Ann Marie Amick

Fine Art Photographer

Books and Confetti, OH MY!

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What do you get when a librarian books a birthday shoot, complete with book confetti & paper flowers made from pages of book?

MAGIC

Fun fact: if you’re feeling anxious, Lelu will come across the studio and press her body against you to calm you down. She’s basically a therapy dog, and I’m not mad about it

This babe booked her shoot the day before her 30th birthday, and she had ALL the glorious ideas. During our first few discussions G shared with me,

“I have never felt very photogenic, and wrestle with what it means to look "good" vs to look "like me"!”

to which I stated WHY NOT BOTH? Clients often feel this way, and so much of this comes back to down to all the things we are taught about what it “good” and “ideal” in a physical capacity. The reality is, how YOU look, as you ARE, babe that is the complete and utter ideal. No one on the face of this planet is you - and that deserves to be celebrated. I might be biased, but I’m pretty sure G loved her entire experience. She shared the following after her experience and it’s all the good feels inducing:

“I was riding a rollercoaster between excited and nervous during the whole process up to the day of my photo reveal. Through it all I had the positive experience of friends and acquaintances (multiple folks in my circle have worked with Ann Marie before, and all recommended her 100%) and, above all, the honest, supportive, hilarious presence of Ann Marie herself, holding me up and guiding me every step of the way. I am a natural hectic mess (think: late, disorganized, forgetful) and that girl dealt with it all with a professionalism and friendly finesse that I appreciate beyond measure. She helped me see a strength and beauty in myself that I will truly cherish for the rest of my days. I have never before met a photographer (nay, any professional) that has crafted a process as thorough, inclusive, and enjoyable as Ann Marie has.”

If her words aren’t enough, check out all the glory below.

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"Damn! I look beautiful!"

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Oh man, do I love a good friend referral. A lot of my babes refer one another, which has allowed for a wonderfully unique community to come together. This babe is a part of that community. She drove up from Virgina for her experience, and what. An. EXPERIENCE. She brought all the fire, all the badassness and all because of the story behind how she’s become the person she is. When she first reached out she shared,

“I've gone through a transformation with my body in the past two years…and learned to love myself no matter how I look and I really want to celebrate myself. I've never done anything like this but I feel like it's the right time.”

Our initial consultation involved discussions of rubber duckies (yes, you read that correctly) and donuts, and I was SO excited for what was to come. She shared a story of a “love/hate relationship” with her body, involving diet pill addiction, restrictive eating, and struggles with alcohol. She completely opened up during her consultation, sharing that she’s worked to get to the place she’s at with her body, and that needs to be celebrated. I couldn’t agree with her more. This babe wanted to take the intentional care and respect she’s curated towards herself and her body and channel it into artwork. Our shoot together was a full-on CELEBRATION, complete with nerdy references (which is basically just my life) and all the joy. Also, can we talk about the AMAZEBALLS shirt she brought to her shoot?!

Upon receiving her artwork she shared these words:

“My experience with Ann Marie is one I will always remember. Up front she was very easy to talk to and relatable, but also incredibly professional and respectable during the booking process…On the day of the shoot, Ann Marie walked me through the entire process in a way that helped me feel completely comfortable and confident in myself, as well as her. As this was my first photoshoot as well as my first intimate shoot, I was very anxious but Ann Marie's professionalism quickly alleviated those feelings. She went above and beyond my expectations and made me feel like a rock star the entire time!

The process was stress-free, the products were amazing, and Ann Marie is beyond talented. Her eye for lighting has me in awe to this day. Every time I look at my walls and see these amazing, artistic pictures of me, I'm able to say, "Damn! I look beautiful!" Thank you so much Ann Marie for this incredible experience!”

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J.

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J reached out to me after one of their friends booked an experience with me (a pretty common occurrence). They shared that as an agender human they struggle to feel comfortable in their body, and oftentimes felt dysphoric about their body. During our consultation, J shared a great deal about their relationship with their body throughout their life, along with how they seek to relate and feel comfortable in their body at this stage in their life. J’s goals were to highlight all aspects of who they are within their shoot, including feminine and androgynous energy. Their goal was to see their body as it is, particularly in photos, and feel good about it. The experience was full of laughter, high fives and good jams. Upon receiving their album, Jay shared this with me:

“Every time I feel bad about myself, I pull out the album and remind myself how much of a badass I am and it always makes me feel strong and beautiful even on days when I don’t think I am.”

Aspects of both J’s past and present were included in their shoot, including the experience of binding. Shoots like this, wherein an array of exploration occurs both before and during the shoot, are some of the more humbling of my career. I am forever appreciative to those of you that open and share your stories with me.

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"I always shy away from photos..."

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“…I just feel like I never look like myself when I see them?”

I hear this from my clients sometimes, and it makes me all the more passionate to work with them, and help them to see themselves as they are, aka glorious. In our world of selfies and instant gratification from social media, we can quickly acquire a distorted view of ourselves, which fuels any underlying distorted thinking about ourselves. It’s a destructive circle that only causes us continual harm over time.

This is something Lady N and I discussed during her consultation and leading up to the shoot itself. She shared “I think it's time that I do something for my outer shell so my brain starts to accept it a little more.” In the end, Lady N CRUSHED her shoot. There was a lot of discussion around her anxiety and fears, acknowledging it, accepting it and working through it to get the amazeballs photos we have below. Here’s to letting your badassness (it’s TOTALLY a word) show, Lady N.

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Nathaniel Hunt Collaboration

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I’ve written and deleted the written component of this blog multiple times now. The last thing the Internet needs is another person saying what people of color and biracial people need.

So here is all I will say: Photograph people of color. Be an avenue for their stories. Listen to them, believe them, support them.

All the love to Nathaniel Hunt for this collaboration and for opening himself up to an emotional process with me. I love what we created together. For more of Nathaniel’s work, check out his Instagram and his amazing project The Nathaniel Hunt Project.

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