Meet the Maker: Moonrise Rebel

Let me tell you a little story about two girls that have been friends since grade school. They have shared so many experiences, created so many memories, and have grown even closer as adults. They both started their own businesses last year and recently collaborated to create a beautifully unique gift.

By now you have probably figured out that I am talking about myself and dear friend, Amy, who is the creative behind Moonrise Rebel. The beauty Amy captures with her camera is always stunning and I am so happy to be stocking her gorgeous floral art cards in our shop. She was so kind to size her first print release to perfectly fit the CP clipboard frame and answer our 'getting to know you' questions...

E: In what city/town do you create your products? 
A: I've lived all over the United States, but have to laugh that I ended up launching my business from my hometown of Hershey, PA.  How could I resist a town built on chocolate?!  It's no wonder I have a crazy sweet tooth :-).

E: How does your location inspire your work? 
A: I adore Hershey for many reasons, but most importantly because it will always feel like home.  Starting a business has been the most challenging and amazing experience of my life, and being surrounded by a support system of family and friends that I've known forever has made a world of difference.  

E: When and why did you initially start your own business? 
A: I've dreamed of starting a business for as long as I can remember, but like many, got stuck in the corporate grind with no idea how to escape.  One day I hit my breaking point- a week later I quit my seemingly-stable, soul-sucking job and jumped into entrepreneurship with absolutely no plan.  I know, totally crazy!!  Thankfully things fell into place and I launched a portrait photography business in late 2013.  Moonrise Rebel Print Shop is brand spanking new, and I'm absolutely loving the diversity of photographing both kiddos and flowers.  I have a deep passion for beautiful paper goods, so using my photographs to create art prints has been a dream come true.  

E: What is your most favorite thing about owning your own business? 
A: Freedom.  Freedom to dream, to create, to fail, to succeed.  I'd gladly work 24 hours a day in order to be free to do the work I'm passionate about.  

E: What is the biggest challenge of owning your own business? 
A: Focus!  I have more ideas than I know what to do with, and I often find myself going in waaaaaaaaaaay too many directions at once.  I'm working hard at fully developing one or two areas of my business prior to moving on to the next brilliant idea in my head.  But it's hard.  Oh, so hard...

E: We love growing our creative network! Can you share a few of your favorite handmade shops?
A: Oh dear, this is the hardest question you asked!  There are so many talented artists in this world- here are some of my fav shops (besides Conflicted Pixie, of course):
Manayunk Calligraphy 
Fort Orange General Store 
Ferme a Papier 
Kelli Murray 
…just to name a few :-)  

Thanks so much, Amy! I loved working with you and look forward to more collaborations. You can find Amy's beautiful Ranunculus Art Cards in our shop and combined with some of our other small goods in a curated gift box