Amber Marlow

SPEAKER

I wasn't born into a life of happiness and rainbows. My childhood was abusive; at 23 I found myself homeless and living in my car with $48.16 to my name; by 30 I was divorced, and reeling, and convinced that my life was over. That's a rough way to start off a bio! But I want you to know that I'm not talking to you from a place of being born privileged or having anything handed to me and that despite all that, I've managed to attain some of my wildest dreams. I've been a professional photographer in New York City for seven years. My photos have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Associated Press, several wedding blogs, and in international newspapers, and clients have flown me around the world to photograph their weddings.

In addition to photographing larger weddings, I market myself to a set of clients that a lot of people tried to tell me didn't exist: luxury elopement clients (people who are having beautiful weddings, but only for two.) My "side hustle" is shooting headshots specifically for use on dating websites. I sell prints and albums consistently, and they make up a good portion of my income. Altogether, I earn more than six figures per year. 

As Drake said, I started from the bottom, and now I'm here. And I'm still going.

In August of 2017, I founded the Pineapple North Project, a blog and digital platform for creative business owners that seeks to give educational platforms to women, members of the queer community, and people of colour.

I live in Brooklyn (Park Slope) with my husband and our rescued lab mix, Leeloo, who was named after the character in The Fifth Element.

IG: @ambermarlow
ambermarlow.com
facebook.com/ambermarlowphotograph