Woman in Progress: Laura Eperjesi from Laura Eperjesi photography
This week's Woman in Progress is award winning portrait photographer, Laura Eperjesi. Laura creates timeless images which document family lives, and from experience we know that her photographs and bespoke books are ones to cherish - some of my favourite pictures of my children were taken by her. Laura found her soulmate at 19 and married him, 33 years ago, and they share three beautiful daughters. They've also had the chance to live and work in France, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Hungary whilst bringing up their family, and are now based in The Cotswolds and London. Thanks so much to Laura for taking the time to answer our questions.
What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?
Anything that makes life easier is worth it. While the kids were young I had a variety of aupairs, as I had no family to help. Never feel guilty, just get the help you need and can afford in order to progress. Childcare in France was amazing. We have a lot to learn.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My husband and cheap flights! The two go well together! I’m always looking for weekend away with just my hubby. We still have a busy house even though my girls are all grown up. Quality time together is priceless.
What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?
As a feminist and mother of 3 daughters I want equality. We are not quite there yet!
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
Life is about the journey….not the destination.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Invest in yourself. You are worth it. Go on courses, have time to yourself. In order to be a better person for you and your family.
What are you most proud of?
Winning the “Cotswold photographer of the year” both 2016 and 2017 for the British Institute of Professional Photographers. I am self taught and it’s great to have recognition from other professional photographers. And my daughters…of course!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?
Always best to be honest, authentic and true to yourself.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?
Always best to be honest, authentic and true to yourself. (Work and home life seem to merge a lot!)
Did you expect to be doing what you’re doing right now?
Definitely not. I trained as a textile designer and worked in textiles for years before travelling abroad and starting a family. However I think that a creative grounding shapes the way I photograph today. I am always looking at colours and textures and how well they work together.
How did you end up doing what you’re doing?
I started a small business at home making casts of children’s hands and feet. Customers would come in to my house and see my photos of my family on the walls and ask who took them? I had one customer that insisted I photographed her children. So I took myself off to college again to learn the technical side to photograph. Fortunately the eye and the passion was already there.
What top tip would you pass on to other women in progress reading this?
Follow your heart and gut instinct. Try to get the work life balance right. We can’t do everything all of the time.
Are you done yet?
I will never be done as photography is my way of life. I will hopefully never stop seeing.
I would like to continue my qualifications with in the BIPP and possibly go into teaching women in photography. I would love to share my knowledge and experiences. I would also like to combine my love of travel and work within a charity abroad. I have had a taste of this with a friend who opening up an NGO in Zanzibar . A project for women making jewellery and leather goods.