Updated: Feb 12
Member Spotlight is a section dedicated to Women's Society's fabulous members. We want to showcase your business and everything you are up to.
Name - Debra O'Connor
Business Name - DocB Photography
Location - Rossendale
Instagram - @docb_photography
Facebook - DocB Photography
Website - www.docbphotography.com
What do you do?
I’m a photographer.
Whilst I’m happy to take photos of almost anything, I specialise in Weddings, Commercial and family portraits. I love being part of a couple’s special wedding day, capturing their emotions and creating life long memories. I love helping businesses showcase their products, their premises, themselves, their brand, and you can never tire of seeing the faces of families when they see their family portraits in print – priceless.
Top tip for someone who wants to start a business
Don’t panic, and hold your nerve!
Building your own business definitely takes time and having a network of contacts certainly helps. Be prepared to do lots of work for free to build a portfolio, and hope that things will come good. Do your research and understand what your clients want – who is your ideal client.
Your must have app for business?
For me, being a wedding photographer in the good old British Countryside means I need to know when, or if it will stop raining, so my secret app is AccuWeather – it’s never let me down yet.
The best thing about being self employed?
Doing what I want to do, how I want to do it, and when I want to do it.
The hardest thing about being self employed ?
It can be lonely being a sole trader, and the most difficult thing I find is constantly having to source my own work, and work ridiculously long hours.
How do you stay motivated?
That’s a tough one – it can be hard, but this year I have tried to incorporate more “me time” into my schedule so that I can recharge the batteries. I love taking wildlife photos, so that is what I have done more of this year. Some of my pictures have received awards from the Guild of Professional Photographers. I do a lot of charity work and it constantly reminds me how lucky I actually am.