Amber Rousse started retouching photos as a hobby when she was a teenager in the United States. In 2004 she got an apprenticeship at a photo studio in her hometown of Cloquet, Minnesota. She worked there for 5 years, mostly retouching graduation portraits and weddings. She also took a job at another photo studio in a nearby town of Superior, Wisconsin, where she worked until she moved to Växjö, Sweden in January 2011. Here she established a freelance retouching business, and is currently working under this name in Orange County, California.