Laura Wilson, 32 of Steele Creek, began Splendid Mama Photography in 2010. Over the past year, Laura has expanded her brand into a local play group and has developed a healthy living site with a focus on essential oils.
Q. How did Splendid Mama begin?
A. I had always just done photography on the side before my son was born, and it was fun, but after my son was born, just like any other first time parents, my husband and I wanted to provide the best we could provide for him. To me, that meant cutting out toxins in the home as much as I could, trying to be informed about nutrition, finding a way to help my husband support our family financially, and finding a community for us to connect with others.
Essential oils opened a door for me to cut out many of our everyday toxins in the home, cooking whole foods instead of processed foods helped us change our diet, and the community was something I knew I needed to build so I started putting together play groups in my area. Any time I saw another mom with a toddler, I invited her to join us on our next playdate. The groups grew quickly, and so did other parts of my business.
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Q. Your business has 3 components - photography, healthy living & support for moms - what all do those entail?
A. I would say my goals are to create a community where moms can feel connected and supported, provide a platform for informed information about how essential oils can empower us to cut out toxins in our daily lives, create beautiful photography treasures for my clients, and just overall encouragement and support for mamas.
Q. What drove you to photography?
A. My photography is driven by my need for a creative outlet. I love the idea of creating something for someone else to enjoy, and photography is so powerful! It's a reflection of love, and what's good and unique about each moment in our worlds. In a world of negativity and drama, photography can remind people of the simplicity that exists in moments of joy and laughter. So in addition to my drive to be creative, my drive is also to help people remember.
Q. How would you define your style?
A. My style is classical and as natural and real as possible. I'm a pretty conservative person in general, and love all things vintage/anthropologie-chic, but I'd say my overall style is classical and natural.
Q. What types of photos do you take?
A. I take pretty much anything, but my favorite is family and newborn photography. My style aims to create personality, but use posing to start with. Usually, I'll pose a family, and do things to get reactions out of the kids or prompt my families to do something silly. Nothing is more fun to hear than "you captured her personality perfectly!"
Q. With the holidays approaching, do you have any photography specials?
A. I have mini sessions on 11/6, 11/7 and 11/8. I have a few spots left. Visit http://www.somethingsplendidphotography.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q. You encourage the use of essential oils as part of a healthy lifestyle. How did you get started with using essential oils?
A. I got started because of a good friend who told me about them. I loved how it was empowering me to take care of my family in a more natural way, and gave me options to care for them.
Q. What all can essential oils do?
A. Oils have so many uses. They help support the body with immunity, can be added to beauty supplies, help symptoms of stress, improve mood, help cleaning, and just smell delightful!
Q. What differences have you seen since you started using them?
A. Our medicine cabinet has changed a lot. We don't use a lot of over the counter things anymore because we've learned how to help our bodies in fighting things. Peppermint for head tension instead of Tylenol. Lavender to help my little one after a fall, hand sanitizer (made with water and oils) in a spray bottle to ward off germs. I just feel better prepared to take care of things, and we have fewer doctor visits because our bodies are more prepared to fight things.
Q. Tell us a little bit about the community aspect of Splendid Mama.
A. The community aspect is all about support for mamas. There are playdates every week. I organize at least one, and moms are welcome to organize as they wish as well. Sometimes a lot of people come, and sometimes very few, but the kids are really starting to get to know each other, and mamas are able to spend time with people in the same life stage.
There is a lot of support for others too. Meal trains and words of encouragement when we hit a rough patch or need to know how to potty train. It's just a great resource. We also have a business post for moms to share what their business ventures are.
There is a Spendid Mama group in Steele Creek, a Ballantyne/Pineville group, and a Stallings/Matthews group. For links to their Facebook sites, visit: http://blog.somethingsplendidphotography.com/mama-communities/.
Q. Tell us a bit about your Mamas Night Out Event.
A. The big Mamas Night Out Event is happening on 11/14 at Bellies & Babies. There will be vendors, giveaways, dessert and drinks, plus a lot of mama community. I'd love to invite readers to join: https://www.facebook.com/events/945811315484691/or to buy tickets is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/splendid-mamas-night-out-tickets-18903853936
Q. How can our readers connect with you?
They can connect through any of the websites or email. I do have a weekly email that goes out to people if they wish to be added as well. I'm always happy to meet someone new!
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