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Laurie Watson Photography

I met Laurie at a birthday party for a friend’s child & I was instantly drawn to her energy & zest for life. She captured unseen moments, & you could really get an overall feeling for the day when browsing through her pics.

I started following her on social media & we sent messaged back & forth on a few occasions. We bonded over our love for animals, beautiful things & supporting local businesses. We would often send little messages of encouragement to one another, & I am always completely enamored by her style of photography.

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During this nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, people are staying in their homes for at least 2 weeks. Events are being cancelled, birthday parties postponed, & Laurie has been inundated with calls from clients to pull out of their bookings. Guys, this is the reality for so many small businesses.  Their bread & milk. Their survival. Their income.

I knew I wanted to do something, & help where I can. So I reached out to Laurie, & asked if I could do a feature on her & her business. I also spotted a sweet deal that she is currently running, & you can buy a voucher in this regard to save for use once social distancing is over!


Your name: Laurie Watson

Business name: Laurie Watson Photography

Social media handles: Instagram & Facebook

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How did you get into photography: 11 years ago I needed new hearing aids after being a flight administrator for 6 years. My hearing dropped drastically so I did a photography course and started photography out my lounge and from there I didn’t only get new hearing aids but I was able to leave corporate and have been a proud business owner for 10 years now.

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What would you say your style of photography is: My photography is bright, natural and fun. I use the outdoors or the comfort of your own homes as the perfect photography.

Why do you have such a passion for photography: Every shoot and every couple/family/wedding I get to capture just bring so much joy to my heart and soul. Nothing more rewarding than people gaining confidence from my shoots and printing all their photos in their homes and the most rewarding is when they do that happy cry every time I give them their photos.

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What makes you stand out from other photographers: I shoot from my heart and soul because I love it and I want to. Not because I have to and because I need to. It’s a passion, not a hobby.

Whereabouts are you based: In Johannesburg North

Do you travel, & if so, what is your fee: I do, anything up to 30 KMS is no charge

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How can people book a photoshoot with you:  They can email me on: laurie@lwphoto.net

Tell me about the special you are currently offering:  In light of this corona virus – I want to give people something to look forward to when it ends.

1 hour shoot time
Location of your choice
Shoot of your choice
Within JHB area only
Unlimited images all edited in hi res format
Digitally transferred to your WhatsApp and email address via wetransfer
Purchase now and use within 12 months
R850 and not R1450

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What are your favourite kind of photographs to take:  My favorite is families and babies and pets and I specialize in kiddies parties too.

Why do you encourage people to have photoshoots done:  Do it for the kids – without photos of you when you leave this earth they will have no memories alive!

Quote you live by: If you don’t think photos are important – wait till they all you have left.

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I love photographs, & I think having been through all the health issues that I have makes me really appreciate every moment of life – so having reminders of some of these have kept me going & reminded me to keep smiling when I felt like I wanted to curl up in a ball & cry.

Get your voucher for your family photoshoot today. Remember these moments. Help your family to remember them too…


 

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Oh My (Cake)!

I first heard about Oh My Cake! when they contacted us & offered to make a cake for the Rare Bear Project‘s second birthday.  I was really impressed by this contact as they are a relatively small business, yet they still wanted to find a way to be able to give back to the community.  The ladies were SO excited when we told them we were bringing them cake, & when we finally got to sample it, I think we all just melted.  It was beyond amazing & delicious, & we were literally licking the platter that the cake came on.


So when it came time to do my 30th Cake Smash, I knew that I was going to go straight to them.  I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but then they told me that they always have ready-to-buy cakes & you can just phone them in the morning so they can whatsapp you pics of what they have available on that day.  Say whaaaaaat?!

On the day of my shoot I went in to the shop & was immediately drawn to the “Love Bug” chocolate cake – & these pics show you just why!

After we were done shooting, laughing & generally having the best afternoon ever with the ladies from Through The Lens Photography, we sat down together to enjoy some cake & tea together.  Well, let me tell you, this cake tasted even better than it looks!  It was not too sweet, but literally melted in my mouth.  And the macaroons on the side?  Om nom nom nom.  I haven’t tasted such a delicious cake in such a long time & took it home for husband to take in to his office for the ladies there.  It easily fed about 12 of us – although I am sure we could have found room for more if we had been pushed (I am sure women have a dessert stomach too!).  I contacted the ladies who work there to find out a bit more.


Your names: Naseeha Hassen & Camilla HysonCam & Nas
Some interesting/fun facts about you: Naseeha loves weightlifting & Camilla is a pottery enthusiast.
When did you start: 2014
What did you do before this: I (Naseeha) was pursuing an academic career in Human Medical Genetics, & had just completed my Masters Degree. Camilla was working in corporate marketing.
How/why did it start: Cake decorating started as a hobby, to relieve stress. For Camilla, it was mastering the art of macarons. Both of us found our passion in creating edible art, & decided to leave our careers. Camilla & I met at a market in 2015, as competitors trading side-by-side. Over time, we slowly began to collaborate at events, & in 2016, we took the plunge & opened our first store together. Within a year, our team had grown & our little space was becoming too small for us, so we opened the doors of our brand new store in Cedar Square, in September 2017.


What do you love most about having your own business: We love inspiring our team & watching them grow & develop their skills.
What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: The exhaustion can sometimes be completely overwhelming! As the business owner, you never really have a day off – your mind is always on the team, the customer, the product, the brand, the finances, the next steps for growth…it never switches off!
What is your main objective for your business: To grow a strong brand with an inspired team & consistently awesome products, that look like art & taste like dessert.
You can find them here:  FacebookOnline…  Instagram

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Oh My Cake! also sells their wares at the Linden Market, so if you are there make sure you have a go at their scrummy offerings!  And just to tempt your tastebuds, here is a bit more about what they have:

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PS  You can also organise delivery through UberEATS if you aren’t able to get to their shop yourself – ie no excuses not to try something.

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