17 September 2015
Amber Hooper developed her passion for photography as a teenager in Mudgee, NSW, when she picked up her dad’s old 35mm film camera and knew she wanted to be a photographer.
After studying photography, she returned to Mudgee and established her own commercial photography business. Although she loves to travel and capture the world through her lens, Amber says her home town has always been the heart of her photography.
‘Visually, the region is a stunning blend of rural aspects, heritage facades and contemporary wine and food,’ says Amber. ‘There is so much colour and beauty, from the dirt roads meandering through the endless vineyards to the late afternoon glow on the hilltops. I find it really relaxing waiting for the perfect light to capture a scene and to take in my surrounds. It really connects me to my photography.’
Amber’s love of Mudgee led her to start The Mudgee Project Blog, taking one photo around the region each week for a year to depict the changing seasons and the variety of local community events. The project began as a way for Amber to share her photography with the community and developed a strong online following.
Whether photographing a vineyard scene for Mudgee Region Tourism, out on a location shoot or capturing charity work in Africa, Amber is always waiting for the perfect shot.