As part of The Mom’s Guide, I wanted to create a platform that introduces and promotes local mom-owned business who offer services and products aimed at new and expecting parents. Meet the #MomBoss is a series where I’ll be chatting to all sorts of moms who own their own businesses, to find out how they manage to juggle their many roles and share their advice for moms who are considering doing the same.
This week, we are chatting to Shante who owns Shante Hutton Photography. Shante Hutton Photography is home to many beautiful moments and mainly focuses on family shoots from maternity, to newborn and beyond. Shante has a passion for revealing people’s inner beauty through photography and helping her client’s see themselves the way that she sees them. Her shoots aim to capture the spontaneity of the day and since becoming a mother, she revels in being able to take photos of mums with their little ones.
What gave you the idea to start your mom-owned business?
I’m originally from the UK and think that South Africa has one of the most embracing creative communities out there. I was inspired by those, who I met and interacted with and by being part of numerous Facebook groups, I was really encouraged to push my love of photography further. And honestly, I love the idea of being my own boss and following my own dreams to make them a reality.
What is the greatest challenge of being a mom-owned business?
Juggling being a mom and giving my daughter the attention she needs whilst also maintaining my business and keeping my clients happy. Aside from photography, I also have a communications business and a pet business so keeping all those balls in the air is pretty tough.
How do you overcome this challenge?
Recently I have (and it was such an internal struggle) employed a lady who helps two days of the week. This gives me a few hours to make sure I’m on top of my admin.
What is your secret weapon to managing the demands of being a business owner and mom?
I want to say “organization” but my husband will have a good chuckle at that because he’s constantly telling me that I need to time manage more. Making lists and having visual aids around the house keeps me in check, but my biggest and best weapon is having someone who supports me 100%
What do you love about being a mom and business owner?
I hope that by doing what I’m doing, I’m showing my daughter that in an often male-dominated world, she can become anyone she wants to be and she is only hindered by her own limitations and not by what society throws at her. I think that South Africa has such a powerful network of working mothers who love assisting each other and I feel privileged to be a part of that.
What’s the one thing that you wouldn’t change about juggling these roles?
I wouldn’t change what it reveals about my character; by pushing myself, I can see how much further I can really go.
What are 3 things that you can’t go a day without, and that help you juggle your role as a mom and business owner?
My husband – when our daughter wakes up at 6am, he takes her for a nappy change and her breakfast so that I can slowly gear myself up for the day.
Smoothies – A healthy kick to the day is so important especially if I know I’m going to be ridiculously busy and might not get the chance to eat until dinner.
My phone – it is my connection to everything and it also comes in handy for entertaining my daughter
What’s your one piece of advice for moms who are thinking of leaving their day-job, to become a business owner?
Make sure you have some form of supportive network. This could be a partner, a friend, family or even a group on Facebook. There will be days, months even, when you feel so disheartened and alone and being able to share your fears (and failures) with someone is imperative for survival.
For more information about Shante Hutton Photography, visit their website here, and follow them on Facebook.
If you’re a local #MomBoss that offers services and products aimed at new and expecting parents, be sure to fill in my online questionnaire and be featured in my weekly series, with a free listing in The Mom’s Guide Business Directory.