Amelia was born in London in 1974. Her interest in photography began in her late teens, when her father gave her a camera. Whilst completing a degree in American Studies, Amelia used the time to photograph the world around her.
At 22 years old she won The Ian Parry award for her social documentary story ‘Dublin’s Urban Cowboys.’ In 1998, she won a place on The World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class. In 1999, she was shortlisted for The Infinity 'Young Photographer of the year' award by The International Centre of Photography in New York.
Amelia is the author of three books. Trouble with Amelia (Booth Clibborn 2003) . Joan of arc had style (Trolley Books 2015) & Malta Diaries (Trolley Books 2006). In 2020, saw the publication of four Café Royal book titles: Manchester, Dublin, Soho, and Motorhead.
Her work has been exhibited around Europe, including The Design Museum, Phillips De Pury, Photo London, World Press Photo (Amsterdam) & Spazju Kreattiva (Malta). She has been commissioned by The Sunday & Saturday Times, The Observer, Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, TIME, Vogue, NY Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Stern, El Pais, Tatler & Dazed among others.