Wow, it’s been 3 years already since being on the stage in Kings Place, London, my heart racing with astonishment & excitement under the hot lights and receiving the IPSE UK Young Freelancer of the Year 2017 award!
What a rollercoaster 3 years it’s been! One of my proudest achievements being awarded this incredible title and the support both financially and opportunities received from this competition has been so wonderful. Not just business-wise but personally it’s given me such a confidence boost to grow my little photography business to what it is today.
A few things it’s encouraged me to do since winning the award:
- To go full-time freelance… just a month after winning took the plunge to go all-in with the photography business and haven’t looked back since!
- Invest in more equipment to broaden my services & skills as a photographer especially on more lenses and upgrading my camera gear.
- Commissioned by IPSE to photograph the exact same awards 2 years in a row as well as their National Freelancers Day! Having gone through the awards process myself, it’s been amazing getting to know more young freelancers and making new connections & friends in the industry.
- Fantastic public speaking opportunities and magazine features, either representing IPSE or the freelance community on what can be done to support small businesses in the UK.
- Been interviewed on the Being Freelance podcast by Steve Folland, a regular speaker at the IPSE events, shortly after my win and sharing my story on how I became a freelancer.
- Amazing PR which has helped me reach many incredible clients these past few years and continually grow my photography business and share more beautiful inspiring stories!
But the biggest takeaway from the whole experience has been:
Believing in myself more and gaining the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and develop not just my business, but myself as a businesswoman.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped me on my freelance journey, I haven’t been able to do it without you.
My thought of the day:
“I would say to always follow your dream. And dream big because my whole career, including any of the things that I’ve accomplished, I never thought in a million years that I would be here. So it just proves that once you believe in yourself, and you put your mind to something, you can do it.”
~ Simone Biles, 5x Olympic Medal Gymnast
A shout out to my fellow UK IPSE Young Freelancer Award winners who are doing fantastic things in their businesses: Harvey Morton who won in 2018 and founded Harvey Morton Digital, a social media, web & media company and Bree Kotomah who won in 2019 and founded her own luxury fashion label, Boresa Kotomah.
You can read my original post on winning IPSE UK Young Freelancer Award below:
|Fabulous host for the evening, Ellie Taylor
|My shocked face before being awarded by IPSE Chairman, James Collings
(L-R) Abigail & Chloe Baldwin (Buttercrumble – graphic design), Charlotte Haldane (Hair & Make up artist), myself (Nisha Haq Photography), Carl Lonsdale (Spruce My – Interior Specialist), Adam Smith (HSQ Productions – Video & Photography)
|Rob (his beard) and me 🙂
Managed to get a quick photo with these lovely ladies who produce brilliant design work. Felling so inspired standing next to them! Mandy Barker from Sail Creative and Buttercrumble.
|Feeling proud – credit Ed Telling Photography