We had the good fortune of connecting with Arianne Autaubo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arianne, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me, it’s connection. Connection to my clients, connection to their story and connection to the art of what I am creating for them. Some people choose to become photographers because they enjoy the technical aspect of cameras & photography. I chose to become a photographer because I truly enjoy people. Whether it be an expecting mom, a big fancy wedding, a newborns’ first few days, a quiet elopement or a high school senior’s grad photos… it’s my core belief that, connecting to my clients on a personal & individual level is the number one factor of 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.
A particular part of my work in photography that I am extremely proud of is… I am self-taught. I did not go to school for photography nor was it the original profession I started out in. The world of photography fell in my lap a little over twelve years ago and to be quit honest, it completely changed my life for the best. It feels sort of like a “meant-to-be” story. With advice from friends & colleagues along the way, I am almost completely self-taught. From lighting technique to computer programs to every aspect of my camera bodies… I have done the hard work independently to learn as I go in building a very successful client base and career.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a Colorado native and die-hard Mountain girl… if I were to curate the ultimate itinerary, it would definitely be a mountain excursion/road trip. One of my favorite parts of this beautiful state is the north western area of the state including Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs. Day 1 – My friend lands at Denver International airport on a Monday late morning… I take her downtown Denver for a one-night stay in the city. We stay at my favorite boutique hotel, The Maven Hotel at the Dairy Block. We enjoy a fun easy going lunch at the Milk Market located on the bottom level of The Maven Hotel building (an awesome historic re-gentrified piece of Denver). We jump on rental scooters and we tour the city. The evening is spent in the Union Station area (just a short walk from the hotel). Pre-drinks at Terminal Bar followed by Dinner at Stoic & Genuine (amazing oysters) and after-dinner drinks in the gorgeous upstairs Cooper Lounge. Day 2 – We get an early start. We take I70 straight into the mountains for our week-get-away. We stop in historic Georgetown for Breakfast. We then spend the rest of the morning & afternoon driving through the one of the most majestic drives that the state (let alone the country) has to offer… Independence Pass through the Continental Divide. This drive is approx 3 hrs and features several “points of interest” stops along with some stellar stop off’s along the Roaring Fork River to soak our feet and enjoy the mountain air. Upon arriving in Aspen, we check into the yummy W Hotel by Marriott and immediately hit the roof top pool for a swim, cocktails, hot tub and dinner at the Wet Deck. Day 3 – We grab coffee and then head up the Silver Queen Gondola for a morning hike on top of Aspen Mountain. After a cocktail and lunch on the Aspen Moutnain deck… we head back down for some more pool time! Dinner is spent at the dreamy French Alpine Bistro in downtown Aspen (walking distance from the hotel). Day 4 – Up early & to the grocery store to pack a picnic lunch for our trip to the iconic Maroon Bells. We take the shuttle into Maroon Bells and spend the day hiking the northern trail up to Crater Lake. We picnic at Crater Lake and bask in the sun. After a full day of hiking and absorbing nature at it’s highest point… we enjoy a dark and yummy dinner at 39 degrees located at The W. Day 5 – We sleep in and check out at noon. Back in the car for the drive to Steamboat Springs. We stop in town for an early dinner Margarita and some good mexican food at The Rio before heading to check in for a super mountain rustic experience & stay at Strawberry Hot Springs. Spending the late afternoon into evening in the magical hot springs – and yes under the stars, these hot springs are literal magic – followed by an outdoor fire pit, some take out pizza and then off to sleep in one of the converted rustic covered wagons. Day 6 – We wake for some home brewed morning coffee and a spa morning experience including a massage at the spa and a water-shiatsu in the private heated mineral pool. After check out, the afternoon involves a Horseback Ride along the Steamboat Mountains courtesy of Saddleback Ranch. We finish our trip with a final nights stay at the Steamboat Grand Hotel and a rustic-chic Dinner in town at Laundry. Day 7 – Wake up, check out and head down the mountain back to Denver Int’l Airport. Now that’s my version of “The Best Time Ever!”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think I’d like to recognize my business manager who also happens to be my younger sister & best friend, Lola! From our annual website refresh to weekly shoot culling to co-managing social media… She is a jack of all trades when it comes to AMA. And while all of those tasks are essential in the productivity of AMA, my shout out is more concentrated in her unconditional and selfless support of me and my work. Because we are so close, she understands my style, she knows my “eye” (sometimes better than I do) and she is my right-hand-gal when it comes to decisions, creative thought process and sound boarding all things AMA. Her love, encouragement and genuine investment in my work is a HUGE reason for my success.
Arianne Autaubo of AMA Photography