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.