We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy K Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy K, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
As with any journey, there is always a mix of ups and downs. When I was preparing to launch my business, I took an on-line business school, called B-School, from Marie Forleo. (www.marieforleo.com) This course spoke to many of the practical items of choosing to be an entrepreneur, like “How to Know What Business to Start”, or understanding and applying “Profit Clarity”, or how important it is to have multiple streams of revenue. One of the most poignant lessons was based on one of Marie’s most famous quotes, “Everything is Figureoutable”. There have been times over the last 4 years, when I had $10 to my name, or encountered an issue with printing my cards, or felt completely overwhelmed by the amount of debt I took on to make this dream happen, and I would be ready to give up, and then I would remember….”Everything is Figureoutable”. Making the decision to believe that I can figure things out, do it afraid and trust the process has been the most important decision to contribute to my success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe that We All Have a Story to Tell, and that our stories are the heartbeat of our lives. Stories inspire us, create connection and build the framework for our lives. From our family portraits to marketing & social media, we all want beautiful images that capture the moments of our lives, engage our customers with our products, and tell our story well. My story, with photography, began in college when I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time. Seeing the world through the lens of my camera opened up a whole new perspective for me and since then, photography has been a major part of my journey. When I returned from traveling, I added a minor in photography to my college studies, eventually graduating from Metro State University, with a Communications Degree and a minor in Photography. After college, I assisted a wedding photographer, worked in a co-op art gallery, and continued to pursue freelance photography specializing in portraits and travel. Eventually my path led me to the corporate world where I worked in Marketing, PR & Community Relations for over 10 years. And then, I was suddenly laid off from my corporate job, and I had to come face to face with the dream I had in my heart of working as a full-time photographer. In those 4 months after being laid off, I realized that I was at a crossroads in my story, and NOW was the time to write a new chapter as a creative entrepreneur. I officially launched my business on March 3rd, 2016, and now I am a full time photographer, as well as the creator of “Tell it Well” Photo Greeting Cards, which are currently sold in 17 Whole Foods Market locations in Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins and Frisco, CO. Telling the story of my clients inspires me everyday. I specialize in creating beautiful, authentic, images that are combined with a marketing/storytelling perspective to provide personal branding photography, headshots, events, and visual marketing for individuals and businesses, to tell their story well. We All Have a Story to Tell. Tell it Well. I am most proud of…Building a multi-layered, successful, heart-centered business from the ground up. There is this quote that says…”She Believed She Could, So She Did.” AND I have held onto this over the last 4 years. Learning how to move through the fear of risk and uncertainty has been transformative. What sets me apart is….My passion to empower other business owners to tell their story well through beautiful, authentic, images that reflect their spirit & personality, engage their customers, and grow their business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week in Denver would include eating at Il Posto, grabbing a glass of wine at The Infinite Monkey Theorem, and checking out the street art in Rino Art District, and new modern art at the MCA. A visit to the Botanic gardens and a walk around my favorite park- Wash Park and getting out of the city to the mountains! Some of my favorite spots are Winter Park and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Mindset is the number #1 key to success. I love this quote from Jen Sincero- She says, “Be proactive about creating a life you love instead of meekly loving the one you are stuck with…give yourself the gift of a joyous life while you are still among the living.” -from the book “You are a BadAss: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life For me, being an entrepreneur has allowed me to be proactive about creating a life that I love, and I am so grateful for all those that have supported me along this journey.
Website: www.amykwright.com & www.tellitwellcards.com
Instagram: instagram.com/amykwrightphotography & instagram.com/tellitwellcards
Other: here is my video link that tells the story behind my cards- https://vimeo.com/444691524
Picture of Amy by Lisa Lord @lilo_photography