Meet The Owner, Amber Flowers
There is something deeply alluring about the feel of the sun on my skin, the wind in my hair and the freedom to explore. Throughout my existence, I have had a passion for all things nature. Having been born and raised in southern Kentucky, I frequently explore Mammoth Cave National Park for the rugged beauty contained safely within. 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™. This also means that I work in any weather or season. Rugged or urban, we'll have an adventure!
I reside in Nobob, 11mi SE of Glasgow, Kentucky with my Husband, two children and pets (mostly cats). Meow!
About Soul Gaze Photography, LLC
After a decade of hobby and volunteer work, Soul Gaze Photography, LLC was legally established November 19th, 2014 with the Secretary of State and licensed with the City of Glasgow in December. Officially BBB accredited, January 25th, 2016.
Photography: I Capture Souls
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: My Late Night Obsession
Just as with photography, my journey into website design started from a young age. I was given an old computer that worked using code called 'Basic' and huge floppy disks for games. I loved it! My first 'real' computer was a Dell desktop running Windows '95. I was in school still (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. My photography and art skills began to increase after high school. I discovered things like Geocities, Yahoo Chat and MySpace. I built my first website on the Geocities platform, 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!