Teenager Gemma Endacott had no worries finding a job when she left school as she had her sights firmly focused on starting her own photography business.
And now at the age of just 17, she’s realising her dream after launching Gem Photography. Working from her home in Breinton Avenue, Hereford, Gemma now earns a living doing what she likes best – taking pictures.
The former student has already worked on her first commissions including a fashion show at her old school and a prom night for Minster College.
Gemma made her mind up to strike out on her own after a photography course at Herefordshire College of Technology. And she turned self-employment from a dream into reality after getting help from Business Link West Midlands.
She got a guiding hand from business coach Clare Foster as well as help in accessing funding to get her business started.
Gemma said: “Thanks to this help, I’ve been able to set up my own website and I think Business Link have been amazing. I was worried that, because of my young age, I wouldn’t be taken seriously but the advisers never judged me and Clare gave me the encouragement I needed to go for it.”
Sara Farr, careers co-coordinator at Gemma’s old school said: “I was very impressed with Gemma’s work at a school fashion show. The event proved to be an amazing opportunity for her to gain some valuable experience photographing the models and she produced some top quality photographs which can be used in magazines and also as a record for the school.”
And her mentor Clare Foster said: “Gemma is a real inspiration to young people who want to go into business. She’s got a good business head and is very focused on what she wants to do. With help through mentoring I am sure she will be extremely successful.”