Tell us about the Services you offer?
Candid portrait and lifestyle photography. In other words, from precious moments with newborns and upwards to content required for a business!
How did you come up with the idea and what motivated you to go for it?
Photography has always been a hobby, if not a necessity, in my life. After relocating and having two children almost back to back when the time came to start considering work again I knew that I would have to start from scratch. If ever there was a time to start something it was when salary expectations were low! Also, it felt like my hobby needed a purpose. It was something that was me before children and after the baby stages I needed to get to know me again! The stars aligned and there was a course that fitted in with life as a stay at home mummy, I signed up and haven’t looked back since!
What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?
I love the flexibility. With two young children there are always appointments or holidays around the corner. We don’t have any family nearby so childcare always comes at a cost. I can fit my work around the children and, at the moment, at no extra cost. Thus the money I am earning can go straight back into all of those great business startup costs! I still feel like a stay at home mummy however I am also working, that’s a win win isn’t it?!
The hardest parts are when I am busy and I want to lock the door and work for days to get a job done … ever the optimist though, this is turning into a positive thing! The fact that I can’t do it (I have to work on my allocated days) means I can reflect on the job I have done and go back to post production stage with fresh eyes.
What kind of Boss Mum are you and how do you manage the juggle?
All about the details … borderline OCD when it comes to organising things! Meal planning is done, food deliveries occur, washing never stops and a work day is a work day. I can’t do bits of work here and there, it has to be on a specified day otherwise it all goes to pot! Don’t get me wrong, every once in a while I crash and let it all stop just to remind myself what it’s like not to have to think all the time .. and then what chaos follows when the juggle does fail! It does make my working day way more productive and my time with the children is real time.
Do you have a favourite app or work tool you think everyone should know about?
Hmm, this will only be applicable to fellow photographers! I couldn’t survive without my Editors Keys keyboard shortcut cover. I’ve lost you haven’t I! Oh and my Contigo mug, it keeps the coffee hot.
How do you define success?
Learning from mistakes.
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
That you can do what truly makes you make happy, you just have to work blinking hard and occasionally to breaking point.
What is a normal day in your life like?
My daughter is at school Monday to Friday and my son is at nursery on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday so my working days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On those days, after school and nursery drop off I get home and walk the dog (I like to call this my ‘self care’ time). I then get in, probably put another wash on and then head to my office which is in the house. On a shoot week, my day is spent working on the images I have taken followed by admin. I do everything myself at the moment; website, accounts etc .. and then there’s the whole social media and SEO chapter. Boy that can take up a lot of time! Fear not, as soon as funds permit I WILL be using the services of many a fellow Triber!
What has been a particular highlight for you since starting your business?
It’s happening right now – some of my images could be featuring in some major consumer magazines over the next few weeks. Watch this space!
What’s next for your business?
A little bit of a reigning in period as it has taken off a little faster than expected and I need to fine tune/set in stone some of my work practices.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t be afraid of the word No.
What is your favourite Social Media platform and how has it helped in your success?
Instagram – you’ve got access to such a divers audience and the reactions are immediate so you know pretty quickly what does and doesn’t work. Also, as someone who works alone you do feel like you’ve got a little team out there! Both consumers and peers see what you are up to and can comment.
Tell us 3 facts about you…
- I was told repeatedly from the age of 17 up until 32 that I would never have children.
- I am happiest in the water.
- Music makes my world go round.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?
The feeling of belonging … after the journey of leaving work and having children it feels like your identity gets lost along the way, well it does, you almost get a new one! Being part of the tribe reminds me of the me before children and that helps to understand the me with children. Does that make sense?!
Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind Kate Stoddart-Scott Photography, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.