Downtown Jacksonville Skyline Engagement Session

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Downtown Jacksonville Skyline Engagement Session

YOU GUYS. Just look at this. <3 Is this not the most perfect thing you have ever seen?! This was by far one of my favorite sessions ever, and definitely something new to add to my portfolio. Danielle and Ryan are so deeply in love, and will soon tie the knot.

Surprise engagement session in downtown Jacksonville, FL. A surprise proposal taken place on top of buildings, and skyscrapers in Florida urban area. Amber Nicole Portrait, a boutique, makeover, photography studio based in Jacksonville, FL. As the owner and lead photographer, she offers portrait photography in the greater Jacksonville area, Saint Augustine, the State of Florida, and is available for travel. She has developing her ethereal, natural, and bright style since 2012.

Would you believe that it was in the low 50s, and super windy on these Jacksonville rooftops, and these two brave souls toughed it out for a beautiful sunrise. Meanwhile I am shooting in what looked like a wool parka, in true Florida girl fashion. It was such an amazing sight to capture this amazing time in their lives and I cannot wait to see their love blossom even more!

Danielle and Ryan are owners of The Copper Closet, a local Jacksonville clothing boutique. Check out their full engagement gallery HERE!

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Client Spotlight | Ashley Figlow Glamor Session

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Client Spotlight | Ashley Figlow Glamor Session

I was so excited to finally be able to shoot in my new studio space, and it was a great way to wrap up 2016, and enter the New Year! I cannot wait to continue along this journey as I make my way towards a fully functioning, boutique, portrait studio. Most of what I created in these photos are DIYs and photography hacks... but it just goes to show, with a little elbow grease, and some creativity, you can create something truly magical. 

Contemporary boudoir, glamour, head shot photo shoot with an aspiring actress. Ashley looked stunning in a DIY Frida Kahlo inspired head piece, tulle skirt, gold sequin dress and white sheet. Amber Nicole Portrait, a boutique, makeover, photography studio based in Jacksonville, FL. As the owner and lead photographer, she offers portrait photography in the greater Jacksonville area, Saint Augustine, the State of Florida, and is available for travel. She has developing her ethereal, natural, and bright style since 2012.

As always, I think natural light is just so divine! There is nothing like it, and my new space, although small, has plenty of this beautiful light. I wanted to take Ashley through multiple outfits, multiple looks, and multiple backgrounds to show that these photo shoots can be tailored to your preferences. You can be photographed HOWEVER you want!

Are you a tulle skirt and flowers kind of gal? Perfect! Do you need a corporate headshot à la Olivia Benson, SVU detective? You got it! Or do you want to go more fine art, reminiscent of Frida Kahlo? We can totally create it. So, how do YOU want to be photographed?

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Client Spotlight | The Bloom Closet Branding Session

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Client Spotlight | The Bloom Closet Branding Session

I was so excited when Sarah of The Bloom Closet reached out to me to help shoot her first look book! Sarah and I actually work together during the day, and we pursue our side hustles on nights and weekends. I am so excited to see her hybrid blog/shop launch, and she has such an amazing style and concept!

The Bloom Closet mixes vintage, second hand pieces with contemporary fashion that is accessible to EVERY women. Once Sarah launches her new venture in early December, select vintage pieces from her posts will actually be for sale. Let me tell you... this woman has a crazy amount of talent when hunting for and selecting vintage pieces. Make sure you check out her Instagram and Facebook for updates, and snag those great, unique, one of a kind pieces!

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Jacksonville Country Club Fall Wedding 02.12.16

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Jacksonville Country Club Fall Wedding 02.12.16

It was a gorgeous fall day in Florida, with the wind blowing, cloudy skies, and not a degree over 75. Monica and Gavin share a love that allows for laughter and joy, with happy tears, and compassion. With their families surrounding them, at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, they pledged their lives to each other. 

I have to say, this was by far one of the most emotional ceremonies I have photographed, and one of the funnest receptions I have ever attended. As Monica slowly walked down the aisle, Gavin couldn't help but be filled with emotion... and frankly so was I! Monica looked absolutely stunning in her Mikaella Bridal ball gown, and even rocked some Beats headphones as she was the Emcee for part of her reception. P.S. her uncle designed and planned the entire reception, and let me tell you, it was gorgeous!

This day would not have been possible without these amazing vendors: 

Venue, Rentals, Catering | Jacksonville Golf + Country Club

Planner + Floral Designer | Ricky Raphael & Perry Tortorelli

Photographer | Amber Nicole Portrait

Videographer + DJ | K2 Media & Photography

Baker | Classic Cakes

Hair + Makeup | Studio Bride

Bridal Shop | The White Magnolia

Bride’s Dress Designer | Mikaella

Bridal Accessories | Nordstrom

Bridesmaids Dress Shop | Bella Bridesmaid

Bridesmaids Dress Designer | Hayley Paige

Groom’s Attire | Michael's Formalwear

Invitation Suite | Minted

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Client Spotlight | Ember's Colorful Second Birthday

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Client Spotlight | Ember's Colorful Second Birthday

When your mom is a talented event planner and designer, and part of Loba Design Co., you have the most EPIC birthday party. From the bright colored tissue paper pom poms, to the amazing ballon and greenery backdrop display, and all of the unique flowers in between. Ashlyn is so talented and this party was so special for young Ember. 

Ashlyn made sure to make this Saturday morning party fun for the adults too! There was a Mimosa/Beermosa bar that paired perfectly with the pancake buffet. Ashlyn and Tim have the sweetest little girl, and the most loving family, and everyone had a blast to celebrate such a special day. 

P.S. Ember's friends are way cooler than I will ever be, and they have more style in their small, pinky toe, than I have ever had in my entire life. Anyone else jealous of this amazing party?!

See the full gallery HERE

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Smoke Bomb Photo Shoot for The Copper Closet

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Smoke Bomb Photo Shoot for The Copper Closet

When Danielle, owner of The Copper Closet, sent me an idea for a eerie shoot full of smoke bombs, and beautiful models... I said "YES" without batting an eyelash. All of the people involved in this shoot were troopers! We fought off pesky mosquitos (probably Zika infected...jk...but not really), crazy wind gusts, and a ton of stinky smoke. 

This shoot was so surreal, and the photos are some of my favorite of all time. This shoot though, was FAR from easy. The models literally had to run with the smoke as it blew away in the wind, and the smoke only lasted for about two minutes. We had a full crew of professionals, and the shoot wouldn't have been successful without them, so make sure you show them some love:

WARDROBE + STYLING: The Copper Closet  |  ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Jaime Morel  |  VIDEOGRAPHER: Russell Ian  |  MODELS: Emily, Lexa, Hope, Haley, Elaina  | SMOKE BOMB AFICIONADO: My fiance, Daniel Romero  |  FULL GALLERY CLICK HERE

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Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

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Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! This is literally my favorite time of the year. Every year kids are so excited for presents under the tree, Santa Clause and Christmas lights, but not me. Nope. I am the weirdo, and I love Halloween way more than any other holiday. Normally I am so focused on my own costume, that I never really had the opportunity to photograph a Halloween inspired shoot. Like what?!

Boy, I am glad I finally did something like this! My sister might actually be a real life witch, and man oh man, these photos feel like they are from some other witchy world. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and out of my normal style, just to experiment and have fun creating something for the sake of creativity. 

P.S. I am really cheap. Like you don't understand... like CHEAP CHEAP! My sister and I managed to do this entire photo shoot for less than $30 including wardrobe! See the links below for a breakdown of where we found everything.

DRESS ($9.99): Forever 21 | FLOWERS ($7.99): Michaels | NAILS (DIY) (approx. $3): Walmart | HAIR (FREE): yours truly | MAKEUP (FREE): Ashley Figlow | CANDLES ($8): Dollar Tree

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Amber Nicole Photography: Extinct

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Amber Nicole Photography: Extinct

Amber Nicole Photography: Extinct

Yes… you read that correctly, this is the announcement I have been hinting at for four weeks now. Amber Nicole Photography is no longer open for business. Now, before you continue further, I am not quitting photography as a whole, rather I am re-positioning my service offerings.

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I have realized that after about two years in the wedding industry, that it is not my true calling. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited for my upcoming nuptials, and I think weddings are an amazing moment shared between two people and their families. I am just being drawn to a different side of photography.  I still believe STRONGLY in the importance of quality wedding photographs, and that those moment may only be re-lived through photos.

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However, I also believe in the importance of portraits of those you love. I believe that life’s other moments are equally as important. I believe that EVERYONE should have their portrait taken as frequently as possible, in order to capture every important detail and moment. I believe that EVERYONE should feel beautiful/handsome when looking at themselves in a printed photograph.

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I want you to think of the time you may have lost a loved one, and the first place you looked for a beautiful memory of your loved one was documented by a portrait. Or when your youngest child is graduating from high school, and you look back to the portrait of her when she was able to hardly sit up on her own. Or when your baby boy is getting married, and you look back to when he had braces, and an innocent smile on his face.

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The idea of existing in photographs intrigues and fuels my passion for photography. I want to spread the idea of printing your photos… because hey, it is kind of hard to frame a USB flash drive. With all of that being said, I am now launching Amber Nicole Portrait, Jacksonville’s newest boutique portrait photography studio!

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I would love to have you follow along in my journey to becoming a portrait photographer:

FACEBOOK | facebook.com/ambernicoleportrait

INSTAGRAM | @ambernicoleportrait

PINTEREST | pinterest.com/anportrait

WEBSITE | www.ambernicoleportrait.com

P.S. I will be completing this year out as a wedding photographer, but I will not be booking any 2017 (and beyond) weddings. If you are in search of a wedding photographer, I have a network of other photographers that I trust, and I would be more than happy to refer them to you. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, and see my website for full details and service offerings!

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Friendor Friday Part Four | The White Magnolia Bridal Collection

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Friendor Friday Part Four | The White Magnolia Bridal Collection

In Jacksonville, FL, I sit among some of the MOST talented creatives I have ever met in my life. The passion and energy that flows within the small, creative businesses baffles me day in and day out. I feel selfish just keeping what I know about these biz owners all to myself. 

Friendor (a combo of "friend" and "vendor") Friday is a four part series of interviews with some of my favorite wedding business owners in North East Florida. I have asked each of them a series of questions, so that you can get to know them a little better, and understand why they love what they do! Here is a list of my Friendors being featured:

  1. PART ONE: Ashlyn Krall, Loba Design Co.
  2. PART TWO: Caleb + Charlee Stoner, Generation Y Entertainment
  3. PART THREE: Tanya Hendricks, Southern Charm Weddings & Events
  4. PART FOUR: Kerrie Hileman, The White Magnolia

Last week you met Tanya of Southern Charm Events, and this week I am pleased to present Kerrie of The White Magnolia Bridal Collection. Kerrie and her team are some of the most fantastic women I know. These ladies truly know how to make a girl feel special on one of the most important days of her life. And I know... because I am a TWM bride myself!!! The quality of service and gorgeous gowns at TWM make for an unforgettable bridal experience for ALL women. Also, at the end of this four-part series, I have a HUGE announcement to make! So stay tuned for the announcement next week! 

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1.  Who are YOU as a biz manager?  

As the owner of The White Magnolia Bridal Collection I'm definitely the person overseeing the operations of our 4 locations (Jacksonville, Tampa, Atlanta, & Greenville)!  I'm from Jacksonville and started our first, original White Magnolia here in the River City.  I love calling Jacksonville home and being able to work day in and day out with our amazing brides here.  I've been married to my wonderful husband, Daniel, for 6 years and have a son, Patrick, and another baby boy due this month.  No little girls yet to take over the bridal biz one day, ha!

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2.  What is the primary focus of your business?  

The White Magnolia Bridal Collection is a bridal gown boutique that focuses on providing our brides with a one-on-one, individualized, personal bridal appointment.  One of our experienced consultants spends an hour and a half with each and every one of our brides to make sure that we get to know her, get to know her style and vision, and guide her through the wedding dress shopping process.  We work with a lot of amazing designers who can customize gowns to our brides needs and vision and so during the bride's appointment, we never leave her side.  We want to make sure she knows all the options that are out there for her to make her wedding dress dreams a reality.

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3.  Why do you LOVE what you do?  

There are many reasons... where to start!?!?  I love brides.  I love being able to get into the moment with them and help create a wedding day look for them that is everything they ever envisioned and more.  Its so rewarding to see a bride have her moment and for her to look at you and thank you for helping make it possible.  It gives me such a rush!  With what we do at The White Magnolia, its truly rewarding.  We get to interact and work with the sweetest customers who are so happy to be there and to be shopping with us.  And what we do is what I like to refer to is "Grown Up Dress Up".... we play until we find the perfect dress!  Who wouldn't love that?!?

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4.  If there was one piece of advice you could give to a bride, what would it be?  

Be open minded and don’t overthink it! When you’re looking for a gown, it’s important to find something that fits your everyday style and is going to complement you, not overwhelm you. Bring the people that mean the most to you and who understand your style and vision for your big day. And most importantly, remember to pick a gown that you will want to look back on thirty years from now and know that you still love it.

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5.  Just for fun... if you had a million dollars... what would you do with it?  

I'd buy a fun log cabin in the mountains.  Somewhere for my friends and family to retreat to and relax during the hot summer months and enjoy the snow in the winter time!  Even though I love it here, a change of scenery is always nice.  Then I would probably use the rest to open a few more TWM locations!   Always thinking business.....ha!

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(left) How adorable is Kerrie photographed by Jessie Preza?! (right) Kerrie is featured here with the TWM Jacksonville team photographed by Justin Demutiis Photography.

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Friendor Friday Part Three | Southern Charm Events

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Friendor Friday Part Three | Southern Charm Events

In Jacksonville, FL, I sit among some of the MOST talented creatives I have ever met in my life. The passion and energy that flows within the small, creative businesses baffles me day in and day out. I feel selfish just keeping what I know about these biz owners all to myself. 

Friendor (a combo of "friend" and "vendor") Friday is a four part series of interviews with some of my favorite wedding business owners in North East Florida. I have asked each of them a series of questions, so that you can get to know them a little better, and understand why they love what they do! Here is a list of my Friendors being featured:

  1. PART ONE: Ashlyn Krall, Loba Design Co.
  2. PART TWO: Caleb + Charlee Stoner, Generation Y Entertainment
  3. PART THREE: Tanya Hendricks, Southern Charm Weddings & Events
  4. PART FOUR: Kerrie Hileman, The White Magnolia

Last week you met Caleb + Charlee of Generation Y Entertainment, and this week I am pleased to present Tanya of Southern Charm Weddings & Events. Tanya is the epitome of southern charm and it flows through her two businesses Southern Charm Weddings & Events and  Southern Charm Vintage & Specialty Rentals. I love show casing her vintage rental pieces in my photos since they fit my style to a tee! Also, at the end of this four-part series, I have a HUGE announcement to make! So stay tuned! 

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1. Who are YOU as a biz owner?

I am the Wedding Mama. My clients quickly become my family thus the nickname! I wear it as a badge of honor. I love taking care of people and love passing on my knowledge on to my clients. I believe in sharing and caring for clients as if they were my own children. I like to think this makes me stand out in the industry.

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2. What is the primary focus of your business?

My business actually has 2 focuses. First and foremost it the wedding planning and coordination. That has been my love and baby for the last 10 years, plus! 3 years ago we added an element near and dear to my heart. I am a lover of anything vintage and antique. There was not an avenue for Brides to find these treasure without traveling to Orlando or Atlanta, so we added on Southern Charm Vintage Rentals. This was a way for me to add that something special to my Brides as well as to bring a much needed commodity to the area. My Brides get to make a wish list and you never know what might jump on the truck. It is my passion to bring the best day possible to my Brides.

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3. Why do you LOVE what you do?

I love making dreams come true. Isn't that what it is all about!

4. If there was one piece of advice you could give to a bride, what would it be?

Don't try to do it all yourself. There is no sense in you and your family being stressed to the max on your wedding day. Hire a professional that knows what they are doing.

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5. Just for fun… if you had a million dollars… what would you do with it?

Well, I would not stop working, like I said this is my passion. So I would definitely be able to do that much more for my clients. I would also spoil the heck out of my grandbabies (who are my other passion in life!)

How adorable is Tanya in her Mini Cooper in this photo taken by Bri of  Bri Cibene Photography !

How adorable is Tanya in her Mini Cooper in this photo taken by Bri of Bri Cibene Photography!

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