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Amber did our engagement photos at Dinosaur Land in White Post, VA and was absolutely wonderful. She was so responsive the entire time - even sending us a cute card with our contract and providing a guide on what to wear. She took our quirky idea of engagement pictures with dinosaur statues and gave us photos we couldn't have even hoped for. My fiance was not looking forward to getting his pictures taken, but she was able to make us feel comfortable and we both ended up having fun. She took beautiful, unique shots, but still managed to take some of the more traditional photos as well. We got the best of both worlds! We absolutely could not have had a better experience. Afterwards, she sent our photos to us in about a week and a half, after telling us it would be about 3 weeks. We were thrilled. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone and everyone.
The only thing that's cut through the happy glow that's persisted for weeks after my wedding is the fact that Amber is moving to Sweden, at least for a while; she was so wonderful that I wish she could photograph every major event for the rest of our lives.
Amber shot both an engagement session and our wedding day for us, and throughout the process, she was wonderful about communicating, a relaxing presence even at moments when I was anxious for things to move forward or happen in a particular way, and she delivered gorgeous images to us at lightning speed. She shot us both in our home and in a Washington park for our engagement session, and really captured the essence of who we are, what our relationship is like, and the way we live in our neighborhood. She was thoughtful about what time of day the light would be best, what poses would make us both feel comfortable and like ourselves, and creative about using winter foliage and even some clever graffiti in our shots.
For our wedding pictures, Amber and Tim, her second shooter, blended in seamlessly while my husband and I were getting ready, but also used the time to take beautiful pictures of things like our flowers. They shot beautiful, efficient portraits with our families before our ceremony. And the pictures she took of us and our families during the ceremony and reception that followed were, hands down, some of the best pictures that have been taken of all of us at any point in our entire lives. The hardest part has been picking which ones to print for our albums, mantlepieces, etc. Amber is a treasure. I just hope we can find a way to work with her again as we pass other milestones in the future.
We had such a great experience with Amber! We knew we loved her work after checking out her website, but she exceeded all of our expectations with our wedding photos! She was flexible about timing and very straightforward about pricing and what was included, which was refreshing. She was also very responsive during the planning process. The day of the wedding, she was so easy to work with. She managed to get amazing getting-ready shots without ever feeling intrusive. Once we got to the venue, she was efficient and thorough about getting family photos, and then as we went around the venue taking our couple photos, she suggested great spots and poses. Throughout our ceremony and reception, she was always in the right place at the right time. When we got our photos back, we were speechless with how wonderful they turned out, and our families were as well. The images really captured the mood and the feeling of the wedding, as well as all of the items and moments we want to remember. They feel more like a photo essay of our wedding than formal portraits, but at the same time she didn't miss any of the traditional and/or important details. Finally, we felt that the pricing was very reasonable for the amazing work that Amber did. We would recommend her to anyone!
We can't say enough great things about Amber. She is warm, smart, fun and did a beautiful job on our engagement photos and our wedding photos. Our guests raved about her on the day for her positive attitude and professionalism and are still raving about her when they saw the photos afterward. Her second shooter was also fantastic. We always got our photos back efficiently as well. I would use her again in a heartbeat!
Amazing experience with Amber! I love the photojournalistic style for event photography because I think you get the genuine smiles, the fun, the little things that are missed with everyone smiling and posing on cue. And that's just what we received with Amber! We had a couple of posing shots (which we had requested), but they were fun and relaxed - and fast!
Her and her wonderful assistant were both so friendly and kept us at ease that even my camera shy husband was relaxed and comfortable! Absolutely everyone loves the results, too, which came quickly (about a week and a half). The photos were as amazing as expected, but also helped capture moments that I had missed as the bride swept up in all the wedding stuff!
The whole process was easy and fuss-free for us - even if you're like me, and don't know the first thing about weddings, you can feel comfortable that she's going to offer you the very best experience you can hope for.
Amber is a fantastic photographer! If you are a prospective client - hire her!
We came across Amber's work somewhere on the internet and immediately fell in love with her images. She was the first person we knew we wanted to hire for our wedding. Our experience with her was great. She strikes a great balance between being a professional who takes the job seriously but is also down to earth and fun. We really appreciated that she had her stuff in order pre-wedding. She let us know what was included, when we should expect to hear from her, what info she needed from us, etc. She was also very organized with our wedding information, was responsive to emails and did not ask the same questions multiple times (which happened more than I expected with other vendors and left us feeling nervous). At one point my husband and I actually said we hoped everyone had their stuff together like Amber and actually went back to her and asked her for a vendor recommendation.
Day of she was super fun and just went with our flow. You spend so much time with your photographer that this makes a huge difference. The best part - we are so happy with our pictures! She captured the moment and how much fun we had. The images look "real" in the best way (not sure how else to describe it, but everything looks great and super genuine). Would highly recommend!
Amber is an absolutely amazing photographer! She's also a fantastic person, so I thoroughly enjoyed having her around on my wedding day. I'm fairly shy and don't like a lot of attention, but Amber made me feel comfortable and knew what poses to suggest that would translate perfectly on film. Our wedding photos are absolutely phenomenal -- truly, they are better than I was expecting. Amber provided our entire wedding gallery barely 3 weeks after our event -- incredibly quick service and unbelievable quality.
Amber is amazing!
Her photos are absolutely incredible and she is a pleasure to work with. Her eye and skills with a camera are top notch, but more than that her attitude is perfect for people like us who are a little camera shy. She made us feel comfortable and relaxed during the few posed shots, and captured amazing candid moments throughout our wedding and reception. Julia, her second shooter, was also fantastic.
Overall we could not be happier with the photos and our experience having Amber as our wedding and engagement photographer.
Amber is the best. When looking at portfolios online, my husband and I were both independently drawn to her style and uncanny ability to capture moments and emotions. More than just stylized shots of decorations and shoes and rings (though she’s great at those!) Amber was able to capture the emotion and tone of our wedding day perfectly. The look on my husband’s face when he’s saying his vows, guests getting down and dirty dancing, quiet moments between the two of us surrounded by our friends and family, I get a smile every time I look through our album remembering how loving and fun the whole day was. Her package, with one price for weddings, no time limit, with a second shooter, is also a refreshing change of pace. I never worried about what time she should arrive or had to adjust our timeline to accommodate a specific number of hours we had. Amber also took amazing engagement photos for us, and I can’t wait to keep having her capture special moments throughout our lives.
Amber Wilke was the perfect match for what my husband and I sought in a wedding photographer. A true professional, Amber managed to tell the story of our wedding through her images in a beautiful and authentic way. Her approach had a photo-journalistic quality, as opposed to some photographers who seem to be forcing a moment that does not exist. She was easy to work with and was always attentive. I have been to a number of weddings after my own and can easily say I would still pick Amber over every photographer I have met since then. If you want to have a guaranteed great experience and photos from your wedding day do not hesitate to hire Amber. We would love to work with Amber again in the future, a family documentary perhaps?
Amber takes awesome pictures and knows exactly what shot to take. She put us at ease the entire time and managed to always be everywhere all at once to capture that shot but you never knew she was there. Ninja like. I cannot recommend Amber highly enough. Now comes the hard part of having to choose only 20 to go into the book.. so far we have it down to 50... but that final 30 are going to be hard to cull!
We loved working with Amber! A lot of photographers in DC have what I would call diva complex & Amber does not-she's very down-to-earth, practical and fun to hang out with to boot! We definitely picked her first & foremost because we loved her style - modern & crisp – and her eye – which captures beautiful moments. She's really calm & totally set us at ease when we did the engagement shoot, so things were really comfortable on the wedding day. A 2nd shooter (she was spectacular, too!) and unlimited time came standard with her package, which is a tremendous offering in my opinion. She excels at making your guests look superb as well – natural & fun – so you have beautiful candid shots of all the people in your life that you love and are never in the same place! Obviously, we highly recommend Amber. ~Heidi & Jason
I thought that finding a photographer was going to be the toughest decision we had to make as an engaged couple, but Amber made it the easiest and most fun vendor to work with! On our "must-have list," we wanted 2 photographers that we could have pretty much all day for a flat price. That narrowed down the list really quick! I followed her blog for awhile, and then we made an appointment to meet her. Her photographs sell themselves. She helped us through the planning process and the wedding day was a breeze. It was a lot of fun to have her and Julia hang with us for the day. She gave us some teaser photos right after our wedding, we had all of our photos within a month and our album by the end of the summer. Her customer service is out of this world. She doesn't "doctor" any of her shots...they are just that amazing. I have nothing but nice things to say about Amber!
Amber was the only photographer we met with and we absolutely made the right decision in having her be a part of our wedding! She is a great person to work with, super down-to-earth and friendly. She directs you the perfect amount while taking portraits and makes everyone feel comfortable. Amber's wedding package includes everything you need, and she doesn't have an hourly limit. We had asked her to stay until 10pm, but she stayed the extra half an hour til the last dance of the evening, and I'm so glad she did since I got photos of my dad and I dancing that I wouldn't have had otherwise (no official father/daughter dance!). We received our photos very quickly, and couldn't be happier with how they turned out. We can't wait to work with her to order some albums!
Lemmie just tell you what a doll Amber is. This gal rocks. She was on time, assertive and guided every shot. From day 1 she was responsive and our pictures came promptly following the wedding. Everything was so beautiful I can't wait to print them! Highly recommended!
My husband and I had Amber take “day after” shots about 5 months after our wedding when our original wedding photographer went MIA. We (well, mostly I) wanted a few professional shots to remember our wedding by. I originally found Amber as a vendor through the site, “A Practical Wedding” as I foremost valued someone reliable given my previous experience, and I trusted the integrity of vendors they feature on their site.
Amber is friendly and outgoing, and immediately put us at ease cracking jokes and climbing up in some precarious places to get just the right shot. My husband and I are kind of the opposite of Amber (e.g., not outgoing or silly) so we don’t warm to the camera immediately, but Amber was great in giving us direction and helping us to loosen up.
In just an hour and a half Amber came up with some great images that are worthy of display and that we will be able to cherish for years to come. My only regret is that we did not hire her for our original wedding. It’s true that her fee (though reasonable for the area) would not have fit into our $10,000 budget, but from hindsight it totally would have been worth it to have the photos of our big day with family and friends – those are ones we’ll never recreate.
So for all you couples getting engaged over the holidays, get in touch with Amber ASAP – you won’t regret it!