Meet the Owner, Amber Flowers
Some say I'm wild and eccentric. I've been compared to Anne of Green Gables mixed with Daenerys Targaryen and Scarlett O'Hara. If you recognize and embrace the vibrant tenacity contained within the souls of which those names belong, then we'll get along nicely. Possibly even be kindred spirits for life. ;)
Throughout my existence, I have had a passion for all things nature. There is something deeply alluring about the feel of the sun on my skin, the wind in my hair and the freedom to explore. Having been born and raised in southern Kentucky, I frequently explore Mammoth Cave National Park for the rugged beauty contained safely within and any nearby waterfall, cave or nature preserve I could find. With every adventure, so much of nature inspires me, from the smallest spider to the largest tree, yet something about lightning and storms fascinates me deep within my soul and thrills me like 4th of July. Ironically, I greatly feared severe weather as a child, but with age discovered I could utilize knowledge to calm my inner storm. I now volunteer as a trained SKYWARN spotter. In 2017, Soul Gaze Photography, LLC was accepted as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™. Due in part to my devoted fascination towards weather, I am willing to work in any weather or season regardless of terrain. Rugged or urban, we'll have an adventure. Not everyone is intrigued by the notion of creating such raw, experimental images, but I find that the best images are those made during the most adventurous days without the pressure of perfection.
When not creating, you'll find me singing, gardening or exploring local antique stores. We frequently go hiking, but I most adore swimming under the stars while a warm fire glows along the water's edge. I consume every new experience with the eyes of a child. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Besides, we're dying every second from the moment we are born, might as well make each day count.
I reside in Nobob, 11mi SE of Glasgow, Kentucky with my Husband, two children and pets (mostly cats). Meow!
Meet My Family
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
My journey into website design started somewhere around 1995. I was gifted an outdated computer that worked using code called 'Basic' with huge floppy disks with games and programs. It fascinated me into what would later become an addiction to technology.
My first 'real' computer was a Dell desktop running Windows '95. I was in either middle or high, I can't recall, and spent most of my free time learning all I could about how to use it. Once I was allowed access to the internet, a whole new world opened up. Unlimited potential to learn and create. My creative skills increased rapidly after graduation. I had discovered new things like Yahoo! Geocities and MySpace. I built my first website on the Geocities platform (enjoy a good laugh), later using Wix, Weebly, Webs, Blogger and Wordpress. Now I use and design websites almost exclusively on Squarespace and Smugmug and am active on social media platforms. It started as a way to share my work and writing, but once I discovered the magic of CSS and HTML, I was hooked on coding and customization! Since, I've built many websites for myself and others over the years and I've always been my own website designer. It's my late night obsession!
About Soul Gaze Photography
After a decade of hobby and volunteer work, Soul Gaze Photography, LLC was legally established November 19th, 2014 with the Kentucky Secretary of State and licensed with the City of Glasgow in December. Officially BBB accredited, January 25th, 2016. Proof of legality is available by request.
2002 - Barren County High School -- Glasgow, KY. Recieved diploma. Was active in art, drama, choir and JROTC.
2012 - The Children's Gallery at SKyPAC -- Bowling Green, KY. Project to benefit adoptions. Soulgazephoto.com: Jeremiah.
The Amplifier, Bowling Green Daily News -- Bowling Green, KY. Contributor. Photography and articles. [find 25th info]
The Glasgow Daily Times -- Glasgow, KY.
Jewish Hospital Leadership Development Guide -- Louisville, KY.