#wcw with Amy Russell

I met Amy at a local Rising Tide Tuesday's Together meet up where local creatives get together once a month to chat business, collaborate and support one another. After a brief time knowing Amy, she and her husband decided to wander South America. I followed her adventures on Instagram and fell in love with what her eye caught on camera. Her passion inspires me to seek my own travel experiences and to not let anyone get in the way of fulfilling those adventures. 

Today, Amy is back in Boise building her photography business, incorporating her travels into her blog and business and living a laid-back life. Here's a peak into her process and what inspired her in your life and business. 


How did you become a photographer?

I picked out an N64 toy film camera for my 10th birthday and have been hooked on photography ever since. I spent my childhood documenting my travels and bugging my friends as the group's unofficial photographer. The longer I shot for the more I loved the process of photography so I dove into learning everything I could. It's become how I experience the world around me and a topic I think about every single day.

What has influenced you in your childhood or adulthood?

I spent most of my childhood reading fantasy and adventure books. So that's probably what's fed my wanderlust over the years. I've also made travel a huge part of my life since I was 13. Since then I've visited 27 countries and the places I've visited have become my biggest inspiration. I am currently captivated by the building colors of South America.

How have your past experiences and jobs helped you do what you do today?  

The thing I've worked the longest and hardest at has been my photography craft. So, of course, that helps me on the creative side of my business. But I went to college for a Business Marketing degree, which my analytical mind just loved. I'd had a lot of fun over the last year putting the principals I learned in school to work for relaunching my business.

What are you biggest wins as a working woman?

I love helping and teaching others. So my biggest wins come when I can share my knowledge in a useful way for others. I'm part of about a billion FB groups and love taking the time to answer as many random business questions as I can.

Who are some of your mentors?

I really look up to Elizabeth Gilbert and her Big Magic philosophy. I have the audiobook version and I listen to it anytime I need some grounding in my business or art. Her practical approach to living a creative life has helped me more than any business guru so far. I believe that we should always be learning, so I'm also constantly on the lookout for new teachers and ideas to dive into.

What are you currently working on right now, in life or business?

Personally, I'm trying to incorporate the laid back lifestyle I cultivated in the last year of vagabond adventuring through South & Central America into my naturally overcommitted nature. Which is kind of a constant struggle. Professionally, I'm building my couple and wedding photography business.

Where can we follow you online?

You can learn more about my photography approach on my website zillaphotography.com but for fun, I hang out on Instagram @zilla.photo. That's also where I share everything to do with my travels.


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