On the 26th of September 2006 two months before I was meant to walk down the aisle and marry my partner of 5 years he decided to call the wedding off. As you can imagine I was in shock and an emotional wreck for the months that followed… but I survived. After grieving the future that I had imagined for so long, I took a good look at myself and realised that I was at a fork in the road. I could (A) try to get back on the band wagon and try to start dating again or (B) take my photography career seriously and open a studio. I decided that the risk of getting my heart broken was way too risky so I took the second option praying that it was the safest bet. I approached my parents for a small business loan and well the rest was history.
Prior to owning a studio I was a freelance photographer for 7 years and travelled to my customers homes for their photo sessions. My passion was and still is photographing newborns and their families so I felt I had the perfect job. I was on the road, I was free and doing what I loved. Back then the thought of a studio suffocated me as the image of 4 walls and a strict work routine did not appeal to me at all. I had graduated with a UNSW College of Fine arts degree, I had no business education or business plan so I couldn’t justify owning a studio. (In hindsight a business course would have done wonders for me!) Two traits that I love and loathe about myself is my stubbornness and spontaneity. After making my decision and taking the plunge of a different kind, I opened the doors to my beautiful Leichhardt studio on Friday the 26th of April 2007- which was exactly 10 years ago today. On opening night I even wore a white dress as I felt I was getting married to my business. I’m so glad I still maintained my sense of humour!
For those who run a small business or have owned one I am sure that you will agree that the journey is like a marriage. It starts off like a fairy tale, the honeymoon period is bliss and all seems well in the world. When real life hits and the years roll by, maintaining a marriage takes work, takes time, effort, and sacrifice. Since day 1 I have never stopped learning and 10 years on my business still keeps teaching me not only how to be better in business but how to be a better person which I am so grateful for. I started as a one person show but managing a team has taught me about the importance of leadership. My business has also taught me about the importance of connection and relationships with my customers which I value so dearly. Watching and documenting a family grow literally before my eyes year after year is a privilege and I thank my customers for their loyalty over the past decade. I would not be here without you.
So going back to my marital status, yes I was married to my business but I was very much single in the real world and I found it hard to date when I was working 7 days a week. Little did I know that my life was soon to change forever. One of my staff members at the time invited me to a speed dating night. It was there I met my darling husband Andrew and soul mate of 5 years. After we married our beautiful girls Millie 4 years and Lucia 2 years arrived in quick succession to complete our lives. These days are more about watching my own family grow as well as balancing my time with the studio.
When we were thinking of what image to post on our socials to mark this special occasion I thought why not celebrate by taking photos of our team’s children! Between us we have 6 girls, the youngest arriving only days ago. These images personally mean so much to me as they represent our future but also remind me of my past. It was 10 years ago that a painful event led to me making a life changing decision and I am so grateful to god everyday that I chose well as it ultimately led me to achieving everything I could have ever hoped for and more.
Thank you for celebrating our 10th birthday with us..
*This year to mark our 10th birthday, I have taken a 12 month sabbatical to raise $100k for cancer research through an art project for Love your sister. I’d love you to be involved so for more information please click here.