Today is a landmark day for me. My youngest child finally started school full time today. For the last eight years I have been a full time stay at home mum. I have loved (almost) every minute of it. But today I am on my own. Time to concentrate on me and time to prove that I can make it as a full time businesswoman. It is a very exciting time, but I won’t lie to you, it’s a little bit daunting too.
Of course, I am not suddenly making the leap from mum to businesswoman. I have been both things in tandem for quite some time now. There have been many twists and turns in the Pamper and Pose story to get me to where I am today. I always knew that I wanted to stay at home with my children. I was 36 when my daughter was born and I was ready to put my career on the back-burner. I knew I couldn’t do both and neither did I want to.
But staying at home means making huge financial sacrifices. I am not in the least bit materialistic, so as long as my children had what they needed I was happy. But my son was born in the middle of a horrible recession. My heroic husband, who runs his own blinds and curtains business, worked his fingers to the bone to provide for us (and still does), but I needed to do something to help. I did what many ‘housewives’ do – I joined a party plan company. I chose Virgin Vie because I had always loved playing with makeup. I was good at the makeovers, rubbish at the selling. But it gave me the confidence to go to night school and train as a makeup artist. Virgin Vie went bust and I started doing bridal makeovers and pamper parties.
Pamper and Pose was born, with me just doing the pampering side. But all the while I was rediscovering an old passion for photography, constantly chasing after my children with a camera in my hand. As friends began to ask me to photograph their children my confidence grew and I joined Welshot Photographic Academy to get some proper training.
Then, around a year ago, I was forced into a position where I had to either let Pamper and Pose go, or step up and take over the photography side myself. With the support of my friends I gave it a go and have not looked back. I know that portrait photography, particularly of children, is what makes my heart sing. I have worked hard over the last year, studying and practising at every opportunity.
So now, the day I go full time, is the perfect opportunity to announce the launch of Pamper and Pose’s sister business – Lisa Marie Gee Photography. My new portrait photography business will run alongside Pamper and Pose, but will allow me to be more creative and hopefully build a name for myself as a lifestyle portrait photographer in a way that wouldn’t be possible within Pamper and Pose.
I won’t be taking my eye off the Pamper and Pose ball in the slightest, I adore doing my photoshoot parties. It just means that this site will concentrate on parties and everything else will be on the new website. So please, if you like what I do, head over to www.lisamariegee.co.uk and have a look.
Exciting times. 🙂