We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Nghe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Three words come to mind whenever I have a big decision to make and it’s “You’re gonna die.” I definitely wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with death but I do think about death when I’m scared to take a leap or make a risk. Basically we are all going to die and I just wouldn’t want to leave this planet without going for all the things I wanted to – the scarier or riskier the better.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I photograph families and newborns in NY and SF with a focus on real, candid moments. Some of my favorite images I’ve created are ones where eyes are close, hair is in the face and everybody is laughing. I think my story might sound familiar because I know quite a few photographers who also started out the same way -the turning point was really when I had my first baby. I was involved in something completely different at the time but it did involve working with children. They are naturally curious and joyful and some of the funniest people I know. I started photographing my baby to create memories and then started photographing the neighbor’s kids too. And it kind of snowballed into a business. It wasn’t easy per se since I had a lot to learn about the business side of photography but I will say that when I found a photography group, it helped me immensely to have a group of people that I can bounce ideas, ask questions, and even collaborate with. Doing this by yourself is not as fun as when you have others who can support you and vice versa. I love helping out any photographer. It’s not an easy business!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In SF: I love the Ferry Building and especially the famers’ market at the Ferry Building! It has the best vendors and food. On a beautiful day, it’s brimming with people, both locals and tourists, so it makes for great people watching. I also love the Sunset – very cute shops, restaurants and cafes and it’s close to one of my favorite places in SF, which is the Botanical Gardens. I can easily spend a whole day there.
In NY: I love walking around Soho and window shopping. It also has some of the tastiest treats in the city such as Dominque Ansel’s infamous cronuts. Walking along the East River Park is also really nice and gives beautiful bridge views – there are so many to scope out! My all-time favorite museum is the Met. I love to go there and then wander through Central Park and make it to Bethesda Terrace.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wolfpack of women that I lean on everyday.
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