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


For this week’s Pictures Weblog Circle put up, I’m 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 Pictures who focuses on serving to entrepreneurs, creatives, small companies, and non-profit organizations level-up their advertising with skilled images.

Amy gives images providers for anybody who’s seeking to replace their advertising presence. She is enthusiastic about high quality product photographs and presents 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 laborious to arrange these occasions, whether or not or not it’s for fundraising or workforce 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.”

Pictures supplied by Amy Tedrow Pictures.

If you happen to’re in want of branding, industrial, occasion, or portrait images, I extremely advocate reaching out to Amy. Within the meantime, take pleasure in this interview with probably the most 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 digital camera in late 2015 and formally began my enterprise in February 2017. Initially, my first ardour was journey and panorama images, 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 marriage ceremony, which was tremendous enjoyable but in addition anxious in that I used to be afraid of lacking key moments. I spent a number of years photographing seniors and households after which stepped into the world of company headshots, product images, and photographing occasions.

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

Q: What units what you are promoting other than others of an identical area of interest?

A: I labored 14+ years within the company world as a technical author for varied 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 features and the inventive means of capturing superb photographs.

It’s humorous how, in the meanwhile, you possibly can’t see how these abilities will profit you, however I can’t let you know what number of occasions I’ve been capable of assist a consumer troubleshoot a web site difficulty or decide the technical specs for {a photograph} wanted for print media. It really is superb!

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

A: Wow, there are lots of issues that come to thoughts, however a very powerful is the liberty and suppleness that comes together with it.

As an individual who labored a company profession, there have been so many alternatives that I missed with my youngsters 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 obtainable for my youngsters after they want it; though they’re so much older now, it nonetheless rings true the identical.

My second favourite is the chance to create. Within the technical area, there weren’t very many alternatives to be inventive except 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 provides me nice pleasure.

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

A: Hmmm, it is a thought-provoking query. To reply truthfully, essentially the most surprising and tough a part of proudly owning my very own enterprise is overcoming the obstacles which might be attributable to 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 operating my enterprise primarily based on others’ success. I’ve realized that the easiest way to beat that is to remain in my very own lane and be my true genuine self. I nonetheless wrestle with this on daily basis, however I prefer to remind myself to really feel the worry and do it anyway.

Q: How do you’re feeling you’ve modified or grown essentially the most previously yr?

A: So many issues to say right here, however I’ll begin with, I’ve grown essentially the most once I gave up the notion that all the things must be excellent to proceed. As a type-A, detail-oriented particular person, it’s typically tough for me to proceed with one thing as a result of, in my eyes, it must be achieved 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 trustworthy, however extra so over the previous few years and I’ve seen loads of development on this space.

Q: Who (or what) conjures up you?

A: My grandmother was such a lovely inspiration to me. She beloved all the things about life and was an avid photographer as properly. I keep in mind many nights at her residence 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 youngsters are superb people. I’m so blessed and on daily basis I’m grateful!

Pictures supplied by Amy Tedrow Pictures.

Q: What’s one thing most individuals could be stunned to study you?

A: My household and I are avid board players 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 children is just not profitable. We love to sit down down on a night and play a fast recreation, or if they will speak me into it, a recreation of Danger 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 likely to get neglected. To me there may be nothing like a superb board recreation to carry family and friends collectively, creating reminiscences that final a lifetime.

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

A: My good friend gave me an indication to hold in my workplace that has the most effective quote and I adopted it for my life and enterprise. It merely states, “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, however by no means change the aim.” It is a nice reminder to all the time hold 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. Each day may toss something new at you, but when the aim doesn’t change, hold continuing, altering the plan to perform the aim if wanted.

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

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

Additionally they present road outreach and a protected residence, and their work is supported by their two repurposed thrift shops. This trigger may be very close to and expensive to me and I like each alternative I’ve to carry consciousness to this group. If you want to be taught extra about Residing 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 sort would that be and why?

A: That might be a hummingbird. They’re so carefree and remind me to reside 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 residence watching the hummingbirds feed off the attractive flowers in her backyard by no means actually realizing when they are going to seem but so excited after they lastly do. That is my why for selecting a hummingbird as my enterprise brand, a day by day reminder to be unpredictable, carefree, reside within the second, and luxuriate in life’s easy pleasures.

Pictures supplied by Amy Tedrow Pictures.

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 images. 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 residence and create stunning panorama artwork in hopes that those that buy it is going to take pleasure in that small piece of the world in their very own properties and companies. I will likely be touring to Washington State to go to a good friend in July the place we are going to spend a while collectively photographing and once I return, I will likely be working to open a web based storefront promoting my panorama and nature images. 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 site, and so on.)?

A: You may simply discover extra details about me and what I do on my web site,, on Instagram at @amytedrowphotography, or on Fb at If there may be something I can do to assist what you are promoting develop or when you simply wish to be in contact, give me a comply with!

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Did you take pleasure in this put up? Nice, there’s extra coming your means as a result of it’s a part of a images 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 Pictures, who shares a dialog with Pittsburgh senior photographer Michael Holl of Holl Pictures. Proceed to click on the hyperlink on the finish of every put up within the weblog circle till you finally discover your means again right here.



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