In Conversation - Emma Beaumont
Emma is a lifestyle photographer, who loves capturing special moments in people's lives and helping brands tell their stories.
Hello Emma, thanks for taking the time to speak to us. Can we start by telling us a little about yourself? Hello. Thanks so much for having me!
I think that’s one of the reasons I love it so much; I’m a very sentimental person and photography for me is a snapshot of real life, real emotions, and creating a document of history… I haven’t always been a photographer though. I actually worked in corporate TV and radio for over 15 years, living in London for 10 years, before taking the leap into professional photography. For many, the leap I took may have seemed rather non-sensical - I had a pretty big, senior job, heading up a cross-territory department, working on lots of great TV shows, in a very fast-paced, constantly changing and evolving world of broadcasting and tech. I loved it, and I have no regrets at all, but the corporate world was starting to take its toll. When I left London, the most important thing for me was work-life balance, and I was determined to create it.
The saying TV never sleeps really is true and the hours I worked just weren’t sustainable. It came to a head a couple of years ago and I decided to put my health and wellbeing first, and try and make it as a photographer, something I’d dreamed of but never dared to believe I could actually make happen. Now, not only do I have work-life balance but I’m doing something entirely creative, which I love, and I feel so lucky that my work allows me to meet and work with so many different and inspirational people.
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I’d also advise surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Whether that’s through networking and peers with similar businesses or family and friends who support your vision and help motivate you and build you up; having positive influences is really important, especially on days where you feel demotivated or have setbacks. Finally, don’t let imposter syndrome or self-doubt creep in so much that it risks ruining your dreams - I really believe self-belief is most of the battle.
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