Well, hey there!

I'm Amber,

and I'm so glad you are here!

I am a Portrait and Branding Photographer

with over a decade of experience,

an authentic storyteller,

an educator,

and a small business cheerleader!

I am passionate about creating portraits...
I am inspired by the stories of all of my clients and want nothing more than to bring them lasting joy through the images we create together. No matter where you are in life, this moment is worthy of being captured. I love capturing iconic and classic legacy portraits for my clients that will be cherished for generations. When you step into my studio, I promise it will be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Whether we are celebrating a milestone birthday with a beauty session or you bring in your mom and daughter for a generational portrait - the memories we capture together will stay with you forever.
When it comes to small business...
Collaborating and cheering on other small businesses and entrepreneurs lights my soul on fire! With a degree in Branding and Marketing and almost a decade of experience in business, I know how to create powerful imagery to not only help you reach but surpass your business goals. Professional photography has the power to elevate your brand to an entirely new level and get you in front of your ideal clients. Whether it’s through personal branding, headshots for your entire team, product photography, or personable and casual images for your marketing and social media campaigns, I have you covered.

How my story started...

For as long as I can remember, holding a camera in my hand has brought me so much joy. When I was younger, my parents even decided at one point to put me on a film allowance - just one roll per week. Nothing could compare to the excitement of sitting at the one-hour photo lab waiting for my double set of prints to be developed - one for me and one for my bestie. As the years went on, I reached for my camera less and less, but after a very hard pregnancy with my youngest child, I picked the camera back up to heal. I needed to heel physically and mentally, and the creativity healed my soul. I will never forget the night I rolled over in bed and told my husband I wanted to start my own business. Thankfully, he supported me without hesitation and has always been my biggest cheerleader ever since. I could have never made it to where I am today without the love and support of my family, friends, and incredible clients. I want my legacy to be one of spreading joy and making a positive impact on those around me. I am forever grateful that I am able to do this with a camera in my hand, doing what I love most.

Interested in booking a session and want to chat to chat more?  Contact Me!

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As a lifelong learner and educator...
I am a firm believer that there is something new to learn every day. As a photographer, I am constantly pushing my skills, learning new techniques, and finding new and better ways to serve my clients. On any given day, I've listened to at least an hour or two of a class on one of my favorite educational platforms or even a podcast or two. My mom was an educator and instilled the importance that there was always something new to learn. Her passion inspired me to become an educator as well, and at her encouragement, I taught photography at the college level for many years. Although I'm not in the classroom anymore, I love teaching workshops and mentoring other business owners, but I spend far more time as a student.

Mentoring for photographers, entrepreneurs & small business owners.

As a multi-passionate entrepreneur and owner of multiple businesses for over a decade, I know just how hard it can be to try and "do it all." Whether you are just starting off in business and don't know where to begin, or you've been doing this for years but need help leveling up - I'm here to help. My superpower focus areas include defining + redefining your brand, crafting a memorable + impactful client experience, making your marketing effort count, streamlined workflows, pricing for profit + sustainability, and creating a work/life balance.

Studio 557 is a creative coworking + workshop studio focused on cultivating a collaborative community for passionate entrepreneurs. Our rentable blank canvas studio for creative entrepreneurs holds endless possibilities to personalize. Featuring huge 10’ wall-to-wall windows with tons of natural light, light floors, and white walls for a clean, blank slate to make your own. We offer not only studio lighting but also backdrops and multiple furniture options for your rentals. Studio 557 is also available to the community to rent for small private events, parties, and baby or bridal showers.


Want to see more of what I’m up to? 

Follow my Blog to see my latest sessions,
hop to Facebook for all the best sneak peeks,
check me out on Instagram for some behind-the-scenes action,
or see where I get inspiration on my Pinterest boards.


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Family Gallery Wall Art Collage by Amber Foster Smith Photography

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