Ravinder Crone | Award winning and published wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer | Creating beautiful, creative and contemporary imagery with a timeless feel. Based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, working internationally and across the UK, locally covering Buckinghamshire, London, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Herefordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Kent.
A few months, I had the pleasure of taking professional headshots for Anna Parker-Naples who is the owner and founder of Inspiring Mummy Club. Anna was referred to me by Mark Tomkins, Director of award winning design agency Aubergine 262 Ltd.
I was delighted to work with Anna to create the look and feel of her images for her brand, during which Anna was kind enough to make time from her busy schedule to answer a few questions and be a guest blogger to share her story.
Enjoy reading Anna’s answers below.
Tell me in 50 words or less about your job?
My job with Inspiring Mummy Club involves creating inspiring and motivating materials for people who want to make some changes in their lives, including the self-development and life-coaching content, writing and recording the powerful hypnosis tracks, plus coaching people on a one-to-one basis to help them break through frustrations and difficulties they have with their confidence levels.
Which part of your job inspires you the most?
I’m inspired by people who begin to take steps to make a difference to how they feel, and the things they believe they are capable of. It is incredible to watch someone I have coached start to take off and fly, start to really believe that they can do the things they have always feared they couldn’t, but always dreamed of. Inspiring Mummy Club is about making tools, resources and support available to women who feel stuck, and know they need to make some changes. It’s about showing them they have a choice, and can put themselves first.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in business?
Business is all about people, and about your own mindset. It’s about who you know, who you are influenced by, because everybody we have in our lives has the ability to affect us. Those people who have infectious ‘can do’ attitudes make me buzz, those who can come back from knock backs quickly and with resilience. For me, business, like life, is about how you overcome obstacles and challenges, how you perceive failure and how you allow yourself to open up to possibilities when you break through your own fears.
Who do you admire the most and why?
I admire mums who are out there making things they care about happen, and still make it back to be an awesome mum to their children. We’re only limited by our own beliefs and fears, and often by what society expects of us. I admire women who are managing to have the best of both.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
’There is no failure, only feedback.’ It’s a key NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) belief, that if we can learn quickly from things that have not gone well, rather than wallow in self-pity and regret, then we are much stronger as we go forward. It allows me to see life as a learning experience rather than a struggle.
What drives you?
What drives me is making a change in this world. There is far too much negativity, moaning and groaning, and it doesn’t have to be that way. I am walking proof that mindset matters. Seven years ago I was in a wheelchair, feeling stuck in a rut, and very sorry for myself. I accepted that only I could change my life, and so I took responsibility for what I had in my life, and what I wanted. I built an incredible career as a Voice Actor, taking me to Hollywood and back as leading performer and along the journey, I recovered fully. I want other people to realise they don’t have to be stuck anymore, to realise that there are tools and resources to help them.
What are your biggest business challenges?
Since we have only just launched Inspiring Mummy Club, my biggest current challenge is getting word out there that we are available, and can help. Everyone knows a mum who is desperate need of making some time for herself and boosting her confidence, so it would be great to reach as many people as possible. So please spread the word.
Do you have any current offers that you can extend to my readers?
We are able to offer a one week free trial of our Gold membership package, including life-coaching and self-development tools, mediation tracks, guided visualisation audio, hypnosis tracks and a ready made support group of other likeminded mums. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning Ravinder Crone’s blog and we’ll get your FREE TRIAL sorted for you.
Visit our website at www.InspiringMummyClub.com to find out more. When will you choose to be an Inspiring Mummy?