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About Soul Gaze Photography

Owner, Amber Flowers, is a full-service photographer, fine art gift shop + website developer based in Glasgow, Kentucky. Working closely with unique souls and small business owners to create photographic art and custom websites. 

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TANGIBLE: My Photographic Mission

Like many, I was gifted a camera as a child and the permanence of a frozen reality intrigued me from a young age. I often explored antique stores with my Grandmother and soon discovered the beauty of cabinet cards and tintypes. Though we may never know who some of these people were, their images still tell a story centuries later. 

As a photographic artist, I feel a responsibility to provide high quality creative imagery from capture to display. As a 'professional' photographer, my mission is to encourage a return to what is becoming a lost art: the need to print and display the tangible.

Although I greatly enjoy the quick simplicity of iPhoneography, the increased availability of mobile devices has quickly resulted in clients preferring digital files with a print release. Many of these clients never print their images and they soon become digital shadows, lost and forgotten. What will happen to their images when technology changes the ability to view content such as with the floppy disk? Printing images is the best way to ensure their protection and enjoy them during our short lives. Of course, natural disasters happen, so I always provide online archival to clients at no extra cost and digitals can still be purchased if so desired.

Being self-taught, I find it limits my creative flow to restrict myself to one genre, so I enjoy the flexibility of photographing a wide variety of subjects. The creative challenge inspires me to continually strive towards visual perfection. I am often far too hard on myself and like most artists, I strive to balance the need to create what satisfies my soul with what will interest the viewer. I value collaborating with my clients rather than taking full control. By working together, we can create something magical.

 

WEBSITES: A Late Night Obsession

I was still just a child when I was gifted an outdated computer that required learning command codes called 'Basic. In a dusty cardboard box were huge floppy disks containing games and programs. I found the entire process fascinating and was forever hooked on technology. As a teen, I was gifted an upgrade: a Dell desktop on Windows '95. Most of my free time after school was learning all I could about how to use it. When I was allowed access to the internet, a whole new world opened up for me. Unlimited potential to learn and create. I discovered the magic of CSS and HTML, I was instantly hooked on coding and customization. I eventually discovered anyone could have their own website, not just big companies. I built my first website on the Yahoo! Geocities platform (enjoy a good laugh), later designing websites on different platforms, searching for the one with the most freedom for creativity. I've built many websites for myself and have always been my own website designer. Currently, my website(s) is/are hosted exclusively using Squarespace and SmugMug. I truly enjoy this late night obsession, so am always willing to assist others any way I can regardless of platform. 

My Equipment

 

Cameras + Lenses

  • Main: Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 135L, 100L Macro, 50 f1.4, 17-40 f4L, Sigma 35 Art.
  • Infrared: Nikon D40 + Nikon 18-55, 55-200, HOYA RM72, Custom Adobe DNG Profile.
  • iPhoneography: iPhone 6 Plus + Instagram, VSCO, Mextures, Lens Distortions, Snapseed.
  • Film: Canon AE-1 Program + Canon 50 1.8, (film info coming soon).

Bag + Tripod

  • Langly 'The Weekender' (black)
  • Swiss Gear (black)
  • MeFoto (carbon fiber).

White Balance + Lighting

  • Raynox DCR-250, X-rite Colorchecker Passport.
  • Canon 580EXII.
 

Tech + Software

  • Toshiba Qosmio 7390.
  • Wacom Intuous 4, Logitech K360 Keyboard.
  • Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and CC.

Website

Self-designed and maintained.

  • Squarespace
  • SmugMug

Other Tools

  • Todoist

  • Dubsado

  • Gmail for Business

  • Google Play Music

 

Awards

 
 

Affiliations

 
 

Legality

After a decade of hobby and volunteer work, Soul Gaze Photography, LLC was legally established by owner Amber Flowers. 

November 19th, 2014: Filed as an Limited Liability Company via Kentucky Secretary of State.
December 2014: Licensed by the City of Glasgow, in Barren County, Kentucky.
January 25th, 2016: Officially Better Business Bureau accredited
Proof of legality is available by request.


Education

All skills are entirely self-taught from real life experience, training, workshops and webinars.

2002:Barren County High School -- Glasgow, KY.
Graduated and earned diploma. Active in art, drama, choir and JROTC.


Galleries & Shows

Public galleries where my work has been on display. 

2012: The Children's Gallery at SKyPAC -- Bowling Green, KY.
Project to benefit adoptions. Search soulgazephoto.com for 'Jeremiah'.


Publications

Local newspapers and other publications of my work. 

2010: The Amplifier, Bowling Green Daily News -- Bowling Green, KY.
Contributor. Provided photography articles with accompanying photography.

The Glasgow Daily Times -- Glasgow, KY.
Provided freelance photojournalism. Twice credited on the cover, several times on website.

Jewish Hospital Leadership Development Guide -- Louisville, KY.
Image purchased and credited as the cover image for the guide.


Project Portfolio

Samples of my work for clients and case studies of those projects.

http://www.soulgazephotography.com/projects

Please note, not all clients or projects are listed.