then I was president of the photography club in high school, and a few years later I was working for a portrait studio.
While working there, I had the opportunity to start photographing weddings and have loved it ever since.
What is your secret when photographing weddings?
I don’t know that there’s really a “Secret” but keeping the lines of communication open has always been a big help – knowing what’s next and what’s coming up helps me stay one step ahead and know where I should be.
How do you capture the love and feeling of a wedding?
I really like to let my subjects be themselves. Giving them moments to just be together and capture the love as it happens.
You are a big fan of Harry Potter and live the beautiful Evergreen State of Washington – how does that influence your wedding photography?
Well, the neat thing about Harry Potter is there are so many fans everywhere – it’s usually something I can use to connect with clients.
Being in the Evergreen State definitely has its perks. We have mountains, trees, and water. It makes for amazing and picturesque backdrops for any photographs.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
I really enjoy capturing life as it happens. Maternity shoots, children, families… there’s nothing quite like having clients that return and see their families grow.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I really enjoy using Canon cameras – particularly ones that have a decent set of focus points like the D60 or the Mark II & III.
My most versatile lens is my favorite – my 24-200. It’s great for a wedding because it gives me the wide-angle I use often to capture the whole scene, as well as the compression at 200 which is so fantastic for portraits.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a photography business?
Don’t go in blind. There are so many more resources out there now than there was when I started. If you can, get some experience second shooting before trying to go at it for the first time alone. There’s so much more to it than telling people to smile and pushing a button.
Thanks Amber for giving me and the audience a glimpse of your work.
You can check out Amber’s wedding photography at her site: