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Hi, we are
Haley & Ruth!

We are the Photographers and Educators behind 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Hard'!

When we first made a date to catch up after the Studio opened, I don't think either of us thought that we would within a few months be running workshop together, creating this Partnership and helping the first group of awesome attendees realise their dreams. But we did. We smashed that right out of the park and even ran two workshops that year!

'It Doesn't Have To Be This Hard' and the Facebook Group 'Boss Babes' have now well and truly been merged and we are both so excited to be able to pool our years of knowledge, experience and learning across various genres together to create this Educational platform and community and help other photographers create sustainable businesses doing something they love.

WANT TO LEARN ONE-ON-ONE? PHOTOGRAPHY MENTORING IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE THAT ARE READY TO SMASH OUT THEIR GOALS!

We can't wait to help you on your journey towards creating a life and business that serves you. Choose your mentor...

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Ruth Gilmour

Photographer & Educator

Ruth is a Wedding, Family, Newborn and Maternity Photographer as well as a Photography Educator. Ruth is an amazing mother who has built her business and lifestyle around being able to have time with her children and her husband.

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Haley Adele Rogers

Photographer & Educator

Haley is a Wedding, Family and Portrait Photography as well as a Photography Educator. From being a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer Haley has transitioned into opening her studio to continue creating a sustainable future for her business.

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YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DREAM BIG.

 

No one else is going to give you a 6 monthly pay rise. No one else is going to be like, "oh no, those photographs are worth far more, let me pay you more". No one else is going to give you a bonus at the end of the year or pay you sick leave.

We set the scene as to our own worth. No matter how much of an imposter we feel like, we are are allowed to dream bigger than our current 'reality'.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"...It wasn't honestly just exactly what I needed. I recently had a really rough night with my son, one of I'm sure many to come as a parent. And he needed my hand to go to sleep. I had to sit down on the ground next to his bed, holding his hand, for over 40 minutes. And the whole time I was doing that, I was just thinking about my to-do list and it was stressing me out and I had a moment. I was so worked up and stressed about having to spend 40 minutes with my son, and realistically I should have 40 minutes to spend with my kids when they need me, but my business was not set up to allow that. I could only have a successful business if I did volume and that's not the reality that I wanted. When I first got into photography I got into it because I wanted to have a job that I love that could still allow flexibility for my family. ...This workshop was just perfect. It gives you the frame work and the confidence to be able make some of the tweaks to your business to make it more sustainable..."

 

- CATHERINE SMITH