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Life and Work with Amanda Podesta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Podesta.

Amanda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been a creative whether it was sketches or paintings, but my passion has always been for photography. I would have never taken the leap to start my business if it weren’t for the encouragement of my family and a very close family friend. It literally took someone asking me, “Amanda, why aren’t you doing this for a living?’ for me to ask myself that question, and realize I COULD be a creative for a living.

When my family relocated to the Western Slope in 2018, I faced a whole new set of obstacles with finding work and childcare. Starting my own business seemed to be the best answer, although it was risky and had many challenges. I’m grateful for the people who have entrusted me to capture their memories, who welcome me into their homes and their lives to capture the fleeting moments.

Has it been a smooth road?
Starting a business is scary. There is a lot of risks and for the first couple of years, there is little reward. Everything that you make needs to go into your business. If you work hard, step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. It will pay off.

As a creative, I am very critical of my work and I often compare myself to other photographers. It is the reason it took me so long to have the confidence to start my own business. It is important to remember that your work, is YOUR work. It should be unlike any others.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Amanda Podesta Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Lifestyle Photography is my specialty. Connection is important and not just between people, but places and things. They make us who we are and they shape our lives at specific points along our journey. It is my goal to capture the most intimate, emotional, and real connections I can in the places that are most important to my clients. That may be in their home, atop a mountain, a table at a coffee shop, or even in the car. I want my clients to look at their images and feel what they felt the day it was captured.

For my couples and outdoor families, I’m proud of the experience I provide for my clients. We aren’t just outside taking pictures, we are building relationships, making memories, and sharing an adventure. I love what I do.

For my maternity and newborns, I’m proud of the milestones that I am capturing for these families. My newborn clients are often concerned about how clean and tidy their homes are. It is ok to have dishes in the sink and laundry on the couch. This is a time in your life where those things can wait. Babies are only little for so long. Hold them a little longer, the dishes can wait. I always want my new mamas to be comfortable and stress-free, even if that means moving things around or me doing the dishes.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I think the biggest barriers today for females across all industries is the lack of support from other females. We need to build each other up, collaborate, and not compare. We are not always competition, we are colleagues.

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