Amber Knowles is almost positive that her fascination with photography came about shortly after graduating from New York University in 2005. Though when asked if there was a specific experience that sparked her interest, she eventually goes back to being a little girl flipping through the book still lying on her parents’ dining room table.
“I’ve always been fascinated with relationships and marriage. My parents have been married for 28 years now. I think that’s cool to able to pick their album up 28 years later,” said Knowles.
A Fly on the Wall
Intrigued by the poofy wedding dresses, tuxedoes with cummerbunds and joyous people exuding good energy through a pile of still pictures; it’s no surprise that Knowles’ destiny would involve wedding photography. Through her Dallas based business, The Amber Studio, she works toward creating similar memories that she is reminded of when looking back at her parents’ wedding photo album. Shooting weddings documentary style, Knowles says her work differs from most matrimonial snapshots.
“I capture the memories and moments. Sort of like being a fly on the wall and capturing things as they are — as opposed to restyling, posing and moving things around,” Knowles added. “Some photographers change the setting of a room, but my thing is to take photos of what’s happening as it’s happening.”
Although generally a wedding is thought to be an extravaganza, to her advantage, Knowles’ first clients were reserved. Exchanging vows at a New York courthouse then holding a small ceremony in Central Park was enough for the couple and Knowles whose self-belief was boosted because of their encouragement and simplicity.
“I got lucky because it was very low maintenance and really easy. Doing that wedding probably gave me the most confidence, because people were complimenting me. The couple loved the pictures and invited me to come to Trinidad when they have a formal wedding,” Knowles said.