"I believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them"

- Diane Arbus -


HELLO - I’m Amy Payne


Photography has been a big part of my life for the last decade and a half. What I love most about photography is that it makes our memories more vivid. A photograph is powerful enough to bring back feelings, sounds, and even smells. Photos can be priceless heirlooms that are cherished for generations.


I fell in love with photography during my freshman year in high school. I had a teacher that saw my talent and guided me into shooting for the school newspaper and yearbook. I loved photographing all the personalities in our high school. I haven't put a camera down since. I attended Ball State University to study Advertising and held a creative internship and was later hired as a Creative Director Assistant at Knoodle Advertising in Phoenix Arizona. I moved back home to end my semester studying abroad in Italy - rough life I know! I finished with a B.S. in Advertising. I moved to Indianapolis in 2014 and started to volunteer to get my name out through photography, I was determined to go full time with photography. I joined several organizations, I got really involved with "International Live Events Association (ILEA Indiana)" and became their president from 2020 - 2022. This is where I met a community of local creatives and grew my name. 


I photograph many types of events such as weddings, conferences, museum programs, exhibit openings, award ceremonies, bar/bat mitzvahs, fundraisers, along with portraits such as headshots, high school seniors and families. With having a background in Advertising, I work hand in hand within many marketing departments for their photography needs.  I will never forget the time I was driving on 465 and saw my image on a billboard for the first time. You can find a lot of my images published in your local magazines such as Fishers, Geist, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, etc... If you visit Conner Prairie and see any marketing images, I most likely took those - along with the Indiana State Museum. 




ILEA Indiana PACE Awards 2023 • Best Photography

The Accents 2022 • Always on Point

ILEA Indiana PACE Awards 2022 • Best Social Event Photography

ILEA Indiana PACE Awards 2022 • Best Corporate Event Photography 

ILEA Indiana President’s Award • April 2019

ILEA International Communications Spirit of Excellence • August 2018

Wedding Day Best Wedding Photograph of 2017 Editor’s Pick • January 2018

ILEA Indiana PACE Awards 2017 • Best Team ILEA Event

ILEA Indiana Rising Star • April 2017

Popular Photography Best Shot • May 2015