We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bailey, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?

As a child I never thought I was “creative.” I couldn’t really draw and at the time art class is what was “creative” to me. Toward the end of high school I started learning that there is more to creativity than just drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. I have always been a writer at heart. What first started as a coping mechanism has turned into one of my greatest loves. I got my degree in journalism and photography and it was really during my undergrad that I learned that I was made to create.

Fast forward to my first job out of college — an executive assistant and digital marketing manager for a financial planner. I learned very quickly that this wasn’t the life for me. After a 40-hour work week, I came face to face with the fact that I had no creative outlet – I started feeling like a shell of a person I once was and craved to be. It was toward the end of my time in that role that I would spend my free time doing freelance social media gigs and trying to book photoshoots, but when all was said and done, I had no time for my husband. I wasn’t okay with the lack of balance between my personal, work and creative life.

I decided to shift jobs into a role at a business that truly wanted a creative person on their team. They want to be challenged creatively and they want some one to push the limits. That’s what I do in my role as a digital marketing manager and event coordinator. My job now is far more fulling than my pervious role.

So to answer your question, I pursued a creative role in a corporate workplace because my soul needed it. I needed my cup to be filled regularly and consistently.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

In 2017 I created my photography business, Bailey Rose Photography. In June 2022 I rebranded to Simply Wright Collective.

As a photographer, I love to capture women and couples. My bread and butter is studio portrait sessions with a lovely woman. I think that women have so many struggles on a day to day basis and I see a major value in capturing them as the beautiful creatures they are.

Simply Wright Collective is a platform for my photography business in addition to a space for community and to help creatives thrive in a corporate workspace. I have been in digital marketing and event coordinating for two years on a corporate level. In these two years I have had to teach myself how to plan and execute client events, appreciation gifts, corporate parties and more. I never had a resource to help me execute these plans, I had to figure it out as I go. With Simply Wright Collective I plan to create a community where women can get together for “Hot Girl Walks,” book clubs, marketing, event planning and photography resources and, if needed, a place to get a stunning photo of themselves.

I’ve always said that I am made for so much more than what I’m doing. I finally think that I am right where I am supposed to be.

In the coming year I am excited to create a community and engage with my community through the creation of a podcast — a life-long dream of mine.

My biggest challenge and lesson has been to be patient. There have been so many times where I have been inspired to create something more than a photography business, but I didn’t have the resources or know truly how to execute my big idea. Even now, I don’t know if Simply Wright Collective will take off and be a crazy success but what I do know without a doubt is that this vision is for ME and if I’m able to impact one person, that’s all that matters.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

Monday: Coffee first ALWAYS — and it will be coffee from Enroute in Goodyear. Then I would say we need to head up to Sedona. Cathedral Rock is a MUST. Beautiful hike and you better believe my camera is coming with. Then we explore Sedona.

Tuesday: Stay in Northern AZ but go further to Flagstaff. In Flagstaff we MUST go to Matador Coffee and Go Sushi. This is a MUST. From there a nice walk in Buffalo Park needs to happen and then walking around down town and dinner at Lumberyard.

Wednesday: Head back down to the valley and relax. I am very much a homebody so after two days of activities we need a day to relax. I think manis and pedis are always a good option and we need a sappy romcom, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will do the trick and snuggling up with a book. Dinner will definitely be from Papa Pauls in Goodyear. The Elote pizza is incredible.

Thursday: let’s rent a room at Beloved Studios AZ and have a fun shoot. We bring all the fun dresses and I’ll do your hair and makeup — big fun.

Friday: I say we go to the drive in.

I’m a big homebody.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

There are some many people to thank for encouraging all my wild thoughts over the years. The three nearest and dearest are my mom, sister and husband – without them I have no idea where I would be.

On a more creative note, I will forever be in debt to two wonderful women. The first, Jess Legaspi. Jess has inspired me time and time again over the years. She has been an incredible mentor, role model and friend through all my life’s challenges. She is the woman who put the creative bug in me. The second woman is Alexandra Lueck.

Alexandra is my biggest supporter and cheerleader. She is always challenging and encouraging me to light my creative soul on fire. These are the women I owe so much to.

Website: https://simplywrightcollective.mypixieset.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplywrightcollective/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplywrightcollective

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