Get to know a bit more about Cara Mia Photography
This probably sounds like every other photographer out there, But I love what I do. It started when I was 14 years old. I don't draw well, I get so frustrated with painting and didn't like the control and discipline that came with it, but I have a creative eye. I started with the usual photos, flowers and tree's etc, but that quickly turned into an interest in portraits.
I dedicated my entire education post school to photography. In college I dreamed I would "move to the city". I love London! I still have a soft spot for it because for me it was such a huge escape, particularly if I had a mental block. So I wanted to move there, live and work there as a professional portrait photographer.
I went into family portraiture at a local studio. I felt like I had made it (how naive!) and everything was going to get better, but although it was the worst job I ever had, I think it was fate in some way.
In an attempt to give parents more of an experience than already provided, I accidentally stumbled upon my passion and adoration of Newborn Photography.
I lead the studio into their Newborn photography program, training other staff and I even advanced my skills. But to my disappointment, although my skills and job role advanced, I was standing still. They were making money hand over fist and I wasn't appreciated. I put a lot in. Time, skills, knowledge, energy and I missed a lot of family time BUT the rewards were minimal (& so was the wage), the progression non existent and every time I did get a 'promotion' and I had to travel to other studios, my "pay rise" didn't even cover the travel and parking costs for 6 months let alone the year! + My mental health, was in the gutter!
I don't regret it, I wish it had only been one year instead of two, but it did teach me something really valuable. It taught me that my mental health comes before the demands of a job and if I didn't go through that, then I never would have found newborn photography, which I now specialise in.
When the limitations in career progression and toxic environment eventually got to much, I found the strength, I turned to a colleague and said "I won't be here very much longer."
little did I know at the time, I was setting my intentions outloud and I left! The weight lifted as I walked out of the door that last time and I never doubted my choice.
I had found another job for another studio but after almost 3 years with them I decided to hand in my resignation and begin my self employment journey. THIS WAS MY DREAM!
It has now been seven years in total that I have been working with families and specialising with newborn photography! I have worked with an estimated 900+ babies and families and I couldn't be happier.
I was a year into my self employment journey and Cara Mia Photography was thriving. But
2020 threw a complete curve ball and it has been stressful, sometimes scary and completely bewildering! More times than I care to admit, I had thoughts "Should I quit? I should quit! Have I done the wrong thing? Am I good enough? Is my business strong enough to survive?" Being self employed has so many great aspects but so many uncertainties, NOW MORE THAN EVER especially when so many of us have been through all of this, with many months of required closure in the past year and no financial support! That has been the most stressful! I miss my friends and family of course, but mostly I have missed working more than anything. It is what I get up in the morning for. I get to do something I enjoy everyday, and when that was taken away, well, I sort of feel like I have been wandering with no end in sight.
But THIS MONDAY. the 12th of April, I'M BACK! I am back in the studio, back working with real life people! Back doing what I ABSOLUTELY LOVE!
I am vaccinated with the first vaccination and I should have the second soon (I feel like they are like Hogwarts houses with a random sorting hat! (I'm house Pfizer! haha) so that feels like a really good step into more normality and with it some sort of security for work life. I know it will take a while as we all need to have a chance to have a vaccination.
I hope from now I can get back after my third and longest closure and that we can all exit 2021 with plenty of celebrations. You can bet I will be kissing 2020 and 2021 goodbye with no hesitations!