Amelia uses a camera. 'Photographer' doesn’t quite sum it up.
For as long as I’ve known (6 yrs) and loved (roughly 5.9 yrs) Amelia, she’s excelled at capturing memories whatever the medium. I first encountered Amelia’s blazon of creativity through her writing. She’s a memoirist, poet, scrapbooker, postcardist, an avid journal keeper, writing to snag a feeling before it can slip away unappreciated. She stockpiles old calendars.
Her talent for photography has shown up organically as she’s looked for ways to best recall a cherished experience and help others to do the same. The calm of a room. The warmth of a broth. The chaos of a family holiday. The light and shadow. I’ve learned from Amelia that the most valuable photos are not just inspiring or aesthetically pleasing, but intimately recognizable - and thus meaningful - to her clients. She shoots to return to a moment as it was, unposed and familiar.
Amelia works under the assumption that the client is a necessary co-creator. From one co-creator to another, I think she’s great.
- Christian, biased husband, packmule, second-shooter
When Christian and I started dating, I remember being appalled at the tenacity with which he critiqued and slashed at the plot of the film we were watching.
Like, calm down.
However, I would soon learn it’s not that he hates chick flicks (he actually likes many), it’s that he reveres good storytelling. So much so that he expects top effort from himself and all who venture onto that sacred ground. He has an intuition for character development and a knack for creating inviting worlds, whether that’s through the short stories he writes, his quirky illustrations or humbly cinematic photography.
I believe his two strongest creative qualities are his tendency to relate imperfection to a deep feeling of humanness and his constant vigilance for moments of childlikeness--elevating playfulness to a sort of virtue. From the shoe left on the floor to the dirty plate, he turns obstacles into opportunities for connection.
And that’s just his creative side! Along with photographing, he handles the admin, emails, contracts, and research that goes into every shoot. I better stop here before I just go ahead and change the company name to Robert Christian Photography.
- Amelia, boss lady, adoring wife but in the cool way not the gross way