Here we are at last with Portrait No 1, or at least a short list of portraits for person number 1. This post comes with a disclaimer – I do not shoot white background portraits, I don’t usually like white backgrounds but this project is all about experimenting and having fun. Sara wanted to use the white background of her living room wall, I wasn’t keen and even said no at first but after we went to meet the chickens and came back in she asked again. It coincided with her relaxing and talking passionately about her business and her personality shone through so despite the white background one of them made the final selection.
So as the title says Sara is a cake maker, she’s keen to start carving out a niche in 2014 by specialising in cakes for people with food allergies, ones that taste just as good as cakes that would trigger allergies. She keeps chickens too and uses their eggs in her cakes.
Sara’s business developed after a friends son wanted a very specific birthday cake that wasn’t available, Sara couldn’t stand the idea of him missing out so she made it and received such a great response that she found she was constantly being asked to make them. She went on to study and gain a professional qualification before officially launching Sara Cooks Cakes.
I’m keen to know whether people feel that developing a hobby into a business takes the pleasure away from the hobby. Sara says “I love doing it and can’t think of anything that I would rather do but I don’t do it for fun as much and I don’t have time to experiment as much as I would like. I’m too caught up in the doing and the business and don’t have time for the fun. But I still love it and I sing while I’m working”
(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)