Life after redundancy , a photographer's tale.

Today is the 4th anniversary of my being made redundant from my "job for life" at a large magazine printing company here in Poole. So after 23 years working at the same place I said goodbye to friends and colleagues at the factory in Dorset; best years of my life spent printing the glossy magazines we all love to read so I thought at the time. Having emptied my desk in anticipation of leaving it took another 3 months for consultation to end, finally being released on the 11th of February 2011, my husband's birthday.

On the 12th February 2011 I became a full time photographer, my head full of hopes and dreams for the future mixed with a fear of the unknown we all face once in a while. Having earmarked a chunk of my redundancy settlement to convert our large garage into a bespoke studio at home in Broadstone, I set about filling it with lighting, backdrops and props. I took a whole year to find my way into the Newborn photography world I'm so well known for now, starting with a training workshop on newborn posing in Jan 2012 followed quickly by a couple more, including the Baby Whisperer Academy that I'm now part of as a trainer myself.

During the last four years I have learnt so much and my photography passion has grown beyond even my wildest dreams.

Someone once said to me at my old job “oh its all right for you you’ve got your husband's wage and your hobby to fall back on, you’re lucky” It’s amazing how lucky I became the harder I worked!

 

I’ve had so many amazing things happen to KW Photography in such a short space of time, including featuring not once but twice in the Daily Mail with my Newborn Photography gaining my Craftsman qualification in studio portraiture, as well as being awarded two Photographer of the Year titles with the Guild of Photographers

Being mentored by the amazing Damian McGillicuddy who showed me how to make my business work and helped me continue to grow and flourish. Working for a massive UK Baby Brand MAMUK , capturing their products in use. But the most amazing thing of all has to be meeting all the gorgeous Newborns, Children and Parents who come to the studio every day.

I've even have an article about me being printed right now, ready to be published and of all things printed in the very factory where I used to work, how amazing is that...who'd have thought it?

This year will bring a few more changes for the future, including my husband being made redundant in the very new future. This is terrifying and exciting in equal measures and I can genuinely say hand on heart whilst its scary facing the unknown I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Follow your dreams, they can become reality.

Bye for now

Karen x

 

 

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Comments

Christopher Hall(non-registered)
Hi Karen,

I know that this is an old post but I have only just come across it and just wanted to say 'Thank You'.

Reading a post like this is such an inspiration. It is so good to hear how other people managed to overcome hardship to make their dream come true.

I find this particularly inspirational as I also came to photography through hardship. My work history is with IT and photography became a hobby back in 2006. In 2012 though I found myself homeless and living on the streets. It wasn't until I had spent 18 months in rehab I managed to return to a 'normal' life again. That was back in February 2015 (a couple of days after I turned 40). Some friends of mine knew that I had enjoyed photography and gave me an old camera that they had. Having no job and still having the dream of making photography a full-time job I decided to give it a go.

That was back in May 2015. I started by working with the microstock agencies and although the work was good it just didn't quite do what I wanted it to do. That didn't happen until earlier this year (2017) when I was asked to photograph a toddler group. I hadn't done one before (well I hadn't photographed children at all before) but decided to give it a go and I loved it.

Since then I have spent my whole time learning and going out taking photos. Families are now my full role and I enjoy my job so much.

It is when I read posts like this that I reminded of what can be if I keep going (and there are times when I feel like giving up). If I could just become a fraction of the photographer you are I will be happy.


Thanks again

Chris
Charles(non-registered)
Great post, excellent at "that job", and even better at the current one. Impressed but not surprised!
Kathy Hopkins(non-registered)
Wow! what an amazing all too familiar story!! Im redundant 12 months, converted my attic into a studio & trying to conquer the newborn market. What an inspirational read. Well done massive congrats on all your achievements I'm sure there's way more down the road!!! Your work is amazing btw. x
Ashley Ide(non-registered)
congratulations Karen, lovely read and your journey has been both amazing and inspiring, you have put in a lot of work and it really shows. Well done and congrats!
Angela Adams(non-registered)
Well done Karen, you deserve it. All that hard work has it's rewards! X
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