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Selling Reusable Eco Products with A Fine Choice Ltd

What’s your business called?

A fine choice ltd and a fine choice photography

Can you describe it in one sentence?

I started off with setting up an online shop for reusable eco products,
needed product images and became a photographer 4 years after setting up my
initial business.

When did you start it and what inspired you?

2010, when my youngest was a year I started watching out for ideas. I wanted
to do something that worked around my three young kids (they were 1, 3, 4
when I started) and also something I am passionate about. I always liked
toxin free products but couldn’t always find them in the UK which got me
thinking I should import products which I can’t get here.

How did you find your start up?

Well, I had to buy 5500 stainless steel bottles upfront. It was a huge
investment and took a lot of consideration and research. I did lots of
project management before I had kids so writing a business plan was straight
forward. I am also a positive person. At no point I had any doubts once the
calculation and research bit was done.

How do you manage working around your children?

I love it! I love working when they are in school and I love not working
when they are at home or on holidays. The only thing they used to complain
about was going to the post office when they were on holidays. I had to drop
off my orders. I said to them: would you prefer me having a full time job
and you going to a holiday camp? So spending 10 mins at the post office
before doing a day out was their accepted choice.

Can you describe a typical day?

I never call my work “work” as I am passionate about both business. I do
what I feel is right in that particular moment. I love editing images after
I had a photo shooting. It’s great to give people some memories and get some
lovely feedback on the images they like most. I also love doing some SEO and
realising (after a while) it has helped with my ranking for my eco products.
On a typical day I do a bit of everything, I love variety and could never do
a job where I had to do the same stuff all day long.

What have you found hardest?

Over the last 5 years I found out that direct selling is really not in my
nature. I love having an online shop where people can have a browse and
order if they are interested. It means I don’t have to call them and
convince them of the benefit of BPA free products and the benefit for the
environment. Initially I did a lot of b2b and called up companies to see if
they wanted to stock my products. I hated it and still hate it. I got an
agent to do my job and switched my business to mainly retail instead of
wholesale so now I don’t need to do any cold calling anymore.

What’s the best thing about being self employed?

Flexibility, happy people, doing something for the environment, your own
income, working around kids and showing them by doing so that you can do a
lot if you really want to.

What are your plans for the future?

I think everything falls in place by itself. Not sure what the future brings
but I would probably try to add more products to my current product range
and for my other business extend the portfolio into wedding photography
What advice would you give for someone just starting out?

Trust yourself. You can do it but only do things you really like. Don’t
spend too much money on advertising. And yes, it will take a while to set
up a business properly so hold on and don’t give up easily.
Maybe find a nice networking group (there are free ones out there) do bounce
off ideas.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I absolutely love being self-employed. I can’t even imagine going back to a
9-2-5 job in an office. Working together with people I choose has many
positive benefits. That’s it for now

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Sophie Oldhamstead Photography – Running a Photography Business

What’s your business called?

Sophie Oldhamstead Photography

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Natural relaxed family & wedding photography

When did you start it and what inspired you?

I’ve always loved photography but was inspired by my daughter who was born in April 2014. I was working a job before maternity leave that I really disliked and their refusal to support me in any way as a working mum gave me the push I needed to give this a real go

How did you find your start up?

I was very nervous, we made sure we had enough savings for 6 months to cover us but after that there was no back up plan. I found it quite lonely initially and felt very anxious about how it would work but by networking and the help of friends to spread the word and meet mums in similar situations I started to gain confidence gradually. The work picked up with it.

How do you manage working around your children?

I manage by working whenever I can, I take advantage of weekends as my parents and her daddy are around to have her while I work. If I work during the week I have her with me on shoots and I do all my editing & admin in the evenings once shes gone to bed. Its not easy but we make it work.

Can you describe a typical day?

I tend to answer any urgent emails or messages in the morning while my little one has breakfast. We spend the morning together up to after lunch which is when she naps so as soon as shes down I crack on. I use this time mostly to edit any shoots that are in the editing pile or on the rare occasion that I’m up to date I spend the time doing admin tasks, accounting or marketing. Once shes up I spend the evening with my family before carrying on again once she goes to bed.

What have you found hardest?

I think its the constant nature of it, even when I’m looking after my daughter I’m constantly answering client enquiries and sorting things for clients via my phone or planning what I need to do. Its hard to switch off completely and I think I lose out on time with my husband as I need to work in the evenings but its a sacrifice we’ve made to suit our family.

What’s the best thing about being self employed?

Being able to work around my daughter, I’m there to take her to classes and I don’t miss anything with her and I know I’m incredibly lucky to be able to do that right now. While I don’t want to work weekends and late nights forever, for right now its a sacrifice I’m happy to make to be there when she needs me. I love feeling in control of my own future too, I feel like I can make things happen in my own life and its down to me which is a sometimes scary but empowering feeling to have.

What are your plans for the future?

For the next year its to focus on wedding bookings and building my portrait business. I have a 1 year, 3 year and 5 year plan for the business to keep me on track.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out?

Just to go for it, I was prepared for the business not to be as successul as it has been as you need to be realistic as well as hopeful but working hard and giving it your all does really pay off. You need to be prepared to put in what it takes though, if I have to stay up until 4am to finish and edit then thats what you have to do and still get up for the day at 7am for mummy duties but the rewards really do outweigh the sacrifices.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

My home studio is located in Rush Green, RM7 and am now taking bookings for portraits, cake smashes and weddings through 2016/2017 🙂

www.sophieoldhamsteadphotography.co.uk
www.facebook.com/sophieoldhamsteadphotography

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mumpreneur photographer

Business Mums Story: Unscripted Photography

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?

My name is Claire. I’m a Mum to Harry and a wife to Andy. Harry was born in December 2013 – almost a Christmas baby, so that makes him 3 and a half at the time of writing this. And I’ve been married to Andy for 6 years.

What’s your business called?

Unscripted Photography

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Capturing {the beauty} of the EveryDay (and now the BigDays and WorkDays too)

Documentary Family, Wedding and Commercial Photographer and film maker based in Northumberland.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

I launched Unscripted Photography in October 2015. Having moved from Essex to Northumberland, after my maternity leave, I did not have a job to return to. I needed something that would fit into the family ideal I so longed for. I dreaded the thought of returning to a marketing job in the city and missing out on spending time with my little man and husband. Also, as we had moved so far from home, I had no support network to help with childcare so the only option would be to find a marketing role with responsibility to make the money necessary to fund childcare and make the job financially worthwhile. With responsibility comes lots of overtime – and this is also something that I no longer longed for. Funny how Motherhood changes our outlook so much!

So. I had to work for myself. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. And it took my husband and friends to notice my talent and encourage me to launch Unscripted Photography. Being my own boss never worried me. To be honest, in my previous jobs I always hated working for someone else. Since Primary School I had an entrepreneurial spirit, and I’ve finally been able to harness that and (hopefully) flourish as a businesswoman.

Regarding inspiration – it was Harry. I had always liked and appreciated photography. But apart from travelling, I had never found a time to practice or a subject matter that I loved. Then Harry came along and the camera never left my hands. I very quickly developed a style and learnt more about the camera technically. If there hadn’t been Harry, there wouldn’t be Unscripted.

How did you fund your start up?

I already had a decent camera, but I knew to make decent money I needed proper gear. So I used some inheritance money to fund the purchase of a better camera, a top notch lens and a new computer. I designed my website myself and did all my own marketing – luckily my previous life helped me out here! Amazingly the day I launched my website, I got an enquiry. I was literally buzzing. I just couldn’t believe it. I was grinning from ear to ear.

How do you manage working around your children?

Late nights, nap times, early mornings – that’s when I do my editing, admin, marketing, blogging etc. Now Harry is at nursery three mornings a week, so I’m able to structure my work and I’m hoping that I can become more strategic with my marketing instead of just reacting to a lull. I want to ensure that I develop marketing plans and stick to them to ensure a steady stream of work.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

On a day when Harry goes to nursery, I’m up at 6 o’clock and I sneak downstairs. The previous night I’ve left my hair straighteners, clothes and make-up downstairs so that I can get ready without waking anyone up! About 6.30 I wake up Harry and start to get him ready. We’re normally out the door by 7.45 – it takes him forever to eat his breakfast. Back home, I kiss Andy goodbye and I head upstairs to my computer to work. Harry finishes nursery at 1pm so I dart off, collect the little guy, rush home, make Andy his lunch (he normally works locally) and I enjoy some quality time with Harry before his nap at 14:45. So on a nursery Day I get quite a bit done. Although I know the napping days are numbered. Harry wakes at 16:30, so we head downstairs so he can play and I crack on with tea for 17:30. After dinner we play, have bathtime and get Harry into bed for 19:30 at which point I start work again if needs be. It feels like it never ends. Obviously, somedays I have shoots, so it can be a bit more exciting!

I must say though, I’m the typical Mumpreneur. I constantly feel guilty. Guilty that Harry’s at nursery. Guilty that when I’m playing with him I’m thinking about my to do list. Guilty that I’m listening to podcasts and not Wheels on the Bus. Guilty that I’m on the laptop when I’m sat next to hubby in the evenings. Guilty that the house needs spring cleaning. Guilty that I can bake bread, but I never do. But, at the same time, Harry sees me a lot more than if I had a traditional 9-5. And one day I will get time to clean the house properly and I will get to bake bread again. And I try to make a conscious effort to turn off the laptop at least 3 evenings a week to spend quality time with hubby. But needs must right? Competition is fierce. If I don’t put in 150% into this business – another photographer down the road will.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

My style of photography is quite niche and new – in the family photography genre anyway – so it has been an education process through marketing. A lot of families find it strange that a photographer may want to follow them around for a day and they wouldn’t believe that beautiful images could be captured in a messy home. So it’s been difficult to explain that actually – it’s the EveryDay life and moments that are the important ones. That images of them saying ‘cheese’ in the middle of a cornfield probably won’t mean as much as a photo of their toddler fiddling with their hair as they read a story together on their couch. The photography market is also completely saturated. I’m technically just another photographer in a big long list of photographers. So it’s been hard establishing a brand, identity and service that sets me apart from the rest.

One service that does set me apart is my film making. Yet people find it hard to believe that one person can capture film and images at the same time – but I do! I love making films for families especially. Capturing little people and their movements and interactions with those around them – it’s beautiful. I love capturing the essence of character and connections through film.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

Being BossMum. I set my own hours. I set my own goals. I have my own drive. Everything. I’m so glad I’m my own boss. It’s so much fun.

What are your plans for the future?

Oh I have so many ideas, I feel like my head is spinning most of the time. Now that I’ve established my family documentary photography service, I’m launching into wedding and commercial photography. Both documentary style. I know exciting times are ahead and I can’t wait. I’m hoping to ultimately become the main bread winner so that my husband can actually come and work for me and handle all most of the editing. It will really make a difference to our home/family life.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

PLAN. You need a business plan, a marketing plan and strong brand. Even if you are your brand. Then develop that. Especially as a Mumpreneur, people are buying into YOU and YOUR service. So make sure that your message is strong. Your branding is strong. And you have direction.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Cherish every moment and document it. As Mums – we see life flash before our eyes. I also see so many mums who don’t take photographs. Don’t forget photos/home-movies aren’t just for you – they’re for your children. So document the moments. You’re creating heirlooms. And then print them – because technology doesn’t last forever. And if you’d like tips on how to take better photographs of your children, I’d be delighted to send you my ‘Capture’ photography guide, just email me at claire@unscriptedphotography.co.uk and request a copy

www.unscriptedphotography.co.uk
www.facebook.com/unscripted.byclairebatey
www.vimeo.com/unscriptedphotography
www.instagram.com/unscripted.byclairebatey

Working as a freelance photographer

Freelance Photographer: Pied Piper Photography

Lindsay has been a freelance photographer from 9 years, has 4 children and loves documenting life and being creative in her work.

Tell us your name and a bit about your family?When did you become a Mum and to whom?

I became a mum almost 10 years ago and now have four children in total which are the light of my life!

What’s your business called?

Pied Piper Photography

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Unique timeless heirloom photography that captures the simple magic of life!

When did you become a freelance photographer and what inspired you?

I’ve been in business for almost 9 years now. I love to create and more importantly document lives so it was a matter of feeling the need to do it!

How did you fund your start up?

I was gifted a camera and lens by my husband, a computer by my parents and saved little by little for the others that started to become necessary as the demand increased.

How do you manage To work as freelance photographer around your children?

With difficulty! It’s not easy but has slightly become more manageable since my older three are in school.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

UP, dress, breakfast for the oldest, put on the tea, drag two out of bed (EVERY.DAY), change and dress baby, pack up kids out the door, school dropoff, straight to the gym with baby, workout (essential for my sanity!), head home, baby to nap….WORK (edit images, answer emails, invoice, finances, phone calls), late lunch for me and baby, prep dinner, school pickup, CRAZYTOWN (ie dinner, cleanup dinner, baths) for about three hours, then BEDTIME (PARTY!!) and then a bit more work if needs be, snuggle with my hubby and a favorite show!

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

Time management and marketing. I’ve had to learn better self control with my time otherwise my family suffers while I am glued to the computer. Marketing is still a skill I am trying to acquire!

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

Being able to do what I love and still be with my babies while they are small!

What are your plans for the future?

Hoping to get to my target market and then work on personal photography projects that maybe make it into books?!? (DREAMS!)

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

Be patient and learn your craft well…never stop learning.

http://www.piedpiperphoto.com
http://www.lindsaysilsby.com
IG: @piedpiperphoto
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Pied-Piper-Photography-37670115953/

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Rachel Bryant's photography business

Running a Photography Business: Rachel Bryant Photography

Rachel launched her photography business to allow her to work flexibly around her small children using a skill she already had.

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?

Hi, my name is Rachel. I have been married to Tom for over 11 years now and we became parents to Joe 4 months after getting married. When we discovered we were expecting, we didn’t have the funds to get married despite having been engaged for two years. Our family all pitched in and we had an intimate wedding with just 12 of us. Charlie arrived two years after Joe. They both had the same due date actually, Aprils Fools Day!

What’s your photography business called?

My business is Rachel Bryant Photography.

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Rachel Bryant Photography is a full service portrait and wedding photography business, with an emphasize on displaying your photos as wall art.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

I had previously learnt film and darkroom techniques, following up with a course in 1998. After having children, it was hard to find work that would fit in with the boys while they were still so young, they were 4 & 2 at the time. We decided that we should use a skill I already had. After a few years away from the work place, I have to admit that the thought of someone else being my boss didn’t appeal to me. I was too used to doing things my way! I also wanted to be around for the boys while they were growing up. I know how incredibly lucky we are that they have a parent at home for them whenever they need us. I started planning the business in July 2010, but I didn’t have my first paying ‘proper’ client until early 2011. For the first few months I worked in n portfolio building using friends and family.

How did you fund your start up?

Unfortunately my mum passed away, at just 58 years old, a few weeks after my 30th birthday. We used part of our inheritance to fund the start up. It felt good to be doing something with her money that would improve our life and I know she would be happy with our decision.

How do you manage working around your children?

I schedule sessions either at the weekend when my husband is around or during the school hours. It is definitely much more tricky during the school holidays but family help out here and there. To be honest, I don’t book many sessions during the holidays so I can spend time with the boys, which was the whole point of being my own boss. The older they get the more I enjoy the school holidays and I love the freedom that working for myself gives me where the children are concerned. The school holidays are a perfect time to catch up with the admin side of running a business as many of these tasks can be broken down into smaller parts. Grabbing 10 mins here and 15 minutes there can really help when it’s not term time.

The flip side of that is during busy seasons, work can take over. The lead up to Christmas is my busiest time and the kids are also hectic with school events, plays, open afternoons etc. I do occasionally pull a couple of all-nighters to make sure I get all the editing complete for clients, so they can choose their images in time for Christmas.

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

I prepare lunch boxes the evening before because a) it eases the pressure in the morning and b) neither the boys or I like getting up in the morning! The boys are self-sufficient now other than a little bit of a nag here and there, but it wasn’t always that way. When they were younger it was a lot harder and I wasn’t always so organised. After the school run, I usually take the dogs for a walk. This time helps me wake up and prepare mentally for what I have planned for the day. I work for the bulk of the time the children are in school, I try to keep errands, chores and food shopping to one day a week. That doesn’t always work though! I have to admit to doing the bare minimum when it comes to housework, there are other things I would much rather be doing. My day goes better when I’ve spent 30 mins the evening before making sure the kitchen is clean and everything we need for the following morning is ready.

I’d be lost without my planner notebook, I started bullet journaling last year, which sounds like a fad when you start reading about it but it has really helped me to stay on top of my tasks.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

The two challenges I have faced the most is confidence in your ability and pricing. The two go hand in hand. When you work out what you need to be charging to pay bills and run your business, it can be mind-blowing. It’s only since my confidence has grown that I have been able to charge what I need to succeed.

What’s the best thing about being running your photography business?

The freedom and flexibility is definitely the best thing about being a Mumpreneur, it gives you a balance between your family like and work life.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future business-wise are to continuing growing steadily, increasing my client bookings. I also want to source local, ethical product providers for frames and prints etc. Being a ‘green’ business is really important now.

Our family plans are centred around spending as much time as possible outdoors and continuing to give the boys a well-rounded and loving childhood.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

Don’t be in a rush to start and make sure you are operating legally. I know it’s tempting to throw yourself into it, but spend time researching the business side of things, such as marketing, finance, pricing and the law. Read as much as you can about running a business, whether via books or blogs. There is so much information readily available. .

My other piece of advice would be to listen to other people’s advice but you don’t have to take it. Remember they may not be your ideal client, you might not even be your ideal client! You know how you want your business to work. Work out who your ideal client is in detail and tailor your business to their needs.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Running your own business is extremely hard. There is no one to take up the slack, or help you make the difficult decisions. Ultimately its success depends solely on you. But you mustn’t let that put you off. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them, and improve your business. Rachel Bryant Photography had gone through a few face lifts before I was truly happy with where I was heading
Rachel Bryant Photography website: www.rachelbryantphotography.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachelbryantphotography
IG: www.instagram.com/rachbrypho a mix of both personal and business

Sarah Everett Photography – Working as a self employed photographer

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?

I’m Sarah, I’ve been married to my husband Steve for nearly 8 years. He’s my biggest supporter and honestly my best friend. I became a Mummy in March 2010 to Archie. His brother Lukey arrived in 2011, then their little sister April in 2014.

What’s your business called?

Sarah Everett Photography

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Natural family portraits on location or at home.

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?

Initially it was wedding photography that I really loved. I love all the details and the emotion of the day. A lovely lady posted on a Facebook group (2011)looking for a wedding photographer for the following year. She had a low budget and I thought why not?! Looking back I realise maybe I wasn’t ready for that but I’m so glad I just went for it as it sparked the beginning of all this. I’m forever grateful to her for giving me a chance. From there I began to focus on child portraits and soon discovered this was what I really loved. I absolutely love being outdoors! So many other photographers have inspired me to push forward in finding my own style – I really love Jaiden Photography for her outdoor work and Mae Burke for her raw images of Motherhood. Ivette Ivens is a personal favourite of mine with regards to breastfeeding images.

How did you fund your start up?

I purchased an entry level Nikon D3100 on finance. I used this with the kit lens until last year. I’m very lucky that my beautiful website only cost me the domain and hosting… talented husband is a web developer!

How do you manage working around your children?

It’s always been about them, I wouldn’t be doing this if it didn’t work around them. They’re still very young (6, 4.5 and almost 2) and I want to be there with them. I book my sessions mostly for weekend mornings – Steve is here then and we still then have the rest of the day for family things. I’m only ever out for a few hours. I do also do evening sessions during the summer months once he’s back from work – we have dinner, I go out and I’m back for bedtime! Then I edit weekday evenings, sometimes until the early hours. Social media, emails and messages – all the time!

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

Usual weekday – Feed youngest in bed whilst checking messages. School run. Day playing, chores, maybe a post to Facebook. Dinner, bedtime. Evening is editing, spreadsheets, web updates. I do often write blog posts as drafts during nap times too.

Weekend – Check messages, check the weather. Message client confirming our session time. Out for session in the morning. Rest of the day family time!

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

Feeling like my head is somewhere else, the guilt of not being completely present whilst playing with my children. Recently I’ve tried to be better at giving myself boundaries between the two. I’ve set up an auto response on my Facebook page stating that I’ll usually reply in the evening.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?

Being in charge of my own future. I’ll get as much out of it as I’m prepared to put in. If I need to take a step back then that’s up to me. Last year our daughter was poorly and I was able to just put it all on hold because she needed me.

What are your plans for the future?

As the children get older I know I’ll have more time to grow my business. There are other areas I’d like to pursue like preschool and school photography. Maybe even the odd wedding one day!

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?

Do something you love and give it everything you’ve got! Be prepared to work long hours and know your worth right from the start.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I’m just about to start my Breastfeeding Project, this year I’d love to capture as many breastfeeding duos as I can. This is something very close to my own heart and I can’t wait to get started. First sessions are taking place in Colchester, then Chelmsford. I have a waiting list of Mums who are interested and I welcome anymore to get in touch! These are free but Mums will be required to sign a model release form.

http://www.saraheverettphotography.co.uk/
www.facebook.com/SarahEverettPhotography

 

mumpreneur run business farlie photography

Farlie Photography – A Mum Running a Photography Business

Tell us a bit about your family?

I have been married to Steve for 5 years now. We live in a lovely village community outside of Colchester with our two children Euna 3 and Bowen 2. Steve commutes far to work Monday through Friday so almost all of the childcare during the week falls to me.

What’s your business called?

Farlie Photography

Can you describe it in one sentence?

Family portraiture, specialising in newborn photography and just became award winning!

When did you start it and what inspired you?

I started taking pictures as a hobby about 6 years ago, for every birthday and Christmas I asked for my friends and family to chip in towards cameras and lenses. I took an evening course shortly after I had my daughter and she was my inspiration. I became obsessed with capturing her every memory and eventually started taking pictures of friends babies and children. It escalated from there and Farlie Photography officially started as a business September 2014 when I launched my website.

How did you fund your start up?

I very gradually built up equipment. I sold and bought cameras and lenses as I grew in to them. Family and friends boosted my savings at Christmas and Birthdays. A good friend at Feathers Web Design built me a wonderful website and everything else regarding the admin, marketing and book keeping I’ve self taught and done myself.

How do you manage working around your children?

Initially I edited in the evenings, arranged shoots at the weekends and on the odd morning when my Mum could help out. The workload got too much to manage in the evenings and nap times in the summer last year and my youngest became really eager to join his big sister at preschool so he started with a childminder for two mornings and preschool for one morning a week. I still do an awful lot of work in the evenings but it’s much more manageable these days, only the odd stint editing in to the wee hours!

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?

It depends on the day, Steve is up and gone before any of us stir so regardless of it being a work day or not it’s just the 3 of us. Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays are work days so I set an alarm to get up and get everyone fed, dressed and organised for the day. If I have a session I rush back from drop to set up, turn the house in to “studio mode” and remind myself of who I have in and run through the plans I’ve made for their session. Shoots last 2-3 hours and fly by in a blur of tea, prop shuffling, swapping parenting stories and shutter clicks. It’s usually time to race for pick up by the time clients leave and then it’s snack time, playtime, dinner time and bath time!

Wednesdays and Fridays are play days with the kids. We almost always make a plan to go somewhere, the zoo, soft play, woods walking or play dates with family or friends. I am doing best to make the most of these days before I lose my eldest to school in September but I am very guilty of switching the laptop on and losing myself in an email at inopportune moments. It’s hard to switch off work mode fully, this is probably why I prefer to be out of the house and away from the temptation to work.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?

My main challenges are almost always within myself. When you’re in a creative industry it’s hard to be objective about your abilities and the value of the work you’re producing. When you’re so close the what you produce you can go through phases where all you see are the faults and you can’t help but compare yourself to other industry professionals. The more experience I gain the more confident I become in my abilities but equally the more I learn the higher I pitch my expectations of myself. I am however getting used to talking myself in to positive and productive headspaces.

What’s the best thing about being self employed?

For want of a less extravagant turn of phrase, I love being the master of my own destiny. My business is a huge slice of who I am, my interests, my passions, my beliefs and how I want my family to run. The best part is that the more I specialise my service and the work I create to my what I love and believe in, the better the business does as my clients seems to respond more to a unique style.

What are your plans for the future?

Too many! I want to bring film photography in my portraiture, grow my blog and continue to find new beautiful ways to capture newborns. I would like to experience capturing birth and the postpartum period and other genres of photography that are about empowering women and mothers.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out?

Follow your passions. If you are passionate about what you do and you can find the confidence and self belief to imprint who you are in what you are putting out in to the world then everything else will follow. Do not look for approval in the wrong places and do not compare yourself. If your work represents a truly real part of you then it is something to be proud of. A favourite saying of mine is: do not chase success, chase significance.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I found becoming a Mum the most empowering in my life to date. The importance of making new tiny humans and raising them in the world is huge. Bigger than anything else I could imagine. So for me becoming a Mum was like a giant dose of perspective and self belief. Because if I can do that I can do anything I want.

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