We’re back with another fandom photographer spotlight! This spotlight is on Amy of Amy Marie Photography! Read below to see her answers, as well as some of her amazing photos!
Nerds and Beyond: How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
Amy: I’ve kind of always been the one who had a camera in her hand…from when I was little. My grandpa was really into cameras and had his own small collection of cameras. I was the one who always took photos at family gatherings and such. I started to go to concerts when I was a teenager and I took loads of photos there and it sort of just stuck with me. I started with disposable cameras back then and the photos are truly …truly horrible. I got my first DSLR in 2011 and have been teaching myself since then.
Nerds and Beyond: What originally inspired you to start doing fandom (cons, concerts, etc.) photography?
Amy: I don’t know that I was ‘inspired’… I really started with concerts when I was young because I wanted memories.. I’ve been chasing that ultimate concert photo since then. Cons sort of evolved from that.
Nerds and Beyond: What fandoms are you most known for photographing?
Amy: Supernatural cons are the ones I get most of my circulation from on Tumblr and Twitter. Concerts have been picking up lately, so mostly the 1D boys solo and such.
Nerds and Beyond: What equipment are you usually using?
Amy: For cons, I’ve used lots of DSLR bodies, the d3000, d90, d5000, and now I’ve moved to the full frame d750. Lenses I used to use the 70-300mm but recently it’s been only the 70-200mm f/2.8. For concerts, I have alternated between the sx50/sx60 but recently have been loving the canon g7x.
Nerds and Beyond: Which events are typically your favorite to photograph?
Amy: I love concerts. I live for them, honestly. I’m not entirely sure I know how to enjoy a concert without a camera in my hand. I imagine that’s why I love shooting the Saturday Night Special, it’s the blend between concerts and cons.
Nerds and Beyond: What would you say right now, is your favorite photo you’ve ever taken?
Amy: My favorite photos right now are probably these two.
Nerds and Beyond: If given the opportunity are there any celebrities that you’d like to work with?
Amy: I’ve had the chance to work with Briana Buckmaster and she was amazing. Aside from Jensen & Jared, I’d love the chance to work with Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, or Selena Gomez or most any touring band.
Nerds and Beyond: Are there any other photographers who personally inspire you or whose work inspires you?
Amy: Personally, I have looked up to Chris (@chrisschmelke) for a long while. He’s pretty inspiring and a hell of a person too. I have a couple friends that I’ve made in fandom that are fantastic photogs and really encouraging and inspiring. My friend, Brooke Hall (@brookehallphoto) is inspiring and dedicated and extremely talented. And Emily (@emilypixels) is a friend who has been doing 1D photos as a semi-pro fan photographer and she does great work. As for photogs, I really love Christian Tierney’s (@_ctierney) tour work with Niall Horan as well as Conor McDonnell (@conormcdphoto). Ashley Osborn (@ashleyophoto) is currently working with All Time Low on their tour and her stuff is really fantastic.
Nerds and Beyond: Do you have any advice, tips, tricks or words of wisdom for other photographers/aspiring photographers?
Amy: Shoot what inspires you. Shoot for you. There are going to be photos that you take that you absolutely love and you feel immensely proud of or connected to and it may fall flat on your socials or when you post it… don’t let that stop you. Be proud of what you do. Never stop learning or challenging yourself.
Nerds and Beyond: Do you have an online store or website where we can see more of your work?