My idea is...
I make bridal tiaras, jewellery and crystal accessories. I work from home, and my sales are almost all mail order through my website. This means I need to have a really fabulous website, that shows my products at their best. I also need to find my customers, which means optimising my website so that it appears in search engines. I do all this myself. As well as making my pieces, I do all the website design (I taught myself how), and I do all my website optimising (I taught myself this too!). I do my own accounts (you guessed it – self taught), tax returns, I maintain a facebook page, and I regularly write a blog. If it needs doing, and its something I can do myself, then I will.
But the deal breaker is the photography. The photo that the bride sees, which shows her exactly what she will be getting, when she buys from me. This changes a sparkly tiara sat in my office, to a sparkly tiara on a beautiful bride.
And I simply CAN’T do it!!! I’ve tried – OH how i’ve tried!! But the comment that comes back to me time, and time, and TIME again is: “Ohhh, its gorgeous! The photos on your website simply don’t do it justice!”
I have researched and costed a professional photoshoot. I have saved, budgeted, cut back and done just about everything you can imagine, and I can raise 75%. I just need to find the final 25% and I can book the shoot. I have a brand new collection, sitting here, waiting to be photographed, I just need to find that final bit of finance.
I will use an independent UK photographer, and I will also be using at least 2 models, a make-up artist, and a hairdresser. By supporting my application you aren’t just helping 1 UK business, you are helping at least 6!!
Please vote for me! The wedding industry has taken quite a hit recently, and this funding will bring some sparkle to me, to other wedding professionals, and to many brides!