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Cover Photo Contest Winner Collects International Accolades

Aug 27, 2022 ● By Lisa Sciortino

By Lisa Sciortino

Amber Damour is no stranger to Frisco STYLE Magazine’s annual Cover Photo Contest.

In 2021, three of her original photos were among those selected as contest finalists.  

This year, Damour’s portrait-style photo, titled Poised, claimed the contest’s top prize and graces the cover of Frisco STYLE’s August issue.

The photo was among more than 200 submitted by amateur and professional photographers for the contest that was judged by members of the Frisco STYLE staff.

The visually striking portrait — awash in contrasting gold and blue hues — features a young girl donning an extravagant dress adorned with silk flowers and long, wispy feathers while clutching a tall bouquet.

Damour says she was “surprised” to learn that her photo had been selected as the winning entry. “I opened up my phone first thing in the morning and I was like, `Oh, that’s awesome.’ I was thrilled.”

In designing and creating photos, “I like to play with color a lot. You can tell in that image that I’m using different colors and texture to bring out all sorts of vibrancy in it,” she explains. “The goldness in (the model’s) hair and skin tone and the backdrop, and then the vibrant blue (of the feathers) —that was all just to play off of each other and be dramatic.”

Another of Damour’s photos, titled Summer Garden, was a chosen as finalist in this year’s Cover Photo Contest. It captures a young girl (who happens to be one of Damour’s three daughters) with her back turned toward the camera, admiring a cloud-speckled sky while standing amid rows of dark, leafy green vegetables.  

Damour began her career as a professional photographer six years ago after her husband purchased a camera for her following the birth of the couple’s first daughter. “It’s kind of a typical story for mom photographers,” she says, explaining that she soon began receiving positive comments about the photos she was snapping.  

When the job she had been working ended unexpectedly, “I found myself very quickly needing to do something” that would replace the family’s lost income. Damour — a resident of the Kaufmann, east of Dallas — decided to turn her passion for photography into a career. “Within a couple of days, I had a website up and business cards made. … I’m very much a go-getter and just went headfirst and digested every little thing I could find out about photography.”

In the years that followed, she built a thriving business, Amber Damour Photography, and opened a studio in downtown Dallas. She mentors up-and-coming photographers and also teaches photography classes and workshops throughout the country, including for the Fort Worth Professional Photography Association, among others.  

Damour is a member of the Dallas Professional Photographer’s Association, Texas Professional Photographers Association (TPPA) and the Professional Photographers Association of America. She has entered her works in numerous national and international photography contests and earlier this year won several awards from the TPPA as well as a first-place trophy in the portrait category at WPPI, a prestigious, international wedding, portrait and print competition. 

Lisa Sciortino is managing editor of Frisco STYLE Magazine.