Behind the Lens at Compass Rose Photography

In Business & Personal Branding by Amy T7 Comments

Hello and welcome! 👋🏻

If you’re new here, I’m delighted to have you join me. It has been a while since I have popped on here to introduce myself. With a passion for creativity and making a difference in this world, in 2018, I founded my photography business. Whether you’re seeking to capture personal moments, build a creative brand, or celebrate the beauty of nature, I’m here to be your hype girl.

Before venturing into entrepreneurship, I spent over 14 years in the corporate world as a technical writer, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Management. However, I found my true joy in being creative and making a positive impact on people’s lives which is why I love what I do! With my tech background and eye for creativity, I can provide valuable insight when helping my clients with their brand needs and creating amazing resources to help them grow their business.

    My inspiration draws not only from the stories shared in my Grandma’s photo albums as I poured over them with her as a child, but also from my deep love for nature. As a nature enthusiast, I find solace and inspiration in spending time outdoors with my camera, capturing the beauty of the vast landscapes or in the macro shot of a flower. These experiences have fueled my commitment to creating meaningful and captivating visual stories. 

Would you like to learn more? Here are a few more fun facts

Grandma with her Kodak Brownie
I was a Scientist in our last1952 Roswell Themed Murder Mystery
  1. I love a good murder mystery. My husband and I host a murder mystery party each year with different themes. Costumes are encouraged and we all have so much fun trying to figure out “who done it”.
  2.  I am a bit of a nerd and spend a lot of time at board game, comic book and cosplay conventions with my family. In fact, last year I hosted a cosplay photo booth at PGX (Pittsburgh Gaming Expo) and am sponsoring the cosplay contest again in 2024.
  3. We LOVE board games and often times are known to be the board game family. I love how playing board games encourages community and often will plan board game nights with friends and family along with a yummy dinner. It’s so much fun!

4. I enjoy traveling and have been to Kenya twice on a mission trip, traveled to Ireland and all over the United States. My Travel Bucket List is ever growing and I love going on adventures with my family.
5. Hummingbirds are my spirit animal. Every time I see one, it reminds me to find joy in the present moment and enjoy the beauty all around.
6. I love reading… personal growth books, fiction, non-fiction, you name it. Once I get started, I have a hard time putting them down.
7. I played the piano when I was young and am actively seeking piano lessons again because I miss making beautiful music.
8. I love crafting. Lately, diamond painting has been top of my list. I would LOVE to learn how to make beautiful stained glass works of art.
9. I enjoy a good cup of coffee and great conversations with friends. 
10. I used to think I was an introvert, but  recognize I definitely love being around people. Although, I do need a good amount of downtime afterwards if I am doing a lot of people’ing to refresh and reset. Is that called an “Introverted” Extrovert?

How about you? Do you resonate with anything on this list? Strike up a conversation or better yet, if you are local to Pittsburgh, PA,  let’s grab a cup of coffee and chat! Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Oh my gosh Amy we need to hear more about those murder mystery parties! They sound so cool. It’s lovely to get to know you better and I definitely see how your tech background and eye for creativity can help your branding clients stand out and grow their business!

  2. I love this Amy! The photo of your grandma with her Kodak Brownie is so cool. Hummingbirds to bring a little magic everywhere they go, don’t they? Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a creative brand photographer like you!

  3. Amy, you seem like so much fun! I love a good game night and I am dying to go to a murder mystery party! Your journey from the corporate world to pursuing your passion and becoming THE Pittsburgh creative brand photographer is truly inspiring.

  4. I love that purple background on you! I think that and all your unique hobbies hint perfectly at how you put the creative in creative brand photographer!

  5. I think I’m an introverted extrovert as well, I love your definition :-). Pittsburgh has so many cool photographers and they’re lucky to have such a creative brand photographer in their midst. I love that photograph of your Grandma, I have a Brownie in my collection from my parents – it’s incredible how far we’ve come.

  6. Love the portrait with the purple background – purple is my favourite colour!! Good to know a bit more about you

  7. Yes to the nerd!!! I’d love to hear your favorite part about cosplays!

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