A PHOTOGRAPHER from Stratford is looking to snap up a national award.
Lisa Cattersgill set up Cattersgill Photography last May and is now a finalist for New Bussiness of the Year at the Networking Mummies UK Awards.
The 29-year-old and her husband Ben moved to Stratford in 2014 from London, where they both worked in theatre, and Lisa took the opportunity to set up her own business.
She had already studied photography at City Westminster College in London and chose to specialise in newborn photography. Although there is no official qualification for the style, she took a course in ‘safe transitional newborn posing’ to ensure the babies she works with would be safe in her hands.
Networking Mummies Stratford branch leader Victoria Alcock nominated Lisa for the award for her dedication and determination.
Lisa told The Observer: “Networking Mummies has been great for making contact with other local businesses and it’s actually helped me off more to customers by joining with other businesses.
“At Christmas I was able to work with a lady who could make baubles with a child’s hand print on it alongside doing a festive newborn shoot.
“It was overwhelming to have been recognised as a new business by being nominated. If I do win, to have a mentoring session with the directors – Laura Morris and Stacey Calder – will be so useful in helping me to grow my business.”
Lisa is currently looking to branch out into maternity photography.
She will find out if she has beaten the five other finalists on April 16 at the awards ceremony – at Aston Villa’s football stadium – which will also be raising money for the Meningitis Now charity.