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Behind the Lens – Amber Beach Photography

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This week I got the pleasure to feature my beautiful friend and fellow momma photographer Amber Beach. Amber and I met when we both worked at Buckle. We both had a passion for fashion, and we also shared the same passion for photography. Amber has been there from the beginning helping me through my first year as a professional photographer. She is one of the hardest working momma’s I know. I love our mommy photographer play dates where we get to have fun practicing our skills with our favorite models, our children. Check out my interview below with this beautiful momma!

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1.How did you get started in photography?

I started doing photography when I was in junior high. Starting with yearbook and class and learning how to get a good picture. Then in HS I played a lot with my mothers camera. After HS I took a break and got married. 2.5 years later we welcomed our baby boy into our family and since then I haven’t been able to break away from the camera. Taking pictures of my son made me realize how much I loved capturing special moments and I wanted to share that with other growing families.

2. Describe your style?
My style is very natural. For the most part I use natural lighting and focus on the naturally beautiful subjects in front of my camera.
3.What kind of camera do you use? Brand preference?
I use a Canon 6D. I prefer everything Canon.
4. If you had to choose your top 3 favorite lenses, what would they be? and why?
If I had to choose three lenses, I would choose:
70-200 It has the most amazing bokeh. It is my absolute favorite for all outdoor shoots.
24-70 I love this wide angled lens because I can be in the smallest places and still capture everything. It almost give a panoramic feel to images. 100 macro I wouldn’t be able to live without this lens. Before I used a 70-200, I used this lens for portraits. Sounds crazy but the images were stunning. But it also gave me the option to capture the smallest of details that would otherwise be over looked.
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5. What do you love most about being a photographer?
When I first started I loved being able to do pictures of my little family because it meant that as we changed, I could look back and see how much we have changed and grown. When are started branching out and opening my own business, I feel in love with watching other families grow. I have built so many relationships with my clients, that they are more like family.
6. What has been your greatest challenge in photography?
My greatest challenge with photography has been self confidence. I usually spend 1-2 weeks editing images to my standard of perfect and even then feel like my client will not like them. But I have the most amazing husband that will  sit with my hours on end and tell me how beautiful my work is.
7. What is your favorite type of photography to shoot and why?
My favorite type of photography to shoot is natural light lifestyle family photography. I enjoy being outdoors with parents and their kids. The things that kids come up with when they have free range is amazing. Kids have endless amounts of creative ideas.
8. Where is your favorite place to shoot?
During this season of the year, my favorite place to shoot is the christmas tree farm. Who can be upset when you are surrounded by all things christmas. There are endless possibilities with there.
9. What type of editing software do you use or prefer?
I use Photoshop to edit my images. “If there is a will, there is a way”. This is so true for photoshop. With practice, photoshop has become a life saver.
10. What is one advice you would give to aspiring photographers?
Never doubt yourself. We have all been there. From over saturating pictures, to over exposing. If it weren’t for all the crazy ideas I had, I wouldn’t have learned so many things. DONT GIVE UP!! If photography is your passion, continue to do it. Never let your self get detoured from what you love.

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Check out Amber’s photography and contact page here. I hope you enjoyed this interview! Thanks for stopping by!

🙂 Dawn

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