Hi there,

Thank you for reading, today I'm going to answer the question of how I started running my small photography business.

I've always been passionate about photography, this started especially when I got my first compact camera, a pink Fujifilm. I received this as a birthday present for my 8th birthday and never looked back. From that moment I captured all our lovely family holidays and adventures. I still remember that time when I gave my older brother the chance to look at a photo on my camera, and he pressed a button and deleted all of the holiday photos!!!! Luckily we still had a few days left so we had to go round retaking pictures, so we had some memories to take back home with us. 

Then my next camera was a Fujifilm bridge camera in the colour red, I remember feeling so proud when I bought this camera. I saved up all my pocket money in order to be able to purchase it  I went into PC world with my family and chose the one I had been looking at online for weeks. I knew I had to buy it! 

Then I moved on to my lovely Nikon DSLR this was a massive step up, and I am so pleased I made the decision to upgrade. It was such an investment at the time, especially with all the lenses you can buy on top, as I realise now the options are endless. However, little did I know I would start to make the money back. 

So how did I turn my passion into a small business, I set up a photography page on Facebook in July 2016, at the age of 15. This was where I wanted to post all the pictures I've taken of wildlife and flowers from my local park. Then I asked on there if anyone wanted some free family portraits, as I wanted to see what it was like to photograph people other than members of my family. I did the portrait session, and I was handed a £20 note, I was shocked, I asked what the money was for and I was told. "Well, you can't do this for free." That is how Laura Hirons Photography Started. 

From then I've photographed birthday parties, christenings, family shoots, studio shoots, newborns, and a tribute band at Glive. My proudest moment so far was photographing two weddings one when I was 16 and one when I was 17. There is no better feeling than being able to capture someone's special day. The amount of trust people put in you to do it right, and then the feeling you get handing over the photo's and seeing people's genuinely happy reactions. There really is no better feeling. 

I'm so grateful to be able to photograph lots of lovely people and to hand them over a set of memories they can cherish forever. 

"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."

Thanks for reading, enjoy your week and stay tuned for the next one.

Laura x