Green Zinnia Studio

Winterset, Iowa · 44 Sales


Green Zinnia Studio

Winterset, Iowa 44 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Love my new calendar! Thank you!

Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful cards and gorgeous packaging! Thank you Amy!

Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous! Shipped very safely and communication was wonderful.

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Everyone has a story. I'm not finished with mine.

Having been trained as a professional musician and holding a top job at a Harvard Library, making the choice to stay home with my first child was one I looked forward to with curiosity and a bit of apprehension. The busy life of commuting in a big city, working in one of the "smartest" universities in the country and performing music by night was replaced with lansinoh cream, Pampers, burp rags and strollers. While it was no less fulfilling, going to work one day, having a baby that night and "staying home" the next day (for good) was a transition that lasted 12 years.

When my first child turned 2, I had to admit that I felt like my high maintenance baby lifestyle was beginning to slacken a little. I finally went up for the first breath of air in 2 years and decided I needed a hobby. Having visited the Target Portrait Studio several months prior, it occurred to me I really enjoyed having regular photos, the portrait kind, to save for my daughter's keepsake book but I really couldn't stand the price for even the base package. I bought a camera, my first digital one, hung a white sheet, dressed up my daughter in her Christmas dress and managed to take several hundred images in a matter of a few minutes. I was hooked. I joined the vast sea of "Stay-at-Home" mothers doing just the same thing. Taking adorable digital photos of our children, and all for a fraction of the cost for Target photos.

Then, just like all those same mothers, "I Became a Photographer." I found that I was being asked to take pictures of friends, their kids and their families. Its funny looking back. I thought I was doing something original. Then I discovered that the digital photography movement was taking over like wildfire, all over the place. At one point in time, my small rural Iowa town of about 5000 probably sported close to 20 such hobby photographers. I was unimpeded by the competition, however and kept at it, trying to grow my little business. Until I made took my first photo of one of my favorite flowers, a grape hyacinth.

After several years of photographing people I got tired of people and found that I was really much more interested in the flowers next the portrait spot I had chosen or the large praying mantis a client found or the abandoned building to which I often felt akin. So I started photographing and processing some of my favorite photos and wondered if they were saleable. After a little searching, I discovered Etsy and thought this could be my in. I set up shop with my first images and found (this was back when creating the now defunct, treasuries was really popular) were being featured multiple times a day on curated treasury lists. This spurred me on in my and now I am featuring my work on multiple websites and a local gallery has asked to sell my prints. How good it feels to open other's eyes to little things that are often overlooked. And how great it feels to pay the bills doing it. Cheers!!!

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  • Amy

    Owner, Photographer, Maker

    Wife. Mother of 4 girls. Professional Musician. Designer. There are a lot of things I love to do. But the four above define me. I am a wife. I am a mother. Music is my job and design is my passion.

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