As you know, I love sharing work from talented peeps on my Instagram. Amanda, of Two Story Vintage, was one of my first Instagram buddies. I think the first photo of hers that I re-posted was of a simple wire basket. I loved that she could make a wire basket visually interesting.
Her photography stands out from the pack. I read something the other day that said you should break away from what is expected in your category. Amanda does that. Her Instagram feed is not just an advertisement for products in her shop. She features beautiful photography of flowers, fields, barns, and other stuff that makes me feel all vintage-y inside. Go peek at her Instagram account and you'll see what I mean.
1. Who are you, what do you do, and how did it all begin?
I’m Amanda, photographer & vintage shop owner behind Two Story Vintage & The Photography House on Etsy. I studied photography in college where I received my BFA & MFA. I’ve loved old things & photography for as long as I can remember, so I’m doing what I love! I can be creative, make money, and have a flexible schedule, which is crucial when raising a family.
2. Where can we find you on social media?
3. Why do you use social media?
It’s another way to meet people and grow your business. My customers are from all over the world and this couldn’t have happened without SM. Social media allows a little behind the scenes peek into running a small business and the creative process.
4. Which tools do you use for creating or posting content?
Photographs for the shop are taken with a Nikon or Canon digital camera which are then edited in photoshop on a mac computer.
Shop listings are done on the computer as well. All Instagram photos are taken with my Samsung Galaxy smart phone.
5. What effect does social media have on your business?
It allows me to cross paths with a wide variety of people I may not have otherwise had the opportunity.
6. How do you measure success on social media?
Finding people who are truly supportive in what you do and vice versa.
7. What aspect of social media do you find most challenging?
Find what works and having enough time.
8. What makes you follow another brand back?
Creativity, similar interests, sense of humor, great photography skills, and being a nice person.
9. Which brands have social media you admire?
10. Any advice?
Just be yourself, do what comes naturally and do it well.