Amy O. Bridal recently collaborated with photographer Kelsey, from Eight31 on one of her lifestyle shoots. Because we loved the images so much, we want you guys to know a little more about her and take a look at all of the awesome pics from our collab!
What made you go into photography?
I took an art class in college that was a prerequisite for my major at the time - Elementary Education. I very specifically remember the instructor telling me I had “a real eye for this stuff”, so I changed my major to Art Education (seriously, just like that). I had to have a certain amount of hours in art classes for that major and ended up choosing a photography for beginners course my junior year. That was it. I was hooked. I changed my major again to Art. The photography instructor, who was a wedding photographer at the time, saw my immediate passion and let me shadow him at a few of his gigs to see if it was something I would be interested in. I remember feeling overwhelmed but so incredibly into it at the same time. I started my photography business immediately after I graduated in 2010 and have never looked back.
What does your daily routine look like?
After going full time with photography a little over a year ago, I’ve had to make some major changes to my daily routine/lifestyle. I’m usually up by 8 (not a morning person) and have breakfast on my back porch. I sometimes take a morning yoga class at my gym and then get my day started around 10 or 11. I work through emails every morning and go through my to-do list -- which is usually loaded with editing projects. I give myself breaks to check social media, eat lunch and play with my pup. I almost always have on background noise (music, tv show, etc.). My husband is a fireman, so if he’s on shift, sometimes I work until 10 or 11 at night just because I am by myself and don’t feel like I’m taking time away from family time. The really nice thing about being your own boss is you get to make your own schedule, but you have to make sure you really focus on getting tasks done and set strict deadlines/hours if you want to be successful.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job IS my job. The whole thing -- even the tough + lonely behind-the-scenes parts. It all combines to be this one amazing thing I get to do on a daily basis. I love giving my clients (who turn friends) photos they’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime. I love that I get to tell their love stories through photographs. They’re frozen in time and they’ll always be able to remind them of how they were before and new photos will tell the story of where they are now. I also love photographing families. Those are love stories too, you know. The love that runs through a family is so deep and rooted and I love to be able to be just a small part of it.
What drew you to Amy O.?
My whole adult life, I’ve been drawn to dainty jewelry. I love being able to layer my pieces to make a bold statement. Amy O allows you to go from simple + classic with one necklace to chic + fashionable by layering multiple pieces. Amy O jewelry makes me feel confident (even if I’m on day 5 hair). I love how versatile the pieces are and how it makes whoever is wearing it feel so creative and put together.
Your guilty pleasure?
I have a lot of guilty pleasures. Here are a few -
Food: it’s got to be french fries. Although, I incorporate them into a meal almost daily, so I’m not sure it’s as much a guilty pleasure as it is a staple.
Drink: I love a good prosecco cocktail. I like to ask my bartender to just come up with something fun and it’s always amazing.
TV Show: I literally will rewatch Grey’s Anatomy and Sex and the City until I die
Movie: The Greatest Showman has my heart and anyone who disagrees is not invited to my next birthday party
Youtube: I will sit for hours on end just get lost in a rabbit hole of youtube videos - specifically beauty/fashion bloggers
Shopping: Online. All the time. I actually have to occasionally delete my apps just so I don’t go shopping. Someone help me.
What is favorite piece from Amy O.?
My favorite pieces are the body chains. I think they’re so fun and make a casual outfit instantly flirty + sexy. I love seeing them paired with bathing suits or even put together with boudoir sets. I die.
Do you wear jewelry everyday?
I do! Even if I’m just working at my computer all day. I’m most productive when I feel put together, and that always includes jewelry. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about a pajamas all day vibe, but I’ll still put in small hoops and a necklace and rings.
Do you prefer Silver or Gold?
I’m a gold girl, but my mom has always worn silver and I, of course, obsess over her style, so I try to mix my metals more often than not.
How much time do you spend on Instagram?
Oh, Instagram. I have a love/hate relationship with her. I spend about 2 hours/day scrolling, liking and commenting. IG has been incredible for my business in so many ways. I have booked clients who said they found me on a random hashtag scroll or saw a feature account share one of my photos. It’s been amazing for that, for sure. BUT, it can be so easy to start to play the comparison game. I think it’s a great idea to follow photographers/entrepreneurs/
creatives that are like you. The ones you can connect with and strive to be like. It’s also incredibly important to follow the artists that are doing things that aren’t necessarily your style. The more you branch out and expand your thoughts on what is art/how others view the world, the more well-rounded you’ll be and, if you’re like me, the more inspired you’ll be to create for yourself -- not just for IG likes/follows/shares. In the end, my line of work is all about other people. The photos I create are just someone else’s memories frozen in time and I want them to remember how they felt on that day, not how many likes it got on IG.
Your Social Media addiction?
I am secretly addicted to Twitter. I don’t ever post, but I could scroll Twitter for hourrrrsssss. I think people are just generally hilarious. I especially love scrolling through #thebachelor or #thebachelorette hashtag when it’s on. Hilarity ensues.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by a lot of things. Life, love, nature, music, faith...it’s all just too good. I really like to be silent and still in a lot of situations and just observe. It’s amazing what ideas can pop into my head just watching someone (not creepy…) or laying in a hammock just staring up at the trees, listening to the birds and feeling the hot wind. It’s all just so very poetic to me and I feel inspired to create from that place.