Ok… we’re approaching a VERY special one-year anniversary here at Amy Tripple Photography… but first, let me just say that time has FLOWN this year!!! Between life and the Tyranny of the Urgent, I seriously cannot believe that I haven’t formally introduced you to our amazing studio manager, Melissa!!!
Heaven knows where we’d be without her. If you’ve worked with us at all in the past year, you’ve had the opportunity to experience her super-speedy responses, kind-hearted emails or phone calls, and mad scheduling skills. And while these things may seem simple to the outsider, the grace she maintains while spinning SO MANY plates is honestly remarkable.
If you really want to know the secret, Melissa is the boss around here. :) She keeps me in-check BIG TIME, and is our front line whenever clients have questions about basically anything. She knows the answers to all your questions, often better than I do, and and is seriously the person to sugar-talk to if you need anything. Period.
I could tell you so much more about this amazing woman, but I’m going to let her words do some of the talking! I interviewed her last week and here’s what I’ve got to share:
What’s your favorite book?
I have too many to list! But most recently, “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Although the story itself is beautiful, it’s the imagery that I find truly captivating. I love the poetry he uses in describing every detail – suddenly changing the mundane moments into a completely magical experience. You find yourself lost in the streets of a coastal village in France. I’m almost certain I smelled sea salt in the air at one point while reading. It’s absolutely stunning!
What’s your favorite way to relax?
(because heaven knows she needs to after working with me some days, LOL!)
Lighting a candle (Illume Pineapple Cilantro is summer in a candle and the best), putting on whatever Spotify playlist feels right (Oh Honey, Civil Wars and The Head and The Heart today) and working on an art/decor project of some sort. I’m trying to teach myself watercolor techniques at the moment and it’s definitely pushing me outside my comfort zone!
What’s your favorite splurge?
Jewelry and accessories! Discovering both small-batch artists as well as fair-trade companies is one of my favorite things. It doesn’t feel like a splurge if that new necklace just helped a woman put food on her family’s table. I’ve actually found quite a few artists and companies just through Instagram!
What’s your favorite place?
As much as I enjoy road trips and exploring the country, the beach will forever be my happy place. My mom, sister and I often woke up at 6am on vacation to walk the beach and see what treasures the evening tide had left behind. That’s stayed with me over the years. After almost 4 yrs of marriage, my husband has learned that when I ask him to walk on the beach with me what I really mean is, “Let’s walk 5 feet so I can stop and look at these shells” on repeat for an hour. Sometimes he still says yes! That’s love.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
My favorite appetizer is the Bang Bang shrimp at Bonefish Grill, Mexican street tacos from hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants (Los Dos, Taco Grill and Salsa Bar) and dessert has to be the Dulce de Leche cheescake at The Cheesecake Factory but in combo that sounds pretty terrible.
What’s your favorite drink at Starbucks?
(essential information for anyone wanting to get on her good side, LOL!)
Summer: Iced chai with soy milk
Winter: Soy Chai with pumpkin – sooo good!
Rumor has it they’re finally getting almond mild and a chai with almond milk is actually the way to my heart (and probably my wallet). Coffee makes my heart flutter in all the wrong ways.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Every day is different! Sometimes I’m picking up flowers for a commercial shoot or socializing (read: snuggling) baby bunnies. My favorite days are those spent working with Amy at her house or mine. Tea and lots of laughter are typically involved as we talk about life while we work. Just last week I was floored by the “eye-dropping” scenery from one of her sessions and I told her exactly that. Can you imagine what a horrifying scene that would be?!
Also: they just adopted the most amazing rescue dog in the world. His name is Horton which I believe says it all. I am his god-mother. He is my god-dog. And no, that isn’t weird at all… if you knew him you would TOTALLY get it. ;)