The Drive: What challenges have you overcome?
I am in a small town and convincing people that photos are so very important has been a challenge. So many mums come back after their birth and say “Oh how I wish I booked you.” I had a few challenges with the hospitals not being aware of what was happening, but I now have a great relationship with them both and feel welcome whenever I am there.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
I worked full time for a photography studio for three years and also ran my own business – that was tough. I took redundancy a few years ago and gave myself 12 months to see how I go.
I have days when I think it would be easier to have a 9-5 job, but then I go to a birth and leave beaming from ear to ear and know that this is what I am meant to be doing.
I am the worst for not trusting in myself. Running a business has been the scariest and most rewarding thing I have ever undertaken. I have been pushed to the edge with fear of failure and I am still here so I must be doing something right.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
Keep going, keep going. Focussing on unique and one-of-a-kind maternity experiences. Crafting my style and pushing boundaries to always do better.
I plan to enter more competitions next year and see how I do. I want to step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there to be judged and possibly criticised and grow into the best photographer and business woman I can be.