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MEET OUR CEO

hi babe, so glad you're here!

 
My name is Amanda Ghobadi.
I'm CEO & Lead Photographer at The Branding Babe.

But I'm also so much more than that. I’m a mom to two sweet fur babies, a yogi, an ever-learning art student, and a total tree-hugger. I'm a woman who lives to eat, and my go-to weeknight activity is ordering takeout from my favorite vegan restaurant while streaming the latest episode of Queer Eye on Netflix (Surprise: those boys really get branding!). Oh, and I’m saving up for my next tattoo. I love any kind of art as a form of self-expression, and that's just one of the many reasons why I do what I do.

 

I founded The Branding Babe after years of bouncing from one role to the next, feeling like I needed to make a bigger impact in my community. I knew that I wanted to help fellow women entrepreneurs on their journey to financial freedom, personalized success, and legacy. I started by designing websites for local women-owned businesses, and then in 2018 I picked up my camera. That's when everything changed. 

 

I believe that when you put in the soul-centric work it takes to produce powerful imagery, it transforms you. As your brand's reputation grows, it will create a domino effect. And as your confidence begins to sprout, so does my confidence in capturing you. This is the magic space where our creative relationship blossoms.

 

Together, with lots of nurturing and guidance, we will grow your personal brand into a beautiful empire; an empire where inspiring women rule, and all of your people get a VIP seat at the royal table.

Amanda Ghobadi

xoxo,

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HOW IT ALL STARTED
 
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In 2019, our CEO Amanda had a vision. It started as a Facebook community geared towards helping entrepreneurial women build their brands online. With a strong background in branding & graphic design, and an up-and-coming photography business, Amanda knew she was onto something when she was asked to speak about branding at a leading photo industry conference Hustle in Heels 2.0.

Since then, Amanda has been working non-stop to turn The Branding Babe into an industry leading photo & video agency for women building their personal brands.

Our menu of offers is unlike that of any other agency or studio on the market. Designed specifically for women of influence looking to scale and grow online, our photo & video sessions help you strategically position yourself to attract your ideal audience, all while staying authentic and embracing your unique personality.

Our mission: to help empowering women of all backgrounds translate their passion & purpose into content that connects & inspires.

 

Our ultimate goal: to create a better world through beautiful photos & videos that encourage communities of women to reach their true potential.

THE Branding Babe Origin STORY

Watch us in action!
So, why personal brand photography?

Personal brand photography allows you to tell your unique story through authentic, emotive, and consistent imagery. It helps you develop a deeper connection with your audience, sets you apart from the competition, and presents you as an intentional & professional woman.

 

Personal brand photographs can be used diversely across the web, social media, email marketing, online education, print advertising, and more. Our goal together is to up-level your brand across all platforms with fresh &  engaging images that target your ideal client base so you can position yourself as a top competitor in a saturated and ever-changing market.

How do you know if a personal brand photo session is for you?

 

  • You’re overwhelmed trying to create consistent content for your clients and feel like you lack direction.

  • You want to take gorgeous images of yourself for your business, but can’t seem to capture the right angles, poses, and backdrops that highlight who you are.

  • You’re getting bored of using the same old headshots of yourself on your website & social media, and are looking to make a statement in your photos.

  • You’re so busy serving your clients each day that you don’t have time to set aside to even think about using photography to elevate your brand.

  • You’re frustrated, because you know you have a kick ass business yet can’t seem to translate that to your ideal audience.

 

Imagine what it would feel like to ditch the overwhelm & frustration and instead feel empowered & elevated by branded images that take your website, social media, and print marketing to the next level. 

 

This is exactly what personal brand photography can do for you! Step into the light as the empowering professional you know you are through images that deeply resonate with your client base and tell your unique brand story.

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Freebird Paddle Co.

Do I need to book in advance for a Freebird activity?


Our beach rentals are available on a first come, first serve basis on Railay West Beach, so no need to book for an hourly rental. However, our lessons, classes, and night tour can book up quickly since we take a maximum number of people for each group (12 or less). We highly recommend booking about a week in advance to be assured a space. That said, as a travel destination, plans change and we occasionally get last minute cancellations, so it never hurts to swing by our shop to see if there are any openings!




I'm not a strong swimmer, can I still participate?


Of course! As a water sport company we encourage those who want to get wet and have fun. Life jackets are always available and are compulsory for those who can not swim, or are not comfortable in the water. We highly recommend a beginner lesson as your starting point, the lesson will give you supervised attention, and boost your confidence in and around the water. Finally, you are the best judge of your limitations and comfort zone, we provide all the resources for you to have a great time during our lessons and tours, but we ask that you take responsibility for taking the right precautions for yourself.




Do I need to be at a certain athletic level to train with Freebird SUP Co.?


Our rental, lesson, and tour activities are just that, active! Lessons last roughly an hour and 15 minutes, the night tour lasts a little over two hours. Though there will be rest periods, you will be paddling, balancing, moving, jumping, swimming, and having a great time. Depending on wind and wave conditions, some days will be more of a workout than others. You don't need to be an Olympian by any means, but you should feel confident that you can do an activity that lasts 1-2 hours.




We are traveling as a family, can our children participate?


We love our Freebird Babies! Here are some general guidelines to help you make the right choice for your family: We recommend that children 4 - 8 years old ride on a parent/guardians board, wearing their own personal floatation device for rentals and tours. Typically, children older than 8 years old can control their own paddleboard and are keen for the adventure. Please take into account that children may tire quickly after a full day of vacation activities, they may be prone to motion sickness, afraid of the dark, or more sensitive to the stimuli of this type of excursion in an unfamiliar environment. You know your children, their abilities, their comfort zones, and attention spans better than anyone, ultimately during our courses you are responsible for your child and we count on you to make an informed decision on whether the activity will be right for your family. Unfortunately, we can not accommodate for children under 4 years old. Children must be 8 years old or over to participate in our Beginner SUP Lesson. We recognize that every child is different and are happy to answer any questions you might have!




I am prone to motion sickness, will this be an issue on a paddleboard?


Let me answer this question with an example. We have a friend who gets motion sick driving his own car - it's that bad. He has enjoyed SUP'ing a handful of times once, with no seasickness, the second time with some mild motion sickness, the third time he was literally green. The fourth, fifth and sixth time he took 1/2 of a motion sickness medication tablet and had no sickness what so ever. If you are prone to motion sickness it is good to be prepared just in case, but don't worry, it is rarely an issue.




We are staying in Ao Nang, do you offer transfers?


We ask all of our guests to meet us on Railay. It is a 15 minute boat ride and costs 100 thb per person one way from Ao Nang Beach. Trust us, Railay is worth at the very minimum a day trip! By meeting on Railay you are free to explore the peninsula, rather than waiting for and driving around in a pick-up van collecting other customers. For guests that join us on the night tour we offer a transfer back to your hotel which includes the boat and taxi ride. The cost is 200 thb per person if your hotel is in Ao Nang, and starts at 300 thb per person if you are staying outside of Ao Nang.




What should I wear or bring SUP'ing?


As with any daytime activity in Thailand, you'll want to show up well hydrated. Be sure to wear sun protection! Sunscreen, a t-shirt or rashgaurd, hat, and sunglasses are all good ideas. Please keep in mind that sunglasses, or prescription glasses can easily be lost in the water if they are not attached by a cord! Everything you bring out on a paddleboard will likely get wet. We do provide dry bags on a first come, first serve basis. If you will be spending a lot of time on the beach during your holiday dry bags work great and you may want to purchase one during your stay. GoPros and waterproof cameras are really fun to have on a SUP board, just keep in mind you'll want to have the proper floating device on them as they go straight to the bottom if you fall in. We suggest being a minimalist - bring as little as possible and make some memories unencumbered by stuff and gadgets.




What happens if it rains?


If it rains, we get wet-er. Haha! That said, we are constantly watching the weather. If wind and wave conditions become unsafe at any time we cancel our activities. We do our best to reschedule our guests, but if we cannot we offer a full refund. Safety first!




What is Freebird Stand Up Paddleboard Co.'s cancellation policy?


We offer a full refund for bookings that are canceled more than 48 hours before the scheduled activity. For cancellations made 24 - 48 hours in advance of the activity we offer a 50% refund. We do not offer refunds for cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance, though we will do our best to re-schedule you. No shows, or guests that arrive after their group has left the beach will not be refunded or rescheduled. For the safety of all our participants and staff, guests who arrive under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to join the activity, they will not be refunded or re-scheduled. Thank you for your understanding!




What type of weather conditions would cause Freebird to cancel our activity?


Rain alone is usually not a problem. That's a good thing, since Thailand is so tropical it can rain at any time, often without warning, year round.
Our instructors, guides, and staff are really only concerned about wind and wave conditions. We can get wind and wave conditions that are entirely safe, and we have a variety of beaches and tour routes that we can use to avoid difficult conditions. But, we can also get conditions that will force us to cancel our activities. We will always do our best to work around conditions which may include later, or earlier, start times, or changing meeting points, trust us, we love to get out on the water too! The final call is always made by Man, our lead guide. He is an experienced boatman, fisherman, climber, jungleman, and an all around survivalist. All of his decisions are made with your safety and well-being above all else.




We are SO EXCITED to SUP! If you were me, what would you recommend?


SUP is so exciting!! It's currently the world's fastest growing sport. If you haven't noticed already, you'll start to see it popping up everywhere. We are one of the few SUP centers in Thailand, and in fact we are one of the few SUP centers in all of Asia! If you ask us, Railay could not be a more perfect place to base yourself for the total SUP experience. We think our little "island" is a magical place that gets even better after dark. So I would book accomodation on Railay, or Ton Sai our neighboring beach. Next I would book our beginner lesson followed by our Sunset Starlight Night Tour the next night. Occasionally people book both on the same day with no problem, personally I like to spread my paddleboarding out. You might want to wake up early on your departure day to grab an early rental or catch our SUP Yoga lesson if, like us, you get hooked on SUP.