Steph Douglas another hero added to my ever growing list in the long line of empowered women who even through the stress and strains of motherhood, not to mention a few sleepless nights, she has managed to start her own business, and blog 'Sisterhood (and all that)' whilst being a wife to hubby Doug and mother to three beautiful children. Phew! I felt exhausted just writing that.
So as a new business owner myself, my interest was peeked and I was keen to not only photograph but pick up a few tips at the event held on Tuesday 12th June 2018, at the Turks Head in Twickenham. Another successful event organised by Liv Tilley founder of the events company SpoonFed Talks.
Steph started Don't Buy Her Flowers in 2014 following the birth of her first baby, read her story here As a woman who started her business so early on in motherhood Steph was here to talk about how it all began, and how she managed it in those early days having no family close by to help out and with a toddler in tow. I can totally relate to this big time, one of the things thats sticks out in my mind from Steph's talk was the advise she gave to wait to start your business and not try to do it so early on when your baby is still well, a baby.
This was the first mistake I made in those precious early days, following a battle with former employers for a work/life balance upon return from maternity leave that pretty much forced my resignation. I then found myself under the pressure of wanting to help out in being a provider for our new mini family, but found it near on impossible with a small one that just added to my stress levels at the time and feelings of failure. So I'm right there with you on that front Steph, speaking first hand it's only now that my little one is reaching 2 years of age that I am able to find the time (and sanity) to really focus on my own business.
It was a really interesting, frank and honest chat about starting a business and balancing parenthood. What was even more interesting was the number of mums (a large number of babies plus 1 Dad) in attendance. Inspiring actually that so many mothers are aiming to become business owners themselves.
Not only was I taking photos of the event itself, in which I captured some really cute ones of the babies (see below) I was also offering every parent attending the talk a free portrait photograph, one mum who had her photo taken made a comment that she has hardly any photos of her and her baby as she is always the one taking photos of everyone else. Which was really interesting to hear because this was also my own personal experience and one of the reasons behind why I was offering this opportunity to others.
Just by purchasing a ticket to the talk everyone was entered into a competition to win a free family lifestyle photoshoot! The lucky winner was Rebecca Saunders!
A really great event that saw a few friends made both babies and mums plus lots of coffee and catch ups.
Contact me direct if you are interested in booking a Summer mini photoshoot there are still a few spaces left, take a look for more information here.