Welcome to De Joy Photography! My name is Amber Amelingmeier, and I have dedicated my life to capturing the most important moments of people’s lives. I thrive on bringing happiness, excitement, and fun to any session. I photograph much of my own life with my wonderful husband, adorable toddler, and three sweet rescue dogs and so understand how important it is that the emotions from your special day are felt every time to look at my images.
I was raised in the Dominican Republic with three sisters and three brothers where we spent our days outdoors riding horses, making campfires, hiking, surfing, and living among nature; an irreplaceable education that has given me a deep adoration of the natural beauty that surrounds us. I’ve lived on both sides of the United States, spent significant time traveling internationally, and have had many homes in many different climates, further developing my ability to notice and showcase the big and small moments of wonder that occur around us every minute of the day.
When I began my journey as a photographer over a decade ago, I knew instantly that I found my calling as a documentarian of love and life during my first wedding in India. The overwhelming colors and flooding scents of flowers and spices enveloped and embraced me with love and joy. Even as I experienced it I begged for the day to never end, and I drank in every moment that I could through my lens. When I awoke the next morning, I knew in my heart that my love would be photographing weddings, but I was months from graduating college and had a job lined up as an Environmental Consultant using my major in Biology and Environmental Science.
Although I worked during the week to protect the environment as a consultant, I spent every free moment honing my skills as a photographer, both during the evenings when traveling for work and from sunrise to sunset on the weekends. I was hopelessly addicted, and would even wake up in the middle of the night to edit the photos I had taken the day before.
My big break came in 2015 when my husband was offered a job in California. Although I immediately found a consultant role in the Bay Area, we decided it was time to go full time as a photographer. My life felt complete! Even before I made the flight to our new home I was furiously researching the area, flush with excitement to photograph in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. I photographed my first California wedding less than a month after arriving, and I’ve never looked back except to wish I had made the leap all those years ago.
When I photograph your special day, I not only tell your story, but also document the love and emotions so that you genuinely can remember how it felt that day. I believe a photo should enable emotions even for those who couldn’t be there to experience it themselves, and that the style and quality are without match. I will not only capture the day, but will showcase your lifestyle and love. My shooting and editing style is colorful, timeless, beautiful, and flattering. I want your heart to swell every time you go through your photos!
I am so excited to meet you. I am so excited to capture your love in a bold way. We will have boatloads of fun in the process, and you can trust that I am deeply invested in making all your dreams come true.
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Amelia Burchard · Married on 10/27/2018
She's the best! 100%
Amber was our photographer for our wedding at the end of October. We cannot stress this enough, she made the entire experience absolutely amazing. Her professionalism, creativity, passion, energy, and positive attitude shown through for the entire day. We loved her so much that we extended her hours to stay longer! And that was just her amazing demeanor!Sent on 01/15/2019
Promptly after our big day, we got a mini preview of our pictures, which was so exciting because we had memories to share right away! She took a great group photo of everyone that attended the wedding. We used this as our thank you card and received so many complements on how fun and beautiful the photo was. The final set of pictures came about a month later and we were absolutely blown away! The images were clear, well shot, and just totally beautiful. She truly captures the day and every moment perfectly. All of the shots that we wanted were included, and the suggestions Amber had for locations, poses, and different angles turned out to be some of our favorites. Also, she had another photographer with her that was able to get really memorable shots of the groomsmen and guys getting ready. Loved all of it!
We highly recommend Amber for anyone considering a wedding or related shoot in the Bay Area. She was incredible and made us feel so comfortable through the entire day. Even our guests kept telling us how impressed they were with our photographer! We will be trying to convince any and all of our friends and family that are looking for a photographer to hire Amber! She's the best!
Tanya · Married on 01/01/2018
Magical and needed no guidence after the inititial meeting.I loved her energy and knew she "Got Me" and what i wanted for my wedding. Amber provided. Ready to hire her for another Family Session!Sent on 01/07/2018
Jill · Married on 11/12/2016
Amber is amazing! Our photographs are stunning! Well worth the bargain we got!Sent on 11/20/2016
When hiring Amber of De Joy Photography, you not only receive her talent but her positive, energetic and fun personality! I thoroughly enjoy working with Amber!
Amber of De Joy Photography is awesome! She is warm, bright and spunky. She will make you laugh and put you right at ease. And that's just her personality! She is a very talented photographer with an excellent eye, and her work really speaks for itself! So go check her out and seriously consider her for your big day!