Ann Marie Amick

Fine Art Photographer

M.

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I have been incredibly lucky to call M a friend for almost 4 years now. We’ve shot together once before - she asked me to photograph the process of her shaving her head, which was even more epic than what you’re imagining in your head.

In March, she reached out to me with a whole different request:

She wanted me to photograph her scars and scabs across her body that resulted from scratching due to anxiety.

I was 1000% into it, and we made something beautiful together.

Rather than speaking for her, I wanted to share some of her words before the shoot, with her permission.

“I’m so embarrassed by my scabs and scars but I think being photographed with them would help me a lot…they hold me back in places I usually feel empowered.”

The entire shoot was focused on M being kind with herself, touching herself in gentle and loving ways. She shared that she wanted to accept her body in this stage of her life, and brought body oil to help her touch her body with intention and love. Upon sharing the first image to Instagram, the comments section was flooded by people who not only related to M’s experience with her body, but her feelings towards it as well.

I would absolutely LOVE to do more work in this realm - helping people connect to and feel safe within their bodies is why I do the work that I do. I’m so incredibly thankful to M for allowing me into her story to capture its glory.

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Lady L

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“I want to step into my power this year.”

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During our consultation, this is one of the first things L said to me. It was beautiful, empowering, and it’s something that has stayed with me from the day of our consultation. Her goals were to be feel strong, sexy and comfortable in her body throughout the shoot.

That, my dear babes, is my speciality.

During the booking and consultation process, there is a lot of discussion regarding your body and your relationship with it - where it’s taken you over the years and how you’ve come to be where you’re at now. During this process, I make notes of areas of insecurity and the like because I love to celebrate these parts and highlight them throughout the shoot. L shared with me different parts of her story with her body overall, along with fears she’s grappled with throughout her life and where she’s found herself lately - focusing on being strong and loving that feeling.

There was a lot of focus on energy throughout this shoot, playing with the concepts of both masculine and feminine energy existing within a person, as per L’s request. She also wanted to feel sexy in her skin, and man oh man, did she bring that energy like WOAH. The experience was focused on a celebration of her body here and now, and the journey that has brought L to this stage in her life.

We had a glorious experience working together, and after her shoot L shared a few words regarding her experience with me:

“I feel more confident in my sexiness now. I think it's helping to see my body more objectively and less with the negative lens in my head. I'm still getting comfortable with parts of myself but this shoot and your guidance definitely helped me get there. Thanks for creating such a safe space for me!”

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2019 (So far...)

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As I’m jumping back into blogging, I figured it’d be good to do a little 2019 wrap up (so far).

It’s been an incredibly exciting and busy year, and as always, it’s because I have some of the most amazing clients.

I started the year in New Orleans due to a long Christmas holiday with my family. I had the opportunity to shoot in the Ace Hotel New Orleans which was GORGEOUS. If you enjoy boutique hotels while traveling, I can’t recommend this hotel enough. The staff was amazing and the restaurant in the hotel was great. My New Orleans client was so much fun to work with and a total dream babe (no photos to share due to client preference, however I am definitely planning on shooting at the Ace Hotel again in the future).

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Upon returning to Brooklyn, I took a few days off to recoup & then jumped right back into shooting my January babes. I had the pleasure of starting my year in Brooklyn with one of my returning clients, and it was a gloriously steamy shoot.

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Speaking of steamy, the rest of my January babes were all kinds of amazing.

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Come to think of it, it’s been a pretty steamy 5 months overall…

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Along with babes that were celebrating themselves in a variety of ways for a variety of things.

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Each and every one of them has been unique, and absolutely incredible. I have a few detailed blogs coming up on some of these babes so stay tuned…

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OH HELLO

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Wait, what’s going on…

Am I…blogging?

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Why hello there! If this is your first time in this corner of the internet, welcome! My name is Ann Marie, and I’m a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. I’m a green apple fanatic, a big fan of not wearing makeup, and a creator of authentic portraiture.

What is authentic portraiture, you ask?

Why, it is people, as they are, in all their glory. I provide an experience and setting for people to explore different aspects of themselves in a safe and welcoming environment. If you’re curious to learn more about this, check out my FAQ & Info pages for more. I’ll be writing more about this concept in a later blog, so stay tuned.

If you’ve been around here for a minute, you might remember that I USED to blog - I blogged about almost all of my shoots (most of which were done in the corner of my bedroom in my first apartment in Brooklyn), and that was about it. I grew to HATE blogging - it felt incredibly tedious and frankly boring. To be fair, I was working an insane amount at the time, and I wasn’t doing photography full time - almost all components of creative work felt like too much to do.

I grew to HATE blogging - it felt incredibly tedious and frankly boring.

Well, a lot has happened in the last three years. I moved and now work out of a home studio. *leaps for joy* I got engaged and am getting married later this year (potentially more on that in a later blog)! I work as a full time photographer, which I honestly would NEVER happen, and I have the most amazing clients.

So why start blogging now? It’s been on my mind for a few months, and I remembered that I genuinely used to enjoy blogging - I loved being able to share stories and images, however I felt so rundown from trying to run a business and work a full time job, that I decided to stop blogging. Honestly, it was the best thing for me, and I don’t regret it at all. Boundaries are necessary in life, even if it isn’t a “smart business move.” Two years ago, putting my energy into a blog was not a good use of my time or energy. Now, I am excited at the prospect of sharing client stories again, and even sharing some components of my own life as well.

With that being said, what would YOU to see on this blog? Client stories? Behind the scenes of being a full time creative? Wedding planning? Leave me a little note below and let me know!

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