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Top 3 Lessons of 2014

Posted on January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! I wanted to close out 2014 in hopes to inspire someone by what I learned this year that helped me grow, evolve, and  just be happier in life.  This year was such an amazing one.  Fantastic clients, fantastic new friends, and so much growth for me personally and professionally. I’m sharing the top three things I’ve learned about my business/self in 2014.

1.  Stop comparing yourself to others:  Comparison is the thief of all joy!  This is something I’ve struggled with in the past but in 2014 I told myself “no more”.  I hear stories about photographers getting down about themselves because they don’t feel they’re as good or as busy as one of their peers.  Spending countless hours looking at other photog blogs and feeling bad about their own work.  That used to be me. But not anymore.  We are all different.  The way you see things and capture them will never be the same as so-and-so photog.  Stop looking at blogs if you have to, take a break from social media except for what you need to do to keep your business going, or better yet think about what makes you unique and why someone would want to work with you.  Maybe its a product or service you sell.  Maybe its a quirky personality trait that draws people in, or maybe its because you’re just an all around bad ass and people want to be around you.  Find your own voice in this over saturated industry and OWN it. Rock the heck out of it and be yourself.  The less time you focus on others and the more time you focus on you, the better you’ll become and the more time you’ll have to figure out what makes you special.  Then embrace those you admire, reach out to them, compliment them, and just maybe make a new friend.  Because maybe they’re feeling the same way you had been feeling all along.

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2.  Hustle:  This last year I hustled my ass off.  Literally.  It was my busiest year and it was the first year since starting my business that I didn’t get burnt out.  I started off 2014 hungry and I stayed hungry.  I had goals to hit in 2014 and I wanted to be busy.  Ya know what?  I hit every single goal plus more!  No matter how good of a photographer you are, business is not going to always fall into your lap.  You have to work for it.  And trying things one or two times is not enough (Thank you Dad for a good work ethic).  How did I do it?  I put myself out there.  I met people, I talked confidently and passionately about what I do.  I upped the ante on social media and figured out ways to get my work seen more.  It may have involved some internet stalking.  I branched out and made new industry relationships.  I did a lot of shoots for myself.  I took a risk (big scary risk) and got a studio space.  I asked for jobs.  No really, “Oh you’re engaged.. I’d love to shoot your wedding,” is an okay thing to say!  Some days I felt like I could hardly keep my head above water but those days fueled me to try harder, to keep going, and to continue growing.

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3.  Just be yourself:  This lesson was the biggest of all and one that has made me happier than I have ever been.  People dig authentic and real.  For the last 5 years I feel like I’ve kind of hidden away the real Amy in fear of being judged, offending people, not seeming professional, and just not being what society wants me to be. This year that changed.  I’m not some fragile little lady with superb manners who likes to wear frills and lace.  I don’t dig Pinterest weddings and perfectly posed photo shoots in “normal” picturesque locations. I would never pretend to be a fine art photographer and I’d much rather capture a real honest moment.  I am a vibrant, wild spirited woman who loves wearing lots of black, gaudy jewelry and having wild hair.  I have a foul mouth, and am probably a little bit too loud when I talk & laugh.  I am inspired by people who are unique, non conforming, & that march to the beat of their own drum. I like to tell my clients they look like babes & bad asses and I hug the hell out of them at the end of their big day and tell them I love them.  Because I honestly do.  The strange thing is that since I’ve started to be more of myself I’ve noticed more positive feed back in what Im doing. It’s been the best feeling and a huge weight has been lifted getting to be who I really am.  If I could give one piece of advice, this would be it.  Just be real ya’ll!

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With that being said, I’d like to give a big shout out to all of my 2014 clients!  Thank  you for trusting in me to capture your love!  I’m pretty damn lucky to have worked with each of you!  To my family and friends, thanks for scheduling family trips and events around me and thanks for not thinking I’m ignoring you when I go three months without seeing you.  You are the backbone of what I do and I am forever grateful for your encouragement and love.  Here’s to 2015 being a killer year! Cheers!!

 




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