Meet: Amber Gress

I picked up a camera in high school after a stint in portrait painting, but soon got caught up in the magic of the dark room. I learned to process and print film in both black and white and color, which means I used to spend days working on a single print, trying to color balance the image to get the skin tones just right. All of those years, brought me to care a lot about the tones, color balance, and the overall feel of the image, which is why my photos have a certain quality about them that feels like film. I shoot all digital now, and I love it. It gives me a lot of freedom, and the ability to work quickly on a day that things happen so fast.

What brought you to the wedding industry?

Since my first love is portrait photography, weddings were a natural segue in terms of enjoying shooting real people, and telling their story. I chose photography, because I am inherently curious, and am constantly fascinated by people and the world around us. If I could do a million other things I would, but there is only so much time, so my camera gives me a backstage pass into a lot of different worlds, and I feel honored that people invite me to document their lives, projects, and stories.

What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

My favorite part is always shooting the portraits. I love creating images that I know are going to last a lifetime to share with generations to come.

What is the best part about your job?

Getting a look into so many different lives, and being a part of documenting their personal story.

Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?

I love watching films for inspiration, as much as looking at old portrait photography, fashion images, and even just going to art museums. I am constantly looking to stay fresh so that my work can continue to draw people in.

Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.

I laugh a lot, and I want to laugh with you!

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