Monthly Archives: June 2009

About Amber

I am a 29 year old Professional Photographer.  Ahhhhhhh, it feels so good to say that.  I have been attending art schools in the city of Pittsburgh since I was 10 years old.  I started at Rogers Middle School, then moved on to CAPA (Pittsburgh High school for the Creative and Performing Arts).  After receiving my diploma in Visual Arts I hauled on out of “the Burg” and headed to Philadelphia.

In September 1997 I began attending The University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia.  The University of the Arts is one of the very few 4 year art universities in the country.  What a different world Philly was.  There is so much energy and culture it is somewhat mesmerizing.  I majored in Photography with a minor in Screen printing.  I graduated with a BFA in Photography in 2001.

After graduation I worked at some prestigious studios in the city.  This taught me a lot about the business aspect of my trade.  While in college my professors spent a lot of time teaching us the fine art aspect, it was working at the professional studios that showed me the way a business needs to be run.

I lived in Philly for a few years after graduating and moved back to my hometown, Pittsburgh.  I started my company Amber Marie Photography in 2004.  Every year it grows and my client base increases.  I am so happy and privlidged to be able to do what I love as a career.  I know that sounds like a cliche… but it’s such a different way of life when you’re truly passionate about what you do.  Trust me, I have had my share at working in the 9 – 5, gray walled office job.  It was eating me alive.

Art is all I have ever known.  Every minute I am awake (and sometimes when I’m dreaming) my brain asks my eyes, “would that make a good picture?”  I am whole heartily dedicated and loyal to my passion of Photography.