The story of how I won the Mumpreneurs Networking Club competition
When I started a membership with the wonderful Mumpreneurs Networking Club, little did I know how much fun it would be and how the sheer lightheartedness of the group would rub off onto me!
At one particular meeting held in Lewes, run by the lovely Mumpreneur Jane Hames, I was led to saying “yes” and entering into a ‘design a postcard’ competition. It was to celebrate 5000 through the doors of the Mumpreneurs Networking Club (MNC). Initially I had no intention of entering, but then I was approached by fellow Mumpreneur, Julie Mann independent Arbonne consultant. With an audacious and spirited smile she said “I’ve got this great idea! Would you like to do the photos for it?”, and I thought “Why not!”
So with this unexpected project born and the deadline just around the corner, a number of volunteers were gathered and timetabled in for a photo shoot. Now Julie’s idea was to get the Mumpreneurs together and form them into the MNC letters. Off I went to do a bit of research and discovered that dancers do this ABC shape thing rather well in colourful lycra. Now I wasn’t working with the agility and adeptness of performers, or indeed lycra, however, I was working with business folk that were up for a bit of fun! I also wanted to show a connection to their business within the composition, so each candidate brought related props. Accountant, Alison Jones brought monopoly money and a calculator, The Clothes Lady, Sarah Greg brought one of her garments, Teresa Hamilton owner of East is East brought some of her home products, Little Fidgets owner, Lucy Amos brought with a sombrero and flags, Julie brought some Arbonne skincare, but what about Utility Warehouse’s Stuart Ritchie?
Men in Mumpreneurs?
Yes, Mumpreneurs Networking Club do not exclude men! However I did wince at thought of Stuart being photographed with a comprehensive utilities bill, not terribly exciting. Then Sarah, reminded me that the Utility Warehouse logo has a pig in it. The idea was just too good, would Stuart go for a live pig? Well, within just a few hours of contacting Stuart, we had a pig booked in, and a pink one at that, thanks to the kindness of Snakes Harbour farm in Sussex.
I do love photographing animals, dogs, cats, horses etc, but I had never before photographed a pig. On arrival to the farm I thought I’d pop my smartphone on video mode and very lightheartedly filmed the story. Bear in mind, it’s no Danny Boyle production but it’s my first photography video blog and I do hope you enjoy…
Oh! and the final design?
I had initially asked a willing Mumpreneur to help me design ‘The Big 5000’ part of the postcard, however she got extremely busy. Thankfully I’m married to a talented designer and branding guru, Ashley from Planet Interactive, who helped me put my ideas into form! I wanted to have various businesses in the shape of the 5000 and sponged a bit of expertise to complete the winning postcard!
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