The creative heart behind Images by Amber Robinson is Amber Robinson – one of our esteemed speakers bringing her story to our REFRESHED attendees in DC on May 13-15th! In our pre-event video interview she told me a few inside secrets for running a successful, passion-driven business. Check it out!
What’s your story?
Photography has always been a passion of mine. I can remember, from a very young age, begging to use my Daddy’s Canon AE-1 (which I have on display in my studio), always wanting to take a picture of something… anything, and everyone who would indulge me with a smile. My love for photography grew from there.
Today, I am still telling stories and creating memories through my lens, not only for myself, but for others as well. I consider it the highest privilege to be invited by someone to capture moments and memories that serve as forever reminders of specific moments in one’s life. It is my mission to capture the feel of your special day so that you will always remember the feelings that went along with it. If I can do that, I have done my job.
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a problem solver, a storyteller, a memory maker, and a fun creator who values experiences over things.
What kind of lady boss are you?
I am a git-er-done boss. I love tackling tasks and to do lists and am so thankful that I can easily hop between the creative and logical sides of my brain. I work well under pressure and absolutely love a challenge.
What’s your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?
The example I am able to set for my young daughters that with hard work, thick skin, and determination, they can make anything happen!
What is your #1 tip for success?
Be willing to change. Nothing in business is guaranteed by change. Just because something works today doesn’t mean you will find success in it tomorrow. Staying open to new ways of doing things and be flexible about your approach to business practices.
What are your big dreams and goals?
I have big dreams of being able to exclusively photograph weddings and teach creative business owners how to build authentic businesses that are profitable, and culturally responsive
What is the lesson you wished you learned sooner?
Overnight success rarely lasts and comparing yourself to others is the equivalent of drinking business poison
Do you have a morning or daily ritual?
My business operates on a schedules and lists. Each morning, after cuddles from my girls, I check emails with coffee, return or follow up with phone calls then tackle my lists. I schedule breaks, and fun time to avoid feeling alienated
How do you avoid overwhelm?
Making time to be fun is important to staying balanced and avoiding being overwhelmed. I actually schedule play time with my kids, lunch dates with friends and my husband, and stretch breaks to keep the blood flowing
How to connect with you?
Email or phone are my preferred ways to connect with folks, but I am plugged in to Facebook, and instagram too, and often get messages on both platforms.