AMY BETH PEDERSON
is a photographer and writer located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Take a seat. Stay a while. I'd love to hear and help tell
Knowing these were stories worth telling, stories worth keeping, I'd open my leather-bound journal, the one with a deeply-rooted tree embossed on front, and I'd begin taking notes. Our scarlet-stained stories would fill pages upon pages; I'd scribble details in any empty spaces I could find. We'd bear our souls, exchange laughter and tears, and wonder if we were crazy for revealing these parts of ourselves to one another. You'd glance sideways, staring out the window with your hands folded loosely, but cautiously in front of your face. I'd tell you it was okay. I understand. I want to hear you. I'm here to listen. I'm here to tell your story. It's beautiful and bold, and you are fierce like a wildfire. Your life? Your story? It's inspiring, complex and nuanced. You are more than you've ever revealed. Your pain is as great as your beauty. Your past is as noteworthy as your future. Your joy is hard fought, packed, and pressed down with a hearty dose of courage. Truth is, nobody will ever know the intricate ins and outs of you and your story. But here I am. Tell me more. Tell me your what, when, where, why, and who. No pressure. Just freedom. Freedom to be you. All of you. God has you here for a reason. Your story is significant. See the significance of your story.
Imagine us sitting down for coffee or tea and a decadent chocolate cupcake with a dollop of blush buttercream frosting. I'd tell you my story. You'd tell me yours.
three located in Gallatin, Tennessee. I received my first camera when I was 10 years old and my first diary when I was 12. While I would love to know how many photos I've taken and how many words I've written since I received that first camera and first diary, it's impossible. There are simply too many to count. For years, photography and writing were hobbies, things I did naturally, with ease, on the side for fun, without giving either a second thought. Slowly but surely, I began to realize that NOT everyone carries a full-size camera with them everywhere they go. NOT everyone keeps journals and dreams about becoming an author someday. Yes, I suppose you could say that photography and writing used to be my hobbies. But I know better now. I was called to these creative endeavors when I was a child and am just as called to this day.
I'm a photographer, writer, and widowed mom of
In 2003, shortly after I became a first-time mom, I realized God was calling me to do something more with my gift of writing. In 2014, a handful of months before I left my 15-year career as a speech-language pathologist to pursue writing, I realized God was calling me to do something more with my gift of photography. And in 2016 at a writing conference, I realized God was calling me to merge my gifts of writing and photography to serve women who have experienced trials and traumatic life events and help them see the significance of their stories. A fellow writer listened to my dreams and declared without hesitation that I was a storyteller. Storyteller resonated deeply with my soul. It made perfect sense with where I've been and where I want to go. So here we are. I'd love to hear your story, tell your story, and make space for you to share your story. With photos. With words. With all of my heart. Thank you for the honor.