An­gela is snap happy

Pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness a dream come true

Rutherglen Reformer - - Business -

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

The Ruther­glen Re­former will be show­cas­ing lo­cal com­pa­nies and the en­trepreneurs be­hind them ev­ery month.

If you’d like us to turn the spot­light on your firm in our new Busi­ness Mat­ters page, email: niki.ten­nant@ reach­plc.com with your con­tact num­ber and a brief de­scrip­tion of your busi­ness.

Fam­ily por­trait An­gela MacLach­lan with twin daugh­ters Em­i­lie Rose, left and Sophia Grace

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