While the work of a professional photographer is varied, Autumn Chambers admits, “I love capturing those precious moments in life. I love photographing families in their own element, doing their own thing.” Finding the ideal setting might mean visiting a family at home or any number of settings from city scenes to down on the farm, even the county fair.
Growing up in a family with a mother fully engaged in art meant that Autumn was exposed to a wide range of artistic forms as a child. By the time she was in her early teens she had discovered photography just might be her niche. Having become proficient with her digital camera, Autumn was asked to photograph a wedding; being 15 years old at the time wasn’t a deterrent as she recruited her older sister to be her driver as well as her photography assistant. The experience – and the resulting photographs – were pleasing enough that she wanted to immerse herself in the artform.
“Lauren Simmons, my high school art teacher at Barren County High School, was very supportive of my interest. She helped me create an independent study curriculum which allowed me to explore photography through workshops as there were no photography classes offered at the time,” Autumn recalled. “It was awesome to have the opportunity to see if photography was something I wanted to do as a career after high school.”
Armed with her high school diploma, Autumn headed to Western Kentucky University where she enrolled as a photojournalism student. “I loved it, but I found it wasn’t what I really wanted to do,” Autumn said. “So, I transferred to Nossi College of Art in Nashville,” where she earned a degree in commercial photography and took advantage every opportunity to hone her skills. “While at Nossi, I had the chance to study abroad in Greece where I developed a passion for fine art photography,” she recalled.
As a young adult, Autumn found herself splitting her time between photography and work elsewhere, a setup she and her husband found didn’t always work smoothly. In May 2016, the couple decided Autumn should dedicate one year to being a full-time photographer, doing much of her work in their home. “After one year – which ended in May 2017 – we realized it was working and it was time to take it to the next level.”
To further her work, the Chambers realized, “it was either make our home more comfortable for our clients or find a place that was more comfortable for our clients and our family.”
“I’ve always loved our downtown square and the hometown feel of it. Finding 134 East Public Square vacant seemed to be a sign that this was right,” Autumn said. “This is a dream come true to have my own creative oasis and store front for Photography by Autumn. Now moved into the storefront with vast spaces for settings and props, Photography by Autumn will hold a grand opening next Tuesday, July 25 at 5 p.m. during the Shindig on the Square.
Photography by Autumn specializes in newborn, wedding, school and high-school senior, family, head-shots, event, commercial and lifestyle portraits and offers studio and on-location photography sessions. The studio is open by appointment but will have regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.
For more information and to book photography sessions, visit