I'm a small town girl who moved away and then came right back to Ocean Shores, Washington.
That's where I'm based out of and I quickly learned you can't take the small town out of me.
I love coffee and will leave no coffee shop unturned. I have loved dancing ever since I saw Dirty Dancing for the first time. And on your wedding day, you can rest assured that you'll have a friend right by your side.
Your wedding photos should be the last thing you need to worry about on your wedding day. And aside from capturing beautiful images of the beginning of your lives together, I'll make sure everything runs smoothly.  I pride myself on getting to know the families who I photograph for portrait sessions and being able to really photograph who the person is.  Not just picking up my camera and clicking.  It's about telling your story and to do so, I need to get to know you on a deeper level.  
I've been a full time portrait and wedding photographer for 10 plus years.  But I cover all of Western, Washington and the Portland and surrounding areas as well.
Let's talk about how I can capture you and your family right now or photograph the beginning of your beautiful lives together on your wedding day.  Just send me a note and we can start to chat.
I can't wait to hear from you, so let's have some fun!

Interested in a boudoir photo shoot?  Please go check out Boudoir by Amber Carl for more information.

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I'm Amber!  Your Olympia and Tacoma Photographer.  I can't wait to hear your story!

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Hi there!
I'm Amber and the first thing you should know about me is that everything I do is for my family.  From dance parties in the living room, to cooking together, to family movie nights.  We are definitely in this thing called life together.
And that's why I know that these every day moments are fleeting.  Before we know it those kids will be grown up and starting a life of their own.  And although we have the memories in our minds and hearts, those too sadly start to fade and start to be come muddled.
Until we are shown a photograph.  A photograph can trigger a memory but also a memory attached with emotion.  It has the opportunity to take us back in time if only for a split second.  Which is why on your wedding day, or with your family here as you all are right now, or when you are expecting your first child. I know that this an amazing part of your life and should be remembered forever. 
My job that I am so proud of is to take timeless, lasting images for you.  I  want you to sit down together 20 years from now and remember exactly how you felt on this very day and what was happening in your life.
I know how stressful planning a wedding can be and how crazy life itself can be at times.  The last thing you should have to worry about is having amazing photos to display in your home.  With me as your portrait & wedding photographer, I'll guide you every step of the way.  I take the time to sit down with you and really get to know you so that I can give you images that truly portray who you are right now.  And tell the story that you deserve to have told and will be able to share with generations to come.
Because when the tables are cleared, the rooms are cleaned, the kids have moved out and the house is suddenly quiet again.  There are two things that remain.  Your beautiful partner in crime and all of your photos through the years.  With me as your photographer for all of life's events and moments, you'll know that you'll be able to look back at those photos during those quiet moments and be brought right back to when your home was filled with all of those people that we photographed.
This is the experience that I want you to have. I want to be your portrait & wedding photographer for life.
I'm so excited to hear from you.  So go ahead and check out my portfolio and let's set up a time to talk about your story!

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-Shawnie & Sydney

Amber was amazing! She donated a photo shoot to the Clark County Medical Association award night to go towards their scholarship fund. I saw her work and new I had to bid on the item, lucky for me I won. My daughter and I were having a girls trip and she graduates this year so I thought maybe I will get lucky and she will work us in. She did, met us early in the morning to beat the heat, worked with us on location options and clothing ideas just 3 days after the auction. She was on time, put my daughter right at ease and had us done in just under an hour. The pictures are back and so beautiful! Thanks Amber, hopefully we can get the whole family out here in the fall!


I had the pleasure of having Amber Carl photograph a 4 generation photo shoot with myself, my mom and my daughter. The pictures were so amazing and she made us so comfortable during the process. And because of her impeccable talent I booked my daughter another photo shoot and the picture came out so perfect. I will definitely recommend her services to all my friends and family.

ashley & chelsea

I've known Amber for years now and I've never known a more dedicated person! Whatever she does, she throws herself into it 100%. I loved the work she did with my graduation photos after graduate school and I could think of no one better for my wedding! She really becomes a family member, makes you feel at ease, and listens to what you want. I highly recommend her as a photographer for any of your needs! Thank you for being so amazing Amber!