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Hey everyone! Mom Squad Central has been doing the Sunday Spotlight for quite some time now. These Q&A sessions really help our readers get to know our Mom Squad businesses better and are wildly popular. It’s a little extra P.R thing we do for our Mom Squaders, or for any local business for that matter! This week I have the pleasure of interviewing someone who is not only one cool Mama, but she is helping me with her photography skills on a very special project with Minnesota Parent Magazine! WOOT! Welcome Amy from Studio North Photography! Hey Miss Amy, tell us about your business. When did you start and how long you’ve been in business too.
Amy: Studio North Photography has been a work in progress for over a decade but I made it official about 2 years ago. I have had a love of photography for as long as I can remember, the first wedding I shot took place before I was even out of high school. While in college I interned at two studios; One specialized in wedding photography and the other in children’s portraits. Since then I have been building experience and growing my portfolio finally creating Studio North a couple of years ago.
ME: Share what attracted you to this business, and what you like most about it.
Amy: The thing I like most about photography is knowing that the work I am doing will be kept as memories… getting to be there when grooms see their bride for the first time in that gorgeous dress, getting to photograph new parents who are just discovering how wonderful it is to bring a new life into this world, and trying to keep up with the energy of kids and seeing their parents look at the proofs laughing because I’ve caught an expression on their child that is so fitting of their personality.
ME: I seen some of your work and it.is.amazing. What has been your biggest challenge with your business thus far?
Amy: I think the most challenging aspect for me has been learning what works and what doesn’t… and having to do it on my own dime. It is so much easier to purchase marketing materials or a newspaper ad when you are working for a company that will pay for it. When I invest in some form of advertising that has little or no impact I try to consider it paying for the lesson (kinda like paying for college)
ME: Is there anything you’d like to share about your family or your life?
Amy: This coming August I will have been married to my husband for eight years, we met while in high school but waited until after I finished college to get married. We have a very handsome 3 year old son, who has not gone a single day of his life without surprising me in some way!
ME: Name a role model in your life. Could be a family member or celebrity. Just a name of someone who you look up to and why.
Amy: I don’t think I could name just one person there have been so many people in my life that have impacted me in profound ways… my husband who is unwavering in his ability stand up and do what needs to be done even under the most difficult circumstances; my parents and their influence which is so large I couldn’t even begin to make a list; and my life long friend who has always been the kind of person I strive to be.
ME: Do you have any advice for other Moms/parents in business?
Amy: My advice is to not get so overwhelmed in business that you miss being a Mom/Dad… balance is good. It keeps you sane!
ME: Yes, that’s a tough one. Family FIRST is always what I say, but sometimes it’s easier said-than-done. For me, weekends are family time and I try to leave all work “somewhere else”. Before you know it, years have flown by and your chubby cheeked little kids are big, noisy, and asking for the car keys! Where do you see yourself in 5 years?.
Amy: One thing that I have learned over the past few years is to not make too many plans. For one it can blind you to opportunity. If you are too focused on a target it takes away your peripheral vision and you’ll miss opportunities that you never even thought existed. And second, in my experience plans never happen they way you envision them. I say, prepare yourself, build a solid base, and go with the flow!
ME: Man, that’s great advice. Sometimes I think I push so hard to move forward in my dreams and goals, I end up going backwards! Roadblocks drive me nuts. Especially self-created ones 🙂 Name one pet peeve in your life.
Amy: When people over-promise and under-deliver. In business as in life, if you promise something, make sure you can deliver.
ME: YES! Don’t tell me a fairy tale, tell me the reality of what you can do for me! If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Amy: I would want the ability to read my son’s mind… no one else’s…. just his.
ME: ha! I think that’s every parent’s dream. I love to be just a little trickier than my little buggers! What do you or your family do for fun and recreation?
Amy: I personally enjoy getting outside, whether for gardening or just playing around. I also enjoy a good book. And although I never find time to do it, I love to draw.
ME: Is there one type photo shoot you have the most passion for?
Amy: Honestly I enjoy them all for different reasons… Children because of their energy and strong personalities, families for the relational aspect, weddings because it’s wonderful to get to witness and capture that beautiful day, high school seniors for their creativity… But if I was forced to choose one it would be newborns because they are just so precious and I don’t know if there is anything better than a new baby!
ME: I high recommend everyone clicking on your “babies and bellies” gallery. Some of those baby pics made my ovaries weep! (baby fever alert!). You have some of these pictures on Facebook as well, correct?
Amy: Yes! Just look up Studio North Photography on Facebook and “Like” us!… the last time I checked we were the only ones.
ME: If you could do anything for a living, and money was no object, what would you do?
Amy: Probably what I am doing… I have wanted to be a photographer for as long as I can remember!
ME: I love, love LUV, issuing this challenge 🙂 Share if you dare, one of your most embarrassing parenting moments.
Amy: I think I have blocked them all from my memory because I know worse has happened but the only thing I am can think of right now is being the Mom with the kid who is crying up and down every aisle of the grocery store. And I’m not sure if that is embarrassing, or mostly just frustrating.
ME: Tell us “one thing you know for sure”.
Amy: I know that I love my family… beyond that I have become a firm believer that the only constant is change.
ME: Awesome answer! I look forward to working with you for our Minnesota Parenting Magazine shoot. And I want to encourage our readers to watch for Studio North’s coupon in the upcoming Edition 7 Mom Squad Coupon packs (due out around Feb 1). Amy has a great deal inside our packs so be sure and get your hands on one. In the meantime, here’s how you can get ahold of her:
Phone #: (218) 330-3299
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