A Dialog With Pittsburgh Branding, Industrial, and Portrait Photographer Amy Tedrow – Bark & ​​Gold Images

For this week’s Images Weblog Circle publish, I am mixing it up a bit and sharing an interview with my good friend and fellow photographer, Amy Tedrow of Consider, Create, Encourage and Amy Tedrow Images who focuses on serving to entrepreneurs, creatives, small companies, and non-profit organizations level-up their advertising and marketing with skilled images.

Amy gives pictures providers for anybody who’s seeking to replace their advertising and marketing presence. She is obsessed with high quality product images and affords flat lay, e-commerce (white background), life-style, and modeled. As well as, she enjoys photographing occasions for non-profits and small companies as a result of, as she says, “Everybody works so arduous to prepare these occasions, whether or not it’s for fundraising or crew constructing, however photographing the important thing moments is commonly the very last thing on the organizer’s thoughts. I wish to take that stress off them and permit them the chance to take part within the occasion with one much less factor to fret about.”

Photographs offered by Amy Tedrow Images.

If you happen to’re in want of branding, business, occasion, or portrait pictures, I extremely advocate reaching out to Amy. In the mean time, get pleasure from this interview with some of the organized, beneficiant, and type ladies I do know.

Q: How did you land on the area of interest(s) on which you focus?

A: I picked up my first digicam in late 2015 and formally began my enterprise in February 2017. Initially, my first ardour was journey and panorama pictures, which remains to be a ardour undertaking for me; nonetheless, over the course of these few years, a number of family and friends members started asking for images.

I photographed my sister’s wedding ceremony, which was tremendous enjoyable but in addition traumatic in that I used to be terrified of lacking key moments. I spent a number of years photographing seniors and households after which stepped into the world of company headshots, product pictures, and photographing occasions.

As my profession advanced, it grew to become clear that the niches I get pleasure from specializing in (branding and headshots, business, product, and occasion) all assist small companies, non-profits, and entrepreneurs and that grew to become my sole focus.

Q: What units your enterprise aside from others of an analogous area of interest?

A: I labored 14+ years within the company world as a technical author for numerous merchandise and software program in addition to a number of years as a digital communications specialist with experiences in web site design and social media administration. With that huge array of technical expertise, I can present steering on each the technical elements and the inventive strategy of capturing superb images.

It is humorous how, for the time being, you possibly can’t see how these expertise will profit you, however I am unable to inform you what number of instances I’ve been capable of assist a shopper troubleshoot a web site subject or decide the technical specs for {a photograph} wanted for print media. It truly is superb!

Q: What has been probably the most rewarding a part of proudly owning your personal enterprise?

A: Wow, there are various issues that come to thoughts, however an important is the liberty and adaptability that comes together with it.

As an individual who labored a company profession, there have been so many alternatives that I missed with my children rising up as a result of I had a gathering to attend or one thing to finish after working hours. It has been so rewarding to be accessible for my children once they want it; though they’re loads older now, it nonetheless rings true the identical.

My second favourite is the chance to create. Within the technical subject, there weren’t very many alternatives to be inventive until you depend making the margins smaller on a printout! I like to suppose exterior the field and create ways in which assist my prospects succeed. That offers me nice pleasure.

Q: What has been probably the most shocking or surprising a part of proudly owning a enterprise and the way have you ever dealt with that?

A: Hmmm, this can be a thought-provoking query. To reply truthfully, probably the most surprising and troublesome a part of proudly owning my very own enterprise is overcoming the obstacles which are brought on by my very own fears and insecurities. It’s so straightforward to get caught up within the comparability lure, or marvel what others are doing and begin working my enterprise primarily based on others’ success. I’ve discovered that one of the best ways to beat that is to remain in my very own lane and be my true genuine self. I nonetheless wrestle with this daily, however I prefer to remind myself to really feel the concern and do it anyway.

Q: How do you’re feeling you have modified or grown probably the most up to now yr?

A: So many issues to say right here, however I’ll begin with, I’ve grown probably the most after I gave up the notion that the whole lot must be excellent to proceed. As a type-A, detail-oriented particular person, it’s usually troublesome for me to proceed with one thing as a result of, in my eyes, it must be completed proper if I’m going to do it in any respect. I undergo from paralysis evaluation. This has been one thing I’ve been engaged on all my life if I’m sincere, however extra so over the previous few years and I’ve seen lots of development on this space.

Q: Who (or what) conjures up you?

A: My grandmother was such a good looking inspiration to me. She liked the whole lot about life and was an avid photographer as properly. I keep in mind many nights at her dwelling pouring over her stunning picture albums, listening to her share story after story concerning the love of her life, her vocation as an Military Ladies’s Corp (WAC) ambulance driver, and her love for her household.

I’m additionally impressed by my household. My husband is so supportive of me and my loopy concepts, and each of my children are superb people. I’m so blessed and daily I’m grateful!

Photographs offered by Amy Tedrow Images.

Q: What’s one thing most individuals can be shocked to find out about you?

A: My household and I are avid board avid gamers and have fairly the sport closet assortment. My favourite board recreation is the Sport of Life, however my husband says that any recreation the place you refill a minivan full of youngsters will not be profitable. We love to take a seat down on a night and play a fast recreation, or if they’ll speak me into it, a recreation of Threat or some technique recreation that I’ve no likelihood of profitable. It’s all extraordinarily enjoyable. I believe with the period of on-line and video video games, board video games are inclined to get ignored. To me there’s nothing like a superb board recreation to carry family and friends collectively, creating reminiscences that final a lifetime.

Q: Do you’ve gotten a favourite quote or motto that you just attempt to stay by?

A: My good friend gave me an indication to hold in my workplace that has one of the best quote and I adopted it for my life and enterprise. It merely states, “If the plan would not work, change the plan, however by no means change the aim.” This can be a nice reminder to all the time preserve that versatile hat on and be able to pivot. Life is just too brief to proceed the established order. Set targets to your life, after which proceed to make them occur. Every single day may toss stuff new at you, but when the aim would not change, preserve continuing, altering the plan to perform the aim if wanted.

Q: What do you like to do exterior of pictures?

A: I’ve been volunteering with a corporation known as Dwelling in Liberty that works to fight human trafficking in southwestern Pennsylvania by supporting survivors on the streets and of their secure properties, and by offering neighborhood training concerning the realities of economic sexual exploitation in our metropolis. They supply consciousness and prevention coaching and training to varied teams together with skilled care suppliers, legislation enforcement, and neighborhood teams, in addition to advocate for laws to battle trafficking and assist survivors, and deal with youth prevention coaching, preserving our youth secure on-line and in -person.

Additionally they present avenue outreach and a secure dwelling, and their work is supported by their two repurposed thrift shops. This trigger could be very close to and pricey to me and I like each alternative I’ve to carry consciousness to this group. If you want to be taught extra about Dwelling in Liberty, you possibly can go to their web site right here.

Q: If you happen to needed to describe your self as any canine ​​(or animal), what form would that be and why?

A: That may be a hummingbird. They’re so carefree and remind me to stay within the second and luxuriate in life’s easy pleasures. Hummingbirds are additionally seemingly unpredictable, which I like. A few of my fondest reminiscences are sitting on the again porch of my grandmother’s dwelling watching the hummingbirds feed off the attractive flowers in her backyard by no means actually understanding when they are going to seem but so excited once they lastly do. That is my why for selecting a hummingbird as my enterprise emblem, a every day reminder to be unpredictable, carefree, stay within the second, and luxuriate in life’s easy pleasures.

Photographs offered by Amy Tedrow Images.

Q: What are you most enthusiastic about within the coming months?

A: Within the coming months, I plan on exploring extra of my authentic why for pictures. My true ardour lies in touring and creating superb artwork items of the attractive and huge landscapes I see. I goal to carry that pleasure dwelling and create stunning panorama artwork in hopes that those that buy it should get pleasure from that small piece of the world in their very own properties and companies. I shall be touring to Washington State to go to a good friend in July the place we’ll spend a while collectively photographing and after I return, I shall be working to open a web-based storefront promoting my panorama and nature pictures. My dream is to journey and {photograph} stunning landscapes and I’m excited for each alternative I’m given to take action.

Q: The place can individuals discover you (your social media hyperlinks, web sites, and so on.)?

A: You’ll be able to simply discover extra details about me and what I do on my web site, www.believecreateinspire.com, on Instagram at @amytedrowphotography, or on Fb at www.fb.com/amytedrowphotography. If there’s something I can do to assist your enterprise develop or in case you simply wish to communicate, give me a comply with!


If you would like to see your Pittsburgh pet-focused small enterprise featured right here or share a visitor publish that you just suppose Pittsburgh pet mother and father would get pleasure from, I might love to attach and listen to your imaginative and prescient! Select your journey under to start.

Did you get pleasure from this publish? Nice, there’s extra coming your means as a result of it is a part of a pictures weblog circle that includes photographers specializing in quite a lot of niches! To see extra content material like this and what the subsequent photographer is sharing for our weekly theme, “A Dialog With…,” take a look at Gretchen Decker with Gretchen Decker Images, who shares a dialog with Pittsburgh senior photographer Michael Holl of Holl Images. Proceed to click on the hyperlink on the finish of every publish within the weblog circle till you finally discover your means again right here.