Welcome to my internet home—I'm so thrilled you found me. You're here for stories and I've got a few...
Little did I know when I made that photo how strong the non-conforming force was going to be in me. Growing up I often wondered how (and why) my Type-A brain was equal parts BFA and MBA. Do you know a lot of creative-types that love spreadsheets, profits and persuasion from a small town in Ohio? That's what I thought.
Eventually, after a lot of hard lessons at business-life school in Denver and Chicago, I turned my art degree into 7 brands, 12 you-know-them-by-name celebrity & Forbes™ World's Billionaires List clients, countless awards, and named a top 20 wedding photographer. Not bad for almost failing yoga in college!
Here I help you—photographers & creative folks confidently make more money using marketing, mindset & strategic systems to grow your business without crushing your soul.
Which brings me to the most important person in the room—YOU. If I had to pick one thing in my career that made the biggest impact on my success...it's my relentless commitment to you and the work I make.
I take my job seriously even though I always bring the good laughs. Right now my job is to help you grow your business, be the best at what you do and help you make that happen faster. I pinky promise I won't tell you to step into your power...I keep it simple, straight-forward and helluva fun with the straightest line possible to profits. I teach the same proven strategies I used to create my tiny-but-mighty creative business that made millions, served 1000s, and created enormous impact in my life doing what I love.
My family, health = wealth, curiosity, profits, homemade meals, dogs, and going big with as little effort as possible.
Fake anything (think sushi grass), excuses, fluff (ski snow excluded), inefficiency, soy (seriously), and I DON'T HIGH FIVE IN YOGA (even before COVID).
When I'm not working with my amazing clients, I Mom pretty hard. Check the ski lifts, beach chair or National Parks if I'm OOF playing with my fam: Tod, Emmet & Zoe.
Co-piloted a plane in the Amazon, climbed Cotopaxi, turned 10 clients into $1M+, one of my checklists was published in a book, and sang ON STAGE with KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow & Brandi Carlile (Wait, WHAT?)
Beating breast cancer, figuring out Facebook ads, avoiding career moves because I hate being on camera, recovering perfectionist
But my business journey wasn't easy...because hard things are marathon-training *hard*.
Today you can find me teaching my students online, working with my long-time photo clients, creating in my studio or filming a new course...but when I started my business journey, I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING. Everyday felt like Bon Jovi wrote "Livin' On A Prayer" just for me.
With zero business or marketing know-how, I deep-dived into my spreadsheet-loving, inner-entrepreneur and chased my profitable creative business dreams with reckless abandon.
When I started out as a wedding photographer, I didn't know ANYTHING. Small things like how to use my camera, how to sell, and what's a P&L, again? I got super-excited when my credit card wasn't declined. It's embarrassing to think about my early days—I truly can't believe people paid me. But they did. And that was all I needed...the very first dollar. I was hooked...and determined to never check into Hotel Starving Artist.
It's been a wild journey since I made that dollar. Since then I've built service, product, and digital businesses in multiple niches including my wedding studio, Artisan Events®. I have two-decades deep experience chasing biz dreams and more importantly making them real all while I maintain an unbusy family life. I 100% made so many WTF-was-I-thinking mistakes along the way. But what universally impacted my success no matter what business model, was my intense focus on learning, testing and experimenting with everything in my businesses. I am hell-bent on improving & automating everything except the magic. Don't touch the magic, friend.
Two words: Beth Dutton
Archetypes in Branding
To my kids yelling #truth
My Favorite Things
Seriously? — Could my mini-me tween be any more amazing!?!
Outer Banks always work
Traveling — Beach or mountains both work just fine for me. Belize-it or ski-it.
Favorite Everything - I've built & automated my businesses so I can work less and maximize every precious second possible with these two.
The real-life people (and puppies) who make my world go round.
The neighbor kids called him Mr. Tod and it just works. He's exceptionally patient with my go-go-go energy and makes a mean Cape Tod, his signature craft cocktail.
Bunny hunters, destroyers of Kleenex, inventors of the 4-hour slightly-awake-day, these lazy ladies live for salmon dinner night.
Sadie & Mavis
My first born! He's blessed with the most amazing curls, a solid snowboarder and on his way to study Architecture. He has travel size hot sauce on him at all times.
Zoe missed the curly hair gene, but makes up for it with all the colors. Zo teaches me everyday to check my pronouns, laugh more and drink more coffee (Z loves the coffee).
no debt :)
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Her business trainings and events keep it simple and straight-forward with the straightest line possible to profits. She teaches the same proven strategies she used to grow her creative businesses that made millions, served 1000s worldwide, and created enormous, burnout-free impact in her life.
She’s a laid-back Type-A misfit, award-winning photographer, published artist, lifelong learner, and proud Mom who always walks on the sunny side of the street. Amanda calls Oak Park, Illinois home where her family lives when they're not skiing in Colorado, beach bumming in North Carolina, or exploring U.S. National Parks with their two insane dogs she admires for their exceptional laziness.
Amanda Sudimack helps photographers & creative folks grow your best business with confidence and get paid to do what you love.