Angela is snap happy
Photography business a dream come true
What is the nature of your business and what inspired you to start it?
My name is Angela McLachlan and I am the owner/founder of Rose Grace Photography. I am a natural light photographer specialising in newborn, child and family portraits.
The inspiration behind starting my business was my twin daughters, Emilie Rose and Sophia Grace. When they were born I became obsessed with capturing every little detail and fleeting moment.
Fast forward a few years and a lot of hard work, I have turned my hobby and obsession into a full-time job and successful little business. What do you find most enjoyable about your day-to-day business life?
The children and families I meet. Seeing my little clients grow from newborns to toddlers to preschoolers is just wonderful.
I also feel lucky I’m able to work the business around my little girls. My shoot starts after school drop off and finishes before pick up. What are the biggest challenges?
The editing! I am a perfectionist so this takes up a lot of my time.
I work alone so I can’t delegate any work. As I work from home it can also be difficult to switch off. My business is my baby and I am always in work mode. My husband has been a massive support. What is it about your business that makes you most proud?
Building the business from scratch since 2015 and completely on my own. I had an unwavering belief that I would one day have a successful photography business. I never doubted it would happen. What three tips would you give to someone who is starting a business? Believe in yourself. Work hard. Don’t give up. Why is Rutherglen a great place to run a business?
There is a real community feel in Rutherglen. Local people have been so supportive of my business. It is a fantastic place to work and live. Has anything weird or wonderful happened to you in working life?
Shortly after launching the business, I thought I’d dabble in a national photography competition.
I never expected to win anything and was a few weeks late in checking the results.
I ended up with a bronze bar at national competition level with the Guild of Photographers. What lessons have you learned since running your own company?
Running your own business is all consuming,not for the faint hearted. You’ll work harder and longer than any job you’ve had before. What are your ambitions for the future and where do you see yourself and your company in five years?
We are moving house (still local) and I hope to build a little studio on our land. For me, this is the ultimate dream. It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this point.
I hope that the business continues to flourish and perhaps my little girls could come on board to help mummy out with some editing! If you were not in this line of business, what would your alternative career choice be?
I studied languages at university and had notions of becoming a translator or teacher.
I am super creative so I think I would have just ended up frustrated and unfulfilled in those professions. It took me a while to find my calling and I am extremely happy and proud of where I am at now!
www.roseg race photography. co.uk
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Family portrait Angela MacLachlan with twin daughters Emilie Rose, left and Sophia Grace