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Meet Amber Martin of Kindred Soul Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Martin.

Amber, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Photography for me started much like so many others- as a hobby. I really just wanted to take better pictures of my kids, and that was it. I didn’t plan for this to be my career, but things have a funny way of leading you to your path.

After receiving my first camera in 2006 I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could. The more information I gained, the more in love I was with photography! My poor kids were soon exhausted from playing model for me, So I started recruiting friends and family, and their friends and family.

I officially opened my business in New Mexico in 2008. From there, I switched specialties- from families and kids to the boudoir. It was such an empowering niche.

Women are so hard on themselves and to be in a position to show them how beautiful their bodies are, was for me, magical. In 2011, I was asked to assist at a wedding and loved every minute of it. (I cried like a baby and still cry at every wedding…)

From that day, I was consumed with a love of weddings. The florals and music, the vows and dances. (It doesn’t hurt that I’m a lover of cake either haha) I knew being a hopeless romantic would certainly help, but it wasn’t enough from a technical aspect, so I attended workshops, internships, anything and everything I could to start preparing myself to become a wedding photographer…

And finally in 2016, after moving out here to Houston, I completed the transition into weddings. Weddings are so special to me because I genuinely get attached to my couples, so come their wedding day- I’m photographing two close friends commit themselves to each other. I honestly, couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else but this now.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think any route is a smooth road. Of course there have been challenges and struggles, but honestly, if you love what you do- the struggles are worth it, aren’t they?

I’ve been extremely blessed to have an amazing support system of family, friends, and colleagues! and of course, my clients are spectacular, many of whom have become friends. so for me- a bump in the road is simply a situation that is handled so I can stay focused on the “big picture”, so to speak.. haha!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kindred Soul Photography – what should we know?
Kindred Soul Photography, we specialize in weddings and couples’ portraits. Our style is warm, romantic, and emotional. I like to think what sets my company apart is that, we’re an experience, not just a photographer, but someone who will sit down and genuinely get to know you. My brides often become good friends because of this. I mean, Kindred Soul is the name because our ideal clients are people we see ourselves in. I’m pretty proud of that.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh my gosh! So many people! I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support from some outstanding people. My husband, Ron. Bought my first camera and has stood by my side as I’ve pursued entrepreneurship. (and if you ask him, he’ll tell you exactly how much he’s enjoyed living with me and my stress hahaha)

My sister, Crystal. Who has done everything from help answer emails to picking up a camera and assisting at weddings?

My good friends, Sydney Barker with Barker and Co., Melissa and Darrin Bridgeman with Re-Spin Entertainment, Brandy Palacios with BP Artistry, Heather Browand with Always Photogenic Photography. They’ve all cheered for my success and helped me through my failures.

Pricing:

  • Our Portrait pricing starts at $400
  • Our Wedding Collection pricing starts at $1700

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