Destination wedding photographer Amber of Amber Dawn Photography never dreamt that one day, shooting the love stories of couples would be her profession and her passion. Her love for wedding photography started while assisting her mentor at a wedding as his second shooter, and the rest is history!
In her own words, “I make sure that my interaction and the way I’m shooting my couples is a reflection of who they are together, so the ‘must have’ pics are capturing those moments” and we believe that it is for this very reason that we know that you are going to LOVE Amber’s style, amazing personality and creativity.
So without further ado, we are so honoured to introduce you to the lovely Amber Dawn.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your company.
Oh boy…Put on the spot! My photography business is Amber Dawn Photography and I’m a destination wedding and elopement photographer obsessed with traveling the world and documenting love. Sounds cheesy right? But that’s my passion in a nutshell. I’m based in Trinidad & Tobago, but open to journey anywhere to capture real, natural, fearless and authentic couples up for an adventure. I’m originally Texas born and raised, but my dad is from Trinidad & Tobago, so I decided to take a leap and move to the Caribbean! 7 years, 3 dogs, a husband, and a baby later, here I am!
2. How did you get into wedding photography specifically?
I started working for Gregory Scott Art Studio (BEST printery in Trinidad by the way) and he was my amazing mentor. I never wanted to be a wedding photographer. I thought, ‘why would anyone want that sort of pressure as a career!’ But after being a second shooter with Gregory on a wedding, I saw MAGIC. I saw the story of the day, the happiness of the couple, and fell madly in love with weddings and shooting couples. MADLY!
3. Describe your photography style?
I feel like a couple things come into play when talking about photography style. If you’re talking about tones, I love warm tones. Earthy. Glowy light. Moody.
If however you’re talking about the way I shoot my couples, I do things a bit differently. It’s very important to me to capture my couples as they are. Nothing forced, and always as natural as possible. I don’t pose couples or try to do anything cheesy. I put my couples in scenarios and capture their interaction together. I want to build an experience with my couples and create something beautiful that is all organic.
4. What do you love the most about photographing destination weddings?
OOOOHHHHH MAN…ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! You see, it’s the adventuring to a new location, or a location that has a special connection to the couple and creating a memorable experience that gets my heart pumping. I’ve always loved travelling. If I didn’t shoot weddings, I would try to be a National Geographic photographer shooting different cultures around the world (maybe I’ll try this as a side hustle)! But the connection you make with a couple and being a part of their awesome story, is what drives me.
5. What is the most interesting or unique place that you have ever photographed a wedding?
Well to date, I shot a wedding in St. Lucia that was beautiful and the couple was willing to kick off their shoes and tread on a rocky pier for a picture. Then we had a day after session in some abandoned ruins, then hiked up a hill to a Fort that overlooked the island. Pretty epic! But I have some amazing places coming up and one is Costa Rica that I’m super stoked about. Would love to travel even further to Western Europe or Thailand!
6. Are there any must have photographs that you always try to capture for your weddings?
Each wedding and couple is completely unique. I make sure that my interaction and the way I’m shooting my couples is a reflection of who they are together so the ‘must have’ pics are capturing those moments. That’s why getting to know my couples beforehand is so important, whether it’s chatting over a beer or a quick phone call.
7. What are some of the main challenges that you have faced while photographing destination weddings?
Every time I travel, I’m faced with a different obstacle so each time is a learning experience. Travelling light can be difficult because you’re not sure what you will be faced with each time, but I do try to keep my equipment to a minimum. I have a wonderful family at home that is beyond supportive of my destination wedding and elopement dreams, so balancing family life and work life can also be a challenge.
8. How can brides get in touch with you to book your services for their wedding day?
Easy Peasy! Couples can contact me via email at [email protected]. I check my email most often, so this is the best way in this world of 1 million ways to send a message.
9. Do you have any recommendations for brides when they are looking for their dream destination wedding photographer?
Research extensively about your photographer. Talk to them. Ask questions. Not every photographer is meant for every couple. You should have a connection with your photographer. You should be jumping up and down with excitement that you guys will be working together. You’re wedding images are the only thing that will last for decades after you have eaten all the cake and drank all the tequila on that magical day, so make sure you love everything about your photographer.
10. Any final thoughts?
Make your day about you and your person. That’s it. Throw out all the “have to’s” and build your day the way you envision it. It will make the day so much more meaningful.