When Amber Sovorsky was thirteen years old, she picked up a camera one afternoon and photographed a friend at a local park for fun. “This wasn’t something we had ever done before and when we looked through the images at the end of the day, she said, ‘Amber, you should be a photographer’,” remembers Sovorsky.
The rest, as they say, is history.
These days, the Pennsylvania native lives in a cabin tucked into the mountains just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park and shoots regularly for both burgeoning outdoor brands and private clients—and there’s no length she won’t go to to get the perfect shot.
“I’ve camped with couples, climbed up walls with my photographer gear, and jumped out of planes with an SLR camera on my head and a bite switch in my mouth,” she laughs. “It’s safe to say I’ve lost a lot of lens caps.”
Photography and getting a little dirty outdoors go hand in hand for Sovorksy, which means carrying her full kit of gear isn’t always a possibility. Here, her tips for creating images that break the mold—even when you’re in the middle of an adventure.
Pictured: Women’s Universal Slide Leather
• If you’re like me and you want to spend most of your time shooting and not in front of the computer screen, get it right in the camera.
• Every photographer develops and evolves a certain way. The majority of my work includes wilderness, deep or vibrant colors, and good times. I love photographing real life moments over posed or styled images.
• You can add unique effects to your images while you’re shooting. For some of these shots, I literally put plastic wrap or tin foil around my lens, or shot into the sun for a solar flare.
Pictured: Women’s Original Universal Ombre in Tan
• For the streaks of yellow color you see in some of the photos and often throughout my work—that’s my blonde hair! Use the elements around you (or on you) to create effects in your photos.
• Start experimenting! Shoot through things, obstruct your lens with your hair, hands or trees—anything! Remember, practice makes perfect and a wide-open aperture is key for a very softened look.
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