Women in Photography Conference


In August 2016, Amber Leach organised the Women In Photography Conference to bring together like-minded creative photographers and film makers.

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“Plymouth and the surrounding areas are bursting with talent – there are people working in communities locally and internationally and using photography to tell stories and share important messages with the world. It is really important to showcase these women, their work and all the exciting things they are doing in the industry and to celebrate their successes. I think women are unrepresented in the photography industry, especially in the South West. People think that creativity stops at Bristol, but it certainly does not! This is the chance to put Devon and Cornwall on the map for photography and film. There are so many amazing projects happening every day and this is the perfect platform to share it” says Amber Leach.

Amber organised the Women in Photography conference so she could bring together other like minded creative photographers and film makers who share this passion and to connect with more people that understand their life as a self employed freelance photographer/film-maker. Most photographers and film makers work alone and working life can get a little isolated from other professional photographers. It is proven that friends ‘at work’ form a strong social support network for each other, both personally and professionally. Whether cheering for each other on big wins, consoling each other about mistakes, giving advice, or providing support for personal situations, comradeship at work can boost an employee’s spirit and provide needed assistance. There are lots of groups for photographers online but nothing just for women, so this is the first of its kind. The conference is a great avenue for people to connect online and in person. It’s very exciting to meet and collaborate with some new like minded creatives!

Amber Leach of Liberty Pearl Photography, organiser of the Women In Photography Conference

Marie Hill documenting life in Cambodia

The event on August 26 sought to motivate and encourage the growth of female professionals within the photography and videography industry. It also hoped to provide a unique opportunity for like minded photographers and film makers, who are passionate about photography, to get together and listen to some truly inspirational women in photography.

Hosted by Amber Leach, Owner of award winning photography agency Liberty Pearl Photography, conference attendees heard from such inspirational speakers as Olivia Bossert, Fashion and Bridal Photographer, and Editor in Chief of Atlas Magazine, Marie Hill, Documentary Photographer in Cambodia and Abi Galatia, Wedding and Portrait Photographer. Dr Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University and Penny Cross, Press Photographer at The Evening Herald newspaper also shared their experiences of the photography industry.

All money raised from ticket sales will be donated to two charities which focus on turning people’s lives around: Restore, a charity aiding survivors of human trafficking and Mission Possible Bulgaria, a Christian Missions and Aid organisation.

The conference was organised by Amber Leach, founder of Liberty Pearl Photography – a photography agency which specialises in wedding photography but also photographs events, family photo shoots, vintage photo booths, and works with number of commercial clients and charities in the city.

Amber quit her well paid full time job to start her photography business in November 2013. She started completely from scratch, with no business training whatsoever. The business is less than three years old and has already achieved the following accolades: Winner of Plymouth’s Top Photographer 2015 & 2016, nominated for The Guardian Best New Start Up award 2014, finalist in the Westcountry Wedding Awards 2015 and finalist in the South West Wedding Awards 2016.

To find out more about Liberty Pearl Photography, contact Amber Leach on 07863 889677 or email libertypearlphotography@gmail.com.