Rachel com­bines her ca­reer pas­sions

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

As part of our On the Job se­ries, Chron­i­cle re­porter Rexine Hawes speaks with pho­tog­ra­pher Rachel Prid­ham about com­bin­ing three pas­sions into her per­fect life­style.

A Mata­mata pho­tog­ra­pher has said no to the idea of a 9-5 job, in favour of choos­ing a life­style that com­bines her three pas­sions: the out­doors, pho­tog­ra­phy and an­i­mals.

Solo mum of two, Rachel Prid­ham has just added dog walk­ing to her job ti­tle of mother, run­ner and pho­tog­ra­pher.

She says the idea of work­ing 9-5 five days a week just wasn’t ap­peal­ing and she wanted more flex­i­bil­ity for her fam­ily.

‘‘I was in a job I loved a few years ago and one day I thought, is this it, is this me? Even though I love it, am I go­ing to be tied into the 9-5 life­style?

‘‘I am lucky enough to take the bull by the horns and say that’s not for me. It’s not work­ing, in the hol­i­days I freak out be­cause I have to find child­care as well as the worry what if the chil­dren are sick?

‘‘Work­ing is im­por­tant to me, but I also want to be able to be there for my chil­dren at their im­por­tant mo­ments. With pho­togra- phy you can com­bine with some­thing.’’

So, the self con­fessed an­i­mal lover came up with the idea to be­come a dog walker.

‘‘The idea of be­ing able to help peo­ple, take the dogs for a walk and turn it into a lit­tle busi­ness, just seems like a great av­enue for me.

‘‘The peo­ple who are work­ing, the older folk, and oth­ers who don’t have time to walk their dogs be­cause of their busy lives, I could free them up and make use of the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘I like go­ing for a run, it what if I run a busi­ness on top of that and later down the track, use my pho­tog­ra­phy to cap­ture the dogs? So I could use all the things I love into cre­at­ing one busi­ness.

‘‘It’s al­low­ing me to have a dog, with­out own­ing a dog. Giv­ing me a rea­son to run when I don’t feel like it, mo­ti­vat­ing me now and re­ally just giv­ing me pur­pose.

‘‘Cer­tainly over the last year, I feel free. I don’t know of any­thing I would want to do, more than what I am do­ing now.’’

REXINE HAWES

Rachel Prid­ham re­fuses the 9-5 job, in­stead chooses to com­bine her pas­sions for pho­tog­ra­phy and an­i­mals into a life­style that suits her and her chil­dren.

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