Monthly Archives: August 2013

Love makes the world go ’round.

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that I love my job.

As I told Brian earlier this week, it is an addictive gig and especially so if you love people.  Fantastic clients are what make the sweet moments that much sweeter & we are so thankful for this path, however long it winds up being.  Watching relationships grow as we walk with them is a joy and I started young.  My wonderful everyone-loves-them parents are married 37 years today!  If you know them, go say congratulations!!

I mean, seriously.  My parents are adorable.

I mean, seriously. My parents are adorable.

Occasionally, incredible opportunities come up that I just can’t turn down.  In less than 48 hours for example, I will board a plane for the Czech Republic and have the privilege of second shooting a wedding for that same Brian mentioned earlier.  I am so so excited. 🙂  Then, just a couple of weeks later, I’ll travel from Milan, Italy to Asti – wine country.  Fabrizio & Alice will pledge their vows and have invited me to be a part and I am equally as excited!

Quite a few of my most favorite people are scattered around the world.  My sister lives in Houston (and we still aren’t sure why – have you driven in Houston traffic??), a favorite resides in Minneapolis, Faith up & moved to England and a girl who makes me laugh harder than almost anyone else calls Washington, DC home.  It’s difficult sometimes, when the people you love the most require an hour train ride, a long plane ride, and a passport to spend time with.  It’s worth it, though.

And so, when I got an email from Rachel announcing her engagement (after I read it on Facebook, of course, because what isn’t on Facebook?), I was totally thrilled!  And when she asked me to photograph her wedding, I promised to do anything I could for her.  Rachel is one of my best friends for well over a decade.  We bonded over our experiences as members of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and while I decided to not return to the organization, she is still with them in Chiang Mai.
Yes, Thailand.

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Photo ©Paul Nunavath

Asia has been her home for quite some time and we have chatted for *hours* on Skype about boys.  It’s one of our most favorite topics!  As women entering our thirties and still not married, there’s a lot of things folks like to tell us to remind us that we aren’t getting any younger.  The boys have evolved and we have, too.  The older we get, it seems, the younger they get.  Anyone else have this problem?  Just us?

But, there were other plans in the works.  Along comes Ema.
Emmanuel.
Tanzanian and tall and outgoing and wanting to become a part of YWAM.  Literally walked right through her door.  He completed a YWAM school at Rachel’s base and went back to be on staff as he felt like he was not done with his talents in Chiang Mai.  Of course, Rachel was there, too.

Photo ©Paul Nunavath

Photo ©Paul Nunavath

And there lies the rub.
As Rachel & Ema are missionaries, a wedding is hardly in their budget much less a wedding photographer.  Much less one from the States!  But, my friend would like her day photographed by her great friend and so I will do what I promised and do anything I can to go capture her big day.

Photo ©Paul Nunavath

Photo ©Paul Nunavath

To this end, all non-wedding sessions booked through October 1st will receive 15% off in an effort to generate extra funds so that I may board a plane to Thailand in December.  Plane tickets to Asia are not cheap, y’all.  If you would like to take part of this promotion, please get in touch with us via email at talktous@amarishames.com and mention Thailand.  Sessions must be used before June 1st, 2014.  If you’d like to donate miles or to the cause directly, simply let us know that, too.

Every girl deserves to have beautiful photos of her big day.  Especially when a lot of the people she loves the most require an hour train ride, a 14 hour plane ride, and a passport to come see it.

Wouldn't you want to get married here? Photo ©Paul Nunavath

Ema & Rachel’s wedding venue
Photo ©Paul Nunavath

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New seasons are like fresh air.

Welcome!

If you’ve been around for one hour or one year, I hope you feel welcome here.  This is something I’ve always wanted to say about my work and my home.  My extrovert personality and hospitality wiring means there’s a good chance we’re going to get along.  I love people.

It was this personality and wiring combination that led me to here, I’d say.  Photography began as an elective at college so I could transfer into NC State University.  Once at State, a professor saw my work and believed in me.  My parents did, too.  And then friends who were willing to stand in front of my lens as I figured out what I was doing.  I was a design minor and anthropology major at State and the business officially “launched” while I was still in school full-time.  A study abroad program in photography in Prague, six months at a job that was a bad fit, and here we are.  So far, the plane has (mostly) flown.  And it has all been a result of a lot of grace and a lot of people believing in me.  It’s not something I take lightly.

If this is your first time here, I hope you find something you love.  Creating art, for any artist, is like taking this little piece of ourselves and putting it out on display for anyone walking by to criticize.  Or praise.  Or ignore.  It can be a difficult place.  But, photography gives worth to people.  It never fails when I walk into a living room or an office or watch someone’s wallet open and I am brought face to face with images I captured.  They’re printed and tangible and alive.  The owner of these loves them and cherishes them and I am always a bit speechless.  It’s incredible to create something that has such an effect on others.

We’ve got a ton of new things for you to discover!  All new galleries that are brighter, cleaner, and easier to navigate.  If you are a previous client, don’t worry, your links and passwords still work. 🙂  This blog has been created specifically for all things business related.  You’ll find us bragging about our clients, other artists, and tips on lots of things.  Later this week, I’ll give you a few ways to take better photos when you’re standing in front of the camera.  I’ve got a couple of my favorite tricks that nearly every client deems crazy at the time – then they see the results.  On the whole, we want this to serve as a place where we can connect with you and share with you!

Part of the new season is an addition of a permanent administrative assistant.  Please welcome Alison Kendrick to the team with all the kindness you normally extend to me.  You’ll see her around a little and, if you email us, you’ll certainly talk to her a lot!  She is an absolute firecracker and I am so so excited she’s here!

Say hi, Alison!

Say hi, Alison!

All things going well, we will be moving into our very own studio space in downtown Cary by the end of the month!  Keep an eye out for the open house party announcements (can we say food trucks?!) so you can come meet Alison and see some other great local artisans.  Unfortunately, I (Amaris) won’t be able to attend, so y’all – please go in my place.

However, the reason I must miss it is kind of incredible.  All things going well, I will be somewhere in Europe as I travel to Milan, Italy to capture this amazing couple’s wedding day.  World, meet Fabrizio & Alice.  Yes, as of this fall, we are an international photography studio.  I cannot wait for these images.

There’s some other amazing things happening this fall, as well, but we’ll save them for another time.  It is a new season and I am trying to take it all in one day at a time.  Thank you for cheerleading!  It means everything in the world.  This plane flies because of your investment and adoration and I am unable to properly put my gratitude into words.

We are so glad you’re here.
Let’s get started, shall we?

xoxo
amaris

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